I’m delighted to announce that my ten-minute play The Chocolate Affair is a part of the Stillspeaking Theatre Company’s production – THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE – on August 6th, 7th & 8th in San Marino, CA.

THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR is only one of ten one-act plays that make up the festival.

Here is the complete line-up:

THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE

1. VOID by Don Tongue
In the beginning there was a void and the void was not good.

2. SELDOM IS HEARD by Mary Steelsmith
Hannah and Ivan (just back from Afghanistan) reclaim the American Dream.

3. HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Jon Wright
After announcing wedding plans, Jack and Caroline come face to face with… EACH OTHER in a slice from an exciting new Rock musical.

4. AMANDA SPLIT by Dale Griffiths Stamos
A young woman literally divided between her rational mind and her carnal desires faces down a beautiful young man and there’s an explosion.

5. THE PHOTOGRAPH by Mona Deutsch Miller
A pair of former lovers looks back with longing and regret on the kiss that defined their lives.

6. TIME FLIES by David Ives
Time flies when you’re having fun, right? So, what do you do if you’re a lowly mayfly on your first (and last… and ONLY) date…and the clock is running out?

7. CURRENT SEASON by Vanessa David
Life isn’t easy when you’re a plastic reindeer lawn decoration. Don’t worry— you’re not in it alone.

8. ROSA’S EULOGY by Richard Strand
This one’s for all you cat lovers out there. But really, aren’t we ALL God’s creatures?

9. THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR by Stephanie Alison Walker
Torn between two candies and feeling like a fool. When you’re being such a “good girl” in your “regular” life, is it wrong to want some illicit sweetness when you THINK nobody’s around?

10. THE COOKING GENE by Jonathan Dorf
A Home Ec project ends up creating a recipe for courage when a high school baseball player and his boyfriend get honest about what’s cooking.

 
 

I just found out that my play American Home was a semi-finalist for the 2010 Princess Grace Awards.

Here’s the synopsis for American Home:

AMERICAN HOME

A Full-length play in 2 acts- 81 pages/ Drama

18 Characters, 5 women, 3 men

To possess one’s own home, however small, is the hope of every family in our country. That is the American ideal, born of an exquisite sentiment, nurtured by a long national tradition, and proved right by its innumerable practical advantages.” – President Herbert Hoover, 1932

What happens when we fail at achieving that ideal — the possession of one’s own home? What happens when we achieve it only to have it taken away? What is home and why is it so powerfully linked to our success as Americans? These are the questions explored in American Home.

Florence Rainwater is a ninety-year-old widow in Ann Arbor, Michigan who just wants to be in her home with her memories until her last day. Mike and Dana Washington are a thirty-something couple who thought they would be in their dream home in the hills of Los Angeles forever, or at least until they could trade-up. Prosperity Preacher Paula never imagined in her wildest dreams that her Florida mega-church would ever be threatened by foreclosure. And Robbie West, Michigan cop, just wants to help people and does not enjoy kicking them out of their homes.

Playwright Stephanie Alison Walker based American Home on her very own foreclosure story. The first draft was written in the midst of her fight to save her Los Angeles home from foreclosure in 2008/2009.

 
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