Village Playwrights Production History
Exposed [An evening of short plays]
“Corporate Image” & “Last Cowboy” by Kevin Berry, “Stop Loss” by George Bistransin, “Lemon Kisses” by Vincent Caruso, “Rollover Ollie” by Emanuel Gavales, and “Between Floors” & “Green Tea” by Lawrence F. Schwabacher
Performed: October 12, 2006 at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street & December 5, 2006 at the Wings Theater, 154 Christopher St., New York City
Excerpts [An evening of short plays]
“Exposed” & “Searching” by Kevin Berry, “Marriage The Gay Way” by George Bistransin, “Sugar Bait” by Vincent Caruso, “I Know You” & “Master Piece” by Emanuel Gavales and “Baby Purple & Citrine Moon” by Lawrence F. Schwabacher
Performed: March 30 & 31, 2007 at LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street, New York City
32nd Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival
Plays accepted and performed in the festival by the Village Playwrights, June 2007
“Last Cowboy” by Kevin Berry, “Regression Therapy” & “Stop Loss” by George Bistransin, “Sugar Bait” by Vincent Caruso and “Always Us” by Lawrence F. Schwabacher
A Pride Mix [An evening of short plays]
“Eight” by Kevin Berry, “Stop Loss” by George Bistransin, “Holy Water” by Vincent Caruso, “Tread Lightly” by Emanuel Gavales, “Frankie and Johnny” by Morna Murphy Martell, “Rooms” by Bob Quinn and “Mixed Signals” by Lawrence F. Schwabacher
Performed: June 26 & 27, 2007 at the Wings Theater, 154 Christopher Street, New York City
March Madness [An evening of short plays]
“Home” & “Suburbs” by Kevin Berry, “Arcadia in Academia,” “Insider Steal” & “Provocateur” by George Bistransin, “Second Thoughts by Bob Quinn and “Where’s Sin Jin?” by Lawrence F. Schwabacher
Performed : March 4 & 5, 2008 at the Wings Theater, 154 Christopher Street, New York City
An Evening of Short Plays
“The Plunkita Things” by Gwen Baer, “Fun & Games,” by Emanuel Gavales, “The Underground” by Walda Laurenceau, “Capote: The Last Lecture” by Morna Murphy Martell and “Veil of Deception” by Lawrence F. Schabacher
Performed: June 3 & 11, 2008 at the Wings Theater, 154 Christopher Street, New York City
LGBT 25th Anniversary Breaking the Cycle Homecoming
“The Plunkita Things” by Gwen Baer, “Regression Therapy” by George Bistransin
Performed: September 28, 2008 at the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th Street, New York City
“Jumbo Shrimp” by George Bistransin, “Now What? by Andrew Velez, “The Breakup” by KS Stevens, “Roommates” by William Koch, “Edgy in da House” by Gwen Baer and “Last Call” by George Bistransin
Performed: January 27 & 28, 2009 at the Wings Theater, 154 Christopher Street, New York City
Cause and Effect
“Twenty-Five” by Kevin Berry, Third Time’s a Charm” by K.S. Stevens, “Commerce Street Sonata” by Emanuel Gavales, “Diner Talk” by Andrew Velez, “Guess Who’s Not Bringing Oprah Home to Dinner” by Gwen Baer, “Tales from the Vienna Woods” by William Henry Koch, Jr., “Rumble in the Ramble” by George Bistransin
Performed: June 12 & 13, 2009 at the LGBT Community Center, Room 310, 208 W. 13th Street, New York City
Don't Die Laughing
"Entrapment" by George Bistransin, "That Sixth Deadly" by Bill Petersen, "Last Call" by George Bistransin
Performed: October 16 & 17, 2009 at the LGBT Community Center, Room 310, 208 W. 13th Street, New York City
"Quicksand" by Ross Hewitt, "Modern Screen" by Jim Piazza, "Transference by any Other Name" by Gwen Baer, "In Sickness and in Health" by George Bistransin, Shiny Pair of Complications" by J. Stephen Brantley, "One Man Show" by Dahn Hiuni, "Peaches' Pre-Op" by Debbra Liverman, "Prelude" by Emanuel Gavales Performed: June 11 & 12, 2010 at the LGBT Community Center, Room 310, 208 W. 13th Street, New York City
Queer Entanglements [an evening of original LGBT Theater]
“Marriage—the Gay Way” by George Bistransin, “We Need to Talk” by Mike Rendino, “Dangerous Mission” by Gwen Baer, “I’m a Work of Art” by David Diaz, “Booties” by Ross Hewitt, “Dueling Drag Queens” by George Bistransin
Performed October 14 & 15, 2011 at the Joria Main Stage, 260 W. 36th St., 3rd floor, New York City
Surprise Packages: A Short Play Festival
“The Admiral’s Room” by William Henry Koch, Jr., “Mother Knows Best” by Ross Hewitt, “Music to My Ears” by Marsha Lee Sheiness, “Love Birds” by David Diaz, “Clueless by Vincent Caruso, “Jack Rabbits of the Wild Interior” by Michael Rendino, “38th Floor” by Kevin Berry and “A. P. Sexology” by George Bistransin
Performed: June 14, 15, & 16 at the Joria Main Stage Theater, 260 W. 36th St., New York City
Celebrate Pride: An Evening of Short Play Readings with the Village Playwrights
“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.
Re-inventing Family, June 24, 2015 at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., New York City
“A Relationship’s Beginning in 10 Acts” by Marjorie Conn
The delicious and poignant days of two women falling in love with each other.
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.
“Nurturing the Bad Boy” by Drew Sachs
A Gay couple spice up their relationship by inviting a bad boy into the mix.
Drew Sachs, is a playwright who received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with
“Suburb” by Kevin Berry
Two men do a reality check as they move from gay men to gay parents.
Kevin Berry was born and raised in the Northwest and currently lives in Brooklyn working as an Architectural Designer. He has had plays produced in NYC, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. He’s been a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill and the Jerome Fellowship and won the 2011 New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest. A screenplay placed 5th in the International Screen Arts Foundation Screenwriting Awards. Kevin spent five seasons with Village Playwrights writing and producing a number of short plays and is grateful to be part of “Re-inventing Family”.
“Reel Wood” by Joe Gulla
Redmond and Kyle are forced to live in their basement when Redmond rents their entire Hollywood home to a movie studio… for a PORN SHOOT! Suffice to say, things get incredibly “REEL”!
Joe Gulla is best known for writing and starring in the multi-award winning “Bronx Queen Trilogy”. “Daddy,” the final installment of this trilogy, will have its World Premiere on NYC’s Theatre Row this 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. Be sure to check out www.JoeGulla.com or tweet Joe at https://twitter.com/joegulla.
“For Unto Us” by Stephen Kaplan
Mary and Joseph, two 5-year-olds, discuss religion, different kinds of families and gender roles as they play with Mary’s new Christmas present, a doll., commissions and productions: The Book of Daniel (New American Comedy Showcase Award); Exquisite Potential (NJ Playwrights Contest, Dezart Performs, Across the Generations New Jewish Play Festival, finalist: Woodward/Newman, semi-finalist: Seven Devils); A Real Boy (This Is Water Theatre and semi-finalist: PlayPenn, Ashland New Play Festival, FutureFest and MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); una casa/a home (finalist: Landing Theatre’s New American Voices Series, Route 66’s New Play Development Program); For Unto Us (Barrington Stage Company, Acadia Theatre Company, QueerShorts); In Mrs. Baker’s Room (Commission: Abingdon - Father Hamblin Award for Outstanding Playwriting). Many of his plays are published on Indie Theatre Now. He is the NJ Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild. www.bystephenkaplan.com
“Top Off” by Vanessa Carmona
A pre-op trans man named Joey, along with the help of his sister and her girlfriend, must create a fundraising video for his top surgery while coming to terms with the importance of family during his life-changing surgery.
“Baby Gay” by Wayne Paul Mattingly
Sophisticated Moms are sensitive to their newborns' sexual identities.
“After” by Glenn Alterman
At the funeral parlor, after her husband's memorial, Terry meets a stranger who reveals to her how very connected the two of them are.
He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and RecordSetter.com as the author of “The Most Published Original Monologues For Actors”. Mr. Alterman’s work has been performed at Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater (EST), Circle in the Square Downtown, HERE, LaMaMa, at the Duplex, Playwrights Horizons, at several theaters on Theater Row in New York, as well as at many theaters around the country. His plays have won The Arts and Letters Award In Drama, The Julio T. Nunez Arts Grant, The Bloomington Playwrights Project (Reva Shiner Award) and over 60 other playwriting competitions, and has been an Actors Theater of Louisville finalist 5 times.
QUEER SCARE 2, Oct 28, 2015, a Gay Halloween Holiday play reading festival of 8 short plays.
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.
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.
Grrls and Doll by Katie Looney
Butterfly by Larry Hassman
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
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???
at the Producers Club, 358 W. 44th St., NYCApril 15 and 16 at 8 pm and April 17 at 2 pm Tickets $18, $15 for seniors and students
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The plays are
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.