News about up-coming events
The Village Playwright meet from 8 pm to 10 pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC.  Everyone is welcome.

The Village Playwrights announce a call for scripts for
Valentine's Gay -- Romance Our Way, a staged reading of 10 minutes plays on Wednesday February 14, 2018, 8 pm to 10 pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC. 


Dec 13 -- 2 hours, Jeffrey Vause, Tomorrow We Love --  In 1960 in the sleepy hamlet of Noble Bay, California, a sexy no-account drifter upends divorcee Lanie Fairchild’s life for good in this gender-bending melodramatic homage to Douglas Sirk and the Ridiculous Theater.


JEFFREY VAUSE is an actor/playwright originally from Honolulu, Hawaii.who performed, wrote and produced his one-man multi-character show ALOHA OY! at the Abingdon Theater. As an actor he portrayed Arnold in the off-off Broadway revival of TORCH SONG TRILOGY at the Grove St. Playhouse as well as three roles in Andy Halliday's NOTHING BUT TRASH at Theater for the New City. A proud member of The PlayGround Experiment and The Windowpane Theatre Co., his other plays as an author include THE MARRIAGE EQUALITY PLAYS (performed last September at the Village Playwrights), COCKTAILS AND CRUELLERS, GEEK SQUAD!, RESERVATIONS and LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES. TOMORROW WE LOVE was developed in part at The PlayGround Experiment. www.jeffreyvause.com / jeffrey.vause@gmail.com





Dec 27 --  30 mins., Mervyn Kaufman -- "Faith, and Certainty"

I feel blessed—to have been able to have plays 
I've written—long ones as well as short ones—read aloud and critiqued by Village Playwrights' discerning event attendees. I've come to playwriting relatively late in life and find the experience exhilarating and fulfilling. (Why did I wait so long?) For me, it's important to hear my pieces read aloud and to deal with the way my thoughts and words are interpreted. My short play "Faith, and Certainty" touches on issues that affect so many of us and our families as we age and, frankly, begin to lose it. 






60 mins., Dan Kavulish --“Passing Through” – Philip visits his aging mom, now in a Florida retirement facility, where they lock horns as they frequently have throughout the years, but this time the stakes are much higher.

Dan Kavulish has been a writer most of his life. He wrote his first play at the age of 18. His second play 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. His one-act play “Out There” was read and critiqued at the Village Playwrights in May 2017. He has also completed “The Fortunate Isles,” a novel about the perils a gay man in NYC encounters during the last three decades of the twentieth century. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Columbia University.







30 mins., L. DeVaughn Nelson“Helping the Happy” --A coincidental happenstance at a New York City public park provides two people from seemingly different worlds the opportunity to share their similar views privately.

Louis DeVaughn Nelson
 
is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of Hokum Arts. He studied dance and playwriting at DeSales University and Drexel University. Nelson was named Best New Choreographer by Philadelphia City Paper and has been recognized internationally for his theatre, dance and video work that delves into cultural and movement research. Credits Include : The Peekaboo Revue, English Theatre Berlin, The Berlin Music Video Awards, Social Media Week, Tanzbad 4,  CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts, CIANT Festival for Film and New Media, Dark Matter Productions NYC, Exquisite Corpse Company NYC, Dixon Place. More info at Facebook : Hokum Arts
   






Jan 10, 2018  -- 60 mins., David Diaz, special showing of his new short video  "Love Birds."  You can see the trailer at this link: https://vimeo.com/234766041  AND "Drag Switcheroo"--  Four drag queens set out to right-a-wrong and "send off" their beloved deceased matriarch in full drag when they discover "her" mother has dishonored her sons wishes. 

David Diaz
is a playwright and filmmaker. Two of his short plays “Love Birds” and “I’m a Work of Art” were part of Village Playwrights productions. The screenplay version of "A Work of Art (a Divine Comedy)" and his sci-fi trilogy "Destiny One" were quarter finalists in two of the top screenwriting contests in LA. David recently completed a full length stage version of A Work of Art (a Divine Comedy) destined for Broadway and is in pre-production for his next film titled "Lie To Me." Visit: license2imagineproductions.com for further information.










30 mins., Edmund Miller, "Demonstration: How to be Gay" 

Edmund Miller has written such full-length plays as The Greeks Have a Word, Loving Cuckold, Royal Favorite, Queen Christina in Exile, and The Last Conquests of Beau Fersen. Two short plays have had readings, and “Pink Elephants” won a place in a festival.  His full-length screenplay Dueling Lady won fourth place in the LAIFF competition in July 2015.  He has also developed the story in an expanded miniseries format and for stage production; the miniseries version won publication in a Dizzy Emu contest.  Miller’s short screenplay “Hairline” was a Quarterfinalist in the BlueCat Screenplay Competition: Shorts for 2015.  Miller is also a widely published poet (The Go-Go Boy Sonnets, The Screwdriver’s Apprentice) and literary scholar (Drudgerie Divine: The Rhetoric of God and Man in George Herbert).






30 mins., Uni Coglioni

Uni Coglioni's 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

Jan. 24 --  2 hours, Cayenne DouglassThe Cost of Need -- A women's relationship with her father causes her to realize that she can’t marry her fiancé because her partnership to him has less to do with love and more to do with serving a function, to heal the past wounds caused by her father. 

Cayenne Douglass 
is a New York City based playwright. Plays include, The Architects of Time (Manhattan Repertory Theater and Village Playwrights) If You See Something…(ESPA Primary Stages, Detention Series and The Big Apple Theatre Festival) The Spare Change of Strange Angels (The Living Room Theater and The Driftwood Players) We All Begin Again (Midtown International Theatre Festival) Oh My - Goodness (New Perspectives Theatre) 
She’s an alumni of The New Perspectives Theater Women’s Work Lab and The Living Room Theatre Short Play Lab Incubator. She Attended CalArts School of Theater and graduated from Goddard College with a BA in Individualized studies. 



February 14 -- Valentine's Gay -- Romance Our Way,  staged readings of 7 ten minute plays about LGBTQ romance.

February 28 -- 2 hours, Kevin CurleyAnswered Prayers

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. 
kcurley01@aol.com

March 14 --  30 minutes, Michael Rendino

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.





30 minutes, Marguerite Masse,
Peacock Sonata

60 minutes available

March 28 -- 2 hours, Lora Danley, Who Are You Really? -- Dennis and Chad are in the middle of an argument when Joe shows up at their apartment unexpectedly and then refuses to leave.  

Lora Danley is a New York City based playwright who originally hails from Virginia.  Her work has been performed as part of the Detention Series at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts, the South Street Players, the Players Centre for the Performing Arts, the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the New York Public Library Equity Play Series, and the Park Slope Gallery Players.  In 2017 she was a member of the Living Room Theater’s New Play Incubator and her full-length play, “Surprise, Surprise” won third place in the Las Vegas Little Theatre’s New Works Competition.  She is a participant in the Theater Resources Unlimited 2017/2018 Producer Development and Mentorship Program and the Superhero Clubhouse Eco-Theatre Salon and is a member of the Dramatist Guild.  When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching chemistry, practicing yoga, training for a marathon, or walking around the city with her camera.  





April 11 -- 2 hours available

April 25 -- 2 hours available
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MEMBERS NEWS:

David Diaz just completed his short film "Love Birds."  You can see the trailer at this link: https://vimeo.com/234766041
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ABOUT THE VILLAGE PLAYWRIGHTS

The Village Playwrights meet at 8 PM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th Street.  Participation is open to all Playwrights and Screenwriters.  Beginners are encouraged and helped. "This is a place to speak from the heart.  This is a place to find one's voice.  This is a place to take risks."  
For information about attending a Village Playwrights' meeting, call 614-285-2515 or e-mail villageplaywrights@gmail.com