Flowers In The Desert by Donna Hoke

"Flowers in the Desert"
Comedy-Drama/ 2 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman/ Full Length, 75 Minutes

Synopsis: After 14 years of marriage, Britt and Joe called it quits, so Joe is surprised when, three years later, Britt asks him to try again. Cheater Joe still loves his ex and their boys, so he’s willing to go along with date-nights and counseling — until he realizes that Britt has a very specific agenda.

“Passionate, thought-provoking and extremely truthful.” – Marina Lai, Delano Luxembourg

Semi-Finalist, Theatre 503 Playwriting Award, Theatre 503, 2016

Semi-Finalist, AACT New Play Contest, American Association of Community Theaters, 2013

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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

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.

Two Hours in a Madhouse by Gary L. Blackwood

Two Hours in a Madhouse

Amanda Jefferson-Gillis in Two Hours in a Madhouse, Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro, NS June, 2012

Drama/ 1 Character, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: The year is 1912. Driven into bankruptcy by embezzling employees, celebrated journalist Nellie Bly has embarked on a lecture tour in order to pay off her debts. Knowing that the audience won’t want to hear about anything “depressing,” she recounts the many highlights of her astounding career, including the ten days she spent in a madhouse, exposing the wretched conditions there, and her record-breaking solo voyage around the world. Actually she does far more than just recount them — she dramatizes them in lively fashion, taking on the voices and personalities of dozens of different characters, male and female, assisted by an entire wardrobe trunk full of costumes and props. Ultimately she can’t resist telling the sad story of her downfall as well, but ends the evening on a hopeful note.

[Nellie Bly] is beautifully literate, urban, witty and strong willed, with an obvious ferocity of spirit.
TWISI Theatre Blog

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Gary L. Blackwood
Box 215
Tatamagouche, NS
B0K 1V0
Email: garylblackwood@gmail.com

About the Playwright: Though he’s best known as an author of novels and nonfiction books for middle readers and young adults (The Shakespeare Stealer series, The Year of the Hangman, Second Sight), Gary L. Blackwood has also penned a dozen stage plays, mostly for adult audiences. Dark Horse won the Ferndale (CA) Repertory Theatre’s competition in 1993; The Count of One was winner of the 2001 Festival of Firsts in Carmel, CA; Fateville took top prize at the 2003 Dayton FutureFest. His adaptation of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome is published by Samuel French. His stage adaptation of The Shakespeare Stealer has been produced by most of the top children’s theatres in the States, including Seattle and Nashville, and is published by Playscripts.com.

Two Hours In A Madhouse was first presented at the Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro, NS June, 2012.

The show is funny and cerebral, it will engage your mind, grasp you firmly by the heart, surprise you, and whisk you
away to places you never thought you would go.
– New Glasgow News

The Spins by Sara Crawford

The Spins

The Spins at Out of Box Theatre, Atlanta, GA, 2016 (Photo: Jerry Jobe)

Drama/ 6 Characters, 3 Men, 3 Women/ Full Length, Three Scenes

Synopsis: A haunting tale of unimaginable loss. Lynn, an alcoholic musician, nurses wounds both old and new — the death of her brother Riley and the recent end of a romantic relationship. Her grief plays out on two planes of existence. While her best friend Melissa tries to intervene in her waking life, Lynn escapes into sleep and dreams, where her rock idol, a dead musician, helps her through her sorrow. Her drunken, emotional vertigo is underscored throughout by the spinning of a record on a turntable — one of her only remaining connections to her brother.

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Sara Crawford
P.O. Box 965031
Marietta, GA
USA 30006
E-mail: sara@saracrawford.net

About the Playwright: Sara Crawford has been an actress, a singer, a playwright, a songwriter, a guitarist, a keyboard player, a poet, a screenwriter, and an author of both fiction and non-fiction. She graduated in 2008 from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in English, and in 2012 from the University of New Orleans with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (emphasis in Playwriting). Currently, in addition to working as a freelance writer and internet marketer, she is a creative writing professor in the graduate program at Southern New Hampshire University, teaching online classes. She also loves to talk about books, music, and writing on her YouTube channel.

Development of The Spins was supported by the 2009 Horizon Theatre’s Apprentice Company; Jennifer Bauer-Lyons, Company Director, and Lisa Adler, Co-Artistic/Producing Director, Atlanta, GA. The Spins was first performed at Out of Box Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, in January, 2016.

The Spins (poster)

When The Stars Are Right by William Anderson

When the Stars are Right

Drama/ 3 Characters, 2 Women, 1 Man/ One Act

Synopsis: Ellen, a celebrated novelist, has given up on life. After the death of her husband, she is content to spend her days embedded in an alcoholic haze. But when a whirlwind named Michelle barges in, her world is thrown askew, and Ellen finds herself opening up to new possibilities. When the Stars are Right is a play about love and loss, and the way everything can change when you least expect it.

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William Anderson
649 Railway Ave.
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
V9R 4K9
w.anderson@live.ca

About the Playwright: William Anderson is a graduate of the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism and has written audio dramas, several plays, and short stories. His most recent  play, Noir-ish, made its debut at the Nanaimo Fringe Festival in 2016.

When the Stars Are Right was first produced at the 2014 Nanaimo Fringe Festival, and received its professional premiere at the Bread and Roses Theatre in London, England, produced by THEFAMOUSJMC, in September, 2015.

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
Playwright’s e-mail: lindastockham@netzero.net
Alternative e-mail: stockham813@hotmail.com

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.

The Great Algonquin awaits professional production.

Gina and Fidel by Zsolt Pozsgai

Gina and Fidel

Comedy-Drama/ 1 Man, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: In 1974, in “the capital city of an island nation,” the actress Gina Lollobrigida is determined to make a documentary about Fidel Castro. But interviewing a man who is the constant target of assassination attempts is no easy matter. Gina and Fidel is inspired by the author’s personal acquaintance with Lollobrigida and the stories she told of her meeting with the Cuban leader.

 

 

 

 

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Zsolt Pozsgai
H-7630 Pécs, Tétény u. 28.
Ph.: 00-36-30-2791324
Email: horatiofilm@gmail.com

About the Playwright: Award-winning dramatist Zsolt Pozsgai’s plays have been seen worldwide. He is a winner of the European Drama Award, and three-time winner of the Hungarian Playwright’s Competition. Liselotte in May, his most performed play, premiered at the Deutsches Theater, Budapest, Hungary, in May, 2002 and has since been seen in over 22 stagings from New York City to Geneva, Switzerland to Vancouver, Canada. By the end of 2014, 57 of Pozsgai’s pieces, including tragedies, comedies, farces, and plays with music, had been performed in 87 theatres. He has also worked widely as a stage director, and as a writer and director for film and TV.

Gina and Fidel was first produced at the Theatre of Satire in Sofia, Bulgaria in April, 2016.

Murder at the Empress by Phillip C. Wagner

Drama (mystery)/ 5 Characters, 3 Women, 2 Men/ Full Length, Three Acts

Synopsis: What if a very rich old lady lived upstairs on the fifth floor of a venerable hotel, where the rooms are no longer rented? What if she had a fascination with murder, or the illusion of murder, and hired two actors to perform a murder mystery in her enormous suite?

That’s the premise of this eerie and entertaining romp, which is itself a delightfully tricky theatrical puzzle. As it begins, we think we are witnessing a real killing, only to discover that it’s just the two actors rehearsing a scene. Enter their patron, Mrs. Hutton, who unsettles them with her bizarre behaviour, not to mention the extremely sharp letter-opener she’s carrying. She announces that her maid has gone missing. Tensions rise further with the arrival of the Public Relation Directress for the hotel, hoping to get rid of the two actors without causing the establishment any embarrassment, as well as the discovery of the maid’s body in the bathtub — dressed up to look like Mrs. Hutton.

As mystery piles upon mystery and the characters accuse one another of the crime, they are directed by an investigating detective to assume the identity of whoever they think “dunnit” and act out the murder. In the end, only the arrival of the not-so-dead-after-all maid finally solves the puzzle — and puts an end to Mrs. Hutton’s elaborate charade.

Originally written to be performed at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC, Murder at the Empress can be adapted to a variety of locales.

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Phillip C. Wagner
Artistic Director
Tragically Comic Players
1552 Creighton Valley Road
Lumby, BC, Canada
V0E 2G1
E-mail: phillipcwagner99@hotmail.com
Ph: (250) 547-6045

About the Playwright: Actor, director, musician, and playwright Phillip C. Wagner studied playwriting at the University of Iowa, and both playwriting and directing at the University of Alberta. His other plays include Shelf Life, Almost a Murder, Maybe, and the family musical (with Beth DeVolder) Ichabod and the Headless Horseman, which toured to 14 schools in the Greater Victoria area, and most recently was seen at the Powerhouse Theatre in Vernon In 2009. Currently the artistic director of the Tragically Comic Players in Lumby, BC, Canada, Phil is also a screenwriter and story editor.

Murder At The Empress was first produced in Oak Bay, Victoria, B.C., in 1979 by the Vancouver Island Players, and later adapted for production at the Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta.

Kipling’s Jungle Book Stories, an adaptation by John Chambers with verse by Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Drama/ 16 Characters, 7 Men, 2 Women, 7 either/or/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: This epic version of Kipling’s classic was first performed professionally as an outdoor promenade production by Lancaster Dukes Theatre. Torn between his wolf family and his human mother, and between the law of jungle and “civilization,” Mowgli faces threats on all sides — crazy monkeys, an idiotic hunter, and a malevolent tiger.

Sticking closely to the ethos of the original, John Chambers’ lively adaptation offers plenty of humour and drama, not to mention some original Kipling lyrics. At its heart is a boy growing up and trying to discover who he really is . . .

A summary of the original novel, from penguinreads.com (PDF): “A very young boy, called Mowgli, lives in the jungle. Shere Khan, the tiger, wants to look after him, and so do the wolves. Akela, the wolf leader, decides that Mowgli will stay with the wolves. Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther also look after him. Mowgli stays in the jungle for ten years. When Akela becomes old, Shere Khan thinks he might now get Mowgli with the help of the young wolves who don’t like him. Mowgli defends himself by throwing fire at his enemies, but he must leave the jungle. He says goodbye sadly to his friends and family and goes to live in the village.”

“Not to be missed.”
– Westmoreland Gazette

“A must for youngsters, the show is great fun for mums and dads too.”
– Sunday Express

“Winning hearts in a new way.”
– The Stage

“It’s a great play.”
– Lancashire Evening Post

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John Chambers
E-mail: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John’s stage plays include: Stiff Stuff; Shouting at the Radio; Raw Material; Albert Finney Doesn’t Live Here Any More; Robin Hood – The Raven’s Revenge – all at the Library Theatre Company where he was Arts Council Resident Dramatist; Two Wheel Tricycle (Contact Theatre); Silver Lining (Oldham Coliseum); Yoiks Oiks (Bolton Octagon); The Marigold Trilogy (Real Life Theatre. M.E.N. Best Fringe Award); Balling the Blues (One Step); City of Gold (Arden).

John has written three epics for Lancaster Dukes Promenade Seasons – Tales of King Arthur,Jungle Book and The Three Musketeers, and several pieces for/with young people at Manchester Youth Theatre and M6 where he was also Resident Writer.

Co-written theatre work includes: Scandals – The Life & Liver of Frank Randle with Keith Clifford (which John also directed); Crazy People with Marvin Close (LTC); I’m Marrying Ryan Giggs (Robbie Fowler in Liverpool!) with Dave Simpson (Liverpool Playhouse & national tour); Koff with Brian Morgan (One Step).

He has written around 100 hours of television including: The Bill (Thames); Emmerdale(Granada-YTV). Working on it during BAFTA Best Soap year 2001); Eastenders; Runaway Bay (YTV / Lifetime); 14 episodes of Children’s Ward (Granada. Including RTS Best Children’s Drama Series); 3 fifteen minute films for BBC Education’s Turning Points, (which won BAFTA and RTS awards, 1999); Away From Home and Grease Lightning – 30 minute plays for BBC2 (Northwest); Dramarama (ITV).

Kipling’s Jungle Book Stories was first produced at the Lancaster Dukes Promenade Seasons in 1996.

Shane, adapted from Jack Schaefer’s novella by Kenneth Robbins

Shane
Original cover of the novella, 1949

Drama/ 18 Characters, 16 Men, 2 Women, some doubling possible/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: The mythical hero, Shane, rides into the life of a 10 year-old boy living on a homestead in Wyoming, 1889, and saves him and his family from the evil of the local ranchers.

From Oberlin College: “The story, seen through the eyes of a young boy, deals with a gunfighter who tries to hang up his guns but is drawn to the side of the boy’s family and other homesteaders in their struggle to keep from being forced off their land by cattlemen . . . . Considered one of the top three all-time great westerns.”

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Kenneth Robbins
1504 Elizabeth Avenue
Ruston, LA
71270
Ph.: (318) 257-2711
krobbins@latech.edu

About the Playwright: Kenneth Robbins is the author of four published novels and 21 published plays, as well as four collections of literary works. His work has received the Toni Morrison Prize for Fiction, the Associated Writing Programs Novel Award, the Charles Getchell Award, and a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award, among others.

His works for the stage have been produced by the New Works Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Nashville Academy Theatre, Theatre Atlanta Off Peachtree, and the Project Arts Center, Dublin, Ireland. His radio play, Dynamite Hill, was aired over National Public Radio and BBC Radio 3.

Jack Schaefer: A newspaper journalist-turned-author, Schaefer (1901-1991) wrote dozens of thoroughly researched westerns and was an editor of anthologies of western stories. Eight of his books were made into movies, but it is his first novel, Shane, published in 1949, and the film made from it in 1953 starring Alan Ladd, for which he will best be remembered.

Shane was first professionally produced at Caesar’s Ford Amphitheater in Xenia, Ohio in 2005.

My Heart and the Real World by Broken Gopher Ink

Comedy-Drama (monologues)/ Multiple Characters, 5 actors minimum, 3 Men, 2 Women/ One acts, written in 3 parts to be performed over 3 nights

Synopsis: (From the off-off-Broadway Review): “Sketches that can only be described as edgy, dealing with alienation, despair, and loathing (of oneself and others). Which sketches are presented on any given night is decided randomly . . .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.”

“Among them were ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby,’ narrated by a woman who fucked all four Beatles (and their manager/pimp) and fantasizes about the child she had to give up nine months later. While loaded with a narcotized horror on one level (she was 14 when she let herself be led back to the Fab Four’s hotel), the piece bubbles with an undertone of humor, pointed up by casual details (the squalor of the hotel suite; one Beatle’s bad breath; another’s breaking into tears after sex).”

Another standout was ‘Don’t Touch the President’s Brain,’ a reminiscence by a cleaning woman who happened to be in the emergency room when President Kennedy was brought in after getting shot. The title is a quote from a Secret Service man who tells her off after she accidentally picks up part of Kennedy’s brain.”

Other [characters] included a deranged Trekkie obsessed with Deanna Troy; a harassing caller who gets children to divulge secrets, and then uses that information in subsequent harassing calls to the parents; and a manic but ultimately depressing attendee at a reunion. Not a straight arrow in the quiver.

“The final sketch, a funeral eulogy, has the priest dissing God in ever-more-bitter terms. It sums up the sense of futility that underlies all the sketches’ weirdness.”

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Broken Gopher Ink
1521 9th Ave
Greeley, Colorado
USA 80631
Ph.: 970-352-7898
brokengopher@hotmail.com
Playwrights’ website: http://www.brokengopher.com

About the Playwright: Broken Gopher Ink’s plays have been produced by Love Creek Productions, The Harold Clurman Theatre, The American Theatre of Actors, The Quartz Theatre, The Soupstone Project, Beverly Hills Cable Access, Ironbound Theatre, and Theatre Three (N.Y.C.), to name only a precious few. Their fabulous and nonfattening plays, all of which have been aggressively rejected by the Denver Center, are: M.I.B. (1987),Murder in the Men’s Store (1988), Stigmata (1989), Clazion Catches Light (1991), Confetti (1993), My Heart and the Real World (1998) and Hurt(2000). Their work has won numerous cheap awards, including the 1995 Love Creek One Act Festival in New York City, which resulted in a visit from the unstable pair.

My Heart and the Real World was first produced by Love Creek Productions at The American Theatre of Actors, New York City in October, 2000.