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Frank Blocker

FRANK BLOCKER

  

Nationality:    USA
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Born in San Bernadino, California and raised in Arizona and Oklahoma, Frank Blocker spent his youth in Atlanta before settling on New York City with a side of Los Angeles. He is an alumnus of Cameron University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he was first turned on to writing by Howard Starks and Dennis and Billie Letts, (the parents of playwright Tracy). His first play, Eula Maes Beauty, Bait & Tackle co-authored with Chuck Richards, was a hit for 10 years in Atlanta before opening under off-Broadway contract on Theatre Row in 2001, running for 8 weeks. Southern Gothic Novel won Outstanding Playwriting for Solo Play at the Columbus National Theatre Festival and was later nominated for a Drama Desk Award for solo performance during its 2009 off-Broadway year-long run. The play later received an Ovation Recommendation by the LA Stage Alliance in 2013, directed by Cheryl King and produced by The Visceral Company. Patient Number received the Inner Voices Social Issues One-Act Play Award and was performed for World AIDS Day and had its premiere at Actors Express in Atlanta. Other one-act winners include The Wisconsinners at the Dubuque Fine Arts Center and Kiss and Fade at the Short Attention Play Festival in Boston. Comedy Suite Atlanta premiered at the 78th Street Studio Theatre in NYC and Stabilized Not Controlled premiered at NYCs Stage Left Studio where it ran for ten months, later appearing in the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Other plays include Clarabee in Wichita Falls, Air Marshals, and Good Jew. Co-authored work includes ChameleŁns w/ Rochelle Burdine, Macbeth: The Murder Mystery w/ Lydia Bolen and Alice, a musical, with composer William Wade (The York Theatre Development Series, Emerging Artists Theatres Notes From a Page, MITF). His one-minute play was presented by Brooklyn College for their GI60 project. Blocker also edited and published Stage THIS! Ten-Minute Plays (edited w/ Jan Herndon), Stage This, TOO! More Ten-Minute Plays (edited w/ Sydney Stone and Murray Scott Changar), and Stage THIS! Volume 3 (edited w/ Stone and Dana Todd), as well as sci-fi novel The Slaves of Votarus (Changar). He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. He regularly consults other playwrights on writing, dramaturgy, editing and play production. Blocker has been playwright-in-residence for Creative Mechanics Theatre Company NYC and Clayton State College and University, and was guest playwright at Jacksonville State College and Mississippi State Theatre Associations annual conference. He is also an award-winning actor, singer and coach.

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        Air Marshalls         Alice, A Musical         Chameleuns         Eula Mae's Beauty, Bait & Tackle (Co-Authored With Chuck Richards)         Fearless Moral Inventory         Frank Women         Good Jew: the Personal History Of Henrik Altman As Told By Him         Kiss And Fade         Macbeth: the Murder Mystery         Monologue Show, The; Or these Monologues What I Wrote         Patient Number         Songs Of Viscera         Southern Gothic Novel: The Aberdeen, Mississippi Sex-Slave Incident         Stabilized Not Controlled         Suite Atlanta         Waiting Room         Wisonsinners, The



Air Marshalls

Synopsis:
On a plane when people pull out guns who are you going to side with?

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1st Produced:
-    2008

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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Black comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Alice, A Musical

Synopsis:
aLICe finds herself going down the subway hole and into a world that blends Wonderland, Corporate America, international politics and everything else (good and bad) that Lewis C. tried to impart to young and vulnerable alice White, but THIS alice is all grown-up, so the dreams are a bit more. . .grown-up. Seems that every male and female in Wonderland is either in love/lust with her or wants her dead, or in many cases, both. What THIS alice has to learn is how to do it on her own. and she does.

Notes:
Written by Frank Blocker with composer/lyricist William Wad. In development. Minimum cast of 12, preferable cast of 15-20

1st Produced:
The York Theatre, NYC And Emerging Artists, NYC    -

Organisations:
e-MergingWriters.com

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
full length Musical

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Chameleuns

Synopsis:
a play about relationships and hiding behind masks of every sort. a series of vignettes carried out by 2 actors who meet, fall in love, or don't in each scene, only to discover their love. . .and now what do we do? Results from public readings have shown us that those who struggle in relationships find it deep and interested and fun, and those who are happy in their relationships (or seem to be), find the show adorable and oddly romantic.

Notes:
Written by Rochelle Burdine And Frank Blocker. Written for A comedy team And All roles Are MeaNT to played by the same people (hence the title). Actors portray 6 characters each.

1st Produced:
The Producers Club, NYC    2002

Organisations:
e-MergingWriters.com

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
full length Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Eula Mae's Beauty, Bait & Tackle (Co-Authored With Chuck Richards)

Synopsis:
Watch the Mae clan as they try to help 29-year-old senior Rita try for Miss alabama crown, get eula married off to the man that's courted her for 12 years, keep pageant coach Sue-Sue Daniels from drunken embarrassment (they fail miserably), help Tammy Wynette-wannabe eva through her divorce, and keep Momma and her mouth out of trouble (they don't succeed here, either). o "there's a lot of good-natured humor here and an endearing bittersweet optimism." - the New York Times o "You'll laugh so hard your stomach will hurt." - etc. Magazine o "exuberant, and it's worth a look for this reason alone: it is a wonderful play about celebrating difference and glorying in the weirdness that makes us human. This is a funny, heartwarming evening." - about.com o "an uproarious Southern comedy. Clever writing and impressive turns." - the Atlanta Journal-Constitution o "Comedic brilliance and virtuosity." - Backstage Magazine

Notes:
Originally, 1 woman plays eula, 2 men play All other roles. To produce A full cast version (optional), 3m & 5w. Will NeVeR Allow An All-male version of the show Again. It becomes All-camp drag (a little is okay), instead of A show About fascinating characters.

1st Produced:
The Jose Quintero Theatre, Off-Broadway Contract    09 Apr 2001

Organisations:
9th Runner-Up Productions

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Full-length, Southern comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  Full cast version is optional (5w, 3m)

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Fearless Moral Inventory

Synopsis:
Fearless Moral Inventory introduces the general public to 64 characters all of whom are channeled through Frank Blocker; the single man on stage ruining his health to deliver this comedy about a group of people, the citizenry of the play, who have been forced to take complete honest stock of their lives and the lives of those around them. Those on stage being challenged to tell the truth come from many and varied walks of life. there is Marvin, the blind guy who dates redheads. Followed closely by the Very Right Reverend Doctor Raymond B. Smythe who loathes pervs. Richard, the serial banker. anna Mae, the reluctant widow. Jon-Paul R. Georges, the ingrate son. the much too involved Mother on a mission to ruin a honeymoon. Joe Tennent, the murderous landlord. Sister aloysius and Sister Theresa. Iona Winchester, the mad hatter. Franklin Ian Brown, a performer of sorts. Jackie Oh. Henrik, Jr., the clairvoyant cab driver. Carl Joe, the honorary Blood. Lois, Lottie's best friend. and Sue-Sue Daniels the addicted everywoman from the deep South. To name but a few.
- nytheatre.com

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

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Frank Women

Synopsis:
More than a dozen actresses and comedienne come together for this two-night special event consisting of monologues and scenes from the works of playwright Frank Blocker.
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Stage Left Studio
214 West 30th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY, New York 10001    17 Aug 2012

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
More than a dozen actresses and comedienne come together for this two-night special event consisting of monologues and scenes from the works of playwright Frank Blocker.   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  13            Other:  -

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Good Jew: the Personal History Of Henrik Altman As Told By Him

Synopsis:
Henrik altman is being interviewed in 1985 about his youth in Warsaw as World War II broke out. as his memories come back to life, he begins to edit himself, but sometimes tells more with what's not said. He educates us on what it took to be a "good Jew" and promises that he was not.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Stage Left Studio, New York City    06 Nov 2009

Organisations:
e-MergingWriters.com

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Solo play, Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Kiss And Fade

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Sas Playfest    2004

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Macbeth: the Murder Mystery

Synopsis:
Parody of murder mysteries via the plot of That Scottish Play (and of dinner theatre, actors, Shakespeare scholars, etc.). Tray McBride climbs the corporate ladder of ambition only to find himself in big trouble from nemesis Duffy, ghost of his dead executive assistant Bruce, and the three witches - embodied in the one character of his mother-in-law. Was it Lydia McBride's lust for power, greed and ambition, or was it sorcery. Three endings reference this and can be used according to audience vote or to simply keep them guessing as to whodunit each night.

Notes:
One of the male-assigned roles can be played by either man or woman - As that Actor plays FOUR roles (2m/2w). . .though it is optional to cast it with four Actors, the preference in this case is that one Actor plays All the bit parts/showstoppers.

1st Produced:
Public Readings    -

Organisations:
Fn Productions and e-MergingWriters.com

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Full-length, comedy, murder mystery

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Monologue Show, The; Or these Monologues What I Wrote

Synopsis:
Monologues and characters include: the Great News featuring the Very Right Rev. Dr. Raymond B. Smythe; Forgive Me Father/Madre Mia featuring Sisters aloysius and Teresa; Good Jew featuring Herik altman; the Kroger What's Near My House featuring Shayneka; Don't I Know You From Somewhere? featuring Iona Winchester; F Her featuring John-Paul R. Georges. . .to name a few

Notes:
Solo play for one Actor including more than A dozen monologues

1st Produced:
Stage Left Studio, NYC    04 Oct 2009

Organisations:
e-MergingWriters.com

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Solo play, monologues

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Patient Number

Synopsis:
Two very different men await the results of their anonymous HIV tests and become friends. encouragement can only get them so far.

Notes:
Inner Voices Social Issues group presented the play in A staged reading for World AIDS Day in 2008.

1st Produced:
Inner Voices Social Issues / The University Of Illinois    2009

Organisations:
Inner Voices Social Issues / the University of Illinois

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Songs Of Viscera

Synopsis:
In a counter-holiday-programming move, the show promises stalkers, loners, killers, and the end of the world, but absolutely no Christmas music. Visceral selections and interpretations mirror the grittier days of cabaret sans jazz hands, feather boas and lace gloves. Song sources include country, alternative, jazz, folk and Kurt Weill, all reinterpreted musically by Koren and performed in character-style by Blocker.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Stage Left Studio
214 West 30th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY, New York 10001    20 Dec 2012

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
cabaret

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  musician

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Southern Gothic Novel: The Aberdeen, Mississippi Sex-Slave Incident

Synopsis:
A solo play about a fictional book that feels like a movie: Viola Haygood chases her newest unavailable love amid town panic, disappearing young women and an FBI investigation.

Notes:
the play contains 17 distinct characters And the Actor must be Able to switch roles on A dime for the entire hour+ of the play.

1st Produced:

Organisations:
e-MergingWriters.com

1st Published:
http://www.indietheaternow.com/Play/southern-gothic-novel   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Solo play / comedy 65 min

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Stabilized Not Controlled

Synopsis:
Meet evil landlord Killer Joe and his archnemesis, Lorna Breedlove, a rent-stabilized septuagenarian sex addict (in recovery). the battle rages over a five-floor walk-up occupied by a Log Cabin-accountant, an aging stoner, fake english actress, and homeless squatter Jackie ONasa. Joe will stop at nothing, but if the tenants can come together, they wont have to face the alternative. Leave Manhattan? Not on your life! This dark comedy is delivered by acclaimed solo artist and Drama Desk award-nominee Frank Blocker. .the play was developed using actual New York City conversations and scenes witnessed.
- nytheatre.com

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1st Produced:
Stage Left Studio
214 West 30th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY, New York 10001    29 Apr 2012

Organisations:
StageLeft Studio

1st Published:
http://www.indietheaternow.com/Play/stabilized-not-controlled   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama 70 min -- Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Suite Atlanta

Synopsis:
a week in the life of an Atlanta hotel room in the Fall of 1995. Monica was still unknown and the Olympics were a twinkle in the town's eye. the play is Atlanta as seen through the eyes of its visitors which include a small-town politician walking into a prostitution sting, two snowbird sisters from Long Island stopping through on their way to Florida, two conventioneers that find the problems caused by lose lips, the completely androgynous L.a. casting director, and it wouldn't be the South without a pageant-mom-from-hell to wrap things up. In the style of Neil Simon (and an homage to his work), we see America before much of its innocence would be lost. and there's enough short scenes to thrill the less-than-attentive theatre goers of today.

Notes:
Two Actors play All the guests, one Actor plays bellhop, And one Actress plays All the maids. This can be done As A full cast with 10 hotel guests, 3 maids And 1 bellhop, for A total of 14.

1st Produced:
78th Street Studio Theatre, New York City    Jun 2008

Organisations:
Fn Productions in association with e-MergingWriters.com

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
full length Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Waiting Room

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Actors Express, Atlanta    21 Jun 1998

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Short play. - - Gay, one act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Wisonsinners, The

Synopsis:
Rose and her middle-aged son Ronnie befriend a young New Yorker in an outer-borough subway station very early one morning. the play is a slow "seduction" by Rose of the young woman (-not meaning sexually). When Jessie finally lets her guard down, Rose rises from her wheelchair and we learn that Rose is really a monster in lamb's clothing.

Notes:
Sound And lights should be the fourth character of the play. . .the better the technical work (to imply A subway station) All the better. Author prefers the least Amount of set possible, but full utilization of light And sound whenever possible.

1st Produced:
Dubuque Fine Arts Center    Aug 2008

Organisations:
Dubuque Fine Arts Council

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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