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Dance On Bones 

DOB ImageFULL LENGTH, play for actors and jazz musicians

1 – 4 Actors

1 – 4 Jazz Musicians

 

 

 

In a world very like our own, in which sea levels are rising, trees are being ravaged, and jazz may be the only thing that can save humanity. Dance On Bones is inspired by and structured around jazz music and riffs off of the folklore of the jazz scenes in St. Petersburg, Russia and New Orleans, Louisiana; creation myths; flooding cities; and current environmental circumstances washing away our shores.

DEVELOPMENT

  • Workshop Production, Ilkhom Theater of Mark Weil, Tashkent, Uzbekistan (April/May 2014).  Directed by Tyler Polumsky and Gavin Reub
  • Towson Theatre Lab Readings (November 2013 & March 2014)
  • Generous Company Readings (October 2013)

FELLOWSHIPS and SUPPORT

  • Generous Company/Dramatists Guild Fund Grant (June 2013)
  • Cultural Fellowships in Russia, a program of the Likhachev Foundation, funded by The Foundation of the First President of Russia Boris N. Yeltsin and the Committee of External Relations of St. Petersburg  (May 2013)

 

Last Chance: tales of a broken heartland

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SERIAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS, Dark Comedy

4M/4W

Episodes:  Trash, Ain’t Nothin’ Quik ‘n Easy, Watersheds, Loser, Ninjas & Squirrels, Cut Once, Measure Twice,Trailer, Tall Buildings, Enough

As convenience stores and a new highway begins to bypass life in the community Last Chance, people try to hold onto their way of life as it is being ripped from their grasp. From flying refrigerators to the horrors of meth to the death of the local store, Last Chance provides an extended viewing experience designed to create a new community of audience and artists.

PRODUCTIONS

  • Episodes:  Trash and Ninjas & Squirrels – Towson University, Center for the Arts, (November 29 – December 8 2012).  Directed by Peter Wray

DEVELOPMENT

  • Episodes:  Ninjas & Squirrels, Loser, Trash, Cut Once, Measure Twice, Ain’t Nothin’ Quik ‘n Easy, and Trailer (Staged Readings) – Show and Tell Collective, Baltimore, Maryland (June & July 2014)
  • Episodes: Trash, Cut Once, Ninjas & Squirrels, and Measure Twice (Readings)  Spooky Action Ranch @ The Hideout and The Vortex, Austin, Texas (March 19 & 20 2014)
  • Episodes: Cut Once, Measure Twice, Trash, Ninjas & Squirrels, Ain’t Nothin’ Quik ‘n Easy, Watersheds, Loser, Enough, Tall Buildings (Readings)- Generous Company’s GUMBO, Baltimore Theatre Project (January 6 – 8, 2012)

Yury Klavdiev’s Martial Arts

(translated with Yury Urnov)

photo by Jay Herzog

ONE ACT, Dark Comedy

4M/3W

A cross between Pulp Fiction and Bridge to Terebethia, Yury Klavdiev’s play plunges us into a dark world in which a young boy is given a package of heroin as an inheritance and must figure out how to deal with consequences the may cost his innocence.

 

 

PRODUCTIONS

  • Breaking String Theatre, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Austin, Texas, 2013.  Directed by Graham Schmidt
  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region II, Towson, MD, 2011.  Directed by Yury Urnov
  • CITD/Towson New Russian Drama Conference, Towson MD, 2010.  Directed by Yury Urnov
  • Towson University, Towson, MD, 2010.  Directed by Yury Urnov

DEVELOPMENT

  • Commissioned by the Center for International Theatre Development/ Towson University New Russian Drama project, 2009

PRESS

“The images persist in the mind with that delicacy. That achievement in suggesting these odd subtleties in English from the Russian original does credit to the translators, led in this case by Dave White.” — Austin Live Theatre (Robinson)

“A shameless and exuberant celebration of American pop culture.” — Baltimore City Paper

“This black comedy strikes its balance between humor and violence.” — Time Out NY

“The action of Martial Arts is rapid and the setting is antipathetically engrossing.” Austin Live Theatre (Scipione)

PUBLICATION

  • Real and Phantom Pains: An Anthology of New Russian Drama, ed. John Freedman, New Academia Publishing, 2014.

 

Ain’t Nothin’ Quik ‘n Easy

ANQNE image ONE ACT, Drama

4M/4W

 

When the Quik ‘n Easy convenience store comes to town, Barker’s country store just can’t keep up.  Journey inside an old country store on its last night in business for the laughter, tears, and memories that can only come from home.

 

 

 

PRODUCTIONS

  • Missouri Valley College, Marshall, MO, 2009.  Directed by Jamie Lindemann
  • William Woods University, Westminister, MO, 2005.  Directed by Melissa Alpers
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2005.  Directed by Doc Love
  • University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, MO 2004.  Directed by Kate Berneking Kogut
  • Greenbrier Valley Theater Festival of Community Plays, Lewisburg, WV, 2004.  Directed by Devin McCann Preston

DEVELOPMENT

  • WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory.  Directed by Cathey Sawyer

PRESS

“Binds together the questions of community, responsibility, and hope.” — Marshall Democrat-News

 

Leaves of Hope: a play for Joplin

Leaves of Hope Image

FULL LENGTH, Docudrama

5M/4W

Written by the people of Joplin, Missouri about the May 22nd, 2011 tornado and how it changed their town (compiled with a team of students from Joplin High School)

 

 

DEVELOPMENT

  • Reading at LL Sayers in Joplin, Missouri on one year anniversary of tornado.

Pavel Pryazhko’s Panties

(translated with Yury Urnov)
FULL LENGTH, surreal drama

5M/6W

Nina wrestles with the familial, commercial, and personal pressures of being a woman in Russia.

DEVELOPMENT

  • Reading at WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, 2011

PUBLICATION

  • Real and Phantom Pains: An Anthology of New Russian Drama, ed. John Freedman, New Academia Publishing, 2014.

 

Enough

Old_Man_with_his_Head_in_his_Hands_(At_Eternity's_Gate)

 

TEN MINUTE, Drama

1M

What happens to the last person in town?

 

 

 

PRODUCTIONS

  • Boston Playwrights Marathon, Boston MA, 2007.

DEVELOPMENT

  • Reading of Russian translation at ArtFaq in Moscow, Russia, 2011

 

Arithmetic Insurrectiona comedy about mathematics…for kids!

ONE ACT, Children’s Theatre Grades 6 – 9

3M/3F

Six students imagine the important works of Archimedes, Galileo, Sir Ronald Fisher (statistics), and Sophie Germain (mathematics).

PRODUCTIONS

  • Towson University, Towson, MD, 2010.  Directed by David M White
  • North Harford High School, Pylesville, MD, 2010.  Directed by David M White
  • Towson University Geomatics Academy, Towson, MD 2009.  Directed by David M White

DEVELOPMENT

  • Commissioned by the Towson University Department of Mathematics and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 2009

 

Trash  

Trash Image

ONE ACT, Comedy

2M/1W

When the lure of a promotion at the Quik ‘n Easy convenience store draws Melissa away from Last Chance, her friends Bob and Winter wrestle with her leaving.

PRODUCTIONS

  • North Fauquier Festival of One Acts, Falls Church, VA, 2006.  Produced by Fauquier Community Theatre
  • Generous Company, Fringe NYC, 2005.  Directed by Doc Love

PRESS

“Trash toes a light, easy line between chuckles and moments of throat-catching poignancy.” — New York Magazine

“The producers of the FringeNYC have found a little nugget of gold in White’s one-act comedy Trash. If you’re looking at a great comedy that never scoffs at its characters, then Trash is your bag.” – NYTheatre.com

 

Alice in Wonderland

ONE ACT, Children’s Theatre by Children

20M/20F

A fast-paced stage adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic about a young girl navigating her way through Wonderland.

PRODUCTION

  • Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland, OH, 2007.  Directed by Dawn Youngs

DEVELOPMENT

  • Commission, Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland, OH, 2007

 

Watersheds

IMG_9012FULL LENGTH, Drama

4M/4W

A hundred year look at life on a creek in the Ozark mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

DEVELOPMENT

  • Epic Repertory Theatre, NYC, 2006.

 

 

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