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 Posted: Sat Mar 23rd, 2013 01:08 am
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Isabella Cawood
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Hi all,

I'm looking to produce a season of plays with the theme being "Suburban Mayhem". Does anyone have any reading suggestions??

Thanks!

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 Posted: Sat Mar 23rd, 2013 10:08 am
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Cool subject around which to organize a season. I have a few questions --

Are you looking for published works? New works? Comedy? Drama? Classics? Newer, but established plays? What size space, and what sort of community does it serve? What size casts? Is this a professional company or a community group?

DETROIT by Lisa D'Amour is a pretty great play. Start with that one if you haven't read it yet.

--kato

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Isabella (beautiful name),

You might enjoy checking out one of my plays, Tales From Darkest Suburbia.
http://www.edwardcrosbywells.net/tales-from-darkest-suburbia.php

"A black comedy constructed in seven interconnected tales that explore the typical quirks associated with American Suburbia—murder, adultery, blackmail, kidnapping, cutthroat art critics, dismemberment, devious financial advisers, cannibalism, back-stabbing divas, flesh eating perfume, Tallulah Bankhead and the nature of reality."

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Hi Kato,

Ideally looking for known established plays. Sounds vague but at this stage, given the potential audience probably 2 Comedies, 1 Drama.

We're a small coop/profit share company, just starting up. Our space for our first season is a small 60 venue - black box style, with potential for 1 set piece only ( not really much option to change at interval, unless it's a quick reshuffle/redress of furniture. Given the size of the stage, I'd be looking at 4 - 8 handers.

To add another complication, I have a shortage of young male actors! Ideal playing age would be 40 - 55. Obviously, auditions are possible BUT the actors that are interested are the above playing age.

Any advice/suggestions you have would be great! However, I love reading plays so happy to take on all! You never know what might happen.....

Thanks again,

Isabella

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Thanks Edd and Hi!

Look forward to reading!

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Isabella,

Like the idea a lot.

Curiosity makes me ask what part of the country - psychologically more than geographically - is this audience located?

Is it, in your estimation, liberal/tolerant/open or are they conservative/tentative/legs crossed?

Also, are you in the suburbs, city, rural, etc?

Can you tell us a little about your potential audience's tastes, proclivities, tolerances for possibly touchy subjects, etc, etc. This will spare you and us wasted time on your readings and our submitting.

Again, great idea.

There is a play called "Griller" by Eric Bogosian, that a dear friend and truly great actor friend of mine was in, that is set around a barbecue.

Here is a link to a review form The Goodman Theatre: http://centerstage.net/theatre/articles/griller.html

Anyway, the more info you can give us, the more we can help you.

Thanks for the post and coming our way,

best,

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Isabella,

Like the idea a lot.

Curiosity makes me ask what part of the country - psychologically more than geographically - is this audience located?

Is it, in your estimation, liberal/tolerant/open or are they conservative/tentative/legs crossed?

Also, are you in the suburbs, city, rural, etc?

Can you tell us a little about your potential audience's tastes, proclivities, tolerances for possibly touchy subjects, etc, etc. This will spare you and us wasted time on your readings and our submitting.

Again, great idea.

There is a play called "Griller" by Eric Bogosian, that a dear friend and truly great actor friend of mine was in, that is set around a barbecue.

Here is a link to a review form The Goodman Theatre: http://centerstage.net/theatre/articles/griller.html

Anyway, the more info you can give us, the more we can help you.

Thanks for the post and coming our way,

best,

in media res

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