VDL Awards Entries 2022

“Hypnosis”

Peridot Theatre Inc
27 Jan 2022 - 12 Feb 2022

A mesmerizing thriller with plenty of twists and a liberal dash of comedy.
The Great Gordo, an alcoholic stage hypnotist in the twilight of his career, randomly chooses Alan Briggs as his next stooge. Briggs, a mild-mannered policeman, is a good sport, the audience laughs, and
everyone goes home. For Gordo, it’s just the end of another show, and time for a drink or three before bed. But someone out there has other ideas. Extraordinary ideas. The mind games begin, the stakes are raised, and we sense there can only be one winner. But who?

Agent: By arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French. A Concord Theatrical Company.

Author: David Tristram

Director: Pip Le Blond

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12 Angry Men

Windmill Theatre Company
9 Feb 2022 - 12 Feb 2022

Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen jurors try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.

Agent: By Arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French a Concord Theatricals Company

Author: Reginald Rose

Director: Ben Dowthwaite

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The Merchant of Venice

Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group Inc.
10 Feb 2022 - 26 Feb 2022

Antonio, a prosperous merchant of Venice in the sixteenth century, is approached by his old friend Bassanio for a loan. Bassanio wishes to present himself in style and travel to Belmont, in order to woo Portia, a young and beautiful heiress. Antonio’s fortune is currently tied up in his trading ships, and he does not have the required funds in hand. However, he agrees to act as guarantor, if Bassanio can borrow the money elsewhere. Bassanio approaches Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. Shylock hates Antonio, who has always treated him with contempt because he is Jewish, and because he charges interest on money that he lends. However, Shylock agrees to loan Bassanio 3000 ducats, to be repaid in three months. Pretending that it is a mere jest, he specifies that the penalty for failure to pay on time will be a pound of Antonio’s flesh, cut from his breast. Confident that his ships will return to Venice in good time so that the debt can be repaid, Antonio accepts this condition for the bond.

Shylock’s daughter Jessica elopes with Lorenzo, fleeing her father’s house with much of her father’s money, with the intention of becoming a Christian. Shylock is furious at the loss of both his daughter and his ducats.

Under the terms of her late father’s will, no suitor may marry Portia unless they choose correctly between three caskets, made respectively of gold, silver and lead. Portia complains to Nerissa, her maid and confidant, about her lack of freedom to make her own choice of husband. Unsuccessful suitors choose wrongly, and go disappointed away. Bassanio, with his young friend Gratiano, sails to Belmont, where Bassanio chooses the correct casket, to Portia’s delight. Portia and Bassanio prepare to marry, as do Nerissa and Gratiano.

News comes to Belmont that Antonio’s ships have been unexpectedly delayed; he cannot repay the loan on time, and Shylock will demand his pound of flesh at the Duke of Venice’s court. Portia and Nerissa disguise themselves as men – a learned lawyer and her clerk – and travel to Venice, where Portia uses brilliant legal argument to confound Shylock’s malicious intentions, and save Antonio’s life.

After the trial Portia and Nerissa, still disguised, will accept no payment, but each asks only for a ring which she has given her husband, who has sworn never to part with it. Bassanio and Gratiano very reluctantly give the lawyer and clerk these precious rings. Portia and Nerissa later have fun upbraiding their husbands for giving away the rings, before the deception is revealed and all ends happily.

Author: William Shakespeare

Director: Roderick Chappel

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Love Song

The Mount Players
18 Feb 2022 - 6 Mar 2022

Beane is an exile from life – an oddball. His well-meaning sister Joan and brother-in-law Harry try to make time for him in their busy lives, but no one can get through. Following a burglary on his apartment, Joan is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy, and tries to unravel the story behind Beane’s mysterious new love Molly. Funny, enchanting and wonderfully touching, John Kolvenbach’s offbeat comedy is a rhapsody to the power of love in all its forms.

Author: John Kolvenbach

Director: Travis Handcock

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Photograph 51

The Basin Theatre Group Inc.
24 Feb 2022 - 6 Mar 2022

Anna Ziegler’s “Photograph 51” takes us back to 1950s London, where the discovery of the DNA double helix structure would unlock the “secret of life”, and Rosalind Franklin’s contribution would be overlooked for decades. This delicate play puts her back in the picture and shines a light on the challenges she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field and the price she paid.

“Photograph 51” opened in the West End of London in September 2015, with Nicole Kidman in the role of Rosalind Franklin. Nicole’s portrayal won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress in 2015 and the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress in a Play in 2016. “Photograph 51” won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play in 2016.

This play won the third STAGE International Script Competition in 2008.

The title comes from Photo 51, the nickname given to an X-ray diffraction image taken by Raymond Gosling in May, 1952, under the supervision of Rosalind Franklin.

Beyond the story, however, “Photograph 51” reminds us of the shared intentions of art and science. Both seek to improve our understanding of the world around us, to make sense of life, test ideas and see things from another perspective. The results of these discoveries have the possibility to permanently alter our understanding of the world while continuing to feed our curiosity and pursuit of knowledge.

Agent: Music Theatre International (Australasia) on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Author: Anna Ziegler

Director: Sharon Maine

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The Long Road

Eltham Little Theatre Inc.
18 Mar 2022 - 26 Mar 2022

When eighteen-year-old Danny is fatally stabbed in a random attack his family struggles to find meaning and forgiveness. His mother’s determination to understand the atrocity brings her face to face with his killer and forces the family to confront the bitter senselessness of their loss. The play evolved out of a period of research with prisoners by Synergy Theatre Project, in collaboration with The Forgiveness Project and award-winning playwright Shelagh Stephenson.

Agent: Origin Theatrical

Author: Shelagh Stephenson

Director: George Benca

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My Brilliant Career

Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
18 Mar 2022 - 27 Mar 2022

This is the tale of Sybylla Melvyn and her search for independence and freedom in a time of change. Adapted from Stella Miles Franklin’s timeless novel, this is a story of love, life, language and landscape.

Agent: Christine Davey

Author: Christine Davey

Director: Christine Davey

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The Laramie Project

Smart Artz Theatre Inc.
8 Apr 2022 - 9 Apr 2022

The Laramie Project is a 2000 play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming.

An example of verbatim theatre, the play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members’ own journal entries, and published news reports. It is divided into three acts, and in our production, twelve actors portray more than sixty characters in a series of short scenes.

Agent: Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Author: Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theatre Project

Director: Amy Anselmi

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Extremities

Geelong Repertory Theatre Co. Inc.
29 Apr 2022 - 14 May 2022

Extremities by William Mastrosimone. Extremities contains the seeds of all the things that interest me as a writer – politics, ethics and morals and psychology. A woman alone, a man enters, the play begins.From the very first, we see a contagion of violence pass from Raul, to Marjorie, to Terry, to Patricia. It grows in the language and in the action like a germ culture. The monster in all of us is just under the skin. Scratch the skin deep enough and it come leaping out full blown. In order to survive Raul, Marjorie has to become like Raul. To do that is to lose herself. The victim and victimizer, the cager and the caged, form each other. Thus the psychological play leads to the moral play – How does one deal with evil without becoming evil oneself? Marjorie has a choice – to act or not to act.

Agent: ORiGiN™ Theatrical On Behalf of Samuel French A Concord Theatricals Company

Author: William Mastrosimone

Director: Debbie Fraser

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