Staged Reading of THE NEXT MOVE at Ensemble Studio Theatre
THE NEXT MOVE, a one-act play by William Fowkes, was presented at the Ensemble Studio Theatre's Octoberfest 2006 as a staged reading Wednesday 10/18 and Thursday 10/19. This 40-minute play was directed by Wendy Peace (director of my one-acts, THE DAKOTA and THE SESSION) and starred Nancy Franklin and Ed Setrakian.
Synopsis: An elderly couple bicker their way through a Sunday afternoon while preparing for company to arrive. In the process, they uncover some disturbing things.
Short Story Published
My short story, A PROPER BED, has been published in the Nassau Review '06 (volume 9, number 2). (An earlier version was presented at The Edinburgh International Internet Festival 2002.)
Synopsis: Despite his happy suburban family life, Chip Miller struggles with the realization that his need for something more -- for something very specific -- may separate him from his neighbors.
COUPLE OF THE CENTURY Named Semifinalist
My full-length play, COUPLE OF THE CENTURY, was named a semi-finalist in the Open Book's 8th National Readers Playwrighting Competition. The Open Book (established 1975) is New York's oldest professional reader's theater company. COUPLE OF THE CENTURY is an expanded version of my one-act play, THE SESSION (finalist at the Strawberry One-Act Festival Winter 2005). In the expended version, the scenes progress backwards to show us the events leading up to the therapy session that opens the play.
Writers Group Celebrates 15th Anniversary.
The River Writers Group of Manhattan celebrated its 15th anniversary with a public reading at the Mercantile Library of New York on May 10, 2006. The River Writers Group is one of New York's oldest continuous writing groups. The Mercantile Library of New York is a unique cultural institution, founded in 1820 before the advent of public libraries. I read a shortened version of my story, WALLPAPER. The other readers (all members of River Writers) included Deborah Atherton, Claudia Carlson, Hilary Beckett, and Andrew Kaplan. In addition, Allan Jaffee, an honorary member of the group, performed original guitar rags.
TWIN TOWERS Published
My short story, TWIN TOWERS -- dedicated to the memory of Betty Farmer, who disappeared on September 11, 2001 -- appears in the 15th anniversary issue of The Dirty Goat, published February 2006. The Dirty Goat is "a celebration of the best in cutting edge international poetry, prose, drama and visual art" and is published by Host Publications of Austin, TX. Synopsis: Peggy Monroe, a 60-something former cabaret singer from New Orleans, deals with life and the lack of love in post-9/11 New York.
Two Stories Published
My short story, WALLPAPER, was published in the Fall 2005 issue of Eureka Literary Magazine.
Synopsis: Peter Payne—Sports Illustrated insert card writer by day, aspiring fiction writer by night—puts his rejection letters to good practical use.
My short story, PARK AVENUE, was published in the Fall 2005 issue of Queer Ramblings Magazine.
Synopsis: Chip Miller struggles with his attraction to men during his long runs in Central Park while his wife Sally is back in the apartment balancing the couple’s checkbook.
http://doollee.com/PlaywrightsF/fowkes-william.htmlInformation about my plays has been posted to Doollee, a British on-line database whose mission is to collect information on all plays written or performed in English since 1956 (the year of Look Back In Anger).