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Ross Howard

ROSS HOWARD

  (1978 - )

Nationality:    British
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British playwright Ross Howard's plays have received full productions notably in London, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York City. Hailing from Lancashire, in 2002, he was invited to join the Royal Court Theatre Young Writer's Group. In 2008, he was a recipient of an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship. ARTHUR AND ESTHER was awarded "Best of Fringe" at Las Vegas Fringe Festival 2010, while NO ONE LOVES US HERE was a finalist for the New York Stage and Film Founders Award 2012. "FRISKY & THE PANDA MAN was a winning finalist in the 38th Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in 2013. Ross holds an M.F.A in playwriting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has taught undergraduate theatre and playwriting classes in Central California. On returning to the UK, he now lives in London and his work could be seen at Riverside Studios, LOST Theatre, The Old Vic Tunnels, the Menier Gallery, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Theatre 503 and Old Red Lion Theatre. In 2014, "NO ONE LOVES US HERE" and "PICTURE OURSELVES IN LATVIA" will be published by Samuel French along with his other published works, ARTHUR AND ESTHER and his collection of short plays, OUR WALK THROUGH THE WORLD.

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        11am With Dr. Rupert, The         Arthur And Esther         Enlightened         Frisky & the Panda Man         Funhouse Of Mirrors, A         Hankerbox, The         No One Loves Us Here         Our Prospects For the Coming Season         Our Walk Through The World         Picture Ourselves In Latvia         Relinquish         Rules Of Assortment         Staying At Dr. Brown's         Tilly (An Introduction)         Viewing, The         Who We Found Instead



11am With Dr. Rupert, The

Synopsis:
the dying minutes of the eleventh hour with Dr. Rupert and Nurse Whitehall.

Notes:
As part of An evening of short plays "Made In Britain"

1st Produced:
LOST Theatre, London    Nov 2011

Company:
Made From Scratch Theatre Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Arthur And Esther

Arthur And Esther
In the wake of public spending cuts, Arthur wrestles with the methods set out in Montgomery Swank's "28 Ways to Terminate Your Existence and Questions You May Have", the one book he has salvaged from the closure of his beloved library. In the wake of her own death, his wife Esther reconciles the ghosts of the past with a hope for the future. A play of two worlds. This elemental and affecting two-hander explores love, its loss, and the lives we inherit and impose on others.

Notes:
Facebook.com/arthurandesther. Winner of "Best of Fringe" At Las Vegas Fringe Festival 2010

1st Produced:
the Studio @ Cherry Lane, New York International Fringe Festival    21 Aug 2007

Company:
New York International Fringe Festival

1st Published:

Music:
-

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Genre:
dramatic comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Enlightened

Synopsis:
It's been months since Rupert's funeral and young widow Jane hasn''t heard a peep out of "friends" Margaret and alan. at a coffee shop, plain Jane discovers why she has been omitted from their progressive social circle and how she just might be too Caucasian.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Linton Theatre Workshop    Apr 2011

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act/Satire

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Frisky & the Panda Man

Frisky & the Panda Man
Lost love, lost world, last panda.

Notes:
Winner at Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival 2013

1st Produced:

Company:
Palimpsest Theatre

1st Published:

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act dark comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Funhouse Of Mirrors, A

Synopsis:
Intimacy can lead to distortion. Six people. Familiar environments transformed by laughs, silences, touches, and glances. attraction caught up in manipulation. the said and the unsaid are pieces in a puzzle. an immersive experience in the obsessive games that can rule us.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Menier Gallery, London    Mar 2012

Company:
Flying Orchard

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Hankerbox, The

Synopsis:
Janice brings a box to husband Kenneth's workplace at lunchtime. What is it?

Notes:
Staged reading At ADC theatre, Cambridge As part of "Naked Stage" October 2011

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
-

1st Published:
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Music:
-

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Genre:
One act/Surrealist

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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No One Loves Us Here

No One Loves Us Here
Central Valley, California. When the Native American Washington is invited to stay in the Beaumonts' guest house, Mr. Beaumont thinks he'll get one thing from the arrangement. But just as Mrs. Beaumont avidly tends to her front yard, so Washington decides to do some pruning himself. A contest for territory, No One Loves Us Here is a black comic portrait of love and obsession, the aspiration of displaced youth and a crumbling white collar class.

Notes:
Finalist for the New York Stage And Film Founders Award 2012

1st Produced:

Company:
New Light Theater Project

1st Published:

Music:
-

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Genre:
Black Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Our Prospects For the Coming Season

Our Prospects For the Coming Season
A Latin American footballer arrives in Milton Keynes, while a young woman goes into labour some place else nearby.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
Ash Angel

1st Published:
Our Walk Through The World, Samuel French, Jan 2014   978-0573113314

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Our Walk Through The World

Our Walk Through The World
Dark, irreverent and very funny, Our Walk Through The World is a collection of six short plays examining the absurdities, tragedies and small triumphs of modern life. In Tilly (An Introduction), a young woman films herself auditioning to become a surrogate mother. Colour-coded jelly beans prove the saving of one man's career in Rules of Assortment, and a football manager introduces his latest acquisition to an assembled press in Our Prospects For The Coming Season.A son is reunited with his biological mother in Relinquish, while in The Viewing an estate agent shows a couple around their dream home to a soundscape of gunfire and screaming. Finally, in Frisky & The Panda Man, a conservationist struggles to rationalise his feelings for the last female panda on earth.

Notes:
Includes: Tilly (An Introduction), Rules of Assortment, Our Prospects For The Coming Season, Relinquish, The Viewing and Frisky & The Panda Man

1st Produced:

Company:
Ash Angel

1st Published:
Our Walk Through The World, Samuel French, Jan 2014   978-0573113314

Music:
-

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Genre:
Short Plays

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  flexible

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Picture Ourselves In Latvia

Synopsis:
A contemporary comedy on contemporary England. Desires are suppressed and aspirations muddled for both the staff and patients of a psychiatric ward. Rank and rule clash with what the heart and mind want in this environ of division and distraction.

Notes:

1st Produced:

Company:
New Light Theater Project

1st Published:
Samuel French   978-0573114618

Music:
-

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Genre:
Dramatic comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Relinquish

Relinquish
a mother agrees to meet her son for the first time in 30 years. 30 years since she gave him up for adoption . . . but there is one unusual condition to the reunion.

Notes:
Recipient of Davey Marlin-Jones Award for Best Short Play

1st Produced:
Paul Harris theatre    May 2005

Company:
-

1st Published:
Our Walk Through The World, Samuel French, Jan 2014   978-0573113314

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act/ Serio-comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Rules Of Assortment

Rules Of Assortment
at a bank's sorting centre a new employee's ambivalence to the confectionery around the office raises suspicion of his commitment to the company.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Linton Theatre Workshop    Apr 2011

Company:
-

1st Published:
Our Walk Through The World, Samuel French, Jan 2014   978-0573113314

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act/Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Staying At Dr. Brown's

Synopsis:
a literature professor and Robert Browning aficionado holds a student hostage in his basement, convinced that she's his Elizabeth Barrett. Emma just won't play along and it's been four days now . . . or five, depending on who you believe, and the power struggle is about to end.

Notes:
Staged reading At ADC theatre, Cambridge As part of "Naked Stage" January 2010

1st Produced:
Paul Harris theatre    Apr 2005

Company:
Nevada Conservatory Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act/Thriller

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Tilly (An Introduction)

Tilly (An Introduction)
A young woman films herself auditioning to become a surrogate mother.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
Ash Angel

1st Published:

Music:
-

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Genre:
Dramatic comedy/monologue

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Viewing, The

Viewing, The
a dream house in an occupied foreign land. Is it worth what it costs?

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
In Company Theatre/Off Cut Festival

1st Published:
Our Walk Through The World, Samuel French, Jan 2014   978-0573113314

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act/ Black comedy/Drama/political allegory

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Who We Found Instead

Synopsis:
US intelligence has found a miniature golf course in the mountains of Tora Bora. Surveillance has captured what appears to be a tall man roaming around the area with a stick. they think it could be Osama Bin Laden. It could be just someone playing miniature golf. It could even be Osama Bin Laden playing miniature golf. Private Garfunkel and Private Simon are sent to check it out and discover that war can be quite romantic.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis    Aug 2007

Company:
Minnesota Fringe Festival

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act/Romance

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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