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Michael Shurtleff

MICHAEL SHURTLEFF  (1921 - 2007)

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Paradigm  


Born in Oslo, Norway on July 3. B.A Lawrence University, WI; M.F.A Yale University School of Drama, Casting director for fifty Broadway shows and the film versions of The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, 1778, All The Way Home etc, Author of novel, Happy New Year Gregorio and novella, The Lady Is a Tramp, Geraldine (New World Writing). Taught How to Audition classes for ten years in NYC and now teaching Audition and Scene Study workshops in Hollywood. Author of Audition (Walker, hardĚ cover; Bantam, paperback), Director of film, Call Me By My Rightful Name. Recipient: Metropolitan New York Short Play Contest, 1977; Best Short Plays of 1979, (Sailing).

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

Call Me By My Rightful Name         Coming to Terms         Fine Summer Night, A         Getting into Death         Lock the Door Behind You         Sailing         Spirit Your Wife Away to the Woods         Tell Me You Don't Love Me Charlie Moon         Up To Snuff         Who Are You?         Woman to Woman



Call Me By My Rightful Name

Synopsis:
As told by Oppenheimer: "An honest, moving and courageous Drama that holds your attention right up to its touching ending. It tells the tale of two Columbia students rooming together in New York: Doug is white, a young rebel, fearful of doing anything that will stamp him with the mark of conformity; Paul is a Negro, attractive, a good student. . . Then a white girl falls in love with Doug. . .There is talk of marriage but when Paul reveals that he once loved the girl for a brief period, there is a brutal battle in which Doug is badly injured. The aftermath of this explosion, the shame of both of the men, and the attempts of the girl to bring them together are explored with devastating honesty. . .Shurtleff endows his characters with a sense of humor and the gift of laughter, they are highly individualized and sensitively characterized."

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1st Produced:
One Sheridan Square, NYC    -

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Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Comedy Drama Comedy

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Coming to Terms

Synopsis:
A romantic comedy about a New York couple approaching forty and finding their marriage failing, they turn to younger lovers.

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Corner Loft Theatre, NYC    -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Fine Summer Night, A

Synopsis:
A romantic sophisticated comedy about four people on an island; a summer night on the deck of a fine house overlooking the ocean and the romantic entanglements between two older and two younger couples

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Corner Loft Theatre, NYC    -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Getting into Death

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Night Flight Theatre, Hollywood, CA    -

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Lock the Door Behind You

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New York Theatre Ensemble, NYC    -

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Sailing

Synopsis:
A man and a wife on a terrace watch sailboats in the bay and capsulize their lives. Their children are grown, the parade has passed them by, and still they are buffeted by the hostilities of life, vainly searching for peace. Winds rise and even the catamarans are flipping over. Common frustrations overwhelm and destroy the man before our eyes. He strides off determined to sail the bay, knowing he is going to his death. An Off Off Broadway Festival winner.

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1st Produced:
Corner Loft Theatre, NYC    1979

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1st Published:
Contained in: "Best Short Plays 1979" published by Chilton Books,
Samuel French, Inc   -

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Spirit Your Wife Away to the Woods

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Night Flight Theatre, Hollywood, CA    -

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Tell Me You Don't Love Me Charlie Moon

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Corner Loft Theatre, NYC    -

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Up To Snuff

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Beverly Hills Playhouse, Beverly Hills, CA    -

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Who Are You?

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Corner Loft Theatre, NYC    -

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Woman to Woman

Synopsis:
One-act plays about women's relationships to women, to be performed only by women. A Garden Full of Snow, Getting into Death, During the War and When the Sun Goes Down. Comedy Dramas. All plays can be done by 2 females except the latter which has 3.

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Corner Loft Theatre, NYC    -

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Genre:
4 short acts

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