The Cuckoo’s Nest Casino by Ron Grant

Comedy/ 10 Characters, 3 Women, 7 Men/ Full Length, Three Acts

Synopsis:
The Cuckoo’s Nest Casino is a comedy about a group of people who come together to save a small Las Vegas casino from losing its gaming license and having to close. Dai Choi and his wife, Elaine, are constantly at odds with each other; Dai loves his bottle of Sake and Elaine doesn’t. Doc Holliday, a customer who believes he is really Doc Holliday re-incarnated, claims to be the fastest gun in the west. Don Sinatra, a Las Vegas small time entertainer, and his girlfriend, Showbiz Liz, can’t seem to get their relationship together because Don is playing piano in a Las Vegas brothel and Liz is getting too old to be a showgirl. Mozart (his nickname) is a songwriter. His girl, Candy Delicious, uses every seductive trick in the book in order to star in the new musical Mozart thinks he can write.

The camera man from the local cable TV station arrives to save the day by broadcasting their story. Unfortunately, he’s chased away by the advances of a gay professional wrestler. However, all is saved at the last moment, the issues are resolved, and, in a surprise ending, Doc Holliday becomes a hero.

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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.

The Cuckoo’s Nest Casino awaits its first professional production.

Sunday Dinner by Diane Grant

Diane Grant, Marcia Wallace and Jeff Witzke in Sunday Dinner

Comedy/ 4 characters, 3 Women, 1 Man/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: A deceptively light comedy with deep currents underneath, in which an only son struggles to free himself from his single mother. An ensemble piece for four actors, including a tour de force part for a middle-aged woman.

Winner of a Dramalogue Award for Best Performance and the Jack Oakie Award for Comedy

“I loved Sunday Dinner . . .and would recommend it to anyone. It’s a fantastic show.”
Thomas Amo — Smiler’s Comedy Playhouse, Stockton, California

“The play was so energetic and funny that we didn’t want it to end! Diane Grant has a magic way with dialogue.”
— Professor May DuBois, Honors Director, West Los Angeles College, California

“Very funny.”
— Arnold Margolin, Producer, The Falcon Theatre, Burbank, California

The first act of Sunday Dinner may be read by clicking on the “Read It Now” button above. To obtain a complete reading copy, please see the Contact Information on this page.

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Diane Grant
16513 Sunset Blvd., #5,
Pacific Palisades, California,
USA 90272
E-mail: diane@dianegrant.com
Playwright’s 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 Toronto’s Redlight Theatre, the first professional women’s theatre in Canada. Her plays, which have been produced and published in the US and Canada, include Nellie! How The Women Won The Vote, Sunday Dinner, Sex and Violence, The Piaggi Suite, Has Anybody Here Seen Roy?, A Dog’s Life, and The Last Of The Daytons, a semi-finalist for the 2007 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Sunday Dinner was first produced at The Complex in Hollywood, California in April, 1997

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,
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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.

A Dog’s Life by Diane Grant

Farce/ 11 Characters, 6 Men, 5 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
George Mercer has problem. Unless he can pay the rent by 5 pm, his landlord will lock the doors and throw his small, but dedicated, troupe of actors out of their theatre. Enter a celebrated business tycoon who offers to save the day, but there is a catch . . . there’s always a catch . . .

From Backstage West: “Playwright Diane Grant has come up with a clever concept for her backstage comedy, the farcical aspects of creating a play-within-a-play — also calledA Dog’s Life — juxtaposed with the fictional ensemble’s struggle to pay the rent.”

“A delightful comedy that will keep you giggling all evening . . . Diane Grant, resident playwright, has created a fun-filled, entertaining comedy that will be well worth the trip to the theatre.”
– Maestro Arts and Review, LA

“Brilliant.”
– Steve Guttenberg, Palisadian Post, LA

“. . . a well-constructed, light-hearted farce.”
– Jim Boyett, Theatre Resources Unlimited

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16513 Sunset Blvd., #5,
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ISBN # for “A Dog’s Life”: 978-1-943842-97-1

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 Toronto’s Redlight Theatre, the first professional women’s theatre in Canada. Her plays, which have been produced and published in the US and Canada, include Nellie! How The Women Won The Vote, Sunday Dinner, Sex and Violence, The Piaggi Suite, Has Anybody Here Seen Roy?, A Dog’s Life, and The Last Of The Daytons, a semi-finalist for the 2007 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

A Dog’s Life was first performed by the Write Act Repertory Company, Los Angeles, California in 2004.

 

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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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.

 

Labels by Miriam Gallagher

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

Synopsis:
Mrs. Dunphy is concerned that her son has been acting erratically lately. She consults his doctor, who’s preoccupied with his golf game and home renovations. So he writes her a prescription for an anxiety drug and sends her on her way. But when the head of an inquiry into doctors over-prescribing arrives to examine his clinic’s records — and Mrs. Dunphy’s son disappears — Dr. Porter suddenly has a lot more to worry about than his tee-off time.

Playwright’s Notes:

“Influences that compelled me to write this surrealist comedy include the death of Elvis from addiction to prescription drugs, the case in Dublin of four doctors accused and found gulty of over-prescribing, and the increasing dependence on pharmaceutical means to treat sick people. Working in the paramedical sector, I became a witness to this.

“While there is no ‘era’ for this play, it is set in Dublin in the early ’80s, when four doctors were found guilty of over-prescribing. The problems and situation addressed by the play still exist.”

“This full length play is based very much in the real world of tough human existence. Set in the medical world, Labels is a hard hitting social statement fused with ironic humour.”
– Phyl Herbert, Theatre Director, Dublin

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E-mail: gallaghermiriam@eircom.net
Playwright’s website: http://www.miriamgallagher.ie/
Address: 53 Upper Beechwood Ave.
Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Ireland

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) and Kalahari 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.

Labels was first performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival by Alternative Theatre in October, 1985.

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.

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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515 Douglas St.
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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.

The Cellar by George Freek

Comedy-Drama/ 5 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, Three Acts

Synopsis:
(from The Denver Post): “The Cellar is the story of the kind of family unit that Tom Wolfe used to call ‘Mom-Dad-Buddy-Sis’ in his satirical excursions across middle-class America. Playwright George Freek has created his own nuclear family unit called Mom, Dad, Sunny, and Honey — plus a blind man who lives in their basement.

“Like Pinter, Freek can turn a kitchen paring knife or an ordinary screwdriver into a cottage monster . . . . The most insipid small talk about the weather or fast-food coupons or soap operas begins to build into a house of cards, all smeary-fingered and stained with misuse. For a time, the parents’ dialogue is parody, but it tilts sickeningly with the arrival of Sunny, the amoral cheat and son of the house. We realize that we are in the whitewashed interior of a cherfully clean bungalow where invisible fungus creeps. Father is a closet pederast, mother is desensitized, and daughter Honey is a prostitute.”Freek reveals all this by means of lurching and elliptical speeches . . . . For years, this family has sheltered the practitioners of incest, arson, and prostitution (as it now shelters the blind man in the cellar) while gulping an all-American diet of Cokes and potato chips.”

“Subtle and often clever . . . . Freek’s cynical message is that people with pointless and barren lives can be kept in a state of joyless euphoria through the ideals epitomized by the television commercial . . . . the play’s greatest virtue is that it is very funny while it addresses these issues”
Rocky Mountain News

“Well worth the visit.”
Denver Post

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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.

The Cellar was first produced by The Changing Scene, Denver, Colorado, in April, 1988.

 

Becoming Strangers by George Freek

Dark Comedy/ 5 Characters, 3 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
Howard and Jane are just looking for a break from the city when they show up at Duke and Betsy’s l’il ol’ cabin in the hills. But dang (as Duke and Betsy might say) if things don’t go wrong sometimes.

First there’s Duke’s curious interest in Howard and Jane’s sleeping arrangements. Then there’s the fact that Duke and Betsy haven’t slept together for twenty years. And then there’s the gun that unexpectedly shows up in Howard and Jane’s bedroom.

As Howard settles in for some hard fishing, and Jane realizes they’re not at a resort after all, Becoming Strangers gives new and blackly hilarious definition to the term “going native.”

 

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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.

Becoming Strangers was first produced at Southern Illinois University, and received its professional premiere at the 13th Street Theatre, New York City.