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Will Cooper

WILL COOPER

  (1949 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Will Cooper lives in Chicago, IL, with his weditor Lynn. a Senior Network Playwright at the nationally renowned playwrights' Theatre Chicago Dramatists, his play Jade Heart will be produced at that Theatre in spring, 2010. His play Book of Leaves premiered to critical and popular success at Village Players Theatre in Oak Park, IL, in summer, 2006. His latest play is a comedy entitled Movement Man.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2015)

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below is a list of Will Cooper's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Book Of Leaves         Jade Heart         Little Adolfs, The         Movement Man         Reflecting Genghis         Shadows Of Athens



Book Of Leaves

Synopsis:
Walter's grown children don't know he's dying of cancer, and they have secrets of their own. Over the course of a long weekend at his tree-shrouded home, many truths come to light, including what happened to his wife, their mother, who died seventeen years earlier. Conflicting desires and hidden ambitions converge in a suspenseful, emotionally charged story that will surprise, and move, mature audiences.

Notes:
Read A review of Book of Leaves At: http://www.suburbanjournals.com/2006/2006-VPT-Book-of-Leaves.html

1st Produced:
Village Players Theatre, Oak Park, Il    Aug 2006

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full length Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Jade Heart

Synopsis:
all of us start life somewhere. the road we follow can be smooth or rough; it can lead to places that we might never have chosen. Jade McCullough's road began on a pile of vegetables in a small village in southern China. Fate then took her to America where she grew up seeing herself as an outsider, rebelling against her differentness. Like all of us, she struggles to find an identity that fits all sides of herself. She aches to know where she came from and why she had to leave. Her only clue is half of a jade heart found in her swaddling clothes. Its other half hangs around the neck of an anonymous woman in a distant land, a woman who is masked in her imagination, whose existence haunts her. Jade's journey resembles our own. Ultimately, our existence is a mystery none of us can solve.

Notes:
Jade Heart will be directed by Award-winning Chicago Dramatists Artistic director Russ Tutterow.

1st Produced:
Chicago Dramatists    2008

Organisations:
Chicago Dramatists, Chicago, IL

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Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Little Adolfs, The

Synopsis:
Gang leader Mitchel Moreau rules Salvation High with an iron hand, until a series of mysterious stories are published, villifying him in excrutiating, damning detail. His violent hunt for the blackmailer leads to a show-down that will change the school forever.
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1st Produced:
East West Players, La    2005

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Movement Man

Synopsis:
Movement Man, a full-length comedy, is set in Chicago in 1979. John has been groomed for his entire life to take over his father's business, al's Discount City, a small chain of discount stores. But that is not what he wants. an idealist, he wants to work for progressive social change. When he starts dating a young protester he meets at an eRa rally, he decides to make his move. However, his sister's new husband has been promoted to general manager and wants to implement the ruthless management tactics of Rank's Savings Emporium, a powerful nation-wide discounter. He's convinced John's Father to go along with it. John realizes that if he quits, no one will be left to defend the rights of hundreds of al's employees, so he reluctantly decides to stay. Believing he could never be happy with his girl if he stays stuck in a job he hates, he stops seeing her.the play follows the ups and downs of John's struggle to protect the workers, get the girl he loves, and fulfill his ambitions.

Notes:
Movement Man can be staged with A fixed set, using scrims, flats. Short videos must be shown. Movement Man has received A private reading with professional Actors And A professional table reading At Chicago Dramatists. Movement Man has received professional table readings.

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Genre:
full length Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Reflecting Genghis

Synopsis:
Today, Professor Walsh will lecture her community college history class on Genghis Kahn and the Mongolian empire. More importantly, however, will her students Cat, Wesley, Dirk, and Karrie get what they each desire? Will Wesley save the world from "squiddly" predators from outer space; will Cat get Wesley to go for individually sliced pizza; will Dirk make it with Karrie and/or Professor Walsh; will Karrie run screaming from vampires that roam abroad in daylight or sit right next to her in class; and will Professor Walsh overcome the passions and loneliness that landed her in academic limbo? the answers to these questions and more, including the revelation that Genghis Kahn wasn't such a bad guy after all, fill 45 minutes of fast-paced dialogue and inner reflection.

Notes:
Reflecting Genghis was performed by members of Chicago's Stage Left theatre in participation with Chicago Dramatists' Deadline Workshop.

1st Produced:
Public Staged Reading At Chicago Dramatists    40152

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Chicago Dramatists

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Genre:
comedy One act

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Shadows Of Athens

Synopsis:
the young philosopher Plato wants to impress his former lover alcibiades and concocts a plot to embarrass the corrupt and tyrannical leader of the democracy installed by Sparta after the city-state's defeat in the Peloponnesian War. But when he seeks the help of a powerful, mysterious priestess, an unlikely romance develops. Will his reckless passions end up destroying him and the people he loves, or will reason conquer? Shadows of athens tells a rich, complex story of ancient intrigue.

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While calling for A large cast, the play could be staged quite simply.

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Chicago Dramatists

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Genre:
full length Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  1            Other:  10

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