A BENEFIT for the ROSENDALE THEATRE COLLECTIVE
A festival of new, original, ten-minute plays, written by local writers, that take place in, near, or are about the Rosendale Theatre.
Jacqueline Ahl, Go On —Jacqueline Renee Ahl has been a featured reader at many Hudson Valley events and venues, including Celebration of the Arts (COTA), Voices of the Valley (sponsored by Poets and Writers), and Arts on the Bridge, and appeared as visiting poet for the Language Arts program of the Northeast Center for Special Care. Her publication credits include Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, and Vanguard Voices of the Valley—Poetry 2007. Her absurdist work “Fear Itself,” most recently produced in St. Louis, MO, has won three national and international awards: the Tin Ceiling 2008 Playwriting Competition, Best New Play for 2005 (one-act Division) in the Brevard Little Theatre International Playwriting Competition, and Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest 77th Annual Writing Competition (Stage Play Script category). Her one-act play “The Interview” premiered at The Second-Annual Avant-Garde Variety Marathon of New Music and Performance Art at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center on February 24th, 2011. Jacqueline is most interested in experimental pieces that bridge the genres of poetry and drama, and is working on a series of performance poems for multiple voices. She lives in Walkill.
Catherine M. Brown, Weekender —Catherine M. Brown’s works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in publications like Seventeen, Essence, The New York Daily News, Upstate House and Hudson Valley Parent. She co-authored two biographies for Prometheus Books and a number of her short stories appear in women’s fiction anthologies. Although this is the first play she’s had produced, her scripts have been produced by small independent film companies. Born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, Brown, her husband and their young son divide their time between their hometown and their little piece of heaven in Rosendale.
Laurence Carr, Ophelia Cordelia —Laurence Carr works in the theatre as a writer, director and educator. Over 20 of his plays have been produced in NYC, regionally and in Europe. His one-act, Porch by Moonlight, was awarded “Best Play” in a YMCA Short Play Festival in NYC, and Vaudeville, a comedy, has seen a dozen productions throughout the U.S. His Off-Broadway play, Kennedy at Colonus, was hailed by the New York Times as a ”fascinating, well-built, often witty play” while the Burns Mantle Best Plays Series cited it as a “distinctly worthy play” and a “standout in independent Off-Broadway production.” Abroad, two plays were directed by Gregory Abels for GATE: 36 Exposures premiered in Prague and Food for Bears in Warsaw. The Wakeville Stories was staged by The SUNY New Paltz Theatre Department and numerous works have been produced locally by the Mohonk Mountain Stage Company. A novel, Pancake Hollow Primer, is published by Codhill Press where he also edited the anthologies Riverine and Waterwrites. He is a lecturer at SUNY New Paltz where he teaches Dramatic and Creative Writing. He’s been a member of The Dramatists Guild since 1975. He lives in New Paltz.
Richard Carrazzini, The Ten Minute Date —In 2002-03, Carrazzini’s play “The Carcass” was given full production at the 200-seat STU Theatre in Krakow, Poland. It was closed after five sold-out performances by the then-Polish Government for being “anti-American”, dealing as it does with issues of race, war, class and homelessness during the Reagan Era. In 2006, Carrazzini’s play about his jazz sax-playing Father, “The A-Train”, was showcased at the Corozine Theatre in NYC. In September 2011, Carrazzini had an exhibition of his paintings at the Muroff-Kotler Gallery at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge. He lives in New Paltz.
Laura Shaine Cunningham, Flop Cop —Laura Shaine Cunningham, playwright “FLOP COP” is a “trans-genre” playwright, in that she is also a memoirist (“Sleeping Arrangements”) , a novelist and a frequent writer for The New York Times and The New York Observer, the London Times. Her books have been excerpted in The New Yorker magazine. As a playwright, her play Beautiful Bodies (which leads a dual life as a novel) is enjoying great popularity overseas— in Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Argentina,England, Israel and soon Mexico and Azerbaijan. Her first play, Bang, premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre. She is just finishing a full length play called “BITE — The Culinary Comedies” which is made up of related “courses” —a tasting menu that offers a full evening which revolves around cuisine. Served hot, very spicy, skewers trends such as “molecular cuisine.” She lives in Stone Ridge.
Robert Clem, Uncle Tony —a native of Alabama, has been a writing fellow at the Sundance Institute and received an M.F.A. from NYU Graduate film school. He has written and directed radio plays aired on NPR and internationally with a distinguished group of actors including Eli Wallach, Betty Buckley, Will Patton, Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Michael O’Keefe, David Strathairn, Lois Smith, Jeffery Wright, Jeffery DeMunn and Stacy Keach. In 2002 he directed Ossie Davis in a radio dramatization of Charles Chestnutt’s story ‘Dave’s Neckliss.’ His play Fever was staged at the 2001 NYC Fringe Festival. He is also a feature and documentary filmmaker whose credits include Company K, Big Jim Folsom and War Birds, the latter featuring Matthew Bomer, Joe Morton, Frederick Weller and David Little. He lives with his wife Lori Van Houten in Stone Ridge.
David Little, Let’s Just Sit Down! —Alongside his lengthy career as a stage actor on Broadway, Off~Broadway, and at major regional theatres across the country, as a guest artist on numerous TV shows, and as an actor in feature and indie films, he has been a writer (mostly poetry and short stories) all of his life.
This marks his playwrighting debut. He lives in NYC and High Falls.
Janet Neipris, Protest —Janet Neipris has had plays produced at major theatres in the U.S. and internationally, including the National Theatre, London, China Youth Arts Theatre, Beijing, Manhattan Theatre Club, N.Y., The Women’s Project, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Arena Stage, Washington, Center Stage, Baltimore, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and the Annenberg Center, Philadelphia. Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing and Samuel French. Her plays and letters are in the Harvard University Theatre Collection. A composer, she has written the lyrics and score for the children’s musical Jeremy And The Thinking Machine. Grants include two NEA’s, Rockefeller Grants, Bellagio, 1991 (A Small Delegation) and 2004 (A Question of Country), an O’Neill Playwriting Fellowship, summer 2004, an NYU Faculty Research Grant to visit South Africa. She received an NYU Presidential Fellowship in the Humanities for the completion of her current play, A Question of Country, about the apartheid and post-apartheid years in South Africa.
Author of over twenty plays, she also writes for film and TV. She is Head of Graduate Playwriting and Screenwriting, NYU’s Dramatic Writing Dept., Tisch School of the Arts. Her book, To Be A Playwright, was published in 2005 by Routledge. She has served as a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, Tony Committee, and is a member of Writer’s Guild of America, East, and PEN. She lives in Stone Ridge and NYC.
D. Tucker Smith, Lady In The Movie —has authored several full-length plays including the Broadway-bound The Great Game (premier, Theater Previews at Duke), Catalog, and Quake, which premiered in LA last summer. Short plays: The Knockout Suit (Finalist, Samuel French Short Play Competition); Overnight Delivery and Patriot Act, (both finalists in the New York City 15-Minute Play Festival). Screenplays: The Rose Quilt, The Eleventh Commandment. Active member of The Playwrights Workshop and New River Dramatists. She lives in NYC and Rosendale.
Edward Versailles, Sydney’s Choice —Ohio born, New York adopted, has been living and working in High Falls since 2009. Still married to the same lady after 12 years of togetherness. Professionally he is an artist‘s representative (clinets include The Vanaver Caravan and Brenda Bufalino as well as Dance Theatre of Harlem). He is the author of numerous ten~minute plays including THE CAT FANCIERS, PRIMING, PAINTED WHITE, WITH A BOW (a fionalist in Riant Theatre;s Summer 2011 Strawberry Festival,NYC), and NOBODY SMELLS CARPET LIKE BILL. A full~length comedy PIPER LYNN AND OPALENE was a semi~finalist in the McLaren Comedy Writing Competition. Educated at the University of Cincinnati (BA) and Ohio University (MFA).
Sophia Raab Downs
Saturday 4/21 at 8 PM + Sunday 4/22 at 3 & 7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 online or at the door
408 Main Street, Rosendale
All funds raised from the festival will benefit the restoration and renovation of the historic Rosendale Theatre, the anchor business of Main Street Rosendale.
The festival has been made possible by a grant from The Dutchess Council for the Arts.
Photography by Bob Vosper