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Darren Callahan

DARREN CALLAHAN

  (1969 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Darren Callahan has written Drama for the BBC, the Sci Fi ChAnnel, and New York City's Radio PacificA. He is a winner of NPR's National Radio Drama award and his writing has appeared in a number of music and fiction magazines. His plays include "Water Pressure," "the White airplane," "Horror academy," "Mass Grave," and "the Double Negative." Novels include "the Audrey Green Chronicles," "Documentia," and "City of Human Remains." He has released almost 40 albums - from noise punk to pop to soundtracks. Please visit www.darrencallahan.com for more information.

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        Double Negative, The         Filmstars         Horror Academy         Kill Your Enemies         Mass Grave         Sources         Sub-Genre         Throw the Control Darts         Two Girls Kissing         Under the Table         Water Pressure         White Airplane, The



Double Negative, The

Synopsis:
Two brothers take very different approaches to post-war life in europe. Pen Hartzog, a decorated fighter, works hard in his tailor shop and tries to forget the violence; Martin Hartzog rails publicly against oppressive thugs haunting their small town. their affections for the same woman and one's consuming secret make for an epic Drama of flawed human choices.

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Don Parker Productions

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Genre:
Drama, absurdist Comedy, Dream Play Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Filmstars

Synopsis:
How do you create filmstars? Take two B-list actors and pair them together in an a-list picture. Problem is, these two particular filmstars used to be in love. Now they're not. and the a-List picture? It's a downer set in a prison, written by a nobody. Can two scheming Hollywood agents pave the way to cinema history, or is it just the desperation talking?

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Light And fun change of pace.

1st Produced:
Gurnee Theater, Gurnee, Il Usa    

Organisations:
Gurnee Theater, Gurnee, IL USA

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Horror Academy

Synopsis:
an anthology for stage of three 30-minute stand-alone plays linked by five monologues, "Horror academy" is a unique blend of all-female casting, old school horror for serious horror fans, and plenty of onstage action. Zombies, cannibals, vampires - all played straight with real Dramatic weight. a world premier produced in the 2007 season by Chicago's 10-year going stage company BaBeS WITH BLaDeS was a sell-out run with strong reviews.

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featuring the Babes With Blades-performed zombie play "Where Is the Breakdown?" plus three new pieces, "Three Lines," "everything's Different Here," And "Red Messages. Also produced At North Lakeside Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, USA, 2007

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Organisations:
Babes With Blades, Chicago, IL USA

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Genre:
Horror/Suspense/Thriller/action Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Kill Your Enemies

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part of N.U.F.a.N's 2009 "7 Plays In 7 Days" festival

1st Produced:
City Lit Theatre, Chicago, Il    

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Genre:
short play Play/Drama

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Mass Grave

Synopsis:
Dr. Savaard is dead. He was executed following a trial for murder. So why is he hosting a dinner party for the very people who condemned him? Dr. Savaard uses the power of science to create a house of hidden terrors in this twisting tale of justice from the beyond.

Notes:
Portions based on the 1939 film "the Man they Could Not Hang," starring Boris Karloff, story by George Wallace Sayre And Leslie T. White, screenplay by Karl Brown, directed by Nick Grinde.

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Genre:
Horror/Thriller

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Sources

Synopsis:
the Lymans are a happy family living in Hollywood. When the middle daughter, Sienna, a budding starlet, performs a strange magic trick at a family party, their lives are turned around. a few days later, Sienna vanishes, her Father dies, her older sister has a miscarriage, and her mother loses her memory. Knowing a curse has befallen the Lymans, Katherine, the mother, goes searching for her missing Sienna, leading the family deeper and deeper into a haunted past and a nest of violence.

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Inspired by Dario Argento films, such As "Deep Red" (1975).

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Genre:
Horror/Thriller

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Sub-Genre

Synopsis:
a husband searches for his missing wife in an abandoned hospital. On his journey he meets a cryptic guide, a sex-crazed girl, a competing suitor, and a pioneering doctor who decapitates his patients. a story of double-crossing nightmares and the potential for corrective, rat-run surgical enhancements.

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Genre:
Horror Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Throw the Control Darts

Synopsis:
Henry Pravel is a gamesman, a salesman, everything but a comfortable host. His neighbor, Clayton Keller, is a past-his-prime novelist working on a depressing new piece about Waterloo. Lula Pravel is Henry's wife, a beautiful woman full of mystery and subtle signals. these three very different and very lonely people are brought together by Control Darts, an expensive home system where a person's mind controls the throw. If only they could read each other's thoughts, the evening might actually turn out well.

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Genre:
Sci-Fi

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Two Girls Kissing

Synopsis:
Sisters of a convent are suspected in the death of their male overseer. an investigator arrives, using manipulation and intimidation. Under his methods, the sisters protect each other while burying their secret even deeper.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Under the Table

Synopsis:
an ultraviolent horror stage play featuring the creepiest monster to hit Chicago this decade!

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1st Produced:
Prop Theatre, Chicago    

Organisations:
the Garden of eatin' Festival

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Water Pressure

Synopsis:
Four wealthy widowers form a club to discuss time travel. From this simple beginning, their actions become tragically linked to the fractured futures of their four daughters.

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1st Produced:
Breadline Theater, Chicago, Il Usa    

Organisations:
Visions & Voices

1st Published:
Smith & Kraus, 2005   -

Music:
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Genre:
Sci-Fi

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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White Airplane, The

Synopsis:
a Pittsburgh man finds himself in the body of a Japanese typist, whose wife has been reported missing. What are the links between this strange occurrence and the crash of a white airplane on the english countryside? a dream-like story of life and circumstance, told as human Drama, mixed with absurd comedy, with jabs of sex and violence.

Notes:
Not for everyone, but remarkable nonetheless.

1st Produced:
Polarity Ensemble Theater    

Organisations:
Polarity ensemble Theater

1st Published:
Polarity ensemble theatre, 2009   -

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Genre:
Surrealist Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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