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Showing posts with label play of the month. Show all posts
Showing posts with label play of the month. Show all posts

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month: US by David Copper



David Copper on US:
US is a monologue that celebrates the sticky, complicated nature of relationships and recognizes that unions between humans are not possible without such stickiness. It also acknowledges the odd tendency we have to wax nostalgic about aspects of past relationships that were not so pleasant at the time. I suppose you could say it is autobiographical. But I imagine we've all been there.
For more information about the author and the actor see the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month Page.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

NYCPlaywrights January 2014 Play of the Month: THE PORTRAIT COMMISSION by Marlene Fanta Shyer



Marlene Fanta Shyer on her monologue:
To tell the truth this piece is absolutely fictional, except for the '"bad" portrait I once commissioned from a Boston artist, someone who had done me a big favor. Instead of a picture of me, I requested a portrait of Elvis Presley that turned out to look like a quirky Mohammed Ali. 
Mustafa is the name of the nice African boy who delivers groceries from Food Emporium, and it was my father who played accordion--and you know what everyone thinks of accordion music!

For more information about the author and the actor see the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month Page.

The second monologue selected, US by David Copper, will be posted soon.

Monday, January 20, 2014

NYCPlaywrights January 2014 Play of the Month: Marlene Fanta Shyer & David Copper

Alice Anne English
NYCPlaywrights reviewed the monologues submitted for the January 2014 Play of the Month, which was a challenge on the theme "I want something from you." 

Out of 72 monologues submitted the review team selected two monologues - "The Portrait Commission" by Marlene Fanta Shyer and "Us" by David Copper.

Thanks to everybody who submitted work, and thanks to the review team for their excellent performances of and feedback on the monologues: Alice Anne English, Bruce Barton, Doug Rossi, Renee Cole and Linda Sanders.

The monologues will be video-recorded and posted to the NYCPlaywrights web in January/February.
Doug Rossi







Renee Cole


Bruce Barton

Saturday, January 4, 2014

NYCPLAYWRIGHTS JANUARY 2014 PLAY OF THE MONTH - Submissions closed

The deadline for the NYCPlaywrights January 2014 Play of the Month was Sunday December 29. We received 70+ monologues - thanks to everybody who sent one. The monologues are currently being reviewed and the selected monologue will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

NYCPlaywrights January 2014 Play of the Month

NYCPlaywrights is seeking one-page monologues for its January 2014 Play of the Month.

The theme: I want something from you.

The speaker and the addressee of the monologue can be any age, gender, ethnicity, etc. and the something that is wanted can be anything, but the monologue must express the theme of "I want something from you."
NOTE: The theme is I want something from YOU.  The theme is not "she wants something from me" or "he wants something from them" etc. The monologue must be addressed TO the entity from whom the monologue speaker wants something.
Monologues that don't meet the theme will be discarded.

The deadline is Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.

We will select one monologue and video-record it, and the video will be posted (with author permission) to the NYCPlaywrights web site.

THE RULES - YOU MUST READ THEM BEFORE SUBMITTING A MONOLOGUE

  • Send only one monologue per author to info@nycplaywrights.org
  • The monologue can be no longer than 1 page. Yes, it's a challenge. Choose your words carefully. Edit and re-edit.
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • The script submission should be sent by email, with the monologue itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or pdf. Most preferable is .pdf (Portable Document Format) because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • Monologues can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.) 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • The author of the selected monologue will be awarded $20. 
  • The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no monologues from those submitted. 
  • A monologue that has had a production is acceptable, although we prefer a new monologue written for this project. 
  • A monologue that has been published is not acceptable.
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The selected monologue will be video-recorded and posted during January - February 2014.
  • The video recording of the monologue will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The playwright will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made public.
Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org

For more information about the Play of the Month project check out this page:

http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/play-of-month.html 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

NYCPlaywrights October 2013 Play of the Month: YOU PUT A SPELL ON ME by Gabrielle Sinclair


Gabrielle Sinclair on her monologue:
This little monologue lives in that crazy place where uncontrollable feelings meet unbearable misunderstanding.
For more information about the author and the actor see the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month page.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

NYCPlaywrights October 2013 Play of the Month: YOU PUT A SPELL ON ME by Gabrielle Sinclair


Doug Rossi
 NYCPlaywrights reviewed the monologues submitted for the October 2013 Play of the Month, which was a monologue challenge on the theme YOU PUT A SPELL ON ME. Out of 60 monologues submitted the review team selected the monologue by Gabrielle Sinclair. Congratulations Gabrielle.

Valerie David
Thanks to everybody who submitted work, and thanks to the review team for their excellent performances and feedback of the monologues: Starra Andrews, Bruce Barton, Renee Cole, Valerie David, Alice Anne English and Doug Rossi.

The monologue will be video-recorded and posted to the NYCPlaywrights web site soon.



Renee Cole

Bruce Barton
Alice Anne English

Starra Andrews


Sunday, September 15, 2013

DEADLINE HAS PASSED: NYCPlaywrights October 2013 Play of the Month - Monologue: You put a spell on me

The deadline for monologues for NYCPlaywrights' October 2013 Play of the Month has passed.

The monologues will be reviewed next Sunday, September 22 and the winner will be announced shortly after. Thanks to everybody who submitted work.


Monday, September 2, 2013

NYCPlaywrights October 2013 Play of the Month - Monologue: You put a spell on me

NYCPlaywrights is seeking one-page monologues for its October 2013 Play of the Month.

The theme: You put a spell on me.

The speaker of the monologue can be any age, gender, ethnicity, etc. but must address the theme of "you put a spell on me."

This can be approached in a variety of ways  - it could be in the romantic sense of "I'm so in love with you that you must have put a spell on me" or in the literal sense of "you used magical powers on me" - and this could be true in the world of the monologue, or the speaker could be delusional. Your choice, as long as it addresses the theme in a discernible way.

NOTE: the theme is YOU put a spell on ME.  The theme is not "somebody put a spell on me" or "you put a spell on somebody." The monologue must be addressed TO the entity who put a spell on the speaker.

Monologues that don't meet the theme will be discounted.

The deadline is Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT.

We will select one monologue and video-record it, and the video will be posted (with author permission) to the NYCPlaywrights web site.

THE RULES - YOU MUST READ THEM BEFORE SUBMITTING A MONOLOGUE
  • Send only one one-page monologue per author to info@nycplaywrights.org. 
  • The monologue can be no longer than 1 page. Yes, it's a challenge. Choose your words carefully. Edit and re-edit.
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • The script submission should be sent by email, with the monologue itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or pdf. Most preferable is .pdf (Portable Document Format) because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • Monologues can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.) 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • The author of the selected monologue will be awarded $20. 
  • The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no monologues from those submitted. 
  • A monologue that has had a production is acceptable, although we prefer a new monologue written for this project. 
  • A monologue that has been published is not acceptable.
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The selected monologue will be video-recorded and posted during October 2013.
  • The video recording of the monologue will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The playwright will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made public.
Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org

For more information about the Play of the Month project check out this page:
http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/play-of-month.html 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month: RACHEL by Jennifer Calhoun



RACHEL by Jennifer Calhoun is the fourth monologues selected for the NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month to be recorded.

We asked Jennifer about the inspiration for her monologue and she replied:
I dunno what to say without incriminating myself! 
For more information about the author and the actor see the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month page.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month: RUB ME THE WRONG WAY by L. Zephyr

Viewer advisory: this video contains obscene language.



RUB ME THE WRONG WAY by L. Zephyr is the third of four monologues selected for the NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month to be recorded.

L. Zephyr on the inspiration for this monologue:


My inspiration for this piece was simple. In a past life, I dated a therapist. One of us played a racquet sport. One of us cheated. No one died.
For more information about the author and the actor see the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month page.

The final monologue to be recorded and posted is 
RACHEL by Jenn Calhoun, coming soon.

Friday, July 26, 2013

NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month: SABOTAGE by Brian Cox

Viewer advisory: this video contains obscene language.



SABOTAGE by Brian Cox is the second of four monologues selected for the NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month to be recorded.

Brian on the inspiration for this monologue:
Detroit has a long history of racial tension with the surrounding suburbs. The idea of a guy employing stereotypes held by some white suburbanites as a way to sabotage his partner’s plans to move out of the city struck me as a fine satirical setup for highlighting the absurdities.

For more information about the author and the actor see the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month page.

The other two monologues that were selected and will be recorded and posted soon are:
  • RACHEL by Jenn Calhoun
  • RUB ME by Lesli Zephyr


Thursday, July 18, 2013

NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month: SIOBHAN by Terry Boyle

Viewer advisory: this video contains obscene language.


SIOBHAN by Terry Boyle is the first of four monologues selected for the NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month to be recorded.

Terry says about the monologue:

The era of the mobile phone has moved eavesdropping to a new level.  On the train, the bus, in the park we get little insights into people's lives as they pass with phone in hand.  A simple conversation can reveal so much, and you never know who might be listening in.  

For more information about the author and the actor see the NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month page.

The other three monologues that were selected and will be recorded soon are:
  • RACHEL by Jenn Calhoun
  • RUB ME by Lesli Zephyr
  • SABOTAGE by Brian Cox

Thursday, June 6, 2013

NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month monologue selections

The following monologues have been selected for the June 2013 Play of the Month:

RACHEL by Jenn Calhoun
RUB ME by Lesli Zephyr
SABOTAGE by Brian Cox
SIOBHAN by Terry Boyle

But it was a tough call because there were many good monologues submitted. Thanks to all who sent in work.

The selected monologues will be video-recorded throughout the summer and posted on the NYCPlaywrights web site.

Play of the Month script review

Kitty Hendrix and Starra Andrews
Thanks to David Lamberton, Starra Andrews, Alice Anne English, and Doug Rossi for participating in the NYCPlaywrights monologue reading & review of the submissions to the NYCPlaywrights June Play of the Month challenge. And special thanks to Kitty Hendrix, who participated and also hosted in her lovely Theater District apartment.

These photos show the actors debating the merits of the semi-finalists. There were many very good pieces and it was a tough call.

Thanks to everybody who participated in this monologue challenge. The winning monologues will be announced soon.

Alice Anne English and Doug Rossi

Starra Andrews and David Lamberton

Sunday, June 2, 2013

NYCPlaywrights April 2013 Play of the Month part 5: SPRING CLEANING by Penny Jackson



Penny Jackson on the play:  
My play was inspired by spending time with people from Bosnia who live in New York City who are still consumed by the memories of the war in their country. I tried to understand how, after all this time, they were still so pained and angered by the politics of a country they had left. "You're in America now," I remember telling one Bosnian man, who shook his head and said, "I'm always in Sarejevo." 
More about the author and the cast here.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

NYCPlaywrights June Play of the Month


Submissions are now closed for the NYCPlaywrights June 2013 Play of the Month.

The scripts will have readings/reviews by a group of NYCPlaywrights actors/writers on Wednesday, June 5 and the selected scripts will be announced shortly after.

We are looking for monologues - and we have specific monologues in mind. Your challenge is to send us a monologue (only one) that matches any one of these 4 monologue descriptions.

  1. Monologue #1 - for a female actor under 35. She's been mutually flirting with someone at work but just found out the person is  involved in a long-term relationship with someone else. 
  2. Monologue #2 - for a male actor under 35. He thinks his partner might be having an affair with a massage therapist. 
  3. Monologue #3 - for a female actor over 35. She's a college professor and tried marijuana for the first time. 
  4. Monologue #4 - for a male actor over 35. His partner wants to move to the suburbs but he likes the city. 

Except for the age, gender and basic premise, you can do anything you want with the character and their story - they can be LGBT or straight, any ethnicity, the story can be in any mood (comedic, tragic etc.)

The deadline is Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT.

We will select up to four monologues and video-record them, and the videos will be posted (with author permission) to the NYCPlaywrights web site.

THE RULES - YOU MUST READ THEM BEFORE SUBMITTING A MONOLOGUE

  • Send only one one-page monologue per author to info@nycplaywrights.org. The monologue can be no longer than 1 page. Yes, it's a challenge. Choose your words carefully. Edit and re-edit.
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • The script submission should be sent by email, with the monologue itself as a file attached to the email. File format should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or pdf. Most preferable is .pdf (Portable Document Format) because it will retain your original script formatting. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • Monologues can be submitted by anybody, anywhere in the world, but must be primarily in English (a few non-English phrases are acceptable, but the phrases must include English translations in production notes or stage directions.) 
  • There is no fee for submission. 
  • There is no monetary compensation. 
  • The NYCPlaywrights selection decision is final and NYCPlaywrights reserves the right to select no monologues from those submitted. 
  • A monologue that has had a production is acceptable, although we prefer a new monologue written for this project. 
  • A monologue that has been published is not acceptable.
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • The selected monologues(s) will be video-recorded and posted during the summer of 2013.
  • Video recording(s) of the monologue(s) will be posted to the NYCPlaywrights YouTube account and from there embedded into the NYCPlaywrights blog. The playwright(s) will be asked to review the video recording and approve it before it is made public.
Any questions email info@nycplaywrights.org
For more information about the Play of the Month project check out this page:
http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/play-of-month.html 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

NYCPlaywrights April 2013 Play of the Month part 4: MOLES. EAT WORMS. by Steve Mielczarek


Steve Mielczarek on the play:  
INSPIRATION FOR THE PLAY 
Often, we are paralyzed by events, circumstances outside our control. So I took my cues from the mass exodus of the Jews from Egypt back in the old testament. Nothing comes from nothing. Everything comes from something.
More about the author and the cast here.

The final April 2013 Play of the Month selection, SPRING CLEANING by Penny Jackson will be posted soon.

Monday, May 13, 2013

NYCPlaywrights April 2013 part 3: MY NEW YORK SPARE ROOM by Kevin Jones



Kevin Jones on the play:
MY NEW YORK SPARE ROOM explores the life experience of art students, after they have settled down, had kids and moved to suburbia. It’s founded on the belief that creative people can always find a way to express themselves.
The New York trip described in the play is autobiographical. I still hope to return one day. 
More about the author and the cast here.

 The following plays were also selected for the April 2013 Play of the Month - video recordings will be posted soon:

  • MOLES. EAT WORMS. by Steve Mielczarek 
  • SPRING CLEANING by Penny Jackson

Sunday, May 5, 2013

NYCPlaywrights April 2013 Play of the Month video part 2: THE CLUTTERED MIND by Robert S. Robbins



Robert S. Robbins on the play:
My play is somewhat autobiographical since my small house is very cluttered. I had the idea that a hoarder's living space would make for an interesting set design since it is the exact opposite of the bare stage that is favored in theater.
More about the author and the cast here.

The following plays were also selected for the April 2013 Play of the Month - video recordings will be posted soon:
  • MOLES. EAT WORMS. by Steve Mielczarek
  • MY NEW YORK SPARE ROOM by Kevin Jones
  • SPRING CLEANING by Penny Jackson

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