FAYE SHOLITON developed her work in the Cleveland Play House Playwrights' Unit from 1996-2011 and is a charter member of Dobama Theatre's Playwrights' Gym. Her full-length works have been read or produced in more than three dozen venues worldwide and have won more than 20 national honors. She is a four-time winner of Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council. Prior to writing plays, she was an award-winning journalist for local, regional and national publications. She teaches for writers of every description, including high school and college students, community groups and cruise ship passengers. Professional affiliations include the Dramatists Guild, which she serves as Regional Representative for Ohio; the Association for Jewish Theatre; and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. She is founder of Interplay Jewish Theatre, a company that produces staged readings of Jewish themed works. Thank you for supporting live theatre and living playwrights. Inquiries welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up Next at Interplay:
DENIAL, by Peter Sagal (staged reading). Dir. Lester Thomas Shane, Dobama Theatre, July 14 at 2 pm, July 15 at 7 pm.
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Synopsis of Denial: Abigail Gersten, a Jewish attorney and First Amendment absolutist with a history of defending unpopular clients, meets her match in Professor Bernard Cooper, a Holocaust denier being harrassed by the federal government. Her decision to represent Cooper not only threatens her stature in the Jewish community; it shakes her faith in what's true. As events spin out of control, she must weigh what's legal versus what's right.
Denial is a thought-provoking work that illustrates how history, memory, free speech and the stories we tell about ourselves determine who we are.
About the playwright: Peter Sagal, best known as host of NPR'S popular news quiz show Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me! and most recently host of the four-part PBS series on the U.S. Constitution, was first a playwright of renown. His plays (among them: Denial, Most Wanted, Kim's Sister, What to Say, Real Time, and Mall of America) have been staged at Seattle Rep, the Long Wharf Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Florida Stage, Illusion Theatre, and Pittsburgh's City Theatre. Among his writing honors: the Laurie Foundation Theater Visions Award, the O'Neill Theater Center's Charles MacArthur Fellowship, two Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellowships and a residency fellowship from the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Harvard University, his alma mater, awarded him the McCord Arts Prize. In April, he was a companion runner for a blind entrant in the Boston Marathon. They finished four minutes ahead of the explosions.
About the director: New York-based director Lester Shane is also a writer and actor with credits ranging from film and television to regional and European theatre. Current faculty appointments include New Actors Workshop, the American Academy of Dramatic Art, New York Film Academy, Pace University and TADA! Ensemble.
The cast: Don Edelman, Mitchell Fields*, Carly Germany*, Stuart Hoffman, Laura Perrotta*, Tom Woodward”, and Margi Herwald Zitelli. (*Member, AEA)
Faye's Plays in 2013:
THE INTERVIEW, Jan 4-20, at The Women's Theatre Project, Willow Theatre, Boca Raton, FL. THE INTERVIEW is now published by Speert Publishing. Available at The Drama Book Shop, Inc., 250 W. 40th St, NY NY 10018, (212) 944-0595. www.dramabookshop.com or by clicking here .
SOMEDAY MY PRINCE, Feb 1-16, a monologue performed at Astor Street Opry Company's New World Festival, Astoria OR.
FUNNY VALENTINE, Feb 15, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland. Part of Dobama's Valentine's Day Massacre. www.dobama.org.
PANAMA, March 15, 8 pm, staged reading, Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit, MI. (Dir. Mary Rychlewski)
THE INTERVIEW, April 24, 7 pm, staged reading, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland, OH
PANAMA, May 14, 7 pm, staged reading, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland. (Dir. Joyce Casey) www.dobama.org.
FEAR OF THE MARKETPLACE, (10 minute play), June 4, Association for Jewish Theatre conference, Minneapolis, MN
THE INTERVIEW, June 8, staged reading, Fairmount Temple, Beachwood, OH
TIME SHARED, (10 minute play), June 20, 23, Temple Players Tribal Humor, Trumbull, CT
A BRIEF HISTORY OF MAH JONGG, (one act), September 20-22 at Chameleon Theatre Circle, Burnsville, MN