Choices by James McLindon, Northampton, MA - Jury Award Winner
JAMES MCLINDON is a member of the Nylon Fusion Theater Co. in New York. His play, Salvation, premiered in New York, Giovanna Sardelli directing, to critical acclaim in the New York Times and elsewhere. Comes a Faery was developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Sean Daniels directing, was a finalist for the Humana Festival, and premiered at the New Ohio Theatre. Distant Music has been produced seven times across the country. Dead and Buried was premiered at the Detroit Repertory Theater and has been performed by the Apollo Kine Theater in Estonia and Dreamcatcher Rep in New Jersey. Mr. McLindon’s plays have been developed and/or produced at theaters such as the O’Neill (selection and six-time semifinalist), PlayPenn, Victory Gardens, Lark, Abingdon, hotINK Festival, Irish Repertory, Samuel French Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New Rep, Lyric Stage, Boston Playwrights, Local Theatre, Telluride Playwrights Festival, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Seven Devils. His plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing and Smith & Kraus and produced all over the world including London, Edinburgh, Ireland, Australia, the Philippines, Luxembourg and Estonia.
Streamliners Across America by Paul Lewis, Bainbridge Island, WA
PAUL LEWIS is a Seattle-based playwright and composer whose recent projects include a musical adaptation of The Runaway Bunny (Boston Children’s Theatre); The Crossing, A Musical (Theater Schmeater and Jewel Box Theatre), winner of a Seattle Times Footlight Award for promising new work; Caps for Sale, A Musical (Boston Children’s Theatre); the full-length play Oblivion (Driftwood); and The Hours of Life, A Musical (Theatre22). His play The Names has had developmental readings at FUSION, Equity Library Theatre Chicago, Macha Monkey, and Atlantic Stage. Paul’s one-acts have been staged at play festivals across the U.S, as well as in Canada, Mexico and the UK; several have been published in Best Ten-Minute Play and Best Stage Monologue anthologies published by Smith & Kraus. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
That’s Some Eulogy by Paula Fell, Corona del Mar, CA
PAULA FELL’s experience in the theatre includes playwriting, acting, and producing. Her black comedy Trust Me, then called Acceptable Risk, was chosen as a winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival and the Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival and received staged readings at both of these festivals. It recently received a stage reading at the HRC Showcase Theater Playwriting Contest. It was also a semi-finalist in the Dayton Playhouse Future Fest and the Trustus Playwrights contest. Her play The Hive was a winner of the Panndora's Box Festival of New Works and was produced by the Not For Primetime Players. The Bench, was produced as a winner of the 2018 Infinity 10-Minute Play Contest. The Garden Stalker, which she co-wrote with her mother Janyth Fell, and another play, Special Ops were performed as part of Santa Fe Playhouse’s Benchwarmers Play Festival. Her plays Irresolution, We Three Extras, and Special Ops were produced by the New Voices Playwrights. She also wrote several teleplays for the situation comedy The Wrotten Show that aired on cable television. Paula lives in Corona del Mar, California, with Tim, her best cheerleader and husband.
Fluent by Chuck Smith, Woodbridge, VA
CHUCK SMITH - I live in Virginia, outside Washington, DC. I used to act in Community Theater and was in a few One Act Festivals. I thought: I can write something like this and I found that I could. I have had 17 one act plays done or read by 25 theater groups and 2 colleges in 13 states. When I got a good reception to my second one act play, I had the hubris to send it to Samuel French. They liked it, saying that: “ … it showed a nice wit and nice jeux de mots”. It’s easy for me to quote that as I have it framed on the wall. They got a local NYC theater group to do it in French’s Off-Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival. I went up and saw it on 42nd Street, albeit farther down the street, just past the bus station. It didn’t win anything, but it has been done 9 times in various permutations. I am an Associate Member of the National Cartoon Society. I’m not an artist, but I am a gag-writer for 3 major strips and get a few of my jokes in here and there. I’ve been an extra in a few movies that shot in DC and I was an extra on the television shows Homicide and The Wire. I used to be a frequent winner in the Washington Post’s Style Invitational humor contest. I wrote an unpublished detective book, but don’t ask me about it, as it is a sore subject. I have done various types of comic writing and three Pulitzer Prize winners (MacNelly, Peters and Weingarten) have thought that I am funny.
Stew by K. Alexa Mavromatis, Rumford, RI
K. ALEXA MAVROMATIS is excited to be part of The Seven with her new play Stew. She has worked with theatres around the country including New Rep, Elephant Theatre Company, Boomerang Theatre Company, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Southern Rep, and ArtsCenter Stage. Alexa’s plays include The Stakeout (Heideman Award finalist), Bone China, Jinxed, Right-Justified (co-written with MJ Halberstadt, selected as Judges’ Choice, second place, at Short + Sweet Sydney), True Blue (finalist for the Arts & Letters Prize for Drama), Pirate Radio, and The Back Room (David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award, third place). Her work is published in numerous anthologies, textbooks, and acting editions. Alexa holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Rhombus Playwrights.
Woman on the 97th Floor by Susan Kelejian, Ojai, CA
SUSAN KELEJIAN’s professional career in theater started as an actor in a commedia dell arte troupe in France when she was 17. Susan has returned to Ojai, CA, after being away for a few years in Los Angeles where she was the Founder and Artistic Director of Equine Dell Arte, the only professional theatre company in the world to consistently perform Shakespeare on horseback. Susan has worked professionally with the Ojai Shakespeare Festival, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Kingsmen Shakespeare Co., Will Geer Theatricum, the Granada Theater, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and Mark Taper and a founding member of Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. As a director, Ms. Kelejian has been at the helm of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Into Macdream, O, For a Horse With Wings!, HoofPrints, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Broads with Swords (co-director) in Los Angeles. In Ventura County-- Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Odd Couple, Midsummer Nights Dreamin’ (Musical), The Poisoning of Sal Minella, Touch the Sun, The Illusion, Brave New World (Musical), Blood Wedding, The Numbskull of Normandie, Greetings From the Other Side and Bakersfield Mist at Ojai Art Center 2018 (4 -Star Award recipient for Direction, Production and Lead Actors). Other than performing classical work, a few plays to mention are: “The Gilded Lilies” (World Premier at The Actor’s Center in Los Angeles), the West Coast Premier of “Factory Girls” at the Odyssey Theater, the avant-garde hit, “ sSisterSs,” at the Lyric Theatre, Los Angeles and “The Seahorse” at Ojai’s Theatre 150. She has been seen (briefly) in television roles in NYPD Blue, Unusual Suspects, Manet’s Wife in the film, “The Portrait of Manet.” On the Ojai stage in 2018: Ross in Macbeth and Baron in Cinderella. Currently (2019) she is cast as Dogberry in Michael Addison’s Much Ado About Nothing. Susan is a multiple award- winning playwright with: “The Painter’s Wife” and “Wishing and Flesh.” Produced plays and staged readings also include, “The Gilded Lilies, ” “Beautiful Chaos” “The Tragedy of Boudicca” “Touch the Sun” “The Poisoning of Sal Minella” “An Unexpected Cup”. Her play, “The Pomegranate Tree” was recently performed in April, 2019 at Antaeus Theater in Glendale as part of a commemorative event to honor the Armenian genocide survivors. She has written over 20 comedy mash ups and take offs including “Pleasure for Pleasure”, “A Mid Winter’s Nightmare” and “Macdeath.” Most recently her new piece “The Belles of Bedlam,” (what if Shakespeare’s heroines lived and ended up in a mental institution?”) will be performed in June with her newest theater company, A Muse of Fire. Her education is American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Goddard College and USC. She has a teen-age son and a bunch of four-leggeds. Her day job is a mental health clinician and has a private practice in Ojai.
If We Only Knew by Aren Haun, San Francisco, CA
AREN HAUN received his MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. His short plays have been performed in cities around the world and published in several anthologies. He currently teaches playwriting at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco.
Want to learn more about our playwrights for this year’s The Seven? Check out our blog post where we had the chance to interview all 10 playwrights about their careers, writing style, and even find our their favorite plays.