Staged Reading and Awards Ceremony - Spring 2017

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Congratulations to our 2017 Stanley Drama Award winner Elisabeth Karlin for The Showman and the Spirit.

From left to right: Doug Reside, Todd Price, Elisabeth Karlin. February 27, 2017.

From left to right: Doug Reside, Todd Price, Elisabeth Karlin. February 27, 2017.


Elisabeth Karlin

SYNOPSIS: The Showman and the Spirit

A Bronx high school in 1976. Andy Levitt, an idealistic young teacher is organizing an assembly to celebrate the life of the late James Hudson, a heroic African-American performer and activist. His guest speaker is Lawrence Muffet, a contemporary and friend of Hudson’s. Muffet, a Hollywood character actor known for playing the servile and stereotypical roles that Hudson refused, arrives under the impression that it is he himself who is to be honored.

In the course of a school day, the teacher, the guest, his delicate daughter, and a beleaguered school secretary collide head-on amid misunderstandings, old resentments, and pre-conceived notions. As this clash of temperaments and wayward efforts to do the right thing plays out under the specter of James Hudson, Lawrence Muffet must confront his own legacy and his place in the shadow of the great man’s spirit.

BIO: Elisabeth Karlin

Elisabeth Karlin’s plays include The Showman and the Spirit (Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival 2015; Semi-Finalist, The 2014 O’Neill Playwrights Conference) Bodega Bay (produced by The Abingdon Theatre Company; 2013 winner of the Jerry Kaufman Award in Playwriting; THE BEST MEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2014 and THE BEST WOMEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2014, Smith and Kraus); Wild Men of the Woods (The Lark, Playwrights Week and 2008 winner of the Jerry Kaufman Award); A Mother’s Prayer (Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken); The Mooncalf (produced by The Abingdon Theatre Company, represented in THE BEST STAGE SCENES 2001, Smith and Kraus); Lucy’s Last Date (Produced at The Third Street Theatre, Los Angeles, named a Dramalogue Critic’s Choice.) The Showman and the Spirit is the first play of a trilogy and was presented along with Hotbed, the second play, as part of the Project Y Theatre’s Epic Plays reading series.

Other plays, Dress Down Day, A Bone to the Dog, Young Men Roam the Streets, among them, have received staged readings on some of New York’s most prominent stages.

Elisabeth has also written about film for various journals. Most recently she has been a contributor to “Alfred Hitchcock Geek,” one of the most popular Hitchcock blogs on the internet.

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