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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Bob Jensenius
4160 Wilshire Dr.
York, Pennsylvania
USA 17402
Phone: (D) 888-878-9675 X3012
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bjensenius@yahoo.com

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

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

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

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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122 Burt St.
Saugerties, NY
USA 12477
Ph.: (845) 246-4058
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Alternate Email: 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 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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Josepha Gutelius
122 Burt St.
Saugerties, NY
USA 12477
Phone Number: (845) 246-4058
E-mail: josephanina@aol.com
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.

Elvis Did It by Ron Grant

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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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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
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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,
USA 90272
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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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Diane Grant
16513 Sunset Blvd., #5,
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USA 90272
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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.