William Ivor Fowkes is an award-winning playwright and author based in Manhattan & Connecticut. His work has been developed or presented at Pulse Ensemble Theatre Company, The Collective NY, Turtle Shell Productions, Penobscot Theatre Company, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gallery Players, Silver Spring Stage, & elsewhere. His plays have been presented in 22 states & the District of Columbia. Several have been published. His short fiction has been published in numerous journals. He has been a FINALIST for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award and the W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest and a SEMIFINALIST for the National Arts Club's Playwrights First Award, the Colonial Players' Promising Playwright Award, and the Princess Grace Playwriting Award. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., the Pulse Ensemble Theatre Playwrights' Lab, and Stillwater Writers.



Productions & Readings  

Current & Upcoming



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 (Doors open 6:30PM), Monday April 16, 2018.

 

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

 


June 18, 2018: A Reading of 

STACY'S COOKIES 

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

WHAT: PIZZA & PLAYS--a cold reading of STACY'S COOKIES by William Ivor Fowkes 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.

TICKETS$7.00 in advance. www.PayPal.Me/PlaysandPizza

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

 

 


August 17-26, 2018

A Production of

PRIVATE PROPERTY

 

A Full-Length Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

The Players Ring is producing PRIVATE PROPERTY, a full-length play by William Ivor Fowkes, in their Late Night Summer Series, August 17-26, 2018, Portsmouth, NH. 

 

SYNOPSIS: In this dark comic mystery, 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.

 

 


Date TBA

A Production of

TABLE MANNERS IN HELL'S KITCHEN

 

A 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

The Wilmington Film Mob is producing TABLE MANNERS IN HELL'S KITCHEN, a 10-minute play by William Ivor Fowkes, along with an author talkback, in Wilmington, DE later this year. Date TBA.

 

SYNOPSIS: A straight couple and a gay couple at neighboring tables in a mexican restaurant have different things on their mind.

 


Available Now

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.

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

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


TENNESSEE WILLIAMS WINS A PRIZE Published in The Paragon Journal (October 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. 

 



Productions & Readings

Recent



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

 


June 8-11, 2017

A Production of

A REMARKABLE MAN

 

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

The Gallery Players in Brooklyn, NY presented A REMARKABLE MAN, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, as part of their annual Black Box One Act festival,  June 8-11, 2017. There was a talkback with the playwrights after the Sunday, June 11 performance.

 

SYNOPSIS: At the funeral of the owner of the Hudson Certified Vacuum Cleaner and Floor Care Company, family secrets are exposed, and the heir to the company is revealed.

 


May 19, 20, 26, 27, 2017

A Production of an Excerpt from

MUSEUM LOVERS in Indianapolis

 

A Full-Length Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Khaos Company Theatre, Indianapolis, IN, presented a short excerpt from MUSEUM LOVERS, a Full-length Play by William Ivor Fowkes, at the 2017 Dionysia New Play Competition. A dozen or so short excerpts from full-length plays were produced. 

 

SYNOPSIS: A wide variety of odd characters react to works of art in museums around the world. In this short excerpt, two women cruise for men at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 

DATES: 7PM, May 19, 20, 26 and 27th, 2017.

LOCATION: Khaos Company Theatre, 1775 N. Sherman Dr., Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46218

 

TICKETS

 


May 19 & 20, 2017

A Staged Reading of TABLE MANNERS IN CHICAGOLAND in Vermont

 

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

TABLE MANNERS IN CHICAGOLAND, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes and an extended excerpt from his full-length play, THE HUDSON GUIDE TO TABLE MANNERS, was named a WINNER in the Nor'Eastern Play Writing Contest at Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre, Rutland, VT. It was presented in a staged reading at the Brick Box, Paramount Theatre, in Rutland, VT on May 19 & 20 at 7:30 PM.

 

SYNOPSIS: Although Michael Hudson seems to have it all--a successful business, a loving wife, and two adult children--he also keeps a second family on the side. When his double life is exposed at his funeral, it triggers a range of reactions.

 

WHEN: 7:30PM, May 19 & 20, 20176.

WHERE: The Brick Box, Paramount Theatre, in Rutland, VT.  

 


April 20, 2017 

A Reading of AN ACCIDENT IN THE PARK in Kansas

 

A One-Act Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

The New Play Lab of the 36th Annual William Inge Theater Festival in Independence, KS (William Inge's hometown)  is presenting a reading of AN ACCIDENT IN THE PARK, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, at 2:30 on Thursday, April 20, 2017, Methodist Church Chapel.  

 

SYNOPSIS: At the Dakota on Central Park West, Marjorie Mumford frets over preparations for her husband's 72nd birthday party, but what's really worrying her is the absence of the birthday boy. 

 


7:00 PM Monday, March 6, 2017

A Reading of AN ACCIDENT IN THE PARK in Pennsylvania

 

A 30-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

7:00 PM, Monday, March 6, 2017 at the 3rd Street Gallery, Carnegie, PA. Presented as part of Pittsburgh New Works Festival's Original Play Readings.

 


Broadcast Date: January 23, 2017

Another Recording and Radio Broadcast of THE NEXT MOVE

 

A 30-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Radio Theatre Project of St. Petersburg, FL, presented a live radio broadcast of THE NEXT MOVE, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, at The Studio@620 in downtown St. Petersburg, January 23, 2017. A recording of the play is NOW AVAILABLE.

 

LISTEN HERE

 

Meanwhile, THE NEXT MOVE was also recorded for radio by Petaluma Radio Players in Petaluma, CA in July 2016 and was broadcast in July 2017. 

 

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

 



Listen Now

A Radio Broadcast of THE NEXT MOVE

 

A 30-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes.

 

Radio Theatre Project of St. Petersburg, FL, presented a live radio broadcast of THE NEXT MOVE at The Studio@620 in downtown St. Petersburg, January 23, 2017. A recording of the play is NOW AVAILABLE.

 

LISTEN HERE

 

(THE NEXT MOVE was also recorded for radio by Petaluma Radio Players in Petaluma, CA in July 2016 and was broadcast in July 2017.)



   

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. Scheduled for 2018 release.


THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA -

The Movie

 

Collective NY Films is in post-production on its next film--THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA by William Ivor Fowkes, originally produced as part of their Collective 10 Play Festival and starring ensemble members, Robert Z Grant & Karen Chamberlain. 

 

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