Ruling Passion,by G.L. Horton, will be directed by Abi Oshins, as part of the Student Directing Festival at Newton South High School, Newton, MA, April 28, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. The festival will also include, The Land of Cockaigne by David Ives, directed by Ellie Crowley.
About Ruling Passion, Geralyn Horton writes: "It's an OLD play, dating back to 1974, when I was in grad school at Goddard/Cambridge working on the Women Studies M.A. I was awarded in 1976. Some of the characters are based on women- students and teachers- I met in that program. But the script was inspired by Arthur Kopet's One Act with a similar length and cast, "Chamber Music". It aspired to be the second half of a Kopet/Horton double bill. (Hasn't happened. Yet.) The first draft of Ruling Passions was read at Playwrights' Platform, the Boston writers' co-op then in the first decade of what in 2003 will be a 40 year run: probably some kind of record for longevity. The original Boston production featured as Cleopatra the then-wife of Frank Shefton, an excellent actor/playwright/singer still active locally with Up You Mighty Race and Our House theatres in Roxbury/Dorchester, and last time I checked still DJ of the blues show on MIT radio. Ruling Passion was in a number of women's theatre festivals -- that was back when there WERE women's theatres!-- and was recorded for the blind in the mid 1980s. Since I put the script on my web site in the mid 1990s it has had a few productions every year -- including England, Ireland,and Australia-- but never one close enough to home that I could see it. So this is a play I have not seen performed in 25 years."
CAST of Ruling Passion:
Eleanor: Stephanie Foster Price: Alex Levy Mary: Jess Dagg Cleo: Hannah Dober Joan: Sydney Morin
The Poker God was inspired by a family member. One thing that surprises me about the monologue is that several actors have asked me if they could use it for an audition piece. The play is built upon my strong belief that gambling is an addiction; however, one thing I have learned from this monologue is that just because I believe something to be true doesn’t make it so and vice versa. My three wishes for this play are: 1) For it to have a companion piece written from the POV of the woman mentioned in the piece; 2) For it to be a YouTube phenomenon and 3) That it stimulates a dialogue about gambling and addiction.
Lida McGirr began her acting career as a 7- year-old singing and dancing leprechaun at Nathan's on Coney Island. She spent her early twenties as one of three start-up members of the Little Theater on 26th Street before moving to Boston. Since then, she's won an EMACT DASH Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, appeared as Dean Kenny in the Elliot Norton Award-winning Spinning Into Butter, received rave reviews for her portrayal of Shirley Valentine at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham and most recently as Mrs. Banks in Barefoot In the Park at the Zero Point Theater in Watertown. She has directed a short opera protesting the cancellation of Saturday's at the Met, productions for libraries and private functions, as well as many local community theater productions including TCAN's award-winning A Piece of My Heart nominated for four EMACT DASH Awards. Her short plays have been performed in festivals, retirement centers, a romance novelist convention, a bakery, and board meetings throughout New England.
Your Gullibility & Your Free Sample (Selected ENVIA! Episodes), by Kelly DuMar
Our Voices Festival V
March 26, 2011
Fine Arts Center, Black Box, Regis College
The character of ENVIA!, and her entire show, Gifts for the Goddess of Illusion, from which these two monologues are drawn, was inspired by a voice in my head, answering my spontaneous question - what if there was an actor - a character - who was regularly cast in people's dreams. . . which became the first ENVIA! Episode: Your Dream of Me.
One thing that suprises me about ENVIA! is how clearly I hear her voice speaking to me - as if her thougts are fully formed, waiting for me to translate them to the page.
ENVIA! is a play which is built upon my strong belief (or faith) in the power of getting a DO-OVER!
If my play could change something, it would encourage people to be more confident in expressing their dreams and vulnerabilties.
One thing I've learned from writing this play is how much I enjoy working one-on-one with a single actor, as the director and playwright.
A block or resistance I have had to overcome in creating this play is my fear that one actor would be unable to memorize the entire script. Aimee Rose Ranger is currently working really hard to overcome my concern!
A wish I have for this script is to have it produced with audience-involved post-performance creative explorations using elements of psychodrama and playback theatre. I would also be interested in seeing it produced with many different actors playing ENVIA! in the 19 episodes.
Aimee Rose Ranger as ENVIA!
Directed by Kelly DuMar
Kelly DuMar is a Boston area playwright and member of the Dramatists Guildwhose plays have been produced around the US & Toronto & published by Heuer, Brooklyn, & Smith & Kraus. Kelly’s full-length play,Weekend at the Dreaming Cloud, winner of the Susan McIntyre Play Festival, had a workshop production with Yellow Taxi in Nashua, NH, and was selected for New Plays at the Nora, Central Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA. The Adventures of Rocky & Skye is published by Youth Plays. Most recently: her one-act romantic comedy, Amber & Air, will have a staged reading on April 7, 2011 as part of the Double XX Fest, Stone Soup Theatre, Seattle, and her one-woman show, Gifts for the Goddess of Illusion, will be performed at the ASGPP Annual Conferencein Clearwater, Florida, April 2011. Kelly is founder and co-producer of the Our Voices Festival of Boston area Women’s Plays, now in its sixth year. She is a certified psychodramatist, a Fellow in the ASGPP, a member of the Small Theatre Alliance of Boston and a Playback Theatre Artist.
This play was inspired by my personal journey and coming to terms with choices that I’ve made.
One thing that surprised me about this play is that I started writing it as a one-woman piece. I lost interest and put it down for several months. Then I started having dreams. Incorporating those dreams and characters from them into the play entirely reshaped the structure of the piece and made it a joy to write.
This play is built upon my belief that humor can help us put our lives into perspective.
If my play could change something it would help brides to stop stressing about their weddings and focus on the marriage they are about to enter.
One major resistance I had to overcome was my fear that a self-scripted piece wouldn’t be of interest to the general public.
My three wishes for this play are:
That the play is funny.
That the play strikes a cord with the audience.
That the dreams are woven into the text in a way that furthers the action.
Staged Reading Cast
Directed by: Wendy Lement
Susan Lombardi Verticelli - SHELLY
Shelly Bolman - DAN
Daniel Bolton - MICHAEL
Derek Nelson - RICHARD
Wendy Lement is co-founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Espresso, a theatre-in-education company that tours to schools, museums, and courthouses with interactive historical dramas that explore issues of human rights, social justice, and constitutional law. She is also a Professor and Chair of the Theatre Program at Regis College in Weston, MA, where she has directed over thirty productions, including: Dancing at Lughnasa, Importance of Being Earnest, The Good Woman of Setzuan and Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), and Steel Magnolias, which won a Moss Hart Award. Her production of The House of Bernarda Alba won the 2000 New England Region’s American College Theatre Festival, sponsored by the Kennedy Center. She is co-author of And Justice for Some: Exploring American Justice through Drama and Theatre, published by Heinemann Press (2005). Wendy’s children’s book, Keri Tarr: Cat Detective, was published by Breakaway Books (2004). She has written numerous plays including, Woman with the Red Kerchief (selected for the 2010 New England Russian Theatre Festival), Salem’s Daughters, King George III vs. Ruth Blay, Remember Last Night, Dolphins: The Myth of Persephone, The Legend of the Christmas Rose, and Keri Tarr: Cat Detective (based on her children's book), which won the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s 2002 Unpublished Playreading Project. Wendy holds a Ph.D. in Educational Theatre from New York University.