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Susan Mondzak • Composer

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Authors, Women Playwrights and Composers

SUSAN MONDZAK’s works have been endorsed by numerous arts organizations, including the NYS Council on the Arts and the ASCAP Young Composer’s Competition. Susan has composed music for six original musicals and the film “The Adventures Of Mr. Enzyme.” Currently she produces “Teen Talk” on NYC radio.   PLAYS AUTHORED: COLUMBUS! A Musical Adventure (with Joe Cosentino) The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (with Joe Cosentino) (Eldridge Plays and...

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Joe Cosentino • Author

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Authors

Joe Cosentino was voted Favorite Mystery author of 2015 by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen. He is the author of the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll and the upcoming Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press); the Nicky and Noah mysteries:  Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, and the upcoming Drama Cruise and Drama Luau (Lethe Press); the Cozzi Cove series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (TBR Pile Book of the Month), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, and the upcoming Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out (NineStar Press); and the novellas: An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press). His plays Infatuation and Neighbor were performed Off-Off Broadway, and Reach for the Sky regionally. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film, and The...

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Columbus! The Discoverer– A Musical Adventure for TYA

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

Conceived and Written by JOE COSENTINO Music and Lyrics by SUSAN MONDZAK (Performable by Professional, Amateur  & Church Groups, and Educational groups. ) COLUMBUS! The Discoverer  follows Columbus’ dreams of becoming a famous explorer and his attempts to sail a direct route to the Far East. We witness his struggle for support, eventual backing from Queen Isabella of Spain, the survival of his ship’s mutiny, landing in the new world, and his effect on the Native Americans. Columbus may not have discovered America — even by accident — but he was the explorer who found it and thus enabled European expansion. This show was first produced by Interborough Repertory Theater and toured through Encore Performing Arts, Inc. of New York. PLAY DETAILS: About 50 minutes 8M 4F + extras (can be doubled to 3M 1W) Several simple settings Order...

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Alexander and the United Snakes of America — TYA

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Religious Titles, Short Plays

by Donald Lewis Homeless Alexander and his dad board a boxcar and head west, in search of a new life. Unfortunately, they share the boxcar with a group of snakes on their way to the United Snakes of America Convention, organized to develop a national strategy for survival. Humans and snakes must overcome differences and find common ground — or bite the big one! Over the course of the play the two groups are forced to challenge their fears and misconceptions. The play presents vital messages on environmental issues and tolerance. However, it does not deal with the issues of governmental snakes. A physically challenging play for actors.     PLAY DETAILS: One simple setting 4M 2F 1B 1either male or female 1 hour Order #3104 REVIEWS “Shear enchantment, certain to delight and charm audiences of all ages” —...

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Donald Lewis • Author

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 in Authors

Donald Lewis is an award-winning playwright as well as a screenwriter. Stage productions include Full Court Press, Good Girl, Third World and Alexander and the United Snakes of America. His screenplay Alcatraz Tour has been produced and eight other scripts have earned screen options. The Chicago native is a Resident Playwright Alumnus at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the DGA.     Plays Authored Alexander and the United Snakes of America (TYA) Full Court Press Quiet Light High and Inside FireWater Third World Melissa Tunes In (TYA) Good Girl Junkman...

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Lori Jacobs • Author and Composer

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 in Authors, Women Playwrights and Composers

Lori Jacobs was born in Detroit with a passion for all things creative and the fervor to perform them. She began writing plays and songs as a child. Always involved in music, theater, and the arts, Lori began singing professionally while teaching elementary school. Following the 1972 Capitol Records’ release of Free, her first album of original songs, Lori toured the country as a wandering troubadour at colleges and coffee houses and sang in local venues in the Detroit area for twenty years, where she was also involved in community theater. In 1998, Lori moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she became active in community theater as an actor, playwright, and theater administrator. In 2008, Lori received a Grand Award nomination for best actress for her portrayal of Golda Meier in Golda’s Balcony.. Her original children’s musical, Little Red...

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Esther: The Musical Schpiel — The Original Cast Album CD

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lori Jacobs The classic Biblical story with a twist. With a score made up of original songs based in the styles of  Kletzmer Songs, Rap, Showtunes and even a little Country and Pop, this show is a rapid, surefire, farcical, tongue-in-cheek-retelling of the rise of Esther and her salvation of the Jews in Persia. And — oh, that Act One Finale! Gripping! As produced by Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids.   PRODUCT DETAILS 74minutes 21 tracks UPC — 636160243126 Lori Jacobs List Price: $15.99 Available Now! SONG LIST Drink, Drink, Drink (3:10) We’re Having A Party (2:06) I’m The Queen (1:59) : Exalted King (3:19) The Decree (2:59) Mordecai’s Lament (3:23) The Visit (4:09) Beauty Contest / Wedding (7:04) The Plot (2:10) Power (3:25): We Don’t Bow Down (3:25) The Rally (2:51) Shema Kolenu (5:37)...

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Esther: The Musical Schpiel

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 in Musicals, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book, Music & Lyrics by Lori Jacobs The classic Biblical story with a twist, both an homage of Esther, herself, and a send up of the story. With a score made up of original songs based on Kletzmer Songs, Rap, Showtunes and even a little Country and Pop, this show is a rapid, surefire, farcical, tongue-in-cheek-retelling of the rise of Esther and her salvation of the Jews in Persia. (Performable by Professional, Community  & Church Groups, and Educational groups. ) PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 5M 2W 1 either m or f + ensemble of 6m 6f. About two hours Settings: Various Order # 3103 Available! REVIEWS Grand Rapids Press: June 16, 2006 – “Esther premiere shows real promise. 
’Esther, the Musical’ is a party with a purpose. Both goals were served well by the world premiere Thursday before a sold-out...

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