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Premiere the PlayJan 06, 2023
Call for Submissions for Season 4!
Calling all Playwrights! Submissions are now open for our 2024 Season... Find out more at https://deanproductionstheatre.com/get-involved/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
Join us as we talk with Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, the playwright of The Captives.
The Captives by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
Painting death-row meals on china plates may seem like a quirky artistic endeavor. But Professor’s made quite a name for herself doing just that from the safety of her conservative Midwestern college. As someone who struggles with gender identity, she’s fascinated by this final decision in a life otherwise devoid of options. But now, pressured by her tenure committee, she has her first face-to-face with the next inmate to die — Texas prisoner Trevor Monroe. But Trevor wants a stay of execution — not a final meal — putting Professor uncomfortably front and center in a very public social media frenzy and setting up a series of life-altering events for the artist, the prison warden, and the man about to die. Inspired in part by true events, including the botched 2014 Oklahoma execution of inmate Clayton D. Lockett.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/captives-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Scott Carter Cooper
Join us as we talk with Scott Carter Cooper, the playwright of And Then Galatea Laughed.
And Then Galatea Laughed: A Very Modern Romance by Scott Carter Cooper
George Bernard Shaw is struggling to produce his new play, Pygmalion. With only one day before the first performance, Mrs. Patrick Campbell has just returned from an unannounced three-day holiday and Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree is struggling with the production.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/galatea-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Steve Gold
Join us as we talk with Steve Gold, the playwright of Women and Guns.
Women and Guns by Steve Gold
Female Marine MP, Tiffany Hansen, is sent to Baghdad during the Iraq war, leaving behind her civilian boyfriend in southern California. How will the psychological effect of her deployment and her subsequent accidental killing of an Iraqi girl affect her and her relationship?
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/women-and-guns-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Philip Hall
Join us as we talk with Philip Hall, the playwright of These Arms of Mine.
These Arms of Mine by Philip Hall
Marshall Evans is finally back in his Florida home after the police are done with the investigation. There, two days ago, his partner Judge William Kane was found shot to death. Today in the Great Room of the same house, Marsh is being questioned by a young female African-American detective who goes by the name of Charley. It seems that there are doubts about the Judge’s death. The wealthy Mr. Evans finds the interview insulting, but he plays along. Besides, his bar is well-stocked.
Throughout the evening, Marshall shines - expounding hilariously on such topics as Health, Infidelity, and yes, even Death. But eventually, he is forced to face the truth.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/these-arms-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Donna Latham
Join us as we talk with Donna Latham, the playwright of Best Beware My Sting.
Best Beware My Sting by Donna Latham
Laughter ensues when taming shrews! But what of the troublesome tropes Shakespeare mansplained? Alpha Petruchio is determined to keep his good lady wife Kate dicknotized and submissive. His servant Grumio, who moonlights as a sales rep for Fantasia Tickle Toys, cheers him on. Kate is a former ferocious shrew who caught feelings for Petruchio. She’s very nearly tamed, well on her way to a new identity as a sweet and docile housewife. It’s time to renounce shrewish ways—until O’Felia from the block seizes the moment. Who the hell wants to be tamed? What’s up with this gaslighting? It’s more than a disruption of the intestinal humors...
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/best-beware-my-sting-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Maggie Lou Rader
Join us as we talk with Maggie Lou Rader, the playwright of The Wonder.
The Wonder by Maggie Lou Rader
The Wonder is inspired by the first documented case of spiritual possession in America. Mary Roff's unearthly illness turns her family and the town of Watseka, Illinois, upside down, that is, until Lurancy Vennum follows in her footsteps. The Wonder is a journey of hope, loss, undying familial love, and healing beyond the bounds of this world. Also, it's a ghost story.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/wonder-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Melville Lovatt
Join us as we talk with Melville Lovatt, the playwright of The Powers That Be.
The Powers That Be by Melville Lovatt
Matt and Gary are ‘minding a man’ and awaiting instructions from The Powers That Be. Instructions which will decide the man’s fate, but also, unbeknown to Gary, his own. For Gary, the time has finally come to prove himself to The Powers That Be. ‘It’s an aptitude test of some kind, that’s all.’
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/powers-that-be-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Thomas J. Misuraca
Join us as we talk with Thomas J. Misuraca, the playwright of Cyber-O.
Cyber-O by Thomas J. Misuraca
Richard is having difficulty finding the perfect woman because he is unable to speak to them. Much to his surprise, is autistic co-worker, Elmer, has a knack for the romantic. Posing as Richard, Elmer woos the lovely Liz. But they will soon find that keeping up this charade, while being scrutinized by co-worker, Bonnie, will become too much to handle.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/cyber-o-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Richard Bonte
Join us as we talk with Richard Bonte, the playwright of Venom.
Venom by Richard Bonte
A manipulative psychotherapist, an ambitious patient, and a controlling secretary come together in an explosive cocktail that gets two innocent patients caught up in a dangerous coup.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/venom-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Dan Borengasser
Join us as we talk with Dan Borengasser, the playwright of There's a New God in Town.
There's a New God in Town by Dan Borengasser
When God discovers that someone or something besides Him has been answering the prayers of mortals, He sends Archangel Michael and Satan down to Earth to investigate. Between the two of them, they should be able to determine whether the source is good or evil. Neither one of them particularly likes being associated with the other, but God insists they cooperate to solve the mystery. It turns out there’s another deity at work, which threatens a potential instability in the universe, unless it’s resolved.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/new-god-in-town-episode/
Welcome to Season TWO!
Premiere the Play is back with 10 new audio performances of stage plays from contemporary playwrights!
Check out what's coming in Season Two:
Call for Submissions for 2023!
Calling all Playwrights! Submissions are now open for our 2023 Season... Find out more at https://deanproductionstheatre.com/get-involved/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Thomas L. Durkin
Join us as we talk with Thomas L. Durkin, the playwright of In Lieu.
In Lieu by Thomas L. Durkin
The Old Man is dead. He knows it. Endlessly stuck in a bathroom, the Old Man is doomed repeatedly to recall his life through faces he sees in a deck of playing cards while continuously consuming cheap wine. When Al Adams arrives, the Old Man assumes an alcohol-induced hallucination. But Adams is real and has his own past to relive and recall.
Now Adams and the Old Man, by chance or fate, are trapped in a place from which both are seeking escape. Through memories, they face the worst of their pasts and attain an understanding of the need for helping others in helping themselves.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/in-lieu-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Arianna Rose
Join us as we talk with Arianna Rose, the playwright of Touch the Moon.
Touch the Moon by Arianna Rose
Becca never sees her high school daughter, Miranda, alive again after Miranda leaves for Spring Break to a tropical island. Will Becca ever learn the truth of what happened to her daughter? A play about how humans need to know, and sometimes need to tell, Touch the Moon draws a line between truth and lies and how they intersect.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/touch-the-moon-episode-2/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Jane M. Lee
Join us as we talk with Jane M. Lee, the playwright of Open House.
Open House by Jane M. Lee
Larry is in a committed relationship with Keith, who has recently won a battle with cancer, but when Larry inexplicably answers an ad for a studio apartment, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to another man, Jason. Torn between Keith and Jason, Larry must come to terms with what he truly wants from life.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/open-house-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Donald Loftus
Join us as we talk with Donald Loftus, the playwright of Per.
Per by Donald Loftus
Sweden, 1889. Per Nilsson was declared insane and institutionalized at The Konradsberg Lunatic Asylum in Stockholm, Sweden, after the gruesome murder of his young wife. Now he must fight the ghosts who torment him each night in his asylum cell, as he attempts by day to convince his captors, the psychiatrist and his staff, that he is sane and should be released.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/per-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Lavinia Roberts
Join us as we talk with Lavinia Roberts, the playwright of The Consumer Report Consultant.
The Consumer Report Consultant by Lavinia Roberts
In this short dystopian comedy, David must improve his Consumer Report score in order to land a job.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/consumer-report-consultant-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Rob Dames
Join us as we talk with Rob Dames, the playwright of Hauntings.
Hauntings by Rob Dames
Alfred and Maude have chosen today to die. Maude is fatigued by grief, and Alfred holds a secret that has isolated him from human connection. They summon their family to be with them for this momentous occasion, but before they can share the news of their impending suicides, an armed man covered in tattoos bursts into their home and takes them all hostage. As their appointment with Death looms, Alfred is forced to reveal his secret.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/hauntings-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Philip Catherwood
Join us as we talk with Philip Catherwood, the playwright of Zig-Zag.
Zig-Zag by Philip Catherwood
In the near future, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been completely closed, guarded by sensors and military drones. It is illegal for anyone to cross over. Two people from either side of the technological border meet by chance and discover what life is like on the other side, whilst also coming to realize how divided their two countries have truly become.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/zig-zag-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Max King Cap
Join us as we talk with Max King Cap, the playwright of The Drop.
The Drop by Max King Cap
A Black soldier in the American army has been required to perform several distressing tasks: forcing Native Americans out of the Western United States and into Canada, policing rowdy Gold Rushers at the Canadian-American Border, and finally to sail to the Philippines to repress nationalist aspirations of the people newly freed from the Spanish colonial yoke. He balks at this last order and deserts the Army when he discovers and stealthily pursues his true enemy, the scion of a Southern family that once owned his. This play is an expansion of a fictional character in a well-known poem; Captain, from the Robert W. Service poem, The Cremation of Sam McGee.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/the-drop-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: E. Elia
Join us as we talk with E. Elia, the playwright of Body(s).
Body(s) by E. Elia
Six symbiotic, vaguely human entities lament the loss of key parts of their bodies, which they exchanged for large quantities of worthless junk, bunk, or gunk. They reminisce on the excellence of these lost body parts, their past triumphs and failures, and soon plot a desperate solution, which likely ends in further, tragic defeat.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/bodys-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: Rich Rubin
Join us as we talk with Rich Rubin, the playwright of Shakespeare's Skull.
Shakespeare's Skull by Rich Rubin
The year, 1794. The place, London. Frank Chambers is a young physician with a dwindling income and a penchant for gambling. Horace Walpole is a celebrated British aristocrat who believes genius is reflected by the shape of our skulls. Fate brings Frank and Horace together for a singular purpose: to steal the skull of the greatest literary genius of all time.
Horace is hoping to prove his theory, while Frank is hoping for a few extra coins in his pocket. Will their hopes be realized or will unforeseen events flip them upside down?
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/shakespeares-skull-episode/
- BONUS - Playwright Conversations: J.R. Spaulding Jr
Join us as we talk with J.R. Spaulding Jr, the playwright of Bare Cabin.
Bare Cabin by J.R. Spaulding Jr
Jigger and Topsy have chosen an austere life of isolation deep in the forest, far from the human settlements where they were raised. Though dedicated to sheltering their son, Junior, from the destructive nature of humanity, the forest around them has been slowly dying off, and food has recently become scarce. Now, as the people from the settlements begin encroaching upon their cabin, the family must decide if their struggle to live apart from society is worth fighting for after all.
Meet the Artists: https://deanproductionstheatre.com/bare-cabin-episode/
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Premiere the Play presents beautiful readings of exciting new stage plays from contemporary playwrights.