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John Pielmeier

JOHN PIELMEIER

  (1949 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Paradigm  

Born in Altoona, PA on February 23, 1949. B.A. from Catholic University of America, M.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University. As an actor, he has worked extensively in regional Theater. He is a member of New Dramatists and the Playwrights Lab of the Actors Studio. Recipient: Shubert Fellowship in Playwriting; Co-winner, 1980 Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville for Agnes of God; Special Mention, Playbill Award.

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        4/19/1995         Agnes Of God         Boys Of Winter, The         Chapter Twelve: the Frog         Cheek To Cheek         Chosen Room, A         Classics Professor, The         Courage         Early Times, Chapter Twelve, The Frog         Evening         Ghost Story, A         Goober's Decent         Gothic Tale, A         Haunted Lives         Impassioned Embraces         In Mortality         Jass         Madonna and Child         Sleight Of Hand         Slow Dance With a Hot Pickup         Soledad Brother         Song of Myself         Steeplechase - A Coney Island Love Story         Voices In the Dark         Willi         Witch's Brew, A         Young Rube



4/19/1995

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1st Produced:
Town Hall, New York     2002

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Agnes Of God

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Dr Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is asked to determine the sanity of a nun accused of murdering her own baby. the Mother Superior seems bent on protecting Sister Agnes from Livingstone whose suspicions are immediately aroused. In searching for solutions to various mysteries Livingstone forces all of them to face some harsh realities in their own lives. This powerful Drama was an outstanding success on Broadway and was filmed with Jane Fonda and Anne Bancroft.

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Samuel French Inc, New York, 1982   -

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Boys Of Winter, The

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Shortly after a hellish experience on a hilltop in the Quang Tri Province of Vietnam, Lieutenant William Bonney shot seven Vietnamese villagers in cold blood. Called to answer for the brutal atrocities against these civilians, Bonney and his men give their testimonies of the incidents leading up to the lieutenant's court-martial. Juxtaposing the brutal conditions in Vietnam with the trial, this gripping play examines the primal brotherhood of war and the punishing emptiness of those who return from it.

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1st Produced:
Biltmore Theatre, New York     18 Nov 1985

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Playscripts, Inc, 2010   -

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Drama

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Male:  10            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Chapter Twelve: the Frog

Synopsis:
While dissecting a frog, a babbling young girl stops talking long enough to discover she is losing her boyfriend to her lab partner

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part of Early Times: A compendium of short plays

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Short Play One Act

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Cheek To Cheek

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Louisville     1983

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Chosen Room, A

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Guthrie Two, Mn     1976

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Classics Professor, The

Synopsis:
Into Professor Alexander's class 'Comedy in Greek Tragedy' steps Daemon, a beautiful young man who turns the good professor's life upside-down. Alexander, who is translating and directing a college production of the Bacchae, suddenly finds that his own life mirrors Euripides's play about losing one's sanity in the throws of passion. This is a comedy about love, lust, madness, death, incest, infidelity and bubblegum
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1st Produced:
New York     1988

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Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Courage

Synopsis:
Inspired by an address given by Sir James M. Barrie to the graduating class of St. Andrew's University in Scotland, Courage is an intimate look into the life of the celebrated writer. In instructing the students how to go about living the "courageous life," he uses his own life as an example of how not to spend one's years. He tells of his youth, of his bed-ridden (and emotionally-demanding) mother, of his career and tragic marriage, and of his remarkable friendship with the five Llewellyn-Davies boys that would lead to his creation of Peter Pan.

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Genre:
80-90 min Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  1 male

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Early Times, Chapter Twelve, The Frog

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Evening

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Cincinnati     1986

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Ghost Story, A

Synopsis:
two hikers, Oswald and Hackett, seek shelter from a winter blizzard in an isolated Maine cabin. they are joined by a mysterious girl, Soma, who disclaims any knowledge of who might have laid the fire in the hearth, or who owns the knapsack which rests in the corner. To while away the time the three tell each other ghost stories-at first vividly fanciful and then suddenly disquieting as the imagined becomes real in the blood-curdling climax.

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in Haunted Lives. Commission, Actors theatre of Louisville, KY

1st Produced:
Edinburgh     1984

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in "Haunted Lives", Dramatists Play Service, New York, 1984   -

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Genre:
Drama One Act

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Goober's Decent

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Victor Jory Theater, Louisville, Ky     1982

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Gothic Tale, A

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a woman obsessed by the idea of being loved keeps a man prisoner in the tower of an island mansion. In a succession of scenes the woman, Eliza, and her manservant visit the prisoner, Isaac, warning him that, unless he confesses his love for Eliza, he will die. Finally, just before he expires from starvation, Isaac capitulates-whereupon a large cupboard is opened to reveal the ghoulish remains of other men who have preceded him to this sinister place.

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Haunted Lives

Synopsis:
the first play, A WITCH's BREW, takes place in the darkened basement of a remote farmhouse, where Daed, his sister Jule, and her boyfriend Tucker, nervously explore the macabre secrets of the shallow graves which they believe to be there. Performed in semi-darkness, the play makes eloquent use of the powerful-and frightening-imagery of words to build to its shocking and terrifying denouement. the second play, A GHOST STORY, two hikers, Oswald and Hackett, seek shelter from a winter blizzard in an isolated Maine cabin. they are joined by a mysterious girl, Soma, who disclaims any knowledge of who might have laid the fire in the hearth, or who owns the knapsack which rests in the corner. To while away the time the three tell each other ghost stories at first vividly fanciful and then suddenly disquieting as the imagined becomes real in the blood-curdling climax. In the final play, A GOTHIC TALE, a woman obsessed by the idea of being loved keeps a man prisoner in the tower of an island mansion. In a succession of scenes the woman, Eliza, and her manservant visit the prisoner, Isaac, warning him that, unless he confesses his love for Eliza, he will die. Finally, just before he expires from starvation, Isaac capitulates-whereupon a large cupboard is opened to reveal the ghoulish remains of other men who have preceded him to this sinister place.

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includes A Witche's Brew, A Ghost Story, A Gothic Tale

1st Produced:
Edinburgh     1984

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in "Haunted Lives", Dramatists Play Service, New York, 1984   -

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Genre:
Three Short Plays One Act

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Impassioned Embraces

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Designed to be presented by a company of six actors (three men, three women and without any formal setting, the fourteen short pieces that comprise IMPASSIONED EMBRACES offer a wealth of intriguing possibilities for the performers. Dealing largely with the many aspects of love (from the sublime to the ridiculous) and with the trials and terrors that actors must face, the plays mingle hilarity and poignancy as they explore the problems that romance-and the need for self-expression-can engender. We encounter, for example, an actor struggling through a particularly devastating rehearsal; two teenagers gingerly dissecting a frog-and their sex lives; a bridegroom who finds that he really loves the bridesmaid rather than the bride; a woman (masquerading as a man) who tries to pick up a man (masquerading as a woman) in a bar; a couple chattering through a "splatter film" whose conversation is even wilder, and more intriguing, than the soundtrack of the movie; an assortment of sad/funny monologues about the various perils (and pleasures) of the acting profession; and a wildly funny farce involving a man about to undergo a vasectomy, a shockingly inept doctor, an irate (and pregnant) nurse, and the doctor's madly jealous wife. Fast-moving and highly inventive throughout, the program maintains a mood of high spirits and offbeat humor that will infect those on both sides of the footlights, as the hilarity-and truth-of the various pieces find their mark.

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Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1989   -

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14 short pieces One Act

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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In Mortality

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Jass

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New Dramatists, NYC     1980

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Madonna and Child

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Sleight Of Hand

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New York     1987

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Slow Dance With a Hot Pickup

Synopsis:
A hands on contest. Eight contestants are chosen and have to stand with a hand on a truck - last one standing wins the truck

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Music by Matty Selman; lyrics by Matty Selman; book by John Pielmeier

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Soledad Brother

Synopsis:
Adaptation of George Jackson's prison letters

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Penn State University, Pa     1971

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Genre:
Protest Drama One Act

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  6 BM, 2 BF, 6 WM (doubling)

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Song of Myself

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Steeplechase - A Coney Island Love Story

Synopsis:
Two couples elope to the Steeplechase Amusement Park - it is 1935 in the Depression. They meet the park manager and his girlfriend whose relationship is on the rocks. There are numerous employees who are all miserable. Everyone must find their true love before dawn or replay this day ad infinitum

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Music and lyrics by Matty Selman; book by John Pielmeier

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New York     1989

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  10            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Voices In the Dark

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Longacre Theatre, New York     31 Jul 1999

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Drama

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Willi

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music by Matthew Selman

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Big Fork, Montana     1991

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Witch's Brew, A

Synopsis:
takes place in the darkened basement of a remote farmhouse, where Daed, his sister Jule, and her boyfriend Tucker, nervously explore the macabre secrets of the shallow graves which they believe to be there. Performed in semi-darkness, the play makes eloquent use of the powerful-and frightening-imagery of words to build to its shocking and terrifying denouement.

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in Haunted Lives

1st Produced:
Edinburgh     1984

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in "Haunted Lives", Dramatists Play Service, New York, 1984   -

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Genre:
Drama One Act

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Young Rube

Synopsis:
The life of cartoonist Rube Goldberg

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Music and lyrics by Matty Selman; book by John Pielmeier

1st Produced:
St Louis, Missouri     1992

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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