New Playwrights Series

SELECTIONS 2019 SEASON

2019 Villagers New Playwrights Series Staged Readings will be held one MONDAY each month for of the months of March – June Below is this year’s selected plays.  

 

Anyone interested in directing or performing please see breakdowns below list and send email to NewPlaywrightSeries@gmail.com.  Actors please send headshot, resume and desired role. (although ages of characters are listed, all age groups considered for all parts)

 

 

Please join us Monday, June 17 at 8pm for the staged reading of:

A Creature Unparalleled
Written By Carole Thompson
Directed by LLuana Jones

Free admission. THIS IS THE LAST STAGED READING OF THE SEASON.

SYNOPSIS
A teacher at an exclusive Manhattan prep school at the start of the year 2000 is preparing for a Dr. Martin Luther King Day assembly. She casts a white child to play Martin Luther King and a black child to play John F. Kennedy. All hell breaks loose.

CAST
Ethan Anidjar
Michael Banker
Theresa Copeland
Elijah Dore’
Jeffrey Dunston
Linda Enyia
Morgan Hope
Kim King
Tara Maldonado
Kayann Richards
Asher Roche’
David Williams

Villagers Theatre
475 DeMott Lane  Somerset, NJ 08873

 

Selected: 

THE PATIENT by Ryan Kaminski 

ECHOES: FALL OF ’38  by Jane Prendergast 

CROOKS AND CUPCAKES  by Richard Fowler 

A CREATURE UNPARALLELED  by Carole Thompson

 

Monday, March 18

The Patient 

By Ryan Kaminski

 

Synopsis 

Upon discovering his new patient has a violent past, a psychiatrist in the middle of a bitter and humiliating divorce realizes he’s found the perfect solution to his ongoing marital problems.

Character Breakdown

DR. FRANK IRVING: Psychiatrist, bitter and sarcastic, filled with self-pity, mid 40s.

 

JOHN DANES: Former convict, appears to be easily manipulated, when he himself is the manipulator, early 30s.

 

AMY WILLIAMS:  Housekeeper, carefree and artistic, bubbly, late 20s.

 

DET. KATE EISLEY Detective, stern and serious, devoted to her career, late 30s.

 

NICOLE IRVING:  Frank’s soon to be ex-wife, self-assured, mid 30s.

 

Monday, April 29

Echoes: Fall of ’38

By Jane Prendergast

 

Synopsis 

A Brooklyn family of ardent Marxist persuasion whose only son was crippled fighting in Spain against Franco must question their loyalty to the Party in light of European events of 1938

 

Character Breakdown

ROBERT: age 55, high school teacher and passionate Communist party secretary 

JUDITH: housewife, age 53, caretaker for her crippled son, falling away from Party.

MICHAEL: age 22. confined to a wheelchair 

HANNAH GREENBLATT: age 19, a refugee from Germany. 

 

Monday, May 20

Crooks and Cupcakes

By Richard Fowler

 

Synopsis

Sometimes only you can be the one to give someone a second chance

 

Character Breakdown

CONNIE MCCRAKEN: 70s; widow; loveable; optimistic; resilient; daffy yet wise; more observant and intuitive than given credit for; generous; family-oriented and patriotic; Comparable to Spring Byington, Betty White, Shirley Booth, Estelle Parsons

 

ALEXANDER: 40s; a mysterious, somehow familiar crook; remorseful; regretful; industrious;  Comparable to Bradley Cooper, Mark Ruffalo

 

ARTHUR: 40s; Alexander’s friend/partner in crime; simple-minded; endearing; talkative; childish; Comparable to Mickey Rooney, Donald O’Connor

 

JASON: late 20s – early 30s; Connie’s devoted grandson; serious; ambitious; determined; Comparable to Jason Patric

 

MARGE: 60s; Connie’s friend; attentive; friendly; concerned; comparable to Jane Wyatt  

 

POLICE OFFICER: 40s; observant; direct; comparable to Joel McCrea

 

Monday, June 17

A Creature Unparalleled

By Carole Thompson

 

Synopsis

A teacher at an exclusive Manhattan prep school at the start of the year 2000 is preparing for a Martin Luther King Day assembly. She casts a white child to play Martin Luther King and a black child to play John F.  Kennedy. All hell breaks loose

 

Character Breakdown

LIANNE POINTER: 36, artistic director of the exclusive Hollis Holbrooke School, black

 

ROBERT VELOSIN: 39, head of the school’s diversity program, white

 

DARNICE COLEMAN: 28, music teacher, black

 

BEVERLEIGH PEMBERTON NEALE: 73, headmaster, white

 

VIOLA CHARLES: 33, headmaster’s secretary, black

 

KITTY VAN PELT: 63, president, board of trustees, white

 

RICHARD SELBY: 56, board member, black

 

MATTHEW (“Umberto”) PILGRIM: 14, a student from Harlem, black

 

JENNY PILGRIM: 12, his sister, also a student from Harlem, black

 

TYREECE MALIK LITTLE: 15, another student from Harlem, black

 

CHRISTOPHER (“Chip”) BURTON: 15, prep school student, white

 

EMILY CRABBE: 13, prep school student, white