Picture Perfect by Gary Earl Ross

Drama (Thriller) / 9 characters, 5 Men, 4 Women / Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: A stage thriller from the Edgar Award-winning author of Matter of Intent. Criminal psychology professor Marcus Micheaux and his mystery writer wife Beverly Hatcher have the perfect life — until condemned serial killer Gunther Creel, whom Marcus interviewed extensively for his research, paints a portrait of them. After Creel’s execution the painting gradually begins to change — and so do Marcus and Beverly, until, along with their closest friends, they are entangled in a widening web of betrayal, madness, and murder.

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Gary Earl Ross
228 Highgate Avenue
Buffalo, NY
USA, 14215
Ph: (716)308-0807
Email: geross@buffalo.edu

About the Playwright: Gary Earl Ross is a language arts professor at the University at Buffalo EOC and the author of more than 170 published short stories, poems, articles, scholarly papers, and public radio essays. Named Erie County’s 2003 Artist of the Year, Ross has won numerous awards for writing, including a LIFT Fiction Fellowship, an Artie Award for the play Matter of Intent, and for his public radio essays first place commentary awards from the New York State Associated Press and the New York Broadcasters’ Association.Readers of Artvoice voted him the 2008 Best Writer in Buffalo. His books and staged plays include The Wheel of Desire and Other Intimate Hauntings (2000), Shimmerville: Tales Macabre and Curious (2002), Sleepwalker: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2002), the children’s taleDots (2002), Matter of Intent (2005 Ujima Theater world premiere and winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America),Picture Perfect (from the 2007 Tennessee Stage Company New Play Festival in Knoxville), and The Best Woman (from Ujima in 2007).

A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Mystery Writers of America, and the Just Buffalo Literary Center, Ross was recently named playwright-in-residence at Ujima Company and was awarded a 2008 Constance Saltonstall Foundation Playwriting Grant. His novel, Blackbird Rising, was published in 2009, and Matter of Intent received a staged reading at London’s Bridewell Theater in June 2009.

Picture Perfect was first produced by Tennessee Stage Company, Knoxville, Tennessee, in February, 2007.

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Matter of Intent by Gary Earl Ross

Drama/ 12 Characters, 5 Men, 7 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
It is 1960. Kennedy and Nixon are vying for the White House as lunch counter sit-ins spread throughout the South. Sam Cooke is on the radio, and ‘The Untouchables’ is on television. Buffalo, New York, has so few black women lawyers they can be counted on a single hand.

In this stirring legal drama, one of them, Temple Scott, is locked in the courtroom fight of her life. There is no doubt the young woman the press calls “the Negro Lizzie Borden” murdered her employer. To keep Mae Lou McKitchen out of the electric chair, however, Temple must uncover the truth behind the crime. Murder, you see, is always a matter of intent. Matter of Intent is an acclaimed drama about “a crime without a witness, a society without perspective, a criminal justice system that is anything but just.” –The Buffalo News

From artvoice.com: “Ross uses the well-worn cliches of television courtroom drama in ways that subvert them winningly. Temple Scott’s dedicated pursuit of truth and justice is hampered by the obstacles she faces as a black woman. This makes for a pleasing dynamic as each new challenge offers her the opportunity to use her superior intellect and uncanny insight. Moreover, the playwright uses his heroine’s sex and race to demonstrate how different life experiences can give us different insights.

“The playwright intersperses the chronological telling of his story with flashbacks that reveal the characters’ memories to be flawed, or which show episodes outside of any of the living characters’ knowledge. [E]very character harbors a past . . . . The victim’s husband is concealing an affair. The victim, herself, has secret reasons for not joining her husband on his business trips. There are hidden reasons that Scott’s planned defense of her client upsets Bobbie Nichols. The dead woman’s best friend is a frenzy of mixed emotions and motivations. These undercurrents lend an intriguing element of unpredictability to the proceedings.”

“If you enjoy a good mystery, then Matter Of Intent is for you.”
– The Buffalo Criterion

“The playwright has a fine sense of drama, and an excellent command of both character and comedy. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time.”
– artvoice.com

“The idea that the American legal and penal systems are not remotely fair is one worth raising at every chance.”
– The Buffalo News

Winner of the 2005 Emanuel Fried Outstanding New Play Award and the 2006 Edgar Award for Best Play from the Mystery Writers of America. A selection of the 2009 NAAA Crossing the Divide Festival in London, England.

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Gary Earl Ross
228 Highgate Avenue
Buffalo, NY
USA, 14215
Ph: (716)308-0807
Email: geross@buffalo.edu

About the Playwright: Gary Earl Ross is a language arts professor at the University at Buffalo EOC and the author of more than 170 published short stories, poems, articles, scholarly papers, and public radio essays. Named Erie County’s 2003 Artist of the Year, Ross has won numerous awards for writing, including a LIFT Fiction Fellowship, an Artie Award for the play Matter of Intent, and for his public radio essays first place commentary awards from the New York State Associated Press and the New York Broadcasters’ Association.Readers of Artvoice voted him the 2008 Best Writer in Buffalo. His books and staged plays include The Wheel of Desire and Other Intimate Hauntings (2000), Shimmerville: Tales Macabre and Curious (2002), Sleepwalker: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2002), the children’s taleDots (2002), Matter of Intent (2005 Ujima Theater world premiere and winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America),Picture Perfect (from the 2007 Tennessee Stage Company New Play Festival in Knoxville), and The Best Woman (from Ujima in 2007).

He has two plays in development, The Scavenger’s Daughter (2009-10) and Murder Squared (2009-10). A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Mystery Writers of America, and the Just Buffalo Literary Center, Ross was recently named playwright-in-residence at Ujima Company and was awarded a 2008 Constance Saltonstall Foundation Playwriting Grant. His novel, Blackbird Rising, was published in 2009, and Matter of Intent received a staged reading at London’s Bridewell Theater in June 2009. – FamousWhy.com: Best Woman

Matter of Intent was first produced by the Ujima Theater Company at TheaterLoft in Buffalo, New York, in April, 2005

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The Best Woman by Gary Earl Ross

Comedy-Drama / 9 Characters, 5 Men, 4 Women / Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
For the first time, both major party presidential candidates are women. Dr. Nea Gilchrist, former Secretary of State and the first African-American woman Vice President, must distance herself from Sam Houston Bullard, the conservative Republican President to whom she owes her political success. Senator Amanda Dean Styles, a white northeastern liberal and the widow of Brendan Styles, a charismatic Democratic presidential candidate, must emerge from the shadows of the tragedy that shaped her political future. Tonight is their first debate . . .

From The Buffalo News: “The strength of the play comes not in the scenes between the two candidates, but as their political advisers strategize and plot backstabbing techniques before the debate . . . . Surprisingly, Ross reserves equal vitriol for both sides of the aisle in this play, while he could very well have let it slip into a raving diatribe against the Bush administration. In a particularly telling scene, Gilchrist, the Republican candidate, gets a call from Rev. Bob Patterson, Ross’s version of televangelist Pat Robertson. Speaking about the gay group the Log Cabin Republicans, Patterson suggests, ‘If they want to be gay, they should just be Democrats.’

“When the phone call is over, Gilchrist quips, ‘People like him used to be presidential assassins, not presidential advisers.’ It’s an unexpected humanization of the Republican side of things, and a look into the hypocrisy inherent in running a campaign for either party. It’s refreshing to see Gilchrist not as a possessed neoconservative pawn, but a woman, as Ross puts it, whose ‘good intentions deprived her of a deeper social conscience.’ But, conversely, the good intentions of The Best Woman can only make our social consciences deeper.”

“Well-written and tightly constructed, its characters imbued either with authentic good nature or downright fiendishness . . . . [the] smart, cutting dialogue is engaging enough to make the drama at least as amusing as the political process of the last few years.
– Colin Dabhowski, Buffalo News

“Gary Earl Ross, who achieved a huge success with his play, Matter of Intent, which won the Emanuel Fried Award at the Arties before going on to win the 2005 Edgar Award for best play from the Mystery Writers of America, has turned his attention to politics in his new play, The Best Woman . . . . Ross’s writing is witty and provides a rapid pace for the actors . . . . The playwright lavishes time on a second act television debate making it clear that his main goal is parody, not drama.”
– Anthony Chase, Artvoice Theater Week

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Gary Earl Ross
228 Highgate Avenue
Buffalo, NY
USA, 14215
Ph: (716)308-0807
Email: geross@buffalo.edu

About the Playwright: Gary Earl Ross is a language arts professor at the University at Buffalo EOC and the author of more than 170 published short stories, poems, articles, scholarly papers, and public radio essays. Named Erie County’s 2003 Artist of the Year, Ross has won numerous awards for writing, including a LIFT Fiction Fellowship, an Artie Award for the play Matter of Intent, and for his public radio essays first place commentary awards from the New York State Associated Press and the New York Broadcasters’ Association.

Readers of Artvoice voted him the 2008 Best Writer in Buffalo. His books and staged plays include The Wheel of Desire and Other Intimate Hauntings (2000), Shimmerville: Tales Macabre and Curious (2002), Sleepwalker: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2002), the children’s tale Dots (2002), Matter of Intent (2005 Ujima Theater world premiere and winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America), Picture Perfect (from the 2007 Tennessee Stage Company New Play Festival in Knoxville), and The Best Woman (from Ujima in 2007).

A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Mystery Writers of America, and the Just Buffalo Literary Center, Ross was recently named playwright-in-residence at Ujima Company and was awarded a 2008 Constance Saltonstall Foundation Playwriting Grant. His novel,Blackbird Rising, was published in 2009, and Matter of Intent received a staged reading at London’s Bridewell Theater in June 2009.

Best Woman was first produced by the Ujima TheatreLoft, Buffalo, New York in 2007.

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In Silence by Kenneth Robbins

Drama/ 7 Characters, 2 Men, 5 Women/ One Act

Synopsis:
Five women imprisoned following the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1942 await their tribunal before the Nazis. Each is given an opportunity to speak up for her fellow prisoner but only Seena chooses not to remain “in silence.”

Winner of the Webster Groves Playwriting Award

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60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 437
New York, NY 10165
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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.

In Silence was first produced by the SIU-C Dept. of Theatre in 1982.

Atomic Field by Kenneth Robbins

Drama/ 4 characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
Howard is an irascible and stubborn WWII veteran. He’s also dying. When his college-professor son, Winston, returns home for a visit, the truth about his wartime service begins to emerge. Is it really smoking that’s caused Howard’s lung cancer? Or does it have something to do with his company’s visit to Nagasaki just weeks after it was devastated by an atomic bomb?

And why did Howard remain in the military for so long after the war ended — years that, even now, he won’t talk about? With searing theatricality and emotion, Atomic Field explores the lingering effects of war on one family.

Character and production notes

Winner of the 1996 Charles Getchell New Play Award presented by the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

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Ann Elmo Agency, Inc.
60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 437
New York, NY 10165
Telephone: (212) 661-2880; fax: (212) 661-2883.

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.

Atomic Field was first produced by World Premiere Theatre in Eureka, California. It has also been produced by KSEC (Kensai Seinen Engeki Centre) in Tokyo, Japan, in a Japanese translation by Akira Wakabayashi.

The Audition by Kenneth Robbins

Drama/ 1 character, 1 Woman/ One Act

Synopsis:
Amy arrives at a small out-of-the-way theatre in New York, expecting to audition for a new play. But no one is there. She is locked into the theatre accidentally. Since she is alone on a stage with no way to get out, she decides to share her audition pieces with the ghost of the theatre. She offers selections from numerous plays including Hamlet, Hedda Gabler, and others. The fact that she suffers from paranoia becomes apparent as she discovers a bag of props left at the back of the theatre and in it, she finds a pistol, loaded. How she uses this prop is the payoff of the play.

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60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 437
New York, NY 10165
Telephone: (212) 661-2880; fax: (212) 661-2883.

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.

The Audition was first presented by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and received its professional premiere at Teaterpaedogy, Copenhagen in 2001.

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Stuff by Jim Reyland

Drama/ 2 Characters, 2 Men/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: (from The Tennessean [Nashville]): “Two former Army buddies are hired to clear out the, well, stuff that has accumulated on the stage of an old vaudeville theater.

“As the evening progresses, the audience discovers that there’s a violent and, until now, unspoken history shared by the two men. Years earlier. Milton, a gay man, was the victim of a savage beating that he suspects his friend of having failed to prevent — or worse.”

Character Notes

“Entertaining, fast-paced and emotionally fearless”
– The Tennessean (Nashville)

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Jim Reyland
1102 17th Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee
USA 37212
Ph.: 1-800-726-3612
Email: jreyland@audioproductions.com

About the Playwright: Jim Reyland is the writer of many poems and seven one acts. He studied English at a small liberal arts college in North Carolina, hosted a national radio talk show, and for the past seventeen years has owned a recording studio/production company, Audio Productions on Music Row in Nashville.His writing career began with thirty-second commercials and evolved to longer form network radio shows. Jim has written hundreds of programs for top country and pop artist like Garth, Vince, Reba, Hootie, and Creed.

Stuff was first produced by b. scott productions at the Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, Tennessee in March 1999.