A Play in Two Acts by William Fowkes
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THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS 2013, Edited and with a Forward by Lawrence Harbison, Smith and Kraus Publishers,
New York, 2013.
Includes MUSEUM PIECE #2 by William Fowkes.
SYNOPSIS: Four tourists visiting the Prado Museum in madrid confront Velazquez's masterpiece, Las Meninas.
TABLE MANNERS IN SANTA MONICA, a 10-Minute Play by William Fowkes, was published October 2013 in CLOCKHOUSE REVIEW, the literary journal of Goddard College (summer 2013 issue).
THE COLLECTIVE: 10 PLAY ANTHOLOGY: 12 Short Plays, The Collective-NY, 2013.
Includes THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA by William Fowkes
SYNOPSIS: Two lovers finally say the “L word” in bed one night only to discover that they’ve been harboring conflicting notions about their relationship.
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ABOUT THE BOOK: This volume features 12 original short plays that premiered as part of The Collective:10 Play Festival in New York City in October 2013. Also included are two unseen plays, selected as festival alternates, PLUS a dialogue with the playwrights.
A monologue from ALL IN THE FACULTY by William Fowkes is included in THE BEST WOMEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES AND SCENES 2011, edited by Lawrence Harbison, Smith and Kraus Publishers, 2012.
THE SESSION was published in the literary journal, The Distillery (January 2007) and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Synopsis: A man finally tells his therapist what’s really on his mind.
THE SESSION served as the basis for my full-length play, COUPLE OF THE CENTURY. It is also included in MANHATTANIA! (a collection of four one-act plays by William Fowkes).
COUPLE OF THE CENTURY, a Romantic Comedy
by William Ivor Fowkes, was formerly published and licensed by Yes Plays (2014-2015).
COUPLE OF THE CENTURY was first performed at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival at the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York, June 2008. It was directed by Wendy Peace & Nic Tyler and starred Wendy Peace*, Jerry Ferris, Janice Mann*, and John Blylock* (*Member of Actors' Equity Association).
19 short stories about New Yorkers making startling connections and discoveries--proving once again that Manhattan's residents are just as striking as the city's celebrated skyline.
Many of these stories have been previously published in literary journals--including RiverSedge, Lullwater Review, Limestone, Argestes, The Chariton Review, Soundings East, Queer Ramblings Magazine, The Nassau Review, Wisconsin Review, The Dirty Goat, and Eureka Literary Magazine. Two stories have been published online--on The Circle, the website of Circle Magazine, and at the Edinburgh International Internet Festival 2002.
Some of these stories inspired--or were inspired by--Fowkes's plays, including the plays, The Session, Couple of the Century, The Dakota, Scenes From the Dakota, Not Here Yet, The Seeker, Museum Piece, and Museum Lovers.
“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)
“Chamber Music.” RiverSedge (Volume 23; No. 1: Spring 2010).
“The Church.” Limestone (2009).
“Chrysler.” Lullwater Review (Volume XVIII; No.II, Fall 2008).
“Dummy Copy.” Argestes (Collen Tree Press, Fall-Winter 2008).
“Lincoln Towers.” The Chariton Review (Volume 31; Issue 1: Spring 2008).
“Snap.” Wisconsin Review (Volume 43; Issue 1: Fall 2008).
“Metastory.” Soundings East, Salem, MA (Volume 30; Number 1: Spring/Summer 2008).
“The Cross County.” Buffalo Carp: Quad Cities Arts’ Journal(Volume 5, March 2008).
"A Proper Bed." The Nassau Review '06 (Volume 9, Number 20, 2006). An earlier version was presented at The Edinburgh International Internet Festival 2002.
"Twin Towers." The Dirty Goat (February 2006, 15th Anniversary Issue).
"Park Avenue." Queer Ramblings Magazine (Fall 2005).
"Wallpaper." Eureka Literary Magazine (Fall 2005).
"Power to the Pulpit." Lynx Eye, a Scribblefest Literary Group Publication (November 2001).
"Dakota." The Circle, the website of Circle Magazine (Fall 2002).