Hosted by Coni Koepfinger: Hello and Welcome to AIRPLAY - you experimental theatre on the web.... today is our final episode for the season. We will be taking the summer off but we'll be back in the Fall with an exciting newseason for you. And as advertised OUR NEW PLAY COMPETITION - We we will choose 6 finalists who we consider have the strongest mono;ogues from a full length play. We will discuss how and why they were chosen and we will do an indepth analysis of the work through the eyes of the winning playwrights.
So today, we are going offer another sample of strong monologues inside a larger work.
Today's play is: CANDLEDANCING, The Voice of Julian of Norwich: by Coni Koepfinger.
Christy Donahue -will read ANNA, a young novice who has not taken her vows yet but serves as a worker at the East Abbey, in the laundry and the kitchen
Dr. Vivian Dorsett - will read SISTER KATE, one of the sisters at the convent, who teaches writing in the school at the orphanage, she is a playwright and a scholar hoping to get her academic papers as well as her creative work published.
Pauline Rose Moore - MOTHER MARY AGNES, the Mother Superior at East Abbey
Lani Cerveris Cataldi, will be reading the voice – WILL, an orphan choirboy, who recently just showee up on the steps of the East Abbey- he’s a bit peculiar as he stares at the candle flame until he goes catatonic. Plus The Stage Directions.
AirPlay Presents hosted by Coni Koepfinger.
Today's play is an adaptation of one of Coni's plays that was last produced in the Thespis Festival in NEW YORK CITY in 2015.
It's called THE STORY TELLER features the amazing talents of Zoe Anastassiou as Zanar, the Story Teller. Stage directions read by Lani Cerveris Cataldi
THE STORY TELLER
©2017 Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger
Place: A beautiful garden in the ethers, with all sorts of wild flowers and lush plant life teeming all round. Several species of furry little animals romp and play until Zanar, the Story Teller enters. She greets the flowers, acknowledges all life around her then sits comfortbly on the bench center stage.
Hosted by Coni Koepfinger:
Hurricane Katrina destroys the town of Lakeland
Mississippi, Hannah and her mother are separated. Hoping to reach
the Houston Astrodome and safety, Hannah receives urgently needed help from a right-wing wrestler, a reporter,Greek waitress, God, and God’s son, Jessie.
This story of a young mother and daughter losing and finding each other explores the consequences of global human displacement.
GEOGRAPHY was a finalist in the Contra Costa Times New
Play Competition and a winner in the Solano Repertory Competition.
Read by Christy Donahue
Hosted by Coni Koepfinger: Amy Oestreicher's Fibers:
After almost losing her own life at 18, a granddaughter seeks to understand her grandmother’s own suffering at 18, as a holocaust survivor, reflecting on the hostility her grandmother was met with after surviving Auschwitz, and the lack of understanding or tolerance for traumatized individuals in society. Unable to live fully when traumatized, the granddaughter yearns to understand how her grandmother felt, even when embraced by family, and seeks to answer how she herself can live a full life after trauma.
In interviewing nearly a dozen relatives she’s never met, she encounters a generation of lost stories, unfinished histories, and invaluable memories, and discovers an even greater gift – a connection to a legacy that takes the entire family by surprise, and a treasure chest of unbelievable, heartbreaking, and even humorous tales of survival, betrayal, devotion, and resilience.
Who wins in the battle between history and memory? How do you save a legacy from the battlefield of forgetting? And is anything “just” a story?
“It was kind of an unstated rule when you’re with Holocaust survivors that you don’t go there. and nobody comes out and says it, but it’s true for all of us that are first generation – you just grew up knowing you didn't go there.”
Stage Directions and Voice Mails: Christy Donahue
I come from a legacy of holocaust survivors. Why couldn’t I go there? Did anybody know the story?
Hosted by Coni Koepfinger, Read by Christy Donahue. Shirley King says "I have seven trees on my property. I planted four of them and have helped them grow tall and proud over the years. I wrote Promises as a tribute to those trees and to our magnificent California redwoods. I'm a Save the Forests advocate."
Today's play is TURN! TURN! TURN! By Shirley King.
This is a bit more serious than a lot of Shirley's work - it involves two women - sisters...
The CHARACTERS are :
ROMA – Folk singer, flying in for a quick visit with her sister.
Read by Sandra Bargman.
( informal intro and interview -
What's new with you ?)
KATIE -- Roma's sister, working in a residential care center in Africa.
Read by Christy Donohue.
( informal intro and interview -
What's new with you ?)
Our setting for today's play is A youth village in Africa where Katie works - her sister Roma - has come in for a quick visit...
"Will these two sisters finally learn to work together? "
We shall see so without further ado - we present today's play :
"TURN! TURN! TURN! "
By Shirley King
Hosted by Coni Koepfinger: On today's Airplay another great little monologue by Shirley King - Read by Christy Donahue- but first a bit about our "Summer Submissions" monologue contest!
Send us your best monologue- it has to be from a play - send the monologue, a brief character description and a short synopsis of the play to email@example.com
Hosted by Coni Koepfinger. Today's Presentation: CRAZY IN LOVE By Shirley King: Read by Christy Donahue.
Hello and WELCOME to AIRPLAY
I'm Coni Koepfinger
Today's PLAY IS "SKY BLUES"
WRITTEN BY YOURS TRULY
THIS PLAY ORIGINALLY PLAYED OFFOFF BROADWAY LAST SPRING. IT WAS COMMISSIONED AS PART OF THE VOIRE DIRE PROJECT.
COSMIC ORCHID ARTIST DIRECTOR Liz Amadio (Im a dee o)
was the genius behind the Voire Dire project and I dare say that it helped me to compose one of the boldest and most prophetic works to ever come out of my pen.
It was an amazing process-
Liz gathered a creative team - we viewed a painting (see) and we talked (say) about it.
It sounds simple but it was so amazing ... Check the website at Cosmic Orchid Theatre for more detail.
Speaking of Creative Teams - we have quite a creative team here today.
First reading the role of TAG -a boisterous yet caring FEMALE is
Zoe Anastassiou is a Greek Aussie British actress, 365 blogger, MiD (Mother in Denial)…the list goes on! She was last seen as the Irish Jenny in the developmental showcase The Eve of Beltane, and she can next be seen on set for the short film Ashes that is due to hit the festival circuit shortly. Zoe is also the Associate Artistic Director of newly founded Helluva Theatre Company that has already begun a yearlong festival commemorating Pirandello, his work and influence called Pirandello150. See more info on that atwww.pirandello150.org and see more of Zoe atwww.zoeanastassiou.com
And reading the role of TALKER -the charming yet confused MALE
Michael Perrie Jr. - Michael is a NYC based Actor/Playwright/Musician, originally from Baltimore MD, who's truest love is new plays and musicals. Recently, Theatre: GO! GO! Gilgamesh! (Shamash - Best of Frigid 2017, Audience Choice Award Winner), BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy -National Bway Tour 2016 & Theatre By The Sea); Film: Adam & Eve (Adam), Silver (Dr. O’Sullivan), Silver Fox (The Beast). Michael has his BFA in Acting with Honors from Towson University.
Our Stage DIRECTIONS will be read by Rachel Love.
Today's play is a short piece called MOM I AM
By one of our resident playwrights Shirley King.
I asked Shirley what inspired this particular piece and she replied, " I thought wouldn't it be fun to write a rhyming monologue about a mom's efforts to work out compromises with her children? I love rhymes and just now got an idea about a country singer addressing life's problems with rhyming lyrics. I can already see her and hear her voice. I can hardly wait to get started! "
So here it is MOM I AM by our master of the female monologue Shirley King!
Read beautifully by one of our most fragrant flowers in the Airplay garden - Christy Donahue!!
Happy first day of Spring!!!!
Kip Knott is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent being Afraid of Heaven. His first one-act play, The Irish-Hunky Shuffle, was produced in 2005 by the Irish Theatre Project in Columbus, Ohio.
Wife - Christy Donahue
Husband 1 - Frank J. Schiavone
Husband 2 - Robert Rhodes
Ringtones was inspired by a conversation with my son, who was trying to brainstorm ideas for a one-act play to be performed at his high school. My son had the nugget of an idea for a play about a man who loses his wedding ring at a bar while celebrating his anniversary with his wife, but he couldn’t think where to take the idea from there. Consequently, my son left that idea behind and went on to write a different play about a husband and wife who meet in Purgatory. The idea about the ring, however, stayed with me. I couldn’t stop thinking about the symbolic power that we ascribe to a wedding ring, and so I decided to push the idea of that power to an absurd level by making the power real rather than merely symbolic. As I began to draft what eventually became Ringtones, I wrote from the husband’s perspective, which just didn’t feel right. It was only when I turned the situation around and wrote from the wife’s perspective that everything began to click. As a result, the wife’s final gesture at the end of the play came very naturally. In the end, I feel that the play was something that I needed to write in order to express my frustration with the current social climate in America.
Hosted by Coni Koepfinger: Playwright and Actor Diana Burbano Reads her own Play "Linda"
About the play:
La Linda is from East L.A. She's shy, funny, and inquisitive—and obsessed with Linda Ronstadt, who can sell out a rock concert quicker than any dude, and Lynda Carter, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, who kicks ass in the name of truth, justice, and All-American girl power. The discovery that all three share not only a name but Mexican heritage cements the Lindas' place in her life as guardian angels. At a school talent show, La Linda puts on the Wonder Woman costume her abuelita made, roller skates onstage, and proceeds to fail gloriously as a rock star. But her twin heroines never desert her in this super badass story of finding your inner hero.
About Diana Burbano:
Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA.
She has been a working actor since leaving the Professional Actors Conservatory in 1991. She originated the roles of Ama de Casa in the Spanish version of Menopause the Musical, Thumb in Imagine, and Holo-1 in the Labors of Hercules. She recently played Ana Guerrero in Jose Cruz Gonzales' Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy Dialogue/Dialogos project at South Coast Repertory.
TV includes The People vs OJ Simpson, Cold Case, Betas.
She played punk Praetorian guard Viv in the cult movie musical, The Isle of Lesbos
Written work include Fabulous Monsters, a Festival51 winner, about women in Punk Rock, Picture me Rollin’ (featured at the 35th annual William Inge Festival.), Silueta, (about the cuban artist Ana Mendieta), with Tom and Chris Shelton, and the TYA Shakespeare mash-up, Caliban’s Island (Published by YouthPLAYS). Libertadoras, Vamping and Linda were written for the 365 Women a Year project and have been performed around the world. Her short play Rounds Per Second is featured in Smith and Kraus’s 5-minute play anthology.
Hosted by Coni Koepfinger: IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE By Shirley King.
Read by Christy Donahue.
Hosted by Coni Koepfinger, Read by Christy Donahue:
While fighting cancer Amy is determined to rise to the challenge by writing poetry and coming up with a different take on her illness.
"Amy's story suddenly came to me and I wrote quickly, without feeling the need to edit. I've always loved poetry so I liked helping Amy compose her own poem that didn't quite rhyme. I'm always grateful when my characters become "real." This is exactly what happened with Amy. I could hear her voice as I wrote and I continue to think about her and admire her bravery." Shirley King
Christy Donahue ReadsToday's monologue, BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO by Shirley King was inspired by Shirley's reluctance to donate her beloved books for the library book sale. She now reads "books" on her iPad but still feels guilty about the thought of abandoning her beloved home library.
It's a new monologue and Shirley thinks that it speaks to those who have one foot in the digital age and the other in a time when life was simpler -- or seemed that way.
Hosted by Coni Koepfinger. Script read by Christy Donahue.
An Adaption of SHE WANTED ME by Marj O'Neill-Butler
Hosted by Coni Koepfinger, Reading by Christy Donahue.
Today's play "Mom Really Did Know Best" by Shirley King, is a true story about how my Shirley's mother inspired her to become a social worker, a job she loved and held for more than 27 years. Our playwright admits, "It wasn't always easy but I knew it was what I was born to do."
In Today's show our host Coni Koepfinger talks about creativity and collaboration with her book, VIRTUOSO, a new collaboration with Robert Rhodes. How do we teach creativity? And why is so important now in the nascent stages of the 21st century? Starring Lani Cerveris Cataldi.
Coni Koepfinger Hosts. When a flight attendant starts flying high without a parachute it’s time to scramble. Cast: Chrisy Donahue, Robert Rhodes and Rachel Love
AirPlay Hosted by Coni Koepfinger As the Guardian continues to evolve we now find another character added. A therapist who works trying to help our Jo Jo deal with past traumas.
Our On Air Players Cast includes:
Mark Tierno and Susan Skosko
Susan Skosko: New Manhattan Theatre, Mystery's Most Wanted, USGLADIUS.com Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Cosmic Orchid, Air Play www.onairplayers.xyz
Mark Tierno was recently the patient Cheswick in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” with Barebones Productions and Father Dowd in “Bless Me Father” at Manhattan Repertory Theater. He formerly played Hoffman in Barebones’ Holocaust drama “The Grey Zone,”