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Derek Ahonen

DEREK AHONEN

  (1980 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Derek ahonen is the resident playwright of the amoralists Theatre Company in NYC. He studied Theater at the American academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. He grew up in Chicago and is the author of the full-length plays Happy In the Poorhouse, the Pied Pipers of the Lower east Side, amerissiah, Pokin' the Bears in a Zoo, Bring Us the Head of Your Daughter, While Chasing the Fantastic. . ., and Venus Sensation and the Pope.

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        Amerissiah         Bad And the Better, The         Bring Us the Head Of Your Daughter         Cheater's Club, The         Happy In the Poorhouse         Pied Pipers Of the Lower East Side, The         Pink Knees On Pale Skin         Pokin' the Bears In A Zoo         Twelve-Hundred Plays Of Purgatory         Venus, Sensation And the Pope         While Chasing the Fantastic         You Knows' Know, The



Amerissiah

Synopsis:
Barry Ricewater, a terminally ill man convinced he is God, returns to the apartment of his childhood. His degenerate family descends on him to pay their last respects. they all think he is crazy until the gathering is interrupted by an unlikely disciple. Only through Barry's divine intervention can the crooked Ricewater clan be saved.
- press release

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
the amoralists

1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Bad And the Better, The

Synopsis:
This is a riveting detective noir centered around the Lang brothers. One with everything to lose. One with everything to prove. Both in too deep. Set in the basements, balconies and bars where secrets are whispered and revealed, join a group of local anarchists, law enforcement officials and political power players. all are waging war: against injustice, corruption and, ultimately, the people they love the most. a cautionary tale about the hypocrisy of extreme principles, the Bad and the Better explores the dangers of maintaining loyalty and protecting your family, whoever they are, at any cost. When it comes to the bad and the better, whats the difference?
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 416 West 42nd Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10036    14 Jun 2012

Organisations:
the amoralists

1st Published:
http://www.indietheaternow.com/Plays   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
thriller

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  large cast

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Bring Us the Head Of Your Daughter

Bring Us the Head Of Your Daughter
Jackie and Contessa are far from the typical American family. One black, one Jewish, and both women, they have overcome their differences and stayed partners for twenty years. But when their absent daughter Garance is accused of murder and cannibalism, their New York City apartment becomes a center of chaos. the phone rings off the hook with bigoted threats, Contessa's long-lost brother pays a visit, and to top it all off, the alleged cannibal returns. This examination of a dysfunctional and unconventional family bitingly explores the outermost limits of familial love

Notes:
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1st Produced:
the amoralists, New York, NY    25 Apr 2008

Organisations:
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1st Published:
United Stages   978-15978-30348

Music:
-

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Genre:
75-80 min Play/Drama. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Cheater's Club, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, NY    17 Aug 2013

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Happy In the Poorhouse

Synopsis:
Paulie "the Pug" is a Coney Island dreamer. . .just one MMa fight away from the big time. If only he could keep his wife from screwing her ex-husband, his brother-in-law from going to the slammer, and his best friend from taking a bite out of his neck, he'd be on top of the world. a comedy full of weak wrists and strong hearts, Happy In the Poorhouse is an unsanitized story of love and sex that will make you think twice about not pulling out!
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Theatre 80, NY    13 Mar 2010

Organisations:
the amoralists

1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc (2010)   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Pied Pipers Of the Lower East Side, The

Pied Pipers Of the Lower East Side, The
Billy, Dawn, Dear, and Wyatt are an extended sexual family living tribally in NYC. Watch in amazement as they battle through their violent addictions and fears. Behold their celebrations of love, and their search for human grandness. This is the story of the Pied Pipers of the Lower east Side.
- press release

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
amoralist Theatre Company

1st Published:
United Stages   978-15978-30270

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Pink Knees On Pale Skin

Synopsis:
Pink Knees on Pale Skin by Derek ahonen: To save their undersexed marriages, the Wyatt and Williams families are meeting with Dr. Sarah, aka the Orgy Counselor. the plan: to participate in an organized orgy held in a discrete hotel room. But on this particular night, Dr. Sarah has designed a self-destructive twist, guaranteed to unleash chaos upon all involved. Pink Knees on Pale Skin is a comedy about orgies gone bad and a Drama about marriage and regret.
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
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1st Produced:
the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27 St., NY    10 Aug 2011

Organisations:
the amoralists

1st Published:
http://www.indietheaternow.com/Plays   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
site specific one act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Pokin' the Bears In A Zoo

Pokin' the Bears In A Zoo
Mabel Sternos has been murdered, and her husband, Sheep-Suit, is out for revenge. Can her sons sober up in time to thwart the old man's plot? Will her poor daughter-in-law Jo Jo have the strength to hold them together? and who is the man they call Forrest? the Sternos family struggles for salvation from themselves in this darkly humorous exploration of familial dysfunction.

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1st Produced:

Organisations:
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1st Published:
United Stages   978-15978-30331

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Twelve-Hundred Plays Of Purgatory

Synopsis:
a man named Keaton awakes in purgatory to find nothing but infinite doors. Behind each door is a nameless mustached man selling different products. the first door offers the Cross-Trainer 2000, (a life-sized cross that Jesus used to stay in shape through cross-crunches and cross pull-ups). the second door offers a mute bouncer selling a velvet rope. the third door offers what may be God selling what may be the truth of our existence. an existential satire.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
the austin Fine Arts Festival, autsin, TX    2006

Organisations:
the Gat5 artist Collective

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Venus, Sensation And the Pope

Synopsis:
On what could be the last night of their lives, Venus and his girlfriend, Sensation battle over modern sexuality, the transparency of success, and what makes a thief moral. as the young couple impatiently await the Pope to murder them, they're forced to confront the raw truths that exist after all of their unrealistic expectations for life are stripped from them. . . one painfully hilarious layer at a time.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
arthur Seelen Theater, New York    2003

Organisations:
Wooden I. Productions

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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While Chasing the Fantastic

Synopsis:
In a society plagued by fears of the unknown, the line between fiction and reality is blurred more than ever. In While Chasing the Fantastic. . . an unhappily married couple struggle to face issues of deception, infidelity, terrorism, and redemption when a radical visionary moves into their apartment to help make ends meet. Nothing is sacred; from Con edison to anti-American ideals, this play challenges the audience to look at the beautiful, the ugly and most importantly-the real.
- press release

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Kraine Theatre, NY    2007

Organisations:
the amoralists Production Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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You Knows' Know, The

Synopsis:
In a population controlled future where the "You Knows" have abused their political power, a young married couple hide from authority to protect their unborn child from a very different America.
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
part of Vignettes for the Apocalypse 2009

1st Produced:

Organisations:
the amoralists

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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