Plays and Playwrights 2007

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Published by The New York Theatre Experience, Inc.
Edited and with an introduction by Martin Denton
Foreword by John Clancy
ISBN 978-0-9670234-9-6
ISSN 1546-1319


Included in this anthology:

LENZ by bluemouth inc.
A unique theatre happening in a mind-blowing interactive/experiential format. BLUEMOUTH INC., founded in Montreal, Canada, creates original and exciting site-specific interdisciplinary performances that engage both audience and artists into new forms of play.

OFFICE SONATA by Andy Chmelko
A satirical comedy about corporate life in the high-powered, high-tech era. ANDY CHMELKO is an actor and playwright with a B.A. in theatre from Oswego State University.

KISS AND CRY by Tom Rowan
America’s sweethearts, a rising movie star and a figure skater on his way to the Olympics, turn out to be gay. (Nominated for an ’07 GLAAD award.) TOM ROWAN holds a B.A. from Trinity University and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington School of Drama.

THEY’RE JUST LIKE US by Boo Killebrew
This unconventional one-act comedy looks at the American Dream of celebrity with intelligence, wit, and tenderness. BOO KILLIBREW is an actor, playwright, and choreographer and is a co-founder of CollaborationTown Theatre Company.

CONVERGENCE by Bryn Manion
A meditation on memory, perspective, and the shared collisions and coincidences that can alter lives forever. BRYN MANION is a writer and director and co-artistic director of Aisling Arts.

RED TIDE BLOOMING by Taylor Mac
A musical celebration of freakhood gleefully subverting every rule of musical comedy. TAYLOR MAC is the winner of the first Ethyl Eichelberger Award, working both as writer and performer.

THE ADVENTURES OF NERVOUS-BOY by James Comtois
A contemporary play about the scary commonplaces of life in urban America in the new millennium. JAMES COMTOIS holds a B.A. from Boston University and is also the co-founder and resident playwright for Nosedive Productions.

ANOTHER BRIEF ENCOUNTER by Stan Richardson
An homage to Noel Coward’s stiff-upper-lip romance as well as a riff on gay relationships and social politics. STAN RICHARDSON is a playwright, actor, and director holding a degree from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.

CORPS VALUES by Brendon Bates
A father and son go head-to-head when the latter returns home from serving in Iraq and announces he is going AWOL. BRENDON BATES is an actor, playwright, and producer and holds a B.A. from Alleghany College and a M.A. from Antioch University.

DIVING NORMAL by Ashlin Halfnight
An unlikely trio of urbanites balance love, friendship and sexual compulsion. ASHLIN HALFNIGHT is a playwright originally from England and Canada who spent two years as a professional hockey player before embarking on a career in the theatre.

‘NAMI by Chad Beckim
Two inner-city couples become enmeshed in the kidnapping of a little girl, a survivor of the Indian Ocean tsunami. CHAD BECKIM holds a B.F.A. in theatre from Utica College of Syracuse University and is an actor, playwright, and artistic director of Partial Comfort Productions.

APPENDIX: New American Plays in New York
A directory of about 700 new American plays produced in New York City which will provide a detailed view of the vitality and diversity of American dramatic literature. An invaluable resource to all those interested in current drama; indispensable to academics, producing organizations, theatre goers, and historians.