Lee Krebs, professor of philosophy, specializes in the
works of George Berkeley. When a bright but socially awkward young
student proposes a simulation project that brings the philosopher back
to life, Lee's ghosts are brought to life with it. A New Theory of
Vision asks the question - if life is a dream, are we responsible for
its impact? And how are we to do good?
An "art rock" sci-fi thriller set 125 years hence, it's a wild ride
of a play where immortality, Italian poetry, terror, and the emergent
intelligence of networks interfold DNA-like into the noir classic D.O.A.
Complex and multi-layered, the play's flexible casting options mean you
can perform it with a cast as small as 8 or large as 22. Likewise, you
can make it a tour de force of technical theatre, or perform it simply
on a bare platform with human-generated effects.
A time-jumping comedy about architecture, sexuality, the priesthood
and right livelihood. In a collapsed subway tunnel we find Alex—a
busted-down architect, and Wall—a gay
tunnel-worker who prefers the dark. Which will get them first... falling
concrete blocks... oxygen gone... gas... or their shared past?
The compromises of art -- and the art of
Italy, 1937. For 500 years, kings and tyrants came and went
but life’s unchanged in tiny Volpe Nero. Alessandro and his father, of
Italy's last Commedia Dell’Arte troupe, scrape a meager existence from
tradition's crumbs, That's all about to change. As Mussolini and Hitler
forge their tragic alliance, two fugitives from a Fascist prison camp arrive
seeking refuge — with Blackshirts and a vengeful clown in hot
pursuit. Father and son clash: do what’s safe, or do what’s right?
note: the Buffoon Piece is available both in straight drama
format and as a play with music13 original songs.
Eve of Crimes is three one-act playsMemory Motel, Freefallingand The Last Days of Paradisethat form a 100-minute
evening of theatre. Each play studies a central, female character, who must
make a criminal decision to solve a problem. Each of the three plays is also
available for production separately.
Off-Off-Broadway: Nov 1992, Mosaic Productions
8; (4 F, 4 M)
Environmental ("bomb shelter")
2hrs. 25 mins.
Iraq: February, 1991. High-tech weaponry from eight nations hammers
Baghdads smokestacks and high-rises to dust. In one nameless shelter huddle eight
cold, tired, angry Iraqis. To keep their sanity, they propose a storytelling contest. The
result: Eight war stories, full of war's sadness, horror, and sometimes even
Flowers of War is a "Fantasia on American Themes"
— you won't get the characters you see to resemble the Iraqis you have
been conditioned to expect!
As humanity rockets toward Millennium, strange red-garbed
men known only as Cardinals complete plans for universal domination
by capturing Socrates, Greek philosopher and David Chagall, Bronx diner
owner. Can our intrepid men free themselves from the clutches of the mother of all
conspiracies... andsave the cosmos? HEMLOCK is a black,
black, black comic fantasy that skewers end of millennium paranoia, western philosophy, conspiracy theories, time
travel, and Catholicism.
Gretchen Swen (Producing Artistic Director of Dallas’ own
Extra Virgin PC) says: “Hemlock... brings together the
death of Socrates and the Inquisition via a Greek diner in present-day
[Bronx], NY. This truly original work is an uproariously-funny, trans-historical
nightmare that marries Vaudevillian farce with Orwellian-style musings
on rationality, institutionalized religion, and the failure of humanity to
live up to the precepts of Christianity and Western enlightenment culture...
a frenzied, thought-provoking ride...”
Jimmy Fowler at the Dallas Observer gave Hemlock
one of his
Jimmy awards, saying:
“... Extra Virgin Performance Cooperative has chosen to debut a brittle,
sinister, but consistently funny script... ”
“... devilish wordplay and intellectual acrobatics... ”
“... a gigantic Rorschach on which you can project all kinds of personally
biased interpretations. Thanks to the muscularity of Bob Jude Ferrante's
dialogue and Extra Virgin's airtight production, this is a strength.”
“... Hemlock shoves a piping-hot dish of contradictions in your
face and asks you to savor each one. Luckily, both the playwright and Extra
Virgin have full grasp of the recipe... chances are you won’t stop ’til
your plate is clean.”
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On a small uncharted Caribbean island hides a Utopian society
with grass huts and computers, piercing rituals and antibiotics and...
well... funny ideas about marriage, life and death. One afternoon Dystopia pays a
visit—a strange American
washes ashore. Was his coming accident? Or was he sent for
a sinister purpose?
Vito, il capo di tutti capi, is missing—and possibly
dead. His Family, hot to settle issues his Will, hires Sam Gamgee, hard-boiled gumshoe, to track him.
Simultaneously a satire of The Godfather, Apocalypse Now,
The Lord of the Rings, 1940s film noir, 1950s television
comedy, and perhaps a dozen other Pop Culture signifiers, The Big
Clog is a hilarious car crash of a radio comedy, combined with a
real mystery story that will have your audiences riveted to the stage
even as they're rolling in the
A collection agent, just trying to do her job collecting on
a bad debt, goes through increasingly mad cycles that affect, through time
displacement, all parts of her life, crashing headlong to a final point of
A rollicking one-act verse comedy with song tells an age-old
fable for the New Age. In a land ruled by a corrupt, capricious king, a
traveling poet/janitor gains through the magical powers of wine the wisdom to become the one judge that can
bring a new age of enlightenment and peace.
A comedy/drama with three songs that borrows its style
from the Japanese Noh and Kyogen forms. The ghost of a soldier killed in
battle returns to his village to make final peace with his mother. But will
he be drawn to avenge his
death with the rich landowner who started the war in the first place?
Somewhere in time and space, four people await a fate they
can only dread, for crimes they're not sure they committed. The couple argues
about who's to blame. The young man seeks the answer. And the old woman
knows what it is—and it's something nobody suspects!
Bar (can be done site-specifically in a real bar)
Bartender Maureen Bacon finds out her ex-boyfriendmob boss Bob
McMahanwants to seize custody of their daughter Barbara. In a hail of bullets,
Maureen stages a final, desperate fight to free Barbara from McMahans clutches
The horrible specter of War throws its long shadow across the
land. And, this time, the fate of the world is in the hands of our shadow-puppet
hero Karaghioz and his trusty-though-nervous friend Hagavid, all for the
hand of a beautiful—and of course rich—princess.
A strange woman is incarcerated at The Tombs... a dank, dismal, medieval
New York jail and a reluctant Public Defender gradually digs to discover the
truth about the Apart and the heart of their mystery... what son of a bitch killed your dream?
Unit set (church confessional, parking lot, motel room)
Tabitha only wanted to be someone—anyone. Then one late night chance
meeting changed her forever. Now she’s locked a priest in a confessional
until he’ll help prevent her becoming what she can’t avoid.
“I don’t know! This lady just
started banging on the door to the men’s room... don’t ask me
why!” Two strangers—one spurned, the other widowed— fight,
flirt, and finally find each kindness in each other while standing
at the door of a restaurant Men’s room.
Off-Off-Broadway: April 2002 Emergence Theatre
4; (1F, 3M)
Harry Stevens has a good life. He loves his job teaching
mentally-retarded kids. His marriage is stable. He’s got a good home.
But... A routine check-up turns dire. God shows up. Won’t leave. Best
friend Bernard starts praying in the living room. Won’t leave either.
An angry shock-jock gets comeuppance from an unexpected
"You bump into this guy, a local. He’s really...
stoned. Try to talk to him. He doesn’t answer. He crouches. And covers his
face. Like this."
Two inept French art thieves (need I say more?) try to steal TheAudience,
the world's largest oil.
"I was just worried about... about... The energy, man.
The cracker energy. You know, like imbuing itself. Into our very fibers, or
our, like, beings."
Fun City (1F)
A desperate prostitute is finally driven to (gasp!) acting.
Audience with the Godfather (2M)
discourses on plumbing.
The Ittle Bittle Spat (1F
Hey, honey? Whatcha got in the bag on the car floor?
Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1M)
Canned lunch meat — a Mystery of the Ages!
The Phlegm Expert (2M)
Excuse me, whatever are we talking about again?
"I’m confused... I used to be unconfused. Certainty
isn’t something of which I can be certain. Certainty is for certain
people. But not me."
Bea and Dee (1F 1M)
Sex therapy, by the book? No... Sex Therapy (buy the
Recursive Playhouse (1F 1M)
What's this I hear about a play in a play on a play under a
Interview with Norman,
Aphrodite's Husband (2M)
A totally like wow peek into the love and lipstick of the
You're Somebody (1F 2M)
Not every actor's nightmare.
O'Toole of Scotland Yard (2M)
"Devilishly clever... notice that strange tattoo,
Davis... a serpent and a head of red-leaf lettuce... the mark of a Hindu
fakir, of the Rumaggadan sect... a cult of fanatics who sought inner peace
through tying knots!"