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ROAR LIONS! ROAR!!

on Nov 27 in Plays posted by

“We tear each other to bits every day and we are not, I repeat not at all unhappy about that fact! ”

Synopsis

Roar Lions! Roar!! chronicles one semester in the lives of a graduate teaching assistant, Teacher, who is getting her Masters in Theatre and a freshman who is able to attend school because he is on a football scholarship. Their paths intersect when Wilcox, the freshman football player, is enrolled in Teacher’s voice and speech class. As the play progresses we see that although their lives are completely different on the surface, they face the same moral dilemmas and are forced to make decisions that effect their very survival.

Set against a background of football frenzy and a University Theatre production of The Baccchae, we see that the pursuit of the American dream has its price.

Character breakdown: 4 women, 10 men

Production History

ROAR LIONS! ROAR!! was a finalist 2002 Mill Mountain Theatre New Play competition and received a workshop production (5 performances) in 2003 sponsored by Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre.

Read scenes from the play

First Quarter – Scene            Second Quarter – Scene

MERMEN

on Nov 27 in Plays posted by

Through the eyes of a child we can see a new world.

RUDOLPH  – Did you know the first Mermen were from outer space?  In Africa, the the desert.

ANGELA – What were they doing in the desert?

RUDOLPH – What were we doing on the moon?

Synopsis

Rudolph dreams of being the first Merman in an underwater show at a Florida roadside attraction. His father, a severely disabled former college professor, dreams of re-writing his one book. They live in a RV park on the edge of a canal in Cape Canaveral, not far from NASA. The sky is pierced with rockets; the sea is filled with the unknown. Together father and son totter in between, desperate to discover a reality they can share and the answer to the question – What happened the night Rudolph’s mother died?

Character breakdown: 3 women, 3 men

Production History

MERMEN was developed in the Playwrights/Directors Workshop of the Actors Studio. It received a developmental reading in the spring of 2008 sponsored by the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and in the fall of 2009 a staged workshop sponsored by the Actors Studio. In December, 2015 Spooky Action Theatre read MERMEN as a part of their New Play Reading Series. It was directed by Lynn Sharp Spears.

A SIMPLE GIFT

on Nov 24 in Plays posted by

“We are living as always in the midst of eternity!”

Synopsis

In the late 1830’s and early 1840’s Shaker communities were at the height of their prosperity. Combined, they were over 6,000 members strong, their farms were prosperous and their spirituality had undergone a charismatic revival which involved seeing visions, elaborate rituals and speaking in tongues.

Into this setting a vagrant Appalachian girl appears. She is running from an abusive fundamentalist preacher father and toward what she sees as her salvation, the devil. She is depleted by her flight from her father and cannot leave the Shaker community. Having never experienced a safe environment she questions everything. Where is she? Is this heaven on earth, as the Shakers literally believe, or hell?

Brother James, the elder of the community, receives a “blessing”, a vision he interprets as a warning of an impending holy visitation. As the community seeks to prepare for this visitation the routine of life is disrupted and dissension that has lain dormant surfaces. Is this visitation a blessing or a curse?  Through the use of Shaker music and Shaker dance, the story progresses until the characters begin to see who they are and where they are. In this world there is only one certainty: faith.

Character breakdown: 6 women, 5 men

Production History

A SIMPLE GIFT was a semi-finalist for the 2000 New Harmony Project, a semi-finalist for the 2003 Mill Mountain Theatre’s New Play Competition and a finalist for the National Playwrights Conference in 2004. Readings include a staged reading sponsored by the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, StreetSigns Center for Literature and Language and the York Theatre Company in New York’s Citicorp Center.

Read Scenes from A SIMPLE GIFT

Prologue A Simple Gift – Scene

Trailer for A SIMPLE GIFT

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on Nov 24 in Blog posted by

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