Sex Talk(s), three one act plays by David Lohrey

The plays in Sex Talk(s) may be produced separately or as a triple-bill

“One, Two, Three”
Comedy/ 4 Characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ One Act
Synopsis: A young couple home from a date are confronted by their sexual alter-egos in the form of a macho Marlboro Man and a gorgeous Cover Girl.
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“In a Newark Minute”
Comedy/ 6 Characters, 4 Women, 2 Men/ One Act
Synopsis: At an airport ticket counter, a customer, Mr. Conklin, agrees to watch another passenger’s baggage. While he’s doing so, he is distracted by a young couple discussing their sex life, with unexpected consequences.
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“Sperm Counts”
Comedy/ 4 Characters, 3 Men, 1 Woman/ One Act
Synopsis: Three men humiliated and frustrated by their wait at a sperm bank attempt to recoup their manhood by engaging in a lunatic contest of wills.
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David Lohrey
411 Walnut Street #7829
Green Cove Springs, Florida
USA 32043
E-mail: lohr_burgh@hotmail.com

About the Playwright:David Lohrey completed his undergraduate degree at UC, Berkeley. Later, he studied creative writing at San Francisco State University, UCLA, and California State University, Los Angeles where he completed his MA. David now teaches at the college level in New Jersey, and is Literary Manager at Theatre-Studio, Inc. in New York City.

David’s plays have received productions and staged readings across the country, including Group Rep and FirstStage in Los Angeles, The Long Beach Playhouse, the Dayton Playhouse, the Turnip Company, ArtGroup, and TRU’s 2nd Annual NYC Play Festival.

His work has received awards in competitions such as New Century Writers’ Competition, Riverside Stage Company’s Founder’s Award Competition, Harvest Festival of New Plays at the Sonoma County Rep, the 1998 Writers’ DigestWriting Competition, the 1999 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, and the Generic Theater Company’s Dog Days Festival. For three years, David has been a voting member for TheatreLA’s annual Ovation Awards. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1982, and recently joined the Play Selection Committee at the Long Beach Playhouse.

The plays in Sex Talk(s) have been presented by Playwrights’ Express, Los Angeles and Theatre-Studio, Inc., New York City.

12 1/2 Full Lengths by David Lohrey

Comedy/ Multiple characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ Short play, 10 minutes

Synopsis: Eighteen short vignettes parodying short plays seen often in theatre festivals.

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David Lohrey
411 Walnut Street #7829
Green Cove Springs, Florida
USA 32043
E-mail: lohr_burgh@hotmail.com

About the Playwright: David Lohrey completed his undergraduate degree at UC, Berkeley. Later, he studied creative writing at San Francisco State University, UCLA, and California State University, Los Angeles where he completed his MA. David now teaches at the college level in New Jersey, and is Literary Manager at Theatre-Studio, Inc. in New York City.

David’s plays have received productions and staged readings across the country, including Group Rep and FirstStage in Los Angeles, The Long Beach Playhouse, the Dayton Playhouse, the Turnip Company, ArtGroup, and TRU’s 2nd Annual NYC Play Festival.

His work has received awards in competitions such as New Century Writers’ Competition, Riverside Stage Company’s Founder’s Award Competition, Harvest Festival of New Plays at the Sonoma County Rep, the 1998 Writers’ Digest Writing Competition, the 1999 Writer’s DigestWriting Competition, and the Generic Theater Company’s Dog Days Festival. For three years, David has been a voting member for TheatreLA’s annual Ovation Awards. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1982, and recently joined the Play Selection Committee at the Long Beach Playhouse.

12½ Full-Lengths awaits its first professional production.

Arthur and Paul by Zsolt Pozsgai, translated by Peter Linka

Comedy-Drama/ 8 characters, 6 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
Confined to a hospital bed in the farthest reaches of Africa, the great French poet Arthur Rimbaud spends his time harrassing the nurse and penning letters to the local Emperor, demanding compensation for his duties as a gun-runner. He receives an unexpected visit from the love of his life, the even greater French poet Paul Verlaine, whom he hasn’t seen in eighteen years. Their strained reunion — strained because the last time they were together Verlaine shot Rimbaud — is made worse by the arrival of Verlaine’s son and first wife, who have their own scores to settle with both men. When it turns out the tumour on Rimbaud’s knee is malignant and inoperable, he realizes the time has come to set matters straight with his various visitors.

Arthur and Paul is a witty, wise, and highly theatrical speculation on how one of the most fervent literary love affairs of all might really have ended — not with a bang, but with one last grand gesture.

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Zsolt Pozsgai
H-7630 Pécs, Tétény u. 28.
Ph.: 00-36-30-2791324
horatiofilm@gmail.com
www.pozsgai.com

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.

Arthur and Paul was premiered at the Madách Theatre, Budapest in 1995.

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.

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.”
Behind the Scenes

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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
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..

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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In Russia:
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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Katherine Koller
11615-77 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T6G 0M4
email: katherine@katherinekoller.ca
Website: katherinekoller.ca
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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Jonathan Joy
9604 SR 7 #35
Proctorville, Ohio
USA 45669
Ph.: (740) 886-7223
E-mail: joyjonathan@yahoo.com

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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Jonathan Joy
9604 SR 7 #35
Proctorville, Ohio
USA 45669
Ph.: (740) 886-7223
E-mail: joyjonathan@yahoo.com

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.

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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).