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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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/

How to write the best logline for your script/story. Plus, FREE LOGLINE SUBMISSIONS

Submit your LOGLINE for FREE to the WILDsound network and its social networking centers.

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

A great way to increase your presence and get your story out to the world. This network averages over 90,000 unique visitors a day. Your logline will receive their own individual page, and linked from the various outlets on this network where many producers and agents venture. Then we will send you an email when someone is interested and you can go from there.

You can also pay $15 more and we’ll turn your pitch logline into a movie. Watch recent and past loglines made into a film:

LOGLINE BASICS

Brevity is an absolute necessity of creating a good logline. You should go through many drafts to make sure every adjective is the most perfect and evocative and above all accurate. Get out your thesaurus find the best words for the job. You can’t afford a single extra character.

Choose your focus carefully. You need to pinpoint the most important through-line of your story. What you pick must be dynamic: you need to describe action, conflict, challenge.

The easiest way to phrase your logline is to state the genre, an attribute of the main character, and what the character needs to achieve to meet a challenge. Of course, you may see your script as a slice of life or a series of vignettes or something else that doesn’t lend itself to a clear statement in this form, but attempt it.

For example:

“The Last Thing She Did” is a romantic comedy in which a ditsy writer struggles to overcome her reliance on a dead friend’s advice in order to meet a deadline.
Try to avoid generalities. You want to nail what makes your script unique, so don’t waste your time comparing it to previously made films. Save that for your marketing pitch.

Your logline doesn’t need to tell the ending of the story. It just needs to impel a producer or reader to make the effort to open it up. Show you have an interesting and unusual protagonist who must meet an unusual and interesting challenge, and you’re already ahead of the game.

So you say your script doesn’t fit into an easy category of genre or have a single or readily defined hero or heroine. That may be the way you think of your story, but another reader might have a different impression. Try describing the action of your script to a friend and see what shakes loose. It’s fine to know you’re written a masterwork that defies description, but you won’t have much luck getting it made unless you can find SOME way to explain it.

A Word about Plot and Character Vs Theme

The best loglines focus on character with an emphasis on the major conflict or challenge that forms the central arc of the plot. It’s good to include whatever details make your story the most unique: an unusual setting or antagonist for example.

You may be tempted to make your logline about the script’s theme instead but I recommend against this. Producers are interested in the practical matters of who, what, where, when and why. They are less interested in your philosophy on the nature of life or the specific demon that drives your hero’s quest.

In my opinion, the easiest way to write a good logline is in the form of:

[Film Title] is a [genre] IN WHICH a [protagonist] struggles to [challenge to overcome].
Problematic loglines often use passive language and the word about, which can find you expressing your intentions instead of the action. Something you want to avoid at any cost is a logline that focuses on how you intend the viewer to feel instead of what they’re going to see.

For example (don’t do):

“The Last Thing She Did” is a transcendent human comedy about the way we connect through laughter and memories.
Nice, but it doesn’t tell us a single thing about the script. We don’t know who the characters are, what it’s about, where it’s set, and we’re vague on the genre. When you use a logline, remember you are pitching your story to practical people who want to know if they can make your script into a film that they can sell. Save your beautiful writing for your dialogue, and your writer’s commentary

– Matthew Toffolo