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

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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.

Interested in this logline, please email us at info@wildsound.ca and we’ll forward your email to the writer.

Have a logline? Submit your logline to the monthly logline contest.

Best Scene from DEATH SURPRISES THE EXECUTIONER Stage Play by E. Thomalen

Watch the August 2016 Winning Stage Play Reading. 

DEATH SURPRISES THE EXECUTIONER Stage Play by E. Thomalen

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: History, Drama, War

The play opens and closes with scenes from the gulag where two prisoners discuss the relationship of leaders to followers. The central story of the play is about the rise and unexpected fall of Lavrenti P. Beria, the Soviet Minister of the Interior and State Security as well as master of the gulag system.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
VASILY – Kris Hagen
ALEXI – Geoff Mays

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your stage play about?

Death Surprises the Executioner takes place in the former Soviet Union during the purges of the 1930’s to the death of Stalin in 1953. It is a play that examines the relationship of leaders to the people in revolutionary times such as we now see in the Middle East and North Africa. It opens with an allegorical story told to a fellow inmate by a petty former aristocrat and teacher, now in a gulag, that frames the events that follow.

2. Why should this play be produced?

Revolutionary societies are always with us and we have a poor understanding of them. Such societies end up under the leadership of the Robespierres and Stalins and the people who carry out their orders.

3. How would you describe this play in two words?

Terrifyingly enlightening

4. What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Doctor Zhivago, On the Beach

5. How long have you been working on this play?

10 years, but also all my life

6. How many stories have you written?

15-20

7. What motivated you to write this play?

Though the topic has long been on my mind and was a major theme of the 20th century, it became focused upon again as we watched the revolutions unfold in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. As Hegel has said what we learn about history is that nobody learns anything from history.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this play?

My struggles with the play was to pull together a lot of material and to be aa true to that material as I could be. The risk was to include too much and lose control of the narrative.

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

I love the theater because of the freedom it gives the audience to imagine and reflect. I also love poetry, ballet, classical music and art.

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

Never give up, listen to yourself.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson