As we continue staying home and staying safe, we are happy to be able to bring you another installment in the #MakeArtVirtual series. This week we are bringing you something different! We have five short plays for your viewing pleasure:
“Soulmate Inc.” by Neil McGowan– “In the ultimate last resort in the search for love, a man pays for the services of a company that guarantees they’ll find your perfect match. And he gets what he pays for, more or less.”
Jean: Madeline Vallazza
Wilson: Kyle Sanborn
“The Beaumont Technique” by Rom Watson — “An aging character actor who is very full of himself decides to teach his first acting class.”
Bitsy: Jean Ciampi
Sebastian: John Tanner
Duane: Kyle Sanborn
“Inside & Out” by William Triplett — “A divorced English couple now trying marriage to each other a second time are living in a cozy French cottage with their brand new baby. But the father’s suspicions about the child’s true lineage lead to a dubious experiment that may require an ambulance and the police.”
Chase: Kyle Sanborn
Prudence: Madeline Vallazza
“Violating Uncle Piggy” by Judd Lear Silverman — “An investigation of a “domestic crime”—the breaking open of a piggy bank, by Mom & Dad to pay a pizza delivery man–sends our young Investigator into a comedic look at trust and how what Mom & Dad say versus what they do defines a relationship and a view of the world.”
Mummy: Madeline Vallazza
Daddy: Kyle Sanborn
Investigator: MJ Wisniewski
“Between Dollywood and Disney” by Robin Rice– “An elderly man has entirely lost his short-term memory and his wife knows it. She hasn’t, however, told him that she has virtually no long-term memory left. She even forgot the day they met. She collects salt and pepper shakers from places they visit as memory aids. There are a lot of salt and pepper shakers! They are crowding out everything else and annoying the heck out of him. Her secret is revealed and they band together to keep their marriage strong. He comes up with a new memory aid for both of them.”
Susie: Jean Ciampi
Stan: John Tanner
Tech: Jacob Kaufman
Narrator: William Triplett
About the Playwrights:
“Soulmate Inc.” by Neil McGowan Neil McGowan is a writer and actor based out of Los Angeles, CA. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University in Theatre and is a member of the Pacific Resident Theatre Writers Group in Venice, CA. His short films, “Like Old Times” and “Trip and Sloan,” both of which he wrote and stars in, have appeared in film festivals across the country, including the Austin Film Festival. His screenplay, “Numbered,” won the Slamdance Screenplay Contest and was a finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Contest and the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Contest. His play “Tracks in the Snow” won the 2008 Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award and was produced at Northern Michigan University. His play “Lone-Anon,” produced at award-winning Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles, was named one of the Top Ten plays of 2013 by L.A. Weekly Magazine and was adapted to a screenplay called “Loners” which was released in 2019 (available for streaming on Amazon Prime). His play My Girlfriend is an Alien! by Keith DeFacto had its world premiere at Pacific Resident Theatre in 2016 and was published by Stage Rights. In 2018, his play Disposable Necessities was named as a finalist in the Austin Film Festival Playwriting Contest and was produced at Rogue Machine Theatre in January of 2020.
“The Beaumont Technique” by Rom Watson Rom Watson is the author of an impressive list of full-length plays including “Image and Likeness,” a drama about religion that is also a murder mystery, which won the 2010 ALAP/West Hollywood gay play reading festival. He has also written two sequels and a prequel to “Image and Likeness” as 10-minute plays. Twelve of his 29 short plays have been produced. Rom wrote the libretto and lyrics for “Chamber Music for Bonsai Trees,” based on a short novel in the public domain. He studied playwrighting with Bill Chang, and lyric writing with the late Marshall Barer. He is a member of Fierce Backbone, Offending Shadows Theatre Company, and L.A.’s Neo Ensemble Theatre. He is a member of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and has been a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. since 1996.
“Inside & Out” by William Triplett William Triplett’s plays have been read, developed, and/or produced by Nylon Fusion Theatre (New York City); Spooky Action Theater (Washington, D.C.); Midwest Dramatists Conference (Kansas City, MO); Bay City Players (Bay City, MI); Panndora Productions (Long Beach, CA); Baltimore Playwrights Festival; Source Theatre (Washington, D.C.); and the Arts Institute of Washington. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the (DC) Playwrights Collaborative.
“Violating Uncle Piggy” by Judd Lear Silverman Judd Lear Silverman is a Brooklyn-based playwright/director/teacher whose work has been seen across the country and in the Vancouver, London, and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. A grant recipient from the Berrilla Kerr Foundation, he is published by ArtAge, Samuel French, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Focus Publications), Stage It! (Centers for the Arts, Bonita Springs) and by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books in BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS 2011-2012 and 2014-2015. A member of the Dramatists Guild as well as Charles Maryan’s Playwrights/Directors Workshop, he teaches Playwriting and English at Pace University in NYC.
“Between Dollywood and Disney” by Robin Rice Published, award-winning New York playwright. Robin Rice’s works have been produced from Off-Broadway to Mongolia, South Africa to South Korea, London to Seattle. She is a member of Manhattan Oracles, 29th Street Playwrights Collective, Honor Roll!, The Playwrights Circle, League of Professional Theatre Women, International Centre for Women Playwrights, Articulate Theatre Company alum., and is a Dramatist Guild lifetime member. She refuses to get a PhD.
As always, these events are free to all, but donations are appreciated and can be made at www.baycityplayers.org/donate