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.

 

Peace of Mind by David Lohrey

Drama/ 5 Characters, 4 Women, 1 Man/ Short play, 15 minutes

Synopsis: In a mid-sized southern city, members of the War Widows League have gathered in the basement of a Methodist Church. The War Widows are a group of women who have lost their husbands in various conflicts, and their guest speaker is a spokesman for an organization promoting United States military interests.

Miss Lee, the group’s founder, who is quite elderly and senile, wanders into the meeting in search of her son whom she thinks is expected back in town. In reality, like her husband, killed in World War II, her son is dead, killed in The Korean War. The ensuing chaos brings the meeting to an unexpected halt.

 

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411 Walnut Street #7829
Green Cove Springs, Florida
USA 32043
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About the Playwright: David Lohrey completed his undergraduate degree at UC, Berkeley. Later, he studied creative writing at San Francisco State University, UCLA, and California State University, Los Angeles where he completed his MA. David now teaches at the college level in New Jersey, and is Literary Manager at Theatre-Studio, Inc. in New York City.David’s plays have received productions and staged readings across the country, including Group Rep and FirstStage in Los Angeles, The Long Beach Playhouse, the Dayton Playhouse, the Turnip Company, ArtGroup, and TRU’s 2nd Annual NYC Play Festival.

His work has received awards in competitions such as New Century Writers’ Competition, Riverside Stage Company’s Founder’s Award Competition, Harvest Festival of New Plays at the Sonoma County Rep, the 1998Writers’ Digest Writing Competition, the 1999 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, and the Generic Theater Company’s Dog Days Festival. For three years, David has been a voting member for TheatreLA’s annual Ovation Awards. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1982, and recently joined the Play Selection Committee at the Long Beach Playhouse.

Peace of Mind was first produced by Theatre Studio, Inc., New York City in 2000.

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.

 

Perfect World by Linda Stockham

Drama/ 11 Characters, 7 Women, 4 Men / Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: An accomplished New York stage actress is appointed to head the “Commission on the Enhancement of Family Values through the Arts.” But when her disaffected younger brother shows up unexpectedly at a New Years’ dinner, resurrecting memories long buried, Rosalind’s perfect world as “wife, mother and career woman” is called into question, with shocking results.

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Linda Stockham
CSU San Bernardino
Department of Anthropology
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA
USA 92407
Playwright’s e-mail: lindastockham@netzero.net
Alternative e-mail: stockham813@hotmail.com

About the Playwright: Linda Stockham is a cultural anthropologist/playwright. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from California State College San Bernardino and her Interdisciplinary M.A. in Anthropological Studies from California State University San Bernardino. She has had plays produced in New York City and Los Angeles, in various festivals and on the radio. She lives and works in San Bernardino, California.

Perfect World was premiered by The Orison Group Entertainment Division, in conjunction with the Professional Actors Counsel, A Repertory Theatre, Hollywood, California in December, 1999.

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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Play’s End by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy-Drama/ 2 Characters, 2 Men (1 is a boy)/ One Act

Synopsis: John Doe, a gun salesman, arrives home to find his ten year old son, Johnny, already back from school and playing on the living room floor. Johnny tells his father that something “sad” has happened, but he can’t remember what it is.

He tells John about a boy who was shot to death at school the week before. As he relates the story of the shooting and reconstructs his day-and as John explains the gun-happy family’s own version of the “birds and the bees” — Johnny remembers that his brother Jay has been “stung.”

“. . . in heightened dialogue reminiscent of Pinter, Dorf shows quite effectively how a parent’s attitudes can influence a child without either of them knowing it . . . The most interesting and stimulating work [of the evening].”
– The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Premiere One-Act Festival starts off with a bang with Jonathan Dorf’s Foreplay . . .”
– Buzz Weekly (Los Angeles, CA)

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7119 W Sunset Blvd #390
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Ph: 424-703-5315
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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.

Play’s End was first produced under the title Foreplay at the Brick Playhouse, Philadelphia.

Re-Calculating by Lucas Foss

Man in wheelchair with bongos

Drama/ 1 Character, 1 man/ One Act

Synopsis: “Explores the reflections of a middle-aged man who has lived as a quadriplegic since experiencing a traumatic spinal cord injury at the age of 19. With alarming intimacy and emotional honesty, Jonathan explores the range of feelings and viewpoints he has experienced in the ensuing 36 years, as he grew from angry young man to a more mature and wise human being.”
– L.T., Faculty, Capilano University

“Extremely entertaining and thought-provoking . . . enables the audience to feel his grief, anger and pain.”
– J.N., Co-Exec Director, North Shore Disability Resource Centre

“A big eye-opener . . . I thought I had dealt with my prejudices about people with disabilities a long time ago — but no, it seems there are still more layers of anxiety or fear left to look at.”
– D.G., Non-Profit Coordinator

 

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Lucas Foss
PO Box 735
Gibsons, BC
Canada
V0N 1V0
Ph.: (604) 988-4681
Email: lucasfos@telus.net
 
About the Playwright: Lucas Foss is best known for his award-winning, consciousness raising solo play Little Voices, which he also performs. Other credits as an actor include Uncle Vanya, The Dresser, The Memory of Water, Ten Lost Years, The Blue Room, and his own on-going production of the one-man play The Fever by Wallace Shawn. Lucas is also a disability services advisor with Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC.

Re-Calculating was first produced at Douglas College, New Westminster, BC in June, 2012.

“A relevant play for everyone . . . challenges the audience to question old values and raises awareness of our relationship to people with disabilities.”
– C.S., Faculty, Douglas College Theatre Department


Run in Fields by Frank Moher

Larissa Coser and Neil Gallagher in "Run in Fields"

Larissa Coser and Neil Gallagher in
Run in Fields
Western Edge Theatre
Nov., 2017

Comedy-Drama/ 4 Characters, 2 men, 2 women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Kevin Tenner is the toast of James Cook U. He’s just won a prestigious $75,000 award. The President, a former musical theatre performer, wants to honour him at a gala dinner. But when he meets Leila, a promising science major with $30,000 in student debt, and decides to use some of his money to help her, Prof. Tenner begins to get schooled himself.

Rumors spread about his motives and his relationship with Leila. The problem for Kevin — they aren’t entirely unfounded. Run in Fields is a funny and emotionally complex play about higher education, lower impulses, and lessons that can’t be learned in a classroom.

Terry Lynn Boyle and Larissa Coser in "Run in Fields"

Larissa Coser and Neil Gallagher in "Run in Fields"

Steve Hill and Larissa Coser in "Run in Fields"

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650 Little Blvd.,
Gabriola Island, B.C.,
Canada,
V0R 1X3.
Ph.: (in North America) 1-855-757-9216 or 250-247-9216
Email: info@singlelane.com
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.

Run in Fields was first produced by Western Edge Theatre, Nanaimo, BC, in Oct. 2017.

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Saffronia by Christiane D. Leach

Drama/ 17 Characters, 11 Women, 6 Men/ Full Length, 90 minutes

Synopsis: Saffronia chronicles the life of a young child stolen from her slave mother, transformed in a New Orleans brothel, sold at a Fancy Girl auction, bought by a young man, at once her master and her lover. It chronicles the somewhat hidden, often romanticized American history of mulatto slavery, and the inherent sexual deviance that underlies breeding for profit.

Saffronia began as a poem by performance poet and Soma Mestizo singer Christiane D. It has been expanded here into a full multimedia performance. The play examines the world of the “mulatto balls” of the ante-bellum south — slave auctions dressed up as debutante balls, where young slave women, groomed in charm schools to be perfect mistresses, were sold as concubines to wealthy plantation owners.

“A full-blooded poetic melodrama about miscegenation and sexual slavery in the antebellum South, complete with a parable of a black woman’s struggle for freedom, the whole then infused with mystical overtones.”
– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Playwright’s website: http://www.christiane-d.us

About the Playwright: Christiane D. Leach is a visual artist, performance poet, singer, songwriter, playwright, event producer and cultural instigator.

Saffronia debuted at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre in Winter 2006. Another work The Only Good Artist is a Dead Artistpremiered at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre in 2007 as part of their Black White Festival. She’s also participated in several other productions, including Now . . . or Just in General, Don Juan, Katrina, Celebrate East Liberty, and performed as the singing narrator in the Playhouse Repertory’s Mother Courage.

She performs her poetry throughout the Pittsburgh area and participated in the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s “She Said” series in 2007. Current efforts include a CD and chapbook of her spoken word poetry.

She has produced various music events with the Element Five group, received a Sprout Fund grant to produce two “MINI m” music festivals and co-produced “Listen To This” with Brooke Schooles, which brought in the world-renowned spoken word artist Ursula Rucker.

Christiane D is co-founder and former Executive Director of Sun Crumbs, a trans-cultural multi-arts non-profit. For two and a half years she worked as the Program Coordinator for the artist non-profit Brew House Association, coordinating exhibitions and performances. Her current job at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council gives Christiane the opportunity to continue her support of the Pittsburgh arts community.

In 2003 she received the PCA Fellowship for World/Jazz/Blues musical composition, and in 2002 received a Pittsburgh magazine’s “40 under 40” award. In 2007, along with her peers, she was honored at the New Hazlett Theatre’s gala, “Celebrating Women in the Arts”.

Saffronia was first produced at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre, Pittsburgh in January, 2006.

 

Saint Thea: A One-Act Play In Two Acts by D.T. Arcieri

Saint Thea

Comedy-Drama/ 5 characters, 3 Men, 2 Women / Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: A 17-year old boy learns the bizarre truth of his ancestry through the disparate memories of his wacky family members.

“Arcieri is clearly a playwright to be reckoned with.” – NY Newsday

 

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About the Playwright: D.T. Arcieri’s plays have been read and produced in America, England and Australia. They include the one-acts The Scream (All Out Arts, The Actors Institute, Moving Arts), Requiem for Albert (The Actors Institute, Vital Theatre, Bedlam Theatre), Drinking Zombies (Myriad Arts, Moving Arts), Norman! (Theatre Three, Theatre 40, Vital Theatre, Flesh Pot) and The Play About the Menu at Simon’s Coffee Shop (Theatre Three, Moving Arts). The Scream was optioned for a feature film by Tori Spelling and Drinking Zombies has been published by Original Works. His full-lengths includeModern Astrology (Theatre Conspiracy) and Cowbirds (Arena Theatre).Japanese Death Poem had a staged reading at Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, Texas in 2004 and a full production at Theatre 40 in Los Angeles in 2005. Both were directed by Tony-nominated Stephen Tobolowsky, the latter starring Julie Hagerty. That play also won Stony Brook University’s 2005 John Gassner Festival.Carl a.k.a. Karl received a first reading and a staged reading in 2006 at Abingdon Theatre in New York. The Market, a prophetic one minute epic about the future of the US economy, premiered at the ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ Festival at Brooklyn College in 2007. His newest full length St. Thea: A One-Act Play in Two Acts had a staged reading at Kitchen Dog in June 2009.

D.T. Arcieri holds MA degrees in Biological Sciences and Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University. He lives and writes on Long Island in New York and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America

The Play About The Menu At Simon’s Coffee Shop premiered at Theatre Three’s Festival of One-Acts in March, 2008.