Bismarck State College Theatre, in collaboration with the Humanities North Dakota, as part of the HumanitiesND year-long “GameChanger Ideas Festival” is pleased to announce a call for brand new ten-minute plays exploring the question: What happened to the American dream?
Theatre has had a long history of examining the American dream: whether through Arthur Miller’s cutting critique in Death of a Salesman, August Wilson’s poetic and revelatory Pittsburgh Cycle, the modernist anxiety of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Suzan-Lori Park’s “Rep and Rev” of The America Play, or Lin-Manuel Miranda’s re-envisioning of the Founding Fathers as played by actors of color in Hamilton, the theatre has always been a forum for exploring the possibilities, anxieties, limitations, and opportunities afforded to people pursuing the American dream.
RAZE THE SPACE In association with the Literature & Fiction Department of the Los Angeles Public Library 2.00 - 3.30 pm Saturday, August 11, 2018, @ the Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W 5th St, CA 90071
This year’s theme, EXIT STRATEGIES, must be reflected in all work submitted. What does EXIT STRATEGIES mean to you? And how can you use this year’s theme as a springboard into your own creative process?
Theatre Three 22nd Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
• Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted.
• Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
• No adaptations or children’s plays.
• Cast size maximum: 10
• Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
• Settings should be simple or suggested.
• Playwrights may make multiple submissions.
(These need not be made under separate cover.)
• Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
*** FOR MORE INFORMATION about these and other opportunities see http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***
*** SPRING ON STAGE ***
A rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by
Steven Sater. It is based on the controversial German play Spring
Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind which was banned in Germany for
some time due to its frank portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape,
child abuse and suicide. Set in late-19th century Germany, the musical
tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of
sexuality. In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the
folk-infused rock score.
THE DAY BEFORE SPRING
A musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by
The plot concerns a married woman who, at a college reunion, meets the
man with whom she almost eloped ten years before. Romantically stirred
by a novel he has written about her, she considers leaving her husband
and reuniting with her former flame.
Written by Matthew Barbert. Four unhappy English women rent a villa in Tuscany for a month, discovering unexpected passions and renewing their appreciation of life.
VERY WARM FOR MAY
Very Warm for May is a musical composed by Jerome Kern, with a
libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II. It was the team's final score for
Broadway, following their hits Show Boat, Sweet Adeline, and Music in
the Air. It marked a return to Broadway for Kern, who had spent
several years in Hollywood writing music for movies, including Swing
Time for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
May Wine is a musical with a book by Frank Mandell, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, II, and music by Sigmund Romberg. The show was adapted from the novel The Happy Alienist by Eric von Stroheim and Wallace Smith. The story concerns the rich and absent-minded psychology professor, Johann Volk, who falls in love with Marie (Baroness von Schlewitz). The malevolent Baron Kuno Adelhorst, who also loves Marie, tries to get the professor's money by having Marie marry him, but after they are married she comes to love the professor and doesn’t want to blackmail him. However, the Professor thinks he’s been deceived and tries to shoot Marie. Fortunately, he does not hurt her and all ends well. The subplot involves an artist's model, Friedl, who wants a man's attention and gets it from the Baron.
At the center of June Moon is Fred Stevens, a young aspiring lyricist who journeys from Schenectady to New York City, where he hopes to make a name for himself in the world of song publishing and night clubs. On the train he meets dental assistant Edna Baker, and the two embark upon a friendship that evolves into love for her and fondness for him. While struggling to become a Tin Pan Alley notable, Fred takes a shine to his composer partner Paul's glamorous, gold-digging sister-in-law Eileen. The two men sell a song to a music publisher and it develops into a hit. Ultimately, revelations about Eileen's true character help return Fred to his senses and Edna, whom he realizes he truly loves.
June Bride is a 1948 American comedy film directed by Bretaigne Windust. Ranald MacDougall's screenplay, based on the unproduced play Feature for June by Eileen Tighe and Graeme Lorimer, was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Comedy. The film starred Bette Davis and Robert Montgomery. The Warner Bros. release marked the screen debut of Debbie Reynolds, although her appearance was uncredited.
Foreign correspondent Carey Jackson (Robert Montgomery) returns to New York City when his newspaper's Vienna office is closed and is offered a job on a women's magazine called Home Life. He accepts the position only because it will put him in daily contact with editor Linda Gilman (Bette Davis), whom he once loved. Linda is averse to the idea because of his leaving her three years earlier, but agrees to hire him if he will keep their relationship on a strictly professional level.
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