Yard Wars by Jonathan Dorf

Westley Thornton in Yard Wars, Secret Rose Theatre, North Hollywood, California

Comedy/ 1 Character, 1 Man/ One Act

Synopsis: Eighteen-year old backyard wrestler Christian Connors has just been power-bombed on his head. While he probably has a concussion, he has luckily avoided death or paralysis. But the concussion sparks a crisis: is it worth it to continue wrestling? He goes back through his wrestling career, beginning when his friend Jimmy Double T got him to start a wrestling federation in Jimmy’s backyard — just for fun — using old mattresses and hiding it from Jimmy’s mother. He remembers creating his character, their first matches, the arrival of fans and new wrestlers, and how it all began to spiral out of control, with the fans demanding crazier, more violent matches and him liking the attention. Not only does he like that attention, but he can feel himself getting hooked on it. He’s at the height of his popularity, but is he still wrestling for the right reasons?

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About the Playwright: Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced across the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, including stagings of his work by Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Mr. Dorf is the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He has also written several produced short screenplays and a number of feature scripts.

In addition to writing for stage and screen, he serves as the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft: he created “Ask the Expert” Playwriting for their scriptwriting software and also writes a column about playwriting for their website. He is resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store, for whom he created Playwriting 101.com, and he also contributes regularly to their e-zine. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in dramatic writing and literature and holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. He is available to playwrights and screenwriters as a script consultant.

Yard Wars was first produced at the Secret Rose Theatre, North Hollywood, California, 2006.

 

The White Pages by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy/ 4 Characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ One Act

Synopsis: Thirtysomething insurance adjuster Robert brings three used classics to Book Traders Book Store to exchange. When he gets a book with blank pages in return, he believes it to be an error. Nancy, the store owner, supplies him with another book, this one also blank.

Even as Robert protests, satisfied and willfully oblivious customers come in to trade for more blank books. Finally, Robert fights back: armed with pens and ultimately a typewriter, he occupies the store and recreates —to the best of his recollection — the classic novels that Nancy and her nephew, Toto, have been disemboweling and replacing with white pages.

“The high spot of the afternoon . . . was Jon Dorf’s manically funny The White Pages . . .”
– CVI Weekly (Charlottesville, Va.)

“. . . very definitely funny.”
– The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.)

The White Pages . . . is a zany farce with a touch of gentle satire.”
– Frontiers (Los Angeles, Ca.)

“Funny and unexpectedly psychotic . . . its premise is undeniably interesting.”
– Suburban and Wayne Times (suburban Philadelphia, Pa.)

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About the Playwright: Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced across the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, including stagings of his work by Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Mr. Dorf is the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He has also written several produced short screenplays and a number of feature scripts.

In addition to writing for stage and screen, he serves as the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft: he created “Ask the Expert” Playwriting for their scriptwriting software and also writes a column about playwriting for their website. He is resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store, for whom he created Playwriting 101.com, and he also contributes regularly to their e-zine. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in dramatic writing and literature and holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. He is available to playwrights and screenwriters as a script consultant.

The War of the Buttons was first performed at the Haverford School, Haverford, Pennsylvania in 1999. It awaits its first professional production.

Play’s End by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy-Drama/ 2 Characters, 2 Men (1 is a boy)/ One Act

Synopsis: John Doe, a gun salesman, arrives home to find his ten year old son, Johnny, already back from school and playing on the living room floor. Johnny tells his father that something “sad” has happened, but he can’t remember what it is.

He tells John about a boy who was shot to death at school the week before. As he relates the story of the shooting and reconstructs his day-and as John explains the gun-happy family’s own version of the “birds and the bees” — Johnny remembers that his brother Jay has been “stung.”

“. . . in heightened dialogue reminiscent of Pinter, Dorf shows quite effectively how a parent’s attitudes can influence a child without either of them knowing it . . . The most interesting and stimulating work [of the evening].”
– The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Premiere One-Act Festival starts off with a bang with Jonathan Dorf’s Foreplay . . .”
– Buzz Weekly (Los Angeles, CA)

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About the Playwright: Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced across the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, including stagings of his work by Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Mr. Dorf is the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He has also written several produced short screenplays and a number of feature scripts.

In addition to writing for stage and screen, he serves as the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft: he created “Ask the Expert” Playwriting for their scriptwriting software and also writes a column about playwriting for their website. He is resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store, for whom he created Playwriting 101.com, and he also contributes regularly to their e-zine. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in dramatic writing and literature and holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. He is available to playwrights and screenwriters as a script consultant.

Play’s End was first produced under the title Foreplay at the Brick Playhouse, Philadelphia.

Neverland by Jonathan Dorf

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

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Synopsis: Young Wendy decides, with the help of the imaginary J.M., that her friend Peter is “the one.” Thus begins an epic pursuit. Each time Peter moves on in life, Wendy reinvents herself and reappears. But each time she gets close to the downward spiraling Peter, who has run away from home and ended up in juvenile hall, prison and on the street, she can’t quite get herself to tell him who she is or of her “love.”

Her repeated failures push her over the edge, and one afternoon the tables turn and Peter follows her. Wendy takes refuge on the ledge of her apartment. Can Wendy and Peter battle off their fears of the future and the ghosts of the past, represented by a couple of nasty hallucinatory characters, to have their long-delayed reunion?

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About the Playwright: Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced across the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, including stagings of his work by Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Mr. Dorf is the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He has also written several produced short screenplays and a number of feature scripts.

In addition to writing for stage and screen, he serves as the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft: he created “Ask the Expert” Playwriting for their scriptwriting software and also writes a column about playwriting for their website. He is resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store, for whom he created Playwriting 101.com, and he also contributes regularly to their e-zine. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in dramatic writing and literature and holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. He is available to playwrights and screenwriters as a script consultant.

Neverland was first produced by the City Theater Company, Wilmington, Delaware.

Milk and Cookies by Jonathan Dorf

Patrick Gallagher and Beth Patrik in Milk and Cookies at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre, Burbank, California, 2008

Dark comedy/ 6 Characters, 2 Men (with doubling), 2 Women/ One Act, 75 minutes

Synopsis:
March 1996. 30-something Marge’s reverie about the single man on her milk carton is interrupted by the news — broadcast by the mysterious Blondie — that a teller at the local bank is dead and that there are still no leads in the ten-year old theft of a carton of milk from Sam’s 24 Hour Market. Marge’s seven-year old son Jackie tells her that his younger sister and he poisoned the cookies they gave the bank teller. As the police arrive, Marge flees, leaving her children to fend for themselves.

Limping along the highway, Marge accepts a ride from Bruce, the man on the milk carton. On the run from “milk,” a conspiratorial corporate entity, Bruce persuades her to join him in a quest to find Rufus, a reputed freelance version of the witness protection program rumored to be somewhere in Montana. Their quest takes them through Nevada and Idaho, as they steal cars, break into slot machines, rearrange dairy cases and yell “fire” in a half-crowded theater — and eventually follow Blondie to a dairy farm in Montana. Will Rufus give them the new identies they crave? What about Marge’s children? And what if the milk conspiracy turns out to be reality . . ?

“Dorf has a wonderful knack for writing snappy, slyly politically incorrect dialogue, which feels like a collaboration between Woody Allen and David Mamet . . . beguiling . . .”
– Backstage

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About the Playwright: Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced across the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, including stagings of his work by Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Mr. Dorf is the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He has also written several produced short screenplays and a number of feature scripts.

In addition to writing for stage and screen, he serves as the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft: he created “Ask the Expert” Playwriting for their scriptwriting software and also writes a column about playwriting for their website. He is resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store, for whom he created Playwriting 101.com, and he also contributes regularly to their e-zine. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in dramatic writing and literature and holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. He is available to playwrights and screenwriters as a script consultant.

Milk and Cookies premiered at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre, Burbank, California, 2008.

From Shakespeare With Love by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy/ 4 actors minimum, 2 Men, 2 Women; expandable up to 7-8 Men, 6 Women/ One Act

Synopsis:
Four of the Bard’s characters wait for an overdue flight to London. When Romeo reveals that he plans to revenge himself upon Shakespeare, whom he blames for ruining his life, by killing him in a duel, the others — Titania, Viola, and Antipholus — try to save the playwright by convincing Romeo that Shakespeare “does indeed love love.”

To do so, they recall scenes (excerpts from the actual Shakespearean plays) that show Shakespeare’s playful side. Titania, for example, shows her enchanted love for Bottom. Antipholus shows Romeo the confusion that occurs when he is mistaken for his twin brother — by his brother’s wife. Viola, dressed as a man, carries a Duke’s message of love to another woman — even though Viola has fallen in love with the Duke herself.

At the very last moment, they succeed in convincing Romeo to spare Shakespeare, and all’s well that ends well.

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Presented by special arrangement with YouthPLAYS.

“A delightful portrayal and enriching experience of Shakespeare and some of the many ‘love’ interests in his plays.

“Comments we have received based on the evaluations that are mailed to us state that the show is ‘excellent, very funny,’ ‘very appropriate for 7th through 12th grades,’ ‘a clever concept,’ and ‘A delightful romp into a world that students rarely get to experience . . .’.”
– Francis Licopoli, Outreach Coordinator, Walnut Street Theatre

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About the Playwright: Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced across the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, including stagings of his work by Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Mr. Dorf is the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He has also written several produced short screenplays and a number of feature scripts.

In addition to writing for stage and screen, he serves as the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft: he created “Ask the Expert” Playwriting for their scriptwriting software and also writes a column about playwriting for their website. He is resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store, for whom he created Playwriting 101.com, and he also contributes regularly to their e-zine. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in dramatic writing and literature and holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. He is available to playwrights and screenwriters as a script consultant.

From Shakespeare With Love? was commissioned and premiered (under the title Shakespeare in Love?) by the Walnut Street Theatre Outreach Program, Philadelphia.

Godot Arrives by Daniel Curzon

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

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

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

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

Christmas Naughty and Nice by Daniel Curzon

Christmas Naughty and Nice

Comedy-Drama/ Multiple Characters, flexible casting/ Full Length, five short plays

Synopsis:
(from The Portland Phoenix): “Playwright Daniel Curzon explains that he wrote Christmas Naughty and Nice ‘to vent his inner Grinch, to make angels weep, and because he has sold his soul to the Devil.’ That gives you a fair indication of the range of tones expressed over the course of the show’s five plays.

“At one end, we have the humor of precocious adolescents. In the opening play, ‘Honest Christmas Presents,’ family members give what they really want to give, with varying degrees of cleverness: Tween Melissa in headgear gets dog doo from her brother Billy; Mom gets a ‘pile remover’ from Dad, who in return gets a penis enlarger.

“At the far end of the show’s range, we have the drama ‘A Christmas Mistake.’ The heartstring-pulling ‘Mistake’ looks in on a man remembering a past Christmas Eve, when he crossed the Golden Gate Bridge with his young daughter. The mistake of the title happens when the girl, who is fated to die the next year, believes a homeless man, who is about to jump, to be Santa Claus.

“The most interesting and unexpected of the plays is ‘A Christmas Miracle,’ in which two military men in uniform at a mess hall Christmas Eve party hide their love and lust in full sight. Like Naughty and Nice itself, it melds the perversely funny with the poignant.”

“Melds the perversely funny with the poignant . . . . studded with moments of both hilarity and quiet power.”
The Portland Phoenix

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

He has also written and published non-gay fiction and plays. His plays, both gay and non-gay, have been produced in several cities.

Christmas Naughty and Nice was first produced by Dark Water Theatre Company, Portland, Maine in 2009.

 

A Pirate’s Delight by David Cronin

Comedy/ 4 Characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ One Act

Synopsis:

Captain Black Diamond is a little crazy from too many close calls with cannon balls. And that’s not his crew’s only problem. The first Mate wants to be captain. They have to sail for Treasure Island to get more treasure.

Developments on their island, though, force a change of plan. When the lonely lighthouse keeper appears, the Captain has to decide where his loyalty lies. Despite sword fights and plank walking, all parties find the treasure they need in the end.

 

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E-mail: davidcronin3@bigpond.comAbout the Playwright: A professional performer for over 25 years, David Cronin is an entertainer for both adults and children. He performs a variety show with comedy, magic and juggling and conducts workshops and courses in Clown, Circus Skills, and Magic.His presentations as a speaker educate youth and adults about the health and fitness benefits of humour and laughter, with fun, interactive play.He is proud to be a member of the Clown Doctor team, bringing Laughter Therapy regularly to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and at Flinders MC for over eleven years. Both the parents and the staff also benefit from the fun!

David creates and produces educational and entertaining shows and plays. These are performed in pre-school centres, primary and secondary schools, as well as for vacation care and holiday programs.

Plays include: Once Upon A Chair, The Cloud Catchers, Once Upon a Platypus, The Coco Circus Show, Jester Minute, Captain Black Diamond Pirate Show, A Pirate’s Delight, Find the Pharoh, Where’s Bully?, Rocky Star, Tubes ‘R Us.

David Cronin studied theatre abroad, and worked for 15 years in European and Asian countries. He is a member of a number of international associations, and Coordinator of the Laughter Yoga Clubs of SA (LYSA). David is married to Rosalie with four children.

A Pirate’s Delight was commissioned by the Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide and performed for five seasons.

Cloud Catchers

Comedy/ 6 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman, 4 Puppets/ One Act

Synopsis: Two dogs, Yippy and Yappy, enjoy working on a sheep station. But when drought persists, they are sold to a new owner. Yippy and Yappy set off to save their sheep station, with their purchaser chasing after them. On their journey they meet other characters, animals and birds, who eventually assist them in achieving their goal.

The Cloud Catchers is about the importance of water, and promotes discussion on water use, the water cycle, and care for the environment. It also engages and nurtures our innate creativity and imagination, as we search for solutions to what may seem like unsolvable problems from our current standpoint.

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David Cronin
PO Box 35
Stepney, Australia
5069
E-mail: davidcronin3@bigpond.comAbout the Playwright: A professional performer for over 25 years, David Cronin is an entertainer for both adults and children. He performs a variety show with comedy, magic and juggling and conducts workshops and courses in Clown, Circus Skills, and Magic.His presentations as a speaker educate youth and adults about the health and fitness benefits of humour and laughter, with fun, interactive play.

He is proud to be a member of the Clown Doctor team, bringing Laughter Therapy regularly to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and at Flinders MC for over eleven years. Both the parents and the staff also benefit from the fun!

David creates and produces educational and entertaining shows and plays. These are performed in pre-school centres, primary and secondary schools, as well as for vacation care and holiday programs.

Plays include: Once Upon A Chair, The Cloud Catchers, Once Upon a Platypus, The Coco Circus Show, Jester Minute, Captain Black Diamond Pirate Show, A Pirate’s Delight, Find the Pharoh, Where’s Bully?, Rocky Star, Tubes ‘R Us.

David Cronin studied theatre abroad, and worked for 15 years in European and Asian countries. He is a member of a number of international associations, and Coordinator of the Laughter Yoga Clubs of SA (LYSA). David is married to Rosalie with four children.

Cloud Catchers has been performed mainly in school theatre auditoriums on innumerable occasions over the last 12 years.