The Third Ascent by Frank Moher

Drama/ 7 characters, 6 Men, 1 male child / Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis (from Southam News): “Henry Lewis Stimson was U.S. Secretary of War to presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. He was also a pivotal figure in the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

“But these facts make up only one crucial strand in The Third Ascent . . . . What also fascinates Moher — and this provides the provocative philosophical basis for his play — is the fact that Stimson was the first white man to climb Chief Mountain, a foreboding and mythic peak on the Alberta-Montana border . . . . On the mountain, Stimson finds himself forced to confront the truth of his own role in the Hiroshima bombings. And if he hopes that the climb to the top of Chief Mountain will provide a kind of absolution, of spiritual cleansing, he is tragically mistaken.

The Third Ascent is first and foremost a character study, a compassionate examination of moral fallibility. ‘I am not the government incarnate,’ protests the aging Stimson at one critical point. ‘I am only one man.’ But Stimson’s long-time Indian guide, Thomas Whitefeather, also makes compromises. At one point, he bitterly denounces the aging statesman for his complicity in the Hiroshima bombing . . . . At the next, he ruefully confesses he now guides ordinary people to the summit in order to make money.

“Various concerns surface in this richly textured and absorbing play — the immorality of war, obviously, but also such matters as human guilt and expiation, the sinister workings of racism, the mysterious influence of legend on even the most pragmatic of civilizations, and the fragility of human certainty.”

“An unusually powerful play . . . heartfelt, intelligent . . . Frank Moher is a playwright to be treasured.”
– Southam News

“Moher’s most flamboyantly theatrical show yet . . . thoughtful and touching.”
– The Edmonton Sun

“Taut and funny and wrenching . . . The best Moher yet. Don’t miss it.”
– The Edmonton Journal

“A challenging work about major issues . . . It shows that the singular maturity and unique viewpoint of Odd Jobs were not a flash in the pan.”
– The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Stimulates the heart and mind . . . a satisfying, powerful play.”
– Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

“Extraordinary . . . riveting.”
– CHEZ-FM (Ottawa)“Theatricality and thought are the Siamese twins of good theatre and The Third Ascent is rich in both. A must see.”
– The Chronicle-Journal (Thunder Bay)

“Frank Moher’s plays are always highly imaginative, skillfully crafted, thought-provoking . . . . The Third Ascent is [his] most ambitious and powerful.”
– Canadian Theatre Review

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Playwright’s website: FrankMoher.com

About the Playwright: Frank Moher’s plays have been produced internationally, at theatres including South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Detroit Repertory Theatre, Round House Theatre (Silver Spring, Maryland), the Canadian Stage Company (Toronto), the Wellington Repertory Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand), Workshop West Theatre (Edmonton, Alta.), the Asolo Theater (Sarasota, Fla.), Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary), Dodona Theatre (Prishtina, Kosova), The Mingei Theatre (Tokyo), and OmaDa Theatre (Athens, Greece). He has won a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for Writing (for Odd Jobs), the Edmonton Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play (for both The Third Ascent and Prairie Report,), and is published by both ProPlay and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Frank has taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta (where he was a Distinguished Visiting Artist), and is currently an instructor in scriptwriting and journalism at Vancouver Island University. He has also worked professionally as a literary manager and dramaturg, and written for publications including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Saturday Night magazine, The Georgia Straight, backofthebook.ca and salon.com.

The Third Ascent was premiered by Theatre Network, Edmonton, Alberta, in January, 1988.

Also by Frank Moher on ProPlay:

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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John Chambers
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.

The Virgin and the Beast by Zsolt Pozsgai

The Virgin and the Beast

Tragi-Comedy/ 5 Characters, 3 men, 2 women/ Full Length, 70 Minutes

Synopsis: A man with a seriously burnt face lives in a flat in the ghetto of Budapest. Known as the Prince, he was once the most feared figure in the district and a leader of the underground. His companion and caretaker, Uncle Sam, decides to bring a tenant to his flat, a young Transylvanian girl, innocent and unaware. Love blossoms, and the two plan their escape together. Based on real events.

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Zsolt Pozsgai
H-7630 Pécs, Tétény u. 28.
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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.

The Virgin and the Beast was first produced at Katona Jozsef Theatre in Kecskemet, Hungary in 2001.

Tooth by Fred Rohan Vargas

Drama/ 5 Characters, 1 Man, 4 Women/ One Act, 15 mins.

Synopsis: Adamanda is excited about what she’ll find under her pillow when she wakes up in the morning. However, she finds it hard to sleep when she is visited by three tooth fairies who desperately want her tooth.

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Fred Rohan Vargas
E-mail: rohanvargas@aol.com
Website: www.miuprod.com

About the Playwright: Fred Rohan Vargas is the author of several full lengths, one acts and children’s plays that have been produced throughout the country and abroad. He holds a MFA in dramatic writing from New York University. Two of his plays have been published by The Riant Theatre (Anything But Black) and JAC Publishing and Promotions (Crystal). He is founder and executive producer of Mixing It Up Productions, LLC. He has received three nominations for his play Tide Beyond the Rift at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (2014) and has had his play Crystal produced in Bucharest, Romania the same year.As a producer, Fred has just finished a  three month run at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre of his children’s musical, Yaki Yim Bamboo the Musical.

Fred also shows his ability in other genres by writing instrumental pieces for jazz, film and TV. A renaissance artist in the making, he has been noted by Song of the Year Songwriting Contest, Unisong International Song Writing Contest, Billboard World Song Contest, John Lennon Songwriters Contest and Great American Song Contest. His music is on a compilation of 3 CDs.

Fred has served on the theatre/dance grant’s panel for the Queens Council on the Arts, the panel of judges for the Daytime Emmy Awards (sponsored by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) and the Board of Directors of the New York Children’s Theatre. He is currently a member of The Broadway League, Theatre Resource Unlimited, The Dramatists Guild and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Tooth was first performed by Youth Education on Stage, Williston, North Dakota in 2006.

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

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
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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

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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Josepha Gutelius
122 Burt St.
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USA 12477
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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.

Virgin On Exile by Nwokedi

Drama/ 9 Men, 14 women, plus chorus (villagers) and musicians/ One Act

Synopsis: The village of Ifeatu has been cursed. Villagers have begun to slump over and die, suddenly and quickly. A devastating uncertainty lingers in the air as the leaders of the village search for an answer.

Osakwe, Lead Warrior of Ifeatu Village, is told by an Oracle to find the Virgin on Exile, a woman out in the world. She is to be sacrificed along with seven bulls at the burial place of their progenitor, Ifeatu.

Osakwe realizes the virgin may be someone he knows. Fearful that she will expose a dark secret, he tells the villagers only that the seven bulls must be sacrificed. This, of course, does not change anything. When he is asked if he may have missed something, Osakwe compounds his deception by telling them they must abolish their practice of Mgba Agbogho, an ancient festival.

This is met with resistance. But when the son of a deceased villager returns after years of searching for what he calls “the light,” and tells them the same thing, the villagers are faced with a difficult decision: believe the newly returned villager and abolish their ancient festival, or do nothing and watch as the deaths continue, until they are likely extinct.

Then a goddess appears in the village, and Osakwe’s lie begins to unravel. And when two men bring a madwoman into the square, the even larger secret he has been hiding is finally laid bare.

This extraordinary play from Nigeria combines dance, song, magic, spectacle and audience participation to tell an absorbing tale of a leader’s deceit, and his community’s redemption.

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Address: 38 Mbaise Road Owerri
Imo State
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E-mail: kiddies4unclemorale@yahoo.com

About the Playwright: Nwokedi Sylvester Sunday is an Owerri-based independent film producer and playwright from Anambra State, Nigeria. He has a degree in Theatre Arts. His movies, aimed at children and youth, include Mr. Math, Mr. Book, Think Twice, and Olaoma. Sylvester also writes poems and articles, and has spoken at international and national conferences.

Virgin on Exile was first produced by the Crusaders Theatre Troupe at the Rosy Arts Theatre, Owerri Imo State, Nigeria in October 2006.

War by Fred Rohan Vargas

Drama/ 2 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman/ One Act

Synopsis: Milton is brought to court by his former girlfriend, Diane, for child support. Milton thinks that Diane is being unfair because he made it clear to her that having kids is not a consideration in their relationship. Diane doesn’t really want his help but realizes that she can’t financially support the baby on her own. After going through a few accusations and misunderstandings, Diane and Milton come to terms in resolving their differences in an amicable way.

 

 

 

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About the Playwright: Fred Rohan Vargas is the author of several full lengths, one acts and children’s plays that have been produced throughout the country and abroad. He holds a MFA in dramatic writing from New York University. Two of his plays have been published by The Riant Theatre (Anything But Black) and JAC Publishing and Promotions (Crystal). He is founder and executive producer of Mixing It Up Productions, LLC. He has received three nominations for his play Tide Beyond the Rift at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (2014) and has had his play Crystal produced in Bucharest, Romania the same year. As a producer, Fred has just finished a  three month run at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre of his children’s musical, Yaki Yim Bamboo the Musical.

Fred also shows his ability in other genres by writing instrumental pieces for jazz, film and TV. A renaissance artist in the making, he has been noted by Song of the Year Songwriting Contest, Unisong International Song Writing Contest, Billboard World Song Contest, John Lennon Songwriters Contest and Great American Song Contest. His music is on a compilation of 3 CDs.

Fred has served on the theatre/dance grant’s panel for the Queens Council on the Arts, the panel of judges for the Daytime Emmy Awards (sponsored by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) and the Board of Directors of the New York Children’s Theatre. He is currently a member of The Broadway League, Theatre Resource Unlimited, The Dramatists Guild and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

War was first produced by Love Creek Production, New York City, New York in September, 1998.

War of the Buttons by Jonathan Dorf

Drama/ 12 Characters, 10 Men (9 teens, 1 adult), 2 Women (both teens)/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: (Freely adapted from La Guerre des Boutons by Louis Pergaud) Each year, the kids in a failed manufacturing town — a now-closed ice cream factory was its lifeblood — wage a war against the students of the nearby boarding school that’s buying up failed homes and businesses and taking over. This year, the prisoners will have their buttons cut off.

Charlie, leader of the town kids, is abandoned by his parents, but even having to hide in the now-closed ice cream factory to avoid being sent to a youth home doesn’t stop him from fulfilling his duties as general. When the preps ambush him and take his buttons, Charlie leads a daring midnight raid to recapture them — otherwise, he won’t pass muster at school the next day. But when his friend Hugo gets in trouble for it, Charlie must decide whether to save Hugo or himself.

A portion of War of the Buttons 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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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.

Weather by Frank Moher

Weather, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary

Drama/ 6 Characters, 3 Men, 3 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

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Synopsis (From the Calgary Herald): “Peter is a 43-year-old architect whose pet project is Water’s Edge, a new, upscale halfway house, which when finished will be a comfortable home for schizophrenics, including his own adult son, Chris.

“In fact, Peter is gay and lives with Drew, an actor-cum-AIDS volunteer; Chris is the result of a brief heterosexual liaison in his teens. Chris’s Mom, Elizabeth, is now a politically influential lawyer and is also trying to smooth the way for the government-funded Water’s Edge. As he waits for his home to be completed, Chris is living temporarily in a basement suite with his new girlfriend and fellow schizophrenic, Tara.

“Then, like the crazy, end-of-millennium weather that is the play’s meteorological metaphor, this sunny scenario abruptly changes for the worse. The province cancels the project for budgetary reasons, Chris and Tara, evicted from their suite, seek refuge in a squalid squat run by the radical mental-health advocate Yvonne and go off their medication. And Peter suddenly finds himself gripped by a black, angry mood he can’t shake.”

“Cause for a celebration.”
– American Theatre Magazine

“Brilliant . . . . Although about a serious subject, Weather has a surprisingly upbeat feel.”
– The Calgary Sun

Weather delivers the talk [and] walks the walk, offering Tara, Christopher and Peter as complex, funny and sympathetic characters, human beings working their way through a difficult world.”
– The (Toronto) Globe and Mail

Weather is a play that never loses sight of its characters nor sacrifices them for the sake of the playwright’s destination. Like life, this play is tragic, funny and optimistic.”
– Fast Forward Weekly

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Playwright’s website: FrankMoher.com

About the Playwright: Frank Moher’s plays have been produced internationally, at theatres including South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Detroit Repertory Theatre, Round House Theatre (Silver Spring, Maryland), the Canadian Stage Company (Toronto), the Wellington Repertory Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand), Workshop West Theatre (Edmonton, Alta.), the Asolo Theater (Sarasota, Fla.), Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary), Dodona Theatre (Prishtina, Kosova), The Mingei Theatre (Tokyo), and OmaDa Theatre (Athens, Greece). He has won a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for Writing (for Odd Jobs), the Edmonton Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play (for both The Third Ascent and Prairie Report,), and is published by both ProPlay and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Frank has taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta (where he was a Distinguished Visiting Artist), and is currently an instructor in scriptwriting and journalism at Vancouver Island University. He has also worked professionally as a literary manager and dramaturg, and written for publications including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Saturday Night magazine, The Georgia Straight, backofthebook.ca and salon.com.

Weather was premiered by Alberta Theatre Projects in January, 1999. It has been revised for publication by ProPlay.

Also by Frank Moher on ProPlay: