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Carol S Lashof

CAROL S LASHOF

  (1956 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Carol S. Lashof is a playwright, librettist, and educator. Her plays have been produced by the Magic Theatre of San Francisco, Bay area Radio Drama, Palo alto TheatreWorks, and Fringe Benefits Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as at schools, colleges, and community Theatres around the world from Barstow, California to Beijing, ChinA. Publications include "Medusa's Tale" in Plays in One act (ecco Press) and two short plays for elementary school audiences in Cootie Shots: theatrical Inoculations against Bigotry (Theatre Communications Group). Two monologues from Gap are included in One on One: the Best Men's Monologues for the 21st Century (applause Books). Scenes from Gap and from Persephone Underground appear in DUO! Best Scenes for Two for the 21st century (applause Books). as a librettist, Lashof collaborates with British composer James McCarthy; their opera "Threat Level" was commissioned by the Scottish National OperA. Lashof has a Ba from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a PhD from Stanford University. From 1983-2008 she taught in the Department of English and Drama at Saint Mary's College of California.

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

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        Fraulein Dora         Gap         Just Deserts         MedUSA's Tale         Melting Pot, The         Minotaur, The         Nora's Daughter         Options         Persephone Underground         Story, The



Fraulein Dora

Synopsis:
Fourteen-year-old Dora alleges that a family friend has made an indecent proposal to her. Her Father brings her to Dr. Freud to be "cured" of her "fantasiesies

Notes:
Based on Freud's famous "Case of Dora."

1st Produced:

Organisations:
TheatreWorks

1st Published:
antaeus, ecco Press (excerpt), 1987   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Gap

Synopsis:
Gap addresses the perils of "doing school." Set in the present at a large public high school in a mostly liberal and middle-class community, it satirizes the American obsession with a narrow definition of success-and shows how this obsession mangles teenagers, their parents, and their teachers. the title alludes to the academic "achievement gap" (between black and white, rich and poor) and also to the emotional gaps between the characters. the story focuses primarily on three students. as Zeta begins her junior year, she feels overwhelmed by the pressure to compete for the top grades in the toughest classes. Under the circumstances, she reasons, any sensible person would cheat a little. Like Zeta, aaron dreads his junior year. He blames homework for ruining his life and holds scant hope of ever finding a girlfriend. Will, on the other hand, loves reading and writing but hates attending class because it's too boring; when he does apply himself, his english teacher thinks he's cheating. as the play follows these three very different students through the course of an academic year, it suggests how, by paying attention and mustering our courage, we might bridge the various chasms that separate us.

Notes:
the first draft of Gap was developed At the earl Hamner Jr. Playwrights Conference, co-sponsored by the Hamner theater And the Shenandoah Playwrights Retreat. Two monologues And A scene from the play Appear in One on One: Best Men's Monologues for the Twenty-First Century And DUO! Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century; both Anthologies Are published by Applause Books.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2-5            Female:  3-7            Other:  -

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Just Deserts

Synopsis:
about getting what you deserve--or no

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Forever Wild Theater In Lake George, New York    11 Jul 2013

Organisations:
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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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MedUSA's Tale

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Saint Mary's College, Moraga Ca    1991

Organisations:
Saint Mary's College of California

1st Published:
Plays in One act, ecco Press, 1991   -

Music:
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Genre:
play One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Melting Pot, The

Synopsis:
a classic American tale of boy-meets-girl and nation-meets-metaphor.

Notes:
Derived from 1908 play of the same name by Israel Zangwill.

1st Produced:
Workshop At Saint Mary's College, Moraga Ca    2004

Organisations:
Saint Mary's College of California

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Minotaur, The

Synopsis:
Princess ariadne is heir to the throne of Crete and sister to the Minotaur. She promises her brother that she will not let anyone hurt him. But now, beneath the palace, an elaborate maze is under construction. It will serve as the prison for the fourteen youths and maidens sent every nine years from athens to Crete as a sacrifice. It is said that in the center of the maze, a terrible monster awaits, half-man, half-bull, and thirsty for human blood. Hearing these rumors, the Minotaur wants to run away and he wants ariadne to come with him. She counsels patience, and then it is too late. the ship from athens has arrived; on board is the hero theseus who hopes to slay the Minotaur and free his country from bondage. If ariadne is to save her brother, she must devise a way to lead him and his would-be slayer out of the maze, and she must convince theseus that the creature he has come to kill is only a young man like him and not a monster who feasts on human flesh.

Notes:
Produced in collaboration with the Residential College of the University of Michigan.

1st Produced:
Residential College, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor Mi    2001

Organisations:
Young People's Theater

1st Published:
YouthPLaYS, 2010   -

Music:
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Genre:
Full-length stage play Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  5-15+            Female:  4-20+            Other:  -

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Nora's Daughter

Synopsis:
What happens after Nora shuts the door on "the Doll's House"?

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Saint Mary's College Of California, Moraga Ca    1994

Organisations:
Daughters' Ink

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Options

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Published:
Contained in: "On the edge Challenging Short Plays For Teen Actors" published by YouthPlays   -

Music:
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Genre:
Short play

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Persephone Underground

Synopsis:
What would you do if your daughter ran away with the boyfriend from hell? Literally. If you are Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, you have the power to hold the whole earth hostage. One afternoon, Demeter's daughter Persephone is gathering flowers in a field with her mortal friends when she hears an otherworldly melody emanating from a cave. That evening, returning alone to seek the source of the music, she meets a mysterious young demigod who proves to be the nameless son of Hades, the lord of the dead. Drawn to his tales of a world of endless adventures, she follows him. Meanwhile, Demeter hears rumors that her beloved daughter has been abducted by Hades. She comes in search of her and demands that she return home, now or never. But when Persephone refuses, Demeter likewise refuses to keep the seasons turning, threatening to destroy the mortal world with drought and famine. . .

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Ann Arbor Mi    1997

Organisations:
Young People's Theater

1st Published:
YouthPLaYS, 2010   -

Music:
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Genre:
Full-length stage play Youth audience

Parts:
Male:  2-15            Female:  7-20+            Other:  Play for teen ensemble.

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Story, The

Synopsis:
In the beginning there was eve. and then she gave birth to a son, adam.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
the Magic Theatre

1st Published:
the Kenyon Review, 1980   -

Music:
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Genre:
play One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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