William Ivor Fowkes is an award-winning playwright and author based in Manhattan & Connecticut and a member of the Dramatists Guild. His plays have been presented in 24 states, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom--at Theatre Rhinoceros, the Cherry Lane Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gallery Players, LaBute New Theater Festival (St. Louis), Penobscot Theatre Company, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Harlequin Productions, the Pulse Ensemble Theatre, the Players' Ring, Theatre Southwest, the Collective NY, Stage Left Theatre, the William Inge Theater Festival, Silver Spring Stage, the Wild Project and elsewhere. Many of his plays have been presented on the radio, on podcasts, and online; many have been published. His short fiction has been published in many journals. A graduate of Yale University (B.A., magna cum laude) & Northwestern University (M.A., PhD-in philosophy & aesthetics), he was formerly a philosophy professor (Hobart & William Smith Colleges and Northwestern University) and a media & television executive (Showtime, HBO, CBS Records, & Time Magazine Group). He currently runs a playwrights' group at the Dramatists Guild in new York. He is married to music conductor Stephen Michael Smith. Full biography. 

 



Productions, Readings, Etc.

Current & Upcoming



BILL OF HEALTH to Be Published 

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

How far should you take the Hippocratic Oath? In BILL OF HEALTH, a 10-minute play by William Ivor Fowkes, a gay patient and his doctor confront a series of crises. BILL OF HEALTH will soon be published by Iris Literary Journal of Assure Press (date TBA). 

 


November/December 2020

VIRTUAL FIRST DATE to be Presented at Virtual 10-Minute Play Festival

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Fargo/Moorhead Community Theater, ND, is presenting VIRTUAL FIRST DATE,  a 10-minute play by William Ivor Fowkes, in its Virtual 10-Minute Play Festival this fall. A video of the play will be released in November or December (date TBA). 

 

SYNOPSIS: A couple who meet online during the Covid Crisis attempt a first date on FaceTime.

 

An article about the festival.


Fall 2020

THE MASSEUR & THE MOVIE STAR to be Presented in a Zoom Reading

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Almost Adult Productions, Santa Fe, NM, is presenting a Zoom reading of THE MASSEUR & THE MOVIE STAR, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, this fall (date TBA).

 

SYNOPSIS: Massage therapist Brad Hall isn't comfortable working at a social club for senior gay men in Fort Lauderdale, FL, but he has no problem working on one particular client. (The Masseur & the Movie Star is an excerpt from the full-length play, SUNSHINE QUEST by William Ivor Fowkes.)

 


VIRTUAL FIRST DATE (Competition Winner) to be Presented in U.K.

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

VIRTUAL FIRST DATE,  a 10-minute play by William Ivor Fowkes, has been named one of the 5 winners of This Covid Life, a competition launched during lockdown by four WGGB (Writers' Guild of Great Britain) members, including the founders of writers' collective SCRIPT6. This play will be presented on-line or on film (TBD) sometime this fall. 

 

SYNOPSIS: A couple who meet online during the Covid Crisis attempt a first date on FaceTime.

 


Watch it now!

A Zoom Reading  of

INCIDENT IN CONFERENCE ROOM B 

A New Full-Length Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Is this any way to find congressional candidates?

 

Watch ZOOM Reading Here

 

INCIDENT IN CONFERENCE ROOM B, a new full-length play by William Ivor Fowkes, was presented in a live Zoom reading on June 15, 2020 by IATI Theater in New York City. INCIDENT IN CONFERENCE ROOM B was one of 10 plays developed at IATI Theater's Cimientos 2020 Play Development Program and presented in readings in June. 

 

SYNOPSIS: Trapped in a conference room, three potential congressional candidates compete to prove their suitability for the Party's nomination. As their claustrophobia and discomfort intensify, tempers flare, and the attacks become more personal until only one resolution is possible. 

 

INCIDENT IN CONFERENCE ROOM B takes place at the intersection of politics, religion, and the desire for power and influence. It was inspired by David Hume's classic philosophical work, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.

 

Watch ZOOM Reading Here


Watch it now!

A Zoom Reading of STEAM

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco--the longest-running queer theatre in the world--presented a free Staged Reading on ZOOM of STEAM, a one act play written by William Ivor Fowkes, directed by Joe Tally, at 11PM Eastern (8PM Pacific), Saturday, April 18, 2020. Featured Bay Area actors Justin Lopez ("Jeff") and Nick Trengrove ("Kevin").

 

Watch Zoom Reading of STEAM Here.

 

SYNOPSIS: Two strangers in a steam room seek more than just sex.

 


Listen to it now!

MISS PEDDY & GRACE Airing at Atlanta Audio Fringe Festival

A One-Act Radio Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Radio Theatre Project of St. Petersburg, FL, who presented the one-act dark comedy radio play, MISS PEDDY & GRACE by William Ivor Fowkes, last October, is presenting it at the 8th Annual Atlanta Audio Fringe Festival as of Friday, May 15, 2020. Last summer (August 2019), the stage version of this play was produced at Silver Spring Stage, Silver Spring, MD. The world premiere production was presented at Gallery Players, Brooklyn, June 2015.

SYNOPSIS: Caroline Peddy--an experienced and dedicated caretaker of elderly loved ones--may soon be available for hire. Then again, her current charge, octogenarian Grace Butler, sees her in a different light and has a different scenario in mind.

LISTEN HERE NOW (Scroll down to the first play under "General Audience")  

 


Read It Here

NOT HERE YET Published 

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

NOT HERE YET, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, was published in the May 6, 2020 issue of FLEAS ON THE DOG, an online journal. ("We're a no frills, brown bag lit rag with only one focus: GOOD WRITING.") NOT HERE YET was first produced by Love Creek Productions in New York in 2012. It has been recorded and presented by two radio companies: Radio Theatre Project of St. Petersburg, FL (2017) and Petaluma Radio Players of Petaluma, CA (2019). In 2018, Radio Theatre Project presented NOT HERE YET at the Atlanta Audio Fringe Festival.

 

SYNOPSISTwo women fight for survival on the streets of midtown Manhattan.

 

READ IT HERE

 


Available on

Amazon Prime Video:

THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA

 

A Short Movie - Screenplay by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA started as a 10-minute play by William Ivor Fowkes. It is now a movie--directed by TS Naylor; screenplay by William Ivor Fowkes; produced by Pulkit Datta; starring Robert Z. Grant and Karen Chamberlain. It was an Official Selection at the Adirondack Film Festival in Glens Falls, NY, October 2018.

 

SYNOPSIS: Peter and Janine have finally said the "L Word" to each other. But what about the third person in their bed?

 

Link to THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA

 



Productions, Readings, Etc.

Recent



2:30PM ET, Thursday, October 8, 2020

Live YouTube Reading of AN UBER IN THE RAIN

A Short Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Turn Point Theatre, UK, presents AN UBER IN THE RAIN, a short play by William Ivor Fowkes, at Tickle & Scratch, a weekly play reading event, at 2:30 PM EDT, Thursday, October 8, 2020. 

SYNOPSIS: A man and a woman, both recently divorced from each other's best friend, run into each other in the rain.

 

WATCH HERE


October 5, 2020

Live Zoom Reading of TELLING THE BOYS

A Monologue by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Some1Speaking, a monthly "exploration of the at of the monologue" presented by Roland Tec, presented 5 monologues, including TELLING THE BOYS by William Ivor Fowkes (and performed by William Ivor Fowkes), at 6PM ET, Monday, October 5, 2020. (Please arrive by 5:45PM.) Some1Speaking is a continuation and extension of the "Me & My Masks" Monologue and Fest that was produced recently by PinkPlot Productions. TELLING THE BOYS is an excerpt from the full-length play, MARRIAGES OF INCONVENIENCE, by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

 


 Thursday, September 10, 2020 

STUCK IN PLACE  Presented in a Reading

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Theatre in My Pajamas presented an online reading of STUCK IN PLACE, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, at 9PM EDT, Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9PM EDT. View on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/731449967638379 

 

SYNOPSIS: An anxious playwright refuses to focus on his imminent move as he works away on a play whose ending he can't figure out. 

 


May 30, 2020

An Online Reading of

DO NOT GO GENTLE, ANGELA

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

DO NOT GO GENTLE, ANGELA, a 10-Minute Play By William Ivor Fowkes, was presented in an online Zoom reading in Round 1 of" Sip and Play" by Love City Arts, NYC. 

 

SYNOPSIS: Angela suffers from dementia. Her nurse assumes nothing is going on behind that silent face. Angela knows better.

 


October 28, 2019

Recording and Podcast of MISS PEDDY & GRACE 

 

A Radio Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Radio Theatre Project of St. Petersburg, FL  presented a live recording of MISS PEDDY & GRACE at 7PM, Monday, October 28, 2019 at The Studio @620 in St. Petersburg, FL. After the recording, the play was posted as a podcast.

 

SYNOPSIS: Caroline Peddy--an experienced and dedicated caretaker of elderly loved ones--may soon be available for hire. Then again, her current charge, octogenarian Grace Butler, sees her in a different light and has a different scenario in mind.

 


September 16, 2019

DO NOT GO GENTLE, ANGELA 

Presented in a Reading

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

DO NOT GO GENTLE, ANGELA,  a 10-minute play by William Ivor Fowkes, based loosely on his mother, with appearances by Tennessee Williams, Woody Allen, and others, was presented in a cold reading on September 16, 2019, 7:30 PM,  at PIZZA & PLAYS, a monthly evening of 10-minute plays--and pizza--at Lucky Jack's Bar & Lounge, 129 Orchard Street, on Manhattan's Lower East Side. 

 

SYNOPSIS: Angela suffers from dementia. Her nurse assumes nothing is going on behind that silent face. Angela knows better.  

 


August 22-25, 2019

A Production of

MISS PEDDY & GRACE 

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

MISS PEDDY & GRACE, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, was produced at the annual One-Act Festival at SILVER SPRING STAGE in Silver Spring, MD, August 22-25, 2019. This play was first produced  in June 2015 at Gallery Players in Brooklyn, NY and then in July 2015 at Pend Oreille Players in Newport, WA.

 

SYNOPSIS: Caroline Peddy--an experienced and dedicated caretaker of elderly loved ones--may soon be available for hire. Then again, her current charge, octogenarian Grace Butler, sees her in a different light and has a different scenario in mind.

 


A Review of MISS PEDDY & GRACE by William Ivor Fowkes

MD Theatre Guide 8-27-19

Theatre Review: ‘2019 One-Act Festival’ at Silver Spring Stage


"Silver Spring Stage picked five very different and intriguing plays for its second weekend. I know the third weekend will be equally worthwhile. It is a great way to end the summer. 


"After Intermission the lights went up on “Miss Peddy and Grace” by William Ivor Fowkes. This was an interesting study of the two women. Miss Peddy, sharply portrayed by Meghan Williams Elkins, is a home care nurse for the elderly. We see her interviewing for various jobs as she reveals her not always pure motives toward her charges. Grace is a dotty old woman, or so it seems, who we can guess will be the next to be under Miss Peddy’s care. Grace Butler was hilariously and craftily played by Harlene Leahy. This play was full of surprises and showed great insight into the minds of senior citizens who are often wrongly stereotyped because of their outward appearances. The direction by Pauline Griller-Mitchell was visually interesting and helped to create the tension of the plot that was very gripping."

PHOTO: Miss Peddy and Grace (Meghan Williams Elkins-Miss Peddy-left and Harlene Leahy-Grace-right). Photo by Harvey Levine


July 19-28, 2019

SISYPHUS & ICARUS: A LOVE STORY

at the LaBute New Theater Festival

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

SISYPHUS & ICARUS: A LOVE STORY, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, had its world premiere at St. Louis Actors' Studio's LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater in St. Louis, MO, July 19-28, 2019.  

 

SYNOPSIS: Earthbound Sisyphus and flight-obsessed Icarus meet and fall in love. Two years later, they find themselves in couples therapy.

 

MORE INFO 

 

An article about the festival.

 

Another article about the festival.

 

Rehearsal photos (director Wendy Greenwood):

 


April 29, 2019

THE WARD Published

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

THE WARD, a 10-minute play by William Ivor Fowkes, was published in the 2019 issue of Statement Magazine, the literary journal of California State University, Los Angeles. The launch reception took place on April 29 in the Golden Eagle Ballroom.

 

SYNOPSIS: Shortly before the presidential election of 2016, two stroke victims wake up and learn the latest news about the campaigns. 

 


April 9, 2019

A Staged Reading of  TABLE MANNERS IN HELL'S KITCHEN

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

The latest "Table Manners" play by William Ivor Fowkes was presented in a staged reading at TAKE TEN 2: AN EVENING OF 10-MINUTE PLAY READINGS BY THE DGPG WRITERS (Dramatists Guild Playwrights Group), directed by GRETCHEN CRYER at The Players Club, NYC, Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

 

SYNOPSIS OF Table Manners in Hell's Kitchen: Seated at neighboring tables at a Mexican restaurant, two couples--one straight, one gay--have very different things on their mind.

 


Podcast Recording of 

NOT HERE YET

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Petaluma Radio Players of Petaluma, CA released a new podcast recording of NOT HERE YET. (This is different from the recording done by the Radio Theatre Project of St. Petersburg, FL in 2017--posted below--and presented at the Atlanta Audio Fringe Festival, 2018.) 

SYNOPSIS: Two women fight for survival on the streets of midtown Manhattan.

 

PETALUMA RADIO PLAYERS PODCAST

 


TENNESSEE WILLIAMS WINS A PRIZE Published in The Paragon Journal (October 2017 Issue)

 

Read it for free: click here.

 

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS WINS A PRIZE, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, was published in the October issue of The Paragon Journal.

SYNOPSIS: When Tennessee Williams is awarded an important literary prize, he shows up at the reception late, inebriated, and accompanied by a male hooker. 

 


A Podcast Production of COFFEE BREAK 

 

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Panglossian Productions of Williamsburg, VA released a podcast on February 5, 2018 (episode 21) that includes a cold reading of COFFEE BREAK, a 10-munute play by William Ivor Fowkes. COFFEE BREAK is an excerpt from the full-length comedy, THE FIDELITY CLAUSE. 

 

SYNOPSIS: Linda doesn't take it very well when her lover tries to break up with her over coffee.

 

LISTEN HERE

 


Two One Act Plays Recorded by the Radio Theatre Project - LISTEN HERE.

The Radio Theatre Project of St. Petersburg, FL recorded two one act plays by William Ivor Fowkes in 2017. You can listen to both plays here: 

 

THE NEXT MOVE, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes. Recorded January 23, 2017.

SYNOPSISAn elderly couple bickers their way through a Sunday afternoon, uncovering some disturbing things in the process.

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

NOT HERE YET, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes. Recorded November 27, 2017. (Note that this is different from the podcast performance posted above by Petaluma Radio Players, Petaluma, CA, March 2018.)

SYNOPSISTwo women fight for survival on the streets of midtown Manhattan. 

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


November 10, 2018

A Staged Reading of

MONET

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Turn to Flesh Productions presented a staged reading of MONET, a 10-minute play by William Ivor Fowkes, at its Cocktails & Classics event at 8PM, Saturday, November 10, 2018 at El Barrio Art Space, 215 East 99th Street, New York City.

SYNOPSIS: Visitors to the Musee Marmottan Monet in Paris get lost in their thoughts while contemplating a painting. Is this the end of art?

 

LINK TO BLOG INTERVIEW 

 

 


October 19-20, 2018

Premiere of THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA

 

A Short Film Written by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA was an Official Selection of the 2018 Adirondack Film Festival and screened on Friday, October 19, 2018 and Saturday, October 20, 2018 in Glens Falls, NY. THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA is based on a 10-minute play of the same name by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

 

  

 


August 17-26, 2018

A Production of PRIVATE PROPERTY

A Dark Comedy by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

The world premiere production of PRIVATE PROPERTY, a full-length play by William Ivor Fowkes,took place at The Late Night Summer Series at The Players' Ring, 105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH, August 17-26, 2018.

THE PLAYERS: Directed by Marina Altschiller. 
CAST: 
Rick Watts - Gregory; 
Jay MacDougall - Samuel; 
Aimee Gigandet - Birdy; 
Joshua Bernard-Kriegl - Young Gregory; 
Chris Ferrill - Young Samuel; 
Joshua Moore - Patrick/Joe; 
Gwen Higgins - Brittany.

 

SYNOPSIS: How far would you go to hold onto the ones you love? Retired banker Samuel Becker has been living in the woods for 30 years with Gregory South, a retired interior decorator with a big libido and the temperament of a child. Gregory misses their life in the city, but Samuel has found ways to keep him happy. His strategy starts to unravel when a reporter comes snooping around in this darkly funny mystery play.


June 27, 2018: A Reading at Gay Pride Plays 2018 

GODIVA CHOCOLATE & A DIET COKE

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

WHAT: GAY PRIDE PLAYS 2018, Village Playwrights--an evening of seven 10-minute play readings, including GODIVA CHOCOLATE & A DIET COKE, written and directed by William Ivor Fowkes. 

WHERE: The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, NYC--Room 310.

WHEN: 8:00PM, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

CAST: Carol Mennie, Jesse N. Holmes & Ryan Bess Winnick.

SYNOPSIS: Truth and fear collide in a hospital waiting room. 

 


June 18, 2018: A Reading of 

STACY'S COOKIES 

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

WHAT: PIZZA & PLAYS--a reading of STACY'S COOKIES by William Ivor Fowkes + other 10-minute plays at Lucky Jack's Bar & Lounge, 129 Orchard Street, on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

WHEN: 7:30PM, Monday June 18, 2018.

SYNOPSIS: As more women step forward to claim that Donald Trump assaulted them, a married couple watches with a critical eye.

 


May 28-June 17, 2018: 

NOT HERE YET Presented at Fringe Festival 

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

The Radio Theatre Project of St. Petersburg, FL, which recorded and broadcast NOT HERE YET, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, in November 2017, presented their recording at the Atlanta Audio Fringe Festival, which ran from May 28-June 17, 2018. NOT HERE YET was first produced by Love Creek Productions in New York City, September 2012. It was also recorded by Petaluma Radio Players, Petaluma, CA, in early 2018 for broadcast later this year.

 

SYNOPSIS: Two women fight for survival on the streets of midtown Manhattan.

 


May 23, 2018: A Reading of 

COFFEE BREAK 

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

WHAT: TAKE TEN: AN EVENING OF 10-MINUTE PLAY READINGS BY THE DGPG WRITERS (Dramatists Guild Playwrights Group).

Directed by GRETCHEN CRYER.

DGPG writers in the festival: Carol W. Berman, Beth Blatt, Sherry Bokser, Denise Chiarella, Sheila Felberbaum, Jane Flanagan, William Ivor Fowkes, Kate Gill, Susan Laubach, Tajlei Levis, Donald Loftus, & Roberta Pyzel.

WHERE: The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South (E. 20th St.), New York.

WHEN: 7:00PM Monday June 18, 2018.

SYNOPSIS OF COFFEE BREAK: A woman doesn't take it very well when her lover tries to break up with her over coffee. 

 


April 16, 2018: A Reading of 

TABLE MANNERS IN LAKE FOREST 

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

WHAT: PIZZA & PLAYS--a cold reading of TABLE MANNERS IN LAKE FOREST and other 10-minute plays.

WHERE: Lucky Jack's Bar & Lounge, 129 Orchard Street, on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

WHEN: 7:30PM, Monday April 16, 2018.

SYNOPSIS: A woman can't decide whether to share her latest news with a gossipy country club friend.

 


April 3, 2018: 

A Reading of STAGE DIRECTIONS at

DrekFest 2018 in Chicago

 

STAGE DIRECTIONS, a short play by William Ivor Fowkes, is one of four plays to be presented at DrekFest 2018, Stage Left's Annual National Contest for the WORST Ten-Minute Play (i.e., intentionally awful plays that make you laugh).

WHERE: The CSz Theatre Chicago, 929 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

SYNOPSIS: An actor confronts a script consisting solely of stage directions.


December 2017 

Online Publication of

THE FIDELITY CLAUSE

 

A Comedy in Two Acts by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

THE FIDELITY CLAUSE, a Comedy in Two Acts by William Ivor Fowkes, has been published online by The Eddy, an online repository of plays, and sent out to all of the site's subscribers. 

 

SUBSCRIBE to THE EDDY (click here).

 

SYNOPSISOwen Griffith, a famous playwright whose career is on the decline, has a rude awakening that forces him to question his assumptions about fidelity and infidelity.

 

AN EXCERPT.

 


November 27, 2017 

A Live Recording in

St. Petersburg, FL of 

NOT HERE YET (plus a Podcast)

 

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

NOT HERE YET was presented in a live recording by the Radio Theatre Project of St. Petersburg, FL November 27, 2017 at the Studio @ 620 in St. Petersburg, FL.

 

LISTEN to the podcast (click here).

 

SYNOPSIS: Two women fight for survival on the streets of midtown Manhattan. 

 


November 17, 2017 

A Bonus Performance of 

MUSEUM LOVERS at the 2017 Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) Festival

A Full-Length Play by William Ivor Fowkes

 

After its run in Auburn, NY (October 26-November 4), the Harlequin Productions’ production of MUSEUM LOVERS, a full-length play by William Ivor Fowkes, was chosen to kick off the 2017 Festival of the Theater Association of New York State (TANYS), 7PM, Friday, November 17, 2017, Irene A. Bisgrove Theatre, Cayuga Community College, Auburn, NY.

 

 


October 24-26, November 4-6, 2017 

A Production of

MUSEUM LOVERS

in Upstate New York

A Full-Length Play by William Ivor Fowkes

MUSEUM LOVERS, a Full-Length Play by William Ivor Fowkes, was produced by Harlequin Productions at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY.

Performance dates: Thursdays-Saturdays, October 24-26 and November 4-6, 2017.

 

SYNOPSIS: In this "gallery of portraits," an odd assortment of characters pass through some of the world's great museums in search of art, enlightenment, ecstasy, or love. Some find what they're looking for; some lose their way; but all prove that the visitors can be more intriguing than the works on display.  

 


Photos from the Harlequin Productions' production of MUSEUM LOVERS, a full-length play by William Ivor Fowkes.


August 25 - September 3,2017 

A Production of

TABLE MANNERS IN SANTA MONICA

 

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

TABLE MANNERS IN SANTA MONICA, a 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes, is being produced by the 4th Street Theater in Chesterton, IN, at their 4th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. This is one of 3 plays from out-of-state writers. All the other plays are by local writers. 

 

PERFORMANCES: Fri-Sat Aug 25&26, at 8PM; Sun Aug 27 at 3PM; Fri-Sat Sep 1&2 at 8PM; Sun Sep3 at 3PM. 

 

SYNOPSIS: A couple who meet through a dating site struggle through their first date.

 


July 21 - August 5

A Production of THE NEXT MOVE

 

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Theatre Southwest in Houston, TX produced THE NEXT MOVE, a One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes, in its 20th Annual Festival of Originals (FOO).  

 

SYNOPSISAn elderly couple bickers their way through a Sunday afternoon, uncovering some disturbing things in the process.

 


July 24, 2017 

A Reading of

PRIVATE PROPERTY

 

A Full-Length Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

How far would you be willing to go to hold onto the one you love?

 

The Players Ring, 105 Marcy Street at Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH presented a reading of PRIVATE PROPERTY, a dark comic mystery by William Ivor Fowkes that they will be producing next summer (2018) in their Late Night Summer Series. 

 

SYNOPSIS: A retired gay couple living for decades in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania have amassed a curious collection of houses, each decorated in a different style. But when an inquisitive reporter comes snooping around, more than just their privacy is threatened.

 


July 14-15, 2017 

A Production of

MUSEUM PIECE #2

 

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Pend Oreille Players in Newport, WA produced MUSEUM PIECE #2, a 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes, in its One Act Play Festival July 14-15, 2017.  

 

SYNOPSIS: Four American tourists at the Prado Museum in Madrid argue about their reactions to Velazquez's masterpiece, Las Meninas, until a supernatural event derails their visit.

 

 


 

July 2017

A Radio Broadcast of THE NEXT MOVE

(Recorded July 14, 2016)

 

A 30-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Petaluma Radio Players in Petaluma, CA recorded THE NEXT MOVE in July 2016 and presented it on the radio in July 2017. Details to come. (This play was last performed July-August at Theatre Southwest in Houston. It was also recorded and broadcast by the Radio Theatre Project of St. Petersburg, FL in January 2017--see below.)

 

EXCERPT

 



   

NOW AVAILABLE:

SKYLINE: TALES OF MANHATTAN

A collection of 19 short stories by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

"In SKYLINE: TALES OF MANHATTAN, award-winning playwright and author William Ivor Fowkes presents stories of New Yorkers—gay, straight, and confused—making startling connections and discoveries. On the West Side, a man approaching his 60th birthday tries a new haircut, with disastrous consequences. On the East Side, a Park Avenue Republican gets a taste of life on the "down low" in Central Park. In the East Village, a struggling writer papers his kitchen wall with rejection letters. In SoHo, a graphic designer takes drastic steps to get the attention of her editor. At MOMA, a woman physically attacks a man examining a sculpture she doesn't like. Downtown, a transplanted New Orleans cabaret singer deals with life and love in the aftermath of 9/11. There are 19 stories in all—enough to demonstrate that Manhattan's residents are just as striking as the city's celebrated skyline."

 

 

This fine, often poignant collection about lonely people seeking to make the right connection in a city filled with options is really about lonely people stymied and confused by all the choices that surround them.  The stories successfully explore the internal fears and uncertainties of individuals struggling to discover a place (often it seems any place) where they belong . . .

 

“What is particularly original is the portrait of relationships, both straight and (mainly) gay, their complexity and how they evolve . . . How the characters evolve and come to terms with the circumstances of their lives is cleverly done. Most impressive is the one who reappears in several pieces who struggles with his latent feelings by denying them to himself until it becomes impossible . . . SCORE: 9 out of 10."

 

- BookLife Prize (from Publisher's Weekly)

 

Available on Amazon (paper or e-book).

Also available at Barnes and Noble.

 



Trailer for THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA.

A 10-minute film written by William Ivor Fowkes, produced by Collective NY Films--starring Robert Z. Grant and Karen Chamberlain; producer Pulkit Datta; directed by Tim Naylor. Presented in 2018 at the Adirondack Film Festival and the Hunter Mountain Film Festival. Released on Amazon Prime Video in February 2019. 



 

 

 

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