Gina and Fidel by Zsolt Pozsgai

Gina and Fidel

Comedy-Drama/ 1 Man, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: In 1974, in “the capital city of an island nation,” the actress Gina Lollobrigida is determined to make a documentary about Fidel Castro. But interviewing a man who is the constant target of assassination attempts is no easy matter. Gina and Fidel is inspired by the author’s personal acquaintance with Lollobrigida and the stories she told of her meeting with the Cuban leader.

 

 

 

 

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Zsolt Pozsgai
H-7630 Pécs, Tétény u. 28.
Ph.: 00-36-30-2791324

About the Playwright: Award-winning dramatist Zsolt Pozsgai’s plays have been seen worldwide. He is a winner of the European Drama Award, and three-time winner of the Hungarian Playwright’s Competition. Liselotte in May, his most performed play, premiered at the Deutsches Theater, Budapest, Hungary, in May, 2002 and has since been seen in over 22 stagings from New York City to Geneva, Switzerland to Vancouver, Canada. By the end of 2014, 57 of Pozsgai’s pieces, including tragedies, comedies, farces, and plays with music, had been performed in 87 theatres. He has also worked widely as a stage director, and as a writer and director for film and TV.

Gina and Fidel was first produced at the Theatre of Satire in Sofia, Bulgaria in April, 2016.

Girl At Her Mirror by Alan Rossett

Comedy-Drama/ 1 Character, played by 2 Women/ Full Length, 80 minutes

Synopsis:
Who hasn’t dreamed of looking in a mirror and seeing the person one once was . . . or the one who’s waiting ahead.

Two actresses, one young, one old, trace the journey of Olivia, from her conventional beginnings in the French provinces, through her tumultous collisions with the art world . . . her first affair with a macho cubist . . . her marriage to a portraitist specialising in beautiful women . . . the Paradise that turns into Hell for both of them.

Adorable? Deplorable? Scheming? Generous? At the age of 70, she’s lost nothing of her cutting edge. On a live TV show, she reveals all her truths, all her secrets . . . and those of everybody else!

“A very moving evening in the theatre, a must-see.”
– Théâtreauteur

“Light, funny and utterly charming . . . the essence of Alan Rossett.”
– FR 3

“A lovely comedy . . . The author humorously traces two faces of the same woman to which two actresses lend moving reflections.”
– Dumas Theatre

“Tenderly but sardonically the author gets to the roots of one woman’s destiny, from the 1950’s to the present.”
– Direct Matin

“A gripping play bristling with truth.”
– Théâtre contemoprain.tv

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

Girl at her Mirror was first produced at the Comédie Nation, Paris, France in 2009, prior to an extensive tour.

Godot Arrives by Daniel Curzon

Comedy/ 4 Characters, 3 men + 1 either gender/ Full Length, Two acts

Synopsis: 
In a sequel to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Godot finally arrives, bringing mankind, in the form of Gogo and Didi, various spiritual, worldly, and mental “answers” to life’s many riddles, while the sinister clown Bozo interferes and tries to win a bet with Godot about the human beings. All is presented in a comic, absurdist manner that is a comment on the theater (“acting,” pleasing audiences, being out of work etc.) as much as on human existence and the duality of nature.

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Daniel Curzon
416 Dorado Terrace
San Francisco, California
USA 94112
Email: curzon@pacbell.net

About the Playwright: Daniel Curzon’s works include the novel Something You Do in the Dark (1971), The World Can Break Your Heart(1984), Superfag (1996) and Not Necessarily Nice: stories (1998), as well as the plays My Unknown Son (Circle Rep Lab, New York, 1987) and 1001 Nights at the House of Pancakes (San Francisco, 1998). Godot Arrives won the Southwest Theatre Association’s 1999 National New Play Contest, and was first produced by the California Travel Troupe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2000.He has also written and published non-gay fiction and plays. His plays, both gay and non-gay, have been produced in several cities.

Godot Arrives won the Southwest Theatre Association’s 1999 National New Play Contest, and was first produced by the California Travel Troupe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2000.

Happy Happy Happy by Steve Lambert

Comedy/ 2-5 males, 2-5 females, 1 either (7 total performers)/ One Act

Synopsis: It’s hard for a poor 19th-century family to hold their heads up, especially as the landlord has just lowered their ceiling. Life is certainly easier for the modern-day family who occupy their home and the amorous dolphin who visits them for dinner. But will a bomb under the kitchen table thwart their quest for ultimate contentment?

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About the Playwright
Steve Lambert has written more than 20 plays. His work has been performed at UK venues in Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Salisbury, and in London at Camden People’s Theatre, Theatre503 and Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Work includes Last Train, Showing the Monster, Aftercare,Still, Little Deaths and Touch. A Good Send-Off was among the winners in 2009’s Pint-sized Plays competition in Wales. A common theme of his work is how people’s lives are affected by their sexuality. Steve is a member of the Heads & Tales story-telling group, whose series of Bristol audio stories can be downloaded for free (www.headsandtales.org.uk). For more details and reviews of Steve’s plays, please visitwww.writewords.org.uk/steve_lambert.

Happy Happy Happy was produced by the Max Theatre Company (Bristol, UK) in 2009.

Has Anybody Here Seen Roy? by Diane Grant

Has Anybody Here Seen Roy?

Comedy/ 9 Characters, 5 Women, 4 Men (plus 3 recorded voices)/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
A funny and surprising journey about love, friendships, myths, and a man with one hell of a voice. Sisters Jean and Linda are outwardly happy. However, Jean’s husband, Royal Smith, left her fourteen years ago and she can’t stop thinking about him. Linda has tried to forget him but her life stopped years ago, too, when they had an affair. She lives in fear of Jean’s finding out.

They have a lot of questions. Where did Roy go? Did he really care for them? Who was he? And why did he leave in such a hurry? Their lives change when Anna, a flamboyant actress, comes looking for a man she thinks is a friend of Roy’s.All becomes clear at the Fourth of July parade when they find the answers to a lot of their questions and in the process find themselves again.

“A good romp… a universal theme of love and loss.”
– Laurie Rosenthal, Palisadian Post

“From the casting to the costuming, the audience watched believable characters weaving credible stories that resemble a French farce – as is so often true of our untidy lives. And, not incidentally, the play is very funny!”
– Bonnie Hecht, Palisadian Post

“An enchanting comedy. Has Anybody Here Seen Roy? is a bit of a mystery mixed in with some comedy and a lot of fun slyness.”
– Rose Desena, thelosangelespost.com

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Diane Grant
16513 Sunset Blvd., #5,
Pacific Palisades, California,
USA 90272
E-mail: diane@dianegrant.com
Website: dianegrant.com

About the Playwright: Diane Grant is an award winning playwright and screenwriter, whose film Too Much Oregano, won the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize.

She was a co-founder of Redlight Theatre, the first professional women’s theatre in Canada. Her plays, which have been produced and published in the US, Canada, and Italy, include Sunday Dinner, (now translated into Farsi, Turkish, Italian, and Mandarin), Nellie! How The Women Won The Vote, Sex and Violence, Has Anybody Here Seen Roy?, Rondo a la Condo, A Dog’s Life(translated into Russian), The Last Of The Daytons, and The Piaggi Suite.

Her musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In The Willows was produced by Theatre Palisades Youth in 2010..

Will To Win, a documentary on the Southern California Shakespeare Festival, written by Ms. Grant, and produced by filmmaker Kerry Feltham, previewed in Los Angeles and the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2007 and is recommended by the Royal Shakespeare Company of London.

Ms. Grant has performed at the Stratford Festival and the National Arts Centre of Canada. She was Literary Manager of the Los Angeles Write Act Repertory Company, a mentor for the young playwrights’ group HOLA, and a member of Los Angeles Wordsmiths. She’s a member of the Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights Guild of Canada, the International Center for Women Playwrights, blogs for The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, and is Vice-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Has Anybody Here Seen Roy? was first produced at Theatre Palisades in Pacific Palisades, CA in January, 2013.

Hope & Fury by William Allen Brooks

Comedy/ 3 characters, 1 Man, 2 Women/ One Act

Synopsis: A quirky and touching story of two estranged sisters who come to their childhood home for the first time in eight years. Their mother has recently passed on, but not before she put it in her will that the two of them will have to sort through a life’s worth of pack-rat’s junk before they can sell the lucrative property. If that isn’t enough to send these strong women around the bend, then the fact that their sworn enemy, the grocery delivery boy/ex-boyfriend/trouble maker, has been named as executor to their mother’s estate certainly is. The name of the game is following these two equally loveable and hate-able people through tickle fights, three bottles of gin and a whole lot of memories as they try to patch together who they are, who they were, and who they will be.

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William Brooks
204 Hilliard St. E.
Saskatoon, SK.
Canada
S7J 0E4
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e-mail: williamallenbrooks@yahoo.ca
Playwright’s website: www.williambrooks.ca

About the Playwright: William is a playwright and actor living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. As a playwright, two of his plays, The Captive and Hope & Fury, have been featured at the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s Spring Festival of New plays. Hope & Fury was premiered in Saskatoon in May of 2005 produced by Flux Theatre, followed by a production at Calgary’s Lunchbox Theatre. His youth play, Assignment: Impossible was toured by Persephone Theatre in 2006. His plays have also been seen at Globe Theatre’s On the Line and the University of Saskatchewan. As an actor, William’s work has been seen with Persephone Theatre, Quest Theatre, Vertigo Mystery Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, As-Q Theatre and Last Exit Theatre, among others.

Hope & Fury was first was first seen in The Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s Spring Festival of New Plays, May, 2004 as a staged reading, and premiered by Flux Theatre in May, 2005

 

How It Happened by Alan Rossett

Comedy/ 3 Characters, 1 Man, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
Against the background of Parisian literary circles, Albert sets out to win the favors of a delectable young lady, Christine, by writing her a “bestseller” . . . using as “plot” the sizzling secrets of his closest friends . . . people like himself: rootless, lost in a big city, clinging to each other as their sole reason for being.

The course of all their lives takes a sharp turn as fragile human relationships are thrust against the creative impulse. Albert’s game of transforming real people into fictional characters turns out to be extremely dangerous. Dahlia decides to get even.

Winner of a New Drama Award from the Centre National du Livre.

“An utterly engrossing play written with shattering lucidity. The author cruelly dissects the darker sides of friendship – it’s merciless but without false pessimism either.”
France Soir

“Humorously, Alan Rossett shows us that it’s not easy living alongside literary folk… A witheringly accurate comedy.”
Le Nouvel Observateur

“Why is this such an endearing play? Because its characters are contradictory, rich, changing: in short, very much alive. The author qualifies his comedy as one of ‘caresses and claw marks.’ His consummate craft resembles the tailoring of a great high fashion designer.”
Valeurs Actuelles

“Alan Rossett has a style all his own: sober themes placed within scrupulously exact backgrounds, then turned every which way by razor sharp wit. With elegance, startling theatricality, intelligence and brio, Rossett lowers us into the bubbling cauldron of the literary world.”
France2

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Alan Rossett
91, rue Nollet
75017 Paris
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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 Girlspremiered 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.

How It Happened was first produced by the Théâtre de l’Atalante, Paris, France in May, 2004, in its original French version entitled Les Sans-Attaches. The French text is published by L’Avant-Scène Thèâtre Nº1161 June 1st, 2004.

“Alan Rossett’s plays are ironic, lucid, biting, on a very high level; here rivalry, jealousy, possessiveness, smouldering resentment are the ingredients of a play that’s not only funny and tender – but ruthless. Savour this bittersweet comedy.”
Actualité Juive

“A black and pink comedy, in which a diabolical trio of talented actors carry us from surprise to surprise.”
La Terrasse

Ichabod — by Phillip C. Wagner (Book & Lyrics) and Elizabeth DeVolder (Music & Lyrics)

Ichabod, Tragically Comic Players, Vernon, BC

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

Synopsis: A family musical set in the 1780s in the eerie Dutch settlement of Sleepy Hollow along the Hudson River. The jealous Brom cannot stand the graceful, educated Ichabod winning over his girl, Katrina, and will have none of Ichabod’s flirting with the ladies. Determined to rid Sleepy Hollow once and for all of Master Ichabod’s superior airs, Brom does not stop at just smashing pumpkins!

Children from five to 95 will enjoy the lively music and spirited antics of all the characters. Everyone sings and dances — even the “horses.” As in the classic Disney animated film, the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the chase is the climax. Watch out for Brom Bones’ horse, Dare Devil, as he gallops after Ichabod Crane’s horse, Gunpowder!

“The kids nearly fell out of their chairs with laughter during the second half.”
– Shoe String Children’s Theatre

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Phillip C. Wagner
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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 play Murder at the Empress was first performed in Victoria by the Vancouver Island Players in 1979, and later adapted for a summer run at the Jasper Lodge in Jasper, Alberta.

Ichabod and the Headless Horseman premiered at the Four Seasons Musical Theatre in Victoria in 1986. Later it toured to 14 schools in Greater Victoria. In 2009, Phil joined forces with lyricist and composer Beth DeVolder to rewrite the music. The new Ichabod debuted at the Schubert Centre in Vernon, B.C. in 2009, and was remounted the next year at the Powerhouse Theatre in Vernon.

Currently the artistic director of the Tragically Comic Players in Lumby, BC, Canada, Phil is also a screenwriter and story editor.

Ichabod was first produced under the title Ichabod and the Headless Horseman by the Four Seasons Musical Theatre Company, Victoria, BC, Canada in 1986. The current version, with new music, was first produced by the Tragically Comic Players at the Schubert Centre, Vernon, BC, in 2009.

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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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.

Just Desserts: Three one act plays by Miriam Gallagher

The plays in Just Desserts may be produced separately or as a triple-bill

“Easter Eggs”
Comedy/ 7 characters, 3 Men, 4 Women/ One Act
Synopsis: Lucy’s magic birthday party is full of strange surprises. Will Mrs Lockett get her just desserts?
“Lemon Soufflé”
Comedy/ 7 characters, 4 Men, 3 Women/ One Act
Synopsis: Set in an old abbey, an engagement party causes friction as family secrets are revealed.
“Omlettes”
Comedy/ 8 characters, 3 Men, 2 Women, double casting possible for Waiters (men or women)/ One Act
Synopsis: A strange trio of waiters serve omelettes with a difference to a married couple, a young pair on their first date, and a tramp. But what happens when the young people cannot pay?
Playwright’s notes

“‘Omlettes’ [is] a macabre dance of characters locked in an illusion of choice.”
– City Limits

“‘Lemon Soufflé’ has nice touches of character observation and good jokes.”
– Time Out

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Miriam Gallagher
53 Upper Beechwood Ave.
Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Ireland.
Ph/Fax: 353-1-4976880
Email: gallaghermiriam@eircom.net

About the Playwright: Miriam Gallagher, Irish playwright, novelist and screenwriter, studied drama in London (LAMDA). Her work, staged and screened in Ireland, London, Paris, USA, and Canada with Irish, Dutch, Finnish and Russian translations, is included in the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing and profiled in Irish Women Writers: An A-Z Guide(Geenwood Press). Her plays have been published in Fancy Footwork and 12 Other Plays (Soc. Irish Playwrights) andKalahari Blues & Other Plays (2006). Commissions include The Ring of Mont de Balison (Ranelagh Millenium Project);Kalahari Blues (Galloglass Theatre Co), which toured nationwide; The Gold of Tradaree (Clare Arts Award); The Mighty Oak of Riverwood (Betty Ann Norton Theatre School 40 years celebration) performed at the Gate Theatre; and Fancy Footwork (Dublin Theatre Festival). Recently her play The Parting Glass was an international prizewinner of the Near & Far Playwrighting Contest (USA).Miriam’s other books include Let’s Help Our Children Talk (O’Brien Press) and a novel, Song for Salamander (Trafford). She received Arts Council and European Script Fund Awards for her feature length screenplay Girls in Silk Kimonos(celebrating the Gore Booth sisters), and her film Gypsies has been screened at Irish Film Centre, Galway Film Fleadh, Foyle Film Festival, New York’s Lincoln Center, Plaza cinemas, San Francisco and at the International Children’s Film Festival at Hyderabad, India. A member of Irish PEN, Miriam has served on its committee and as vice president. She has also served on the Irish Writers Union committee, the council of the Society of Irish Playwrights, as a judge for the O.Z. Whitehead Play Competition, and on the Awards Panel for Arts and Disability Forum. She has been a guest lecturer at universities in Dublin, New York, Boston, and Pretoria, and her manuscripts are in the National Library, Dublin and film work in the Irish Film Archive.

Just Desserts was first produced by Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin.