Friday, October 27, 2017

New Play Exchange Page Is Live

My collection of plays appears on the New Play Exchange, which the National New Play Network recently introduced to offer playwrights a venue to promote their work. It's a good-looking, user-friendly website, an easy way to learn more about my produced, published, and awarded dramatic works.  

Monday, October 23, 2017

Updated Dramatists Guild Website Up and Running

My Member Page page is live on the updated Dramatists Guild website. Descriptions of all my published, produced and awarded plays are there, including links to the scripts. I expect to add more works to the list as they receive productions, readings, or publications.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

"Hurry Hurry" Now Available

Issues of art, pop culture, creating, travel, theology, betrayal, loyalty, loneliness, and friendship are at the center of Philip Vassallo's Hurry Hurry: 12 Comedic and Dramatic Sketches, a 30-role production of 6 comedies and 6 dramas with minimal staging requirements. The play is structured for as few as 3 females and 2 males, each playing six diverse parts, or as many as 18 females and 12 males playing single parts, with infinite combinations in between. The pieces range in length from 2 to 17 minutes. Male roles can be distributed by 12 playing 1 part up to 2 playing 6 parts; female roles can be distributed by 18 playing 1 part up to 3 playing 6 parts. This production makes for an excellent showcase of an actor's dramatic range.

ACT ONE (48 minutes)
1. The American Film Institute’s Top Ten Movie Quotes (In No Particular Order) – DeMille and Toto are in for a bumpy ride in this farcical curtain raiser. (1 female, 1 male; 2 minutes)
2. The Legacy Poems – A seasoned, discontented, and defensive poet expecting a contract meeting with his publisher encounters an unexpected revelation about the value of his work and life when he runs into a young editorial assistant. (2 females, 1 male; 17 minutes)
3. Take Me to the Darkest Light – A young woman confronted by a blind man and a beggar on a subway platform experiences fear in a different light. (2 females, 1 male; 3 minutes)
4. The Head’s Up – A tourist in a remote cafĂ© is at the end of his obsessive solo European vacation realizes just how estranged he is from his self-made world. (1 male; 6 minutes)
5. Waiting – Whose urgency is greater, a woman about to give birth in a delivery room or an impatient man waiting to check out his groceries in a supermarket? (1 female, 1 male; 3 minutes)
6. The Meaning of the Blues – What would Emily Dickinson, Duke Ellington, and Frida Kahlo talk about if they walked through the Hermitage, Rijksmuseum, Louvre, Apostolic Palace, Prado, National Gallery, and Metropolitan Museum of Art? (2 females, 1 male; 12 minutes)
ACT TWO (52 minutes)
7. The Five Stages of Grief – Whether it’s love or business, breaking up is hard to do, yet the language is the same regardless of the situation. (3 females, 2 males; 3 minutes)
8. Who, What, Where, When, Why, How – A jogger converges on an artist a few blocks from Ground Zero tries to find closure in the terrorist incident that changed his life seven years after the September 11, 2001. (1 female, 1 male; 6 minutes)
9. This Is Your Life – The history a woman from age 6 to 66 unfolds as played by two characters, one who lives an idealized life through watching sitcoms and the other who deals with life as it really is. (2 females; 16 minutes)
10. Hooked Up – In this comedic turn, two diametrically opposed women in the waiting room of a doctor’s office turn from bitter enemies to old friends in a matter of minutes. (2 females; 7 minutes)
11. What If I Said – A veteran working in national security is torn between his commitment to his country and the limitations his job puts on him in fulfilling his obligations. (2 males; 10 minutes)
12. Writer’s Blockhead – A writer is conflicted by how to write a love scene: her right brain calling for no holds barred and her left brain demanding restraint. (2 females, 1 male; 5 minutes)

"Every Day's a Holiday" Now in Print

The Phil Vassallo coming-of-age play, Every Day's a Holiday, is now available as a book purchase and for licensed production. This two-hour show follows the lives of six teenagers (three females, three males), all close friends, who call themselves the Scheme Team. Their story unfolds in the fictional suburban town of Idemtown in 2009 during the last half of their high school junior year and the first half of their senior year through ten scenes set on the core themes of the ten US federal holidays:  

ACT ONE
  • Scene One: “Resolution” (New Year’s Day) – Sunday, January 4, Idemtown Mall
  • Scene Two: “Tolerance” (Martin Luther King’s Birthday) – Friday, January 16, Idemtown High School lunchroom
  • Scene Three: “Leadership” (George Washington’s Birthday) – Monday, February 16, Idemtown Medical Center
  • Scene Four: “Remembrance” (Memorial Day) – Tuesday, May 26, Idemtown High School English class
  • Scene Five: “Freedom” (Independence Day) – Saturday, July 4, Idemtown Park 

ACT TWO
  • Scene One: “Work” (Labor Day) – Wednesday, September 9, Class Chemists
  • Scene Two: “Discovery” (Columbus Day) – Monday, October 12, City Museum
  • Scene Three: “Honor” (Veterans Day) – Thursday, November 11, Idemtown High School auditorium
  • Scene Four: “Gratitude” (Thanksgiving Day) – Wednesday, November 25, Idemtown High School soccer field
  • Scene Five: “Birth” (Christmas Day) – Friday, December 25, den of Helen’s house

Sunday, September 06, 2015

"A Case-by-Case Basis: Four Short Plays" Released

A Case-by-Case Basis: Four Short Plays by Philip Vassallo is available in print and Kindle editions. These one-acts offer an extraordinary evening of theater, spotlighting front-page issues such as teen suicide, homelessness, law enforcement, justice, language, race relations, immigration and parenting.

Playwright Philip Vassallo, author of the award-winning play collection Questions Asked of Dying Dreams, here has written penetrating two-character studies, all produced Off-Off-Broadway, which touch a nerve, hold suspense, and resolve unexpectedly.

  • Ask Me (20 minutes, premiered in New York on April 18, 1999) tells the story of two middle schoolers whose love is doomed when their parents disapprove of their relationship. By inverting the plot and staging a punk band to contribute to the narrative, Vassallo sheds unexpected light on the inexplicable intensity of youthful passion.
  •  In How You Get to Main Street (30 minutes, premiered in New York on May 5, 1993), a lawyer stands up to his suburban town by defending a homeless man’s right to wander the streets of his community. He loses the hard-earned respect he had gained from his neighbors, and what he hoped to gain, an ideal kind of justice, is equally shattered by his client, who burglarizes his home. 
  • The Community Service (25 minutes, premiered in New York on February 14, 2004) bends identities to examine cultural perspectives and focus on communication barriers between two people, a resolute candy store owner who recently lost her husband in a race riot, and an unemployed, radical community member estranged from his family. 
  • The Spelling Bee (35 minutes, premiered in New York on December 12, 1993) thrusts onstage two young men, one black and the other white, each victimized in different ways by the same crime, each living on opposite ends of the same Bronx avenue that separates residents by their race, class, and culture. The New York Times said of this play, “Mr. Vassallo has taken an interesting approach. … There is some refreshingly honest talk from both characters—no political correctness here.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dramatists Guild Page Is Up!

As a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, I recently set up my page, which lists a brief biography, descriptions of my plays, and links to purchasing them for production or reading. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Doollee: A Great Playwrights Database

When I saw my page at Doollee, I was impressed with the website's depth of coverage. Doollee contains information on tens of thousands of playwrights and over a hundred thousand plays. But that's not all. It also lists theatrical agents, play publishers, theaters, and numerous theatrical websites around the world. If theater is your thing, you must bookmark Doollee.