Weekly Workshops

Neo Ensemble Theatre Writers' Schedule

  Chuck Howerton One Act Play  
Beth PolskyGorgeous - rewriteGORGEOUS CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

IZZY 32; F, Plump

KITTY 50s-60s; Izzy’s fashionable mother

CODY 34; F, Izzy’s sponsor

DR. CHARLIE MEEKS 40s; M, Izzy’s therapist

HELEN 35-45; F, Obese OA member
Actors' Playground
JAN 31BACK AT LOUNGELarry Gene Fortin Balancing Act
SCENES FROM "FAMILY SECRETSACTORS PLAYGROUND
Rom WatsonMeade and Stu
FEB 7LOUNGEMary Maguire (new Writer)Love Quest - the comedy continuesKate -- 60 -- dating for the first time after a 25 year marriage.
Megan -- late 20's -- Kate's daughter who helps put her online
Brooke -- late 30's -- fashion designer who attempts online dating
Bove -- 30'ish gay male assistant to Brooke
Lisa Whaley(New Writer)Leader CodeJENNIFER - mid-40’s, strong Midwest dialect, devout Christian, thinking outside the box is for fools.

LORENA - 40’s; overqualified and bitter about it; feels stuck in life.

GARY - 40’s; the Every Dad; distracted; there’s a game on and a beer with his name on it somewhere.

TELECONFERENCE VOICE & WOMAN’S VOICE: Female. Any age.
Carol Croland (New Writer)Dementia Diaries - 15 pagesRISA SHUSER – Middle-Aged daughter, Usually efficient, Career-woman, Now very
stressed-out, trying to keep things together while dealing with demands placed by
her A: (dementia-stricken)mother and B:demands from
deadline on article for women’s magazine in NYC where she
works as editor. Job on line. Mother’s caregiving situation in Florida left to
her suddenly, unexpectedly.
BESS SHUSER: Late seventies. Proud woman, attractive, in great shape
physically…It’s her mind that’s going/gone. Though has Some moments of Lucidity
in midst of the confusion. Seems to “favor” her son, Jay – even though adores Risa,
has difficulty showing it…There often is a logic to her illogic. Demanding/irrational
at times and demanding to be with.
DR. MILES HARRIS: Neurologist. 50’s plus. Wise. Competent, calm, capable. Until
he gets Bess as patient. Becomes somewhat (for him) in moments - unraveled, not
quite as sure of himself, then “waxes poetic” about a very challenging illness, a
struggle he’s seen in too many patients.

Narrator

FEB 14Larry Gene Fortin - Balancing Act
Cailin Harrison China Smoke - end of Act I
Rom Watson- new playManifesto of Silence 20 pages
Feb 21Beth PolskyGorgeous - new pageGORGEOUS CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

IZZY 32; F, Plump

KITTY 50s-60s; Izzy’s fashionable mother

CODY 34; F, Izzy’s sponsor

DR. CHARLIE MEEKS 40s; M, Izzy’s therapist

HELEN 35-45; F, Obese OA member
Larry Fortin Balancing Act - 20 pagesLeslie, 29.....Just moved back home from college and is pregnant by her professor.

Judith, 55.....Married into old money, perfectly styled. Mother of Leslie and Patrick. She is preparing to get remarried the next day.

Patrick, 27.....Genius IQ of 160. Graduated college with multiple degrees at the age of 18. Teaches college level Quantum Physics and 17th Century Art. Tends to run around in tighty-whities and a day-glo tie. He also breaks into Shakespeare quotes as a protective front when nervous.

Stacey, 50.....Judith’s sister. Very outgoing, Vegas party girl, dressed in sparkle glasses and flashy clothes.

Jason, 60, Black.....Active duty Marine officer in dress blues.
Mary mcQuireLove Quest
Feb 28Starina JohnsonRewrite
Mary McQuireLove Quest
Cailin HarrisonChina Smoke - Jasper Tuttle - mid 40s British, life-long expat working for British American Tobacco. He lives in hope that British Imperialism will rise again. He loves photography, a smoke and a drink.

Doris Tuttle - 40s, brash, sassy American from a tobacco family (her father is on the board of BAT). She is Jasper’s second wife and he is her fourth husband. A political animal in company politics, practical, large and in charge. Like Jasper, she smokes a chain and drinks. These vices are what they have left in common.

Deputy Dehua Liu - 30’s educated formerly bourgeois class, pragmatic, self-serving in his “devotion” to Communism, direct a bit hard nosed but at time a charming bachelor. He is interested in climbing the ladder in the New China but is rightfully paranoid about the deadly dangers of the climb.

Jung Ye - Early 20s Communist zealot and Member of Communist Youth League. She started life in the bourgeois (middle) class but followed her father’s lead into the Communist party where he has risen to power at the expense of raising his daughter. She covers up the frustration and fear she feels for herself and her family in Mao’s ever-changing government by being a bit bossy and determined to gain her father’s attention.
Maria Pavone
New Writer
March 7 (NOT AT THE LOUNGE...GO TO THE BLANK THEATRE THREE BLOCKS WEST OF US. The Blank Theatre
6500 California Route 2, Los Angeles, CA 90038
It is the purple building on the corner of Wilcox and Santa Monca blvd.
Beth PolskyThe One - Part I
Leigh KennicottHow to Measure an ElephantAll teen characters
Larry FortinPart I - Bush HouseMATTIE “MAPA” BUSH:
75, Black, strong, born in the African bush country, now living in New York. She has fostered more than 70 children, adopted two and raises her estranged daughter’s daughter. She is haunted by nightmares of her own childhood.

AYANNA BUSH:
20, bi-racial, Black/White, biological granddaughter of Mattie. She is an extremely talented, aspiring couture designer, with an attitude.

How about on 3/7 when we are at the blank?


TONY BUSH:
17, Asian, adopted son of Mattie, closeted trans-gender, male to female.

OLIVIA BUSH:
16, White, high school student.

Louise Hayden:
40, White, next door neighbor and close friend of Mattie. She has a teenage son Justin. She is so naive that it encroaches on slow but happy and smiley ala Edith Bunker.

Justin Hayden:
18, and trouble. He is handsome, aggressive and wants what he wants no matter the cost.

Bantu Chief/Jabulani-Kenyi:
Dual role. African Elder tribesman of the Bantu tribe and Jabulani-Kenyi, 15, younger brother of Mattie.
March 14LOUNGE THEATREMary McQuireLove Quest - final pages
Beth Polsky The One - part II
Rom WatsonManifesto of Silence (scene 3)DANE Aged 30+, a famous actor, known for never giving interviews

EMILY Aged 30+, Dane's ex-wife

STU Aged 25-55, “entrepreneur”

MEAD Aged 25-55, “entrepreneur”
March 21NO REGULAR WORKSHOPHOLD FOR FULL RUN THRU OF FAMILY SECRETS
THURSDAY, MARCH 23BSAC DRESS REHEARSAL 7:30
REHEARSAL AT 6:00.
FRIDAY
MARCH 24
TECH REHEARSAL
ACTORS WORKSPACE
FAMILY SECRETS
SATURDAY MARCH 25OPENING NIGHT 8;00 PM
SUNDAY,
MARCH 26
FAMILY SECRETS MATINEE
March 28Lisa McFadden (New Writer)
Larry FortinBalancing Act - RewriteLeslie, 29.....Just moved back home from college and is pregnant by her professor.

Judith, 55.....Married into old money, perfectly styled. Mother of Leslie and Patrick. She is preparing to get remarried the next day.

Patrick, 27.....Genius IQ of 160. Graduated college with multiple degrees at the age of 18. Teaches college level Quantum Physics and 17th Century Art. Tends to run around in tighty-whities and a day-glo tie. He also breaks into Shakespeare quotes as a protective front when nervous.

Stacey, 50.....Judith’s sister. Very outgoing, Vegas party girl, dressed in sparkle glasses and flashy clothes.
Sabra Benson - monologue
FRIDAY, APRIL 1FAMILY SECRETS AT ACTORS WORK SPACE
SATURDAY, APRIL 2SECRETS AT ACTORS WORK SPACE
SUNDAY APRIL 3SECRETS AT ACTORS WORK SPACE
APRIL 4SPECIAL INDUSTRY WORKSHOP
APRIL 11Lisa McFadden
Larry Fortin - Bush House
APRIL 18Rom Watson -Manifesto of silence
Scott Mullen -
APRIL 25Lisa McFadden
Diane Williams 20 pages