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Anne Bertram

ANNE BERTRAM

  

Nationality:    USA
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Anne Bertram is a founding artistic associate of Theatre Unbound, a Minneapolis/St. Paul company dedicated to work by and about women, and serves as its executive Director. Her work as a playwright has been seen in a number of Theatre Unbound productions, including 2007's Frankenstein Incarnate: the Passions of Mary Shelley, which was recognized in City Pages' "artists of the Year" issue. Current projects include the libretto for empire Builder: an ImmigrANT Opera, in collaboration with composer George Maurer; and the full-length script Deeds Not Words: the Rise of the Jujitsuffragettes, recently accepted into the New Play Development program of Babes with Blades, a Chicago company specializing in stage combat for women.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America

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        Back Up         Chicks In Space         Dog Tag         Donner Gold, The         Frankenstein Incarnate: the Passions Of Mary Shelley         Good Fight, The         Grasping         Homesickness         How To View the Comet         It's All Good         Let's Be Real (formerly Attraction Strategies)         Liability         Lovehateforgive         Murderess         Particular Delight Of Trigonometry, The         Sherry's Basement         Spring Break With Rainey         St. Luke's         the Good Fight (formerly Deeds Not Words)         White-Collar Death In the Pink-Collar Ghetto         Within         Women! Live On Stage!



Back Up

Synopsis:
Three weeks after a spectacular fall, it's time for Faye to get back on the ladder. Moira, her partner in We Do Windows, anxiously cheers her on. But before Faye can take that first step, both partners must overcome envy, insecurity, twists of fate, and the disastrous affair of Mrs. Fangboner's ferret.

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1st Produced:
Minneapolis, Mn, United States    2007

Organisations:
Theatre Unbound

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Chicks In Space

Synopsis:
a valiant womanoid space team blasts off in search of brave new worlds.

Notes:
Notes (one CONTINUOUS paragraph): written by Anne Bertram, Amy Ballestad And theatre Unbound. the roles of denizens of other planets (3 M, 3 Other And 1 F) can be presented on video.

1st Produced:
Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, Mn, United States    2004

Organisations:
Theatre Unbound

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  6            Other:  3

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Dog Tag

Synopsis:
ed is out walking his dog Percy when he runs into ex-lover Paul. Percy may prove an effective go-between for a reconciliation, or the two men may still end up going home alone. a play of second chances, some taken, some not.

Notes:
written by Anne Bertram And Matthew A. everett. Roles may be played by 3 M or 3 F.

1st Produced:
Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, Mn, United States    2008

Organisations:
Magicword Theatre

1st Published:
Contained in: "Theatre Unbound's Twenty-four Hour Play Project - Selected Plays volume One" published by lulu.com   -

Music:
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Genre:
10-minute play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  3

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Donner Gold, The

Synopsis:
Two men head into the Great Salt Desert of Utah in search of the lost gold of the Donner Party, the 19th century California pioneers who famously ate their dead. Reed, a descendant of Donner Party survivors, has his great-great-great-grandfather's coded map. Hoover, a defects engineer in the semiconductor industry, is putting up the money for the expedition. When they find a cache of household goods like the one Reed's map describes, Reed wants to excavate it carefully, preserving everything his ancestors touched, but Hoover needs the gold and needs it now. as they compete for control of the dig, they unearth each other's deepest secrets along with a series of increasingly puzzling artifacts. the past is alive and hungry here. By the time Hoover and Reed reach the bottom of the cache, one of them will be consumed.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Frankenstein Incarnate: the Passions Of Mary Shelley

Synopsis:
Where do monsters come from? the life of novelist Mary Shelley overlaps and intertwines with the story that made her famous, illuminating the creator and creature within us all.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
St. Paul, Mn, United States    2007

Organisations:
Theatre Unbound

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Good Fight, The

Synopsis:
In 1913 Emmeline Pankhurst is exhausted after numerous hunger strikes whilst in prison. She temporarily step down as leader of the Suffragettes to recoup. Grace Row takes over. She decides that it is time to stop just doing violence to property - it is time to start doing violence to people

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1st Produced:
Great Plains Theatre Conference    2014

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Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Grasping

Synopsis:
In a house where every item is freighted with family stories, a visitor angles for the gift of a hundred-year-old teacup from Moscow, Pennsylvania. Her attempts to get the teacup open a rift between two sisters, the last surviving members of the family, and force them to see what it is they really value, and what they will fight to preserve.

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1st Produced:
St. Charles, Il, United States    2005

Organisations:
Steel Beam Theater

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Homesickness

Synopsis:
It's official: civil war in Hawaii. . .Rogue engineer seizes phone lines in Dubuque. . .Society disintegrates (details on the hour), and the only hope rests with Mooti, a roving jack-of-all-trades, and her granddaughter, Kid, raised by a Mom and Dad who don't speak the same language. a comedy about connection and communication, the peculiar habits we learn at home and the ways they come in handy.

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1st Produced:
Austin, Tx, United States    2000

Organisations:
State Theater

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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How To View the Comet

Synopsis:
It's April 1997, and Andrea, Cass, and Lea have driven out to a remote field to obtain ideal viewing conditions for Comet Hale-Bopp. Lea, who was along last year for Andrea's previous, less than successful comet-viewing expedition, wants to minimize the time they spend out in the cold. Andrea, who hopes the sight of the spectacular comet will help to comfort Cass for her mother's recent death, wants them to stay till they find it. their dispute over whether to stay or go compels them to face a number of uncomfortable questions, from what motivated the Heaven's Gate suicides, to how far it is possible to lessen, or even grasp, another person's grief.

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10-minute play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  3            Other:  -

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It's All Good

Synopsis:
Between flights at O'Hare, downsizing analyst Greg Tollefson confronts the consequences of the worst mistake of his life, and wishes he had thought to grab an airsick bag.

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Let's Be Real (formerly Attraction Strategies)

Synopsis:
Why would a woman feign a love interest? For that matter, why would a clam put a fake fish on its rear end? Within the corporate wilderness of MegaCo, IT technician Chelly Waller sets a lure for copy room manager - and volunteer environmentalist - Pete Moss. a sharp romantic comedy about the ways we fool each other, and ourselves.

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Liability

Synopsis:
Two temporary clerks work among a maze of document boxes for a product liability lawsuit. as their relationship develops, they discover disturbing facts about the botulism outbreak that gave rise to the case. "Liability" asks, what are the effects of long-term storage on pickled mushrooms, hasty e-mails, and lifelong ambitions? What happens when the lid comes off?

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1st Produced:
Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, Mn, United States    2002

Organisations:
anne Bertram

1st Published:
Bayou, v. 40 (2003)   -

Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Lovehateforgive

Synopsis:
Valerie invites her high-school best friend Bernie to meet her college best friend Karen, and all three are compelled to reenact the moments when their relationships changed forever.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
New York, Ny, United States    1991

Organisations:
Love Creek Productions

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
One-act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Murderess

Synopsis:
Seven famous murderesses from American history - including Laura Fair, Belle Gunness, and Lizzie Borden - reveal their secrets in a suite of hair-raising monologues.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
St. Paul, Mn, United States    2011

Organisations:
Theatre Unbound

1st Published:
Lulu.com, 2011   978-1257834846

Music:
-

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Genre:
Dark comedy, historical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Particular Delight Of Trigonometry, The

Synopsis:
asha comes to the academy, an elite private school, determined that she will one day work on SeTI, the Search for extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. as she rides out the cycles of the school year, she finds she must take on a mission as daunting as any search for aliens: learning to communicate with the enigmatic creatures who teach her classes, sit next to her in Trig, and share her room in the dorm.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Sherry's Basement

Synopsis:
"You've been in Afghanistan, I perceive," are the first words spoken to war veteran Jo by Sherry, a brilliant coffee barista with a turn for observation and deduction. the unlikely pair team up against an adversary with a thousand faces - but can they overcome the unspeakable forces that emerge from within? a surreal, darkly comic tribute to the Sherlock Holmes stories.

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1st Produced:
Minneapolis, Mn, United States    2003

Organisations:
Theatre Unbound

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Dark comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Spring Break With Rainey

Synopsis:
High school sophomore Stefi is determined to get her rich friend to invite her to spring break in Florida, no matter what it takes. But that freak Mia McCullum - who actually speaks up in Biology class, OMG - threatens to ruin the whole thing.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Concordia University, Moorehead, Mn, United States    2009

Organisations:
Maren Jystad

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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St. Luke's

Synopsis:
In 1930s Chicago, three very different young women enter the St. Luke's Hospital School for Nurses. as they weather the rigorous training program, they realize they must gain one another's support in order to succeed.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Minneapolis, Mn, United States    2001

Organisations:
Theatre Unbound

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  9            Other:   Cast breakdown assumes some character doubling. Without doubling, 16 F, 8 M, 2 either.

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the Good Fight (formerly Deeds Not Words)

Synopsis:
In 1913, women's suffrage activists in england are being arrested and tortured. their leader, emmeline Pankhurst, is wanted by the police. Determined to shield her, some of her followers make a surprising choice: they learn jujitsu. Based on historical events.

Notes:
Includes fighting roles for women.

1st Produced:
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mn    29 Sep 2012

Organisations:
Theatre Unbound

1st Published:
Lulu.com, 2013   978-1304163905

Music:
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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  11            Other:  -

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White-Collar Death In the Pink-Collar Ghetto

Synopsis:
Who killed Mel Stacks (Ph.D., Industrial aesthetology)? and what's that clogging up the pencil sharpener? a comedy about blackmail, treachery, murder and office supplies.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Ukiah, Ca, United States    1990

Organisations:
Ukiah Players Theater

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Mystery, Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  1

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Within

Synopsis:
A traveler arrives at a dangerous resting place. Wordless.

Notes:
written by Anne Bertram and Heather C. Brady

1st Produced:
Minneapolis/St. Paul    2013

Organisations:
Theatre Unbound

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
10-minute play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Women! Live On Stage!

Synopsis:
a whirlwind tour through nine hundred years of women in theatre, from Yuan Dynasty China to twentieth century Broadway. Music! Dance! Corsets! Places, please!

Notes:
written by Anne Bertram, Lindsay Hockaday And Jeannine Coulombe

1st Produced:
Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, Mn, United States    2004

Organisations:
Theatre Unbound

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  7            Other:  -

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