Thursday, December 20, 2012

New shows for Martha Patterson - Barrington Stage Co. & Spokane Radio Theatre

My short apocalyptic comedy CHRISTMAS EVE, MANY YEARS FROM NOW will be produced in February at Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires (Mass.) in their 10X10 Festival. Picture a caveman and cavewomen after the apocalypse talking about what life must have been like in the two-thousand-oughts. Also: two short plays being produced this coming Sunday (Dec. 23rd) by Spokane Radio Theatre (Washington state), KYRS-FM, on the "Seasoned Players" show airing from 10am-11am Pacific Time, 1pm-2pm Eastern Time. You can listen to it on your computer! http://www.kyrs.org/programming.cfm?mode=day&id=7

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Production of A DEPARTURE in NYC, mid-November

If you're free in New York in mid-November, here is the schedule for an evening of fun one-act plays opening in Manhattan on Friday, November 16th, produced by Love Creek Prods. Synopsis of my play, A DEPARTURE: Middle-aged George doesn’t want his wife Anna to “discover” herself when she leaves on a voyage to England. *** INFO: Brief Acts Company, A Division of Love Creek Productions Network, presents Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Pie, Autumn One-Acts. Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th at 8pm, and Sunday, November 18th at 7pm. *** AT: The Producers’ Club 358 West 44th Street (btw. 8th and 9th) Reservations 212.769.7973 Tickets $15

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A YOUTFUL CAREER IN THE THEATRE by Martha Patterson

A long essay on my work as an actress in California and New York, and the transition to playwriting in my late 30s - lots of angst, lots of new discoveries!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New plays by Martha Patterson

THESE PEOPLE - A One-Act Drama (2 W, 1 M). SYNOPSIS: Melinda is a 50-year-old American woman living in an apartment in Boston. When her neighbor Sushila, a 25-year-old East Indian woman who works in business, gets locked out of her apartment down the hall, she knocks on Melinda’s door for help. Through their conversation, Melinda is enlightened about her own feelings of prejudice, as well as learning about generosity in a sexual encounter with the lonely young man who lives next door. But will these acquaintances become fast friends? *** CHRISTMAS EVE, MANY YEARS FROM NOW - A Short Apocalyptic Comedy (2W, 1 M). SYNOPSIS: Two-and-a-half thousand years after the Apocalypse, three cave people celebrate Christmas Eve. *** THAT'S LIFE! - A Long Comic Monologue for an Older Woman (1 W). SYNOPSIS: Simone, an editor at a publishing company, is on a deadline and gets two irritating phone calls at work. *** GOD SAVE THE QUEEN - A Short Political Comedy (5 M). SYNOPSIS: At a gentlemen’s club, four presidential types – all very “macho” - get together for a cozy chat around the fire, but their insolent waiter keeps interrupting them. *** THE 4th OF JULY - A Short Political Comedy (2 W, 1 M). SYNOPSIS: In Arizona on the 4th of July, Kathy rants to her women’s group about Mexican immigration.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Invitation to a reading in Maine, Oct. 21, 2012

Over the Edge, at the Edge A reading of three plays by Martha Patterson Please join us to go “OVERBOARD” for “OLIVES”, a “PIECE OF CHEESE” and a BUFFET SUPPER Sunday, October 21, 2012 5:00 PM prompt for 5:30 PM reading The Edge Restaurant, Lincolnville, Maine RSVP by October 15 jgbassistant@gmail.com (203) 637-0380

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A DOLL'S LIFE to be produced at the Mirror Theatre in Los Angeles

In an evening of Halloween one-acts, Martha Patterson's short thriller A DOLL'S LIFE will be produced in Los Angeles. The production will run one weekend, opening Oct. 26, 2012, at The Mirror Theater, 4934 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Directed by Trace Oakley, produced by Joanne Mosconi.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Two new radio plays in Spokane, Washington by Martha Patterson

My short romantic comedy A CHRISTMAS KISS will be produced this winter at Spokane Radio Theatre (Washington state), and they will also produce my short comic futuristic play CHRISTMAS EVE, MANY YEARS FROM NOW next year, end of 2013. (It's about cave people celebrating Christmas Eve after the Apocalypse).

Friday, August 31, 2012

AMARILIS produced in New York City, August 25, 2012

Monologue AMARILIS, about the Haitian massacre of 1937, produced by Cafe New York at Judson Memorial Church, Greenwich Village, NYC, August 25, 2012. This monologue will be translated along with other related pieces and performed in the Borderlands of the Dominican Republic / Haiti in October, 2012 to commemorate the Haitian "Parsley Massacre" of 1937, in which nearly 20,000 Haitians were slaughtered upon the orders of Dictator Trujillo of the DR.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Haitian Monologues, New York City, Aug. 25th

A celebration of theatre commemorating the Haitian Massacre of 1937. $10 donation requested (all proceeds go to charity.) This October 5 & 6 Border of Lights is going to Haitian and Dominican border to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Haitian Massacre. These monologues will come with us. Hear them first this Saturday, August 25 at Bailout Theater at Judson Memorial Church. Judson Memorial Church - New York City 55 Washington Square South, New York, New York 10012 View Map · Get Directions.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

THE FOUR SISTERS OF BAKERSFIELD, by Martha Patterson, published

"The Four Sisters of Bakersfield" has been launched in the JAC library and released for sales and licensing today! It is available for immediate purchase. - Via the JAC website: http://www.jacpub.com/Full-Length/Patterson_FourSisters.htm; - Via Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1605131660, as well as being submitted to Amazon for "Kindling". Synopsis: A dramedy in the vein of Robert Harling's "Steel Magnolias," this is a play about four sisters coping after their mother’s suicide. Katherine, the oldest, is the “sexy” one who always did what she wanted. Sarah, the kooky, neurotic sister, is divorced and has an 18-year-old son in college. Shelby represents the voice of reason but it is over-shadowed by her vanity. Last, but not least, sweet Alyssa is the youngest, struggling mostly with issues a young person should not have to struggle with. Suitors come and go, but in the end, it is within each other where they find their true strength.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Play for two actors (1W, 1M) - TALKING TO STRANGERS by Martha Patterson.

TALKING TO STRANGERS is a one act comedy set in New York City, about a young man and woman who meet by accident on a bench in Central Park. Anne’s boyfriend has just knocked her into a fountain and she enters dripping wet. At first put off by her openness, Harry, a friendly but quiet graphic artist, seeks to end the conversation quickly, but then finds Anne more interesting as she reveals her insecurities to him, and they develop a friendship through a long conversation about their jobs, love lives, dates with celebrity look-alikes, and loss of virginity. At the end of the play Harry invites Anne to spend the night on a sofa in his apartment, just to get away from her boyfriend – but will Anne accept his invitation? Paperback. Available from Amazon, and from JAC Publishing at 781-272-2066 or joe@jacneed.com.

MARTHA PATTERSON, playwright, publishes collection titled WHAT WOMEN WANT.

A Collection of Nine Short Plays. All feature strong women's roles. Includes comedy and drama; suitable for wide range of ages. These plays have been produced at Northwest Changing Scene Theatre, Washington; Thespian Productions, Florida; Pink Banana Theatre, Wisconsin; Short + Sweet Festival, Sydney, Australia. Available on Amazon and by phone from JAC Publishing: 781-272-2066. Paperback.

MARTHA PATTERSON, playwright, publishes full-length comedy THE MAID'S DAY OFF.

Cast of five (2W, 3M). SYNOPSIS: Present-day, full-length comedy about Sophia, a young, struggling American actress who is shacking up with Nick, an aging, semi-retired English rock star in London. With booze flowing freely, their talk ranges from Shakespeare to interracial marriages, snooty shopkeepers, and Sophia’s career as an actress. Impatient with Sophia, Nick sends her packing. When they meet five years later in New York, Sophia is now a successful but troubled film star. Will they connect this time, or will their conversation revolve mostly around Nick’s obsession with losing his current maid? Available on Amazon and by phone from JAC Publishing: 781-272-2066. Paperback.

MARTHA PATTERSON, playwright, publishes one-act WHAT REMAINS.

A One-Act Drama. Cast of four (3W, 1M). This play has been produced Off-Off-Broadway by Love Creek Prods. SYNOPSIS: At their summer cottage in coastal Maine, Jean tells her grown daughter Madeleine about an affair Madeleine’s proud, deceased, Irish-born father had, as Jean agonizes over the affair and the business of selling their vacation home. Through flashbacks, we see the disastrous result the affair had on Jean and Emlyn’s marriage. Meanwhile, the daughter, Madeleine, is trying to resolve her relationship with a young man she may marry. Will Jean and her daughter reconcile themselves to their sad past, and keep their beloved summer home? Available on Amazon and by phone from JAC at 781-272-2066. Paperback.

Play for four actors (3W, 1M), WHAT REMAINS, by Martha Patterson, published by JAC Publishing.

WHAT REMAINS, A One-Act Drama. This play has been produced Off-Off-Broadway by Love Creek Prods. SYNOPSIS: At their summer cottage in coastal Maine, Jean tells her grown daughter Madeleine about an affair Madeleine’s proud, deceased, Irish-born father had, as Jean agonizes over the affair and the business of selling their vacation home. Through flashbacks, we see the disastrous result the affair had on Jean and Emlyn’s marriage. Meanwhile, the daughter, Madeleine, is trying to resolve her relationship with a young man she may marry. Will Jean and her daughter reconcile themselves to their sad past, and keep their beloved summer home? Available on Amazon and by phone from JAC at 781-272-2066. Paperback.

Play for Five Actors (2W, 3M), THE MAID'S DAY OFF, by Martha Patterson, published by JAC Publishing

THE MAID'S DAY OFF, A full-length comedy. SYNOPSIS: Present-day, full-length comedy about Sophia, a young, struggling American actress who is shacking up with Nick, an aging, semi-retired English rock star in London. With booze flowing freely, their talk ranges from Shakespeare to interracial marriages, snooty shopkeepers, and Sophia’s career as an actress. Impatient with Sophia, Nick sends her packing. When they meet five years later in New York, Sophia is now a successful but troubled film star. Will they connect this time, or will their conversation revolve mostly around Nick’s obsession with losing his current maid? Available on Amazon and by phone from JAC Publishing: 781-272-2066. Paperback.

Plays About Women: WHAT WOMEN WANT, by Martha Patterson, published by JAC Publishing.

WHAT WOMEN WANT, A Collection of Nine Short Plays. These plays have been produced at Northwest Changing Scene Theatre, Washington; Thespian Productions, Florida; Pink Banana Theatre, Wisconsin; Short + Sweet Festival, Sydney, Australia. All feature strong women's roles. Includes comedy and drama; suitable for wide range of ages. Available on Amazon and by phone from JAC Publishing: 781-272-2066. Paperback.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

CONFIDENCES

A New Short Play By Martha Patterson Over drinks, nostalgic Molly and her friend Ruth are joined by an old high school acquaintance.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

THE GHOST OF CLAUDE RAINS - New Short Play

A New Short Play By Martha Patterson SYNOPSIS: The ghost of old-time movie star Claude Rains appears in a bar, alarming the bartender and a patron.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

WHISKERS LEARNS A LESSON to be produced in North Dakota

Youth Education On Stage - "Animal Antics" in Williston, North Dakota, June 19-20-21. Includes WHISKERS LEARNS A LESSON, by Martha Patterson, a short children's fable about a cat, a mouse, and a bear.

MY BEST FRIEND - A Monologue for a Young Boy

MY BEST FRIEND A Monologue for a Young Boy By Martha Patterson. Robbie has a best friend named Daniel. They climb trees together and love skateboarding. Daniel's parents have problems but it is really the fact that Robbie's mother doesn't believe in Daniel that bothers him, because Daniel is an imaginary friend.

A CAT IN THE WOODS - New Monologue

A CAT IN THE WOOODS A Monologue for a Young Woman By Martha Patterson. Lisa has lost her cat. Searching for him in the woods, she spies a squirrel and fills him in on her philosophy regarding her beloved pet.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

WITNESSING MORRIS CARNOVSKY PLAY FALSTAFF

WITNESSING MORRIS CARNOVSKY PLAY FALSTAFF By Martha Patterson. What? Witnessing Shakespeare when I was around the age of 10? With swords and daggers? And with a world-renowned actor playing Falstaff? In the 1960s my mother sent my three brothers and me to see HENRY IV, Part One, at Brandeis University’s Spingold Theatre in Waltham, Massachusetts, starring the legendary Morris Carnovsky. She wanted us to have a great theatre experience, you see, and to observe for ourselves what Shakespeare was all about. I sat there in the front row, with an edition of Shakespeare’s complete works on my lap, rather obnoxiously following along in the script and seeing to it that the actors faithfully duplicated ALL THEIR LINES in the play. I couldn’t quite see, at that innocent age, how they were able to muster it up to remember their speeches. And I was dismayed to see the actor playing Hotspur breathing heavily after a swordfight, when he was supposed to be dead, lying not six feet from me on the apron of the stage. Couldn’t he act DEAD?? Why did his chest heave? But it was glorious! It was exciting! And it gave me my first taste of Shakespeare. The Spingold was a marvelous theatre of good proportions, and Brandeis managed to get a stellar actor, in those days, to play along with the students. How I could have wished for that in my own college career. Morris Carnovsky!...who I was later to learn had been a member of The Group Theatre. As Falstaff he was fat and breathless and drunk – and acted very well with a bunch of undergraduates. A fine HENRY IV, Part One. Many years later I studied stage combat and learned how difficult it was to create a realistic fight on stage. Hand-to-hand, swordplay, rapier-and-dagger, it was all fun. But I knew that unless I played Joan of Arc I would probably never, as a woman, get to use any of those techniques onstage. Now I am a playwright and my sights are somewhat different. If I could manage to write a full-length play with anywhere NEAR the action of a Shakespeare play, and anywhere near his range of colorful characters, I’d be extremely happy. But I’ve read most of his works and I keep trying to do just that – to keep the action moving. En garde! ### For more writing on the occasion of Shakespeare's 448th birthday, check out www.happybirthdayshakespeare.com.

Friday, April 13, 2012

New Short Play for Theatre for Youth audiences...THE HORSE, THE RABBIT, THE FOX, AND THE ROOSTER

Short Play for TYA crowds:
THE HORSE, THE RABBIT, THE FOX, & THE ROOSTER
By Martha Patterson

SYNOPSIS: Horsey the Horse defends Itty Bitty Rabbit and Chanticleer the Rooster from Foxy the Fox.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

TAXES, SCHMAXES produced as a reading at FACT Theatre's "Words & Wine," NYC

F.A.C.T. (Friends Always Creating Theatre) will read

TAXES, SCHMAXES
By Martha Patterson

this Sunday, April 15th, at their "Words & Wine " reading series. lf you'd like to attend, the location is: ARTny - 520 8th Ave. (between 36 & 37th St.), 3rd Fl., New York City. Show starts 3:30 pm.

SYNOPSIS: Married couple Layla and Romulus argue over taxes.

Monday, March 26, 2012

One-act play WHAT REMAINS published

"What Remains"
By Martha Patterson

...was released for sale and licensing today! It is now available for immediate purchase via:

- the JAC site - http://www.jacpub.com/One-Acts/Patterson_WhatRemains.htm;
- Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1605131555

It will also soon be available in Amazon's Kindle format.

SYNOPSIS: At their summer cottage in coastal Maine, Jean tells her grown daughter Madeleine about an affair Madeleine’s proud, deceased, Irish-born father had, as Jean agonizes over the affair and the business of selling their vacation home. Through flashbacks, we see the disastrous result the affair had on Jean and Emlyn’s marriage. Meanwhile, the daughter, Madeleine, is trying to resolve her relationship with a young man she may marry. Will Jean and her daughter reconcile themselves to their sad past, and keep their beloved summer home?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Short-Short Play - LOVE IN THE KITCHEN

LOVE IN THE KITCHEN
Another short play based on an urban legend
By Martha Patterson

SYNOPSIS: While cooking for her husband one night, Winona has a lust for blood.

New Short Plays - TAXES, SCHMAXES and ONE NIGHT AFTER FETTUCINI ALFREDO

TWO NEW SHORT PLAYS
By Martha Patterson

TAXES, SCHMAXES

SYNOPSIS: Married couple Layla and Romulus argue over taxes.


ONE NIGHT AFTER FETTUCINI ALFREDO

SYNOPSIS: Based on an urban legend. Mikey and Yolanda are in for a surprise when they return to their hotel room after dinner.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New short play: ILLUMINATION, by Martha Patterson

ILLUMINATION
A New Short Play
By Martha Patterson

SYNOPSIS: A Mother and her daughter and son argue about lightbulbs, solar power, and how their father never left her anything.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

THE FLAMINGO RED TEA ROOM, and LIES, by Martha Patterson, to be read at Geneva Theatre Guild

THE FLAMINGO RED TEA ROOM
and
LIES
Two one-acts by Martha Patterson

To be given readings at the Geneva Theatre Guild, upstate New York, in late April.

SYNOPSES:
THE FLAMINGO RED TEA ROOM - Young Dora and Charles visit a New York tea room and meet an array of provoking characters, only to discover a playwright is using the two of them for “material.”

LIES - Lourdes and Simon, a young married couple, are lying to each other. But how much – and why?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

NEW MONOLOGUES by MARTHA PATTERSON

OLIVE - A MONOLOGUE
By Martha Patterson

SYNOPSIS: Olive, a wannabe actress, tries to get an audition at the Huntington Theatre in Boston.



GOTTA GET A LIFE
A Monologue by Martha Patterson

SYNOPSIS: Millie rambles about her life as she cooks for friends one night.

Six New Short Plays by Martha Patterson

GOSSIP BETWEEN TWO FRIENDS
A Comic Short by Martha Patterson

SYNOPSIS: Eloise and Sybil cherish their virginity but dream of real passion.


CELESTE
A Short Dramatic Play by Martha Patterson

SYNOPSIS: Celeste and her patrician mother argue about Celeste's choices in marriage. Meanwhile, the maid listens in.


BLOOD & RAGE
A Short Revenge Play by Martha Patterson

SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Rogers, who favors her adopted son Arturo, commits violent acts.


HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
A Short Play by Martha Patterson

SYNOPSIS: Hillary, who says she hates everyone and is stuck in a rut, discusses adoption with her husband Max.


A VISIT FROM A GHOST
A Short Comic Play by Martha Patterson

SYNOPSIS: Thomas meets his Mother’s Ghost and realizes she still has power over him.


SCENE FROM A SUBWAY
A Short Play by Martha Patterson

SYNOPSIS: On the subway, teenager Sean tries to convince Mona she's finally met a real man.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

MOLLY REMEMBERS NEW YORK - a monologue by Martha Patterson

MOLLY REMEMBERS NEW YORK
A Monologue About a City
By Martha Patterson

25 years later, aging Molly remembers life in New York City as a struggling actress in the 1980s - with all its good, bad, and indifferent characteristics.

Friday, February 10, 2012

WHAT WOMEN WANT by Martha Patterson - a collection of nine plays from JAC Publishing

What Women Want
A Collection of nine short comedies and dramas
By Martha Patterson

Available on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/What-Women-Want-Martha-Patterson/dp/1605131466/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328907354&sr=1-2
Also available on Kindle.

Friday, January 27, 2012

THE MAID'S DAY OFF published - rock & roll comedy by Martha Patterson

"The Maid's Day Off" has been released!

The script is now available for purchase:

- on the JAC site: http://www.jacpub.com/Full-Length/Patterson_MaidsDayOff.htm;
- via Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1605131334;
- and is also available in Kindle format on Amazon.