Ann R. Wuehler, Elena Maria Garcia, Ellen Wacher, Empire Stage, Ft. Lauderdale Theatre, Gail S. Garrisan, Glenn Alterman, Joshua Fardon, Larry Parr, Pigs Do Fly Productions, Sheila Cowley, short plays, W.L. Newkirk
Pigs Do Fly Productions
Seven Short Plays
at Empire Stage March 11th – 27th
(Preview performance March 10th)
A collection of Seven BRAND NEW Short Plays chosen to appeal to audiences of all ages
February 9, 2016
LAUDERDALE, FL – Pigs do Fly Productions will return to Ft. Lauderdale’s Empire Stage with Curly Tales the first production of their third season, from March 11th through March 27th. There will be a preview performance on March 10th.
Curly Tales will once again feature seven short plays chosen from numerous submissions the company received after putting out a call for works specific to their mission: To highlight vibrant healthy people over the age of fifty doing interesting things with their lives.
“When we began Pigs Do Fly with the idea of highlighting, positively, the many of us over 50, I had no idea of what to expect,” says Ellen Wacher, the company’s founder and Executive Producer. “I’m thrilled the subject has resonated with so many theater-goers. I think we’ve selected a good balance of comedies and dramas for this production – we look to keep getting better and better and happily move forward. Our audience is growing, and so are we!”
Directing duties for Curly Tales will once again be shared by Elena Maria Garcia and Gail S. Garrisan, both of whom wholeheartedly share Wacher’s vision:
“This time the plays are more personal with attention to life’s details,” Garcia says. “And I’m excited to work with former Pigs cast members as well as new ones. Let’s see where this new journey will take us.”
“It’s both a pleasure and a challenge to find new works that exemplify the mission of Pigs Do Fly,” Garrisan explains. “Working on this affords me the opportunity become acquainted with a number of talented playwrights with whose work I was not familiar.” This will be Garrisan’s second Pigs Do Fly production.
Local actors Brenda Aulbach, Lynn Simmons Chvotkin, Harry Marsh, Stanley Ross, Kerry Sensenbach, Elissa D. Solomon, and Carol Sussman have been cast in Curly Tales.
“Entertaining an audience with a variety of short plays is great,” says Brenda Aulbach. “But entertaining an audience with short plays about people over the age of 50 is even greater because it’s relevant. And performing in this production by Pigs do Fly that clearly values and showcases the talent and artistry of actors over the age of 50 is nothing short of an honor.”
The seven 10-minute plays are (see below for playwright bios):
Yours and Mine – by Glenn Alterman
Flowers – by Sheila Cowley
The Dove – by Joshua Fardon
Land of the Music – by E.M. Garcia
The Nude – by W.L. Newkirk
Politically Correct Police – by Larry Parr
The Mating Season of Flying Monkeys – by Ann R. Wuehler
Tickets for Curly Tales are $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.pigsdoflyproductions.com, or by calling 866-811-4111. Performances are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm, and on Sunday at 5 pm. All performances will take place at Empire Stage, 1140 North Flagler Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, 33304.
For more information about Pigs Do Fly Productions, please visit www.pigsdoflyproductions.com. For more information about Ellen Wacher, please visit www.ellenwacher.com. To set up interviews, or for photos, please contact Carol Kassie at firstname.lastname@example.org / 561-445-9244.
Pigs Do Fly Productions presents
By Various Playwrights March 11 – 27
(Preview Performance – March 10)
Tickets: $35 Tickets: 866-811-4111 / www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
Performances: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 8 pm
Sunday: 5 pm
All performances will take place at
1140 North Flagler Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304
Curly Tales – Playwright Bios:
Glenn Alterman (Yours and Mine) is the author of 29 theater related book, including 10 books of original monologues. He’s listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and RecordSetter.com for “The Most Published Original Monologues For Actors”. His plays and monologues have appeared in over 30 “Best of the Year” anthologies. He’s won The Arts and Letters Award In Drama, The Julio T. Nunez Arts Grant, The Bloomington Playwrights Project (Reva Shiner Award) and over 60 playwriting competitions. Glenn’s work’s been performed at Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, LaMama, Beverly Hills Rep, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Circle Rep., and at many theaters in the U.S. and in Europe.
Sheila Cowley’s (Flowers) plays have been developed in Chicago at Chicago Dramatists and The Equity Library Theatre, in New York with Athena Theatre, March Forth and Reverie Productions, in London through American Actors UK and in Florida at American Stage, The Gorilla Theatre, Stageworks and the University of South Florida. There have been productions of her work from New York to Florida and Texas, with Ohio coming up. Sheila recently completed two commissions, one using live sound effects for a show in New York, and a work drawn from a painting for a local arts performance. www.sdcowley.com
Joshua Fardon’s (The Dove) play A Painting of a Dog is a semifinalist for the 2016 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. The Annoyance Theatre, Chicago: The Condition. Theatre of NOTE, Los Angeles: Do Not Disturb – An Evening of Plays by JoshuaFardon, Shake, This Contract Limits our Liability – Read It! Brand Studio Theatre: Julia Arbuck. Short plays for The Naked Angels, EST, Sacred Fools, The Secret Rose, Slap n’ Tickle, the Yale Cabaret, the Yo! Yo! Theatre Company. A graduate of Northwestern University and the acting department of the Yale School of Drama, he is thrilled that Pigs Do Fly.www.joshuafardon.com
Elena Maria Garcia (Land the Music) is a co-founder of Underdog Productions where she has adapted numerous children’s books and stories into plays for young audiences. Her adaptation of Give A Boy A Gun was produced twice in South Florida to rave reviews from students, teacher, and parents. She was also the co-founder of the all female improv troupe Big Purse and Matching Shoes as well as Separate Checks Improv Troupe, where she learned quickly how to write sketch comedy about current political and social issues. Through Underdog Productions, Elena has been able to direct, act, write, and produce her one-person show, Do You Speak Mexican? at the Fillmore Miami Beach. She is currently writing her new one person show titled, Teacher Conference: A True Story.
W.L. Newkirk (The Nude) is best known as a playwright. His recently-written, award-winning stage plays include East Lansing (Winner, Best Play, 2014 Tampa Bay Theatre Festival), 5 to 4 (Winner, Best Play, 2015 4 X 6 Fest), and In Me (Winner, 2015 Vigoda Award, Best Dramedy). He has degrees from the Ohio State University (Medicine) and Harvard University (Government), where he was a John Harvard Scholar and Lecturer. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the arts and sciences, including Recognition from the Daniel Hanley Trust for “Courage, Leadership and Innovation.” He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Larry Parr (Politically Correct Police) Hundreds of regional productions. Hi-Hat Hattie Kansas City’s Drama Desk Best Musical, Florida Individual Artist Recipient, American Cinema Foundation; My Castle’s Rockin’ Sart ScriptFest, National Black Theatre Festival; Invasion Of Privacy 1999 Gold Coast Players best-play award, Playwrights First Award in Manhattan, Ashland New Play Festival, Theatre Conspiracy’s New Play Competition, Florida Individual Artist Recipient, Dezart Performs Audience Favorite; Sundew Sart Scriptfest; His Eye Is On The Sparrow Florida Individual Artist Recipient, Sarasota County Arts Council’s Fellowship, Dayton Best Overall Production; Shunned Sart’s ScriptFest, Utah Shakespeare Festival, New American Playwrights Project. 2000, 2010 Barbara Anton Playwriting Award. http://www.larryparr.info
Ann R. Wuehler (Mating Season of Flying Monkeys) is a native Oregonian who has traveled to China, Europe and Honduras. Oregon Gothic, a collection of her short stories published by Kensington Gore, came out last year. She is currently working on a new novel that just went into editing. City Theatre, Miami, awarded her play, the Mating Season of Flying Monkeys, Short Playwriting Finalist, 2015. Her Traces of Memory has been made into several short films by Joseph Culp, Jody Jaress and Jason Figgis, to name a few. She also holds a BA in Theatre, from Eastern Oregon University and an MFA from UNLV in Playwriting.