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CAESAR’S FORD THEATRE, INC


 

HISTORY IN ACTION:

A FESTIVAL OF NEW HISTORIC DRAMA

SUMMER 2019 SCHEDULE

Featured Playwrights

Adam Alonzo
Counting All Our Tears

Adam Alonzo lives in Dayton, Ohio where he is an on-air host at a classical music public radio station. Adam is also a photographer and has taken photos everyday for 15 years. He has written about visual and performing arts for local periodicals, and he also writes creatively for personal enjoyment. For more than a decade, Adam has researched the life of Paul Lawrence Dunbar, another writer from Dayton. Through his work, Adam hopes to help people achieve a better understanding and appreciation for the arts. Adam’s play was developed through support from an Artist Opportunity Grant from the Montgomery County Arts & Culture District.

Robert Brophy
Ohio Memorial Days, 1885, 1917, 1918

Robert Brophy is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Playwright Center and has had plays performed throughout the United States including History Theatre of St. Paul Minnesota, Atlanta Theatre to Go, and the Los Angeles Irinerant Theatre. Robert has a special interest in African American military history and has written a play, Singing Through (Tears), about United States Colored Soldiers, their wives, and mothers in the American Civil War.

Edgar Chisholm
Miss Eva’s Saloon

Edgar Chisholm is an award winning playwright, director, and producer who lived in Cleveland, Ohio for three years. In 2018, he directed the New York City production of Broadway’s Having Our Say for the Morningside Players Theatre. He sat on the panel of playwrights of the 2018 Broadway Bound festival in New York. He is the winner of the Raymond J. Flores Playwriting prize, The Ohio State University’s Eileen Heckart Drama Award, the National Confederation of Broadcasters Silver Reel Award, the New American Playwrights Festival, and the 2017 Segora International writing competition in Orange, France. His play Bridge of Honor was performed at the 2017 Clare Morris Drama Festival in Ireland. His last two plays, Tom and Ted Go to the Races and Savage Queen were both chosen for reading at the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina. His 2014 adaption of Strindberg’s Miss Julie with the August Strindberg Rep opened to glowing reviews. His plays have been presented at such diverse locations as The Association for Jewish Theatre Conference in Chicago, Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York City, Met Theatre in Los Angeles, Juneteenth Festival Theatre of Louisville, and the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York City. Edgar is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, The Fire This Time Festival Playwrights, a founding member of Harlem Arts Alliance, a member of the 29th Street Playwrights Collective, a Director and Board member of Polaris North Theatre, Inc, and a resident playwright at August Strindberg Rep. In film, he is the executive producer of the theatrically released 2010 movie Deceptive and has 20 plus years at Time Warner’s HBO.

Vince Corozine
A Dream of Wings
(A New Musical about the Wright Brothers)

Vince Corozine grew up in New York, attended the State University of New York at Potsdam, and received his MA and PhD degrees from Columbia University. He was Associate Professor of Music for 25 years at two universities, in New York and North Carolina. He studied music composition with Bernard Wagenaar of the Julliard School of Music, with jazz composer Jimmy Giuffre, and film scoring with Don Sebesky. Vince was a member of the West Point Band and was the music arranger for the Jazz Knights at West Point for 10 years; music director for the annual Thanksgiving Parade in Philadelphia for 10 years; and he conducted members of the Toronto Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philly Pops Orchestra for recording sessions of his original music, and the Kunming Symphony in China for the International Festival of the Arts.  He is the author of “Arranging Music for the Real World” and “Jazzin’ the Blues” published by Mel Bay Music. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013. Vince was music reviewer for “School Band and Orchestra Magazine” and “Music International Magazine” in Australia, and “Band Director.com” from 2008 to 2011. He has conducted workshops in Music Education and Musical Theatre in New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, Michigan, Toronto, Hawaii, Hong Kong, and China. While he was music director for the Norm Hathaway Big Band in New York, the band appeared at the Iridium Jazz Club on Broadway in New York City six times and appeared on the “Saturday Night Live” television show.

Steven Hayet
The Presidency of William Henry Harrison in Real Time:
A 10 Minute Play

Steven Hayet is a New Jersey playwright whose work has been performed from Los Angeles to London and New York to New Zealand. His play Everlasting Chocolate Therapy was named Semi-Finalist in B Street Theatre’s New Comedies Festival. His short plays include Playing with Fired  (Smith& Kraus’s Best 10 Minute Play of 2019), Talking Points (City Theatre Winter Shorts), Date with Death (Winner, Rover Dramawerks 10 Minute Play contest), and George Orwell’s 1989. He also wrote the screenplay for Frame of Reference (Bronze Remi award for Bets Romantic Comedy, Worldfest Houston) which appeared at numerous film festivals including the Golden Door International Film Festival (Nomination, Best Local Film), the Puerto Rico Con Short Film Festival, and the Long Island International Film Expo. He is a graduate of William & Mary and Rutgers University. Member of the Dramatists Guild.

Lawrence DuKore
An Unlikely Hero

Lawrence DuKore, author of The Day Brando Died, may well be legendary among playwrights because he has managed to make a living writing. His career began with the writing of the screen play for the Richard Pryor movie Greased Lightning. He followed this success with the teleplay A Mistaken Charity that was produced by PBS / American Playhouse and nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for best dramatic writing. As a lyricist, his songs have been recorded by Bernadette Peters and Chita Rivera. Mr. DuKore has also written daytime TV serials: One Life to Live for ABC and Search for Tomorrow for NBC. For Saturday morning television, he wrote the cartoon series, Thunder Cats and Silver Hawks. For somewhat older teenage girls, his novels, “Never Love a Cowboy” and “Long Distance Love” were published by Bantam. “The Boy Barrier” and its French version, “La Rivale” were published by Scholastic. Mr. DuKore was for many years a member of the Actors Studio Playwright / Directors Unit and the HB Playwrights Foundation (Uta Hagen / Herbert Bergof). His plays have been produced regionally and off Broadway. Exploding the Swan had its world premiere at the Montauk Playhouse. His play, Spinsters, was presented at Tennessee Stage (Knoxville) and also at CenterStage in Greenville, South Carolina. More recently, Tennessee Stage presented his coal mining play, Carry Me Back to West Virginia. Mr. DuKore has been a finalist three years running in the American Globe Theatre Festival of One Act Plays. He was a finalist in the Heideman Awards competition at the Actors Theatre in Louisville for his one act play, When Men Were Men. His one act play, The Day That Brando Died, was also a finalist in the Heideman Awards at Actors Theatre in Louisville. His play, Black and White All Over, was directed by Andre De Shields and presented Off Broadway by Actors Equity for Black History Month. Recently, his interracial love story, Up From Stardom, was presented at the HCR showcase Theatre in Hudson, New York.

Chiquita Mullins Lee
Ms. Morrison Talks to Pilate of Song of Solomon
Pierce to the Soul

Chiquita Mullins Lee is an Arts Learning coordinator at the Ohio Arts Council where she coordinates the Arts Partnership, Artist in Residence, and Big Yellow School Bus grant programs that support quality arts experience with an educational focus. She has served as the chair and Mid-West coordinator for the Arts Education Working Group, in association with the National Assembly of Art Agencies (NASAA) and has served on the Arts Education review panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. She hosted the Emmy award-winning program, Traditions – Ohio Heritage Fellows produced by Think-TV in Dayton, Ohio which features the Ohio Arts Council’s annual Ohio Heritage Fellowship recipients. Chiquita won individual artist/excellence awards in fiction and playwriting from the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and in fiction and nonfiction from the Ohio Arts Council. She was writer-in-residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia. She has been published in national literary anthologies, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and writes and performs with Columbus-based Wild Women Writing. She performed on stage in the plays, Twelve Hours by Dave Carley, Lost Lake by David Auburn, and she portrayed Venus in Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis. Her critically-acclaimed play, Pierce to the Soul, premiered at the Contemporary Theatre Company in Columbus and toured central Ohio with A Portable Theatre Company. A member of the New Covenant Believers Church, Chiquita leads Work Warriors, the Creative Writing ministry.

Dr. Kizito Mary Nakizito (Sr)
Charles Young: A Man of Great Accomplishments

Dr. Kizito Mary Nakizito is an Associate Professor of English Composition and Literature at Wilberforce University.  Dr. Nakizito earned her BA degrees in Divinity and English Literature from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda-East Africa and her MA and PhD in English Literature from Duquesne University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. She teaches a course about Col. Charles Young, the first African American to attain the rank of Colonel in the United States Army, at Wilberforce University. Dr. Nakizito has been a participant in the World Shakespeare Conference in England and is a member of the John Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Devin Porter
Legacy

Devin Porter is a New York based playwright who uses writing to grant voice to the ones who aren’t heard. Born and raised in Long Island, Devin expresses his own individuality and unique style similar to his home state. His works analyze and examine the areas of race, political ideals, social class, and gender identity.  He graduated with honor distinctions from the University of Albany with a B.A. in English, where he was a three time Spellman Academic Award winner. Devin is pursuing his M.F.A. in Playwriting at Ohio University. His work can be found on New Play Exchange (NPX).

Barry M. Putt, Jr.
Edmonia

Barry’s plays have been performed throughout the United States and Canada including productions with the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, The Northeast Theatre, and Turtle Shell Productions. His comedy, A Different Blend of Friendship, won the New Jersey Wordsmiths Award. Barry is a member of the Passage Theatre Play Lab, American Renaissance Theater Company, and the Dramatists Guild.

Faye Sholiton
The Guide’s Guide to Lawnfield

Faye Sholton developed her work in the Cleveland Playhouse Playwrights’ Unit from 1996 – 2011 and is a charter member of Dobama Theatre’s Playwrights’ Gym. Her full length works have been read or produced in more than four dozen venues worldwide and have won more than 20 national honors. She is a four-time winner of Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council. Prior to writing plays, she was an award winning journalist for local, regional, and national publications. She teaches writers of every description, including high school and college students, community groups and cruise ship passengers. Professional affiliations include the Dramatists Guild, which she served as Regional Representative for Northern Ohio 2009 – 2016; the Alliance for Jewish Theatre; and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. She is founding artistic director of Interplay Jewish Theatre, a company that produces stages readings of Jewish themed works. Most recently, she has written a screenplay based on the lift of Howard Mechanic, the last prisoner of the Vietnam War.

Lisa Stokely
Poverty, Puberty, & Patriotism

Lisa Stokely is a writer of short stories, legal articles and screenplays. She has been a resident of Beavercreek, Ohio for 25 years. Her youth play How Hans, Christian & Anderson Melted the Snow Queen is published by Heartland Plays and will be performed at the Beavercreek Community Theatre in December 2019. She has also written an expose on Katherine Wright (sister to Orville and Wilber) that is included in “Women Who Shaped America” published in 2018. “Women Who Shaped America” is sold at the Carillon Park Book Store and in the Museum at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Kane Stratton
Caesar’s Redemption
A True Story about an American Maroon

Ohio resident, Kane Stratton, grew up on a farm along the Buckengelhelas creek, west of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Throughout his childhood, Kane witnessed the outdoor dramas, Tecumseh! and Blue Jacket many times. He grew up to love history, and especially local Bellefontaine area history. Years later, at Wright State University while studying for a course led by Dr. Joyce Cannon, Trans Atlantic Slavery, Stratton read the book titled Red, White, And Black: Peoples of Early North Americas. It was in this book that a passage from its author. Dr. Gary Nash, spoke to him “…the convergence of African people and native peoples is the least studied chapter in American history.” Stratton set out to uncover this chapter, not knowing that a few miles south lay an entire state park named after such a historical figure, Caesar’s Creek State Park. With the help of his best friend, Aaron Kennedy, as aspiring screenwriter, Stratton discovered Caesar and soon developed a plot to be written as a screenplay depicting a runaway slave who joined the Shawnee on the American frontier. In 2009, while working on this screenplay, Stratton contacted Tim Haney, a founding member of Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc, to discuss this subject with the hopes of developing a new outdoor drama for Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc. Mr. Haney, intrigued and enthusiastic, gave him positive feedback and Stratton developed dialogue and characters true to the events of the Ohio frontier. This work was all done in hopes of seeing this little known chapter of American history coming to life one day. Months turned to years and, as Stratton spent the next chapter of his life working in the auto industry, his dreams seemed to fade to black. True to his belief in this timeless story, Caesar is still relevant now, more than ever. So with great anticipation, Stratton shares samples from the story he believes will bring its audience together, and provide a look into a life that we can all teach our children to love.

Joellen Ulliman
John Hole:
The Revolutionary Pioneer Doctor of Montgomery County

Joellen Ulliman is a lifetime resident of Ohio. She was born and raised in Springfield although she and her husband have called Centerville home for over twenty years: it is where they happily raised their two children. She graduated from Wright State University with an undergraduate degree in elementary education, and later with a Master’s Degree in early childhood education. She spent 23 years teaching language arts primarily to middle school students in Waynesville. Currently, she is the curator for Centerville-Washington History. Joellen has always been passionate about history. As a youngster, many family vacations revolved around seeing historical landmarks in this state and others. Reading Alan Eckert’s book The Frontiersman as a seventh grader, spurred a deep fascination of the early settlers in Ohio that remains to this day.

Greg Vovos
Delivery

Greg Vovos is a playwright, screenwriter, and director, working in the vibrant Cleveland theatre scene. He is a two time winner of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Playwriting (Completer and Total; How to be a Respectable Junkie); a 2016 Cleveland  Public Theatre Nord Playwriting Fellow (Well Beings); Dobama Theatre Playwrights’ Gym member; and proud member of the Dramatist Guild. His latest full length (HTBRJ), which premiered at Dobama Theatre and also played at the 2018 Dramatists Guild National Conference, was featured in the New Your Times. The Plain Dealer named it the Best New Play by a Local Playwright and the Cleveland Critics Circle Awards gave it a nod for Best Full Production Premiere of a Script by a Local Writer. He was also resident playwright for the Willoughby Fine Arts Association’s Theatre for Healthy living Program for whom he wrote 15 plays about issues facing youth today. These plays – performed by the young people themselves – have been produced at high schools, detention centers, and youth prisons, as well as theatres. Greg’s work has been around the world, translated into several languages, and published by Dramatic Publishing, Original Works, and PPT Press. As a director, he has worked at most theatres across northeast Ohio and has been awarded the Best Directing award by the Cleveland Theatre Collective for his direction of WAIT!. Many of his productions have landed in the top shows of year round-up published by theatre critics. Greg teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Case Western Reserve University. Previously, he taught at several theatres and universities, including UNLV, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cuyahoga Community College. He earned his MFA from UNLV where he studied with Julie Jensen, and has a BA in English from The Ohio State University. He is also a senior writer at American Greetings.

Lucy Wang
Thurberific

Lucy Wang is a former James Thurber Fellow who grew up in Akron, Ohio. She is an award winning, produced, and published writer. Her plays have been performed all over, including Dubai. She recently won the Silver Award for best news coverage in health care journalism. She has sold a comedy pilot to ABC, performed two one-woman shows to sold-out audiences, won an award from the Kennedy Center and wrote three plays about Bowie in Berlin on commission. Before she began her illustrious writing career, however, she traded bonds on Wall Street and served as deputy chief of staff during New York City Mayor Dinkins administration. When Dinkins lost his job to Giuliani, she lost hers. So this “Hemingway of Memos” decided it was finally time to pursue her deepest passion. Other passions include piano, cooking, organic gardening and hiking. Lucy can be followed on Twitter @SensuousGourmet, Instagram: the SensuousGormet and on Facebook. Lucy loves mentoring and teaches privately as well as through escripts.ws. Her papers are archived at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Jenny Westfall
Eliza & John, the Meaning of Sacrifice

Jenny Westfall grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Wright State University in 2012 with a major in Mass Communications and a minor in History. She currently works in marketing for Scott Industrial Systems. Jenny lives with her husband and daughter in Fairborn, Ohio. She also enjoys stage managing for Beavercreek Community Theatre.

 

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Mark Twain, Yarnspinner

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2016 Institute of Outdoor Drama Conference

 

Support for Mark Twain, Yarnspinner and Caesar's Ford Theatre, Inc was provided by the Allergo Fund of the Dayton Foundation, PNC Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and our individual supporters. Special support comes from the City of Fairborn Department of Parks & Recreation.

Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Membranous Croup, and Support Your
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were presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.





MISSION

The mission of Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc. is to educate the public about the history of Ohio and classic literary works through the performing arts and educational programs.

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HISTORY

Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Additionally, Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc. is registered as a Charitable Organization and Charitable Trust with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The organization was established by a group of individuals dedicated to the restoration of historical outdoor drama to Greene County and southwest Ohio.