Red Hot Mamas by David W. Christner

Comedy/ 7 Characters, 4 Men, 3 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: (from Between the Lines [Detroit]): “Abby and Dan are a successful married couple whose children are grown and out of the house. The peace and solitude they enjoy, however, abruptly changes when Abby invites her newly widowed mother-in-law, Sarah, to move in with them. In a classic case of one-upmanship common amongst in-laws, Sarah immediately phones Claudia, Abby’s mother, to tell her the good news. Not to be out maneuvered, Claudia masterfully applies the guilt routine with Dan, and before you know it, both mothers-in-law have packed their belongings and moved in with their now beleaguered children.

“The first act regales the audience with the problems that ensue once the widows stake their claim to the newly combined household. The second act reveals what happens when the former enemies find their common ground and become every parent’s worst nightmare, but with a twist: instead of their children running wild and carousing late into the night, it’s their parents who are behaving badly. Or are they?”

“A hilarious new comedy.”
Between the Lines (Detroit)

“Will trigger nostalgic laughs and shudders over matters maternal.”
Providence Phoenix

“Brilliantly funny.”
The Morning Sun (Qualicum Beach, B.C.)

“Christner’s witty and adult-oriented script has created characters who are sympathetic and believable, yet never caricatures that are there simply to be laughed at.”
Curtain Calls (Detroit)

“Christner has a real gift for clever dialogue in which a play on words can get bounced between two or more characters in bouts of witty repartee.”
Detroit Monitor

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David W. Christner
585 Indian Corner Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874-2120
E-mail: playwright43@gmail.com

About the Playwright: David W. Christner was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee and raised in a small farming community in southwestern Oklahoma. He received a BA and an MA from the University of Oklahoma. Two plays of his Vietnam Trilogy — The Wall and Bui-Doi: The Dust of Live — have been recognized in national playwriting competitions, and The Walk, Red Hot Mamas, The Babe, The Bard, and the Baron, The Bitch of Baily’s Beach, Ezra and Evil, and This Blood’s For You have also been finalists or winners in national/international playwriting competitions. His plays have been produced throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and Australia. Mr. Christner is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Inc., the Theatre Communications Group, and is published by The Dramatic Publishing Company.

Red Hot Mamas was first produced under the title Family Matters by the Canberra Repertory Company, Australia in 1999 and received its professional premiere at the Detroit Repertory Theatre in June, 2002. Since then it has been seen in India, Russia, Canada, Italy, and Ghana.

Two Wheel Tricycle by John Chambers

Dark comedy/ 6 Characters, 2 Men (with doubling), 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Set on a municipal tip (or dump), Two Wheel Tricycle is a hard-edged drama shot through with dark humour. Trawling through consumer waste, the characters are all searching for something — to sell; to do up; to give their lives meaning — as well as maybe a trike for their kid. As they return day after day, the barriers between them come down and they discover they have more in common than they first imagined. But they are themselves surplus to requirements in a consumer society, and eventually the chap from the Council has to do something about them.

“A thoughtful, satisfying, finely wrought work of art.”
– The Guardian

“Powerful and ambitious.”
– City Life

 

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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.

Two Wheel Tricycle was first produced at the Contact Theatre, Manchester, England.

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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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.

Robin Hood and the Raven’s Revenge by John Chambers

Comedy/ 9 characters, 5 Men, 4 Women (double/extra casting if desired)/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Written for a family audience, with plenty of humour and some added twists to the traditional story. It intertwines the favourite elements of the Robin Hood legend with less known myths, such as the witch Mother Maudlin and an evil Raven and equates Robin with the English folk-lore figure, The Green Man.

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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.

Little Ms. Loony was first produced by the Real Life Theatre Co., Manchester, in Oct. 2009.

Little Ms Loony by John Chambers

Comedy-Drama/ 5 Characters, 1 Man, 2 Women/ 2 non-gender specific/ One Act, 20 minutes

Synopsis: We meet Jane as she is strapped into a straightjacket. She’s a young high-flying teacher in a High School, where her husband is Head. The shrink has to determine whether Jane is mad — or is it the world she lives in?

“A thought-provoking tragi-comedy.” – City Life

 

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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.

Little Ms. Loony was first produced by the Real Life Theatre Co., Manchester, in Oct. 2009.

Albert Finney Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by John Chambers

Comedy-Drama/ 3 characters, 2 Men, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Steve is a disillusioned working class man. Liberated by the heady mix of music and radical politics in the ’60s and ’70s, the ’80s saw all his hopes of something better come to nothing. His teenage son “Lud” never held out any hope. He’s a Generation X-er — which adds to Steve’s frustrations. Steve’s wife Cath is caught between the warring factions. Her journey — and her direct action — becomes collective action. Can any of them see light at the end of the tunnel . . .

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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.

Albert Finney Doesn’t Live Here Anymore was first performed at Manchester LTC, 1997.

Hope & Fury by William Allen Brooks

Comedy/ 3 characters, 1 Man, 2 Women/ One Act

Synopsis: A quirky and touching story of two estranged sisters who come to their childhood home for the first time in eight years. Their mother has recently passed on, but not before she put it in her will that the two of them will have to sort through a life’s worth of pack-rat’s junk before they can sell the lucrative property. If that isn’t enough to send these strong women around the bend, then the fact that their sworn enemy, the grocery delivery boy/ex-boyfriend/trouble maker, has been named as executor to their mother’s estate certainly is. The name of the game is following these two equally loveable and hate-able people through tickle fights, three bottles of gin and a whole lot of memories as they try to patch together who they are, who they were, and who they will be.

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William Brooks
204 Hilliard St. E.
Saskatoon, SK.
Canada
S7J 0E4
Ph.: (306) 934-8278 or (306) 341-4089
e-mail: williamallenbrooks@yahoo.ca
Playwright’s website: www.williambrooks.ca

About the Playwright: William is a playwright and actor living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. As a playwright, two of his plays, The Captive and Hope & Fury, have been featured at the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s Spring Festival of New plays. Hope & Fury was premiered in Saskatoon in May of 2005 produced by Flux Theatre, followed by a production at Calgary’s Lunchbox Theatre. His youth play, Assignment: Impossible was toured by Persephone Theatre in 2006. His plays have also been seen at Globe Theatre’s On the Line and the University of Saskatchewan. As an actor, William’s work has been seen with Persephone Theatre, Quest Theatre, Vertigo Mystery Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, As-Q Theatre and Last Exit Theatre, among others.

Hope & Fury was first was first seen in The Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s Spring Festival of New Plays, May, 2004 as a staged reading, and premiered by Flux Theatre in May, 2005

 

Assignment: Impossible by William Allen Brooks

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

Synopsis: Three students (Janice, Beth, and Paul) and one teacher (Mr. Ankart) have all been sentenced to a special weekend detention by Mrs. Donnelly, the school principal. Each of them is in hot water with the principal for their own reasons. Partly as punishment and partly as a last chance to redeem themselves, the four have been given a special task in this day long detention. It is the job of these four to come up with some sort of presentation on teen sex issues and present it to the rest of the school on Monday.

When the students are uncooperative in their attempts to form the presentation, Mr. Ankart pulls out the script that he has written for the day. It turns out to be far from anything that the student body would care about. Secretly, Janice writes her own script. When Monday morning rolls around, she takes over the stage from Mr. Ankart and holds a vote with the student audience to see which play they want to hear. Naturally, they choose hers.

All four characters take on roles in the play and tell the story of two couples at a party (Britney/Kevin and Cameron/Justin) trying to make decisions about sex in their lives.

In the play-within-the-play, Cameron, who has had sex before, convinces her friend Britney that she should have sex with her boyfriend Kevin if she wants to keep him around. On the boy’s side, Cameron’s date, Justin, tells Kevin that he has to go for it as well. The two couples leave the party early, but at the last minute Britney and Kevin decide not to go through with it.

The next Monday at school, Britney overhears Kevin and Justin sharing bedroom stories from the weekend. When she hears Kevin lying about what happened she confronts him with a slap in the face. Feeling awful about what he has done, Kevin tells the truth to the whole school over the intercom system. Inspired, Cameron tells the truth about her weekend, too.

Once the truth is out in the open, all four characters have the opportunity to talk honestly about what they’re feeling. They can work through all of the questions that they each have surrounding this difficult issue and come to the conclusions that are right for them.

And backstage, after the play, the actors share some surprises of their own.

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204 Hilliard St. E.
Saskatoon, SK.
Canada
S7J 0E4
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e-mail: williamallenbrooks@yahoo.ca
Playwright’s website: www.williambrooks.ca


About the Playwright: William is a playwright and actor living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. As a playwright, two of his plays, The Captive and Hope & Fury, have been featured at the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s Spring Festival of New plays. Hope & Fury was premiered in Saskatoon in May of 2005 produced by Flux Theatre, followed by a production at Calgary’s Lunchbox Theatre. His youth play, Assignment: Impossible was toured by Persephone Theatre in 2006. His plays have also been seen at Globe Theatre’s On the Line and the University of Saskatchewan. As an actor, William’s work has been seen with Persephone Theatre, Quest Theatre, Vertigo Mystery Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, As-Q Theatre and Last Exit Theatre, among others.

Assignment: Impossible was first produced by Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon on tour in 2006.

Confetti by Broken Gopher Ink

Comedy-Drama/ 7 characters, 5 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, 35 scenes

Synopsis: Gary lives with his middle-aged mother, Geg, and is “in a relationship” with Lindahl, but his real love is his drums. Maybe you’d prefer making loud sounds to growing-up, too, if your Mother was having sex with your cousin (her nephew, that’s right) and your girlfriend wants to bring her “emotional heart into harmonious balance.”

But in 35 punchy, sardonic scenes punctuated with original songs, this smart and unsentimental comedy manages to suggest that even someone as messed-up as Gary can manage to achieve, if not harmonious balance, a degree less mess-uppedness.

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Broken Gopher Ink,
1521 9th Ave,
Greeley, Colorado,
USA, 80631.
Ph.: 970-356-4893
Email: brokengopher@hotmail.com
Playwrights Website: www.brokengopher.com

About the Playwright:Broken Gopher Ink are a pair of humble westerners whose delightfully crude and vicious plays have been produced all over the USA and small parts of Europe, but especially in New York City off-Broadway theatres, where Broken Gopher Ink acquired their bogus literary credibility. No one is sure who they are or what they want, but their deliciously low cholesterol mega-monologue play, My Heart and the Real World, has received eight separate off-Broadway productions (including two UK shows) thus cementing Broken Gopher Ink‘s reputation as cult failures.

Confetti was premiered at The American Theatre of Actors, in New York City, October, 1995.

Also by Broken Gopher Ink:
My Heart and the Real World

 

 

 

 

 

That Darn Plot! by David Belke

Comedy/ 6 characters, 4 Men, 1 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Mark W. Transom, one of Canada’s greatest playwrights, is at the end of his rope. In order to fulfill his contract to artistic director and old friend Jo Harber, he has to create a play in one night or lose everything. Half asleep and half drunk, Transom starts putting theatrical personalities he knows into a simple comedy about putting on a play. As the characters come to life before his eyes, the play seems to be progressing well until, unbidden and without warning, Transom’s son Lloyd appears as a character and the play takes on a life of its own. As the playwright struggles to maintain the upper hand, the out of control writing process brings him closer and closer to the heart of his estrangement with his son. Hilarious and heartfelt, That Darn Plot is a comedy about playwriting, rehearsals, rewriting and rehabilitating reality as well as a sympathetic look at a creative writer who is unable to connect with the people around him, including his only child.

“Fun stuff, and like the booze-and-panic-fueled writing session it depicts,That Darn Plot! moves with manic speed . . . thanks to the spot-on script loaded with great one-liners and scads of crisp dialogue.”
– See Magazine (Edmonton)

“Clever and fast-paced . . . . a hysterical (and sometimes genuinely touching) show.”
– ebhm.org

“Pretty darn funny . . . . sure to entertain anyone with an interest in the process of theatre, or a hankering to be a writer.”
Birmingham News

Winner of the 2000 Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Contest

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10037 84 Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T6E 2G6
phone (780) 437-7507
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About the Playwright: David Belke was born in Winnipeg, Canada but was raised and continues to flourish in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Ed. and where he also studied stage design. He fills many different roles in the theatre: performer, producer, designer, teacher, and award-winning playwright. His plays have been performed across Canada as well as in the United States, England and Northern Ireland. His first full length play was produced for the 1990 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, the largest theatre festival in North America. Since then, he has written a new play for each subsequent year becoming one of the Fringe’s mainstays and one of the city’s favorite playwrights. David currently works as resident playwright and designer with Edmonton’s Shadow Theatre where he is also an artistic associate. Shadow Theatre usually produces one of David’s plays a year, either a premiere or a remount. A multiple Sterling Award winner, David also received prestigious Samuel French Inc.’s Canadian Playwrights Award for 2000 and they have since published two of his plays. In addition, he is a cast member of Edmonton’s long-running comedy institution Die-Nasty, the live improvised soap opera. He also serves as a member of the Varscona Theatre Alliance Board and The Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards Committee.

Ten Times Two was first produced by Shadow Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1999

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