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Sheila Callaghan

SHEILA CALLAGHAN  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Creative Artists Agency NY  represented by Corinne Hayoun


Sheila Callaghans plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The Lark, actors Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace award, a Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the prestigious Whiting award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. These include Scab, Crawl Fade to White, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), We are Not These Hands, Dead City, Lascivious Something, Kate Crackernuts, That Pretty Pretty; Or, The Rape Play, and Fever/Dream. She is published with Playscripts, Inc. and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a member of the OBIE-award-winning playwrights organization 13P. In 2010, Callaghan was profiled by Marie Claire as one of 18 Successful Women Who are Changing the World. She was also named one of Variety magazine's 10 Screenwriters to Watch of 2010.

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American Jack         Ayravana Flies Or A Pretty Dish         Blue Lila Rising         Catherine Calamity         Crawl, Fade To White         Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)         Dead City         Dream Chain, The         Elemental         Fever/Dream         He Ate The Sun         Hold This         Hunger Waltz, The         Kate Crackernuts         Lascivious Something         New Shoes         Port Out, Starboard Home         Recess         Roadkill Confidential         Scab         Soak         Softland         Star-Crossed Lovers         Strange News From Another Planet         That Pretty Pretty; Or, The Rape Play         Transit Plays, The         Trepidation Nation         Tumor         Twilight In The B-Bowl         Uncle Sam's Satiric Spectacular         We Are Not These Hands



American Jack

Synopsis:
a fragmented and theatrical portrait of a Greek survivor of Nazi occupation, who subsequently builds a life for himself in America in the 70's brick by brick.

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1st Produced:
Moving arts, Los Angeles    2003

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1st Published:
Original Works Publishing   -

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Genre:
Drama One act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Ayravana Flies Or A Pretty Dish

Sheila Callaghan
Olivia is a frizzy-haired nutty-looking waitress with too-red lipstick and bulgy omnivorous eyes. Elephant is a reticent, dapper pachyderm in a business suit. He orders the Special of the Day. One heimlick maneuver plus a taste for the exotic equals love. Or dinner.

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1st Produced:
Edge Of The World Theatre Festival, Los Angeles    2001

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Genre:
10-15 Minute Comedy Ten Min

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Blue Lila Rising

Synopsis:
Manhattan, 1936. Struggling novelist Dawn Powell is enduring a lavish cocktail party at her agent's extravagant flat. Suddenly, a young woman no one knows falls to the floor, dead. Dawn Powell recognizes something familiar in the girl. The girl falls again. . .and again. The blood is on Dawn's hands. a lyrical investigation in eight iterations.

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1st Produced:
New Georges (New York, NY, United States)    2002

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
25-30 min Poetic drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  3 males, 4 females, 2 either (9 actors possible: 3-5 males, 4-6 females)

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Catherine Calamity

Synopsis:
a strange eleven year old girl, Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford all in a Christmas tragedy

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Crawl, Fade To White

Sheila Callaghan
a scream is heard throughout the stratosphere. It is the voice of the lamp. Louise is selling this expensive family heirloom to keep her daughter April in school and cease her more sordid "consultant" profession. April rushes home with lover in tow to halt the proceedings and save the lamp, but it has been intercepted by a quiet and bizarre middle-aged couple with a haunting secret. attempts to reclaim the lamp are made, as a misplaced father slowly fades to white in the background.

Notes:
Staged reading by The Playwright's Center, Minneapolis MN, 2002

1st Produced:
Theatre of NOTE, Los Angeles    2005

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Genre:
Full-length absurd Comic Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)

Synopsis:
Catherine asks for seven very strange objects for Christmas this year. Her perpetually anxious mother complies, suspecting Catherine might blame her for the absurd circumstances in which her father disappeared. Catherine reveals the dark nature of these objects to her mother on Christmas morning and a calamity ensues. Special appearances by Harrison Ford and Justin Timberlake, and a talking apartment.

Notes:
Workshop performance by Manhattan Theatre Source, NYC, 2000

1st Produced:
Clubbed Thumb (Summerworks) (New York City, NY, United States)    2004

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
70-90 min Comedy/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  2 males, 3 females

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Dead City

Synopsis:
While bringing her sexy hubby his mail one morning, Samantha Blossom notices an envelope addressed to him from his lover. This spins her out into her day raw and entirely untethered& until she begins following a punk-rock genius poet girl half her age. This culminates in a frenzied chaos parade in a sex club located in the meat-packing district of New York City. Based on James Joyce's Ulysses.

Notes:
Workshopped At the Lark Theatre, NYC, 2003

1st Produced:
Lark Theatre, NYC    2003

Company:
Playwrights Horizons

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Genre:
Comic Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Dream Chain, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
part of The Dream Project, which is described As "an exploration of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's La Vida es Sueno through A series of staged readings of Adaptations of Calderon's masterpiece. An Adaptation of La Vida es Sueno written by multiple Authors, each writing only one scene from the play. Contributing playwrights include: Sheila Callaghan, Marcus Gardley, Amlin Gray, Carmen Rivera, Adam Szymkowicz And Candido Tirado

1st Produced:
Michael Weller Theater, NY    2007

Company:
FLUX Theatre Ensemble

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Elemental

Synopsis:
act One: METaL. Hope, a tragic diva, turns into a jungle gym on a playground as a result of her cold-hearted treatment of her lover. act Two: CONCRETE. Lonnie, an immortal boy, turns into a concrete art installation as a result of his inferiority complex. act Three: PLaSTIC. Claire is a shower curtain. She sings an extended aria about her predicament. act Four: WOOD. John turns into a tree while being chased through the forest by an overly amorous suitor

Notes:
Music by Sophocles Papavasilopoulos

1st Produced:
Workshopped at the HERE American Living Room Series, NYC    2001

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Genre:
Four-act Mythical Opera

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  6 instrumentalists

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Fever/Dream

Sheila Callaghan
Chained to his desk in the basement of customer service hell, Segis suddenly finds himself set free in the CEO's penthouse-but is it a dream? This raucous reinvention of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's Life is a Dream gleefully skewers corporate America with razor-sharp wit and the biggest cast ever assembled on Woolly's stage.

Notes:
workshop production by Occidental College Theater Department, fall 2007

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  flexible

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He Ate The Sun

Synopsis:
a series of quick vignettes navigating the experience of one cowardly man losing his attractive yet shallow wife to a young, hot internet tycoon. Look out, he's got a gun.

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1st Produced:
Festival at Manhattan Theatre Source, NYC    2002

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1st Published:
Original Works Publishing   -

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Genre:
15-25 minute comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Hold This

Synopsis:
a young man raises a clutch of fluffy yellow chicks for his mother's commercial shoot, only to see them die in the hot glare of the stage lights. This piece is part ofTrepidation Nation, an anthology of short plays. To perform this piece independently, click "add to Shopping Cart" above. To perform this piece as part of the full-length collection, go to Trepidation Nation.

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1st Produced:
Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY, United States)    2003

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
5-10 min Comedy/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  1 male

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Hunger Waltz, The

Synopsis:
Gwen hears singing in the wind and believes she is mad. Over a period of 600 years, through her relationships with her domineering husband and her coquettish female lover, she slowly reveals the nature of her desires and the source of the voices. a drama over three time periods across America: 18th century East Coast, 20th century dust-bowl, and 22nd century West Coast.

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1st Produced:
Relentless Theatre, NYC    2004

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Genre:
Full-length Multiple-Period Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Kate Crackernuts

Synopsis:
Kate's sister anne, a ravishing beauty, wakes up one morning to discover a sheep's head between her shoulders. Thus begins the journey of the two sisters in their quest to return anne's true head to its proper place. The journey is sidetracked, however, by Kate's obsession with a slim raver-boy who has a nasty little addiction. Based loosely and lyrically on the British fairy tale "Kate Crackernuts."

Notes:
Printer's Devil Theatre (workshop) (Seattle, Wa, United States), 2000

1st Produced:
Bloomington Playwrights Project, IN, USA    2002

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
120-140 min Convoluted fairy tale

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  4 males, 5 females, 10 either (9-19 actors possible: 4-14 males, 5-15 females)

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Lascivious Something

Sheila Callaghan
It's 1980 and Reagan has just been elected. August had fled the country six years prior to be with his beautiful young Greek bride on a secluded Mediterranean island, where he planted a modest vineyard. Now, his young wife his pregnant, his crop is robust, and he is about to have his first tasting. . .when a strange woman in a large-brimmed hat arrives at the couple's guesthouse

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Company:
Cherry Lane Theatre

1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc - New York (2011) >>>
Soft Skull Press, 01/01/2011    978-0-573-69925-2

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Genre:
Full-length Comic Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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New Shoes

Synopsis:
Richard, a middle-aged Vietnam vet, falls asleep one night next to his nagging wife and wakes up in the arms of his beautiful young secretary. His grasp of reality begins to crumble as his tortured past penetrates his benign present in real-time.

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1st Produced:
Expanded Arts (New York, NY, United States)    1997

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
30-45 min absurd comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  2 males, 2 females

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Port Out, Starboard Home

Synopsis:
Climb aboard the luxury cruise ship Crown of the Seas, and join an eclectic group of seekers as they strive for enlightenment. Amidst the sensual decadence of bars, discos, and gluttonous buffets, they un-tether themselves from the baggage of their everyday lives and become entangled in a strange, disturbing ritual. Sit back and watch the folks at Princess Cruises take a journey they never thought possible in their wildest dreams.

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1st Produced:
La MaMa First Floor Theatre
74A East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003    08 Sep 2012

Company:
A world-premiere collaboration between San Franciscos acclaimed foolsFURY and celebrated playwright, Sheila Callaghan. Co-produced by Z Space and co-presented by La MaMa

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Genre:
piece

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Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Recess

Synopsis:
In the aftermath of an almost apocalyptic recession, a group of 11 twenty-something New Yorkers sharing a studio go to extreme lengths to survive.

Notes:
The Flea Theater has commissioned six playwrights to create ten-minute plays that explore the impact of the current economic crisis on the younger generation. Presented under the title THE GREaT RECESSION, the evening features new work by Thomas Bradshaw, Sheila Callaghan, Erin Courtney, Will Eno, Itamar Moses And Adam Rapp - All writers recently nurtured by The Flea. The plays will be performed by The Bats, the resident Acting company of The Flea

1st Produced:
Flea Theater, NY, USA >>>    20 Nov 2009

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Genre:
Ten Min

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Male:  5            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Roadkill Confidential

Sheila Callaghan
In Roadkill Confidential, a noir-ish meditation on brutality, a possibly rogue G-man stalks a stalled-out artist with a suspicious affinity for accident victims. Traps are set, traps are sprung, and everyone gets caught. Roadkill Confidential tackles, with style, humor, and high theatricality, mediated violence and the numbness it produces, and, whether in art or in global politics, the ends can justify the means. The play was commissioned and developed by Clubbed Thumb.
- nytheatre.com

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1st Produced:
3LD art & Technology Center
80 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10006    10 Sep 2010

Company:
Clubbed Thumb

1st Published:
Soft Skull Press (January 1, 2011)   978-1593764142

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Piece

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Scab

Sheila Callaghan
anima's sphere of desperation and self-destruction is invaded by the arrival of her perky new roommate, Christa. Moved by a particularly malevolent statue of the Virgin Mary and a houseplant named Susan, anima and Christa soon enter into a profound and intimate friendship that incurs traumatic results

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Genre:
Full-length Comic Drama

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Male:  1-2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Soak

Synopsis:
Heidi and David come to this space every day. Something tragic happened here, but all that remains is the ghost of a German chanteuse, an accordion player, an iPod, and a shrine to Bjork. and everyone is drunk.

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1st Produced:
Sanctuary: Playwright's Theatre, NYC    2004

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-

1st Published:
Original Works Publishing   -

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Genre:
15 minute awkward comedy One act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  1 accordion player

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Softland

Synopsis:
Michael, a fervent and gifted jazz musician, takes a mysterious journey to India and returns uncommunicative and tormented, yet burning with a new musical vision. This song-puzzle introduces Douglas, Malcolm and Hilary as they recount their unique relationships with Michael and attempt to discover the nature of the dark event that lead him to his emotional rupture. a three-part eclectic musical in lyrical monologues

Notes:
Music by Sophocles Papavasilopoulos

1st Produced:
Workshop performance by Singularity, NYC    2001

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-

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Genre:
Short Full-length Musical Monologue Series One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  1 cellist, 1 pianist

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Star-Crossed Lovers

Synopsis:
The story of Romeo and Juliet told over centuries, across continents, and through genres. Imaginative and musical, Star-Crossed Loversis a spectacular tour of major theatrical and intellectual movements -- spanning tribal Africa, ancient Greece, commedia dell'arte Italy, Chekhov's Russia, Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1930s America, and existentialist post-modernity.

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1st Produced:
Westfield High School Theatre Arts Program (Chantilly, Va, United States)    2004

Company:
-

1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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-

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Genre:
30 min Comedy/Drama

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  4            Other:  7 males, 4 females, 20 either (9-50 actors possible: 4-25 males, 5-25 females)

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Strange News From Another Planet

Synopsis:
World War Whatever continues for the umpteenth year. Two travelers drop from the skies in search of universal peace. Chaos and power chords ensue in this rock musical adaptation of two wartime fairy tales by Nobel Prize winner Hermann Hesse. ask yourself. . . what is the nature of mayhem?

Notes:
written by Sheila Callaghan, Michael Alltop

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Company:
Ring of Fire Productions, Inc. NYC

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-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Rock Musical One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  3 instrumentalists

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That Pretty Pretty; Or, The Rape Play

Sheila Callaghan
a pair of radical feminist ex-strippers scour the country on a murderous rampage against right-wing pro-lifers, blogging about their exploits in gruesome detail. Meanwhile, a scruffy screenwriter named Owen tries to bang out his magnum opus in a hotel room as his best friend Rodney ("The Rod") pontificates on rape and other manly enterprises. When Owen decides to incorporate the strippers into his screenplay, the boundaries of reality begin to blur, and only a visit from Jane Fonda can help keep worlds from blowing apart. Sheila Callaghan's That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play is a violently funny and disturbing excavation of the dirty corners of our imaginations.
- press release

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Transit Plays, The

Synopsis:
Each play revolves around one form of transportation; ferry, train, bicycle, plane, and car. Strangers attempt to form connections with one another, attaining varying degrees of success. With theatrical staging, elevated and challenging language, and non-realistic elements.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Proto-type Theatre, NYC    2003

Company:
-

1st Published:
Original Works Publishing   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Five very short absurd plays

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Trepidation Nation

Synopsis:
We all have instinctive fears -- but what if a fear becomes inexplicable, illogical, and just plain weird? Then you're dealing with a phobia, one of those most extreme and fascinating of terrors. actors Theatre of Louisville asked 16 frighteningly creative playwrights to find inspiration in real phobias, and the resulting collection of pieces might prove that not only is fear humankind's oldest emotion, but it's also one of our silliest, most serious, and stage-worthy. To perform the entire collection, click "add to Shopping Cart" above. To perform an individual piece independently, click on its title below:

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Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
80-100 min Drama/Comedy

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Male:  11            Female:  12            Other:  11 males, 12 females (4-23 actors possible)

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Tumor

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Pete is pregnant. Sarah is pregnant. Kathie is pregnant. Richard is reacting badly to Kathie being pregnant. In stylized monologues and short scenes, each story is traced until the pregnancies arrive at their inevitable conclusions.

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annex Theatre (staged reading) (Seattle, Wa, United States)    2000

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Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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30-40 min Dark comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  2 males, 2 females, 1 either (5 actors possible: 2-3 males, 2-3 females)

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Twilight In The B-Bowl

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Part One: Three punk-rock Marbits in a bowl of Lucky Charms thrash about, railing against their fate, as a spoon looms ominously above. Part Two: a torrid, ill-fated affair is struck between a loquacious, soggy cornflake and an overly-vain raspberry. Part Three: an oatmeal momma sings a bluesy riff to her raisin children.

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annex Theatre, Seattle Wa    2002

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Three-part comedy Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Uncle Sam's Satiric Spectacular

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The astounding Krispinsky! The all-American Feminem! The amazing Screaming Vegan, the Formerly amazing Bob, and Mr. McBuffer the Renegade Puppet! With American culture and politics growing increasingly surreal, actors Theatre of Louisville commissioned seven marquee playwrights to create a variety-show satire in the grand old vaudeville tradition -- from ventriloquists to contortionists to Lady Liberty on a trapeze. With songs!

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Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY, United States)    2005

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Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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80-95 min Satirical musical comedy

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Male:  8            Female:  8            Other:  8 males, 8 females (10-30 actors possible: 5-15 males, 5-15 females)

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We Are Not These Hands

Sheila Callaghan
Ever since their school blew up, Moth and Belly have taken to stalking an illegal internet cafe in the hopes of one day being allowed in. They take particular interest in Leather, a skittish older man doing research in the cafe. He is a self-proclaimed "freelance scholar" from a foreign land with a sketchy past and a sticky secret. Leather begins to fall head over heals in love with Moth. . . but what about Belly? This play explores the effects of rampant capitalism on a country that is ill-prepared for it.

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Staged reading by Eye of the Storm Theatre, Minneapolis MN, 2002

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Catalyst Theatre    2007

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Genre:
Full-length Comedy

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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