It’s monsoon season in Phoenix, Arizona and recently divorced couple Danny and Julia are spiraling into chaos. A strip club’s flashing neon sign is keeping Danny awake at night, and Julia’s Adderall addiction has only gotten worse since her dealer moved in. Danny is suffering from micro-blackouts and Julia keeps seeing a giant bird in her backyard. Is anyone watching their kid? Monsoon Season is a brutally demented romantic comedy composed of two companion monologues.
Monsoon Season originated as a 7-minute one-man play for Amios Theater Company’s Shotz from the Crypt in November 2015. It was then expanded to twenty minutes for the 2016 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, and then to 45 minutes for a workshop with All For One in October 2018. The play was then expanded to an hour long in 2019 by adding the character Julia.
This hour-long version will have its world premier at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, followed by an NYC debut at Rattlestick Theater in October 2019, both produced by AFO.
Pictured below are Richard Thieriot and Therese Plaehn, the original actors in the roles of Danny and Julia.
THE LONELIEST NUMBER
In The Loneliest Number, a couple attempts to revive their struggling marriage by taking on a new “third” every month. As these partners and side-partners become wound into each other’s lives, personalities collide and relationships disintegrate, calling into question whether any connection can really be casual.
The Loneliest Number was originally presented as a short play in Amios’ long-running and wildly popular SHOTZ! short play series. It was later developed into a full-length play as part of Amios’ First Draughts series, and is the first production to pass all the way through the Amios development pipeline.
The 2018 production at the Flamboyan Theater marked the directorial debut of Tony Award nominee Maria Dizzia (In The Next Room, Orange is the New Black). The production starred Maurice Jones (Broadway’s The Cherry Orchard with Diane Lane, Romeo & Juliet with Orlando Bloom, Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington), Cassandra Paras (The Amoralists), Leigh Williams (five seasons with Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival) and Justin Yorio (Amios, The Foundry Theater, Dutch Kills, The Assembly) with set by Frank J. Oliva, lighting by Ali Hall, costumes by Jocelyn Pierce and sound by Nick Abeel.
Photography by Jason Donovan Hall.
An isolated island community, a two-lane highway, an all-night gas station, and a crime scene on a deserted beach. The residents of Ivy Dunes are used to disappearing acts—with each hurricane, a little more of their narrow barrier island washes away. But when a young woman’s disappearance leads to a gruesome discovery, the residents of this barrier island community struggle to find their footing in the ever-shifting landscape.
Based loosely on the real-life Long Island serial killings, Barrier Islands is a two-hander in which two actors—one male, one female—portray three characters each. Over the course of nine scenes, each male character interacts with each female character, crafting a dark tale about the tangled intersections between men and women; sex and violence; desire and repulsion.
Barrier Islands premiered at The Wild Project in New York City in 2015 in a production starring Aleisha Force and Russel Jonas, directed by Zi Alikhan.
Pictured are publicity stills of actors Aleisha Force and Russell Jonas.
Photography by Volodya Timchuk.
WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP
Wisconsin Death Trip is a 21-character play performed by 11 actors. It is loosely based on the cult photo-history book of the same name by Michael Lesy. The play revolves around the residents of Black River Falls, Wisconsin in the winter of 1893. In the words of director James Rutherford, the play “follows the inhabitants of frontier town Black River Falls in the 1890s through natural and unnatural disasters, crimes of passion and of negligence, failures of the hopeful and the hopeless. Insofar as it tracks the progress of a place through its residents, the play resembles a murder-suicide-pact Our Town. But whereas Mr Wilder found quiet majesty in sleepy New England, here at the edge of America Ms Vieh finds only despair.”
Pictured here is a staged reading of the play performed at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2014, directed by James Rutherford and starring Karl Gregory, Georgia Cohen, Caroline Kaplan, Ben Kahre, Haas Regen, Lauren Lubow, Lizzie King-Hall, Brough Hansen, David Rudi Utter, Charise Greene, and Jason Loughlin.
Photography by Evan William Smith
Lizzie is a long-time contributor to Shotz, a monthly evening of short new plays produced by Amios Theater Company. In total, she has written twenty short plays for Shotz, two of which (The Loneliest Number and Monsoon Season) have been expanded into full-length plays and produced.
Lizzie has also written two one-act plays. “A Dark Wood” was produced by the Amoralists in 2016, and “Limbo” by Partly Cloudy People in 2016.