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Read STAGE PLAY Loglines and Story Pitches

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Great way to get your story out: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Read STAGE PLAY Loglines:

Title: MAGGIE QUINN
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/maggie_quinn_by_susan_k_droney.html
Written by: Susan K. Droney
Genre: Drama
Type: Play

Title: BETWEEN THE LINES
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/between_the_lines_by_dean_gilbert_tonkin_and_stephen_gregory.html
Written by: Dean Gilbert Tonkin & Stephen Gregory Barnes
Type: STAGEPLAY
Genre: Drama – two acts

Title: WHAT CRICKET KNOWS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/what_cricket_knows_by_jon_r_gilbert.html
Written by: Jon R. Gilbert
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Type: Stage Play

Stage Play title: “The Art of Murder”
http://www.wildsound.ca/the_art_of_murder_by_trisha_sugarek.html
Written by: Trisha Sugarek
Genre: Crime/Suspense

Title: MISSION OF LOVE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mission_of_love_by_martha_cinader_mims.html
Written by: Martha Cinader Mims
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Type: Stageplay

Title: UNWANTED
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/unwanted_by_doug_robbins.html
Written by: Doug Robbins
Genre: Comedy and Fantasy
Type: PLAY

Title: What Are Dreams Made Of?
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/what_are_dreams_made_of_by_lisa_sniderman.html
Written by: Lisa Sniderman
Genre: Musical (Fantasy)
Type: PLAY

Title: ARDOR
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/ardor_by_shawrya_kumar.html
Written by: Shawrya Kumar
Genre: Drama
Type: PLAY

Title: ABSALOM THE KING
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/absalom_the_king_by_e_thomalen.html
Written by: E. Thomalen
Type: STAGEPLAY
Genre: Drama, Biography, History

Title: LOOKING FOR REDFEATHER
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/looking_for_redfeather_by_linda_collison.html
Written by: Linda Collison
Type: STAGEPLAY
Genre: Coming of Age

Title: GOING SOLO
http://www.wildsound.ca/going_solo_by_robert_gately_and_drew_keil.html
Written by: Robert Gately and Drew Keil
Genre: Drama
Type: Play

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Deadline TODAY: STAGE PLAY Festival. Get play performed by actors. FULL FEEDBACK

Deadline TODAY: STAGE PLAY Festival. Get play performed by actors. FULL FEEDBACK
http://www.wildsound.ca/play_contest.html

WINNERS get their stageplay read at the Writing Festival.

WATCH the recent WINNING STAGEPLAY Readings –
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/stageplay_readings.html

Watch Recent StagePlay Performances:

STAGE PLAY: VEILS OF JUSTICE
February 2015 Reading
Written by Chris Payne

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
Mazen Tomedo – Vince Jerad
Lynn – Ida Jagaric
Chris – Rob Salerno
Doug – Jim Canale
Gerrie – Danielle Nicole
Miriam – Alissa DeGrazia

SYNOPSIS:

Accusations of violent rape and armed robbery by an established older American man against a young gay Saudi. If the accusations false, why? Can a Saudi get a fair trial in NYC after 9/11?

STAGE PLAY – PAPER WALL
November 2014 Reading
Written by Gina Surles

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Amaka Umeh
MAGGIE – Marsha Mason
CATHERINE – Michelle Alexander
FATHER FRANK – Geoff Mays
THOMAS – Rob Notman

SYNOPSIS:

A New York playwright who hasn’t produced anything in ten years, struggles to complete a new play while having major repairs done to a wall in her apartment, while alternately being helped and hindered by an ex-stripper, a priest, and a carpenter.

AWAKE TO MURDER – Stage Play
September 2014 Reading
Written by Reece Pocock

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Jennifer Strype
SHANE – Bubba
GLADYS – Krista Jang
NURSE – Ida Jagaric
BILL DALY – Troy Patterson
SAM – Idris Ali
DR. PETRIE – Richard Chaung
CAROLINE – Krista Morin
JOHN – John Goodrich

SYNOPSIS:

In hospital, Shane slowly awakens from a coma. Unable to move he finds most of his brain is functioning. As he progresses, limited memories return. He is visited by the police and discovers a witness has accused him of murder.

Deadline TODAY: SUBMIT your FULL PLAY or 1st ACT PLAY Festival

Deadline TODAY: SUBMIT your FULL PLAY or 1st ACT PLAY Festival. Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries:

http://www.wildsound.ca/play_contest.html

WINNERS get their stageplay read at the Writing Festival.

WATCH the recent WINNING STAGEPLAY Readings –
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/stageplay_readings.html

Watch Recent PLAY Readings Performed at the Festival:

      STAGE PLAY: VEILS OF JUSTICE
      February 2015 Reading
      Written by Chris Payne

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
    Mazen Tomedo – Vince Jerad
    Lynn – Ida Jagaric
    Chris – Rob Salerno
    Doug – Jim Canale
    Gerrie – Danielle Nicole
    Miriam – Alissa DeGrazia

    * * * *
      STAGE PLAY – PAPER WALL
      November 2014 Reading
      Written by Gina Surles

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Amaka Umeh
    MAGGIE – Marsha Mason
    CATHERINE – Michelle Alexander
    FATHER FRANK – Geoff Mays
    THOMAS – Rob Notman

    * * * *
      AWAKE TO MURDER – Stage Play
      September 2014 Reading
      Written by Reece Pocock

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Jennifer Strype
    SHANE – Bubba
    GLADYS – Krista Jang
    NURSE – Ida Jagaric
    BILL DALY – Troy Patterson
    SAM – Idris Ali
    DR. PETRIE – Richard Chaung
    CAROLINE – Krista Morin
    JOHN – John Goodrich

Interview with Chris Payne, winning playwright (Veils of Justice)

    Watch the Winning Stage Play reading of ‘VEILS OF JUSTICE’ by Chris Payne

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
    Mazen Tomedo – Vince Jerad
    Lynn – Ida Jagaric
    Chris – Rob Salerno
    Doug – Jim Canale
    Gerrie – Danielle Nicole
    Miriam – Alissa DeGrazia

Matthew Toffolo interviews playwright Chris Payne:

Matthew: What is your stage play about?

Chris: A wife finds out that her husband has accused a young Saudi of beating, torturing and raping him, but the Muslim male defendant’s Jewish female’s lawyer shows evidence that indicates innocence – triggering the wife’s journey with her gay brother through fear, betrayals and prejudice in post 9/11 New York City.

Matthew: Why should this play be produced?

Chris: No shoulds… but the play could add value and draw paying audiences in several ways:

– Heighten a sense of connection and compassion between potentially antagonistic groups (Muslims/non-Muslims, Jews-Muslims, Straight-LGBT… an early draft received Honorable Mention from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation’s contest for plays based on actual events that position LCBT life in positive ways, Wives and Husbands when one is hiding LGBT orientation, etc.)

– Strengthen audience commitment to take a stand for justice by witnessing ordinary people caught in extraordinary decisions the force them to choose between fear and trust, loyalty and justice, safety and truth …and to deal with their own sexual prejudices and proclivities in many forms.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Chris: Five years.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Chris: African Queen. Close second: The Russians Are Coming.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Chris: Wishful thinking for this play: Maryann Plunkett as the wife. Too many wonderful Jewish actresses to choose for the Defense Lawyer and Prosecutor. Same for the attractive fit 30-something gay brother. Haaz Sleiman as Saudi defendant. Vincent D’Onofrio as the husband. Douglas Hughes Director.

Matthew: How many stories/stage plays have you written?

Chris: Stage Plays: Four full length plays (all in various stages of revision), six one acts. One Novel; One Book of Poems. Several stories.

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Chris: Working with a theater group, (stage and/or online Internet, maybe even a social justice organization like the Center for Constitutional Rights or Human Rights Watch, but one that incorporates the power of theater to tell stories)…

… anyway, as I was saying before I started musing, in five years, I’d like to be working with a group that creates stage plays that capture stories about ordinary people around the world who have made extraordinary stands for fairness and justice.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Chris: I work a day job three days a week and write Fri-Mon, some evenings, sleeping late, seeing friends for lunch or dinner, writing the rest of the time. I used to layout the story, using my own mix of structures from Syd Fields, Robert McKee, Vogel’s version of Campbell’s Myth… but I’ve recently finished Hal Croasmun’s Pro Series and am part way into his Master Class where he synthesizes insights and gives daily assignments that imprint the techniques used by great writers to avoid boring exposition and heighten dramatic focus.

…But before, during and after I focus on structure, I go into a creative trance that follows the characters. Sometimes I haul them back in, sometimes, the characters loosen me up and make sure I change the structure.

Then I have the mortifying readings with talented, generous actors, interview them and willing audience members, then rewrite/revise, start over.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Chris: My children. My cat. Lovers. Friends from all around the world in New York City. Connecting with people in struggles for fairness and justice in ways that Archbiship Tutu and his Truth and Reconciliation folks would see as really fair, not partisan. (Everyone thinks their cause is fair and just – even Hitler – so the waters can get muddy. All sides in my play that WildSound is reading believe they are right.)

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Chris: I think a notice in Linked In’s Independent Theater Artists and Producers’ discussion group. I have had three table readings and learned/revised each time. But organized the readings, did a little coaching, had a director for some of the actors in the first reading, and another reading was after placing as Finalist in a contest. I applied to WildSounds because I think I will learn a lot by listening online to a reading where I have nothing to do with selecting or speaking with the actors about the story, characters or my intentions – either it will come through, or it won’t. More fodder for more rewrites!!

Matthew: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Chris: Not until I prove I can find a theater willing to produce my work and audiences who feel the time watching my plays – or, for some, interacting with them or discussing them after, was fun and had value for them.

Watch Veils of Justice, Winning Stage Play reading by Chris Payne

Stage Play Reading: VEILS OF JUSTICE
by Chris Payne

    Watch the FULL PLAY Reading NOW:

SYNOPSIS:

Accusations of violent rape and armed robbery by an established older American man against a young gay Saudi. If the accusations false, why? Can a Saudi get a fair trial in NYC after 9/11?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
Mazen Tomedo – Vince Jerad
Lynn – Ida Jagaric
Chris – Rob Salerno
Doug – Jim Canale
Gerrie – Danielle Nicole
Miriam – Alissa DeGrazia

Deadline Feb. 10th: SUBMIT your FULL PLAY or 1st ACT PLAY. Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events. FULL FEEDBACK
http://www.wildsound.ca/play_contest.html

WINNERS get their stageplay read at the Writing Festival.

WATCH the recent WINNING STAGEPLAY Readings –
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/stageplay_readings.html

Stage Play Contest Festival – Submit your theater play for performance and feedback.

Stage Plays. A different type of storytelling. Perhaps original plays are a dying art, but we hope not. That is why we want to showcase plays at our festival. Hopefully in the next year we will be able to perform an original play at least once a month. Problem is that all the up and coming writers out there are not writing in this format.

You really never know what the future holds. Perhaps….as we move towards the era where we will all be able to watch any movie that comes out in our own home, that the theater world and original plays will make a comeback because we’re going to want to get out of the house and do something!

Plus, you can follow the art of supply and demand in WILDsound terms: We want to showcase many plays, so that is the demand. And there aren’t as many people submitting, which is the supply. This is a golden opportunity to get your work performed by professional actors.

Deadline for the next Stage Play contest is November 10th. Submit your play and get it performed at our festival, plus garner full feedback:

http://www.wildsound.ca/play_contest.html

Watch past Stage Play readings here:

Read testimonials from past submitted works:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/wildsound_stage_play_contest_festival_review.html

Hope to see you submit.

– Matthew Toffolo