Plays

POW’R IN THE BLOOD

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“They don’t let you stay mad in heaven.”

Synopsis

Going home isn’t easy. When Heather comes home to Georgia to visit her mother in the hospital, reconnecting with her Southern roots is not as easy as it once was. As mother and daughter struggle to understand one another we see there is indeed ‘wonder working pow’r in the blood.’ A funny and touching story about family and forgiveness.

Character breakdown: 4 women, 3 men

Production History:

POW’R IN THE BLOOD opened Barter Theatre’s 75th anniversary season to rave reviews. Prior to that it was a finalist for the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, Humana Festival and the National Playwrights Conference.

Barter Theatre Production

Barter Theatre PosterPow’r In The Blood Reviews

Patron commnent:  “Outstanding!  This was by far one of the most moving plays my wife and I have attended at the Barter.  The depth, quality and performance will certainly last as a memorable one.  It was uncannily funny, intenselydramatic, inspirationally real and emotionally challenging.  When attending a performance that has you reflecting on the message and delivery well beyond the theatre then you’ve hit a home run, and in the experience we shared in the performance of “Power in the Blood” you undoubtedly hit a Grand Slam.  Thanks to all for a brilliant performance.”

Read Scenes from the play

POW’R – Scene 1 POW’R – Scene 2

Barter Theatre Set Design

THE CHAOS TRADE

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An American Comedy of Investment Errors

“If we don’t fire a few more people we’re going to end up selling organs in order to meet our bonus requirements. And whose kidney do you think it’s going to be? Yours or mine?”

Synopsis

In the spirit of the New York Times best sellers Too Big to Fail and The Big Short, docu-play THE CHAOS TRADE offers the first full-length American theatrical response to the financial meltdown. Written by a former employee of a famously failed investment bank, the show traces the bank’s final days through the eyes of traders on the floor.

This fast-paced and surprisingly comic play hurtles the audience through the dissolution of a once-venerable banking institution. Staged “on location,” the play opens on the trading floor as the crisis begins to unfold. News coverage of the crash unfolding bombards the bank’s employees and the audience as characters share the real lives behind the high-stakes game of trading. With livelihoods on the line and billions of dollars at risk, the drama is tense and the gallows humor, a high voltage entertainment experience.

But was the institution the corporation or its people? Who or what was really behind the bank’s meltdown? And who or what will survive?

Character breakdown: 3 women, 8 men

Read Chaos Trade Scenes

Scene 6, Human Resources Scene 8, Trading Floor

The Chaos Trade @ Occupy Wall Street

searchers.net

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“What are the three things in life we all need to be happy?”

             “Is it possible to become allergic to your anti-depressants?”

Synopsis

A mid-life Maggie, Cheryl and Lou, find themselves alone. They each embark on a search for that perfect soul mate via the internet – Lou through gay on-line bulletin boards; Maggie and Cheryl through internet dating services. We meet their dates, share their dreams and eventually, share their delusions. In a world where looking for that special someone has all the grace of flipping through a Sears & Roebuck catalogue – is true love still possible?

Cast breakdown: 2 women, 4 men

Production History

Searchers.net was developed in the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Workshop and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. It received three staged readings sponsored by 29th Street Rep. and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre.

Read scenes from the play

searchers.net – Scene 1                searchers.net – Scene 2

ROAR LIONS! ROAR!!

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“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.

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First Quarter – Scene            Second Quarter – Scene

MERMEN

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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

LINKS

on Nov 23 in Plays posted by

Love in the land of goobers, golfers and gators.

ANN – I don’t have to feel guilty about being bored with my life, do I?”

BRENDA – “No. Of course not. It’s your life.”

Synopsis

LINKS is a triptych. This three-act play is set in and around the seemingly serene Oakland Georgia Golf and Country Club. The first two acts, “Poolside” and “Tee for Two” occur simultaneously but are played separately. The women are at the golf club’s pool battling the anxiety of modern life with a good dose of American optimism and new house plans while their husbands, on the ninth hole of the course, give us their perspectives on marriage, alligators and cheating. Act III, “Over Meat”, takes place the evening of the same day. Both couples are at home having dinner. “Over Meat” is structured in such a way that we see both couples at home at the same time. The two scenes progress simultaneously, form a counterpoint and, hopefully, a third reality.

“Poolside” and “Tee for Two” can be performed as stand alone one-acts.

Character breakdown: 2 men, 2 women

Production History

Over a decade in the making the first act of LINKS, “Poolside”, was produced as part of Manhattan Class Company’s 1989 summer workshop series. This one-act was subsequently produced by the West Bank Theatre Café in 1991. In October 2000 “Poolside” and “Tee for Two”, act two of the work, were produced by Mercer University Theatre. “Poolside” was produced as a fully staged reading as a part of Mill Mountain Theatre’s Lunchtime reading series in February 2003. The entire work was given a full staged reading by Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in 2006.

Read scenes from the play

Poolside – Scene          Over Meat – Scene