11/4/2005 - HCAC: Play with a Play

Audience members can help writers "Play with a Play," in a continuing play-reading workshop in November, sponsored by Boz and the Bard Productions, Inc. at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, Hackensack, NJ.

You can take a script in hand and be part of the show — no experience necessary — or you can sit back and watch an original story unfold before you. Steve Hess and Frank Avellino, as directors, will guide you through the process.

Original scripts being developed for the theater benefit greatly from staged readings. Writers can hear the words of their characters come alive and listen to constructive responses from the audience.

The "Play with a Play" workshop will run Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5; and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, Hackensack, NJ. All workshops start at 7:30 PM. Admission is $10 at the door, $7 for students and seniors.

The playwrights are Frank Avellino, of Hackensack, NJ; Eileen Kimball Deutsch, of Hawthorne, NJ; Jerry DiCairano, of Salisbury, Maryland; and Alex Argyros, of Dallas, Texas.

Frank Avellino first became involved in playwrighting while at Binghamton (NY) University. His very first play, "Ice in April," about the Titanic disaster, was written then and years later performed in New York City. In 2000, the play received an OOBR (Off Off Broadway Review) award. In 2002, "Ice In April" enjoyed another reading onboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 during the 2002 World Cruise, which coincided with the 90th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. Avellino’s second play, "The Gingerbread Children," an adaptation of the "Hansel and Grettel" fable, will be read during the workshop.

Eileen Kimball Deutsch’s forte is comedy and musical-comedy, both as a performer and playwright/director. She studied at the Actor’s Studio and has been a professional journalist and copywriter since 1977. Her radio and TV commercials have won multiple industry awards for writing and direction, as have her newsletters and print ads. In 1999, she founded PIM (Players in the Moment) Repertory Group, a theatrical troupe dedicated to developing and performing new work. Her full-length theater works have won many awards, including the TNT Theatre First Prize for Playwrighting and seven Perry Award nominations for writing and directing. Her show for the workshop series is "Windows," a one-act dramedy featuring Lila Monsey, a divorced dance teacher tormented after losing custody of her son. Lila’s demons are eclipsed only by the Civil War era ghosts who haunt her historic antebellum Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, home.

Jerry DiCairano has been writing since he was a student at Syracuse University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1973. He has worked as an advertising copywriter at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank; has written educational games, and has worked as a writer/producer for Mattel Toy Company. He later taught composition and literature in Maryland. He has published short stories and full-length magazine articles. His workshop play, "Temple of the Flickering Light," highlights a washed-up, self-absorbed television producer who dreams up a ridiculous publicity stunt in an attempt to recapture the attention of Hollywood’s biggest deal-makers. Comedy and tragedy are wrapped up into this fascinating play that takes place in LA and New York.

Alex Argyros grew up in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. He received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He has taught literature at Mary Baldwin College, Lindenwood College and Rutgers University, and currently at the University of Texas at Dallas. His plays have been performed in Dallas, New Jersey and New York. His show for the workshop is "Bronx Vic.," a surreal drama, which takes place in an apartment in a mythical Bronx. The main character, Chester, studies maps in order to accomplish his life-long goal of leaving the Bronx. Meanwhile, his wife, Irma, looks out the window and notices that the light is fading from the world. When Chester finally does flee his home, he discovers that the entire world is the Bronx. Defeated, he listens to Irma, who tells him that the only escape is to accept the dying of the light and then attempt the impossible, to rekindle their romance and give birth to a baby sun.

Steve Hess and Frank Avellino formed Boz and the Bard in 2000 with the purpose of exploring and presenting new works and revising well-known classics. Boz and the Bard has produced numerous successful plays in Manhattan and Hackensack, including "Macbeth," "The Lion in Winter," "Miss Lizzie A. Borden Invites You to Tea," and "Like Bees to Honey." The last "Play with a Play" series was held in March 2005.

For more information, including the specific "Play with a Play" schedule, please visit www.bozandthebard.com

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