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The 2ND Annual Open House Virtual Play Festival
Please join us here tonight at 7PM EST as we premiere 3 wonderful new and original comedy productions.
Tomorrow, 10/23/2021, please join us here at 7PM EST as we premiere 3 magnificent new and original Drama's.
Sunday, 10/24/2021, we close out the festival weekend here at 7PM EST premiering 3 brilliant new and original eclectic works
Please be sure to vote here for all of your favorites starting on Monday 10/25/2021.
We'd like to thank everyone for all of the time, dedication, and hard work that has gone into these 9 productions. They're all winners in our eyes and we can't wait to share them with the world !!!!
Next weekend, October 22nd, 23rd and 24th, don't miss our Second Annual Ten Minute Play Festival!
Help support new and original works.
Little Pink Cakes by Gina Scarda, Directed by Olivia Elber and Featuring Herut Askenazi, Lisa Meckes and Patrick Reilly
My Piano Doesn't Like Me by Larry Rinkel, Directed by Alysia Homminga and Featuring Isaac J. Connor, Johnny Bakis and Bailey Elis
Plastic Tarp by Joseph Raik, Directed by Sarah Morse and Featuring Jordyn Stoessel, Trey Shields
Every Other Day by Colin Murphy, Directed by Graydon Gund and Featuring Samuel Keran and Sandford Stokes
The Fall of Anne Boleyn A Semi-Historical Drama Presented as a Facetime Call by Samantha Oty, Directed by Annaleise Loxton and Featuring Rose Meehan, Nae Robinson and Cara Niebling
The Leaves Beneath The Trees by Steven Jackson, Directed by Jamie Haughney and Featuring Michael Schlapp and Paige Felger
Carolee's Closet by Marjorie Bicknell, Directed by Kellie M Beck and Featuring Rosemary Kurtz, Madison Eberhadt, Aliz Curnow and Kieran Westphal
Recess by Kara Emily Krantz, Directed by Luca Villa and Featuring Joe Schwalb and Sara Santucci
The Darkness Between Dreams by Jonathan Samarro, Directed by Nora Gair and Featuring Henry Graham Murray and Sam Sarabolatz
Be a part of something! After the final night of virtual performances, vote for your favorite Comedy, Drama, Eclectic, Director and Actor!
Keep an eye out on our Website, FB page and YouTube Channel.
One house needs your talents for its second annual ten minute play festival!
We are looking for actors and directors interested in the following plays:
THE DARKNESS BETWEEN DREAMS by Jonathan Samarro (Eclectic)
Two grave diggers working in the sleepy hills of the Hudson River Valley share their most intimate thoughts with each other as they shovel the earth beneath them.
OLD FELLER, early 70s, a dried-up poet, a bean pole, a couple of
good teeth, long grey hair, seen some stuff in his day
YOUNG FELLER, late 20s, rough trade, a bean pole, nice chompers,
long dark hair, seen his own share of stuff
CAROLEE'S CLOSET by Marjorie Bicknell (Eclectic)
Carolee's mother can't let go. If she had her way, Carolee would live with her in her house
forever. Carolee has other plans, and she's been quietly amassing all the things she needs to have
a fulfilling life of her own. They are hidden in the back of her closet where no one will find them.
But Mom has a tendency to clean everything, even the darkest corner of the deepest closet.
CAROLEE : F, 37 plain, worn down by care, any race (but should be same race as MOM)
MOM: F, 65 plump, pretty, overly motherly, any race
HAROLD: M, 40 average-looking middle-aged man, any race
NURSE JUDY: F, 50 kindly professional
LITTLE PINK CAKES by Gina Scarda (Comedy)
Juliet has been working as a receptionist at a law office ever since her divorce from her lawyer ex-husband ten years ago. However, after attending a party one fateful night, her life is changed forever.
JULIET: 50’s Female. Caucasian. Divorced. Works as a receptionist in a law firm since
her divorce from Frank 10 years prior. Her divorce set her on journey of self
discovery and improvement since she found herself alone with no skills to speak of.
She and her successful Lawyer ex-husband have 1 daughter Andrea Rose who is also
a Phycologist and lives in NY.
MARGO 50s. Female. Divorced. Any Ethnicity. Beautiful, Successful interior
designer. Margo and Juliet have been friends since Frank and Juliet hired her to
redecorate their Beach house in Venice Beach Fl in 1998. Margo has been Juliet’s
rock since the divorce 10 years ago. Margo knew of Franks infidelity long before
Juliet discovered it but never told Juliet for fear of hurting her and their friendship.
FERNANDO: 40’s Gay Male Any Ethnicity. Waiter at La Bella Luna where Juliet and
Margo frequent. Friends with the girls
THE FALL OF ANNE BOLEYN by Samantha Oty (Drama)
Sometimes you just gotta face time your friends to try and forget about your ex, especially if that ex happens to be King Henry VIII. Set in the days leading up to her beheading, this play puts a modern twist on one of histories most infamous monarchs.
QUEEN ANNE BOLEYN: Trying to forget about Henry, and spend some time with her daughter, Elizabeth.
JANE BOLEYN: Lady of Rochford, Anne's sister in Law
LISSA: Countess of Worcester, Lives for the salacious rumors about Anne.
THE LEAVES BENEATH THE TREES by Steven Jackson (Drama)
On a peaceful night in 1885, Ulysses S. Grant sits at home, with his wife, typing his memoirs. However, their quiet evening is interrupted by the arrival of an unexpected guest.
JULIA: Wife of Ulysses S. Grant. A cool, collected woman. Ready to stand her ground
ROBERT: A former Confederate Soldier, hell bent on revenge.
PLASTIC TARP by Joseph Raik (Comedy)
When Sheila brings home Terry for the night, she's excited to have someone who she can play out her fantasies with. However, things go south when Terry forgets his end of the deal.
*Content Warning:Frank and graphic discussions of sexual acts, both conventional and less so. References to bullying, losing loved ones to cancer, the rotten state of women’s healthcare, and sexual shaming.*
SHEILA: 20s, (she/her) Wanting to explore her fantasies.
TERRY: 20s, (he/him) Vanilla, well meaning but ignorant
MY PIANO DOESN'T LIKE ME by Larry Rinkel (Comedy)
When a young mans piano goes on strike, he must call in professional help to fix the problem.
JAKE: The amateur pianist
VLADIMIR HOROWITZ: The renowned classical pianist, who died in 1989 but so what
THE PIANO: Childish, Immaturely lashes out at Jake.
EVERY OTHER DAY by Colin Murphy (Drama)
After loosing his partner, Cooper, in a shooting, Grant at last meets Cooper's family. However, before he died, Cooper never told his family about his sexuality.
GRANT: Male. Late thirties. Grieving over the loss of his partner, Cooper.
MR. SHIELDS / TOM Male. Late fifties, early sixties. Formal, stern looking. Grieving over the
RECESS by Kara Emily Krantz (Eclectic)
Two children enact on the playground how they imagine life would be as adults; but perhaps they are merely practicing for the future and they are destined to share their lives together.
GEORGINA: Confident and whimsical, enjoys ordering others around (with love!).
LUCAS: Generous, curious, and kind.
For more information, check out the google form below!
Thank you to everyone who submitted their short plays for consideration in our festival.
The finalists are:
Congratulations to our Playwrights!
Aly, Bill, Christopher and Deborah, the Open House Team, can't wait to move on to the next steps of development with this talented and enthusiastic group. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates, announcements and highlights.
The House is Open – we can’t wait to welcome you in!
We Want You!
One House is always seeking to forge connections and foster the development of new works in the theatrical space and beyond. In service of that mission, we are looking to launch a new program called Open House – an opportunity to “open the doors” and match actors with early career writers as they prepare new works for development.
The goal is to connect writers in the early stages of project development with actors and other early career professionals so that a creative relationship can be forged from the very beginning of the creative process. We hope to foster a culture of ‘peer dramaturgy,’ in which actors can get involved on the ground level and, in some cases, originate new roles in public readings, workshops, films or productions. We would like to invite you to be a part of our network of writers and collaborators so that we can help you bring your idea to life.
As a first step, we are reaching out to playwrights, screenwriters, and other creatives who may be interested in developing a new piece for the stage, the screen, or the virtual space.
One House and the Open House Team of Aly Kantor and William Meurer, invite you to
submit a proposal of no more than two typed pages in which you respond to the following:
-Who are you, as a person and an artist? What kind of work do you create or hope to create?
-What is your project idea, in brief? Please give us details including the medium, anticipated length (one act, full length, short film, feature, etc), and a general aesthetic sense of what you hope to accomplish. You do not need to have begun work on the project to be considered, but you should have something in mind!
-What kind of support or resources do you need (or anticipate needing) in order to bring your proposed idea to the point of development?
-What are your goals and hopes for the piece?
We also ask for a brief writing sample, of no more than ten typed pages, that demonstrates your style and voice. Your writing sample can be related to the project that you are proposing but does not need to be.
Please submit no more than one unique proposal by Friday, February 5th, 2021 for consideration in the first development cycle.
Please email all submissions and submission materials to:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
The House is Open – we can’t wait to welcome you in!
The winners of our One House, One Heart 10 Minute Play Festival are:
Confessional by Chris Zaczek
Broken People by Blue Schuler
Fish Tank by Aly Kantor
Katrina Clairvoyant - Broken People
Patrick Robinson- Austin - Broken People
Congratulations to all the winners and our sincere thanks to everyone who participated. Please check out the awards show here:
We are so happy to be included in a Newsday article about online play festivals:
Congratulations to all the Finalists in our One House, One Heart 10 Minute Play Festival !
One House, the company that brought you L.I. Pause Monologues and L.I. Pause Monologues 2, along with our Festival Coordinator, William Meurer, would like to invite you to join us in our next creative original project:
One House, One Heart 10 Minute Play Festival
October 9th, 10th and 11th, 2020
Special live awards night complete with prizes, October 18th, 2020
A night of New, Original and Unique Poetry.
Deborah received her Theatre B.A. from Oneonta State and interned at the Abbey Theatre in Ireland.
After moving on from her Co-Ownership and Presidential role at EastLine Theater in Wantagh she has been able to concentrate on original works which are her passion. She originated the roles of Amanda in Sand Castles (Claude Solnik), Julie in Lady from Limerick (Claude Solnik), Amy in The Statement (virtual production) (Claude Solnik) and Mary in Caretaker of Corofin (Claude Solnik) at Theatre for the New City, NYC. The latter, based on a story written by Deborah about her exploits in Ireland. She recently originated the role of The Storyteller in the musical Gingerella(Ginger Hendler), Miss McBride in Potato Pancakes (Anthony DiFranco), Grandma in Kiss the Fortune Teller (Anthony DiFranco) and Debbie in Happy Anniversary (virtual production) (Anthony DiFranco).
When not on stage she is Directing Operations in the medical field or at home with Christopher and Zoey. She is forever grateful for her supportive family and friends. One House.
William Meurer is an actor/playwright based in Seaford, NY. Since graduating from Adelphi University with his BFA in theater, he has been passionate about creating and helping other artists develop new work. Some of his writing credits include The Many Gay Adventures of Nicholas Laurenstein, which received a reading in 2019 at Montclair University as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and a radio adaptation of Dracula that will be produced by The Public Domain Players in March 2021.
Christopher Rupy is an IT field engineer living in the New York area with his wife, Deborah and his Boston Terrier, Zoey. He has been a huge supporter of the creative arts since his High School years, where he was active behind the scenes with the theatre guild. He has recently written two monologues for the One House LI Pause Monologues and LI Pause Monologues 2. He and his wife are currently in production of the One House, One Heart 10 Minute Play Festival. He is the chief editor and technical support for the company. He loves history and traveling and looks forward to the possibility of his first novel.
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