Arthur of the Little Round Table by Norman Weinstein

Comedy/ 7 characters, 4 Men, 3 Female / Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis (from Theatremania.com): “In Arthur of the Little Round Table, a new full-length comedy by Norman Weinstein, a naive antiques dealer declares, ‘Darwin was wrong about those damn monkeys of his. We’re descended from squirrels. Collectors’ll go nuts here!’

“In love with Mission furniture and ragtime (its contemporary), innocent Arthur must cope with a critical wife, an arrogant but famous collector-dealer attractive to women, a sleazy antiques picker, and difficult consignors and customers. He has much to learn about antiques and life, even as he hunts for the Holy Grail of Mission furniture — a piece by Gustav Stickley. By play’s end, his character has changed. For the better might be debatable.”

Playwright’s Notes

“Arthur Honeycutt, a former insurance salesman, has quit his job to pursue his dream…. It’s an interesting look into the sometimes cutthroat world of antiques, but on a more basic level is about the conflict between Arthur’s dreams and the disappointing reality.”
-The Off Off Broadway Review

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Norman Weinstein
2250 Broadway, Apt. MG
New York, NY
USA, 10024
Ph.: 212-595-3787
Email: weindeb@nyc.rr.com

About the Playwright: Norman Weinstein, a writer by heart, has in the past also directed and acted, even touring with The Fantasticks in Greece. Above all, though, theatre for him means writing plays. He finds himself writing comedies, both full and short-length, and usually family and/or political in nature, many of which have had staged readings throughout Manhattan. Aside from writing he has held many jobs in the past, including pilot, Air Force newspaper reporter, antiques dealer, and a by-line writer for two decorative arts magazines. He is currently working on a drama about Eugene Jacques Bullard, the world’s first black combat aviator, and a full-length comic musical, Two Cats and a Kid.

Arthur of the Little Round Table was first produced at the Gene Frankel Theatre, New York City in November, 2004.

 

Shelf Life by Phillip C. Wagner

Comedy-Drama/ 27 Characters, 10 Men, 11 Women, 6 Indeterminate (doubling and tripling possible)/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: A Christmas dream play for ages 13 and up, combining parody, social comment, and fantasy. An old toymaker is visited by a collectible doll on the run from three “Brats” Dolls. The bad gals recruit Darth Vader, Freddy Krueger, and a not very threatening troll to take on the collectibles’ protectors, who include Popular Pirate Bob, Jack in Box, and a talking dog. The play culminates in a battle royale between the two sides, and a heartwarming Christmas surprise for the old man.

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Phillip C. Wagner
Artistic Director
Tragically Comic Players
1552 Creighton Valley Road
Lumby, BC, Canada
V0E 2G1
E-mail: phillipcwagner99@hotmail.com
Ph: (250) 547-6045

About the Playwright: Actor, director, musician, and playwright Phillip C. Wagner studied playwriting at the University of Iowa, and both playwriting and directing at the University of Alberta. His other plays include Murder at the Empress and the family musical (with Beth DeVolder) Ichabod and the Headless Horseman, which toured to 14 schools in the Greater Victoria area, and most recently was seen at the Powerhouse Theatre in Vernon In 2009. Currently the artistic director of the Tragically Comic Players in Lumby, BC, Canada, Phil is also a screenwriter and story editor.

Shelf Life was first performed by the Tragically Comic Players, Lumby, British Columbia, in 2009.

You Can’t Get Uptown on the Downtown Train by Vanda

Comedy/ 2 Characters, 1 Woman, 1 Man/ One Act, 20 minutes

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Synopsis: A woman is accosted by a very strange robber on a deserted subway platform in the middle of winter.

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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 one acts have been produced in New York City and Boston. Her 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. You Can’t Get Uptown on the Downtown Train 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, premiered by Developmental Stages in New York City, was a first place winner in The Out on the Edge Festival, and Kvetching with the Virgin Mary was selected to be performed at the Samuel French Festival of One Act Plays.

You Can’t Get Uptown on the Downtown Train was first produced by Developmental Stages, NYC in 1998, and was staged as part of the Lower Eastside Festival at Theatre for the New City in 1999.

 

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

A portion of Johnny and Sally Ann may be read by clicking on the “Read It Now” button above. To obtain a complete reading copy, please see the Contact Information on this page.

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YouthPLAYS
7119 W Sunset Blvd #390
Los Angeles, CA
USA 90046
E-mail: info@youthplays.com
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.