Syllogism by La-Tonia Denise Willis

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

Synopsis: A cross between Sartre’s No Exit and Genet’s The Balcony, the world of Syllogism centers around three troubled souls who are compelled to perpetually revisit the tragic situations and circumstances surrounding their institutionalization.

Arlene is the anal-retentive executive of the den — irascible and given to strike at a moment’s notice. She wields her intellectual prowess like a weapon, mercilessly ridiculing her fellow companions with lethal word play. Leonardo — the big-hearted man-child hopelessly in love and desperately in need of courage — spends most of his time trying to clear the damage in his head left by an abusive childhood. And then there’s Jessica — the affable teenager carrying an overwhelming burden that will continue to haunt her the rest of her life. Her role as a mediator of the Group both calms and provokes the others into action. The three find themselves inexplicably tied to one another’s criminal past. Through desperation and despondency, they gather each day for a series of scatological free associative banter that belies a much deeper psychosis.

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La-Tonia Denise Willis
1212 Queen Anne Ave. N., #602
Seattle, WA
USA 98109 E-mail:latonw@msn.com

About the Playwright: La-Tonia Denise Willis went to Bard College and Fordham University, with a discipline in Comparative Literature. She also studied creative writing at Seattle Central Community College, and Digital Video at 911 Media Arts, a Seattle Film collective. Most recently, she was a finalist in the San Jose State University Writer’s Fellowship program.

Syllogism was first produced by The Theatre-Studio, Inc., New York City, in May, 2004.

Close to Home by Eric G. Westerlund

Close to Home

Drama/ 2 Characters, 2 Women/ One Act

Synopsis: Freshly unemployed, Cheryl finds her troubles multiplying when her ailing and stressed-out mother accuses Marcy, Cheryl’s younger sister, of taking some family heirlooms. Lying to protect Marcy and to spare her worn-out Mom, Cheryl claims to have the jewelry. When Marcy arrives, Cheryl confronts her. They begin a dance of avoidance and attack, revealing secrets along the way, culminating in Cheryl’s confession of helplessness in the face of their mother’s illness.

Close to Home examines the secrets and tensions that both preserve and undermine family harmony.

Playwright’s Notes

“Entertaining, thought-provoking theater.”
– NoHoArtsDistrict.com

“Well written . . . a thought-provoking, touching view of relationships and self-image.”
-The Tolucan Times

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Eric G. Westerlund
Ph.: 323-414-3348
E-mail: gulliblequahog@gmail.com

About the Playwright: Eric Westerlund began his professional life working at Arby’s to insure an upward career trajectory. He played in several rock bands and wrote some scripts. In January 2002, his first short film, Call Now! . . . Girls Are Waiting, picked up an Audience Award at the L.A. Film School’s Friday Night Shorts program. The film has since played numerous festivals. Close to Home is his first stage work. Eric has also published essays and short fiction, and holds a B.A. in English, Summa Cum Laude, from Williams College.

Close to Home premiered at the Actors Workout Studio, Los Angeles, California, 2002.

Shelf Life by Phillip C. Wagner

Comedy-Drama/ 27 Characters, 10 Men, 11 Women, 6 Indeterminate (doubling and tripling possible)/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: A Christmas dream play for ages 13 and up, combining parody, social comment, and fantasy. An old toymaker is visited by a collectible doll on the run from three “Brats” Dolls. The bad gals recruit Darth Vader, Freddy Krueger, and a not very threatening troll to take on the collectibles’ protectors, who include Popular Pirate Bob, Jack in Box, and a talking dog. The play culminates in a battle royale between the two sides, and a heartwarming Christmas surprise for the old man.

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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 Murder at the Empress 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.

Shelf Life was first performed by the Tragically Comic Players, Lumby, British Columbia, in 2009.

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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Fred Rohan Vargas
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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.

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.

Crystal by Fred Rohan Vargas

Drama/ 4 Characters, 3 Men, 1 Woman (teens)/ Full Length, 85 minutes

Synopsis: Set in a suburban community of eastern Pennsylvania, Crystal takes place in an abandoned woodshed, circa 1981. Andy, 17, has left the body of a 16-year-old girl under the floor. Hoping to gain status with two close friends, Ralph and Joey, he brings them to view the body. When they return the next day, however, the hole under the floor is empty, and Crystal, the girl, appears soiled and livid from outside.

What follows is an intense and gritty character study of teens whose behavior is a mirror of the chaotic world outside the shed. Overweight and insecure, Andy takes out his frustrations on the women around him; Ralph hides his pain at his brother’s death behind a thickening emotional wall; Joey will do almost anything to dispel his all-American boy image; and Crystal’s search for love leads instead to violence. Insightful, compassionate, Crystal provides a startling glimpse into four desperate young lives.

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Fred Rohan Vargas
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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.

Crystal was first produced by The Latino Experimental Fantastic Theatre (L.E.F.T.) at The Clemente Solo Velez Cultural Center, New York City in January, 2001.

Our Lady of Stone by Vanda

Comedy-Drama/ 3 Characters, 3 Women/ One Act

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Synopsis: Cath Kyle returns to the modern day convent where she was once a nun when ‘summoned’ by a former mentor. She finds things have changed. Sister Martha, the elderly nun, is now blind and Sister Dominic, the mentor, spends her days locked in her room dressed only in a white bathrobe.

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Vanda
1 University Place, 1011
New York City, N.Y.
USA 10003
Ph.: (212) 217-2252
Email: drvanda@earthlink.net

About the Playwright: Vanda’s first full-length play, An Appearance of Desire, was a finalist in The Eugene O’Neill National Playwriting Conference, as well as a finalist for a Jerome Foundation Grant. Her one act play You Can’t Get Uptown on the Downtown Train was last performed at the Lower Eastside Festival. It won Honorable Mention in The Attic Theatre of Los Angeles’ Festival of One Act Plays and was also a finalist in The Perishable Theatre Women’s Contest. Our Lady of Stone was a first place winner in The Out on the Edge Festival. Kvetching with the Virgin Mary was selected to be performed at the Samuel French Festival of One Act Plays. Vanda’s one acts have been produced in New York City and Boston.

Our Lady of Stone was first produced by Developmental Stages, NYC in 1996, and was winner of the Out on the Edge Festival of One Act Plays in 1998.

 

Monkey Dance Honeymoon by Paul Thain

Drama/ 5 Characters, 3 men, 2 women/ Full Length, Two Acts

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Synopsis: Nathan and Zoe arrive at Hotel Paradise on their African honeymoon. All Nathan wants is sun, sand, and sex, but when Zoe becomes involved with ageing hustler Yanks and his young apprentice Shakespeare, Nathan’s fear, suspicion, and resentment provokes an examination into the attitudes and values underlying their new marriage.

The worlds of black and white, rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless, are vividly articulated in the contrast between the shanty compound and the luxury Hotel known to the locals as “Sun City.”

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National House
60-66 Wardour Street
London W1V 3HP
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Playwright’s website: www.stageplays.com/today.htm

About the Playwright: Paul Thain was born in South Shields, UK. Inspired by his acting experience with the National Youth Theatre, he gave up life as a bus conductor, studied A-levels, and then read Drama & Theatre Arts at Birmingham University. When his first child was born he left teaching to become primary parent and playwright. His second radio play, The Biggest Sandcastle in the World, won a BBC Giles Cooper Award as one of the Best Radio Plays of 1981, and he has subsequently written many more including The Paradise Machine, for which the BBC’s production won the 1995 European Broadcasting Union Award for Best European Radio Drama.

Other work includes four commissioned screenplays, as yet unproduced, and five stage plays. His plays have been published and performed throughout the world, particularly the UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Monkey Dance Honeymoon awaits its first professional production.

Black Widow by Paul Thain

Drama/ 12 Characters, 6 men, 6 women/ Full Length, Two Acts

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Synopsis: Murder, madness, ghosts, and retribution are all themes of this complex and compelling drama.

Lord Arlington is dead, apparently from food poisoning. Obsessed by Hamlet, his daughter Emily becomes convinced her mother Cressida and family friend Richard Harker are responsible for her father’s death, and so resolves to exact revenge

Set in the Edwardian era, but with a very modern sensibility, this intensely theatrical work offers 12 strong roles, and can be performed on a virtually empty stage

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Samuel French UK, Ltd.
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Casarotto-Ramsay Ltd.
National House
60-66 Wardour Street
London W1V 3HP
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About the Playwright: Paul Thain was born in South Shields, UK. Inspired by his acting experience with the National Youth Theatre, he gave up life as a bus conductor, studied A-levels, and then read Drama & Theatre Arts at Birmingham University. When his first child was born he left teaching to become primary parent and playwright. His second radio play, The Biggest Sandcastle in the World, won a BBC Giles Cooper Award as one of the Best Radio Plays of 1981, and he has subsequently written many more including The Paradise Machine, for which the BBC’s production won the 1995 European Broadcasting Union Award for Best European Radio Drama.

Other work includes four commissioned screenplays, as yet unproduced, and five stage plays. His plays have been published and performed throughout the world, particularly the UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Black Widow premiered at The Library Theatre, Sheffield, UK in April 1998.

Guns, Shackles & Wintercoats by M. Stefan Strozier

Drama/ 8 characters, 6 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis (from The Compulsive Reader): “Sergeant John Brown has returned to the States from his tour in Iraq with a wife he met in Germany. His traumatic experiences as a soldier have left him with serious psychological problems; he is unable to keep a job, and he and his wife are experiencing marital difficulties. He feels he has post traumatic stress syndrome, but the Veterans administration doctors disagree.”

From NewYorkTheatre.com: “He can’t seem to hold a job. His whole world is falling apart. Strozier shows us the various pitfalls he encounters while trying to adjust to civilian life, and, via well-written flashbacks, takes us back to the battlegrounds.”

“If Strozier’s purpose is to get people to talk and think about our veterans, he has succeeded . . . . this play will find its way deeper into our hearts, where there is definitely room for it.”
NewYorkTheatre.com

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M. Stefan Strozier
303 Park Avenue South
Suite 1440
New York, NY 10010-3657
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Playwright’s website: www.mstefanstrozier.org

About the Playwright: M. Stefan Strozier has been published in Gallery, War Heroes; the Taj Mahal Review; Entropic Desires (online); the op-ed pages of the Chicago Sun Times; in several poetry collections; and in a self-published collection of short stories, Sickness of the Young. His other plays include The Whales and The Tragedy of Abraham Lincoln, both produced by La Muse Venale Acting Troupe on New York City. He has also produced and directed numerous play off-off-Broadway, and is founder and president of the ezine Audience.Guns, Shackles & Wintercoats was first performed at The Workshop Theater Company, New York City, in August, 2004, and produced by La Muse Venale Acting Troupe at Where Eagles Dare Theatre as part of the 2005 Midtown International Theatre Festival.
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