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
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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.

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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Playwright’s 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.

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
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.

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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Casarotto-Ramsay Ltd.
National House
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London W1V 3HP
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agents@casarotto.co.uk
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.