Sunday, January 13, 2013

MOTIVATIONAL DATING by Christina Costigan
(6 minutes)
A self-help guru on a blind date finds more success with the waitress.

Christina Costigan is a writer and actor based in Melbourne, Australia. A passionate performer and storyteller from an early age, she entertained her family with stories, improvisations and puppet shows as a child until “going legit” and earning her Bachelor’s degree in Drama. Christina has undertaken further extensive actor training in Melbourne and Los Angeles (including with Upright Citizens Brigade and veteran actor Vincent Guastaferro), appeared in countless plays and short films, and continues to develop and hone her skills as a writer. She also regularly produces original Australian work through Baggage Productions, the independent theatre company she co-founded in 2000 with Bridgette Burton. With Baggage, Christina has co-written, produced and performed in seven stage shows, a sketch comedy TV pilot and a short film. Her short plays and comedy sketches have been selected in numerous short play festivals and produced in Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles and London.

BONDING LEAVE by Nicolle Bradford
(10 minutes)
A young couple’s excitement of bringing their baby home for the first time is tarnished by the unannounced visit of some horrible relatives.

Nicolle Bradford hails from Sydney, Australia. She founded the Production Company with Mark Armstrong in 2004 and has appeared in the company’s premieres of Goodbye New York, Goodbye Heart, Bobo an' Spyder an' a Girl from Down Under, Terra Australia Incognito, The Fatal Shore, The Furies, The Patient and I am Ned Kelly. Other New York credits include Church (The Public/Under the Radar Festival - Young Jean Lee Theater Co.), The Phantom Tollbooth (Atlantic Theater Company), You Say Tomato! (Manhattan Theatre Source), Monsters and Mirrors: Heavy at Play (Kick/Stand Dance), Idomeneo re di creta and Jenufa (Vertical Player Rep), and Cocus and Doot (Vital Theater). Australian theatre credits include Twelfth Night (ATYP Sydney season and NSW tour), The Maze (Hot Young Things Festival), Stags and Hens (PACT) and Riding the Tiger (ARTrage Festival). As a playwright, her first full-length play, Cassowary, received readings with The Production Company and The Greenpoint Arts Association in New York, as well as at the Australian Aliens Film & Theatre Reading Series in L.A. Her other plays include Lucy & Sally Like Living Together, Bonding Leave and Funeral Row. Nicolle is an alumna of Australian Theatre for Young People and Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. She is an Associate in Drama and Speech from Trinity College of Music, London.

TWO BY TWO by Dan Giovannoni
(45 minutes)
The rain’s getting louder, the water’s getting higher, and from their window Jack and Carl can see the boat. Then the dams burst, all hell breaks loose, and when it looks like they’re out of luck, Duckie rocks up. She’s drenched, half-dead, and has something they all need – a ticket. A baby. But who’s going to put two blokes and a baby on the Ark? Taking as its inspiration the Noah myth and setting it in an Australia of the near future, Two by Two weaves the political and the personal, exploring the complex nature of human affection, love, and the value we attribute to the things around us.

Dan Giovannoni’s plays include Cut Snake (with Amelia Evans and Paige Rattray; Best Emerging Writer – Melbourne Fringe, shortlisted for the Rodney Seaborn Playwright’s Award, Arena Theatre Inside 130 Residency), Two by Two (Malcolm Robertson Prize 2011), Edmund & Grace, Kanat and the Red Army (Best Drama Writing – Short and Sweet), Brightside and Playground. His work for young audiences includes imagine title here: book of being young (Shopfront), Digging Down: The Musical (Star of the Sea) and How George Got Her Jacket (St Martins). He was artist-in-residence at Leonora District School in 2011 and 2012, is writer-in-residence at Red Stitch, and is working as a Guest Artist with Back to Back’s Theatre of SPEED. Most recently, he worked with No Show developing Shotgun Wedding. He has a Bachelor of Creative Arts from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art (Playwriting) from NIDA.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

(10 minutes)
A philandering CEO is surprised when his wife interrupts a lunchtime meeting with his mistress.

Bridgette Burton has been writing for theatre since the early 1990s. She formed Baggage Productions with Christina Costigan in 1999, a company dedicated to original work for women. Bridgette has co-written three successful comedy shows, each enjoying multiple seasons - Femme (2000), Breeding Contempt (2001) and Undomesticated (2003). She has written two one-act plays, two full-length plays and over 30 short plays, which have been performed all over Australia and internationally. Bridgette won the R E Ross Trust Playwrights Script Development Award in 2005 for Killing Jeremy, and again in 2009 for Rhonda is in Therapy. Killing Jeremy was also shortlisted for the Griffin prize in 2006. In 2012, Bridgette was awarded a grant by The Malcolm Robertson Trust to develop a first draft for her new full-length work Fury.

THE CYCLE by Kathleen Foster
(30 minutes)
A young married couple relates their experiences, both joys and hardships, as they attempt to conceive a child through in vitro fertilization.

Kathleen Foster is a New York-based actor and writer, originally from Sydney, Australia. Her favorite theatre credits include Fantine in Les Misérables, Amneris in Aida, Cinderella in Into The Woods, Kate McGowan in Titanic, Carrie in Carousel, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Emeline in Grimm for FringeNYC. For Australian Made Entertainment, she has appeared in Così and Speaking In Tongues. She also spent a season in Japan, performing in Tokyo Disneyland's Broadway tribute show, Encore. An accomplished cabaret performer, she has appeared on stage at Sydney's Bar Me in the hit cabaret Valentine's Schmalentines and also toured with the dinner theatre show Supergirls. She has also contributed her vocal talents to the Angels the Musical cast album, as well as narrated children’s books for Scholastic. On film, she recently played the lead role of Mrs. Olsen in the independent feature Secret Guilt. Kathleen is a co-founder of Australian Made Entertainment.

ONE FLESH by Micharne Cloughley
(40 minutes)
Love, faith and reality collide in this new play that throws the beginning of the Book of Esther into contemporary Australian suburbia. It is a story of being really young, really in love and really confused. As two very different women are brought together by the one man, they challenge rules that are breaking each other. More than hearts will be broken.

Micharne Cloughley holds a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Playwriting) from the National Institute of Dramatic Art. In 2012, her play One Flesh was directed by Anthony Skuse at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Her work has previously been included in festivals by Playwriting Australia, Baggage Productions, the NYC Playwrights and Short and Sweet Festival. Micharne co-wrote the web series My Secret Friend (Think(it) Film Assembly) and the short films Free Bike and Perspective, directed by Kristen Kress and featured on the Home Beautiful Magazine website. Previously, Micharne has a background in both the development and production sides of the television industry, for companies including Eyeworks, Endemol Southern Star, Fremantle Media and the SBS network. Recently, she has been commissioned by Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, for a pilot TV drama project.

Kristen Kress (Director) is a 2nd year MFA Director from the Actors Studio Drama School. Recent commercial credits include assistant directing the Scope Mouthwash "Courage Encouraged" YouTube series and the American Cancer Society "What If" commercial. Recent stage credits include directing the hilarious farce HR as part of the 2012 Actors Studio Drama School spring festival and local playwright Jo Ann Rosen's Stranger on a Train and The Quiet Room for the 2012 NY Avant-Garde Arts Festival. She is currently directing Wil Calhoun's one-act Affections of an Alleycat, and the original play Bubble by ASDS playwright Carrie Boehm for the 2012-2013 ASDS festival. Production recently wrapped for her first feature film, Coach of the Year, for which Kristen worked as 2nd AD. She is currently assisting Director David Stott with post, preparing for the summer 2013 national tour. Her latest short films Life with Liam, and Free Bike have made it into the "Best of NY" category for their respective 24 & 48 Hour Film Competitions, where Free Bike also received the Audience Award for its screening group and Best Actress in a Featured Role (Laura Michelle as Olivia Masterson). In September 2012, Kristen was one of six invited filmmakers to compete in the Designer Visions 48 Hour Film Project, and her newest short Perspective, will be screened at the famous Angelika Theater in NYC in December. Kristen performs standup comedy at various clubs & colleges around NYC and also volunteers as the faculty advisor for the S!NG student-produced musicals at the Bronx High School of Science, where she is proud to have spent four years as a tenured English Department faculty member.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

(10 minutes)
Tim and Annie are writing a eulogy … for someone unexpected. A play about small truths and little lies.

Jane Miller’s plays have been performed around Australia and internationally. In 2006-7, her plays Perfect Stillness and Hope Fades but the Duck Never Dies reached the finals of Short and Sweet in Melbourne and Sydney respectively. Perfect Stillness was featured on Movie Extra's documentary on the Short and Sweet finals where it won the People's Choice award for Best Overall Production and has had productions in India, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. In 2007, The Painter won the audience choice award at Melbourne Writers' Theatre's MelBorn (Melbourne Fringe Festival) and was also included in the top 90 at Short and Sweet Sydney 2008. The Bookclub was part of the Carnival of the
Damned...Funny at Dante’s (2008 Melbourne Comedy Festival) and A Cup of Sugar was included in the Melbourne Writers’ Theatre’s MelBorn 08 short play festival. In 2010, Happily Ever After had a sellout season at Melbourne's iconic La Mama theatre and in 2011, True Love Travels on a Gravel Road was awarded the R E Ross Playwrights’ Script Development Award. Jane is currently working on a new full-length play titled Mon Frere.

THAT OLD CHESTNUT by Michael Booth
(75 minutes)
When two couples engage in dinner at a swanky Sydney restaurant, a pleasant evening unravels into a disastrous night of lies, sex, drugs and deception. Laced with crackling dialogue and hilariously tense situations, That Old Chestnut is a sharp and sexy examination of modern Australian relationships.

Michael Booth studied acting in Chicago with Steppenwolf Theatre Company and in New York with the Atlantic Theatre Company. He is a graduate of the NIDA Playwrights Studio, and his produced works in Sydney include The Tunnel (part of the inaugural season at The Old Fitzroy Theatre), Who Smokes Kool? and That Old Chestnut. He also co-wrote the plays Thirty-Three and The Great Lie of the Western World. Michael co-wrote and co-directed the award-winning short film The Hitch which played festivals world-wide. His film and television acting credits include 48 Shades, the Academy Award-nominated The Saviour, All Saints, Comedy Inc., Packed to the Rafters, as well as local and international commercials. As a stage director, Michael directed The Zoo Story, Spike Heels, The Grey House, Balm in Gilead and Our Country’s Good.