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MARCH 26, 2014 -- Staged reading of The File on J. Edgar Hoover by Steve Gold

JUNE 25, 2014 --  Celebrate Pride: group reading of short plays

JULY 9, 2014 -- Staged reading of George Bistransin's revised farce ENTRAPMENT a corrupt cop attempts to close down a Gay, Drag Queen club with a sting operation and ends up getting stung himself. 

SEPT 10, 2014  -- scene from Peacock's Sonata by Marguerite Masse ;"Here, Kiddie, Kiddie" by Emanuel Gavales; "Chthonic Encounter" by George Bistransin

SEPT 24, 2014 -- "Butterfly" by Larry Hassman; scene by Matthew Heffler

NOV 12, 2014 -- scenes from Peacock's Sonata by Marguerite Masse; "Who's Afraid of Edgar Allen Poe" by Stephen Bracco; The Badness by Jack Feldstein; "Mound" by Tom Block

NOV 26, 2014  -- George Bistransin "The Nettle's Sting" -- a living history play about Alexander Hamilton's wife and daughter who went mad after her brother's death in a duel; Stephen Bracco "Slap Hop"; Linda Herskovik -- new work

DEC 10, 2014  -- Peacock's Sonata by Marguerite Masse; "Assumptions" by Debbra Liverman

DEC 24, 2014  -- no meeting

JAN  14, 2015  -- Brad Baron LAST DITCH PLAYLIST

JAN 28, 2015 --   Michael Rendino "Stretch," Larry Hassman "It's Halloween, Mother Fuck'r,"  Samantha Charlip's "YouTube Superstars"

FEB 11, 2015  -- Triangles and Squares Short Play Reading Festival

  • “Code Strawberry” by Margot Connolly.   It’s almost lethal when two girls kiss and one is wearing Strawberry lip-gloss.

  • “Mine or Yours” by Ducan Pflaster.   A Straight woman and her Gay friend debate an attractive visitor's sexual orientation.

  • “Arranged Love” by Jyoti Dugal.  A woman rebels against an arranged marriage.

  • “Ding Ding” by Jon Fraser.  A man tries to screen his blind date on the date.

  • “Out and About” by Ed Friedman.  A woman wants to out her lover who is running for office.

  • “Mound” by Tom Block.  Talk of karma stops a baseball game.

  • “Pink Elephants" by Edmund Miller.  A man undergoes an operation to please his lover.

  • “John + Vanessa ‘78” by Albert Garcia.  Two men are inspired by names carved on a tree.


FEB 25, 2015 -- Tom Block EMISSION

MAR 11, 2015  -- REMORSING LENNY by Marguerite Masse; "CON/MAN" by Stephen Bracco;  "THE NETTLE'S STING" by George Bistransin
                  
MAR 25,2015 --  "NURTURING THE BAD BOY" by Drew Sachs;  "The Loving Cockold" by Edmund Miller

APR 8, 2015 -- 1 hour , Act II REMORSING LENNY  by Marguerite Masse;  CON/MAN, life in a super controlled futuristic dystopia by Stephen Bracco

APR 22, 2015 --  1 hour Marguerite Masse; 1 hour George Bistransin "Madame Burr of Harlem Heights"

MAY 13, 2015 --  WHO ARE YOU DANCING WITH NOW?, Act I, by Drew Sachs

MAY 27, 2015  --   Act III REMORSING LENNY by Marguerite Masse; "Madame Burr of Harlem Heights" by George Bistransin


JUNE 10, 2015 --   Drew Sachs, June 10,  AKA AL PARKER, Act I
The story of gay adult film icon Al Parker and how he not only transformed the industry with his dark, masculine looks and rugged sexuality, but also redefined what it meant to be gay.
            

JUNE 24 -- "RE-INVENTING FAMILY"  readings of 8 short plays to celebrate Gay Pride

JULY 8, 2015 -- Debbra Liverman, "Vampire Lesbian"-- "She has a strong desire for fresh hot female blood!; Michael Rendino, "March 11, 1984"; George Bistransin "Dimorphic Brains" and "Arrousing the Chthonic Goddess."
                 
JULY 22, 2015 --  2 hours, Klehotas Tshyre The Land of Ivy

No readings in August  2015

SEPT 9, 2015 -- 30 mins., Mervyn Kaufman, "Play-Date," two couples have accept what happens on a play-date;  60 mins., Stephen Bracco,  “The Con/Man’s Dilemma"; 30 mins., Urie Mendoza, "L.T.R." -- welcome to college 

SEPT 23, 2015 --  30 mins., Ross Hewitt, "Trinity"; 30 mins, John Pakkanen, "The Hitchhiker"; 60 mins,  Sanford Schimel, "Melding Jokers"

OCT 14, 2015  -- 
1 hour, Marjorie Conn,
 Limbo Lounges -- A bartender, Federico Garcia Lorca, Tennessee Williams, Elia Kazan, Marilyn Monroe, Lizzie Borden, Katy Dierlam and the Playwright find themselves in one of the infinite Limbo Lounges, where the dead initially go--sometimes for a very long time.
                  
Marjorie Conn made her acting debut with the late, great Ethyl Eichelberger as his leading man playing Aegisthus to his Klytemnestra with her lover, the late, incomparable Katy Dierlam as Electra.  Marjorie is most known for her portrayal of Lizzie Borden (ax murderess) and Lorena Hickok (Eleanor Roosevelt's lover).  These plays are published in Lost Lesbian Lives.

30 mins., Bill Koch, "All Hallow's Eve" wherein a werewolf meets a priest at the Village Halloween Parade and invites him back to his apartment; 30 mins., Mervyn Kaufman, "Peaches," starts with a young male hustler and an old man on a bench in the middle of upper Broadway, NYC, and it plays like a kind of seduction.

OCT 28, 2015 -- 

QUEER SCARE 2,  Oct 28, 2015, a Gay Halloween Holiday play reading festival of 8 short plays. 

 
   
 
The eight plays are:

337 Washington by Jon Heron



Jon Heron is a versatile actor/director/playwright and member of the Dramatists Guild.  His short play "Me and My Gun" was chosen to be presented as part of the inaugural season of the Rainbow Theater Project in Washington, DC.  His full-length play When I Reflect was presented as part of the New Works reading series at Holmdel Theater Company.  He has been acting and directing in central NJ for many years, where he lives with his husband in Monroe.


Prom Nights by Trystin Bailey
 
Trystin Bailey is beyond grateful and excited to see his first foray into the world of horror come to life at the Center. 

 
Ejected from Pennsylvania, Trystin has had the pleasure of seeing his plays produced at various festivals and small venues from the Secret Theater and Producer's Club to the Barrow Group's stages over
the past eight years.  He is currently working on getting his first teen novel published, but will always need that play writing fix.  Congrats to all Queer Scare participants!



Birds can Fly Away by Marjorie Conn
 

Marjorie Conn made her acting debut with the late, greyt Ethyl Eichelberger as his leading man playing Aegisthus to his Klytemnestra with her lover, the late, incomparable Katy Dierlam as Electra.  Marjorie is most known for her portrayal of Lizzie Borden (ax murderess) and Lorena Hickok (Eleanor Roosevelt's lover).  These plays are published in Lost Lesbian Lives.

 

All Hallows Eve by William Henry Koch, Jr.
 
William Henry Koch, Jr.'s recent performances include the full length Joe & Me and Sonnets from the Tower of London.  His recent one-acts include "Roommates," "The Admiral's Room," "Tales from the Vienna Woods" and "Lot's Wife."  Bill is also an internationally performed Poet, Composer and Lyricist and an acclaimed Stage Director and Choreographer.
 
Grrls and Doll by Katie Looney

 
Katie Looney is a NYC-based writer, performer and director. Katie’s written work has been performed at Dixon Place, La MaMa Club Theater, 54 Below, Stella Adler Studio as well as found-places scattering the metropolis. Recent acting credits include: Won’t Be a Ghost (Dixon Place), A Harry Potter Sketch Show (Treehouse Theater), Laramie Project (Producers Club), Under God’s Tongue (West Park Presbyterian Church). She received her BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch. Katielooney.com
 
Butterfly by Larry Hassman
   
 
My plays have been produced in the Player's Theater Short Play Festival -- one of which won the prize for best play.  I have also been included in the International Midtown Play Festival. I am a member of the Players Club Writing Group and have had a number of readings there with excellent actors. I am a member of TRU, a producers group and the Dramatist Guild.  Currently two of my full length plays being reviewed by the Public Theater.


Three Characters and the Speed of Light by Gloria Craig

Gloria Craig is a writer, director and producer with the St. Gabriel Street Productions.  Her play "The Wisteria Party" won the Provincetown Theater's Winter Reading Prize.   Her plays "Car at Risk," "Lou de Bourbon and the Tower of Death," Freud, Elizabeth Bowen, and Mrs. Charles Black," and "The City of Fear" were produced at the Manhattan Repertory Theater.  Stgabrielstreetproductionsllc@gmail.com

Halloween Hell on the High Seas! by Jack Dyville
 
Over the years, JACK DYVILLE has earned the title, "Jack of All Theatrical Trades" having worked professionally as a Playwright, Producer, Director, Choreographer, Actor, Dancer, Singer and in fact like George M. Cohan, his idol, he's even figured out how to work the Box Office and Usher Folks to their seats! He's a published writer with comedies, dramas & musicals. A favorite is his "The Memory Book" a tribute to a dear friend, one of the first casualties to the AIDS Epedimic. He is looking for an off-Broadway producer for his "If the PINK PUMP Fits!" Anyone Interested???

NOV 11 -- 1 hour, Drew Sachs, "Saffron, Baby" explores what happened  when, in 1969, Janis Joplin abruptly exits a Malibu Christmas Party chased by Jim Morrison and Morrison's "old lady" Pam Courson comes looking for him and runs into Joplin on Malibu Beach standing over the body of a knocked-out Jim Morrison.    "Nocturnal Permission",  A warm spring afternoon and the last thing on Asher and Caleb’s minds are afternoon prayers at their yeshiva.



Drew Sachs (playwright)  received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.  He was a semi-finalist at the Eugene O'Neill Conference with his works I AM NOT BREAKFAST and HADRIAN'S FAVORITE. Drew’s  short play "CHRIS SQUARED" was part of the Boston Theater Marathon IX. Other productions of his plays include, ANYA,  A BOROUGH PARK ANTIGONE and THE KNOCK, both produced by The Drilling CompaNY. His play WHO ARE YOU DANCING WITH NOW? received honorable mention at the Kennedy Center Play Writing Competition. STABBING O.J., a play focusing on the Anita Bryant scandals of the 70’s, was produced at Queens College and directed by Susan Einhorn, as part of The College Plays which later went on to the Samuel French Festival. Other works include MISS UNDERSTANDING (finalist; Nantucket Short Play Festival), “You Never Miss What You Never Had” (PBS Television). Drew’s THE THREE RINGS OF CARMEN a re-telling of George Bizet's opera Carmen was commissioned and produced by the Lexington School for the Deaf and his earliest work SCOTT FREE was produced in New York City by Steppin' Out Rep. Drew has taught play writing at Carnegie Mellon University, Adelphi University and for Roundabout Theater Company’s Teaching Artist Program and Polaris North.  He is currently a member of the playwrights group at Abingdon Theater.  Drew is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America.


John Pakkanen,  "Becoming Sonny," On the eve of an election, a very ambitious, family values politician and his wife, who feel that they have the election in the bag, are suddenly thrown into damage control mode when their twenty year old son drops by and tells them that he is gay.               
 
NOV 25 --   Debbra Liverman, scene from "Peaches"
                   Stephen Bracco, "White Roux"  Things heat up when racial taboos bubble to the surface in this bit of soup.
A fiction, playwriting and freelance art writer as well as a sometime performance artist, Stephen Bracco has performed at Gallery MC, Triskelion Arts, tinyDANGEROUSfun and Grace Exhibition Space. Stephen has had his writing appear in New York, Ins&Outs, and ArtisSpectrum magazines, as well as in the anthology Side Show - Tales of the Big Top and the Bizarre (Writers Club Press). He has a background studying theatre, playwriting and improvisation, as well as art and creativity at New York University, Brooklyn College, the Vermont Studio Center, and with Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel in Prague and Florence. Despite all that, he still makes odd puppet videos with his wisecracking pal, Buttons: 
https://vimeo.com/sbracco
                 

       
                 George Bistransin, "Madame Burr of Harlem Heights,"  rewrite of historical play about the brief marriage of former Vice-President Aaron Burr and Eliza Jumel, the richest woman in New York.
                    
 
DEC 9 -- ,Stephen Bracco --  "Gio & Johnny"  Two prisoners fight over the meaning of their past together.

A fiction, playwriting and freelance art writer as well as a sometime performance artist, Stephen Bracco has performed at Gallery MC, Triskelion Arts, tinyDANGEROUSfun and Grace Exhibition Space. Stephen has had his writing appear in New York, Ins&Outs, and ArtisSpectrum magazines, as well as in the anthology Side Show - Tales of the Big Top and the Bizarre (Writers Club Press). He has a background studying theatre, playwriting and improvisation, as well as art and creativity at New York University, Brooklyn College, the Vermont Studio Center, and with Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel in Prague and Florence. Despite all that, he still makes odd puppet videos with his wisecracking pal, Buttons: 
https://vimeo.com/sbracco

               


Larry Hassman, And Then There Was None    — George honkers down in his high rise apartment, doors locked, windows shut with curtains drawn, immobilized by his fear of terrifying ‘monsters” with sharp teeth                       ready to horrifically devour humans — a metaphor of our terrorist times.    


Larry Hassman's plays have been produced in the Player's Theater Short Play Festival -- one of which won the prize for best play.  He has also been included in the International Midtown Play Festival. Larry is a member of the Players Club Writing Group and has had a number of readings there with excellent actors. He is a member of TRU, a producers group and the Dramatist Guild.  Currently two of his full length plays being reviewed by the Public Theater.
 




DEC 23, 2015 -- no meeting

JAN 13, 2016 -- 1 1/2 hours -- Kevin Berry, "Billy" – faced with a rare illness, the family of Billy must deal with faith and the secrets they keep.


Kevin K. Berry's plays have been produced in Portland, San Francisco and New York City and he was a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship at
the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, twice finalist of the Eugene O’Neill Conference and winner of The
New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest.  A participant of Village Playwrights since 2006 with 10 short
plays produced through Village Playwrights productions.

         
                 30 mins., Michael Rendino, "March 11, 1984"
               

JAN 27, 2016 -- Group Show workshop
                30 min., Edmund Miller, "Breaking  Entail" 
                30 mins., Stephen Bracco, "White Roux" 
             30 mins., David Diaz, "Strange Bedfellows"

FEB 10, 2016 -- Group Show workshop
                30 mins., Drew Sachs, "You Done Good"
                30 mins., John Pakkanen, "Triage at St. Sebastian's"
                30 mins., Debbra Liverman, "Flo's Confession"

FEB 24, 2016 -- 30 mins., Michael Rendino, "Fall Back"
               30 mins., George Bistransin, "Billy Lee at Van Cortlandt Mansion"
               1  hour, Kevin Curley, "Things"

MAR 9, 2016 -- 60 mins., Larry Hassman, "SURPRISE! Happy New Year"
Poor Tim, sadly left alone by his “friend” to greet the New Year, is surprised by James, a 
handsome stranger, seemingly lost, ringing his doorbell by mistake. One thing leads to another and Tim, happily bedded, fantasizes starting the new year with a passionate new love. But reality insinuates  - the handsome stranger  is a “pay-as-you -go” hooker. Tim’s friend  Philip  returns and James, before leaving to meet his missed client, adroitly reconciles the two who greet the new year happily reconciled and in each others arms.
 
              
 30 mins., Dennis Rager, "Diagnosis, Debt or Dead?"
If you were told that you only have a short time to live, what would you do?  “Diagnosis, Debt or Death” is the story of Shelly Dana, who receives such a diagnosis and decides to live whatever days she has left on earth in a life and adventure exploring trip around the world.  But this hedonistic medicine is too good.  Shelly begins to feel better than she has ever felt.  With deaths shadow no longer hanging over her, Shelly returns home to a huge stack of credit card bills from her life-changing adventure.  The play centers around the subsequent face-off in the medical office of Dr. James Craig, the physician who gave Shelly her death sentence.  Was it just a case of mistaken identity?  See “Diagnosis:  Debt or Death” for the dramatic conclusion to Shelly’s life-changing escape from death
 
March 23, 2016 -- 2 hours, Mervyn Kaufman,"The Love Life" is a wry send-up of a longstanding tradition, in some parts of our land, that empowers a man to take on multiple marriage partners legally.
Merv Kaufman is a long-ago graduate of the UCLA Theater Arts Dept. He came to New York to establish a career in publishing—books and magazines— but ultimately refocused his talents on playwriting. He's enjoyed seeing some of his work read at various sites, in New York and elsewhere, and looks forward to someday seeing his work actually performed. By real actors!
 
 
 
 


April 13--  30 mins., Jim Chacon, "Love is Expansive" An older gay couple returns home after an outing to a sex club and deals with their different interpretations of the parameters of their relationship. Sex play vs. making love, the malleable meaning of fidelity in gay relationships, and plain old hurt feelings and jealousy are hashed out in this ten minute drama.

Jim Chacon recently retired after a long career as an educator and school principal in Los Angeles City Schools and moved to New York City. Formerly a writer of cogent and pithy memoranda to students, parents and staff, he has shifted his interest in writing to the personal essay and playwriting.

                




30 mins., Yvonne Hernandez, "Reminiscent Haunt"  There is no end to how far love can go.  

Yvonne Hernandez is an actress, playwright,and director. Her piece "Queer 
Monologues" was performed recently at the Alchemical Studio in New York City. Other plays have been performed at The Elektra Theatre, New York New Works Theatre Festival and Manhattan Repertory Theatre at Times Square.  She participated in the annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam at The Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, New York City and is now writing a book about the life of a young woman, from Puerto Rico, who came to live in the Bronx in 1947.






60 mins., Wayne Paul Mattingly, "Field of Convergence" and "Sisters of Mercy"

Wayne Paul Mattingly lives in NYC and has been involved in theatre for decades. Since focusing on playwriting in 2005, his plays have won multiple awards, produced in NYC, Westchester and Putnam, Los Angeles, San Francisco; Bangor, Maine; Denton & Houston, Texas; Valdez, Alaska, and London, England. 2014 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artists Fellowship, 2014 Ronald Duncan Literary Prize Finalist, 2014 & 2015 Disquiet International Literary Program Short Play short-list scholarships, Lisbon, Portugal, 2014 Best Women’s Monologues, Smith & Kraus. Founding member, The Misfits Ensemble, L.A., Founding Artistic Director, Tiger’s Heart Players, N.Y. Member: NYC Playwrights, Axial Theatre, The Dramatist Guild, & Actors’ Equity Association.  Proud to be on the bill tonight! www.waynepaulmattingly.com






April 15-17-- Village Playwrights  present

 

STRUTS AND FRETS: short plays by the Village Playwrights

 

at the Producers Club, 358 W. 44th St.,  NYC

April 15 and 16 at 8 pm and April 17 at 2 pm Tickets $18, $15 for seniors and students

 

For reservations call 614-285-2515 or email villageplaywrights@gmail.com


The plays are



“You Done Good” by Drew Sachs

An exploration of the use of language and being in the moment to tell a story.  Sometimes it takes a stranger to tell you, “You Done Good.”


Drew Sachs is a playwright. Some of Drew’s other works include “AKA Al Parker,” “Hardian’s Favorite,” “Nocturnal Permission,” “It Works for the Icons” and “Anya, a Borough Park Antigone.” Drew received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University.  





“White Roux” by Stephen Bracco
In a play that explores racism with humor, New Yorker Cecil insists that his liberal credentials are intact after he uses a racial epithet to get his possessions back from a fleeing mugger.

A writer and performance artist (vimeo.com/sbracco), Stephen Bracco has studied at New York University, Brooklyn College, the Vermont Studio Center, and with the Creativity Workshop in Prague and Florence. He is currently working on a full-length version of "White Roux."






 
“Strange Bedfellows”
 by David Diaz
 

A frolicking farce, set 1970’s in NYC’s Greenwich Village, about a marriage of “convenience” turned inside out when stud boyfriend Fernando comes over to tango.

David Diaz is a playwright and filmmaker.  His short plays“Love Birds” and “I’m a Work of Art” were part of Village Playwrights productions.




 


"Triage at St. Sebastian's"
 by John Pakkanen

After an automobile accident involving a man and a woman, their respective spouses have an accidental meeting at the emergency room at St. Sebastian's Hospital.  Move over St. Sebastian.  He may have been afflicted with many arrows, but who can tell where or when Cupid will strike with his arrows.

John Pakkanen grew up in Western Pennsylvania. He has lived in the West Village for many, many years. He has spent much, much too much of his time enjoying theater, opera and watching far, far too many movies of all kinds, rather than spending that time pursing more P.C.  pursuits. 






“Fall Back” by Michael Rendino

A fantastical look at what happens when a young climber gets stuck in a the subway on the most important day of his career.

Mike Rendino started writing plays six years ago, when his youngest son turned 18.  He now has a c: drive full of long and short plays, with several productions and a first prize at a short play festival under his belt.  Recent productions include “Used to be Bonanza” at the Hudson Guild theater in January 2016,  “Crossing” in the Piney Fork Festival in 2014, “Global -Warming”,  a cautionary tale and first-prize winner at John Chatterton’s short play festival  and  a staged reading of "Jack Rabbits of the Wild Interior", which was performed in the Manhattan Reading Festival  in March.2016.





“Flo’s Confession”
 by Debbra Liverman

A friendship is challenged when one of the friends wants a sex change.


Debbra Liverman has been playwright since the early 90s. She is a cable-show producer of "Show Your Talent,"  which welcomes all talent.  "Peaches' Pre-Op" and “Uncle Clyde and Niece Mary” were part of Village Playwrights productions.



April 27 -- 60 minutes, George Bistransin, "Billy Lee at Van Cortlandt Mansion"

                 60 minutes, 


May 5, 12, 19 and 26:  a twelve hour intensive play writing course conducted by Drew Sachs; $50 fee to help pay for the room.  


May 11-- 30 mins., Drew Sachs,  "The Why"  Today "The Lottery", Shirley Jackson's haunting, classic short story, is on the must read short list; however that wasn't the case in 1948 when it first appeared in The   New Yorker.


                   60 mins., Stephen Bracco, "Dopey Doorknob" - Le mystère de l'amour.

                30 Mins., Yvonne Hernandez, "Almost Like Friends"-- An Amish girl and a "far out" Hippie girl meet on a beautiful day in Pennsylvania in 1972. Then, a quirky conversation ensues. They find out, they are not so different from each other.

May 25--  60 mins., Marguerite Masse, "Remorsing Lenny" rewrite
           
                  60 mins.,   Kevin Curley, "Things"

June 8 --  2 hours, Larry Hassman, Baby Talka lesbian who  wants a baby and a gay man who thinks straight may be better — fireworks erupt when their respective loves get wind of what they are up too.

BABY TALK BY LARRY HASSMAN A fast moving LGBT comedy about - a movie star lesbian who wants to have a baby and a gay man who thinks heterosexual is the way to nirvana. The sparks fly when their respective lovers get wind of what their significant others are up to .........
 Join us June 8th - 8:00 PM VILLAGE PLAYWRIGHTS, LGBT CENTER 208 W. 13TH ST, NYC  
 www://LarryHassmanPlaywright.com

June 22: GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: LGBTQ Stories, staged readings of short plays to celebrate Gay Pride at the LGBT Community Center 

June 22: GAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: LGBTQ Stories, staged readings of short plays to celebrate Gay Pride at the LGBT Community Center 
These are the plays are:

"Sleeping with Fish" by Joe Gulla

Two Mafia guys discuss their relationship after dumping a colleague off the Staten Island ferry.

Joe Gulla is best known for writing and starring in the multi-award winning “Bronx Queen Trilogy.”  “Daddy”, the final installment of this trilogy, premiered on NYC’s Theatre Row last September.  He is the  author of “Garbo,” a breakout hit at the 2012 Times Square International Theater Festival. Joe also starred on NBC’s "LOST,"  one of television’s original adventure reality series. Joe's short play "Reel Wood" was in the Village Playwright's 2015 "Reinventing Family."  Be sure to check out www.JoeGulla.com or tweet Joe at https://twitter.com/joegulla.








"Girl Talk" by Allison Easter

Inspired by her experience touring with West Side Story in the 1980's, "Girl Talk" is about four young actresses who practice dance moves and discuss their romantic prospects for an upcoming tour in the ladies room.


Allison Easter, as a dancer/singer/actress, was the first American woman in Stomp and received a Bessie Award for her work with Meredith Monk. Her plays and monologues have been presented by Verbal Supply Company and in Curt Dempster's Citylab at Ensemble Studio Theater where she directed and produced new, short plays for ten years. She was Rehearsal Director for Stomp's Off-Broadway cast, directed Keith Middleton's Pride and Soul for the Fringe Festival and is currently working on an educational kids tv project.








"I Don't"
 by Jeffrey Vause

It's 2006 and at the wedding reception of a cousin's daughter, Morty (in a relationship with Colin for 8 years) wonders why they can't marry too.

Jeffrey Vause is an actor-playwright who wrote, produced and performed his one-man multi-character play Aloha Oy! at Abingdon Theater. As an actor he was recently featured in Nothing But Trash at Theater for the New City portraying 3 different characters. As an author, his other plays, all in various stages of development, include: Cocktails And Cruellers, Left To My Own Devices, Tomorrow We Love and The Marriage Equality Plays (of which I Don't is a part).www.jeffreyvause.com





"Ditmas" by Glenn Alterman

After Sharon drunkenly falls off a bar stool, she is rescued by a kind stranger, whom, she discovers, she has a great deal in common with. 

Glenn is the author of 29 theater related books, including 10 books of original monologues, and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and Recordsetter.com as “The Author Of The Most Published Original Monologues for Actors.”  His plays have won over 60 playwriting awards, including the Arts and Letters Award in Drama and the Bloomington Playwrights Award, (Reva Shiner Award), and have been 5 time finalists at The Actors Theater of Louisville (Heinneman). He’s been awarded 2 international arts grants. His plays and monologues have appeared in over 25 “Best Plays” and “Best Monologues”Anthologies. Glenn's play short play "After" was in the Village Playwrights' 2015 celebration of Gay Pride "Reinventing Family."  www.Glennaltermanplaywright.com




"Look, It's Kevin Bacon!"
 by Raymond Banacki

A movie-star obsessed Gay man is sure that he's spotted Kevin Bacon sunbathing on a nude beach.

Raymond Banacki is the author of several full-length plays and several one-act plays.  His farce, "The Nitty Gritty or Getting Hitched in Brooklyn Heights" was produced by the Stonewall Repertory Theater at the Courtyard Playhouse.  Written before its time, it concerned two young men who fell in love and then decided to get married.  Mr. Banacki is also the author of several plays that were published by Dialogus Play Service & Publishing.







"Blue into Black" by Jeffery James Keyes

A young man steps out on the middle of the George Washington Bridge and meets a friend who knows his situation all too well. 

Jeffrey James Keyes is a recent graduate of Columbia University's MFA Playwriting Program. His plays have been developed or featured at SoHo Playhouse, the Samuel French Festival, the Old Vic in London, 59E59, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Prologue Theatre in Chicago. He additionally worked as a Producer on Revealing for the Sundance channel and MTV's True Life. He additionally writes for Metrosource and Passport Magazines and co-authored the upcoming novella Killer Chef with James Patterson for the Hachette Book Group and Little, Brown and Company. His play Uniforms will be part of the upcoming Samuel French OOB Festival later this summer. 


"Proud of Us" by Wesley Taylor

A father actively trying to accept his son's probable homosexuality before he's even hit puberty by building a stage in the backyard.

Wesley Taylor is an award-winning actor/writer who's worked on Broadway and Television. He is the co-creator/writer/star of the Hulu series, "It Could Be Worse." His one-acts have been produced at New World Stages and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, featuring the likes of Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, and Debra Messing. He's recently inked a writing deal with Anonymous Content in Los Angeles.



July 13 -- Stephen Bracco, 60 mins, "Alice No Alice," The past comes to call.
                 Gloria Craig, 60 mins., "The Return of the Pied Piper," 
An imaginative retelling of the original tale, in which the Pied Piper is magically sent to a starving New England hamlet in order to put an end  to the ruining of the environment.

July 27 -- Richard Tschudy, 60 mins., "Talk Show" 

                Marguerite Masse, 60 mins., 2nd act "Remorsing Lenny"

The Village Playwrights will be on vacation during the month of August.


Sept. 14 -- 2 hours, Jeffrey Vause, The Marriage Equality Plays

Jeffrey Vause
 is an actor-playwright who wrote, produced and performed his one-man multi-character play Aloha Oy! at Abingdon Theater. As an actor he was recently featured in Nothing But Trash at Theater for the New City portraying 3 different characters. As an author, his other plays, all in various stages of development, include: Cocktails And Cruellers, Left To My Own Devices, Tomorrow We Love and The Marriage Equality Plays (of which I Don't is a part).www.jeffreyvause.com











Sept. 28 -- Village Playwrights Intensive Playwriting Showcase

The Village Playwrights present a showcase of plays developed in our May 2016 Intensive Playwriting Class.  The class instructor was Drew Sachs.



Drew Sachs
  as an instructor, Drew has taught playwriting at Adelphi University, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Teaching Artist Program and iDEAS and at Carnegie Mellon University where he earned his MFA   in Dramatic Writing.   Drew was the co-literary manager for Epiphany Theater Company and served on the script selection committee for The Bronx Council of the Arts.  He currently facilitates a playwrights' intensive group at Polaris North a theater cooperative and was a member of the playwrights group at Abingdon Theater.   Drew is a nationally duly certified sign language interpreter for the Deaf and has studied theatrical interpreting at Julliard and Gallaudet University.   Drew is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America.





The plays are:
"A Planted Gun" 
by George Bistransin

A Gay rookie cop confronts his partner for planting a gun.
President of the Village Playwrights, George Bistransin learned to write plays by translating and producing the comedies of the ancient Roman playwright T. M. Plautus.  Among others he produced The Menaechmi TwinsThe Braggart Soldier and The Haunted House at Boston's 1400 seat vaudeville era Strand Theater.  In 1996 George was awarded a NEH grant to attend "The Art of Ancient Spectacle" at the American Academy in Rome where he organized a production of Plautus' Curculio in the Academy's garden.   His most ambitious undertaking was the 1991 production of Moliere's The Would-Be Gentleman in collaboration with the Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company, complete with fencing and a small pit orchestra of period instruments played by moonlighting Boston Symphony Orchestra members.  Since joining the Village Playwrights, he has had many short plays produced including "Stop Loss," "Marriage, the Gay Way," "Entrapment," "Insider Steal," "Dueling Drag Queens," and "A.P. Sexology." 


"Marry Me"
 by Bonnie Civico


"Marry Me" explores the expectations and misaligned perceptions of what it means to take your relationship to the next level.

Bonnie Civico is an enthusiastic member of Village Playwrights, which has provided her the opportunity to reignite her passion for acting/playwriting.  After a brief stint of making rounds and acting in local productions, Bonnie decided to keep her day job, but never lost the love of all things theatrical.  She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and with David Legrant.  Bonnie was thrilled to be chosen to participate in Drew Sachs's Intensive Playwriting Workshop and is excited to have her play read this evening.




"Chocolate"
 by Matthew Heftler

Andrew is having a conversation with his favorite box of chocolates.  The candy is trying persuade Andrew to  eat  him.  He finds it hard to resist. The reasons why our hero defies  temptation will change his and the box's life forever!

Matt Heftler's  plays have been presented in London, Atlanta, San Diego, Minneapolis, CT, MA, MI, MN, Los Angeles,  etc. In New York City they were presented at Cherry Lane, E.S.T, Gene Frankel Theatre, ESPA@ Primary Stages, American Globe Short Play Festival, Riant Theatre Strawberry Festival, Samuel French Festival, Native Aliens Short Stories, HB Playwrights Foundation, Medicine Show Theatre, to name a few.







"Street Corner"
 by Marguerite Masse
 A homeless man and another man discuss life on a streetcorner.

Marguerite Masse is a former acting student of Stella Adler and New York University School of the Arts. She has worked Off and Off-Off Broadway as an actress with Milan Stitt and Olympia Dukakis.  She is a freelance journalist and an advertising copywriter. Marguerite is a beginner playwright who has some published poetry with the International Library of Poetry.

 





"Testosterone"
 by Jim Chacon

A gay man confronts his father about the abusive, homophobic and body-shaming environment he was subjected to while growing up.

Jim Chacon wrote screenplays in the late eighties and even optioned one to the movies three times. But like so many others, it languished and went unproduced. Jim then turned to the field of education where he labored for thirty years, retiring last year after an exhausting twelve year stint as a school principal. Jim now writes short plays for the Village Playwrights and enjoys it immensely. 






"Wizard" by Gloria Craig

A meeting between a dump caretaker and a poor prostitute invites Jesus in the deep south during the depression.

Gloria Craig is a writer, director and producer with the St. Gabriel Street Productions.  Her play "The Wisteria Party" won the Provincetown Theater's Winter Reading Prize.   Her plays "Car at Risk," "Lou de Bourbon and the Tower of Death," Freud, Elizabeth Bowen, and Mrs. Charles Black," and "The City of Fear" were produced at the Manhattan Repertory.  Also I want to thank Village Playwrights for supporting my comedy at Queer Scare last October because it will be produced at Jewel Box Theater Halloween weekend so I want to put in a little plug for VILLAGE PLAYWRIGHTS for getting me there.

And it's free for me, no pay-for -play!





"Dimorphic Brains" by George Bistransin

It's the not too distant future when having a Gay child is a choice.

(See Mr. Bistransin's bio above.)

Oct. 12--  60 mins., Kevin Curley, "Sorting Clothes," Two men, a homeless man and a writer, meet in the park and start a conversation

Kevin Curley’s one-act "Your Place or Mine?" was chosen for the 15th Annual Samuel French Short Play Contest. His one act play "Things" was selected by The William Inge Festival 2016 (declined by me because of expenses); His short play, "Brothers" was produced by Stage Door Productions in Fredericksburg, VA in April 2014. His ten-minute play "Improv & Proposition" were heard on Spokane Radio Theatre.  Another, "Friendship," was performed in August 2012 at the Lebanon Community Theatre in PA. He has studied acting and holds a master’s degree from New York University. kurley01@aol.com



60 mins., Edmund Miller, Queen Christina in Exile, Act I

Oct. 26 -- Queer Scare III, staged readings of jury chosen 10 minutes plays that celebrate Halloween from an LGBTQ perspective.  Reservations are strongly advised.  Call 614-285-2515 or email villageplaywrights@gmail.com.

The plays and playwrights are:

1.  "Witches' Brew" by Ross Hewitt

  It's not about the alcohol content.

Ross Hewitt's survival job (one he is very proud of) is providing and ensuring quality HIV care, his objectives are to continue to work as a theater professional, writing plays, directing and performing. He has a lot of experience as an arts administrator.  As an actor and a playwright, he is a founding member of the American Bard Theater Company.  His plays “Booties,” “Mother knows Best,” “The Middle,” and “Crossover” were in past Village Playwrights festivals.










2.  "Tricks" by Uni Coglioni

Sometime the trick is the treat.

Uni Coglioni is happy to be a part of the Village Playwrights Queen Scare 3 Festival. His credits include being a recipient of the McClinchee Award for his play "Short Changed", and a performance of his play "Family Picnic" in the Ravenswood's Play Festival. Uni is also the recipient of two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards.  He recently finished a screenplay titled "Hey Day" and would love to find the right producer! Coglioni7@yahoo.com

3. "Masques" by John Pakkenen

Things aren't always what they seem.

John Pakkanen grew up in Western Pennsylvania. He has lived in the West Village for many, many years. He has spent much, much too much of his time enjoying theater, opera and watching far, far too many movies of all kinds, rather than spending that time pursing more P.C. pursuits. 










4. "Poison" by Marjorie Conn

What happens from handling the dead.

Marjorie Conn (Actor/Playwright/Ventriloquist) made her acting debut with the late, greyt Ethyl Eichelberger as his leading man playing Aegisthus to his Klytemnestra with her lover, the late, incomparable Katy Dierlam as Electra. She was given an award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for her contributions to theatre in Provincetown. Marjorie is most known for her portrayal of Lizzie Borden (ax murderess) and Lorena Hickok (Eleanor Roosevelt's lover). These plays are published in LOST LESBIAN LIVES (available on eBay). She founded the Provincetown Fringe Festival in Provincetown, MA in 1994, which relocated to Asbury Park, NJ from 2007 to 2015. Currently she is a full-time New Yorker and living in Hell's Kitchen with her 6 rescue animals.

marjorieconn@gmail.com/617-512-6066






5. "Arousing the Chthonic Goddess" by George Bistransin

Be careful what you wish for.

President of the Village Playwrights, George Bistransin learned to write plays by translating and producing the comedies of the ancient Roman playwright T. M. Plautus.  Among others he produced The Menaechmi Twins, The Braggart Soldier and The Haunted House at Boston's 1400 seat vaudeville era Strand Theater.  In 1996 George was awarded a NEH grant to attend "The Art of Ancient Spectacle" at the American Academy in Rome where he organized a production of Plautus' Curculio in the Academy's garden.   His most ambitious undertaking was the 1991 production of Moliere's The Would-Be Gentleman in collaboration with the Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company, complete with fencing and a small pit orchestra of period instruments played by moonlighting Boston Symphony Orchestra members.  Since joining the Village Playwrights, he has had many short plays produced including "Stop Loss," "Marriage, the Gay Way," "Entrapment," "Insider Steal," "Dueling Drag Queens," and "A.P. Sexology." 



6. "C'est la Vie" by Jimmy Lovett

Love is messy. Better bring a tarp.

Jimmy Lovett is a graduate of Hampshire College where they studied playwriting and directing and premiered three shows. Since moving to New York, Jimmy produced a stage reading of their dark comedy Laid to Rest and spends a lot of time in the dark working at Sleep No More. www.jimmylovett.com








7.  "You Don't Know Boo" by Mary Fridley

What to do when the lights flicker.

Mary Fridley has worked as a director or assistant director on dozens of Castillo Theatre productions over the last 25 years. Ms. Fridley is Director of Special Projects and a member of the faculty for the East Side Institute, an international research and training center in radically humanistic approaches to human development and community. Ms. Fridley also produced Nothing Really Happens (Memories of Aging Strippers), an award-winning feature film written and directed by Fred Newman. This is her second play.





Nov. 9 -- 30 minutes, Mervyn Kaufman, "Social Graces," 
Merv Kaufman is a long-ago graduate of the UCLA Theater Arts Dept. He came to New York to establish a career in publishing—books and magazines— but ultimately refocused his talents on playwriting. He's enjoyed seeing some of his work read at various sites, in New York and elsewhere, and looks forward to someday seeing his work actually performed. By real actors!
 






30 mins., special showing of David Diaz's new 10 minute video "Behind the Burka" and "Strange Bedfellows"
30 mins.  George Bistransin's video's "Last Call" and "Stake Out."

Nov. 23 --  1 hour, Marguerite Masse, Remorsing Lenny rewrite

Marguerite Masse is a former acting student of Stella Adler and New York University School of the Arts. She has worked Off and Off-Off Broadway as an actress with Milan Stitt and Olympia Dukakis.  She is a freelance journalist and an advertising copywriter. Marguerite is a beginner playwright who has some published poetry with the International Library of Poetry.

 


                     



 
30 mins., Griselda Steiner, monologue
Dec. 28 -- 30 mins., Griselda Steiner, "Shakespeare on the Rocks"

Alex Don Baron, an aging actor kicked out of a prestigious English theater five years ago because he was a drunk, hopes to return to the stage as he has been sober for 5 years. 
Griselda Steiner is a playwright, poet, freelance and screenplay writer. Her plays have been read at the Actors Studio, the Page Torn Salon, the Episcopal Actors Guild andthe Woodstock Fringe. Her poems have been published in literary journals and in Scene4 online. She has shown her poetry DVDs in Westbeth and read at the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Mexican Consulate, the 92nd St. Tribeca Cafe, St. Johns and the Duplex, NYC. Her feature articles have appeared in The Mailer Review, American Theatre Magazine, Parabola, Filmmakers Newsletter and Scene4 online.
                

1 hour, Dan Kavulish,  "Out There"


When 16-year-old Andrew shares some strange goings on around his family home with his best friend Bill, he doesn’t foresee how they will soon upend his life.

Dan Kavulish has been a writer most of his life. He wrote his first play at the age of 18. His second play, “Summer Passed into Rain” was produced for a local TV station in Hartford, CT.  Two of his one-act plays were given staged readings for Susan Charlotte’s Prism Playhouse. He recently completed a novel about the perils of being a gay man in NYC during the turbulent last three decades of the twentieth century. He now returns to the craft of playwriting.



30 mins. George Bistransin, "Fire Island Etiquette"

Jan. 11, 2017 -- 30 mins., Michael Rendino"A Good Meal"  

Meg who is trying to recover from the breakup of a 20 year relationship, invites friends to dinner.   The friends unwittingly insult her meal and make her feel even worse, until Meg takes charge of things.

Mike Rendino started writing plays six years ago, when his youngest son turned 18.  He now has a c: drive full of long and short plays, with several productions and a first prize at a short play festival under his belt.  Recent productions include “Used to be Bonanza” at the Hudson Guild Theater in January 2016,  “Crossing” in the Piney Fork Festival in 2014, “Global -Warming”,  a cautionary tale and first-prize winner at John Chatterton’s short play festival  and  a staged reading of "Jack Rabbits of the Wild Interior", which was performed in the Manhattan Reading Festival  in March.2016.





30 mins., Leila Cassar, "Your 
body is a temple."

Louise goes to the gym everyday and can't think about nothing else. Maybe this strange obsession is just a phase.

Leïla Cassar is a playwright and a researcher in the field of theater, literature and queer studies in France and Quebec. Inspired by radical feminist and lesbian writers such as Pol Pelletier, Monique Wittig and Violette Le Duc, she questions through her writing sexual orientation along with the place of women in society, in an intersectional, queer, and feminist perspective. 


60 mins., available

Jan. 25 -- 60 mins., Kevin Curley, Sorting Clothes 

Two men, one homeless, the other not, meet in a NYC park and have a discussion which turns into a meeting.

Kevin Curley
’s one-act "Your Place or Mine?" was chosen for the 15th Annual Samuel French Short Play Contest. His one act play "Things" was selected by The William Inge Festival 2016 (declined by me because of expenses); His short play, "Brothers" was produced by Stage Door Productions in Fredericksburg, VA in April 2014. His ten-minute play "Improv & Proposition" were heard on Spokane Radio Theatre.  Another, "Friendship," was performed in August 2012 at the Lebanon Community Theatre in PA. He has studied acting and holds a master’s degree from New York University. kurley01@aol.com


February 8

30 mins., Michael Hixenbaugh, "The Anniversary" -- Even death can't stop you from saying one last goodbye.

QUEERLY BELOVED Readings Series and More Coming Up at Village PlaywrightsMichael Hixenbaugh have been writing since high school and has had a poem published and two short plays performed in school. I have been out since college and am very interested in doing positive things for the LGBTQ community. He has also written five short screenplays and one feature length.




30 mins., Christian Duhamel, "The Fifth" -- Two men light a fire and enjoy what they see.
QUEERLY BELOVED Readings Series and More Coming Up at Village PlaywrightsChristian Duhamel is a nationally recognized playwright, composer, and lyricist. His newest musical, My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend, directed by Sean Daniels, will receive its World Premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre this spring. His other works include: Reinventing Romance (David Mark CohenPlaywriting Award finalist, National Playwriting Award finalist); Worlds Apart (Music Theatre Ventures' Young Creator's Award); Miss Mayor (New American Musical Award finalist, Puzzle Theatre Festival Selection). Wright State Alumnus, Dramatists Guild of America; BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.



30 mins., Anthony Fusco, "Arch Enemies"-- When two corporate gay males discuss a business matter at lunch, it turns shocking. QUEERLY BELOVED Readings Series and More Coming Up at Village PlaywrightsAnthony Fusco has been writing plays since 2006. His credits include "Big Naked Feet", "Str8 Men Are Bitches," "Rush Hour Madness," "Crossing Verrazano," "Fixation," "The Handbag Click Clack Girls," "Arch Enemies," "Sole Mates," "Psychic Cafe." He won best director award at the Strawberry One Act festival in the winter of 2013 for his one act play titled "Rush Hour Madness". His play made the top 4 best plays of the season at the Strawberry One Act festival in the winter of 2015. "Rush Hour Madness" will be presented at the Winterfest play competition at the Hudson Guild Theater on March 9th, 11th & 12th.



30 mins., George Bistransin, "Positions" -- Sean lets an older man take him to Europe.
QUEERLY BELOVED Readings Series and More Coming Up at Village PlaywrightsPresident of the Village Playwrights, George Bistransin learned to write plays by translating and producing the comedies of the ancient Roman playwright T. M. Plautus. Among others he produced The Menaechmi Twins, The Braggart Soldier and The Haunted House at Boston's 1400 seat vaudeville era Strand Theater. In 1996 George was awarded a NEH grant to attend "The Art of Ancient Spectacle" at the American Academy in Rome where he organized a production of Plautus' Curculio in the Academy's garden. His most ambitious undertaking was the 1991 production of Moliere's The Would-Be Gentleman in collaboration with the Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company, complete with fencing and a small pit orchestra of period instruments played by moonlighting Boston Symphony Orchestra members. Since joining the Village Playwrights, he has had many short plays produced including "Stop Loss," "Marriage, the Gay Way," "Entrapment," "Insider Steal," "Dueling Drag Queens," and "A.P. Sexology.

Join the Village Playwrights on February 22, 2017 from 8 to 10 pm at the LGBT Community Center for QUEERLY BELOVED,  staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Valentine's Day. 

February 22 --
 Queerly Beloved, staged readings of jury-chosen 10 minute plays to celebrate Valentine's Day from and LGBTQ perspective presented at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W 13th St. NYC on Wednesday February 22, 2017 from 8 pm to 10 pm.  The plays trace Lesbian and Gay relationships from Puppy Love, First Dates, Marriage and afterwards.  $5 requested donation at the door.  Reservations are strongly recommended; email villageplaywrights@gmail.com or call 614-285-2515

The seven plays that will be presented are 


1. "Counseling" by Fiona Gorry-Hines  -- Iggy is looking for more from her camp counselor May than kayak lessons and wilderness preparedness tips, but May's training didn't prepare her for this.                            

Fiona Gorry-Hines
 is a current junior at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in playwriting and dramatic literature. Her work was first performed beneath a kitchen table in Lexington, Massachusetts with an all Beanie Baby cast, but has since been produced by Gallatin Theatre Troupe and the Midtown International Theatre Festival. When not at the writing desk or in rehearsal, she can be found making zines, tap dancing, or eating garbanzo beans straight from the can. She is thrilled to be participating in "Queerly Beloved" and working with Village Playwrights for the first time!




2. "The Bar Club Experience" by Alex Rubin -- 
The dating world is a jungle, and the newly single Kate is no outdoors woman.
   
Alex Rubin's plays and songs have been produced at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Dramatists Guild, Soho Playhouse, Theater for the New City, Primary Stages, NYU’s Steinhardt School, 54 Below, The Samuel French OOB Festival, and more. She is the recipient of the Francis Ford Coppola Award, a SPACE on Ryder resident, National Winter Playwrights Retreat resident, 2015 Davenport Songwriting Competition finalist, O’Neill Summer Conference semi-finalist, Red Women’s Theatre Award semi-finalist, the 2013/14 Big Vision Empty Wallet Playwriting Fellow, and the winner of The 85th Annual Writers Digest Award in Playwriting. www.AlexRubinWrites.com



3. "The Regulars" by Karen Rind-Siegel --  
Are Beth and Allison's disagreements normal quirks of a relationship or irreconcilable differences?

Karen Rind-Siegel
 is a New York native playwright interested in exploring women-centered narratives, lesbian community, and Jewish cultural themes through her plays. Her work has been developed with Amios Theatre Collective. Her plays include Jane Meets Jean, In the Year of the Cicada, and Peanut Butter Oreos.








4. "Just in Case" by Natalie Wilson -- 
 A close-call on the battlefield inspires Darryl to propose, but a quickie wedding isn't exactly what Andrew had in mind.....
     
An opera singer in a former life, Natalie Wilson now enjoys creating works for others to perform. Her horror play THE TAMING OF CATS received glowing reviews as a Resident Artist Production at The Brick Theater in NYC this October. Other full-length works include THE INNKEEPER and BREAKING PAIRS, and the new musical SWEETHEARTS OF SWING. Natalie has four short works published by Indie Theater Now, and numerous short plays have been produced in NYC and elsewhere. Natalie is the co-founder of Lather Rinse Repeat: A Playwrights’ Collective, and is also on faculty at Circle in the Square Theater School and Molloy College, where she teaches voice and sight-singing to up-and-coming Broadway performers.
                              
 
5. "Knots" by Robert Moulthrop -- Joseph and Michael have one or two matters to, um, discuss before walking down the aisle.     
                                   
Robert Moulthrop, playwright and author, lives in Greenwich Village. Awards include: Batchelder Award (best English translation of a foreign children’s book, Cry, Heart…, ALA ’17); Outstanding Playwriting (Half Life, NY Fringe Festival, ’05, a top 10 NYTimes pick); NJ State Council on the Arts (prose fiction). Other Fringe: T. L. C. and Lecture, With Cello. Staged readings: The Abingdon Theatre, Urban Stages. Over 20 short stories published in journals; two collections available on Amazon.






6. "The Architects of Time" by Cayenne Douglass --Emma and Scarlett return to their favorite vacation spot and learn they can’t have authentic connection until they unmask the truth of their past. 

Cayenne Douglass attended CalArts, Theater Dept. and graduated from Goddard College. Her plays have been produced in the CalArts New Works Festival, ESPA Primary Stages Detention Series, and at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. In 2016 her first essay was published in Entropy Magazine. Cayenne has been accepted into the Midtown International Theater Festival for their summer 2017 short play contest and has just been offered a spot in The Woman's Work Lab at New Perspectives Theatre Company.


7. "Don'tCha Give Up" by Charles Leipart   -- Broken hearts in need of repair.  Who we gonna call?
 
Charles Leipart
 Cream Cakes in Munich, 1st Prize Award 2016 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary
Festival. 
A Kind of Marriage, 2015 Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation LGBT Playwrighting Award. His musicals include: Pickwick’s Haunted Christmas (in development); Me and Miss Monroe, Enchanted April, and Frog Kiss. Charles is proud to honor the men & women of the LGBTQ community with tonight’s musical valentine. www.charlesleipart.com




March 8 -- March 8 -- 
60 mins., Griselda Steiner, "Shakespeare on the Rocks"  -- Alex Don Baron, an aging actor kicked out of a prestigious English theater five years ago because he was a drunk, hopes to return to the stage as he has been sober for 5 years. 
Griselda Steiner
 is a playwright, poet, freelance and 
screenplay writer. Her plays have been read at the Actors Studio, the Page Torn Salon, the Episcopal Actors Guild andthe Woodstock Fringe. Her poems have been published in literary journals and in Scene4 online. She has shown her poetry DVDs in Westbeth and read at the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Mexican Consulate, the 92nd St. Tribeca Cafe, St. Johns and the Duplex, NYC. Her feature articles have appeared in The Mailer Review, American Theatre Magazine, Parabola, Filmmakers Newsletter and Scene4 online.

30 mins., Michael Hixenbaugh, "Chaotic Bliss" -- the story of a couple's first time with some comedic mishaps along the way.
   


Michael Hixenbaugh has been writing since high school and has had a poem published and two short plays performed in school. He has been out since college and is very interested in doing positive things for the LGBTQ community. He has also written five short screenplays and one feature length.



30 mins. -- Dereck McCracken

Dereck McCracken 
has worked in 
poetry, journalism, and, most recently, narrative medicine. 









30 mins, Anthony Fusco

Anthony Fusco
 has been writing plays since 2006. His credits include "Big Naked Feet", "Str8 Men Are Bitches," "Rush Hour Madness," "Crossing Verrazano," "Fixation," "The Handbag Click Clack Girls," "Arch Enemies," "Sole Mates," "Psychic Cafe." He won best director award at the Strawberry One Act festival in the winter of 2013 for his one act play titled "Rush Hour Madness". His play made the top 4 best plays of the season at the Strawberry One Act festival in the winter of 2015. "Rush Hour Madness" will be presented at the Winterfest play competition at the Hudson Guild Theater on March 9th, 11th & 12th.



60 mins., Uni Coglioni -- Hey Day, a film script

Uni Coglioni is happy to be a part of the Village Playwrights Queen Scare 3 Festival. His credits include being a recipient of the McClinchee Award for his play "Short Changed", and a performance of his play "Family Picnic" in the Ravenswood's Play Festival. Uni is also the recipient of two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards.  He recently finished a screenplay titled "Hey Day" and would love to find the right producer! Coglioni7@yahoo.com

30 mins., George Bistransin, -- "Criminal Behavior,"  Sean trespasses  and becomes the prime suspect of the Italian police.

President of the Village Playwrights, George Bistransin learned to write plays by translating and producing the comedies of the ancient Roman playwright T. M. Plautus. Among others he produced 
The Menaechmi TwinsThe Braggart Soldier and The Haunted House at Boston's 1400 seat vaudeville era Strand Theater. In 1996 George was awarded a NEH grant to attend "The Art of Ancient Spectacle" at the American Academy in Rome where he organized a production of Plautus' Curculio in the Academy's garden. His most ambitious undertaking was the 1991 production of Moliere's The Would-Be Gentleman in collaboration with the Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company, complete with fencing and a small pit orchestra of period instruments played by moonlighting Boston Symphony Orchestra members. Since joining the Village Playwrights, he has had many short plays produced including "Stop Loss," "Marriage, the Gay Way," "Entrapment," "Insider Steal," "Dueling Drag Queens," and "A.P. Sexology.

April 12 -- 30 mins, Mervyn Douglas Kaufman, "Thirty-Love" -- a ten minute play about a young couple that seem to get on track after a somewhat rocky surprise reunion, only to be thrust back into confusion by the arrival of an unexpected third party.

Mervyn Douglas Kaufman
 returned to playwriting a few years ago 
after pursuing a long career in magazine publishing. His view of the world tends toward the satirical, and there's always an edge to the topics he touches.

                 





Kevin Curley, 30 mins., "Motherhood" -- 

60 mins, Uni CoglioniHey Day (part II) a screenplay about the hey day of sexual freedom

Uni Coglioni is happy to be a part of the Village Playwrights Queen Scare 3 Festival. His credits include being a recipient of the McClinchee Award for his play "Short Changed", and a performance of his play "Family Picnic" in the Ravenswood's Play Festival. Uni is also the recipient of two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards.  He recently finished a screenplay titled "Hey Day" and would love to find the right producer! Coglioni7@yahoo.com

April 26 -- 60 mins, Marguerite Masse, Act III Remorsing Lenny

Marguerite Masse
 is 
a former acting student of Stella Adler and New York University School of the Arts. She has worked Off and Off-Off Broadway as an actress with Milan Stitt and Olympia Dukakis.  She is a freelance journalist and an advertising copywriter. Marguerite is a beginner playwright who has some published poetry with the International Library of Poetry.





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