Our Lady of Stone by Vanda

Comedy-Drama/ 3 Characters, 3 Women/ One Act

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Synopsis: Cath Kyle returns to the modern day convent where she was once a nun when ‘summoned’ by a former mentor. She finds things have changed. Sister Martha, the elderly nun, is now blind and Sister Dominic, the mentor, spends her days locked in her room dressed only in a white bathrobe.

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Vanda
1 University Place, 1011
New York City, N.Y.
USA 10003
Ph.: (212) 217-2252
Email: drvanda@earthlink.net

About the Playwright: Vanda’s first full-length play, An Appearance of Desire, was a finalist in The Eugene O’Neill National Playwriting Conference, as well as a finalist for a Jerome Foundation Grant. Her one act play You Can’t Get Uptown on the Downtown Train was last performed at the Lower Eastside Festival. It won Honorable Mention in The Attic Theatre of Los Angeles’ Festival of One Act Plays and was also a finalist in The Perishable Theatre Women’s Contest. Our Lady of Stone was a first place winner in The Out on the Edge Festival. Kvetching with the Virgin Mary was selected to be performed at the Samuel French Festival of One Act Plays. Vanda’s one acts have been produced in New York City and Boston.

Our Lady of Stone was first produced by Developmental Stages, NYC in 1996, and was winner of the Out on the Edge Festival of One Act Plays in 1998.

 

Nothing by Evdokimos Tsolakidis

Comedy/ 4 characters, 1 man, 3 Women / One Act, 15 minutes

Synopsis: Audience members interrupt and involve themselves in the presentation of a “masterpiece.” The producer is forced to referee between a spectator and a theatre critic who can’t sit-down and shut-up long enough to enjoy the play. Eventually a police officer introduces some real-life drama to the situation, in this smart and funny play about just how surprising an empty stage can be.

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Theater of Changes,
3rd Septemvriou 19a
104 32 Athens GR
Ph: +30 210 52 48 251
Email: info@toc.gr

About the Playwright: Evdokimos Tsolakidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1962. He studied in the Medical School of the University of Rome. He was awarded his diploma of the Drama School of Northern Greece with honors. He continued his studies in drama, acting and directing in New York (Actor’s Studio, H.B. Studio) funded by the American state (Fulbright Foundation). He has worked as an actor and director in Greece and abroad, for more than twenty years, working both on classical and modern drama. During the last nine years he has been teaching Improvisation, Acting, and Acting Technique, in various drama schools in Greece and abroad. His first play Athens-Moscow has been staged on his own direction for two years (2001-2002-2003) and has been published along with his second play Nothing (Athens, Greece: Dodoni Publisher, 1998). He has also published a book concerning ‘Acting’ (KOAN ed.). He is the founder and the artistic director of the Theater of Changes.

Athens-Moscow by Evdokimos Tsolakidis

Comedy/ 3 characters, 3 Women / Full Length, 8 scenes

Synopsis: Olga and Massa are sisters from Russia living in Greece. The arrival of sibling Irena ignites their suspicions of one another. Does Massa work at the musical academy or is she a drug dealer? Is Irena really a nun or is she involved with the Russian Mafia and selling guns?

But sisterly solidarity prevails and eventually the trio decide to leave for Moscow together. However, as in a certain other play about three sisters, actually getting there is another matter altogether. Athens-Moscow is a hilarious, inspired reimagining of Chekhov’s great play.

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3rd Septemvriou 19a
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About the Playwrights: Evdokimos Tsolakidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1962. He studied in the Medical School of the University of Rome. He was awarded a diploma from the Drama School of Northern Greece with honors. He continued his studies in drama, acting, and directing in New York (Actor’s Studio, H.B. Studio) funded by the American state (Fulbright Foundation). He has worked as an actor and director in Greece and abroad, for more than 20 years, working both on classical and modern drama. During the last nine years he has taught improvisation, acting, and acting technique in various drama schools in Greece and abroad.His first play, Athens-Moscow, was staged under his own direction for two years (2001-2003) and has been published along with his second play, Nothing (Athens, Greece: Dodoni Publisher, 1998). He has also published a book, Acting (KOAN ed.). He is the founder and the artistic director of the Theater of Changes in Athens.

Athens-Moscow was first produced by the Apo Mihanis Theater, Athens, in 2001.

 

The Whales by M. Stefan Strozier

Comedy/ Multiple characters, multiple casting possible/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis (from offoffonline.com): “A satirical look at the present state of theatre and art in general. The hermaphrodite god Dionysus is displeased with the current state of drama, particularly in the Big Apple. After some brainstorming with her Maenads, Dionysus sends them to find a crazy playwright to write a new show for a dramatic competition. If it is deemed good, the playwright will enjoy great rewards (including an Apple Mac laptop). They find their champion in Harry Alton, a former playwright and currently a homeless schizophrenic who lost his livelihood by writing a play called Hang All the Hippies at High Noon.

“After the Maenads visit Harry and his fellow homeless lunatics in dreams, Harry goes about working on a new play for the competition. He meets a starry-eyed NYU drama student named Melissa, who suggests that they get someone to produce a reading of the work. Their plans are thwarted by Joanna Higginbotham, a member of the theatrical establishment whose ideals are the antithesis of Harry’s. Soon they are in the presence of the Whales, who are sent by Dionysus to judge the competition. But instead of a duel between the plays, the Whales call for Joanna and Harry to debate their viewpoints, with each trying to make a case for his or her goals and rules for today’s theater.”

“One of the funniest, strangest, and most cogent/penetrating plays ever written.”
– Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene

“Strozier speaks for the outsider. He speaks for those that the establishment — be it the critic for the New York Times, the deputies from Actors Equity, the editors of the play publishing giant, Samuel French — conspires to keep from the public. He speaks for the playwrights relegated to the showcases and festivals in the hinterlands where, if there is an audience, it is an audience of friends, relatives and fellow disenfranchisees.”
– The Compulsive Reader

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M. Stefan Strozier
303 Park Avenue South
Suite 1440
New York, NY 10010-3657
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Playwright’s website: www.mstefanstrozier.org

About the Playwright: M. Stefan Strozier has been published in Gallery, War Heroes; the Taj Mahal Review; Entropic Desires (online); the op-ed pages of the Chicago Sun Times; in several poetry collections; and in a self-published collection of short stories, Sickness of the Young. His other plays include The Whales and The Tragedy of Abraham Lincoln, both produced by La Muse Venale Acting Troupe on New York City. He has also produced and directed numerous play off-off-Broadway, and is founder and president of the ezine Audience.

The Whales was first performed by La Muse Venale Acting Troupe at Where Eagles Dare Theatre, New York City, January, 2006.

Divorce Sale by Linda Stockham

Comedy/ 10 Characters, 7 Women, 3 Men / Full Length, 80 minutes

Synopsis: As a soon-to-be divorcee holds a garage sale, her neighbors gather to help. In the process, their own marriages get the comic once-over. Bernice’s suspicions about her spouse’s faithfulness are driving him batty; Ozzie and Kay seem to have the perfect union — but their friends have yet to learn the story behind it; and Wilma is convinced her late husband has come back as a plant. Throw in a tell-it-like-it-is medium and a raucous seance, and you have a hilarious and telling look at the flip-side of marital bliss.

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Linda Stockham
CSU San Bernardino
Department of Anthropology
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA
USA 92407
Playwright’s e-mail: lindastockham@netzero.net
Alternative e-mail: stockham813@hotmail.com

About the Playwright: Linda Stockham is a cultural anthropologist/playwright. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from California State College San Bernardino and her Interdisciplinary M.A. in Anthropological Studies from California State University San Bernardino. She has had plays produced in New York City and Los Angeles, in various festivals and on the radio. She lives and works in San Bernardino, California.

Divorce Sale was first produced by the Manhattan Players, New York City in June, 1993.

Excavations by Eugene Stickland

Comedy-Drama/ 4 Characters, 3 Men, 1 Woman, 1 Pianist/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Imagine if David Lynch or Franz Kafka travelled deep into the coulees of Saskatchewan and gave us their warped insight into modern day palaeontology. A palaeontologist, a landowner, a defrocked minister, and his sister are linked through the discovery and subsequent excavation of a T-Rex dinosaur.

This new play by Eugene Stickland (A Guide to Mourning and Midlife) is a bold prairie gothic exploring the virtues of science vs. religion, procreation vs. extinction, and our search for meaningful relationships.

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Eugene Stickland
Calgary, AB
Canada
T2T 0M8
Ph.: (403) 244-8941
E-mail: eugenius@telusplanet.net
Website: http://eugenestickland.com/

About the Playwright: Eugene Stickland began writing plays following the completion of his M.F.A. at York University in 1984. Ten years later, at Alberta Theatre Projects playRites ’94, his play Some Assembly Required received its premiere production. Since then, the play has had 15 productions around Canada and the US. It was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama in 1995. During his tenure as Playwright-in-Residence at ATP, Eugene went on to write Sitting on Paradise (1996), A Guide to Mourning (1998), Appetite (2000) and Midlife (2002).

Excavations was first produced by Theatre Network at The Roxy Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, opening October 2, 2002.

Johnny and Sally Ann: The true-life tall tales of Johnny Appleseed and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind by Tom Smith

Comedy/ 5 males, 1-5 females, 2-28 either (3-35 performers possible)/ One Act

Synopsis: Traveling the American wilderness to distribute apple seeds to the poor, Johnny Appleseed and his friend Pete encounter Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind (the future wife of Davey Crockett), who proves that a girl can do anything a boy can; Betsy Ross, who tells them about the creation of the American flag; and Belinda, who seeks the help of Johnny and Pete to save an orphanage. Throughout, Johnny shares many of the adventures that have made him famous: both true stories and tall tales.

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YouthPLAYS
7119 W Sunset Blvd #390
Los Angeles, CA
USA 90046
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Website: www.youthplays.com

About the Playwright: Tom Smith’s published plays include The Wild and Wacky Rhyming Stories of Miss Henrietta Humpledowning, ESL, What Comes Around, A Christmas Caroland Johnny and Sally Ann… (YouthPLAYS), Marguerita’s Secret Diary (Baker’s Plays);Gray (Original Works Online); and The Pathmaker, Comedy of Errors (editor), Much Ado About Nothing (editor), Two Gentlemen of Verona (editor), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (editor) for Encore Performance Publishing as well as Dangerous, The Odyssey and Drinking Habits, published by Playscripts. His other plays have received productions both nationally and internationally. Tom is the recipient of the Robert J. Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting, the ATHE Playworks Award, the Orlin R. Corey Outstanding Regional Playwright Award, the Richard Odlin Award, a Seattle Footlights Award, and has been a selected participant in numerous playwriting festivals across the country. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. Feel free to check out his website at www.tomsmithplaywright.com.Johnny and Sally Ann… was first professionally produced by Creede Repertory Theatre (Creede, CO) and California’s Enrichment Works.

Nobody’s Listening by Ed Shockley

Comedy-Drama/ Multiple characters, 3 male, 3 female, plus flexible extras / One Act, 50-60 minutes/

Synopsis: A film sets up to broadcast a live performance of a new pilot show, The Adventures of Mech-Boy. As the audience files in, there is panic onstage because the actor playing the Robot star of the anti-violence show has gotten caught in his trailer. The frantic director recruits a kid from the audience to replace the star seconds before the broadcast begins, but the impromptu actor becomes increasingly uncooperative and comically inventive as he struggles to make the hokey show reflect the real challenges that youth face in the difficult environment of a public school.

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Published by arrangement with YouthPLAYS

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About the Playwright: Ed Shockley, MFA is author of more than eighty plays. His works have set five box office records and been honored with numerous awards, including the Stephen Sondheim Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Musical Theatre, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and PA State Arts Council Playwrights Fellowship. He has received commissions for youth theatre plays from Seattle Children’s Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Black Spectrum Theatre and the Harlem Renaissance Theatre. His historical short film, Stone Mansion, aired on Showtime television.

Nobody’s Listening was commissioned and first produced by Charlotte Children’s Theatre, Charlotte, NC.

 

The Business Lunch by Sean Slater

Comedy/ 2 Characters, 2 Men/ Short play, 15 minutes

Synopsis:
As a young businessman is approached by his boss for a new “pet project”, he becomes educated in everything from buffalo sandwiches to bean bag chairs.

 

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Sean G. Slater
240 W. 102nd St., Apt. #65
New York, NY,
USA 10025
E-mail: seangslater@gmail.com
ISBN (for competition use): ISBN 978-1-60585-981-1

About the Playwright:: Sean Slater was born in West London Hospital which no longer exists. He was raised in the backwoods of California by deer. He is currently in New York City.

The Business Lunch was first performed by the West Indies Theatrical Group at the 8th Street Studio Theatre in Berkeley. It has also been produced by various other Berkeley theatre companies, including the Berkeley Repertory Theatre; at Black Repertory Theatre (Oakland); at the American Conservatory Theater’s Hastings Studio Theatre in San Francisco; as part of the Edinburgh Theatre Festival’s “Shorts Extravaganza” in Scotland; and at high schools and theatre functions throughout the United States and abroad.

Multiple Choice by Alan Rossett

Comedy/ 2 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
Parsifal Samsondale, a middle-aged millionaire with suicidal tendencies, returns to his home town. At midnight, all his past loves eerily appear, through the body and voice of Madame Jo. Is she an authentic psychic medium — or a dangerous quack? Or perhaps an ordinary housewife who’ll stop at nothing to get her hands on Parsi’s wealth?

“Two extraordinarily dynamic actors in a play that’s hilariously funny, and ultimately very moving. Both realistic and surrealistic, with its detective story plot, in itself intriguing. I won’t give away the end.”
International Herald Tribune

“The shattering encounter between a hypocritically well-behaved man and an outrageously improper lady, written with Alan Rossett’s invigorating sense of humor.”
Paris Capital, April 1997

“A tasty comedy, brilliantly interpreted, transforming the Essaion Theatre into the salon of a seeress, meting out punishment and redemption. Scathing humor but also real humanity characterize this ‘parapsychological’ comedy.”
Astro News, March 1997

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Alan Rossett
91, rue Nollet
75017 Paris
France
Ph.: (33) (0) 1 42 63 98 14
Email: rossdoal@aol.com

About the Playwright: “Cocteau meets Woody Allen” was film-director Jean Delannoy’s comment on Alan Rossett, the only American to have French language plays produced regularly in France . . . and to receive awards from the Centre National des Lettres. Born in Detroit, he began his career as an actor in New York, where he appeared for a season with the Living Theatre and also as James Earl Jones’ first Iago. Relocating in Paris, he wrote and directed an evocation of Montmartre Light and Shade with Charles Boyer. Then his comedy High Time went from London to Sydney to New York (at the Actors Studio) and wound up, translated, in a Parisian cafe theatre before transferring to La Bruyere, a Broadway category house.Rossett made the language cross-over into French with two plays set in restaurants which he staged in the midst of diners at a show biz hang-out, running 200 performances.

Many other productions followed of his French-language plays, including How It Happened, Cat As Cat Can, Love On Ice, Calamity Jane. Au Pair Girls premiered in Paris and was revived successfully at the Avignon Festival where it was nominated for a PIAF as comedy of the year.His French plays are published by Avant-Scene Theatre, Editions des quatre-vents, Editions Art et Comedie et Librairie Theatrale. He has adapted into English many of his own works as well as a series of plays by colleagues that have received grants from the Beaumarchais Association of the French Author’s Society. Rossett has done English versions as well of Alain Decaux’s historical pagaents (Chateau Blois Comes To Life and De Gaulle: the Man Who Said NO. As an actor, he has appeared in films of Marcel Carné, Woody Allen, and over 50 others.

Multiple Choice premiered at the Theatre Deque, Belfort, France, and subsequently tranferrred to the Essaïon Théâtre, Paris.