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Red Bull Theater – New York City’s “most exciting classical theater”– for the first time ever offers a published collection featuring the best of its annual Short New Play Festival. This ongoing series features 10-minute plays of heightened language and classical themes by today’s hottest writers, including commissions by established playwrights such as John Guare, David Ives, Regina Taylor, and Anne Washburn, and winning entries by writers such as Mike Anderson, Sam Lahne, Lynn Rosen, and Jen Silverman– all chosen from a competition that receives nearly 300 submissions each year. In the hands of great playwrights, the 10-minute play is a highly entertaining dramatic form. This collection offers the most delectable of these delightfully compact works – some downright silly, and others powerfully moving – from Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival.


SYNOPSIS


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VOLUME 1

Hippolyta and Titania by Liz Duffy Adams
2F | 12 Minutes
In the forest, two queens leave Shakespeare’s story behind and begin a love affair in this imagining of what might have been if Hippolyta and Titania had crossed paths. 

Flawless Execution by Mike Anderson (Apply For Rights)
1F, 3M | 10 Minutes
A medieval executioner/game show host is approached by two unlikely producers with a suggestion to boost ratings, but the result of the change may be the death of him…literally. 

Purgatory by Heidi Armbruster

3F, 1 M or F | 10 Minutes
Three actresses commiserate over their onstage deaths at the hands of the men still on stage, so they decide their story needs a new ending - even if their agents disagree. 

Serial Killer by Elizabeth Egloff
1F, 4M | 15 Minutes
Two slaves in the labyrinth of Crete await the great Theseus to save them from the Minotaur, but maybe fate is the real monster.

A La Recherche Du Frank Perdue by David Grimm (Apply For Rights)
2 Characters | 10 Minutes
Prologue is interrupted when Epilogue enters before his cue and their petty bickering turns what could have been a perfectly respectable play into—wait, where’s Frank?

Undecended by Wendy MacLeod
1F | 10 Minutes
After trying to have a child for years, a middle-aged woman finally gets her wish, but the challenges of motherhood may be more than she bargained for.

The Going Price by Laura Elizabeth Nelson (Apply For Rights)
2F, 1M | 10 Minutes
A hardened executioner has a change of heart when a young girl sentenced to death reveals an alarming secret.

Skull (Less Three and Twenty) by Jason Gray Platt
1F, 1M | 10 Minutes
Yorick matches wits with the conniving queen, but this may be his wits end in this prequil to the Bard’s Hamlet.

Urban Nun by Dave Carley
1F | 10 Minutes
A sarcastic nun turns activist as she stands up to hypocrisy within the catholic church.

Diamonds Unstrung, Falling... by Constance Congdon (Apply For Rights)
3F | 15 Minutes
Three women from different generations discuss social justice in the 21st century.

The Sea by John Guare
1M | 10 Minutes
After his crimes finally catch up to him. an incarcerated con man recounts his tales to the open sea.

The Giant Man by Sam Lahne (Apply For Rights)
1F, 1M | 10 Minutes
While on vacation, a young American couple receives a vague warning from a foreign stranger.  

The Occupier’s Tragedy by Eric Pfeffinger
1F, 3M | 10 Minutes
A conversation between two wealthy lords is interrupted by occupiers protesting against the 1%. 

Footnote Of An Obscure Revolutionary by Natalia Savvides
1F, 1M | 10 Minutes
In this reimagining of Aeschylus’s The Oresteia, Elektra takes the reigns from her brother Orestes as they avenge the murder of their father.    

Three Dreams In The House Of the Sleepless by Jen Silverman
1F, 4M | 10 Minutes
Odysseus, Penelope, and their son are each haunted by visions of their past while they dream of futures that could have been.


VOLUME 2

The Falling Son by Arthur Holden (Apply For Rights)
1F, 2M | 10 Minutes
Daedalus takes the form of Bernie Madoff, who receives a prison visit from his concerned wife in the midst of family crisis involving their son.

Little Louise by Patricia Ione Lloyd
4F | 15 Minutes
The owner of a Southern cathouse tries to free herself from the specter of her traumatic childhood. 

More Greek Drama by Winter Miller (Apply For Rights)
3F, 1M | 10 Minutes
What started as just another day at Cassie’s Nail Salon spirals out of control when two regulars (Jocasta and Clytamnestra) receive troubling prophesies from the local seer. 

Rosewater by Peter Oswald (Apply For Rights)
1F, 2M | 10 Minutes
Rosewater reports specific details of her most recent love affair, beat-by-beat, to her supervisors. 

Touched by Jason Gray Platt
3M, Ensemble (3) Flexible | 10 Minutes
Seeing his kingdom in ruin, King Midas gives up his crown and his golden touch to a wandering alchemist.   

Lotus Eaters by Tommy Smith
2F | 10 Minutes
Two young girls recount the day when a shipfull of handsome sailors happened upon their shore. 

East of the Sun by Regina Taylor (Apply For Rights)
3F, 2M | 10 Minutes
Mars prepares for battle as earthlings plan to conquer the final frontier. 

Great Reckoning in a Little Room by Tim West (Apply For Rights)
4M | 10 Minutes
A life of espionage and political intrigue catches up to renaissance playwright Kit Marlowe in this hypothetical account of his curious death.

The End Of Travel by David Ives
2F | 10 Minutes
A travel agent presents her client with a choice of two different itineraries, each leading to the same destination.

Lilith by Will Kenton (Apply For Rights)
3F, 1M | 15 Minutes
Two manifestations of modern day feminism play out in the stories of Eve and Lilth as they both compete for Adam’s affection.  

Cutaway by Tabia Lau
1F, 1M | Ten Minutes
A man and woman divvy up the remains of the life they built together as they dismantle their marriage and each other.

The Pequod Meets the Ocean Steward by Bridgette Dutta Portman
2M (Flexible) | 10 Minutes
Captain Ahab’s search for the white whale is interrupted when an environmental activist boards the Pequod. 

Hot Pants Button Eye by Lynn Rosen
1F | 10 Minutes
Fresh off her painful divorce from Brutus, Claudia Pulcher considers revenge, seduced by a snazzy pair of jeans.

Tears of a Clown by Tom Rowan (Apply For Rights)
2F, 1M | 10 Minutes
A fool falls fast for his lady’s fair seamstress and fixes to woo her flaunting foolish faculties, but foolishly falls for love’s unfair farce.

When Miss Lydia Hinkley Gives a Bird the Bird by James Still (Apply For Rights)
5F | 10 Minutes
A 19th century salon for unmarried women votes to change their rules causing Miss Lydia Hinkley to lash out against the ubiquitous—and incredulously stupid— nightingale.

Nero Seneca Madea by Anne Washburn
2M | 15 Minutes
At the instruction of his teacher, young Emperor Nero defends the indefensible, perhaps a little too well.

VOLUME 3

A List of Some Shit I’ve Killed by Matt Barbot* (Apply For Rights)

5 F/M | 10 Minutes

The story of Heracles’ Bow, told in reverse chronological order.

Stones by Lee Blessing 

2F, 2M | 10 Minutes

A middle-aged college professor carries out simultaneous conversations with a flirtatious current student, a former student and lover, and a fellow colleague on the set of a closed production of Othello.

An American Dream by Dipika Guha* (Apply For Rights)

1F, 2M | 10 Minutes

Two strangers explore national identity and gender roles as they fall in love in a mythical London in this T.S. Eliot- and Shakespeare-inspired play.

In the Attic by Stephen Massicotte

1F, 1M |15 Minutes

Young Ophelia and Hamlet romp around a castle attic in this poignant short play. 

First and Last in the Underworld by Ellen McLaughlin

2M | 10 Minutes

An exploration of Euripides' Protesilaus fragments, this play tells the story of the first and last soldiers to die in the Trojan War. 

Sleep Now by Jason Gray Platt

2F | 10 Minutes

A young girl reveals the terrifying reason for her fear of sleep in this haunting and tender short play. 

Dido & Aeneas by Aubrey Saverino* (Apply For Rights)

2F, 2M | 15-20 Minutes

The Queen of Carthage experiences the scandal of love in this dynamic classical tragedy.

Romeo and Rosaline by Matthew Wells* (Apply For Rights)

2F, 4M | 10 Minutes

A vengeful Rosaline wreaks havoc upon Romeo and Paris just following Act V, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet.

Motley Fool by Kate Abbruzzese* (Apply For Rights)

1F, 1M | 10 Minutes

Rosalind asserts her dominance over Orlando as she breaks free from the confines of gender and sartorial burden in this short play.

Swansong by Emily Taplin Boyd

1F | 10 Minutes

Leda tells the story of her rape by Jove in this fiercely feminist monologue spoken in verse.

Malaprop by Lisa D’amour* (Apply For Rights)

3F, 2M, 1 Nonbinary | 10 Minutes

A trans audience member obliterates the fourth wall in pursuit of truth and efficiency in this theatrical mise en abyme

The Ghoul of Amherst by Amy Freed

2F | 15 Minutes

A precocious young Emily Dickinson visits a dying school-friend in search of the sublime.

Warp and Weft by Anchuli Felicia King* (Apply For Rights)

2F, 1M | 10 Minutes

Arachne and Athena square off in this funny and tragic retelling of the classic Greek myth. 

Her Father’s Daughter by Dakin Matthews

3F, 1M | 10 Minutes

A young woman learns of her scandalous reputation in 18th century London. 

The Eighth Circle by Bridgette Dutta Portman* (Apply For Rights)

1F, 1M, 1F/M | 10 Minutes

A corrupt politician and his lapsed-poet wife find themselves in the Fifth Bolgia of the Eighth Circle of Dante’s Inferno

The Opulent Complex by Lynn Rosen

1F, 2M | 10 Minutes

A man and woman play hoity toity make-believe at the home of a former tyrannical ruler, as an apocalyptic political revolution looms just offstage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUOTE


Red Bull continually proves 'old is the new new,' presenting classic works for a modern ear. This exciting anthology of brand new plays proves they're also at the forefront of creating modern works for a classical ear. 

–Michael Urie


Titles with an asterisk are available for licensing through Stage Rights. 

A La Recherche Du Frank Purdue by David Grimm*

David Grimm is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His play Tales From Red Vienna was produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Nina Arianda and Kathleen Chalfant. Other current and recent project highlights: dialogue for Matthew Barney’s art film, River Of Fundament, book and lyrics for the rock opera, Mozart, and book for the Broadway musical Manhattan Madness, with music by Harry Connick Jr., to be directed by George C. Wolfe. Plays include: Measure For Pleasure (Public Theatre,

GLAAD Award nomination); The Miracle At Naples (Huntington) The Learned Ladies Of Park Avenue (Hartford Stage); Kit Marlowe (Public Theatre, GLAAD Award nomination); Sheridan, Or Schooled In Scandal (La Jolla); and Enough Rope (Williamstown; starring Elaine Stritch); He has received commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company and The Public Theater, among others. He has developed work at the Sundance Theater Lab, Old Vic New Voices, and NY Stage & Film. MFA – NYU, BA -Sarah Lawrence. Teaching: Yale School of Drama, Brown University, Columbia University, and NYU.  

Cutaway by Tabia Lau*

Tabia is a Chinese-Canadian writer who has developed pieces of work as a playwright, producer, literary manager, book writer and production manager. Her commissioned musicals have made her a two-time Toronto Fringe Festival Patron's Pick Award winner, and she has worked with Gilbert & Sullivan societies in both Montreal and New York. Stories that move her span around topics of family ties, sexuality, duty, faith, loneliness, loss, and love. Recent playwriting credits include: John 8, The Sounds of My People, endorphins, and In The Water. She received her MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University and is currently working on her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University.  

Diamonds Unstrung, Falling... by Constance Congdon*

Constance Congdon wrote her first play Gilgamesh in 1976, and after it was produced, couldn’t stop, and put aside her work as a poet. Since that time she has had plays produced in Moscow, Helsinki, Brixton, Manchester, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shelykovah, Russia, as well as all over the United States. Her plays Casanova and Dog Opera were produced at the Public Theater in New York. Tales of the Lost Formicans is her most well-known play and has had over a hundred productions world-wide, including in New York by the Women’s Project. She has written three librettos for operas and eight plays for children. The Profile Theater in Portland, Oregon devoted an entire season to her work for their 2000 season. She is an alumna of New Dramatists, a member of PEN and the Dramatists Guild, and currently teaches playwriting at Amherst College. Hair of the Dog is her most current play. 

East Of The Sun by Regina Taylor*

Regina Taylor is a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre Company in New York City, where her play stop.reset. premiered in 2013. In 2015, Taylor directed stop.reset. again at the Goodman Theatre, where she is an artistic associate of twenty years.  Taylor is, along with August Wilson, the Goodman’s most produced playwright. Taylor’s other playwriting credits include Oo-Bla-Dee and Drowning Crow, her adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull. Taylor’s trilogy, The Trinity River Plays was the recipient of the 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. Taylor’s critically acclaimed Crowns has been one of the most performed musicals in the country and is the winner of four Washington D.C. Helen Hayes awards including Taylor’s win for Best Direction and Best Regional Musical. www.reginataylor.com 

The End Of Travel by David Ives

David Ives is the author of All In The Timing; Venus In Fur (both the celebrated play and the Roman Polanski film); Time Flies; Lives Of The Saints; New Jerusalem; Ancient History; and Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain). David Ives has also done what he calls “translaptations,” plays that combine translation and adaptation: The Liar, The School For Lies, The Metromanicacs and The Heir Apparent (translaptated respectively from Corneille, Molière, Piron, and Regnard). He is a former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and lives in New York City. 

The Falling Son by Arthur Holden*

Arthur Holden is a playwright and actor. His professionally-produced plays include Father Land, Ars Poetica and The Book of Bob. He is married to novelist Claire Holden Rothman, with whom he lives in Montreal. They have two grown sons. 

Flawless Execution by Mike Anderson*

Mike Anderson likes being silly, professionally. His one act plays Mr. Sasquatch Goes to Washington and End of Daze were produced by 9Thirty Theater in New York. His full length play The Best Play Ever… Seriously! was developed by The Freight Project and 9Thirty Theater. His TV pilot, "The Drama Dept." was produced by The Irregulars. He also wrote a TV adaptation of Flawless Execution, which is currently a top three finalist in the UCLA pilot writing competition. Originally from Sioux City Iowa, Mike studied acting at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Wendy and their dog, Betty White. E-mail him at mikeoftheandersons@gmail.com. 

Footnote Of An Obscure Revolutionary by Natalia Savvides

Natalia Savvides is an Australian writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Dramatic Art (Playwriting) from NIDA. She has been shortlisted for the Inscription Edward Albee Scholarship, and was the recipient of a Playwriting Australia Re-Gen development for her play The Light Box, which debuted in 2013. Her plays have been featured in readings at the Sydney Film Festival, as well as in New York at Red Bull Theater’s Short Play Festival and in London’s Urban Scrawl project. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and published in Mslexia and Threads. Natalia is also a dramaturg, and has developed work with companies in Sydney and Melbourne. 

The Giant Man by Sam Lahne*

Sam’s plays include #julys, Water Bound, I Meant to Build a House, and Magicicada, and have been produced or developed by the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Barter Theatre, Jewish Plays Project: OPEN Festival of New Jewish Theater, Endstation Theatre Company, Studio Trim Tab/University of Cincinnati, Forum Theatre, Rorschach Theater, The Amoralists, and Red Bull Theatre. Sam was an Endstation Theatre Company/Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival resident playwright and a winner of the Red Bull Theater Short Play Competition. Sam received his BA from Vassar College and is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa.  

The Going Price by Laura Elizabeth Nelson*

L. Elizabeth Nelson is a multidisciplinary artist and theatre director working as a communications professional and graphic designer in New York City. She is the art director and contributing writer for SDC Journal, a quarterly magazine celebrating the crafts of stage direction and choreography produced by the national labor union, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Her artistic endeavors include design for theatrical scenery and costumes, fine art, playwriting, and poetry. Fugue, A Ten-Minute Play was published by Black Box Press in 2006 and is produced world wide. Elizabeth is an animal welfare advocate and volunteers with the ASPCA; she also volunteers her design services for Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and Farm Forward. Elizabeth is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Queens with her husband and three cats. 

Great Reckoning In A Little Room by Tim West*

Tim West wrote for the Fritz ‘Blitz of New Plays’ (1994-97) followed on their main stage by Strange Bedfellows, Female Problems and Abducting Arrianna. Resident Artist at Sledgehammer, he wrote Phenomenal Acceleration (1999) and The Universal Monster Show (2003). His play Millennium was at Sushi Gallery in 1999, and Amelia Earhart, Lost & Found debuted at 6th @ Penn in 2001. West’s Cooperstown had a 2009 staged reading at North Coast Rep under the direction of Stephen Metcalfe; in 2012 Cooperstown was in ‘Plays in Process’ at Cygnet Theatre and placed in the Giamatti Library of the National Baseball Museum & Hall of Fame. West’s works since then have appeared in the hometown Out on a Limb and in Colorado, Illinois, Virginia and Kent. His A True History of Prince Prospero, 2014 Revelations Readings finalist, played the 2015 San Diego Fringe:  “A must see for Shakespeare lovers” (SD Reader) 

Hippolyta And Titania by Liz Duffy Adams

Liz Duffy Adams’ play Or, premiered Off Broadway at Women’s Project Theater and has been produced some thirty times since, including at Magic Theater and Seattle Rep. She’s a New Dramatists alumna and has received a Lillian Hellman Award, MacDowell residencies, and a Will Glickman Award, among other honors. Other plays include Dog Act; A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World; Wet or, Isabella the Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitude; One Big Lie; and The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It or, The Train Play. Publications include Dog Act in “Geek Theater: Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Plays” (Underwords Press 2014); Or, in “Best Plays of 2010” (Smith & Kraus); Poodle With Guitar And Dark Glasses in “Best American Short Plays 2000-2001” (Applause Books); and several plays in acting editions by Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatists Play Service. More at lizduffyadams.com and newplayexchange.org.

Hot Pants Button Eye by Lynn Rosen

The Opulent Complex by Lynn Rosen

Lynn’s plays have been produced, commissioned, or developed with: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Actors Theatre of Louisville, TheatreWorks (Silicon Valley), University of California Santa Barbara, Women's Project, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre (two EST/Sloan commissions), Centerstage (Baltimore), Studio Theatre, Working Theater, Barrington Stage, The New Group, The Lark, terraNOVA Collective, New Harmony, GEVA, Fault Line Theatre, The Brick Theater, Red Bull Theatre, 52nd Street Project, and Playing On Air, among others. Lynn co-writes and co-created the award-winning web series Darwin, directed by Carrie Preston. Darwin was named one of the “Top Ten Best Web Series of 2015” by Paste Magazine. Lynn is currently a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists in NYC.

Lilith by William Kenton*

Will Kenton lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons. He earned a Ph D. in English and American literature from NYU and a Masters of Arts in Economics from The New School for Social Research. He has written extensively on theater and criticism on his blog Cultural Capitol. Lilith is his first play. 

Little Louise by Patricia Ione Lloyd

Patricia Ione Lloyd (Playwright) is a current Sundance resident playwright 2016 theater lab Morocco and New York Theater Workshop fellow. Her play Pretty Hunger is a part of the studio workshop series at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in NYC.  Ione is an alumni of the 2015 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater. She was a resident playwright at the University of Mumbai, Brown University (through the Africana Studies Department) and the International Theatre and Literacy Project in Tanzania. Her work has been developed by The Public Theater, The Labyrinth Theatre, Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, Red Bull Theatre, Dixon Place, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, New York LGBTQ Center, Fire This Time Festival and others. Recipient of New Professional Theatre’s Emerging Playwright Award, and best play award from DUTF for her play Train Bound for Glory

Lotus Eaters by Tommy Smith 

The Los Angeles Times named Smith’s play Firemen among the best stage shows of 2014; The LA Drama Critics Circle also honored Firemen with five awards, including Best Writing. Other plays include White Hot, Zero, Pigeon, The Wife, and more; his work has appeared at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Here Arts Center, The Public Theatre, La MaMa, The Warhol Museum, and others. Awards/fellowships: PONY, Page 73, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Creative Capital, MAP Fund, Sloan. Graduate of The Juilliard School.

More Greek Drama by Winter Miller*

Winter Miller is the author of In Darfur, The Penetration Play, Spare Rib, Look At Us, Seed, No One is Forgotten, and the musical Amandine. She was raised by adorable wolves and thanks them for their unconditional love. 

Nero Seneca Madea by Anne Washburn 

Anne Washburn’s plays include 10 out of 12, Mr. Burns, The Internationalist, A Devil At Noon, Apparition, Antlia Pneumatica, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers, The Ladies, The Small and transadaptations of Euripides’ Orestes & Iphigenia in Aulis. Her work has been produced by 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, The Almeida, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, The Gate, The Guthrie, Playwrights Horizons, Red Eye, Soho Rep, Studio Theater, Two River Theater Company, Vineyard Theater, and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Whiting, a Guggenheim, a PEN/Laura Pels award, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Chochiqq, and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P. 

The Occupier's Tragedy by Eric Pfeffinger

Eric Pfeffinger is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America whose work has been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Geva, the Phoenix, Childsplay, the 16th Street Theatre, and elsewhere. He has developed new plays through workshops and readings at PlayPenn, the Lark, Page 73, Chicago Dramatists, Write Now, Red Bull, the Rattlestick, and others. He has written new plays on commissions from the InterAct, Imagination Stage, the Signature and the Bloomington Playwrights Project, and his plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, Dramatics magazine, Howlround and Indie Theatre Now. 

The Pequod Meets The Ocean Steward By Bridgette Dulla Portman*

Bridgette Dutta Portman is an emerging playwright from Fremont, CA.  Since 2010, nearly twenty of her short plays have been produced in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the country, and overseas.  She is president of the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, an associate artist at Wily West Theatre Company, and a founding member of Ex Nihilo Theater.  She particularly enjoys writing historical plays and plays involving classical structure and themes, heightened language, and verse.  Her full-length verse play, Caenis And Poseidon, was a finalist in the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation’s 2014 new play contest.  Her website is www.bridgetteduttaportman.com. 

Purgatory by Heidi Armbruster

Heidi Armbruster is an actress and writer dedicated to creating new work and finding innovative approaches to classical work.  As a writer, Heidi’s play Dairyland has been read and workshopped as part of Primary Stages ESPADrills, at the Lark, Red Fern Theater, Luna Stage, and was selected as the New Play Workshop at The Chautauqua Theater Festival in 2014.  Her short play Purgatory was read as part of Red Bull Theater’s First 2011 Short New Play Festival and published by Smith and Kraus in their “Best Ten Minute Plays of 2013” anthology.  Heidi developed Mrs. Christie and the Secret of Notebook 74 and Every Good Girl Deserves Fun and Other Misremembered Things while in residency as a Working Farm member at Space on Ryder Farm in the summer of 2015. Miss Angela’s Legitimate Home for Women Living in Sin was performed as part of the ESPA short play series “Detention” at Jimmy’s 43 and is available on Indie Theater Now.
As an actress, Heidi has extensive New York and regional theater credits, including Time Stands Still on Broadway, Lincoln Center’s production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced, the New York premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Poor Behavior at Primary Stages, Sam Hunter’s Clarkston, and Anna Ziegler’s Boy.  Heidi was awarded a Drama League Nomination for her work in the Keen Company’s revival of Tea and Sympathy.  Heidi’s Film and TV credits include “My Man Is A Loser,” “Michael Clayton,” “Revolutionary Road,” “The Northern Kingdom,” “Louie,” “The Blacklist,” “Blue Bloods,” “30 Rock,” “House of Cards,” and “Younger.” 

Rosewater by Peter Oswald*

Peter Oswald lives in Devon, England, with wife and three children. As well as short plays writes large scale verse plays. Was Writer in Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe from 1998 to 2005. Three of his plays performed there, two at the National Theatre, also in the West End and on Broadway (version of Schiller’s Mary Stuart.) Founder member of The Abyss Theatre Company, which has performed his short plays in England and Germany. He acts with the company. Also writes and performs poetry –  e.g Three Folktales at the Folger Library Theatre, Washington, Feb.2015. www.peter-oswald-76ga-squarespace.com/ 

The Sea by John Guare 

John Guare (Playwright) has written House of Blue Leaves (4 Tonys, Obie, Drama Critics Circle), Six Degrees of Separation (London’s Olivier Award for Best Play, NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play), Landscape of the Body, A Few Stout Individuals, A Free Man of Color (all published by Grove Press), Lydie Breeze, and Lake Hollywood, among others. He wrote the screen adaptation of his play Six Degrees of Separation and the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Louis Malle’s Atlantic City. Mr. Guare won a Tony for his libretto to the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona and was nominated for multiple Tonys for his play Four Baboons Adoring the Sun and his libretto to Sweet Smell of Success. His adaptation of His Girl Friday premiered at London’s National Theater and his play Are You There, McPhee? premiered at the McCarter Theatre in 2012. He has won the PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award, the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence. He is a council member of the Dramatists Guild and co-editor of The Lincoln Center Theater Review. 

Serial Killer by Elizabeth Egloff

Other plays include: Ether Dome (supported by the Alfred P. Sloane Foundation, produced by the Alley Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage Company, Huntington Theater); The Devils (supported by AT&T, the Fund for New American Plays, produced by New York Theatre Workshop, winner of the Arnold Weissberger Award), The Lover (CenterStage, Baltimore), Wolf-Man (Manhattan Theatre Club), Phaedra (Vineyard, NYC); The Swan (Humana Festival, produced extensively, winner of the Kesselring Prize). Short plays: The True History of Napoleon The Great, and adaptations from Tennessee Williams (Tent Worms) and Gogol (The Nose, The Sin of Akaki Akakiyevich). Her controversial screenplay of "The Reagans" was nominated for an Emmy for Best Screenplay and Best Picture. Other awards include: the Lila Wallace–Readers Digest Award, the Helen Merrill Award. She is a graduate of Yale Drama School, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild of America, and New Dramatists. 

Skull (Less Three and Twenty) by Jason Gray Platt

Touched by Jason Gray Platt

Sleep Now by Jason Gray Platt

Jason Gray Platt’s work has been produced and developed around the country by the American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Flea, Round House Theater, TheatreWorks, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, The Playwrights Realm, Prelude NYC, Page 73, and Red Bull Theater, and through residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. He received a Helen Hayes Nomination for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play in 2013 and was the 2007 runner-up for The Princess Grace Award in playwriting. Originally from Arizona, Jason now lives in New York. Member of Woodshed Collective. BA: Vassar; MFA: Columbia. 

Tears Of A Clown by Tom Rowan*

Tom Rowan is a playwright, director, and casting director in New York City. His produced plays include Kiss and Cry, The Second Tosca and The Blue Djinn (Best Short Play, 2014 Fresh Fruit Festival), as well as several ten-minute plays presented by Amios Theatre Company/Shotz. His directing credits range from Shakespeare to new plays at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Queens Theatre, Gallery Players, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and many other theatres in New York and Colorado. Tom has an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington in Seattle. His play Kiss and Cry is included in Martin Denton’s anthology Plays and Playwrights 2007, and his first book, A Chorus Line FAQ, was published in 2015 by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. 

Three Dreams In The House Of The Sleepless by Jen Silverman

Jen Silverman is a New York-based playwright. Her work has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm (Crane Story), off-off Broadway by Clubbed Thumb (Phoebe In Winter), at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (The Roommate, Humana 2015), and Yale Rep (The Moors). She is a member of New Dramatists, a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and has developed work at the O’Neill, Playpenn, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Williamstown, New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Center Stage, the New Harmony Project, Fusion Theatre in Albuquerque, and the Royal Court in London among other places. The Hunters was selected for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor Lynn Nottage) and Still won the Jane Chambers Award, the Yale Drama Series Award, was published by Yale University Press, and produced as a mainstage at the Juilliard School. She is the recipient of a Lilly Award and the Inge Center’s Otis Guernsey New Voices Award for The Moors, and the 2015 Helen Merrill Fund Award as an emerging playwright. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. www.jensilverman.com 

Undecended by Wendy MacLeod 

Wendy MacLeod’s play The House of Yes became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey. Her other plays include Sin (The Goodman, Second Stage), Schoolgirl Figure (The Goodman Theatre), The Water Children and Juvenilia (Playwrights Horizons), and Things Being What They Are (Seattle Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre). She was the first playwright chosen for The Writers’ Room residency at The Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, where she wrote Women in Jeopardy!, which had its premiere production at Geva Theater. Her newest play Slow Food was developed at the 2015 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Her prose has appeared in The New York Times, POETRY, Salon, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and on “All Things Considered.” A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence at Kenyon College. 

Urban Nun by Dave Carley

Dave Carley’s plays have had over 450 productions across Canada and the United States. They include Writing with our Feet, Taking Liberties, Conservatives in Love, and an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman. His most recent work is a new drama about the death penalty, Twelve Hours. For more on Dave, go to www.davecarley.com 

When Miss Lydia Hinkley Gives A Bird The Bird by James Still*

James Still's plays have been produced throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, China and Japan.  Current projects include his new plays Miranda at Illusion in Minneapolis; and April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How To Dream at Indiana Repertory where he is also the Playwright in Residence.  Recent premieres include Appoggiatura (Denver Center); The Widow Lincoln (Ford’s Theatre); The House That Jack Built (Indiana Rep); Illegal Use Of Hands (American Blues in Chicago); and I Love To Eat (Portland Center Stage).  Still is a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, an elected member of the National Theatre Conference in New York and the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center, and a five-time Emmy nominee for his work in television.  He received the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Festival and the Todd McNerney New Play Prize from Spoleto.  He lives in Los Angeles.

A List of Some Shit I’ve Killed*

Matt Barbot is a writer and actor from Brooklyn, NY. His plays have been performed in New York, Miami, LA, and Pennsylvania. El Coquí Espectácular and the Bottle of Doom was a finalist in the 2014 Repertorio Español Nuestras Voces competition, was read as part of the 2016 Crossing Borders Festival at Two River Theater, and was recently presented at the Julia de Burgos Performance and Art Center, funded by the Hispanic Federation and the Kevin Spacey Foundation 2016 Artist of Choice Award. Infallibility was produced as part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, and has been published online at Indie Theater Now in the Best of Fringe NYC 2013 collection. During his time at Latino cultural website Remezcla, Matt created the webseries Bodega Chat, and wrote the branded short “The Perfect Play,” starring Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. He is also the editor of Darryl Makes Comics' DMC and Studio Edgardo's upcoming comic La Borinqueña. Matt is currently pursuing his MFA in playwriting at Columbia University, where he writes stories about stories.

Stones

Lee Blessing has written over thirty plays, including A Walk in the Woods (nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Going to St. Ives, Great Falls, A Body of Water, Thief River, Two Rooms, Eleemosynary, For the Loyal and Cobb. His plays have been performed worldwide and have earned two Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association awards as well as Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and L.A. Critics Association awards among others. Blessing’s TNT movie Cooperstown won the Humanitas Award. For more than a decade he headed Graduate Playwriting at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He is married to award-winning playwright and TV writer-producer Melanie Marnich.

An American Dream*

Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in tea drinking countries all over the world. Her plays include Yoga Play, I Enter the Valley, Mechanics of Love, The Rules, and Blown Youth. Her play Passing was the inaugural winner of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Award supported by the Lark Play Development Center, Hedgebrook and A Room of Her Own. Her work has been produced/developed at San Francisco Playhouse, Playwrights Horizons, Joust Theatre, Soho Rep’s W/D Lab, Women’s Project Lab, Roundabout Theatre, Ars Nova Playgroup, New Georges, the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, & the Playwrights Foundation among others. She is currently under commission from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre's Princeton and Slavery Project, ACT and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. Dipika graduated with an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama where she studied under Paula Vogel. Despite a long run in the United States she still drinks tea. www.dipikaguha.com/

In the Attic

Stephen Massicotte’s play Mary’s Wedding won the Alberta Playwriting Competition, a Betty Mitchell Award, and an Alberta Book Award, and premiered in 2002 at the Alberta Theatre Projects’ playRites Festival. It has been produced more than one hundred times and was adapted into an opera by Pacific Opera Victoria. His play The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion won the Canadian Author’s Association Award for Best English Language Play and an Alberta Book Award for Drama. It premiered as a co-production between the Tarragon Theatre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company and was then a hit off-Broadway. His play The Clockmaker won a Betty Mitchell Award and the first Toronto Theatre Critics Award, having premiered at the Alberta Theatre Projects’ 2009 playRites Festival. Stephen wrote the feature films The Dark and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning, for which he won an AMPIA award. He also wrote the short film June and Historica Canada’s Winnipeg Falcons and Nursing Sisters Heritage Minutes.

First and Last in the Underworld

Ellen McLaughlin's plays include: Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Tongue of a Bird, Helen, The Trojan Women, The Persians, Oedipus, Penelope, Septimus and Clarissa, and Ajax in Iraq. Regional and international venues include: the National Actors Theatre in D.C.; the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and Classic Stage Company in New York; the Actors Theatre of Louisville; the Intiman Theatre in Seattle; the Mark Taper Forum in L.A.; the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; the Almeida Theatre in London; and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. 

She is the recipient of grants from the Fund for New American Plays and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the winner of the Great American Play Contest, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the Writers’ Award from the Lila Wallace–Reader's Digest Fund. She has taught playwriting in many universities and other venues, and at Barnard College since 1995. McLaughlin is also an actor, best known for originating the role of the Angel in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, a role she played in all of the U.S. productions through the original Broadway run.

Dido & Aeneas*

Aubrey Saverino is a writer and actor with an MFA in Theater from The Old Globe/USD. Her writing credits include the television pilot Monogamish (selected for IFP’s 2015 Film Week: Project Forum), the plays Vertigo and Nothing Left to Burn, and episodes of the award-winning web series "The Digressions" (www.thedigressions.com), which she also co-created and produced. As an actor, Aubrey has performed in classical, contemporary and world premiere productions off-Broadway and around the country. Highlights include Twelfth Night and King Lear at The Old Globe (SDCC Craig Noel Award Nomination for Outstanding Featured Performance), In the Next Room at The San Diego Repertory Theatre (SDCC Craig Noel Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance), and An Impending Rupture of the Belly with Furious Theatre Company (LA Weekly Nomination for Best Ensemble). She is an Ensemble Artist and teaching artist/mentor with Epic Theatre Ensemble. www.aubreysaverino.com

Romeo and Rosaline*

Matthew Wells is a New York-based playwright whose productions include God's Country (Theatre Club Funambules), The Goose Girl (Theatre of N.O.T.E., LA), The Mildred Piece, (InCoAct), Don Juan in Hell's Kitchen (Ariel Theatre Co; Tapestry Theatre Co), The Auschwitz Circus (A Theatre Co), Oscar and Adonis (2000 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival One-Act Play Award), Scarlet Woman (2011 Frigid Festival, NYC; Edmonton Fringe; Winnipeg Fringe; Gremlin Theatre, St. Paul) and Elvis At Auschwitz (Nylon Fusion’s This Round’s On Us). His comedy about subatomic physics, Schrödinger’s Girlfriend, won a Sloan Grant from Ensemble Studio Theatre, premiered at The Magic Theatre in San Francisco, and was produced at the Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA. His play Beautiful Day was a 2013 finalist at both the National Playwrights Conference and Lark Playwrights Week, and was given a staged reading as part of Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s 2016 nuVoices Festival. And his what-if comedy about Hamlet in his fifties, Countrie Matters, was part of the 2015 Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Motley Fool*

Kate Abbruzzese’s studies of Shakespeare have brought her hither and thither, from the hallowed halls of London's RADA to the grassy knolls of Lenox, MA's Shakespeare & Company, to the glistening skyscrapers of New York City at NYU Graduate Acting (class of 2015). She has acted in 17 of Shakespeare's plays (some more than twice) and written plays based off of Shakespeare's characters (her other play, Before the Storm, an exploration of Caliban and Miranda's relationship prior to The Tempest, was performed at NYU Grad Acting’s Freeplay Festival 2015 and was later remounted for prospective students). She received the Molly Thatcher Kazan Memorial Prize for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth in Vassar's 2008 production of Macbeth, and was given the Olympia Dukakis Scholarship in her final year at NYU Grad Acting. She is currently developing two original pieces: one about Emilia Bassano, to whom the inspiration for the Dark Lady in Shakespeare's sonnets is often attributed, and another based on the characters of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Swansong

Emily Taplin Boyd has written three plays. The first two, Visiting Dad and The Still Point of the Turning World, were performed at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts as part of their 10x10 New Play Festival in 2014 and 2015, respectively. She also translated and adapted her own version of Euripides’ Andromache in 2009, which she directed through her theater company, The Tinker’s Collective, as part of Astoria’s first Ancient Greek Drama Festival. Emily has an AB in Theater & Performance Studies from the University of Chicago, a Classical Acting degree from LAMDA, and an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Columbia, where she focused on performance and pedagogy in Anglo-Saxon England. She is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Swansong is her third play.

Malaprop*

Lisa D’Amour is a playwright and co-artistic director of PearlDamour, an OBIE-award winning interdisciplinary performance company. Most recently, Lisa’s plays have been produced on Broadway in Manhattan Theater Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater, at Steppenwolf Theater (Chicago), The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia), Woolly Mammoth Theater (Washington D.C.), Playwrights Horizons (NYC), ArtSpot Productions (New Orleans) and The National Theater (London). Her play Detroit was a finalist for both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is a past recipient of the Alpert Award for the Arts, the Steinberg Playwright Award, and is a 2013 Doris Duke Artist. Lisa is a core alum of the Playwrights’ Center and a past resident playwright at New Dramatists.

The Ghoul of Amherst

Amy Freed is the author of Shrew!, The Monster Builder, Restoration Comedy, The Beard of Avon, Freedomland, Safe in Hell, The Psychic Life of Savages, You, Nero and other plays. Her work has been produced at South Coast Repertory Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Seattle Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, Yale Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Rep, the Goodman, Playwrights' Horizons, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage and other theaters. Playwriting awards include Charles MacArthur Award, Kesselring Prize, LA and Bay Area Critics' Circle Awards, Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Freedomland).

She currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University.

Warp and Weft*

Anchuli Felicia King is a multidisciplinary theatre artist of Thai-Australian descent. She is currently based in New York, where she is completing her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy at Columbia University. Her areas of interest include technodramaturgy, music production and international new play development. As a playwright, Felicia is interested in muscular, feminist work with strong roles for non-native English speakers, centering on issues of national and global urgency.

Her Father’s Daughter

Dakin Matthews is a playwright, dramaturge, translator, and actor. His verse play The Prince of LA won the Ted Schmitt Award for best original play (Los Angeles, 2005). He won a special Drama Desk Award for his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV (Lincoln Center, 2004). His verse translations of Spanish Golden Age plays have won five Walker Reid Awards. His plays Uncommon Players and Feast of Ashes were commissioned by the Old Globe, San Diego. The Great Fugue was produced in the Plays-in-Progress program at ACT (San Francisco). His one-act Tea was part of the Antaeus Company’s Ten-Minute Play Festival. He has appeared in over 250 stage productions, over 250 episodes of television, and over 30 films. He is currently appearing in Waitress in New York, his sixth Broadway production.

The Eighth Circle*

Bridgette Dutta Portman is a San Francisco Bay Area playwright whose plays have been read and produced across the country and overseas. She is president of the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, a founding member of Ex Nihilo Theater, and a member of the Pear Writers’ Guild, and is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University. Her ten-minute comedy The Pequod Meets the Ocean Steward was part of Red Bull Theater’s 2014 Short New Play Contest. She is excited to be coproducing her full-length verse drama Caeneus and Poseidon in March 2016 as part of the Second Stages Series at Dragon Theatre in Redwood City, CA. Her website is http://www.bridgetteduttaportman.com.

 

 

The following titles are available for licensing through Stage Rights: 

A La Recherche Du Frank Purdue by David Grimm

Cutaway by Tabia Lau

Diamonds Unstrung, Falling... by Constance Congdon

East Of The Sun by Regina Taylor

The Falling Son by Arthur Holden

Flawless Execution by Mike Anderson

The Giant Man by Sam Lahne

The Going Price by Laura Elizabeth Nelson

Great Reckoning In A Little Room by Tim West

Lilith by William Kenton

More Greek Drama by Winter Miller

The Pequod Meets The Ocean Steward By Bridgette Dulla Portman

Rosewater by Peter Oswald

Tears Of A Clown by Tom Rowan

When Miss Lydia Hinkley Gives A Bird The Bird by James Still

A List of Some Shit I’ve Killed by Matt Barbot

An American Dream by Dipika Guha

Dido & Aeneas by Aubrey Saverino

Romeo and Rosaline by Matthew Wells

Motley Fool by Kate Abbruzzese

Malaprop by Lisa D’amour

Warp and Weft by Anchuli Felicia King

The Eighth Circle by Bridgette Dutta Portman 

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