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THE PLAYS OF WAYNE PEASE: THE PLOTS

1. Flames Will Not Feed Us: Gauguin joins Van Gogh in the south of France to start an art colony. They disagree about almost everything. Van Gogh gradually goes over the edge and tries to kill Gauguin with a knife (onstage). When Gauguin escapes, he cuts off his own ear (onstage).

2. The Rite of Spring: The old American frontier. A mother who ran off with another man returns secretly to her family of moonshiners. The boys pursue other women. Husband and wife reconciled (and sounds of them making love end the play).

3. This Friday They Call The Good: An American community theater of the time re-enacts the death of Lincoln (which has just taken place) in a poetic elegy.

4. How Red The Rose That Is The Soldierís Wound: During the Vietnam war, a young college visits a badly wounded friend and eventually becomes a draft resister (in the last scene at the draft board where he canít take the final step).

5. Siege Of The Anti-Christ: Nietzscheís sister hires a group of actors to do drama therapy on him in an attempt to cure his madness. A series of scenes around a set of graphic images (Nietzsche crucified, etc.)

6. Grandma: A grandmother put in an old folks home, the story told by the boy of how she attempts to escape to Mexico and starts a revolution instead. (Done off-off Broadway. A real hit with seniors.)

7. Jonah: A modern re-telling of the tale where Jonah and God the main characters, Jonah refusing to go to the big city and preach to the heathens. He ends up on the Statue of Liberty.

8. American Gothic: Set in Oregon around 1900, the wife of a trapper (she has TB) falls in love with her doctor and ends up making love with the black boy helper. At the end the boy kills the trapper and runs away. The woman re-appears, yet we do not know if she is alive or just a vision.

9. Now Is The Time (For All Good Men To Come To The Aids Of Their Country): A gay social worker in a city hospital faces his death with humor and cynicism, heading a band that performs onstage.

10. Old MacDonald Had A Farm: Set in the Midwest during the farm crisis, a neighbor wants to believe the preacher who says the Jews the cause of it all. His wife threatens to leave him and his neighbor kills his own family (onstage/offstage Greek style), only the little girl escaping. The play partially based on The Cherry Orchard.

11. Grandpa: A grandfather returns home to his son and family after running away to Mexico years ago. The son is running for city council and this taking place during the attempt to reconcile father and son. The father gets the son stoned and the son goes into a monologue about saving the world.

12. The Holiday Trilogy: Three full-length plays set at Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. 1. Smart Alix A son comes home from college, except heís changed himself into a beautiful girl (literally, played by a petit blond) and has her Indian boyfriend in tow. This is a preacherís family with hidden alcoholic and incestuous secrets. 2. The Skeleton (in the closet): The aging lovers and butler of the man who perfected the condom and grew rich from it use a sťance to kill him and get his money. In the middle of the play they do a celebratory inflated condom song and dance. 3. The Disciple: A family of circus performers whoíve retired to a farm discover their son has helped his Indian guru escape from the law and is hiding him upstairs. The hypnotist handyman ends up taking the guruís place in the world. And the family finally relents and lets their daughter join the circus.

13. Old Man Finding The Desire To Live: Late at night, after-hours, a 16 year-old-girl visits her hero, a nightclub singer at his piano in a deserted club. Songs and flashbacks to his romance with and death of his wife. The girl brings him the hope of a renewed ability to love.

14. Loving Archetypes: A musical based on a series of stories about a Jungian therapist and how he finally finds true love (and a long-lost daughter is united with her father).


SHORT PLAYS:

1. This Foolish, Maybe Chosen, Beast: The poetic life and death of Francois Villon in medieval France.

2. Robots Have No Tails: Based on a memory of the sci-fi book of the same name. A robot and his maker work out their relationship.

3. The Strangler: A one-person piece where the protagonist gradually reveals to an unknown force outside the door that he is the serial killer.

4. Upon A Painted Ocean: Leonardo da Vinci tries to reach the prince who has hired him but cannot find his way into the castle. (Partially based on Kafkaís The Castle.)

5. The Metamorphosis of Franz Kafka: A re-telling of the tale, done with a musician center-stage setting the tone.

6. The Clown: A clown entertains the ill daughter of a rich woman in Virginia City during the frontier, silver days. The woman and clown have an affair. The daughter dies of laughter at the end of the play.

7. Gaius Caligula: A re-telling of the insane emperorís escapades.

8. O What A Rogue And Peasant Slave Am I: The country cousin visits the city cousin and then the wife of the former revealed. All three characters played by the same character in a lightning fast farce.

9. The Poetry Reading: A poet enters to do a reading but ends up talking a lot about poetry and mostly his wife. It is left up to the audience to realize she has just died. (Inspired by Chekhovís monologue On Tobacco.)

10. The English Teacher: Another monologue where the high-school teacher talking to the class lets out his affair with a student.

11. Henry and Alexandra: A Sahara desert journey of a poet and his on-again off-again girlfriend as they meet and part and encounter strange people on a trip to Cairo.

12. The Wedding Of Love And Death: The surrealistic account of the marriage between opposites.

13. The Mothers: Three on-act plays: 1. A Sentimental Education: A high-school teacher and her principal enact the battle of the sexes. 2. The Prodigal Son: Four monologues where the main character never speaks. The mother tells her last in the first one. After she dies the father and son search for a reconciliation. 3. Wine: A daughter becomes her fatherís lover, then after he dies she becomes the lover of her son. All this without judgment.

14. Voyages: Three one-act plays: 1. Southern Cross: Two mis-matched would-be lovers drift off in a lifeboat at night in the South Pacific. 2. The Poetry Lesson: Having found a bunch of books at a used bookstore with the name of the former owner in them, a college student visits the retired lady professor and learns the secret of passion. 3. While Salome Dances: A girl about to go to a prom is terrified about her looks and clothes. Three former models who are now the angels of beauty appear in her bed to help her prepare.

15. Forever And Never: A contemporary deconstruction of a fairy-tale, Hansel and Gretel, their difficult journey thru modern times.
goblin market dir. david davalos
:: goblin market dir. david davalos ::
'incorruptible' dir. wayne pease
:: 'incorruptible' dir. wayne pease ::
'the wedding of love and death (1986)' by wayne pease,  directed by hector garza
:: 'the wedding of love and death (1986)' by wayne pease, directed by hector garza ::
A Bard's Tale: The Heroic Triumph of Sir Walter Over the Nilhists dir. matt hammons
:: A Bard's Tale: The Heroic Triumph of Sir Walter Over the Nilhists dir. matt hammons ::
angels in america dir. joe hilsee
:: angels in america dir. joe hilsee ::
assassins rehearsal (digilux 2)
:: assassins rehearsal (digilux 2) ::
auto
:: auto ::
babylon heights, dir. winston colgan (dress rehearsal)
:: babylon heights, dir. winston colgan (dress rehearsal) ::
backstage with clockwork orange
:: backstage with clockwork orange ::
blue room halloween: the vampires' lair
:: blue room halloween: the vampires' lair ::
blue room kid's midwinter workshop dir. lisa schmidt
:: blue room kid's midwinter workshop dir. lisa schmidt ::
blue room kid's shoemaker auditions dir lisa schmidt
:: blue room kid's shoemaker auditions dir lisa schmidt ::
blue room kids selected pics
:: blue room kids selected pics ::
blue room kids summer 2006
:: blue room kids summer 2006 ::
blue room theatre fall ball 2009 (backstage too)
:: blue room theatre fall ball 2009 (backstage too) ::
blue room trinity gallery show
:: blue room trinity gallery show ::
cannibal, the musical dir. melanie smith
:: cannibal, the musical dir. melanie smith ::
charlie & the glass elevator dir. lisa schmidt
:: charlie & the glass elevator dir. lisa schmidt ::
clockwork orange, dir. martin chivara & frank bedene
:: clockwork orange, dir. martin chivara & frank bedene ::
crimes of the heart dir. cynthia lammel
:: crimes of the heart dir. cynthia lammel ::
d-lux 2 backstage at the blue room
:: d-lux 2 backstage at the blue room ::
d-lux 2 bluebeard dir. betty burns
:: d-lux 2 bluebeard dir. betty burns ::
d-lux 2 rehearses shakespeare in the park
:: d-lux 2 rehearses shakespeare in the park ::
D2 animal farm dir. sue pate
:: D2 animal farm dir. sue pate ::
D2 bright ideas cast & crew
:: D2 bright ideas cast & crew ::
D2 bright ideas rehearsal
:: D2 bright ideas rehearsal ::
D2 fresh ink portraits
:: D2 fresh ink portraits ::
d2 the night thoreau spent in jail
:: d2 the night thoreau spent in jail ::
D2 winnie the pooh dir. lisa schmidt
:: D2 winnie the pooh dir. lisa schmidt ::
daedalus written & dir. david davalos
:: daedalus written & dir. david davalos ::
dead man's cell phone  dir. brad moniz
:: dead man's cell phone dir. brad moniz ::
dead man's cell phone: backstage and photoshoot
:: dead man's cell phone: backstage and photoshoot ::
defying gravity dir. william j. johnson 1st run-thru
:: defying gravity dir. william j. johnson 1st run-thru ::
directing class with randy wonzong
:: directing class with randy wonzong ::
elegy for the circus chimera
:: elegy for the circus chimera ::
entry 1: the dress rehearsal
:: entry 1: the dress rehearsal ::
Everything but the Kitchen Sink - New Year Revue, dir. allison rich
:: Everything but the Kitchen Sink - New Year Revue, dir. allison rich ::
fresh ink 2009, new plays by kathleen tomko, daniel penner, & audrey arn
:: fresh ink 2009, new plays by kathleen tomko, daniel penner, & audrey arn ::
fresh ink crew 2007
:: fresh ink crew 2007 ::
fresh ink's last night
:: fresh ink's last night ::
geoff kancik, magician
:: geoff kancik, magician ::
gertrude by susan aylworth, dir. wayne pease
:: gertrude by susan aylworth, dir. wayne pease ::
god of hell dir. ben allen & loki miller (dress rehearsal)
:: god of hell dir. ben allen & loki miller (dress rehearsal) ::
gross indecencies, dir. joel rogers
:: gross indecencies, dir. joel rogers ::
hs_day
:: hs_day ::
importance of being earnest  dir. cynthia lammel
:: importance of being earnest dir. cynthia lammel ::
improvaganza dir. lisa schmidt
:: improvaganza dir. lisa schmidt ::
jacob marley's christmas carol dir. amber miller
:: jacob marley's christmas carol dir. amber miller ::
johnny got his gun, dir. steve swim and rob wilson
:: johnny got his gun, dir. steve swim and rob wilson ::
king & i dir. mike masur
:: king & i dir. mike masur ::
laramie project dir. libby jensen
:: laramie project dir. libby jensen ::
laughing on the way to the graveyard (notes on zen theater)
:: laughing on the way to the graveyard (notes on zen theater) ::
lieutenant of inishmore dir. ben allen (dress)
:: lieutenant of inishmore dir. ben allen (dress) ::
lieutenant of inishmore dir. ben allen (photoshoot)
:: lieutenant of inishmore dir. ben allen (photoshoot) ::
LOST HIGHWAY, backstage
:: LOST HIGHWAY, backstage ::
Lost HIghway, the hank williams story, dir. loki miller
:: Lost HIghway, the hank williams story, dir. loki miller ::
midsummer nights dream dir. michelle smith
:: midsummer nights dream dir. michelle smith ::
nixon's nixon dir. jerry miller
:: nixon's nixon dir. jerry miller ::
once upon a mattress dir. sue pate: dance audition b&w
:: once upon a mattress dir. sue pate: dance audition b&w ::
once upon a mattress photo shoot
:: once upon a mattress photo shoot ::
pawns of comedy at the blue room
:: pawns of comedy at the blue room ::
pawns of comedy at the blue room jan. 2010
:: pawns of comedy at the blue room jan. 2010 ::
phaedre, dir. wayne pease, 1969, uc santa cruz
:: phaedre, dir. wayne pease, 1969, uc santa cruz ::
polaroid x530 bluebeard's last nite b&w
:: polaroid x530 bluebeard's last nite b&w ::
quilters dir. gail holbrook
:: quilters dir. gail holbrook ::
recent tragic events dir. joe hilsee
:: recent tragic events dir. joe hilsee ::
reservoir dolls, dir. jeremy votava
:: reservoir dolls, dir. jeremy votava ::
rogue theatre's 'killer joe' dir. amber miller
:: rogue theatre's 'killer joe' dir. amber miller ::
sam shepard's god of hell part 1: set-dressing photoshoot
:: sam shepard's "god of hell" part 1: set-dressing photoshoot ::
search for intelligent life/thom pain: cast and crew
:: search for intelligent life/thom pain: cast and crew ::
shoebox open mic nite
:: shoebox open mic nite ::
sid and nancy, dir. martin chavira
:: sid and nancy, dir. martin chavira ::
something wicked this way comes
:: something wicked this way comes ::
striking uncle jack
:: striking uncle jack ::
tales of the lost formicans dir. rob wilson
:: tales of the lost formicans dir. rob wilson ::
the actors (don's barnack)
:: the actors (don's barnack) ::
the bat out of hell, created/directed by loki miller
:: the bat out of hell, created/directed by loki miller ::
the blue room theatre: postcards from the edge
:: the blue room theatre: postcards from the edge ::
the cast of clockwork orange, dir. martin chivara & frank bedene
:: the cast of clockwork orange, dir. martin chivara & frank bedene ::
the deadly penguins, written/directed by craig blamer
:: the deadly penguins, written/directed by craig blamer ::
the illusions dir. brad monitz
:: the illusions dir. brad monitz ::
the last five years dir. ben allen
:: the last five years dir. ben allen ::
the last five years dir. ben allen (photoshoot working pics)
:: the last five years dir. ben allen (photoshoot working pics) ::
the last of the red hot lovers dir. stephanie adams
:: the last of the red hot lovers dir. stephanie adams ::
the lloyd's 2005 b&w
:: the lloyd's 2005 b&w ::
theater: everyman rehearsal pics
:: theater: everyman rehearsal pics ::
theater: everyman rehearsal pics
:: theater: everyman rehearsal pics ::
theater: man of la mancha
:: theater: man of la mancha ::
theater: once on an island, dir. alice wiley pickett
:: theater: once on an island, dir. alice wiley pickett ::
theater: sue pate's mime class
:: theater: sue pate's mime class ::
theater: the lloyd's awards 2004
:: theater: the lloyd's awards 2004 ::
theater: the taffetas, dir. sue pate
:: theater: the taffetas, dir. sue pate ::
this is how it goes dir. ben allen
:: this is how it goes dir. ben allen ::
tick, tick, boom dir. allison rich
:: tick, tick, boom dir. allison rich ::
tommy dir. jeremy votava
:: tommy dir. jeremy votava ::
torture refined
:: torture refined ::
twilight zone episodes dir. keilana decker & denver latimer
:: twilight zone episodes dir. keilana decker & denver latimer ::
twilight zone: shadow play dir. nicolle danielle
:: twilight zone: shadow play dir. nicolle danielle ::
uncle jack (chekhov adapted) dir. paul stout
:: uncle jack (chekhov adapted) dir. paul stout ::
uncle jack portraits
:: uncle jack portraits ::
waiting for vader (fresh ink) by jeremy votava dir. wayne pease
:: waiting for vader (fresh ink) by jeremy votava dir. wayne pease ::
why torture is wrong, and the people who love them  dir. brad moniz
:: why torture is wrong, and the people who love them dir. brad moniz ::