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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George Freek
515 Douglas St.
Belvidere, Illinois
USA 61008
Ph.: (815) 547-7521
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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.

 

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).

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

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.

The Fall of Don Juan by Valentin Krasnogorov

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

The Fox’s Reward by Mark Scrivener

Comedy/ 4 Men, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
(From Northern Lights): “The Fox’s Reward is inspired by a medieval folklore classic, immortalized in the French Renaissance under the title of La Farce de maître Pathelin. The central characters are Vulpes, a down-and-out ‘master of the law,’ and his wife, vixen Marguerite. The two are out to fleece a greedy draper. Their shepherd William, however, may have more wits about him than at first appears. A feeble-minded and ailing-bodied Judge Jeeble completes the cast.

“The premise works on multiple levels, with fun and puns poked at the foibles of the legal profession, without resorting to clichéd lawyer jokes, but rather by artful craftsmanship of words. On the most concrete level, this is about madness and reality, folie à deux and the resulting delusion when others plant their realities in the heads of others . . . . Reflecting the current fiasco of corporate America’s relentless greed, we see corruption and gullibility as two all-too human characteristics throughout the ages. And who has not at one point rationalized petty behavior?”

“Bouncy, flouncy summer fun, fun, fun . . . . Let yourself be seduced by this merry romp — by hook or crook!”
– Northern Lights

“A surprisingly comic piece, proving Scrivener to be as adept with humour as he is with chaos and meditation.”
– Bryn Pearson, Allreaders.com

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63 Mountain Top Rd.
Georgica NSW 2480
Australia
Email: narrowroads@hotmail.com
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About the Playwright: Mark Scrivener studied for three years at the Harkness Speech and Drama School, where his first play was produced when he was 20. Since then, his work has been seen at theatres including The Colonnade Theatre Company, Prometheus Productions, The Player’s Theatre Company, and The Rainbow Youth Theatre, among others. His verse play Narrow Roads to Inner Lands was broadcast on Oneword Radio in the UK, and he has had over 80 poems and other pieces published in Australian newspapers and magazines, including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Quadrant Magazine, The Bulletin, Poetry Australia, and The School Magazine.His poems have also been published in anthologies from Thomas Nelson and Co. and The Paterson Literary Review, while his verse translations have appeared in Poetry Australia, Quadrant, Meanjin, and The Australian. A Master of Letters graduate (with high distinction) from the University of New England in Armidale, Australia, Mark has also toured for over 25 years as a performance poet.

The Fox’s Reward was first performed (as The Worthy Master of the Law) at Chance Theater in Anaheim, California in August, 2002.

The Great Algonquin by Linda Juanita Stockham

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

Synopsis: The year is 1951. Emmett Halberg, one of the residents of Mrs. Wirth’s boarding house in a small West Virginia town, is the leading expert on local history, flora, and fauna, but he’s also a little eccentric, and more than a little paranoid about Communism. When a young Korean War veteran moves in, Emmett begins to suspect him of being a spy, and his over-active imagination and outrageous actions soon upset the lives of the residents.

A subtly comic look at distrust and paranoia during the Cold War, with many contemporary parallels, The Great Algonquin was one of three winners in the 2011 West Virginia’s Writers Contest.

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Linda Stockham
CSU San Bernardino
Department of Anthropology
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA
USA 92407
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About the Playwright: Linda Juanita Stockham is a cultural anthropologist/playwright. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from California State College San Bernardino and her Interdisciplinary M.A. in Anthropological Studies from California State University San Bernardino. She has had plays produced in New York City and Los Angeles, in various festivals and on the radio. She lives and works in San Bernardino, California.

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The Hearing Trumpet by Henry D. Murray, based on the novel by Leonora Carrington

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Comedy/ 12 Characters, 10 women, 2 men (doubling desirable)/ Full Length, Two Acts

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Synopsis: When Marian Leatherby is ignobly shuttled off to the local old age home, she is immediately thrown into a world of intrigue and mystery, a world visited by strange visions from the past and life-changing portents from the future. An ancient abbess seeks to impart vital clues as to the location of the Holy Grail. A winged beast longs to escape from its centuries old prison. The earth shifts on its axis, plunging the planet into a second ice age, thereby righting the balance of Divine Feminine and Masculine forces. Against the backdrop of these epic events, Marian completes a journey of self-discovery and fulfillment of her destiny.

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Adapted from the classic surrealist novel by Leonora Carrington.

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About the Playwright: Raised in the South, Henry Murray has worked professionally as an actor both on stage and television, and was a founding member of Nashville’s only avant-garde theatre, The Ensemble Theatre Company. His play The Skeletal Remains of an American Indian by the Light of the Harvest Moon was presented at The Back Alley Theatre in Los Angeles. He is also the author of numerous poems and stories (publications include North Atlantic Review, West Word, and Collage), and a novel, The Ride South.

The Hearing Trumpet was first produced by JuxtaProductions, Venice, California, in March, 2001.

The Play About The Menu At Simon’s Coffee Shop by D.T. Arcieri

LA production at Moving Arts in October 2009

Comedy/ 4 characters, 2 Men (with doubling), 2 Women / One Act

Synopsis: Simon clearly needs to change more than just the menu at his coffee shop. This is a play about food and sex; about appetites that need to be satiated and all the things that happen when they are not.

“Arcieri is clearly a playwright to be reckoned with.” – NY Newsday

 

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About the Playwright
: D.T. Arcieri’s plays have been read and produced in America, England and Australia. They include the one-acts The Scream (All Out Arts, The Actors Institute, Moving Arts), Requiem for Albert (The Actors Institute, Vital Theatre, Bedlam Theatre), Drinking Zombies (Myriad Arts, Moving Arts), Norman! (Theatre Three, Theatre 40, Vital Theatre, Flesh Pot) and The Play About the Menu at Simon’s Coffee Shop (Theatre Three, Moving Arts). The Scream was optioned for a feature film by Tori Spelling and Drinking Zombies has been published by Original Works. His full-lengths include Modern Astrology (Theatre Conspiracy) and Cowbirds (Arena Theatre). Japanese Death Poem had a staged reading at Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, Texas in 2004 and a full production at Theatre 40 in Los Angeles in 2005. Both were directed by Tony-nominated Stephen Tobolowsky, the latter starring Julie Hagerty. That play also won Stony Brook University’s 2005 John Gassner Festival.

Carl a.k.a. Karl received a first reading and a staged reading in 2006 at Abingdon Theatre in New York. The Market, a prophetic one minute epic about the future of the US economy, premiered at the ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ Festival at Brooklyn College in 2007. His newest full length St. Thea: A One-Act Play in Two Acts had a staged reading at Kitchen Dog in June 2009.

D.T. Arcieri holds MA degrees in Biological Sciences and Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University. He lives and writes on Long Island in New York and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America

The Play About The Menu At Simon’s Coffee Shop premiered at Theatre Three’s Festival of One-Acts in March 2008

The Three Musketeers by John Chambers

Comedy-Drama/ 11 characters, 8 Men, 3 Women (extras casting possible)/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: This epic full-length romp, suitable for a family audience, captures the spirit of Dumas’ classic without slavishly lifting it line by line. It follows D’Artagnan’s quest to become a musketeer against the background of royalist and religious plotting and power struggles — with more than a few laughs on the way. Whilst playable by 3 f and 8 m, there is scope to use more actors.

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E-mail: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John has had some 40 plays premiered in his native North West of England — ranging from a Number One tour to fringe. He has written for most Reps in the region and was Arts Council Resident Dramatist at Manchester LTC and Resident Writer at M6 Theatre. His plays have subsequently been performed around the UK and as far afield as Australia and the US. He’s also written over a hundred hours of TV drama, as well as plays for radio.

The Three Musketeers was first presented by the Library Theatre Company, Manchester, U.K., in July, 1988.