Hollywood Hills

02.22.13

Jenn Swirtz and T. Lynn Mikeska in "Hollywood Hills" by Stephanie Alison Walker - Photo via The Huffington Post

Jenn Swirtz and T. Lynn Mikeska in “Hollywood Hills” by Stephanie Alison Walker – Photo via The Huffington Post


Dialogue Sample

MISSY

I am pretty, right? I mean, I’m not fishing for complements, I just want to confirm that my perspective is accurate. That I’m pretty, because I’m pretty sure I am. I’m hot, right? I am. I mean, I’m a size two, I’ve got a perfectly symmetrical face and great tits.

Mark always talked about my tits. And they’re real! Not like that stupid bimbo’s. What’s her name, anyway? Cherry? Cherish? You know, just because you book a guest spot on One Tree Hill doesn’t make you a star.

I hate that attitude. I mean, how many people actually watch that show anyway? And did you see her? She was all like expecting everyone at the club to recognize her. So sad.
Drinking Red Bull vodka as if that were still cool.
It’s sad. Someone should really tell her.
I have no idea how Mark could be into her.

And she can’t act. She’s horrible! I can’t even look at her she’s so fucking embarrassingly bad.
How the fuck did she get that part?! It’s not like she’s hot. She’s all soft and puffy and… round.

(crying)
What does Mark see in her?!


Synopsis

Missy, a Hollywood starlet in the making, and D, a stand-in for Hilary Duff, are drunk, high and lost on their way to an after-party in the Hollywood Hills. Will Missy ever get a satisfying answer to the question, “Am I hot?” Will D ever get to smoke her cigarette? Was that speed bump really just a speed bump?

 

2 Characters, 2W, 10 minutes

 

Productions

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This is one of three “car plays” that playwright Stephanie Alison Walker has written and was originally produced inside an actual car at Los Angeles’ Moving Arts Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed production of The Car Plays.

 

[The Car Plays: L.A. Stories at Radar L.A. – Moving Arts – June 2011]

[The Car Plays – Los Angeles – Moving Arts – September 2006]

 

Press

Called “Intense!” and “Morbid” by Reviewplays.com and “Hilariously dark” by the LA Weekly.

 

Publication Info

*Published in Best Ten Minute Plays 2008: 2 Actors by Smith & Kraus

 
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An Average Man

02.22.13

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Synopsis

On a Starbucks run for his co-workers, an average man is presented with the opportunity to be a hero. Will he leave the task to someone else as always? Or will he confront his fear, save the day and in a moment re-define his entire life? It all happens in a moment. And this moment is his.

2 Characters, 1W, 1M, 8 pages


Productions

[Actors Theatre of LouisvilleTHE TENS – Louisville, KY, January 2013]

[Flathead Valley Community College 10-Minute Play Festival Festival/ Kallispel, MT/ May 2010]


Awards

[Heideman Award Finalist 2012]

 
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Synopsis

Ramona, a fifty-year-old teenage vampire-lusting widow has a sixteen-year-old pragmatic, classic literature-loving daughter who refuses to learn to drive. Mother and daughter struggle to turn fiction into reality while constantly being haunted by the past in this play about death, immortal love and driving.


Production History

-To premiere at the 2013 Source Theatre Festival in Washington, DC

-Workshopped at Chicago Dramatists as part of the 10-Minute Play Workshop in 2010


Awards

-2011 Heideman Award Finalist

 
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The Big Ride

02.16.13

Lauren Blumenfeld & Ashley Springer in the NY production of "The Big Ride" directed by Mark Karafin

Lauren Blumenfeld & Ashley Springer in the NY production of “The Big Ride” directed by Mark Karafin

 

Dialogue Sample

WOMAN: My friends say I have unreal expectations about people. And I’m terribly naive. I’ll believe anything you tell me. Especially if it’s something I want.

 

MAN: I love you.

 

WOMAN: I believe you.

 

Synopsis

A man and a woman meet on a 500-mile bike ride for charity. It’s a love story on bikes… in reverse.

 

America Young & Nathan Frizzell in the Moving Arts production of "The Big Ride" in Los Angeles directed by Cece Tio

America Young & Nathan Frizzell in the Moving Arts production of “The Big Ride” in Los Angeles directed by Cece Tio

 

Production History

The Big Ride was first produced in 2008 in New York City at the American Globe and Turnip Theatre Company’s 14th Annual NYC 15-Minute Play Festival.

 

Directed by Mark Karafin

Cast: Lauren Blumenfeld as WOMAN and Ashley Springer as MAN

 

The Big Ride was also produced in Los Angeles in June of 2008 at the Moving Arts One-Act Play Festival

 

Directed by Cece Tio

Cast: America Young as WOMAN and Nathan Frizzell as MAN

 

 

Publication Information

The Big Ride is published online here.

 

This play is protected by copyright and subject to royalties.

 

For rights, please contact me at stephawalker at gmail dot com

 
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"The Chocolate Affair" in the virtual world of Second Life

“The Chocolate Affair” in the virtual world of Second Life


Dialogue Sample

BEVERLY: I’ve had way too much sugar.


MR. GOODBAR: Are you okay, Bev?


BEVERLY: I shouldn’t be here.


MR. GOODBAR: You wanted to be alone with us.


BEVERLY: Yes.


MR. GOODBAR: Have another piece of candy.


BEVERLY: I shouldn’t.


MR. GOODBAR: If you can’t eat candy when you’re alone in a seedy motel room, when can you?


Production History

The Chocolate Affair by Stephanie Alison Walker was first produced at Glendale Community College in Glendale, CA as a part of the Motel Chronicles Series on June 6, 2008, directed by Kim Turnbull, with the following cast:


BEVERLY – Mary Claire Garcia
MR. GOODBAR – Chris Beltran
M&M – Nancy Yalley


It has since been produced all over the world including South Africa, Australia, The Philippines, India and the virtual world of Second Life.


Publication Information

The Chocolate Affair is published by Smith & Kraus in
2009: The Best 10-Minute Plays for 2 or More Actors


It is also published in Ten 10-Minute Plays: Volume II by Black Box Press


You can read the complete play here.


This play is protected by copyright and is subject to royalties.


For production rights, please contact me at:


stephawalker at gmail dot com

 
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Three Fittings

02.16.13

Pictured (R to L): Katrina Lenk, Catherine McGoohan & Laurie Gazzam

Pictured (R to L): Katrina Lenk, Catherine McGoohan & Laurie Gazzam

 

Sample Dialogue

MONICA: I feel like I’m going crazy. I’m spending so much energy fighting against this invisible threat.

 

SHARON: What threat?

 

MONICA: The blob. The wedding blob. I don’t want it to devour me.

 

Synopsis

Set in an upscale bridal shop on Chicago’s North Shore, Three Fittings explores the true meaning of the perfect bridal gown telling the tale of three brides-to-be. The first may have said yes too soon, terrified she’s purchased a gown (and perhaps more) she might, in the end, despise. The second believes matching bridesmaid dresses are fascist and would rather end world hunger than register at Tiffany’s. The third bride-to-be reminds us that it’s truly not about the dress.

 

A full-length dramedy in 1 act – 71 pages – 1 set

 

9 W or 5 W (with double casting)

 

The World Premiere

In October of 2004, Three Fittings received its World Premiere in Los Angeles, produced by Walker Kelly Productions under the Los Angeles 99-Seat Equity Waiver Agreement. It ran for six weeks, three performances a week, at the 40-seat Elephant Lab Theatre in L.A.’s Theatre Row.

 

Director: Johnny Duda

 

Assistant Director: Cece Tio

 

Stage Manager: Olivia Killingsworth

 

Cast: Dawn Balkin, Annie Cerillo, Porter Kelly, Laurie Gazzam, Katrina Lenk, Catherine McGoohan, Mary Beth Pape, Wylie Small and Alisa Weiss

 

The production was reviewed by CBS Radio:

 

FOUR STARS (Highest Rating.)  Along with the wedding gowns—love, longing, heartbreak, and delusion are on display at a bridal boutique in THREE FITTINGS, the excellent new play written by Stephanie Walker and directed by Johnny Duda, currently making its debut at the Elephant Lab Theatre in Hollywood.

 

With the help of a uniformly superb cast, Walker deftly explores various permutations of the mother-daughter dynamic, creating unforgettable characters in three vignettes. In the process, there is poignancy and humor, secrets shared and unshared, and, in the end, the unmistakable desire to see what Ms. Walker comes up with next.

 

This is an enterprise worthy of being mounted off-Broadway.”
 Todd David Schwartz, CBS Radio

 

Southeastern Premiere

2008 – The Women’s Theatre Project in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

Awards

-Winner of the 2008 South Florida Theatre Festival Audience Favorite Grand Prize

 

For more information about Three Fittings or to read the play, please contact me at stephawalker at gmail dot com

 
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“Fierce and troubling… Walker’s play is full of surprises. And it is rooted in the kind of harrowing truths few people want to confront.” – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“Strong… Disturbing… very human.” – Mark Eleveld, New City

Tom McElroy as Henry, Amanda Powell as Melissa and Joan Kohn as Charolotte | Photo by Anthony Aicardi

Tom McElroy as Henry, Amanda Powell as Melissa and Joan Kohn as Charolotte | Photo by Anthony Aicardi


Synopsis

When Melissa receives a mysterious invitation to brunch from her mother after a two-year estrangement, she returns to a home where nothing is as it seems. Fathers lie, friends leave and she herself is failing in the artist’s world she covets- as her mother practices the art of disappearing before her very eyes. The devastating truth she discovers in her parents’ house threatens to tear all of them apart for good. Will Melissa stay and fight for her family? Or will she disappear too?

 

A full-length drama in two acts

2 W/ 2 M

 

Awards

Semi-finalist for the 2013 O’Neill Playwrights Conference

-Finalist for the 2008 Princess Grace Award

 

Production history

World Premiere | 16th Street Theater | Directed by Ann Filmer | January 22 through February 28, 2015 | TICKETS ON SALE NOW
This production is JEFF RECOMMENDED.
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Past staged readings include:

 

March 24, 2012Chicago Dramatists – Saturday Series – Chicago

March 2009 – The Blank Theatre – Living Room Series – Los Angeles

 

For more information about The Art of Disappearing or to read the play, please contact me at stephawalker at gmail dot com


Or download the script through the New Play Exchange here.

 
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American Home

02.16.13

“Life is like Tetris except the pieces never stop falling.”


Synopsis

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. American Home is about Americans forced to renegotiate the American Dream, the extremes people go to when faced with losing everything and the resilience of the American spirit.


A Full-length play in 2 acts/ Drama

21 Characters, 6 women, 3 men


Awards

 

-Winner of American Blues Theater’s first annual Blue Ink Playwriting Competition – 2011

-Semi-Finalist for the 2010 Princess Grace Award

 

Press

 

Foreclosure Crisis Sparks Script – Chicago Magazine’s Deal Estate by Dennis Rodkin

 

Production History


Staged Readings


Chicago Dramatists – Saturday Series Workshop – Chicago – October 2012
American Blues Theatre – Blue Ink Award reading – Chicago – December 2011
The Blank Theatre – Living Room Reading Series – Los Angeles – February 2010


For more information about American Home and to read the play, please contact me at: stephawalker at gmail dot com

 
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