Yard Wars by Jonathan Dorf

Westley Thornton in Yard Wars, Secret Rose Theatre, North Hollywood, California

Comedy/ 1 Character, 1 Man/ One Act

Synopsis: Eighteen-year old backyard wrestler Christian Connors has just been power-bombed on his head. While he probably has a concussion, he has luckily avoided death or paralysis. But the concussion sparks a crisis: is it worth it to continue wrestling? He goes back through his wrestling career, beginning when his friend Jimmy Double T got him to start a wrestling federation in Jimmy’s backyard — just for fun — using old mattresses and hiding it from Jimmy’s mother. He remembers creating his character, their first matches, the arrival of fans and new wrestlers, and how it all began to spiral out of control, with the fans demanding crazier, more violent matches and him liking the attention. Not only does he like that attention, but he can feel himself getting hooked on it. He’s at the height of his popularity, but is he still wrestling for the right reasons?

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7125 De Longpre Ave. #209
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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.

Yard Wars was first produced at the Secret Rose Theatre, North Hollywood, California, 2006.