Best Scene STAGE PLAY Reading of VENGEANCE OF THE SHREW, by Bree Katz

Genre: History, Comedy

Tired of sixteenth-century gender relations, Kate from The Taming of the Shrew recruits Lady Macbeth, the Wife of Bath, Frankenstein’s Monster, and other canonical characters to drive literature into the 21st century.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Kate: Carina Cojeen
Petruchio: Peter Nelson
Shylock: Kris Hagen
Dr. Frankenstein: Mike Ruderman
Wife of Bath: Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your play about?

The Vengeance of the Shrew is about classic literary characters – including The Taming of the Shrew’s Kate, The Merchant of Venice’s Shylock, Lady Macbeth, the Wife of Bath, and Frankenstein’s Monster – who are tired of their canonical lot and decide to shake up the established order.

What genres does your play fall under?

Vengeance is a farcical comedy.

Why should this play be made into a show?

In addition to being thigh-slappingly hilarious (in my admittedly biased opinion!), my play tackles the question of how to fit beloved literary figures and the settings they inhabit and make them relevant to the 21st century – and it’s told through their perspective.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Modern Shakespeare!

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

I watched the original Star Wars trilogy so many times, my mother had to re-record them due to fears of me wearing out the VHS tapes they were on.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started working on this play ten years ago.

How many stories have you written?

I have lost track of how many stories I’ve typed out – I’ve written first drafts of several novels, screenplays, and television pilots, and I’ve polished the ones I kept coming back to re-read (after all, if I want to read it again, someone else will want to read it the first time!).

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Bruce Springsteen’s “Backstreets.” Born to Run was the first album I remember listening to in full as a child, and that song as well as “Jungleland” amaze me with their composition and the raw power of their lyrics every time.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I was in school for most of the time I was writing it, and I have a very limited ability to multitask. I completed it in fits and starts.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am an avid skier in the winter and a climber of 14,000-foot mountains in the summer. I have summitted 22 fourteeners: 21 in Colorado plus California’s Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the U.S. south of Alaska.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I’d gotten a notification that my play’s logline had been selected to receive special attention for the submission. The feedback I received was thoughtful and informative.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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Best Scene STAGE PLAY Reading of LOOKING FOR REDFEATHER, by Linda Collison

Genre: Coming of Stage, Drama

Three troubled runaways meet up by chance on the road — but it ain’t Jack Kerouac’s road trip!

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Ramie: Nick Wicht
Chas: Mike Ruderman

Get to know the writer:

What is your play about? 

Looking for Redfeather is about coming of age on the road in America in the 21st century.  A boy on a father quest meets up by chance with two other runaway teens on the road to Denver. He has two weeks to find his father, an Apache named Redfeather.

What genres does your play fall under?

Drama/coming-of-age/humor/musical

Why should this play be made into a show? 

 

Looking for Redfeather is about growing up in America in the 21st century. It encompasses contemporary issues such as functionally dysfunctional families, friendship, American myths and legends, substance use and abuse, learning disabilities, the fictionalized past and present of Native Americans – specifically Apaches.

How would you describe this script in two words?  

Vibrant, adaptable

What movie have you seen the most times in your life? 

 

Tombstone (Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?  

About three years. Adapted from the novel, written in 2007, and published in 2013.

How many stories have you written? 

Impossible to say! I’ve been writing stories all my life.  I have seven published novels and numerous published stories, articles and essays.  I have only written a few plays, though I love theater.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) 

The one I’m singing along with at the moment. Seriously, it’s impossible to name one.  Music is the most powerful art form there is, and a universal language. OK, I’ll pick one that leaps to mind: As a writer, I admire Mark Knopfler’s Sailing to Philadelphia, as much for the lyrics as for his fine guitar playing.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 

I found it challenging to adapt my own novel to the stage.  The dialogue is strong and the heart of the story is there but I knew the plot was episodic, rambling, and in need of condensing. But I felt the story is malleable enough to be interpreted and re-interpreted by directors and young actors, following characters’ lead. This story is character driven, yet open to interpretation.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 

Music, travel, art, adventure, road trips, environmental theater, reading, learning… Writing is how I connect with myself and with others; it’s how I make sense of life.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I have always been positively challenged by writing contests; I’ve entered many and won a few. I’ve learned from them all.  Contests give me a deadline – and a purpose – to finish the project in a timely manner. A contest compels me to do my best work, and quickly. It keeps me from over-editing because a story is never perfect, it’s never finished to my satisfaction. Each time I rewrite it, it’s a slightly different story. It has grown and changed, a living thing.

That being said, my work requires many rounds of editing! I wanted professional feedback on this script to discover its strengths and weaknesses, its possibilities for production. I was very pleased with the detailed initial feedback I received and am incorporating some of the suggestions on the next iteration.  Thank you for the critique and the suggestions – and for the impetus to finish the script and send it in!  

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Deadline March 5th: 1st ACT or FULL PLAY CONTEST

I think I watched the whole video performance of my play with a smile on my face. I’ll have to watch it again to be more objective. DEAR ACTORS – thank you! I’m so thrilled with your performances, you don’t know how happy you have made me.
– Gina Surles, Playwright

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10pg. Stage Play: GARBED IN FLESH by Arthur Holden

Watch the Winning 10pg Stage Play (in verse) by Arthur Holden:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Maya Woloszyn
DETECTIVE – Holly Sarchfield
HERA – Danielle Nicole
MAN – Jason J. Thomas

Get to know writer Arthur Holden:

1. What is your stage play about?

My play is a meditation, in iambic verse, on the acceptance in ancient myths of sexual violence as a prerogative of the gods (for which one might read: “the powerful”) and the ways in which that ethos is finally starting to be broken in contemporary culture.

2. Why does this play need to be performed at the theatre?

I’m not sure this (or any) play needs to be performed. But I think its formal classicism and contemporary theme make for an interesting blend that might just please audiences.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing fiction for some time now. Over the last two decades, I’ve had screenplays, script adaptations and stage plays picked up for professional production.

4. What play have you seen in person the most in your life?

Good question. Apart from being a writer, I am also an actor. So, having been in the stage comedy Shear Madness for a period of several months, I guess that’s the play I’ve seen most often: over a hundred times. I’ve also attended multiple performances of the plays I’ve written.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I think South African-born J. M. Coetzee is quite possibly the greatest writer alive. Adapting one of his works – specifically The Master of Petersburg – for stage or screen would be an immense, and immensely challenging, honor.

6. How many stories/plays have you written?

Including all the ones that never saw the light of day: dozens.

7. What motivated you to write this stage play?

I wrote it in response to a challenge from the Red Bull Theater in New York, a company which specializes in classically-themed plays and works that rely on heightened language.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I don’t have any hard-and-fast routine. But I do try to find time to write every day.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My wife, acclaimed novelist Claire Holden Rothman, and my sons Jacob and Samuel are the three shining lights of my life.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

WILDsound offers a unique process of ongoing constructive feedback to actual recorded readings of texts submitted to the program. I wanted to experience this process myself.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t quit. And never be afraid to fail. Failure is a far better teacher than success.

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Deadline for 10 Page Stage Play Festival. Submit your short play and get it performed at festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/10_page_stageplay_contest.html

Watch 10pg. Stage Play: HELEN REDDY WOULD BE ASHAMED by Katie Grotzinger

Watch the Winning 10 page Stage Play by Katie Grotzinger:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Brett J. Kelly
HARDLY – Holly Sarchfield
O’NEIL – Danielle Nicole
PACHEO/PARKER – Maya Woloszyn

Get to know writer Katie Grotzinger:

1. What is your stage play about?

“Helen Reddy Would Be Ashamed” is about a group of teenagers at an all-girls’ school that have to pick a topic to work on for their social justice class. One of them suggests feminism, which the others feel is a pointless topic to bring up in their always pro-woman environment.

2. Why does this play need to be performed at the theatre?

The story takes place in a high school classroom and high school, to me, felt a lot like theatre. Everything was very high energy and the girls in the play are too. I think you can feel that best in a live performance.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Ever since I learned it was an option. When I was in the fifth grade we read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and as part of the lesson plan, I received my first creative writing assignment. I got so into it, I built it up into a novel length epic in this big, red notebook I carried everywhere.

4. What play have you seen in person the most in your life?

This might be an odd one, but I am absolutely in love with Twelfth Night. Any adventure that has crossdressing, pirates and shenanigans has me won over. I go out of my way to see it any chance I get.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

My most intense nerd dream is to write something alongside Kevin Smith. I love the way he does dialogue.

6. How many stories/plays have you written?

I have written more short stories than I can count. As for plays, I have written around 7 or so one-act and short plays. I also have finished one full-length play and am working on my second.

7. What motivated you to write this stage play?

I went to an all-girls’ school. It wasn’t as glamorous as it’s portrayed in the movies. Nearly all my classmates were overachievers who traded sleep for multiple extracurriculars and complained about having to write about other women over and over again in papers. Despite our grumbling, we secretly enjoyed it. I wanted to write something that reflected that.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I do. I set a timer for 30 minutes and write as much as I can while listening to instrumental music. When that’s done, I set a timer for 15 minutes and try to do something else to take my mind off of it, usually video games. Then I repeat until I can’t write anymore.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animation. I cannot do it myself. I can’t even draw. However, for me, seeing a good animated film is like being a kid at a magic show. Sometimes, I’m not just enthralled, but even moved. For instance, when I saw The Wind Rises in theaters, I wept. Not because of the story, although it was excellent and moving, but because of the clearly painstaking work that went into every frame. I realize that might sound like a crazy reaction, but passion is a little nuts.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I had previously entered the longline competition. I received an email asking if I would like to submit to the 10 Page Stageplay Festival. I had a short play on deck and figured that I had nothing to lose.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

If you want to write, chances are you’re going to get rejected a lot. However, there’s no shame in getting rejected. That’s a part of life. The only real way to lose is to give up. So keep going. Eventually, you’ll write something that someone else likes or maybe even loves and it’ll be one of the most gratifying experiences you’ll ever have.

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Deadline for 10 Page Stage Play Festival. Submit your short play and get it performed at festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/10_page_stageplay_contest.html