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STAGE PLAY Best Scene Script Reading of RARE COINS SPENT, by Beth Fine

 

Type: Stage Play

Genre: Historical Fiction Drama

Logline: Rare Coins Spent describes how St. Lawrence, Rome’s Archdeacon in 258 A.D., traded treasures from wealthy Christians for supplies to help poor congregants. Meanwhile, pernicious decadence, warfare, and inflation were bringing Rome to the brink of bankruptcy which Caesar Valerian then obtusely blamed on Christians and ordered their leaders’ immediate death.

Get to know the writer:

What is your play about?

It fictionally summarizes the charitable work of Lorenzo, Archdeacon in Rome in 258 A.D. and culminates in the week of his martyrdom on a fiery spit. It not only reflects the well documented decadence of the era and the emergence of a somewhat underground Christian community, but also illuminates the governmental ineffectiveness caused by a shrinking patrician-progeny to carry on Rome’s goals. In addition to these conditions, constant and distant wars plus deceitful minters deflating the coins, started the economic/military/political downfall of the Empire.

What genres does your play fall under?

Historical fiction or possibly classical literature-light.

Why should this play be produced?

I think the play covers some of the foibles and mistaken logic that befall leaders who try to control citizens in their daily belief and practice of faith.

How would you describe this play in two words?

Unfailing Loyalty

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

Speechless.

How long have you been working on this play?

In 1992, I heard the martyr’s story read from the pulpit. Inspired, I made a commitment to write it when time allowed. In 1999, a friend gave me several volumes of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon along with research papers on the Roman times. In 2002, I moved to St. Lawrence, Newfoundland where I had the atmosphere to read/ wade through/absorb/categorize useful information. In 2005, I began assembling scenes and writing the play. In 2007, as a non-Catholic, I thought it best to send it to a Catholic theatre in California to check historical flavor, doctrinal accuracy, and dramatic effect. Then for several years, I had some actors/directors/teachers read it, fielding their suggestions when possible. In 2014, a theatre department head at a small Michigan college critiqued it thoroughly and set up readings in 2015 and then 2016. However, due to illness, he could not complete that goal.

How many stories have you written?

Oh, dozens.

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

“More” from Mondo Cane. Old, yes! Haunting, absolutely! It has lyrics that show hope and a melody that resonates with my soul. But, more than anything, it has a tune I can whistle and play by ear on the piano. 

What obstacles did you face to finish this play?

The amount of research to make the play ring true in secular and religious history.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, friends, piano, and Bible.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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2017 – Read the top STAGE PLAYS from around the world:

Read the best STAGE PLAY loglines and sumamries today: 

LUNCH ROOM, by Lisa Collins

MISSION OF LOVE, by Martha Cinader Mims
THE WIFE AND THE MISTRESSES, by Dorcas

SWEET REVENGE, by Robert Greeley

MISSION OF LOVE, by Martha Cinader Mims

KILL THE KABUKI, by Jamahl Peavey

CONTRACT KILLERS, by Craig Pietrowiak

WHAT ARE DREAMS MADE OF, by Lisa Sniderman

PANDORA, by Lillian Nader

2017 – Read the top DRAMA STAGE PLAYS from around the world:

Read the best of PLAY loglines and summaries for 2017: 

SCOOP, by Yair Parker

EBABE, by Dawn Brown

RARE COINS, by Beth Fine

WHAT CRICKET KNOWS, by Jon R. Gilbert

INDEMNIFTY, by Ed Vaughan

ARDOR, by Shawrya Kumar

SEPARATING THE DUST, by Darren Brealey

SOMETIMES THE MOON SHOOTS BACK, by Stephen Krefman

THE EXCLUSIVE, by Perry McDaid

BETWEEN THE LINES, by Dean Gilbert Tonkin and Stephen Gregory

CAYCE, by George Schwimmer

THE ART OF MURDER by Trisha Sugarek

MAGGIE QUINN, by Susan K. Droney

COMING BACK, by A.S. Penne

BETWEEN THE LINES, by D. Gilbert

1st Scene STAGE PLAY Reading of THE LEOPARD AND THE CALF. by Joe Pugh

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Jerry O’Malley died in Hospice, but now he’s trapped in a locked lobby room with a stopped clock and his worst nightmare- his childhood bully Doug Hansen, who probably died getting stabbed while out jogging. Turns out they can’t leave this room until they make peace with each other. Which will be hard to do, since these two people have a long and horrible history.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jerry: Dan Cristofori
Doug: Connor Lyon

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your play about?

It is about an honest and heartfelt (post-mortem) conversation between a high school bully and his victim many decades later.

What genres does your play fall under?

That’s a toughie – it is a short play, certainly. It should not take more than a half hour to act out. I would call it a relationship drama with a touch of comedy woven in.

Why should this play be made into a stage play?

This play is about real men grappling with real men’s issues. I have written it in the hopes that past and present victims as well as past and present bullies may learn something and experience some healing catharsis.

How would you describe this play in two words?

Healing encounter.

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

Jesus of Nazareth

How long have you been working on this play?

It has been percolating in my head for several years. I probably started writing it about two years ago and completed it a year and a half later with help from WILDsound editing.

How many stories have you written?

About ten or so…mostly very short. Some of them are also about inner healing; a few have religious themes.

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

Avalon’s Testify to Love

What obstacles did you face to finish this play?

Trying to overcome my negative emotions when I worked to express the bully’s memories and teenage point of view.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

People mostly: my boyfriend, my kids and the members of my support group. Also the outdoors and my efforts to support environmental causes.

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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

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

Read best of NEW COMEDY Stage Plays Loglines from around the world.

Scroll through and read the best of NEW Comedic Stage Plays from around the world. 

THE PATRON SAINT OF DEAD DOGS, by Katie Grotzinger
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/comedy-stage-play-the-patron-saint-of-dead-dogs-by-katie-grotzinger/

ARTHUR HOLDEN, by Arthur Holden
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/redemption-comedy-stage-play-battered-by-arthur-holden/

SCARY SCARY NIGHT, by Michael Lunsford
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/murder-comedy-stage-play-scary-scary-night-by-michael-lunsford/

HOUSEMATE HASSLE, by Beth Fine
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/courtship-stage-play-housemate-hassle-by-beth-fine/

PRAYERS, by Ken Pisani
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/religious-comedy-stage-play-prayers-by-ken-pisani/

WHATEVER POSSESSED ANNA, by Phyllis Heltay
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/2-hander-stage-play-whatever-possessed-anna-by-phyllis-heltay/

ROMEO CHANGE, by Barbara Blumenthal Ehrlich
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/dark-comedy-stage-play-romeo-chang-by-barbara-blumenthal-ehrlich/

YIASSOU MERYL, by Gregory Cole
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/musical-farce-stage-play-yiassou-meryl-by-gregory-cole/

UNWANTED, by Doug Robbins
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/fantasy-comedy-stage-play-unwanted-by-doug-robbins/

DANCING WITH DINOSAURS, by Bob Canning
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/farce-stage-play-dancing-with-dinosaurs-by-bob-canning/

CUPIDDEOROS TRIUMIRATE AND PHILOSOPHY, by Cupideros
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/romantic-comedy-stage-play-cupidderos-triumvirate-and-philosophy-by-cupideros/

A THOUSAND VARIATIONS ON A LIE ONCE TOLD, by Stacey Lane
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/11/comedic-drama-stage-play-a-thousand-variations-on-a-lie-once-told-by-stacey-lane/

WHAT’S UPSTAIRS, by Alice Shapiro
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/11/true-story-stage-play-whats-upstairs-by-alice-shapiro/

A FRIEND IN NEED, by Jimmy Keary
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/11/fast-paced-comedy-a-friend-in-need-by-jimmy-keary/

ABSALOM THE KING, by E. Thomalen
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/11/biographyhistory-stage-play-absalom-the-king-e-thomalen/

HAMLET DEAD, by George Schwimmer
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/11/tragedy-stage-play-hamlet-dead-by-george-schwimmer/

GOING SOLO, by Robert Gately and Drew Keil
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/11/agoraphobic-stage-play-going-solo-by-robert-gately-and-drew-keil/

HORROR Short Story: CASTLE RUINS, by Neil Davies

Title: CASTLE RUINS 

Written by: Neil Davies

Genre: Horror

Type: Short Story (3,100 words approx)

LOGLINE: “Castle Ruins” is a short horror story about a troubled teenager, David, who, with his younger brother Tom and their friend Jill, discover a castle on the hill above town where there should only be ruins, and ghostly inhabitants who are less than pleased with David’s destructive actions in their grounds.

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