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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

WILDsound Performer March 13th Event: Holly Sarchfield

Actor will be performing at the March 13 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival

holly_sarchfield_small.jpgHeight: 5’8

Hair: Blond

Eyes: Blue

 

Watch the screenplays the actor has performed in the past at the festival:

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE BABYSITTER
July 2014 Reading
Written by Sean Hood

ACTORFeature Script – RUM HOUSE
January 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Sieve

ACTOR SHORT SCRIPT – LOVING, DYING, OR BEING KILLED
July 2014 Reading
Written by Danish Renzu

ACTORWINNING 1st SCENE SCREENPLAYS
July 2014 Reading
5 winning scripts.

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – THE PROMISE IN A BUBBLE
February 2015 Reading
Written by Rachel Reaugh

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – TO DIE IN TENNESSEE
February 2015 Reading
Written by Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – HELLCAT
February 2015 Reading
Written by J. Alan Hostetter

ACTORShort Script- WRITER’S DUEL
April 2015 Reading
Written by Ellery VanDooyeweert

ACTORClimactic Scene – DIETRICH DANZIG
February 2015 Reading
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – LEGRAND
February 2015 Reading
Written by Angelina Carkic

ACTORFeature Script- ORIGINS
April 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Panek & Guershon Moreno

ACTORShort Script- WRITER’S DUEL
April 2015 Reading
Written by Ellery VanDooyeweert

ACTOR1st Scene: LITTLE PROFESSOR
April 2015 Reading
Written by Monte Light & Cooper Holmes

ACTOR1st Scene: GOOD NIGHT, CRONKITE
April 2015 Reading
Written by Rita Doyle Roberts

ACTORBest SCENE READING of MORPH TV Pilot
July 2015 Reading
Written by Christine Davis

ACTOR10pg. STAGE PLAY – HELEN REDDY WOULD BE ASHAMED
June 2015 Reading
Written by Katie Grotzinger

ACTOR10pg. STAGE PLAY – GARBED IN FLESH
June 2015 Reading
Written by Arthur Holden

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – THE PAPER ROUTE
July 2015 Reading
Written by Danny M. Howell

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – SOMBRA
July 2015 Reading
Written by Claire Wasmund

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – YONKHEER
July 2015 Reading
Written by Wendy Jane Henson

ACTORTV PILOT – Hail Mary
November 2015 Reading
Written by Stan Williamson

ACTORBEST SCENE – No Hope For Gomez
November 2015 Reading
Written by Graham Parke

ACTORBEST SCENE – The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio
November 2015 Reading
Written by Marc Lalonde

ACTORTV SPEC – Silicon Valley
October 2015 Reading
Written by Jennifer McAuliffe

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Ascent
October 2015 Reading
Written by Brough Hansen

ACTORBest Scene Reading of AMONG US
September 2015 Reading
Written by Renana Hancock

ACTORBest Scene Reading of CHILDREN WANT WHAT THEY WANT WHEN THEY WANT IT
September 2015 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reese

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT Reading of THREE PLAY
September 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram

ACTORBest Scene Reading of FEI JI
September 2015 Reading
Written by James C. Peters

ACTOR1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gary Makin

ACTOR1st Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IS ALL IN
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gwen Goodkin

ACTORFeature Screenplay – CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin

ACTOR1st Scene -PURGATORY
January 2016 Reading
Written by Alex A. Kecskes

ACTOR1st Scene -GUNNISON
January 2016 Reading
Written by Daniel Duane

ACTORShort Screenplay – US NAVY CINE-KODAK
January 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt

ACTORShort Screenplay – THE NEW NEIGHBORS
January 2016 Reading
Written by Filippo Santaniello