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Norman Stokle

NORMAN STOKLE  (1933 - )

Nationality:    British/USA
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Literary Agent:    Cindy Brace, Paris, France


A native of County Durham, England, Norman has spent most of his life teaching French language and civilization at universities in the U.S.A. as well as in Paris and Zaria, Nigeria. He received his Ph.D from Syracuse University, studied acting at R.A.D.A. and musical composition at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. He has appeared in numerous movies and television plays and has performed regularly with the Dear Conjunction Theatre Troupe in Paris. His most recent publications include Plays for the Sinful, Three French Comedies, The Siege of Saint Michel (feature film), The Florentines (TV mini-series), Beauty, the Beast and Some Clowns (a musical fantasy). He has co-authored a satirical novel, Cheeseburgers in the Rose Room. He currently resides in Fresno, California and can be reached at: normanstokle@gmail.com

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Beauty, the Beast & Some Clowns         Love on the Rack (Un fil a la patte) by Georges Feydeau         Merry-go-round (Quelle famille!) by Francis Joffo, The         Savonarola         Siege of Saint Michel, The         Spiders and Flies         Sunrise At Noon         World is Round (La Terre est ronde) by Armand Salacrou, The



Beauty, the Beast & Some Clowns

Synopsis:
A new approach to the 18th. Century fairytale with the accent placed firmly on comical situations, colourful characters, lively dialogue and singable songs. Beauty's strong sense of decency and social justice makes her an inspiring role-model for all people who yearn for a better life. She emerges as the ultimate heroine, saving not only her own family and the Beast from a future of hopeless mediocrity but an entire principality. This musical is tailored to secondary school music and drama students in search of an interesting challenge.

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Awaiting production    -

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1st Published:
Xlibris, June 12, 2013   978-1-4836-4253-6

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Genre:
Musical Fantasy

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  10            Other:  Horse, dancers

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Love on the Rack (Un fil a la patte) by Georges Feydeau

Synopsis:
One of Feydeau's greatest triumphs, this hilarious farce has been a perennial mainstay of theatre companies struggling to balance their budgets! Set in "les années folles" of the 1890s, it contains all of the master's theatrical tricks and respectable but reckless middle-class characters - usually with limited capacities when caught with ladies of low repute in love triangles. The, at times, breath-taking action holds the audience to their seats as they observe their own petty egocentricities and worldly ambitions on-stage through unrelieved humour. In this, Feydeau resembles his spiritual father: Molière.

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Awaiting production    -

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1st Published:
in Three French Comedies, Xlibris, 2011   978-1-4628-7349-4

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Genre:
Comedy-drama

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Merry-go-round (Quelle famille!) by Francis Joffo, The

Synopsis:
This touching boulevard comedy has received hundreds of performances throughout the francophone world, has won numerous awards, is frequently screened on French television and stands as Francis Joffo's greatest success to date. It is a portrait of a typical family spanning four generations, stymied by conjugal problems, defective communication and loneliness. Transposed to an American setting, this new translation loses none of Joffo's vibrancy, wit and deep compassion.

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Awaiting production    -

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1st Published:
in Three French Comedies, Xlibris, 2011   978-1-4628-7349-4

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Savonarola

Savonarola
This play relates the rise and fall of the Dominical priest against the backdrop of Renaissance Florence. It is a time of great turbulence as the conflict between medieval and modern ideas reaches fever pitch and ordinary citizens struggle to survive. With its quickly-paced action, its colourful array of characters and rippling dialogue, Savonarola raises fundamental religious, moral and social issues which remain as relevant today as they were in 15th. Century Italy.

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Awaiting production    -

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1st Published:
Authorhouse, Bloomington, In. (Title: Plays for the Sinful)   978-1-4389-6580

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Genre:
Period drama

Parts:
Male:  12            Female:  2            Other:  (several extras)

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Siege of Saint Michel, The

Synopsis:
Breton "freedom fighters" hijack fifty masterpieces of French art from the Louvre Museum in a bid to secure autonomy for their homeland. The paintings are taken to the world heritage site of Mont Saint Michel where the Breton rebels seize control, evict the inhabitants, and for good measure, kidnap the U.S. ambassador and a close friend of the American President. All will be sacrificed together, along with the Abbey itself, if the French government refuses the rebels' demands. One by one, the paintings are burned as a worldwide TV audience looks on in horror&&&

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1st Published:
Red Lead Press, Pittsburg, PA, 2010   978- 1- 4349-6295-9

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Genre:
Full-feature screenplay

Parts:
Male:  12            Female:  6            Other:  extras

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Spiders and Flies

Spiders and Flies
Four human beings - an Anglican priest, a French nurse, an American soldier and a Roman legionnaire - find themselves at the gates of Heaven. All have their particular ideas concerning what awaits them. These ideas are gradually undermined as the reality of their new situation becomes ever clearer. They talk of revolt, of returning to Earth by whatever means. But how can this be accomplished when faced with such enormous odds? - This is a hilarious farce in which ordinary human beings wrestle courageously to discover a meaning for life.

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Awaiting production    -

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1st Published:
Authorhouse, Bloomington, In. (Title: Plays for the Sinful)   978-1-4389-6580

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Genre:
Metaphysical farce

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Sunrise At Noon

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From the Original French Play, Le Soleil Se Levera A Midi

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1996   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

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World is Round (La Terre est ronde) by Armand Salacrou, The

Synopsis:
Perhaps Salacrou's greatest play, its central theme is the question of moral values in a godless society. Set in Renaissance Florence during the time of Savonarola's theocracy, it traces the city's political and religious turmoil through the lives of an upper-class merchant family torn by contradictory and irreconcilable aims. Savonarola's sermons polarize the increasingly agitated citizenry into hostile camps. But is the holy friar a true messenger from God or merely suffering from self-delusion?

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1st Produced:
Awaiting production    -

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1st Published:
in Three French Comedies, Xlibris, 2011   978-1-4628-7349-4

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Genre:
Comedy-drama

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  4            Other:  extras

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