Delphi or Bust — Libretto by Michael Colby, Music by Gerald Jay Markoe

Delphi or Bust

Musical Comedy/ 8 Characters, 4 Women, 4 Men/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
A musical satire of Greek mythology and epic adventure, written in the style of Greek allegory, except that most of its characters are original inventions.

Taking place in Ancient Greece, Delphi or Bust revolves around Candora — a young prophetess whose truthfulness gets on everyone’s nerves. She ends up competing with a pair of lovely and loony aspiring seers — Zircony and Nebula — to become the new Oracle at Delphi. Along the way, she is romanced by both a narcissist (Asphodel) and a dashing Cyclops (Cy), and almost murdered by Hernia, the Greek Goddess of Inner Disorder.

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“A DELICIOUS MUSICAL ROMP. Colby’s witty and pun-filled books and lyrics are in the style of Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter. All members of the cast have show-stopping numbers.” – Victor Gluck, Backstage

“VILLAGE VOICE THEATRE CHOICE: A witty spoof of Greek myths, invoking the incisive anarchy of Aristophanes and the Marx Brothers.” – Laurie Stone, Village Voice

“IDEAL ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. A charming musical celebrating Greek mythology and the very act of story-telling, performed by an appealing cast. Delightful fun.” – Martin Denton, nytheatre.com

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Steele Spring Theatrical Licensing
3845 Cazador St.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 739-0413 / fax (818) 232-9158
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About the playwright: Michael Colby is the librettist/lyricist of such musicals as Charlotte Sweet (Drama Desk Award nomination), Tales of Tinseltown (Coconut Grove Playhouse), North Atlantic (Show Business Award), Mrs. McThing (Goodspeed), and Ludlow Ladd (New American Theatre). He was chief writer for the Drama Desk Award-winning New Amsterdam Theatre Company, and has written special material for numerous celebrities and Theatre by the Blind. He is a member of the BMI and The Dramatists Guild.

About the composer: Gerald Jay Markoe studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, receiving Master and Bachelor of Music Degrees. His musicals include Charlotte Sweet (Drama Desk nomination), Delphi or Bust, Happy Haunting, and Ludlow Ladd. In addition to his theatre scores, he is the widely acclaimed composer of numerous CD’s which have topped the New Age best-seller charts. These include Music From the Pleiades, Music of the Angels, Zen Meditations and Celestial Mozart Volumes I and II.

Delphi or Bust was first produced by AMAS Musical Theatre, NYC in December, 1998.

Desperate Writers by Joshua Grenrock and Catherine Schreiber

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Union Square Theatre, NYC, 2011
Photo: Carol Rosegg

Comedy/ 23 characters, can be played by 5 Men, 5 Women/ One Act, 80 minutes

Synopsis: A couple of desperate writers, with the baby clock ticking and their home about to be sold out from under them, are driven to desperate measures to get their script read, bought and made in this hilarious, fast-paced, screwball comedy, that pokes fun at the crazy film biz. An 80-minute laugh-out-loud riot.

“Hysterical comedy! Clever! Witty! . . . A great script with sharp-fire dialogue . . . a definite must see again and again!”
– Entertainment Today

“A delightfully scathing send up!”
– LA Times

“Situation comedy at its best!”
– Socalonline

“It’s a GO! This demented farce should be catnip for those who love Hollywood in-jokes . . .” – LA Weekly

CRITIC’S PICK! “It is a wild, hilarious ride, side-splitting screwball comedy . . . . Not to be missed and our Critic’s Pick!”
– Kaleidoscope Radio

Desperate Writers

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Catherine Schreiber Productions
1067 Fifth Avenue, Apt. 5
New York, New York 10128
Ph.: (212) 828-6867
catherine@cschreiberproductions.com
http://www.catherineschreiberproductions.com
http://www.desperatewriters.com 

 

Desperate Writers

 

 

About the Playwright: A Tony-winning Producer for Clybourne Park, Catherine Schreiber has been writing many years by herself and with her partner, Joshua Grenrock. On her own, she has written many screenplays and television treatments which were optioned by Kings Road, Rastar, Propaganda Films and with Thom Mount, among others. She has written several “Divorce Courts” and co-created a mini-series on Stalin which was developed at CBS. As a producer, Catherine has been nominated for four Tonys, won the Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Award as the Lead Producer for The Scottsboro Boys in London which was nominated for seven Oliviers. She is a producer currently on Fiddler on the Roof as well as China Doll with Al Pacino. Past shows include Peter and the Starcatcher, The Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly, Next Fall, and The Anarchist on Broadway, The King’s Speech in London, and Boy from Oz in Peru.

Catherine and her partner, Joshua Grenrock, have completed over nine feature scripts and many TV treatments. Their scripts have been optioned/developed by Ian Sanders, Disney, David Ladd, Thom Mount, Rastar, Avenue Pictures, and Kate Hudson’s Cosmic Entertainment among others. They had a series optioned with Steve Cannell which was put into development at CBS.Finalists in the Chesterfield Writer’s Competition for DNA Dad and Hoppily Ever After, two family movies. Semi finalists in the 2007 American Screenwriters’ Association Film Competition and second round finalists in the 2007 Slamdance Writing Competition for Desperate Writers.

Desperate Writers was first produced at the Edgemar Theatre, Santa Monica in 2007 and 2008, and Off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre, NYC, in 2011.

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.

Don’t Touch Me With Your Right Hand by Sean Slater

Comedy/ 4 Men/ One act

Synopsis: Two applicants for the same job meet in a waiting room. One has a very ingenious, if somewhat disgusting, plan to make sure he’s hired.

 

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Sean G. Slater
240 W. 102nd St., Apt. #65
New York, NY,
USA 10025
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Playwright’s website: sgspresents.org

About the Playwright:: Sean Slater is a theatre artist, filmmaker and educator living in New York City. His theatre work, including The Business Lunch, Man+Woman=Play and Algerians have been showcased around the world, most notably at the Actors Theatre Workshop, San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, and the Provincetown Playhouse. His film work includes Empire Gypsy, The Squatter, Man at the Door, the documentary Target: St. Louis, and the forthcoming feature film Please Mrs. West.

Don’t Touch Me With Your Right Hand was first performed in a reading by the West Indies Theatre Group, Berkeley, California in 2001. It awaits its first professional production.

Elvis Did It by Ron Grant

Dark Comedy/ 8 characters, 4 Women, 4 Men/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
Elvis Did It is the story of a dysfunctional family who cannot adapt to the changing times and sexual revolution of the 1960s. And so, of course, they blame all their troubles on Elvis Presley. The main characters are all devoutly religious except for the son, Apollo, who is a rebel and a maverick. A series of events cause disruptions in the family resulting in the loss of their church building, the daughter committing suicide after having been “knocked up” by a fellow minister, the wife going off the “deep end” as a result of the suicide, the old maid Aunt putting the “make” on her brother, and the son running off with the nymphomaniac next door neighbour. The patriarch’s life is saved only by a voice from heaven telling him that everything will be resolved if he will just stop buying Elvis Presley records.

 

 

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Bloomin Desert Productions
2165 East Rochelle Avenue #17
Las Vegas, Nevada
USA 89119
e-mail: goldthroat2003@netzero.com
Ph: (702) 735-9568
(702) 349-0298

About the Playwright: Ron Grant is a writer, actor, producer, and musician living in Las Vegas. His other plays include Elvis Did It, which has been staged in Holland and the Dominican Republic, and The Cuckoo’s Nest Casino.

Elvis Did It has been staged in Holland and the Dominican Republic. It awaits its first professional production.

Errol Flynn’s Great Big Adventure Book for Boys by Rob George

Comedy with music/ Multiple characters, usually played by 4 Men, 3 Women and 1 musician/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
A musical comic book look at the comic book life of Australian film legend Errol Flynn from childhood in Hobart through white slave trader in New Guinea and finally to tragic Hollywood has-been.

From the Festival Times (Edinburgh): “Taken almost entirely from official records and Flynn’s own writing, the play explores the love/hate relationship Flynn had with his own screen image, and the way that he was both encouraged and condemned in it. An excellent script from Rob George does this with humour, sadness, and rage.”

“Superbly entertaining.”
– The Scotsman (Glasgow)

“Fun — a musical anti-tribute to the down-under, deep-diving lover of almost-little girls.”
– The Guardian (London)

“Rapid costume and accent changes keep the show moving across three continents and 50 years for a thoroughly enjoyable 90 minutes.”
– Festival Times (Edinburgh)”

Fascinating . . . moves at a rip-roaring pace . . . if you know nothing about Flynn, or want to know more, then this show is a must.”
– The Evening News (Edinburgh)

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Rob George
Prospect Productions Pty Ltd.
21 Emma St.
Marino, South Australia, 5049
Playwright’s e-mail: roomoo@ozemail.com.au
Website: www.prospectfilms.com
Ph.: 0882986989
Mob.: 0417804307

About the Playwright: Rob George has had very broad experience as writer, producer, director, script editor, and actor in film, television, theatre, and radio for over 25 years.

Rob is currently in post production on a 52-minute documentary Fearless about 92 year-old playwright Julia Britton. He is also writing a documentary for Film Australia and the ABC. A new play, Lovers and Haters, which he is writing with Maureen Sherlock, is in development.

In 2005, Rob was story editor, script editor, and writer on the ABC’s AFI Award-winning Drama MDA as well as story editing and writing a French animation series, “The Odd Family,” for Timoon Animation and TF1.

Rob’s other credits include writer and producer of the family feature Selkie and he was the originating writer for the 1999 feature film, Passion, adapted from his play Percy and Rose. Passion starred Richard Roxbugh, Barbara Hershey, Claudia Karvan, and Emily Woof.

Rob’s early credits include the International Emmy Award winning family telemovie Captain Johnno which he wrote, the childrens’s TV series “Pals,” and the telemovies You And Me And Uncle Bob and Chase Through The Night which starred a young Nicole Kidman. Rob was also Head Writer on the ABC comedy series “News Free Zone.”

Rob wrote and produced the family mini-series “The River Kings,” directed by Donald Crombie. “The River Kings” has sold to most international territories and has been screened several times on the ABC and the BBC.

Rob’s theatre work includes a dozen stage plays, among them Errol Flynn’s Great Big Adventure Book for Boys, which won a Best Play Award at the Edinburgh Fringe, and the nationally acclaimed Percy and Rose about the composer Percy Grainger. Other plays include The Humble Doctor, Let’s Twist Again, Les, and Sandy Lee Live at Nui Dat. Rob’s most recent stage play, a monologue, The White Board, was produced at the Bakehouse Theatre in Adelaide in 2000.

Errol Flynn’s Great Big Adventure Book for Boys was first performed by The Stage Company, Adelaide, South Australia in 1978.

 

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.

Flowers In The Desert by Donna Hoke

"Flowers in the Desert"
Comedy-Drama/ 2 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman/ One Act

Synopsis: After 14 years of marriage, Britt and Joe called it quits, so Joe is surprised when, three years later, Britt asks him to try again. Cheater Joe still loves his ex and their boys, so he’s willing to go along with date-nights and counseling — until he realizes that Britt has a very specific agenda.

“Passionate, thought-provoking and extremely truthful.” – Marina Lai, Delano Luxembourg

Semi-Finalist, Theatre 503 Playwriting Award, Theatre 503, 2016

Semi-Finalist, AACT New Play Contest, American Association of Community Theaters, 2013

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Amateur and professional rights:
Donna Hoke
71 Towhee Court
East Amherst, NY
USA 14051
Ph.: 973-919-2038
Playwright’s website: donnahoke.com
E-mail: donna@donnahoke.com
Representation: Samara Harris, Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, samara@robertfreedmanagency.com
International: Tonda Marton, The Marton Agency, tonda@martonagency.com, 212-255-1908

About the Playwright: Resident playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, Donna’s work has been seen in 40 states and on five continents. Plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List), and ELEVATOR GIRL (2017 O’Neill finalist). Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. She has received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, as well as an Artie Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS). For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice — the only woman to ever receive the designation.

Donna Hoke serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and also as Western New York regional representative. In addition, she is a blogger, and moderator of the 10,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook. Recent speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, the soon-to-be-published Workshopping the New Play, and at donnahoke.com.

For Left Handed Piano With Obbligato by George Freek

Dark comedy / 4 Characters, 2 Men, 2 Women / Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: 
When Jack and Diane, directors of an “art academy,” are suddenly confronted by a Young Woman and a strange Man who claim to be the new owners of the property, they discover their own pasts are eerily linked to the histories of the intruders.

 

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George Freek
515 Douglas St.
Belvidere, Illinois
USA 61008
Phone Number: (815) 547-7521
E-mail: gfreek@juno.com

About the Playwright: George Freek’s plays have been produced by the Organic Theater in Chicago, the Milwaukee Repertory, the West Coast Ensemble in Los Angeles, and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, as well as the 13th Street Theater, Love Creek Productions, and the Theater-Studio in New York. He has been playwright-in-residence at the New American Theater in Rockford, Southern Methodist University, and Southern Illinois University, and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For Left Handed Piano With Obbligato was first produced by the Midwest Playwrights Lab, Madison, Wisconsin.

From Shakespeare With Love by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy/ 4 actors minimum, 2 Men, 2 Women; expandable up to 7-8 Men, 6 Women/ One Act

Synopsis:
Four of the Bard’s characters wait for an overdue flight to London. When Romeo reveals that he plans to revenge himself upon Shakespeare, whom he blames for ruining his life, by killing him in a duel, the others — Titania, Viola, and Antipholus — try to save the playwright by convincing Romeo that Shakespeare “does indeed love love.”

To do so, they recall scenes (excerpts from the actual Shakespearean plays) that show Shakespeare’s playful side. Titania, for example, shows her enchanted love for Bottom. Antipholus shows Romeo the confusion that occurs when he is mistaken for his twin brother — by his brother’s wife. Viola, dressed as a man, carries a Duke’s message of love to another woman — even though Viola has fallen in love with the Duke herself.

At the very last moment, they succeed in convincing Romeo to spare Shakespeare, and all’s well that ends well.

A portion of From Shakespeare With Love? may be read by clicking on the “Read It Now” button. To obtain a complete reading copy, please see the Contact Information on this page.

Presented by special arrangement with YouthPLAYS.

“A delightful portrayal and enriching experience of Shakespeare and some of the many ‘love’ interests in his plays.

“Comments we have received based on the evaluations that are mailed to us state that the show is ‘excellent, very funny,’ ‘very appropriate for 7th through 12th grades,’ ‘a clever concept,’ and ‘A delightful romp into a world that students rarely get to experience . . .’.”
– Francis Licopoli, Outreach Coordinator, Walnut Street Theatre

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7119 W Sunset Blvd #390
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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About the Playwright: Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced across the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, including stagings of his work by Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Mr. Dorf is the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He has also written several produced short screenplays and a number of feature scripts.

In addition to writing for stage and screen, he serves as the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft: he created “Ask the Expert” Playwriting for their scriptwriting software and also writes a column about playwriting for their website. He is resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store, for whom he created Playwriting 101.com, and he also contributes regularly to their e-zine. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in dramatic writing and literature and holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. He is available to playwrights and screenwriters as a script consultant.

From Shakespeare With Love? was commissioned and premiered (under the title Shakespeare in Love?) by the Walnut Street Theatre Outreach Program, Philadelphia.