DECEMBER 18, 2020

Die, Mr. Darcy, Die!

by John Morogiello

A young woman gives up on men because they can never live up to the hero of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, particularly his embodiment by Colin Firth.

     LAURA            WOMAN 2      WOMAN 3        WOMAN 4             WOMAN 5
Anna Jackson   Becca Gibson   Jean Goto    Larissa Laurel    Cristen Stephansky

     MAN 1             MAN 2           MAN 3                  MAN 4
Sam Repshas   Matt Melenas  Dan Shaked    Jason Michael Miller

Craig Lewis   Amy Benson

Amy Benson     Stephanie Hanson

John Morogiello is the artistic director of Best Medicine Rep in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  His plays include Engaging Shaw (Old Globe, American Players, Vienna's English Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Company off-Broadway, et al), Blame It On Beckett (Abingdon, Colony Theatre in Burbank, et al), Men and Parts (Actors Theatre of Louisville, et al), Play Date (Oldcastle Theatre Company, Best Medicine Rep), and The Consul, The Tramp, and America's Sweetheart (Oldcastle, Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, Jerusalem Khan Theatre, et al).
NOVEMBER 20, 2020

Deer Island

by Brian David Walker

Six lives converge over the future of a stretch of highway that may have a unique and highly intelligent deer population living within its borders. A dark play about friendships, identity and the encroachment of the little bit of land that our wildlife have left.

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Content Warning: Adult Language, Sexual Content, Infant Loss

    JOE      TIMOTHY      CARLA      TONI        JOSH         LYNNE
   Craig        Dan         Syhaya     Rosanna      Sam          Alma
  Lewis      Shaked        Aviel     Margarelli   Repshas      Muniz

    Amy             Jason
  Benson     Michael Miller

  Becca Gibson       Katie Takats

Brian David Walker's
 plays include Deer Island, American Coot (2018 O’Neil
semi-finalist, 2018 Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Award), High Tide (2017
O’Neil semi-finalist, Orlando Shakespeare’s PlayFest semi-finalist and PlayPenn
finalist), POST, dirty sexy derby play, Great American Sex Play, Shot Me Down
and The Kings.  Brian's plays have been seen in theatres across America and
Australia.  His play DOG was the winner of the 2013 Roots of the Bluegrass New
Play Award and his play CPR on the Lost Continent was the winner of the 2015
award.  His ten minute play Hero Worship was a finalist for the 2014 Heideman
Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, his play Gamers4Life was a finalist for the
2015 prize.  Brian was a member of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 2012-2013
Ingram New Works Lab residency with mentor Theresa Rebeck and his full
length play The Friend Factory was part of their New Works Festival in May
2013.  He has also had plays developed at Cincinnati Lab Theatre (2020), Actors
Workshop Louisville (2016), Theatre [502] (2014/2015), UP Theatre Company
(2014), Capital Stage’s Playwrights Revolution (2014), Last Frontier Theatre
Festival (2012) and Great Plains Playwrights Conference (2009).  He was
awarded the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Emerging Artist Award for
playwriting by the Kentucky Arts Council in July 2010.  He is a member of The
Dramatists Guild and is the founder and co-director of Derby City Playwrights, a
new play development lab for Louisville playwrights.  He currently serves as the
Kentucky Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild.
OCTOBER 30, 2020

The Girl Who Lived

by David Meyers

Anna Larsen is a 25-year old ballet dancer who refuses to give up on her dreams of career, love, and a fairy-tale ending. But when she becomes paralyzed in a car accident, Anna is forced to consider whether those dreams are still possible - or if they were ever possible to begin with.
As she learns how to adjust to the physical realities of her new life, Anna is also forced to re-examine the relationships with those closest to her - and herself. A play about independence, resilience, and Harry Potter.

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Content Warning: Adult Language, Sexual Content

    ANNA          NANCY      STACEY   MEGHAN    JOSH
  Rebecca       Rosanna     Katie        Amy         Tim
Ross Bailey    Magarelli    Takats     Benson     Norman

    Sam       Becca
  Repshas   Gibson

   Sam Repshas        Cristen Stephansky

David Meyers'
 plays have been produced regionally across the country, and his pilots have been pitched at Netflix and Paramount. As an actor, he's worked with FOX, BET, Lifetime, Danny DeVito, and more.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

Closing Argument

by John Scavone

The Woodwards’ adopted daughter, Elizabeth, is missing; Paula has hidden her away. The girl’s original family wants her back, and a court hearing has been ordered to decide the issue, but Paula isn’t taking the slightest chance that she could lose the case, and thus, her daughter. As an attorney for the State, Alan is deeply devoted to his job and the letter of the law, but now finds he must choose between that devotion and his family. Legal arguments and procedure mesh with a domestic battle, in which morality, the law and their marriage are put on trial.

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Content Warning: Adult Language

         Jean Goto                    Sam Repshas   

   Amy Benson         Stephanie Hanson

John Scavone
 was born in New York, grew up in New Jersey and came of age in Chicago’s Off-Loop theaters. Following a thirty year career as a stage manager, technical director, prop master and carpenter, he is now living and writing in Wisconsin. Other plays include Unto Dust, Nor Iron Bars a Cage, An Imperfect Storm, The Weed Garden, Fortune’s Fools. They can be found at The New Play Exchange.
AUGUST 28, 2020

Abraham and God Play Ping Pong

by Erin Gruodis-Gimbel

In the wake of the biggest betrayal of his life, Abraham’s faith in God is shaken forever. In the wake of a delicious snack, God’s faith in himself may not be what it seems. In an exploration of faith, the stages of grief, and the rules of cards, the story of Abraham and his infallible God takes a left turn from the Torah and veers into territory that no one ever thought to chart.

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Content Warning: Adult Language
PRESS: Drew Student's Play to Get a Virtual Staged Reading

   ABRAHAM          GOD             UNDERSTUDY   
Sam Repshas  Becca Gibson   Stephanie Hanson 

  Craig Lewis               Katie Stanton

Erin Gruodis-Gimbel 
is a playwright, actor, and dramaturg currently pursuing her BA in Theatre Arts at Drew University. She has recently worked with GlimmerGlobe Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (where she just finished her tenure as an acting apprentice), Alliance Theatre, Everyman Theatre, and the Virtual Theatre Collaboration. She would like to offer her most sincere thanks to WSRT for this amazing opportunity!
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