The Dog by Valentin Krasnogorov, translated from the Russian by Benjamin Sher

Drama/ 3 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman plus 1 additional Woman or Child / Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: A man carrying a little dog walks into an Animal Clinic run by a woman. The dog, adopted and given shelter by the man, has become too much of a burden for him. He demands that she “take care” of it. We quickly find out what that means.

Wanting to save the dog, the woman tries desperately to change his mind. He insists, but then relents. We hear the howling of the dogs in the gas chambers off-stage as the man leaves for the Registration Bureau down the hall.The man returns with his dog. In a hurry to return to his job on the railroad, he again insists that the woman “take care” of his dog. A “love scene” ensues, with the life of the dog hanging in the balance.The Dog moves relentlessly forward towards its horrifying conclusion.

“It’s been several days since I saw The Dog, and my thoughts keep returning to it . . . the play gradually seizes and touches something hidden in the soul.”
– Julia Matafonova, Ural Worker

“My feeling for The Dog has not changed since my first encounter with it several years ago . . . . What I admire it most for is its nobility of spirit, and for the heart that beats so vulnerably within it. There is no hero or villain here. We are them and they are us. We make choices in life, and for better or worse, we turn around one day to discover that our lives may be defined by these choices. There is no right or wrong, there is simply decision and consequence. We justify, we rationalize, and, sometimes, we even believe ourselves.”
– Howard Fishman, Director, American premiere

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Amateur and professional rights:In Russia:
Valentin Fainberg (Krasnogorov)
e-mail: valentin.krasnogorov@gmail.com
Ph.: (812) 492-3701 or (812) 550-2146
website: http://krasnogorov.com/english/In the USA:
Mr. Larry Feinberg
52 Ridge Drive
Livingston, NJ
USA 07039
Ph.: (973) 535-3632
e-mail: seryvolk@yahoo.com

About the Playwright: The name of Valentin Krasnogorov is well known to theater-goers of Russia and other countries. His plays The Real Man, Somebody Must Go Away, Procession of Gnomes, Love Medicine, Several Hours from the Life of a Man and a Woman, Delights of Adultery, Let’s Have Sex!, Small Tragedies, This Weak Tender Sex, Bride’s Room, The Cruel Lesson, and Murder Case are warmly met by critics and audience. He was President of the St. Petersburg Playwrights Association until 1992, and now lives in Israel.

Krasnogorov’s plays are contained in the permanent repertoire of many theatres and are sometimes played several hundreds times. Critics have noted that “Krasnogorov’s plays cross borders easily”; for this reason, many of them have been translated into foreign languages and staged in theatres, on radio, and on TV in different countries.

V. Krasnogorov is a member of the Writers Union of Russia; member of the Russian Union of the Theater Workers; and a member of the Israel Federation of Writers Unions. His biography is included in the dictionaries Marqui’s Who’s Who in the World, USA, International Who’s Who in the Intellectuals, England, Cambridge, et. al..

The Dog was first produced in English by The American Theater Company, New York City, in February, 1998.

Magpie by Katherine Koller

Drama/ 5 Characters, 1 Man, 4 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Magpie is an overweight parolee surveillance officer. Her charge, Reggie, lives in the basement of her apartment block. Reggie has been convicted of sexual assault and murder — and now he has designs on Magpie.

“Because of her past, [Magpie} has never gotten along with men. Reggie, this week’s new transient . . . soon finds out that he has met his match in the boisterous landlord. The intensity between the two swells to a thrilling conclusion.” – Derek Loewen, The Uniter

 

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Katherine Koller
11615-77 Avenue
Edmonton, AB, Canada
T6G 0M4
E-mail: katherine@katherinekoller.ca
Phone: (780) 436-7272
Playwright’s website: katherinekoller.ca

About the Playwright: Katherine Koller lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and writes for radio, stage and screen. Her one-acts, including Cowboy Boots and a Corsage, have been produced at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, on CBC radio, and across the country. Some of her full-length plays concern the pressures of science and technology on family relationships, often with the land or some element of nature playing a character part. Coal Valley: the Making of a Miner(2005) is included in The Alberta Advantage, published by Playwrights Canada Press. The Seed Savers (2009) received its premiere at Workshop West Theatre. Katherine teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.

Magpie was first produced at the Jagged Edge Lunchbox Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta in 2001.

Simply Selma by Jonathan Joy

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

Synopsis: Selma is a young woman keeping two full time jobs — working as a stripper at a local club, and taking care of her mother at home. Mama is a loving, but overbearing, woman in her sixties determined to convince Selma to stop stripping and to find a mate. When Michael moves in next door, Mama is convinced that he is the perfect man for her daughter. Simply Selma is a touching comedy/drama about family, relationships, and sexual politics.

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Jonathan Joy
9604 SR 7 #35
Proctorville, Ohio
USA 45669
Ph.: (740) 886-7223
E-mail: joyjonathan@yahoo.com

About the Playwright: Jonathan Joy is theatre artist-in-residence at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky. Annually, he works with over two thousand students (K-12) in educational theatre classes at the Paramount and at the Huntington Museum of Art and Huntington Renaissance Center in Huntington, West Virginia. His first play, Simply Selma, was published in 2003 by the One Act Play Depot. A Match Made in Heaven is now available at Brooklyn Publishers. His full length, American Standard, won two regional awards for playwriting including the 2003 Wallace E. Knight Excellence in Writing Award. His written work will also be included in three upcoming theatre books: Millennium Monologues 2, Shakespeare Festivals Around the World, and 60 Seconds to Glory: 220 Monologues for Women. His new play, The Princess of Rome, Ohio, was a 2004 Finalist for the Seven Devils Playwriting Conference in McCall, Idaho and a Semi-Finalist at the Dayton Playhouse Futurefest. Professional acting and directing credits include work with the Phoenix Theatre Circle in Columbus, Ohio; Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, Virginia; Huntington Rep in Huntington, West Virginia; and the Backstage Players in Ashland, Kentucky. Since 1998, Mr. Joy has served as Director/Manager of Free Spirit Productions, a regional theatre troupe located in Kentucky and West Virginia. He holds an MA in English (Drama/Creative Writing emphasis) and a BFA in Theatre (Acting/Directing emphasis) both from Marshall University, where he is currently an adjunct professor teaching Theatre Appreciation.

Simply Selma was first produced by Free Spirit Productions at the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia in August, 2001.

Seeds by Donna Hoke

Seeds by Donna Hoke at The Road Less Travelled Theatre, Buffalo, NY

Drama/ 5 Characters, 1 Man, 4 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Single mom Josephine has three children from different dads; identical and infertile twin Marjorie wants to be childless — until Jo offers to be her egg donor surrogate …

From The Buffalo News: “Seeds is the very personal and intimate story of Marjorie and Aiden, two thirtysomethings once called DINKS – double income, no kids – pondering parenthood. He’s obsessed with being a dad, needs to be one.

Marjorie’s not so sure. She’s a scientist and lives in a world of research and grants, long hours, cutting-edge stuff. She’s seen countless doctors about her apparent infertility, ultrasounded and probed ad infinitum. Marjorie likes her life as it is and motherhood is not a first choice.

Marjorie’s twin, Josephine, on the other hand, has three children by three different fathers. She can get pregnant with a handshake. So, the topic of Jo as a surrogate mother arises, is argued and agreed upon . . .

From this point on, Seeds is full of crises, some foreseen, some not. Baby Joseph’s premature birth is complicated and prior arrangements – Who’s the aunt? Who’s the mother? – surface. There are blowups and meltdowns. ‘Babies can ruin relationships,’ observes Kay, the twins’ caustic but wise mother. ‘Look at Josephine. Look at me. Look at Woody Allen.'”

“Simply put, the instructional, observant and insightful Seeds is Hoke’s best work to date . . . Hoke is at work exploring decision-making, societal expectations and perceptions in this important play . . . suggesting that even looking for love in all the wrong places may turn out fine.”
– The Buffalo News

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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.

Seeds was first produced by the Road Less Traveled Theater, Buffalo, NY in March 2013.

The Couple Next Door by Donna Hoke

The Couple Next Door

Comedy-Drama/ 4 Characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
After ten years of marriage, Sadie and Vance are experiencing the all too familiar trials that arise when lovers become parents, job and home responsibilities become never-ending, and alone time becomes scarce. To Sadie’s further frustration, reticent Vance refuses to acknowledge — or discuss — any of them. Next door, demographic equals Janet and Rich have fared much better; their happy marriage is full of passion, love, empathy — and multiple sex partners.

When the ever-ready Rich overhears Vance and “hot burrito” Sadie having wild sex, he’s intrigued, and determines to invite the couple over to test the waters. Janet is also curious, but hesitant: They live so close, what if it goes bad, and why is Rich so insistent? Through a comedic series of events, Sadie and Vance arrive at the Lewis house one Fun Friday, hoping that — as they’ve read on-line — a “just sex” evening of swinging will open up communication and elevate them to a new level of closeness.

All appears to go well . . . until the morning after. At the Nelson house, Janet senses the encounter with their new playmates was a little off, while Rich — dazedly fondling Sadie’s left-behind underwear — feels something is definitely on. At the Lewis’, the experiment has seemingly proved a bust: The couple is barely talking, and it’s clear that Sadie is more pissed at her husband than ever.

In the ensuing days, Janet’s suspicions grow, and Rich visits Sadie to confess that she made him feel something he never has before. While Sadie insists it was “just sex,” Vance gets a cryptic visit from Janet that makes him realize his marriage is on the line. That night, Vance and Sadie bond after he digs deep to reveal his feelings about what happened last Friday, and the two take tentative steps toward reconciliation, which include a new start. Crushed, Rich nonetheless recognizes the need to recommit to his family, albeit with the unsettling knowledge that there might be more to love — and sex — than he’s ever known.

“Playwright Hoke can write: dialogue flows naturally, real people saying real things . . . . the story has verve, it lives and breathes.”
The Buffalo News

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Email: donna@donnahoke.com
Ph.: 973-919-2038
Playwright’s website: donnahoke.com
Agent for international inquries: Tonda Martin,
tonda@martonagency.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.

The Couple Next Door premiered at The Road Less Traveled Theatre, Buffalo, NY, in September, 2010.

“The play challenges notions of what defines a stable relationship, as neither couple leaves the encounter unchanged. This is not a cautionary tale warning against the evils of swinging; neither does the play condemn the practice. We see characters learn about themselves and learn about their relationships in surprising ways. That is the pleasure of The Couple Next Door.”
Artvoice

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.
Saugerties, NY
USA 12477
Ph.: (845) 246-4058
Email: josephanina@aol.com
Alternate Email: jgutelius@yahoo.com

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.

Cafe Hollywood by Ron Grant

Drama/ 10 characters, 5 Women, 5 Men/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
Delilah, owner of a seedy but decent Hollywood coffee shop, is a one time actress who manages to retain the elegance of her salad days as she fantasizes over her youth in Broadway theater. Claude, an aging writer, plugs away at his craft, taking heart in the thought that Shaw wrote until he was 91, so that his day may yet come.

Then there is the prostitute, Carrie, struggling to break away from her past but bounded by the thugs who will not allow her to slip out of their clutches. Delilah sees in Carrie “the daughter I never had,” while Claude is ready to risk his life to keep her from harm

The characters cling to each other to ward off a fate they choose not to recognize as inevitable, until the arrival on the scene of another down-and-outer, who seems to fit into their pattern and wins Delilah’s easily aroused protective instints.

Disarming as he may appear, however, Gene does not share the other’ hapless vulnerability. Possessed by a psychopathic hatred of prostitutes, he is a fugitive from justice, wanted in New York for murder, and anyone who recognizes him becomes his victim. As the story races to its tragic climax, three more are sacificed to his crazed motives.

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Bloomin Desert Productions
2165 East Rochelle Avenue #17
Las Vegas, Nevada
USA 89119
e-mail: goldthroat2003@netzero.com
Ph: (702) 735-9568
(702) 349-0298

About the Playwright: Ron Grant is a writer, actor, producer, and musician living in Las Vegas. His other plays include Elvis Did It, which has been staged in Holland and the Dominican Republic, and The Cuckoo’s Nest Casino.

Cafe Hollywood was first produced at the International Student Centre, Los Angeles in 2004 and subsequently at the Finally-A-Unicorn Emporium, Huntington Beach, California.

 

Percy and Rose by Rob George

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

Synopsis:
Pianist and composer Percy Grainger, (“Danny Boy,” “English Country Gardens”) had a very close relationship with his mother, Rose. There were rumours of incest. Percy was one of the world’s greatest eccentrics – he experimented with bizarre music, weird clothes and sado masochism and he also tried to change the English language. Beginning with his childhood in Australia, the play focuses on Percy’s relationship with his mother and its disastrous impact on the other loves of Percy’s life. Percy and Rose move to London when he is a teenager in order to study with the greats. At the outbreak of World War I they move to New York with Percy joining the Army Band as a saxophonist. Rose suffers from syphilis, committing suicide while Percy is touring. With Rose’s death Percy finally manages to find true love.

“The great merit of this play is that it is not just a sensation-seeking nutcracker, but a sympathetic, sensitive study of a man who was not only weak but also strong, who craved affection but felt himself unworthy, who lived his emotional life in the shadow of his mother who, despite her pathological possessiveness, was herself more sinned against than sinning.”
– The Advertiser

“The play is a comic tragedy. It entertains, and profoundly saddens. And overall, despite its easily sensationalised themes of flagellation and sexual possessiveness, it treats poor Percy and Rose very well.”
-The Age

“You must not miss Percy and Rose. How could you miss the most satisfying theatrical event of the decade?”
-The Sunday Times

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Rob George
Prospect Productions Pty Ltd.
21 Emma St.
Marino, South Australia, 5049
Playwright’s e-mail: roomoo@ozemail.com.au
Website: www.prospectfilms.com
Ph.: 0882986989
Mob.: 0417804307

About the Playwright: Rob George has had very broad experience as writer, producer, director, script editor, and actor in film, television, theatre, and radio for over 25 years.

Rob is currently in post production on a 52-minute documentaryFearless about 92 year-old playwright Julia Britton. He is also writing a documentary for Film Australia and the ABC. A new play, Lovers and Haters, which he is writing with Maureen Sherlock, is in development.

In 2005, Rob was story editor, script editor, and writer on the ABC’s AFI Award-winning Drama MDA as well as story editing and writing a French animation series, “The Odd Family,” for Timoon Animation and TF1.

Rob’s other credits include writer and producer of the family featureSelkie and he was the originating writer for the 1999 feature film,Passion, adapted from his play Percy and Rose. Passion starred Richard Roxbugh, Barbara Hershey, Claudia Karvan, and Emily Woof.

Rob’s early credits include the International Emmy Award winning family telemovie Captain Johnno which he wrote, the childrens’s TV series “Pals,” and the telemovies You And Me And Uncle Bob and Chase Through The Night which starred a young Nicole Kidman. Rob was also Head Writer on the ABC comedy series “News Free Zone.”

Rob wrote and produced the family mini-series “The River Kings,” directed by Donald Crombie. “The River Kings” has sold to most international territories and has been screened several times on the ABC and the BBC.

Rob’s theatre work includes a dozen stage plays, among them Errol Flynn’s Great Big Adventure Book for Boys, which won a Best Play Award at the Edinburgh Fringe, and the nationally acclaimed Percy and Rose about the composer Percy Grainger. Other plays include The Humble Doctor, Let’s Twist Again, Les, and Sandy Lee Live at Nui Dat. Rob’s most recent stage play, a monologue, The White Board, was produced at the Bakehouse Theatre in Adelaide in 2000.

Percy and Rose was first produced by The Stage Company as part of the 1982 Adelaide Festival. Later productions by Melbourne Theatre Company, Royal Queensland Theatre Company, and others.

 

Claire by C.E. Gatchalian

Drama/ 4 Characters, 2 Women, 2 Men/ One Act

Synopsis:
(from The Georgia Straight): “Claire explores our relationships to masculinity which, in this play, is a relentlessly abusive force. A character called 1 is the mean, beautiful daddy figure who wields a none-too-subtle phallic symbol: a baseball bat . . . . 1 tells us how his father used to beat up his mom with the bat in consensual erotic encounters until 1 decided to off his old man, at which point his mother begged him to take over his father’s role. ‘So I did what I was told,’ he explains. ‘I beat the shit out of the old cunt.’

“He eventually murdered his mother, too, and has gone on to relationships with 2 and 3. He calls 2 ‘Cunt’ and 3 ‘Faggot.'”. . . The play asks how, as adults, we can find a satisfying expression for love that has been imprinted by abuse . . . . A character named Claire, a sexualized 10-year-old — in the play’s overlapping realities, she is 1’s daughter — embodies the origins of the conundrum . . . . Gatchalian does some subtle things with the reversals of power in abusive relationships; both 2 and 3 become sadistic for awhile. He explores his characters’ fruitless attempts to escape into anonymous, blindfolded sensuality, and their inevitable return to a desire for more personal intimate connections.”

 

“Gatchalian creates a one-act play so sexual, so violent and so sexually violent that it could encompass the decades-long traumas of an octogenarian . . . . Claire is evidence of greater, and no doubt even more disturbing, things to come from the writer.”
The Vancouver Sun

“I applaud Gatchalian’s willingness to go to dark places . . . . He questions the possibility of [intimate] connections in a sexual culture in which masculinity is, by definition, dehumanized.”
Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

“Gatchalian is well on his way to making his mark in contemporary drama.”
CBC Radio

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Attention: C.E. Gatchalian
1710 Cotton Drive (Main Floor)
Vancouver, B.C.
CANADA
V5N 3V2
Ph.: (604) 254-2124, ext. 1
E-mail: zerosummer2002@yahoo.ca

About the Playwright: C. E. Gatchalian is a writer based in Vancouver. He studied Creative Writing and Theatre at the University of British Columbia (BFA, 1996; MFA, 2002). His first play, Motifs & Repetitions, aired on Canada’s Bravo! channel in 1997. His next play, Claire, was produced in Vancouver in 1999. His writings on the arts have appeared in numerous publications, including Xtra! West, The Vancouver Sun, and The Georgia Straight. His first book, Motifs & Repetitions & Other Plays, is forthcoming.

Claire was first produced at The Blinding Light!! Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia in 1999.

Shyllag by Miriam Gallagher

Drama/ 1 Character, 1 Woman/ Full Length, 90 minutes

Synopsis: A Travelling Player, waiting for her train, tells tales to the unseen stationmaster, opening a Pandora’s box of love, struggle and confusion. To Allwych (or Everywoman), life is one long train ride. She spins tales of real and imagined journeys: Happy seaside trains with her daughter Shyllag. Exciting tours as a Travelling Player. Romantic and tragic trains.

Her story spans three generations of women and their lives, from Allwych’s mother, who was a young woman between the two World Wars, to Allwych in the present, after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Although partly inspired by real life events, the play concerns itself with Everywoman’s search for freedom.

Shyllag (or “Once upon a Train in Hungary”) lasts 90 mins — without an interval — and can be staged as a one woman play or performed with more players. Some scenes, e.g. station scenes, the wedding and pub scene would lend themselves to group interaction with perhaps dance/mime/music and a soundscape created by the actors.

The setting is a railway station in Limbo.

“A beguiling piece of writing.”
– The Irish Times

“A beautifully told story and Allwych is a memorable narrator. The play has great verve and energy.”
– Max Stafford-Clark, theatre director

“A vibrant and moving piece of theatre.”
– Hampstead Theatre, London

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E-mail: gallaghermiriam@eircom.net
Playwright’s website: http://www.miriamgallagher.ie/
Address: 53 Upper Beechwood Ave.
Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Ireland

About the Playwright: Miriam Gallagher, Irish playwright, novelist and screenwriter, studied drama in London (LAMDA). Her work, staged and screened in Ireland, London, Paris, USA, and Canada with Irish, Dutch, Finnish and Russian translations, is included in the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing and profiled in Irish Women Writers: An A-Z Guide (Geenwood Press). Her plays have been published in Fancy Footwork and 12 Other Plays (Soc. Irish Playwrights) and Kalahari Blues & Other Plays (2006). Commissions include The Ring of Mont de Balison (Ranelagh Millenium Project); Kalahari Blues (Galloglass Theatre Co), which toured nationwide; The Gold of Tradaree (Clare Arts Award); The Mighty Oak of Riverwood (Betty Ann Norton Theatre School 40 years celebration) performed at the Gate Theatre; and Fancy Footwork (Dublin Theatre Festival). Recently her play The Parting Glass was an international prizewinner of the Near & Far Playwrighting Contest (USA).

Miriam’s other books include Let’s Help Our Children Talk (O’Brien Press) and a novel, Song for Salamander (Trafford). She received Arts Council and European Script Fund Awards for her feature length screenplay Girls in Silk Kimonos (celebrating the Gore Booth sisters), and her film Gypsies has been screened at Irish Film Centre, Galway Film Fleadh, Foyle Film Festival, New York’s Lincoln Center, Plaza cinemas, San Francisco and at the International Children’s Film Festival at Hyderabad, India. A member of Irish PEN, Miriam has served on its committee and as vice president. She has also served on the Irish Writers Union committee, the council of the Society of Irish Playwrights, as a judge for the O.Z. Whitehead Play Competition, and on the Awards Panel for Arts and Disability Forum. She has been a guest lecturer at universities in Dublin, New York, Boston, and Pretoria, and her manuscripts are in the National Library, Dublin and film work in the Irish Film Archive.

Shyllag was first produced at Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin, in 1993.