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Gina Schien

GINA SCHIEN

  (1960 - )

Nationality:    Australian
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Gina Schien is a graduate of the NIDA Playwrights Studio, an AWGIE Award winner and a US MacDowell Fellow. Her plays and fiction have been published and performed in Australia and overseas. Her plays include: Relative Comfort (New Theatre, Sydney; Bailiwick Theater, Chicago); the Dyke Variations (Women's Theatre Project, Florida), Cake on a Plate (Oxford and Brighton Fringe, UK; Short and Sweet, Sydney) the Collection (Theatre Songe); the Lesbian Variations (Slide Bar, Sydney); the Clerk Ascending (ABC Radio), Pulpit Rock (Short and Sweet; Eastside Radio); Good Woman Smoking (World Bar), Charlie's Window (Short and Sweet Sydney; Brisbane Emerge Festival) and Play Like a Girl (New Theatre). She was a co-writer for Life Is a Funny Business (New Theatre) and I am Not Emily Dickinson (Teatro Cortile, Italy; Adelaide Fringe).

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

        Cake On A Plate         Charlies Window         Clerk Ascending, The         Collection, The         Dyke Variations, The         Eaten         Good Woman Smoking         I am Not Emily Dickinson         Lesbian Variations, The         Life is a Funny Business         Play Like a Girl         Pulpit Rock         Punter's Siren, The         Relative Comfort



Cake On A Plate

Synopsis:
An English teacher muses on her own desires as she wanders through Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas

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1st Produced:
Oxford, UK    -

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1st Published:
Currency Press, Australia, 2006   -

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Genre:
adult comedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Charlies Window

Synopsis:
Charlie's brother Dave has been mugged and bashed in a local park. Charlie seeks revenge by luring suspects up to his apartment. the innocent Alistair appears, attracted by Charlie's fake ad for model trains in the newspaper. Alistair challenges Charlie's violent 'an eye for an eye' philosophy when someone is run over by a car outside, the result of Dave's own attempt at revenge. Alistair offers Charlie a way out of his pattern of violence. Charlie responds to this window of opportunity in his own unique way.

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1st Produced:
Short and Sweet Festival, New Town Theatre, Sydney    2003

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Genre:
Adult Drama 10 min

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Clerk Ascending, The

Synopsis:
Bill Erdmann is ashamed of his strange talentwho wants to be condemned to a life of being hurled up into the air at the sight or sound of a trombone? But his persistent new friend Andrew Jones sees it as a unique and magical gift. Jones is determined to help Bill realise what he has, while Erdmann is certain that Jones should stop reading poetry and have the sort of romance that he himself can't. Two people find the best way to live their lives and face their limitations in this absurdist comedy.

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1st Produced:
ABC's Airplay program    2010

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1st Published:
http://australianplays.org/   -

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Genre:
23 min radioabsurdist comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  doubling possible, genders flexible

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Collection, The

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Theatre Songe    -

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1st Published:
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Dyke Variations, The

Synopsis:
What's the impact of a baby on a relationship? Two women get philosophical and emotional about the recent big change in their lives. Who teaches us how to behave? Who is our tribe? And why are ducks so important?

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1st Produced:
Womens Theatre Project, Florida    -

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1st Published:
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Genre:
Lesbian,20 min

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Eaten

Synopsis:
A loving couple are having a picnic on Sydney Harbour. Ruth is turning 49 so theres a birthday to celebrate, champagne to drink and a beautiful view to admire. But when Ruth opens her gift from Ellie things start to feel a little strained. And when their talk turns to boats and sailing, the picnic really starts going sour. Eaten looks at control and manipulation in relationships, and how love can sometimes feel a lot like oppression, or worse.

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1st Published:
http://australianplays.org/script/ASC-1576   -

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Genre:
radio drama 20 min

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Good Woman Smoking

Synopsis:
A rock superstar needs to replace his heavily pregnant personal assistant, Janelle. Sally is keen for the job but is she willing to be completely transformed into Janelle Two?

Notes:
Period: the mid-1970's, macho rock era. Runtime is 10 minutes.

1st Produced:
World Bar    -

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Genre:
10 min black comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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I am Not Emily Dickinson

Synopsis:
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Notes:
co-writer

1st Produced:
Teatro Cortile, Italy    -

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1st Published:
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Lesbian Variations, The

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Slide Bar, Sydney    -

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1st Published:
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Genre:
Lesbian, full length

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Life is a Funny Business

Synopsis:
Queens on King St, Dykes in Leichhardt, Bi's on Bondi. the gods ask themselves, 'surely with all this waxing, plucking and buffing going on the Olympics have returned to their origins and everyone will compete naked!' So, what can the gods do but change sex at will and make sport cavorting at Mardi Gras. Centaurs chase scene queens, the Fates follow fashion victims, and mere mortals are mobbed by Muses in this cApricious, all-singing all-dancing romp. - AusStage

Notes:
written by Donna Abela, Sue Bonaretti And Gina Schien with lyrics by Colleen Cook

1st Produced:
New Theatre, Newtown, NSW    15 Feb 2000

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Genre:
Gay/Lesbian, musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  cast of 16

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Play Like a Girl

Synopsis:
A speed-fuelled trip through the smoke-filled 1980's when being a female drummer was a ticket to freakdom, not freedom.

Notes:
A 20 minute play that was part of the Women, Power And Culture season.

1st Produced:
New Theatre, Sydney    Nov 2011

Organisations:
New Theatre

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
20 min comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Pulpit Rock

Synopsis:
Jean, a timid woman in her forties, wakes to find herself in a house from her past life. She makes two discoveries. the first is that she is dead. the second is that her daughter's lover is a killer. Jean discovers with horror how insignificant her life has been and how poorly she was valued as a wife, mother and human being. She determines to overhaul her passive personality and take radical action. But it seems there is a price to be paid for changing the past and avenging the dead. . .A play that explores the ambiguous nature of revenge and the possibility of an all-seeing God.

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1st Produced:
Short and Sweet Sydney    -

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1st Published:
http://australianplays.org/   -

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Genre:
Monologue/s 22 mins

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Punter's Siren, The

Synopsis:
Christine, a novice gambler, discovers that the odds against finding the woman of her dreams at the race track are very high indeed. A very funny monologue - in seven voices - about temptation and the battle for survival in a chance-filled world.

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1st Produced:
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1st Published:
http://australianplays.org/   -

Music:
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Genre:
comedy 50 mins

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Relative Comfort

Synopsis:
Jackie Menton is a poet, not successful but talented. there are two big forces in her life: her continued infatuation for her ex-girlfriend Cat, and her boozing, which is starting to get serious. When the play opens, Jackie has snuck into Cat's backyard in the middle of the night with some new poems. She tries to talk Cat into showing them to her new girlfriend, Sally, whose Father is a publishing executive. Cat refuses and Jackie decides to befriend Sally as a way of connecting to her father. Sally finds the poems Jackie has left, really likes them, and shows them to her father. She does not know who the author is. When she discovers that they are lesbian love poems, she backs off. She is not out to her father, and in time the audience realises that he is equally not out to her. Jackie and Sally become cautious friends. Jackie knows Cat's major childhood secret; Sally has the relationship with Cat that Jackie wants. Jackie becomes a moral mentor throughout the second half of the play, both for Sally and for her father. the play explores the more positive outcomes of emotional pain and self-revelation.

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1st Produced:
New Theatre, Sydney    1999

Organisations:
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1st Published:
http://australianplays.org/   -

Music:
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Genre:
Lesbian full length Drama Play/Drama. - - Lesbian, full length

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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