Let’s Have Sex! by Valentin Krasnogorov

Let's Have Sex!

Comedy-Drama/ 5 Characters, 3 Women, 2 Men / Full Length, Two Acts (or may be played without intermission)
Translated from Russian by Eugene Reznikov and James Walker

Synopsis: Everyone in this strange, absurd play talks and thinks only about sex. But the frivolous title is misleading:Let’s Have Sex! is as complicated and tragic as it is bitingly amusing.

The play is structured as a rondo — a scene between the Husband and the Wife leads to a scene between the Wife and the Professor, etc., each one introduced by the recurring theme: “Let’s have sex!” But while its characters are driven by the most basic of human emotions — loneliness, their yearning for love, their desire to escape their problems — they poignantly and hilariously never get past discussing, arguing about, and apostrophizing their favorite subject. “The only way to come together quickly is sex,” says the Girl. “People can sit in the same office for a hundred years, meet each other at parties, drink together and go to picnics every weekend, but that won’t make them as close as a single night spent together!” But for Krasnogorov’s characters, consummation — however devoutly desired — remains distressingly elusive, for reasons perhaps only the Sister knows.An enormous success when it was staged in Moscow in 2003 by the director Roman Viktyuk, Let’s Have Sex! is a comic and philosophical tour-de-force from a master of the Russian stage.

“The theatre explodes with laughter.”
Culture

“Beautifully intricate.”
Helen Yampolskoy

“A unique protest against the grayness of life.”
News of Kharkov

“So mischievous and dashing, the two hours fly by.”
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Amateur and professional rights:In Russia:
Valentin Fainberg (Krasnogorov)
e-mail: valentin.krasnogorov@gmail.com
Ph.: (812) 492-3701 or (812) 550-2146
website: http://krasnogorov.com/english/In the USA:
Mr. Larry Feinberg
52 Ridge Drive
Livingston, NJ
USA 07039
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e-mail: seryvolk@yahoo.com

About the Playwright: The name of Valentin Krasnogorov is well known to theater-goers of Russia and other countries. His plays The Real Man,Somebody Must Go Away, Procession of Gnomes, Love Medicine,Several Hours from the Life of a Man and a Woman, Delights of Adultery, The Dog, Small Tragedies, This Weak Tender Sex, Bride’s Room, The Cruel Lesson, and Murder Case are warmly met by critics and audience. He was President of the St. Petersburg Playwrights Association until 1992, and now lives in Israel.

Krasnogorov’s plays are contained in the permanent repertoire of many theatres and are sometimes played several hundreds times. Critics have noted that “Krasnogorov’s plays cross borders easily”; for this reason, many of them have been translated into foreign languages and staged in theatres, on radio, and on TV in different countries.

V. Krasnogorov is a member of the Writers Union of Russia; member of the Russian Union of the Theater Workers; and a member of the Israel Federation of Writers Unions. His biograghy is included in the dictionaries Marqui’s Who’s Who in the World, USA, International Who’s Who in the Intellectuals, England, Cambridge, et. al..

Let’s Have Sex! was first produced at The Theater of Roman Viktyuk, Moscow, in 2003.

The Fall of Don Juan by Valentin Krasnogorov

Comedy-Drama/ 3 characters, 2 males, 1 female/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Circumstances force a bride and groom, also successful business partners, to ask a total stranger — an aging, oddly behaving man — to be the witness at their wedding. To kill time, the young couple also ask him about the women he loved. The result is unexpected, and their accidental meeting dramatically changes the fates of all three.

 

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Valentin Fainberg (Krasnogorov)
e-mail: valentin.krasnogorov@gmail.com
Ph.: (812) 492-3701 or (812) 550-2146
website: http://krasnogorov.com/english/The translators: Ph.: (1)-917-402-1319 e-mail:YanaSkrynnik@gmail.comDimitriVorontzov@gmail.comIn the USA:
Mr. Larry Feinberg
52 Ridge Drive
Livingston, NJ
USA 07039
Ph.: (973) 535-3632
e-mail: seryvolk@yahoo.com

About the Playwright: The name of Valentin Krasnogorov is well known to theater-goers of Russia and other countries. His plays The Real Man, Somebody Must Go Away,Procession of Gnomes, Love Medicine, Several Hours from the Life of a Man and a Woman, Delights of Adultery, The Dog, Small Tragedies, This Weak Tender Sex, Bride’s Room,The Cruel Lesson, and Murder Case are warmly met by critics and audience. He was President of the St. Petersburg Playwrights Association until 1992, and now lives in Israel.

Krasnogorov’s plays are contained in the permanent repertoire of many theatres and are sometimes played several hundreds times. Critics have noted that “Krasnogorov’s plays cross borders easily”; for this reason, many of them have been translated into foreign languages and staged in theatres, on radio, and on TV in different countries.

V. Krasnogorov is a member of the Writers Union of Russia; member of the Russian Union of the Theater Workers; and a member of the Israel Federation of Writers Unions. His biograghy is included in the dictionaries Marqui’s Who’s Who in the World, USA, International Who’s Who in the Intellectuals, England, Cambridge, et. al..

The Fall of Don Juan was first produced by the Gorky State Theatre, Crimea, Simferopol, Ukraina in October, 2005.

Perdu by Katherine Koller

Comedy/ 4 characters/ 3 men, 1 woman/ One Act (30 minutes)

Synopsis: Young Pearl is stuck in a dead-end job: stacking cans of dog food and contending with eccentric customers — like Konstanty, the weird old man who makes Pearl promise to take care of his dog when he’s dead. When tragedy strikes, Pearl discovers more about Konstanty’s dog — and herself — than she ever expected.

 

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11615-77 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
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Ph.: (780) 436-7272

About the Playwright: Katherine Koller lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and writes for radio, stage and screen. Her one-acts, including Cowboy Boots and a Corsage, have been produced at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, on CBC radio, and across the country. Some of her full-length plays concern the pressures of science and technology on family relationships, often with the land or some element of nature playing a character part. Coal Valley: The Making of a Miner (2005) is included in The Alberta Advantage, published by Playwrights Canada Press. The Seed Savers (2009) received its premiere at Workshop West Theatre. Katherine teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.

Perdu was first produced at From Cradle to Stage by Walterdale Playhouse in Edmonton, Alberta, in May 2007.

Simply Selma by Jonathan Joy

Comedy-Drama/ 3 Characters, 2 Women, 1 Man/ One Act

Synopsis: Selma is a young woman keeping two full time jobs — working as a stripper at a local club, and taking care of her mother at home. Mama is a loving, but overbearing, woman in her sixties determined to convince Selma to stop stripping and to find a mate. When Michael moves in next door, Mama is convinced that he is the perfect man for her daughter. Simply Selma is a touching comedy/drama about family, relationships, and sexual politics.

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9604 SR 7 #35
Proctorville, Ohio
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About the Playwright: Jonathan Joy is theatre artist-in-residence at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky. Annually, he works with over two thousand students (K-12) in educational theatre classes at the Paramount and at the Huntington Museum of Art and Huntington Renaissance Center in Huntington, West Virginia. His first play, Simply Selma, was published in 2003 by the One Act Play Depot. A Match Made in Heaven is now available at Brooklyn Publishers. His full length, American Standard, won two regional awards for playwriting including the 2003 Wallace E. Knight Excellence in Writing Award. His written work will also be included in three upcoming theatre books: Millennium Monologues 2, Shakespeare Festivals Around the World, and 60 Seconds to Glory: 220 Monologues for Women. His new play, The Princess of Rome, Ohio, was a 2004 Finalist for the Seven Devils Playwriting Conference in McCall, Idaho and a Semi-Finalist at the Dayton Playhouse Futurefest. Professional acting and directing credits include work with the Phoenix Theatre Circle in Columbus, Ohio; Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, Virginia; Huntington Rep in Huntington, West Virginia; and the Backstage Players in Ashland, Kentucky. Since 1998, Mr. Joy has served as Director/Manager of Free Spirit Productions, a regional theatre troupe located in Kentucky and West Virginia. He holds an MA in English (Drama/Creative Writing emphasis) and a BFA in Theatre (Acting/Directing emphasis) both from Marshall University, where he is currently an adjunct professor teaching Theatre Appreciation.

Simply Selma was first produced by Free Spirit Productions at the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia in August, 2001.

American Standard by Jonathan Joy

Comedy/ 7 Characters, 4 Men, 3 Women, 3 Voices/ One Act

Synopsis: (From The Herald-Dispatch [Huntington, W.V.]): “A political farce that follows the lives of two rural Kentucky State Senate candidates, one Republican and one Democrat, forced to pool their resources and travel the campaign trail together.

“Two rural senate candidates, a Republican and a Democrat, are waiting on the endorsement of a legendary congressman whose seal of approval will push the election to one side or another. Then there is a twist. The Republican congressman is the father of the Democratic candidate and the best friend of the Republican candidate. Fed up with what politics has turned into and of what both of them are doing, he arranges for them to pool all of their resources and to travel to all of the outlying counties together. He will endorse the one who he feels has learned his lesson.

“There is, of course, a woman involved, and the two candidates wind up competing for her affection, the election, and for power in general. Like the Bush and Gore battle of 2000, a lot of drama takes place at two lecterns. The play, which uses minimal sets, also takes place at the Republican candidate’s office, a bar that the Democrat hangs out, a diner and the candidates’ hotel room, which they also have to share.”

Winner of the 2003 Wallace E. Knight Excellence in Writing Award and the 2003 1st Place Maier Award for Creative Writing.

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About the Playwright: Jonathan Joy is theatre artist-in-residence at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky. Annually, he works with over two thousand students (K-12) in educational theatre classes at the Paramount and at the Huntington Museum of Art and Huntington Renaissance Center in Huntington, West Virginia. His first play, Simply Selma, was published in 2003 by the One Act Play Depot. A Match Made in Heaven is now available at Brooklyn Publishers. His full length, American Standard, won two regional awards for playwriting including the 2003 Wallace E. Knight Excellence in Writing Award. His written work will also be included in three upcoming theatre books: Millennium Monologues 2, Shakespeare Festivals Around the World, and 60 Seconds to Glory: 220 Monologues for Women. His new play, The Princess of Rome, Ohio, was a 2004 Finalist for the Seven Devils Playwriting Conference in McCall, Idaho and a Semi-Finalist at the Dayton Playhouse Futurefest. Professional acting and directing credits include work with the Phoenix Theatre Circle in Columbus, Ohio; Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, Virginia; Huntington Rep in Huntington, West Virginia; and the Backstage Players in Ashland, Kentucky. Since 1998, Mr. Joy has served as Director/Manager of Free Spirit Productions, a regional theatre troupe located in Kentucky and West Virginia. He holds an MA in English (Drama/Creative Writing emphasis) and a BFA in Theatre (Acting/Directing emphasis) both from Marshall University, where he is currently an adjunct professor teaching Theatre Appreciation.

American Standard was first produced by Free Spirit Productions at the Joan C. Edwards Center for the Performing Arts, Huntington, West Virginia in 2002.

The Christmas Princess by Arthur M. Jolly

The Christmas Princess

Comedy/ 4-5+ males, 4-8+ females (8-25 performers possible)/ Full Length, 60 to 80 minutes (flexible)

Synopsis:
It’s Christmas Eve — and the palace is in turmoil. The next day is not only Christmas, but the wedding day of the beautiful (but spoiled) Princess and the handsome (but dumb as a bag of rocks) Prince Valiant. The problem: the Princess doesn’t want to marry a stupid prince. Desperate to find a way out of the marriage, she disguises herself as a maid, and seeks the advice of Watt the Witch, who sends her on a quest to find three magical gifts that will allow her to escape her wedding.

A portion of The Christmas Princess 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.

Published by arrangement with YouthPLAYS

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About the Playwright: Arthur M. Jolly was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting in 2006 and works as a screenwriter and playwright in Los Angeles, represented by the Brant Rose Agency. His plays have won numerous awards, and been produced internationally. He was born in England, but also lived in Kenya, Madagascar and France until the age of 11, when his family moved to New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School, where he cut his economics class to sit in on creative writing classes with Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt — then an unknown English teacher.

Arthur’s early career was in the film industry in New York, where for 12 years he worked every possible below-the-line job, from stuntman and special effects artist to food stylist and cockroach wrangler. (Not the same production.) He has over 150 film and television credits, but some of them are cockroach wrangling. These days he will only admit to being a writer. More at www.arthurjolly.com.

The Christmas Princess was firdt produced professionally at the Black Box Theatre (Los Angeles, CA) and the Promenade Playhouse (Santa Monica, CA).

Moosebreath, Maine by Bob Jensenius

Comedy-Farce/ 7 Characters, 4 Women, 3 Men/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
June Midcalf, a soon to be divorced businessperson, is transferred to Moosebreath, Maine. She is to start a new sales division for her company. June mysteriously discovers the real reason for her transferred is so Meredith, the owner of the company, and her soon to be ex sister-in-law, can fire her.

Why does Meredith want to fire her? What can June do?

Tired of being pushed around, June has a plan of her own to get even. She hires employees that are antithetical to the “corporate image” and her own ethical standards. Why should June care? She is not going to have to supervise these malcontents. She is going to be fired — or is she?

* Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that if you fall in any of the following categories you read this play at your own risk: accountants, people who won’t use trees, Volvo drivers, men who golf, topless dancers, wives of men who golf, Ford Bronco owners, psychologists, people with values, people without values, beer drinkers and users of Preparation H.

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4160 Wilshire Dr.
York, Pennsylvania
USA 17402
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About the Playwright: Bob Jensenius’ work has received numerous awards during the past four years. He has been a finalist in the 1999 McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting competition, a finalist in the 1999/2000 Blowing Rock Stage Company competition, selected to the New York City Playwrights Festival, and winner of York Little Theatre’s Black Box Production. His work has received staged readings at the American Renegade Theatre in Hollywood, CA. and productions at The Theatre Studio Inc., New York City and York Little Theatre in York, Pa.

Bob lives in York, Pennsylvania with his wife Billie and two children. He has served on the Board of Governors of York Little Theatre, and has many broadcasting and business credits to his name.

Bob holds a BS degree with honors in accounting from York College, a BS degree in political science from Shepherd College, and an MS degree in communications from Shippensberg University. Despite all these degrees, Bob still has difficulty coloring between the lines.

Moosebreath, Maine was first seen at York Little Theatre in December 1998, and made its Off-Off Broadway premiere at the Theatre Studio Inc. in August 2000. It has won various awards.

The Couple Next Door by Donna Hoke

The Couple Next Door

Comedy-Drama/ 4 Characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
After ten years of marriage, Sadie and Vance are experiencing the all too familiar trials that arise when lovers become parents, job and home responsibilities become never-ending, and alone time becomes scarce. To Sadie’s further frustration, reticent Vance refuses to acknowledge — or discuss — any of them. Next door, demographic equals Janet and Rich have fared much better; their happy marriage is full of passion, love, empathy — and multiple sex partners.

When the ever-ready Rich overhears Vance and “hot burrito” Sadie having wild sex, he’s intrigued, and determines to invite the couple over to test the waters. Janet is also curious, but hesitant: They live so close, what if it goes bad, and why is Rich so insistent? Through a comedic series of events, Sadie and Vance arrive at the Lewis house one Fun Friday, hoping that — as they’ve read on-line — a “just sex” evening of swinging will open up communication and elevate them to a new level of closeness.

All appears to go well . . . until the morning after. At the Nelson house, Janet senses the encounter with their new playmates was a little off, while Rich — dazedly fondling Sadie’s left-behind underwear — feels something is definitely on. At the Lewis’, the experiment has seemingly proved a bust: The couple is barely talking, and it’s clear that Sadie is more pissed at her husband than ever.

In the ensuing days, Janet’s suspicions grow, and Rich visits Sadie to confess that she made him feel something he never has before. While Sadie insists it was “just sex,” Vance gets a cryptic visit from Janet that makes him realize his marriage is on the line. That night, Vance and Sadie bond after he digs deep to reveal his feelings about what happened last Friday, and the two take tentative steps toward reconciliation, which include a new start. Crushed, Rich nonetheless recognizes the need to recommit to his family, albeit with the unsettling knowledge that there might be more to love — and sex — than he’s ever known.

“Playwright Hoke can write: dialogue flows naturally, real people saying real things . . . . the story has verve, it lives and breathes.”
The Buffalo News

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Email: donna@donnahoke.com
Ph.: 973-919-2038
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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.

The Couple Next Door premiered at The Road Less Traveled Theatre, Buffalo, NY, in September, 2010.

“The play challenges notions of what defines a stable relationship, as neither couple leaves the encounter unchanged. This is not a cautionary tale warning against the evils of swinging; neither does the play condemn the practice. We see characters learn about themselves and learn about their relationships in surprising ways. That is the pleasure of The Couple Next Door.”
Artvoice

Veronica Cory by Josepha Gutelius

Comedy-Thriller/ 3 Men, 4 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Veronica Cory is the young widow of a man who was killed in a bomb explosion two years ago. Or was he killed? An obsessed FBI agent is hell-bent on using Veronica as a pawn to capture the ringleader of an international terrorist network, and who may or may not be Veronica’s husband.

“A thought-provoking, deeply moving play. Veronica is, in her zany, rock-chic way, a contemporary heroine — pitted against the frightening and ridiculous, and events that leave the audience gasping.”
Woodstock Times

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USA 12477
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About the Playwright: Josepha Gutelius’s other plays include The Age of Anxiety, RASP, Spooking Herald, Is It June Where You Are?, Desperate Alien, and Miracle Mile, as well as the short playsTwo Hands, Vaseline, and Atomica World Machine.

Veronica Cory was first produced at the 18th Street Playhouse, New York City in 1984.

Miracle Mile by Josepha Gutelius

Comedy/ 7 Characters, 3 Men (one double), 3 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
Miracle Mile may remind you of Shakespeare’s Tempest — only now it is the scary future, and the wizard is a young scientist (and the daughter of the President of the U.S.) who unleashes a catastrophic weather war, with hilarious results.

Miracle Mile should join the repertoire of imaginative as well as innovative comedies.” –Times Herald Record

Miracle Mile is a gem. Gutelius adds delightful twists, and turns the world upside down and inside out to give a new perspective to our follies. This play is a must-see.” –Poughkeepsie Journal

“Gutelius presents a series of socio-political issues that are downright mind-boggling. Going for comedy, she deals with matters of high explosive-conflictive nature. It’s all done in tongue-in-cheek and is positively hilarious. But it is also serious, thought-provoking, and quite disturbing stuff [that will] send the audience home with plenty of material for thought and speculation.” – Kingston Daily Freeman

“It is hard to characterize Miracle Mile, which may be its primary charm and appeal. Neither formulaic nor heavy on message, it poses ever so lightly some questions about the meaning of human life . . . with an inventiveness [that is] disarmingly and infectiously entertaining . . . For a delightful evening of theater, it is sure to please.” – Woodstock Times

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USA 12477
Phone Number: (845) 246-4058
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Alternate E-mail: jgutelius@yahoo.com

About the Playwright: Josepha Gutelius’s other plays include The Age of Anxiety, RASP, Spooking Herald, Is It June Where You Are?, Desperate Alien, and Veronica Cory, as well as the short plays Two Hands, Vaseline, and Atomica World Machine.

Miracle Mile was first produced at Performing Arts of Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, in 1989.