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Ed Vela

ED VELA  (1959 - )

Nationality:    Mexican-USA
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Ed Vela has been writing plays for the last 10 years following a brief, and thoroughly unrecognized career as a stage actor. "A Step Away" is the second full-length play to be published by Norman Maine Publishing. Vela lives the simple life with his wife, theresa, his Step-Son Tony, and a plethora of animals that includes, two dogs, and two ferrets, in rural Texas, occupying his days with writing plays, making short films, and substitute teaching on the side for extra money.

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

        Bats in the Belfry         Casting the Bard         Clarence Abernathy Explains It All To You         Clown Heart         Cookies         Expedient Family         Focus         God Dog         Halvzies         Head         Long Ride Home, The         Male Bonding         Santas Shoes         Step Away, A         Step-Hell         Two Choices         Urning It         Wake, The         Wine and Wafers



Bats in the Belfry

Synopsis:
10-minute version of a play that has a one act and full length version, about a Hollywood acting family coping with hard times in La-La Land.

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1st Published:
JD Drama Publishing (2006)   -

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Genre:
Ten Min

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Casting the Bard

Synopsis:
This collection of three short plays provides a humorous behind-the-scenes look at theatre. In Casting the Bard, three exhausted Drama teachers find themselves stuck in a precarious positionthey have to cast for the role of Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream but they only have three students to choose from. the students vying for the role all have major negatives, but trying to decide which student is the best of the worst is the hardest job of all. In Just a Few Brief Notes the director of a school production of Tom Sawyer struggles to direct a surfer cast as Huck; an uptight shoe-wearing Tom Sawyer; and a Becky Thatcher who thinks shes tongue-zilla. And in the Art of Compromise, a playwright attempts to compromise with an avant-garde director who wants to transform his modern courtroom Drama into the story of a Viking mother brainwashed by a Russian hypnotist

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1st Published:
in collection published by Big Dog Plays/Norman Maine Publishing   -

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Clarence Abernathy Explains It All To You

Clarence Abernathy Explains It All To You
A naive boy reads his essay to the class about his parents' divorce and how the current situation has turned into a real cash cow for him

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1st Published:
Contained in: "The Long Ride Home" published by Big Dog/Norman Maine   -

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If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

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Genre:
Short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Clown Heart

Synopsis:
It is a time years ago, when the traveling circus would come to town by rail, criss-crossing the country. Hank, the clown, has a secret that only Devin, a young trapeze artist knows about. But, how far will the clown go to keep his secret?

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1st Published:
JD Drama Publishing (2006)   -

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Ten Min

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Cookies

Synopsis:
A boy tries to help his sick little sister sell her last few boxes of Wildlife Girl Explorer Cookies that she MUST sell before the deadline at days end. So he dresses AS a his sister, and with his Uncle (dressed as a Den Mother) drive from Brooklyn to Great Neck (so nobody will recognize them) to sell these cookies.

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JD Drama Publishing (2006)   -

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Genre:
Ten Min

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Expedient Family

Expedient Family
When Dex's boss, A.J., invites herself over to his house to meet his wife and daughter, Dex has just one small problem-he has no wife or daughter! Afraid he will be fired for lying on his employment application, the blissful bachelor has just hours to transform himself into a family man. With time running out, Dex elicits the help of a male substitute teacher to pose as his "wife" and a junior high Drama student to play his "daughter." But when Dex's "wife" begins flirting with his boss and Dex's ex-girlfriend shows up, the evening takes a few unexpected turns!

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1st Produced:
Theatre Southwest, Houston, Texas    2006

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Genre:
Comedy/Drama Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Focus

Synopsis:
An absentee father, his resentful teen son, a late night talk about abandonment, responsibility and trust.

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1st Published:
JD Drama Publishing (2006)   -

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If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

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Genre:
Ten Min

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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God Dog

Synopsis:
A failed writer is about to jump from the roof of a tall building. He is thwarted by a strange dog who talks to him about life, and the pros and cons of jumping.

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1st Published:
in the collection A Goat Ate My Bible with other playwrights, by One Act Depot   -

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To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

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Genre:
Ten Min

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Halvzies

Synopsis:
Three half brothers, who HATE each other, in a therapy session with a psychologist who must decide whether it is dangerous for them to go on living together.

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1st Published:
JD Drama Publishing (2006)   -

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If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

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Genre:
Ten Min

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Head

Head
A father is taken off guard when fixing a broken toilet by a confession from his son

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1st Published:
Contained in: "The Long Ride Home" published by Big Dog/Norman Maine   -

Music:
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To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

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Genre:
Short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Long Ride Home, The

Long Ride Home, The
A little-leaguer suffers the agony of defeat when he loses the championship game for his team and realizes his father's disappointment.

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1st Published:
Contained in: "The Long Ride Home" published by Big Dog/Norman Maine   -

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To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

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Genre:
Short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Male Bonding

Synopsis:
Manhood. the great outdoors. Sounds like an idyllic opportunity for male bonding, but in this collection of wilderness adventures, the men find their manhood easily squashed by the forces of Mother Nature. In Male Bonding, a motherafraid her teenage son is in danger of becoming an interior decoratorsends her husband and son out into the wilds of Texas to do some male bonding. But after being sprayed by a skunk, suffering a bout of diarrhea, running out of toilet paper, getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, contracting poison ivy, and then being trapped in a tent in a rainstorm after eating too many baked beans, the two find a trip to the mall and some pizza preferable to enduring the horrors and hardships of nature. In Loathe Letters, Mel, an Italian deli owner, sends his son, Kip, to summer camp to toughen him up. Stir-crazy, stressed-out, damp, and suffering, Kip begins sending desperate letters to his dad begging to come home, but Mel, glad to have his son gone for the summer, is determined to keep Mel at camp. And in Lying to Mom as an Art Form, a father recounts his first camping trip as a boy and vows never to inflict the same torture on his sons.

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1st Published:
in collection published by Big Dog Plays/Norman Maine Publishing   -

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Santas Shoes

Synopsis:
When Santa forgets to put on his shoes before he sets out to deliver presents on Christmas Eve, his elves become very worried. You see, Santas shoes are magical and as long as he is wearing them, he is safe from all hazards including icy roofs, narrow chimneys, and even big mean dogs. Hearing that Santa is shoeless, the Ice Princess and her pack of arctic wolves meet up with the Sandmans evil cousin, the Sleeper, and hatch a plan to take control of Santas navigational control room and direct Santas sleigh off course. But the Sleeper and Ice Princess plans are foiled when the elves unleash RoboElf, their robotic security guard!

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If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Step Away, A

Synopsis:
Art and Carol are newlyweds. Which makes Art's two girls, Suzy and Bee and Carol's two boys, Merrin and Hawthorne: Newly-Sibs. Throw in a visit from Art's collegiate son, Ian, helping to crowd their ultra modern-translation: tiny-new house, and no wonder they have an Ump and Ref around to sort things out. Suzy can't stand Merrin. Merrin can't stand Art. Hawthorne can't stand up to a reckless bud driver, and Ian might be flunking out of Texas Tech! Will Art find a way to deal with Merrin's hostility? Will Suzy find a way to cope with Merrin? Will Carol have to quit her job as an airline pilot to stay at home and run interference? Will they ever come together? Or will they find family unity might always be. . . A Step Away.

Notes:
the Ref And the Ump serve As those two characters, but Also Are written to play All other minor characters in the play, if this is being done by A group who wishes to break up the smaller parts to incorporate more Actors this can be done.

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1st Published:
Norman Maine Publishing, 2007   -

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To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

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Genre:
Comedy/Drama Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  5 (if minor roles are not doubled)

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Step-Hell

Step-Hell
A teenage boy recalls the first time he called his step-father "Dad" and the first time he called him "Son"

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1st Published:
Contained in: "The Long Ride Home" published by Big Dog/Norman Maine   -

Music:
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To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

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Genre:
Short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Two Choices

Synopsis:
Two Broadway boy actors, both up for the Young Patrick part in Mame sit in a waiting room getting ready for the final interview to decide who gets the part. As they wait the animosity between the two is quite evident as they snipe at each other about past auditions and shows.

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1st Published:
JD Drama Publishing (2006)   -

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If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

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Genre:
Ten Min

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Urning It

Synopsis:
Winner of the Jewel Box theatre Best Play of the Year Award. Ward Hammacher has just discovered that his extremely rich aunt has died. To honor her last request, he packs up his family and treks 3,000 miles to scatter her ashes off the Santa Monica Pier and collect his inheritance. the drive proves perilous as the family experiences hilarious misadventures along the waythey get stopped in Texas, ripped off in Arizona, and jailed in Mexico. This family-friendly comedy features a minimal set and plenty of quick-fire wit.

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1st Produced:
Jewel Box Theatre, Oklahoma City, OK    2005

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Genre:
90 min Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  7 flexible, optional extras

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Wake, The

Synopsis:
A wife and mistress have the confrontation at the husband's wake.
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
part of Summer Shorts, A program of new short plays

1st Produced:
American Theatre of Actors, 314 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019    2007

Organisations:
Phare Play Productions

1st Published:
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Music:
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To Buy This Play:
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Genre:
short play One Act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Wine and Wafers

Wine and Wafers
During communion Norman breaks the news to his father and brother that he has broken up with his girlfriend and is now dating a Jewish boy

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1st Published:
Contained in: "The Long Ride Home" published by Big Dog/Norman Maine   -

Music:
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To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

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Genre:
Short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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