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Catherine Butterfield

CATHERINE BUTTERFIELD  

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below is a list of Catherine Butterfield's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

Backflip, The         Bobo's Birthday         Brownstone         It Has to Be You         John's Hand         Joined At the Head         Life Expectancy         Life In the Trees         Sleeper, The         Snowing At Delphi         Under My Skin         Where the Truth Lies



Backflip, The

Synopsis:
an under-ten-minute play involving a therapist and a young man who claims he hears a live audience respond to every move he makes in his life and is convinced they are there, always, watching

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1st Produced:
egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles    1996

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Ten Min

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Bobo's Birthday

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Brownstone

Synopsis:
Three points of time converge in a New York brownstone, spanning eighty years and encompassing the lives of three pairs of people. there are newlyweds Stephen and Davia who long to move to Paris, aspiring actresses Maureen and Deena who struggle to get their big break, and engaged Jessica and Jason who find their relationship complicated by an unexpected pregnancy. With nothing but the roof above their head in common, all these characters share in New York experiences of compromising ambition, falling in love, and making memories.

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Laguna Playhouse

1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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It Has to Be You

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part of first annual Playfest Santa Barbara

1st Produced:
reading at Garvin Theatre, on the Santa Barbara City College campus    19 Jan 2013

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John's Hand

Synopsis:
a young woman goes to visit her scientist brother who has invented a robotic hand for the space program. Her (sometimes comically extreme) attempts to make contact with him are constantly foiled by his preoccupation with a telescope he is erecting which will enable his son to view and appreciate dad's handiwork. the young woman's frustration leads her to a conversation with his wife, who reveals her own anger over this man's neglect. In the end, all they can do is stare wistfully at the sky

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1st Produced:
Theatre Forty, La    -

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Genre:
Comedy One act

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Joined At the Head

Synopsis:
Maggie Mulroney is on a promotional tour for her novel JOINeD aT the HeaD when she gets an invitation to visit with her old high school flame, Jim, and his wife (also named Maggy) who is dying of cancer. the two women strike up an immediate friendship notwithstanding the total disparity in their characters: Maggie the novelist is intensely self-examining and analytical while Maggy, even in the throes of her illness, retains a warm and giving response to the world and others. Maggie acts as the play's narrator from time to time, commenting upon the process of her writing while also shrewdly dissecting her relationship to her former boyfriend's wife. as Maggy's illness becomes the central question in all their lives, Jim and Maggie begin to confront their own assumptions about mortality, ambition and what it means to make a truly lasting impression in this world. In this riveting portrait of self-awakening, art and life come fluidly to interact as Maggie's instinct for the fictitious collides with a newfound ye

Notes:
awards: Roger L. Smith Award, Kennedy Center/American express, New York Newsday's Oppenheimer Award, Obie Nomination for Best New Play of 1992

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in Burnes/Mantle's "Best Plays of 1992", Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, 1993   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  flexible

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Life Expectancy

Synopsis:
a married couple become pregnant in mid-life and go through the nine months with the aid of an unseen Narrator, who coaches them through the self doubts and often bizarre events surrounding the experience. a twisted take on the book "What to expect When You're expecting".

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This play has had staged readings but not been produced. It Also has A musical number that has not yet been set to music

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Genre:
Comedy in 3 Trimesters Comedy

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Life In the Trees

Synopsis:
an amusing exegesis of urban angst, 'Life in the Trees' places Catherine Butterfield among the premier ranks of disafffected playwrights whose humor derives from endearingly neurotic characters ravaged by the killing stress of big-city life. -- Los Angeles Times

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No Problem, Chemistry, the Last Time I Saw Timmy Boggs

1st Produced:
GeVa Theatre, Rochester, NY    -

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1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

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Genre:
3 * 1 act One act

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Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Sleeper, The

Synopsis:
a suburban housewife, shell-shocked by the new post 9/11 reality, finds herself irresistibly drawn to her son's tutor, a handsome young man with political leanings far different from her own. Her "awakening" leads to a bizarre series of events that blow the lid off her previously sheltered existence and change the lives of all around her. a dark and slightly zany comedy.

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won the Kaufman And Hart Award for Best New American Comedy

1st Produced:
arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock    2004

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Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
One hour ten minutes, plays without intermission

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Snowing At Delphi

Synopsis:
allan, a comic example of New age male sensitivity, brings Brenda, a very young and very pregnant street-wise woman, to spend a non-traditional Christmas at the cabin of his yuppie friends in upstate New York. the two couples already there are suffering from grief and collapsing relationships. Nick and Sarah moved to the country for safety's sake. Tragically, their decision to move away from the city cost them the life of their unborn child in a freak accident. Marcy and Gary have been circling each other with arsenals of contempt and mutual infidelity, fueled by intellectual pursuits widely at odds with one another (he's a publisher, she's a puppeteer). Brenda shares the harrowing story of her pregnancy by rape, jolting the two couples away from their obsessive troubles. Through her humor, down-to-earth good sense and survivor's spirit, Brenda acts as the catalyst for a series of heartfelt, wickedly funny turns that result in the romantic shuffling of the couples, sometimes after explosive incidents, and som

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1st Produced:
WPa Theatre, New York City    1993

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Comedy/Drama Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Under My Skin

Synopsis:
the year is 1962. Pauline, a precocious and slightly unhappy pre-pubescent girl who is virtually growing up at her local country club, makes the acquaintance of Mrs. Danton, the town scandal. after a few false starts, Pauline and this charismatic and colorful woman form a friendship that yanks the girl into a new understanding of life, love, and the importance of forgiveness

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the Author has Adapted this to A screenplay which has been Acquired by Atlantic Streamline films. It is slated to shoot in May of 2004 starring Annette Bening As Mrs. Danton. Play rights Are still Available

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  3g

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Where the Truth Lies

Synopsis:
looks at what glues a family or marriage together and what makes it fall apart

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1st Produced:
Irish Repertory Theatre, NYC    -

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1997   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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