NEWS 2018

GODIVA CHOCOLATE & A DIET COKE to be Presented at Gay Pride Plays

Posted June 2018


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, New York City--Room 310.

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

TICKETS: Reservations are highly recommended by emailing or calling 614-285-2515. $5.00 donation requested. 

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

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


HARASSMENT Named Semifinalist by Edge Fest  

Posted May 2018


HARASSMENT, a 10-minute play by William Ivor Fowkes, was a semifinalist for Edge Fest 2018 at Birdhouse Theatre in Milledgeville, GA. This play was first written for and performed as a staged reading at Abingdon Theatre's Moral Dilemma Comedies Benefit Challenge in 2011. Since then it has gone on to full productions at Colonial Playhouse in Alden, PA (2013), Thespian Production in New York (2015), and Ocean County College's Comic Shorts in Toms River, NJ (2017). With the welcome emergence of the MeToo movement, this play will probably now fade into irrelevance, if not impertinence, since it is a comic look at employee sexual harassment training courses.


THE SESSION Given Honorable Mention  

Posted May 2018


THE SESSION, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, was given HONORABLE MENTION by the Old Opera House Theatre Company's New Voices Play Festival (Charles Town, WV). This was the first play by Fowkes ever produced--back in February 2005 at the Strawberry One-Act Play Festival in NYC. (Photo shows Maria Volker and Jerry Ferris from the 2005 production.) THE SESSION was expanded into a full-length play, COUPLE OF THE CENTURY, which was produced at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival at the Cherry Lane Theatre, June 2008, with Jerry Ferris reprising his role. 

SYNOPSIS: A man finally tells his therapist what's really on his mind. 


NOT HERE YET Entered in Atlanta Audio Fringe Festival  

Posted May 2018


WHAT: The Radio Theatre Project of St. Petersburg, FL, which recorded and broadcast a radio version of NOT HERE YET, a one-act play by William Ivor Fowkes, has entered their recording in the Atlanta Audio Fringe Festival, May 28-June 17, 2018.

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


A Reading of COFFEE BREAK at the Players Club 

Posted April 2018


WHAT: TAKE TEN: AN EVENING OF 10-MINUTE PLAY READINGS BY THE DGPG WRITERS (Dramatists Guild Playwrights Group). Including work by 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. The evening's director is GRETCHEN CRYER.

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

WHEN: 7:00PM, Monday April 16, 2018. (Doors open 6:30PM)

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



DrekFest 2018 in Chicago

Posted March 2018


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.

A Reading of


Posted March 2018



TABLE MANNERS IN LAKE FOREST, a 10-minute play by William Ivor Fowkes, is going to be presented at PIZZA & PLAYS, an evening of cold readings of 10-minute plays at Lucky Jack's Bar & Lounge, 129 Orchard Street, on Manhattan's Lower East Side, 7:30PM, Monday April 16, 2018. Two other playwrights in my writers group at the Dramatists Guild--Beth Blatt and Donald Loftus--are also having plays read that evening.


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



Monologues Published 

Posted February 2018


Performer Stuff, a website for actors that publishes and sells audition materials, has made 11 monologues from 3 full-length plays by William Ivor Fowkes available. The plays include SUNSHINE QUEST (world premiere at the Fresh Fruit Festival 2014), PRIVATE PROPERTY (world premiere upcoming, August 2018, at The Players Ring, Portsmouth, NH, and ALL IN THE FACULTY (published by Dramatists Play Service).



A Podcast Production of COFFEE BREAK 

Posted February 2018


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.




Posted February 2018


The Faculty Drama Club in Bloomington, IN presented a reading of THE HUDSON GUIDE TO TABLE MANNERS, a full-length play by William Ivor Fowkes, on January 28, 2018.


SYNOPSIS: From Chicago to London, Santa Monica, Buenos Aires, and beyond, the friends and family of Michael Hudson--the owner of the Hudson Certified Vacuum Cleaner and Floor Care Company--have a habit of misbehaving in public. Their bad behavior even continues at his funeral, where family secrets are exposed, and the heir to the company is revealed.




 A Production of


Posted January 2018


TABLE MANNERS IN HELL'S KITCHEN, a 10-Minute Play by William Ivor Fowkes, along with an author talkback, is being produced by The Wilmington Film Mob 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.