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Michael Vukadinovich

MICHAEL VUKADINOVICH  (1981 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Michael Vukadinovich is the recipient of the 2006 Tim Robbins Playwriting Award for plays of social significance, the 2005 Sidney Sheldon Playwriting Award, and the 2006 Reverie Productions Next Generation Playwriting Competition. His plays have been produced by or developed with Reverie Productions (off-Broadway), Overlap Productions (off-Broadway), Moving Arts (Los Angeles), Eclectic Company Theater (Hollywood), The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga), the Ensemble Studio Theatre (Los Angeles), and The Theatre Group (the Netherlands) among others. He completed his MFA at UCLA in playwriting where he has also taught writing classes. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Billboard         Don't Cry For Me, Pasadena         Even Hitler Wrote A Book         Giant Arc in the Skyspace of Directions, A, or The Story Of Miracles         Gilbert: or Death by Obituary         Magician and the Memory, The         Misconceptions         Sound Cues         Stealing Shakespeare         Temperament of Memory, The         Terrarium         Trog and Clay (an Imagined History of the Electric Chair)



Billboard

Synopsis:
Andy, a recent college graduate weighed down by student loans, gets paid a great deal to tattoo a corporate logo on his forehead. His artist girlfriend Katelyn is not impressed, his liberal best friend thinks he's crazy, and now he has to live with it. The decision has both tragic and comic consequences as he comes to learn that the logo is more than just ink on his skin. But Katelyn sees a very unique artistic opportunity. She sees his body as an example of the extent to which consumerism has permeated our daily lives. When Andy decides to rip up the check and get the tattoo removed he finds he is faced with an unexpected decision. Billboard is a comedy about the battle between commercialism, fame, art and love. Winner of the 2006 Next Generation Playwriting Contest by Reverie Productions and the 2006 Tim Robbins Playwrighting Contest for Plays of Social Significance.

Notes:
Next Generation Playwriting Contest

1st Produced:
Bruce Mitchell Room, ART/New York Spaces, NY    2006

Organisations:
Reverie Productions

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Don't Cry For Me, Pasadena

Synopsis:
A neglected housewife, Irene Pasadena, calls the newspaper and reports that her husband, Jesus, has died just so that people will send her flowers. But the plan goes awry when Thomas, a rookie obituary writer from the local newspaper, arrives at Irene's doorstep to get the full story on Jesus' passing. Flustered, Irene seeks the help of her friend, Mary, an avid romance novel reader, to make up a convincing story. Mary tells Thomas that poor Jesus was killed by a savage fawn. But when Jesus comes home from work, Thomas thinks Jesus has risen from the dead, and Jesus is convinced Thomas is having an affair with his wife. This witty comedy will delight with its abundance of one-liners and use of double entendre.

Notes:
Performance Time: Approximately 20-25 minutes

1st Produced:
North Hollywood: Eclectic Company Theatre, CA, USA    2004

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Genre:
Comedy One Act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  

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Even Hitler Wrote A Book

Synopsis:
Even Hitler Wrote a book is a comedy involving three young actors (Nicole, James and Sebastian) who practice their acting skill by giving monologues to actual dead bodies before open-casket funerals. At this particular funeral, they draw a mustache on the corpse (Oscar) with make-up after arguing whether or not he look likes Hitler. When the makeup doesn't come off and the widow (Susan) enters they are forced to act their way out of the situation. The task becomes increasingly harder as they learn that Susan is Jewish and Oscar's brother (Meyer), and his daughter (Devin) enter.

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Organisations:
Del rey Players

1st Published:
JAC Publishing and Promotions, 2005   -

Music:
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Genre:
Coimedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Giant Arc in the Skyspace of Directions, A, or The Story Of Miracles

Synopsis:
A mesh of Old Testament stories, fairy tales and magical realism, A Giant Arc in the Skyspace in Directions is a play about the impossibility of miracles and the loss of wonder in a world of science. It is outside of the world, in the imagination of a child, where those from before still live and miracles are still possible. It is a place where birds disappear into thin air, it snows inside and women give birth to turkey dinners.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Gilbert: or Death by Obituary

Synopsis:
In a town where no one dies, a frustrated obituary writer befriends a very, very old woman.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
UCLA New Play Festival    2005

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Magician and the Memory, The

Synopsis:
A ten minute play about a man who tries to convince his wife of a memory from the womb. A play about escape, imagination and magic.

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1st Produced:
Fusion Theatre Company    -

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Ten Min

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Misconceptions

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Ensemble Studio Theater: Los Angeles (Winterfest)    2003

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Eldridge Plays,    -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Sound Cues

Synopsis:
When Collin, a community theatre soundboard operator, breaks the stereo during a show, he and two other sound techs, George and Frank, are forced to create the sound effects themselves. They manage to pull off the sounds of a horse, pig, dog, cow, flushing toilet, dying bear, ringing phone, and heartfelt love song, but when the leading actress storms off, the threesome must take center stage to save the show.

Notes:
Performance Time: Approximately 30 minutes

1st Produced:
North Hollywood: Eclectic Company Theatre, CA, USA    2005

Organisations:
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1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy One Act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Stealing Shakespeare

Synopsis:
Finalist, Writer's Digest Annual Writing Contest 2005. Will, a regular Casanova-type, steals Shakespeare's sonnets and recites them as his own in order to woo unwitting coeds. All seems to be going well for Will until he decides to steal James Joyce's novel, Ulysses, and turn it in as his master's thesis since "It's like the middle part of the Bible, no one ever reads it, but everyone agrees it's pretty damn good." But to Will's dismay, he receives a "C." Infuriated, Will seeks out his English professor and demands that she give him an "A"-after all, he reasons, it is the greatest novel of the 20th century. While Will's professor is re-evaluating his thesis, the ghost of James Joyce begins haunting Will and is determined to avenge the crime by stealing Will's girlfriend. Quirky characters abound in this fresh, rollicking farce

Notes:
Performance Time: Approximately 60-75 minutes

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Organisations:
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Genre:
Farce, full length

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  optional extras

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Temperament of Memory, The

Synopsis:
A play based on the life of William Somerset Maugham and his famous novel Of Human Bondage. In 1955, on the 40th anniversary of the publication, an 82 year-old Maugham struggles to record the autobiographical novel for an American publishing company. In 1913 London, Maugham, obsessed with memories of his past life, leaves his successful career as a playwright and long time lover to work on the novel which will make him one of the worlds most popular writers, but at a price. 1890's Paris, club-footed Philip Carey arrives in the city with hopes of becoming a great artist and meets the androgynous Mildred with whom he begins a painful love affair. All three have a profound affect on one young sound technician with aspirations of becoming a writer.

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Terrarium

Synopsis:
For Eva, time stopped the day her beloved Jonah left to fight in World War II. When he went missing in action, his brother Sam stepped in and married Eva, but she's spent the thirty years since waiting for Jonah to return. A prophetic dream suggests this might just be the day, but there's more to Jonah's disappearance than Eva realizes. When Jonah appears unaged after three decades, Sam must decide if he will permit her fantasy to continue even as it pushes him further to the side. A tale about the harsh compromises of war and romance.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Los Angeles    2007

Organisations:
Upper Reaches Theatre Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Trog and Clay (an Imagined History of the Electric Chair)

Synopsis:
In the 1880's Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse were in the middle of the War of Currents as Westinghouse's Alternating Current became a serious rival to Edison's Direct Current. At the same time, electricity was being considered as a more humane alternative to hanging after being proposed by Dr. Southwick who saw a drunk man fall onto a live generator and die instantly. Neither Edison nor Westinghouse wanted their electrical system used for executions and therefore associated with death. Edison began to publicly kill dogs with AC current, giving a quarter to neighborhood children for each stray dog they brought him, to show that AC was dangerous and better for executions. In 1890, William Kemmler became the first person electrocuted after murdering his wife. It took over eight minutes and Westinghouse later said, "They would have done better using an axe." In Trog and Clay, Westinghouse is trying to hold onto his scheming wife, Margueritte, who wants to be an actress, Thomas Edison is using her to get a man electrocuted by A/C current, and Trog and Clay are two foolish dog-catching hobos at the center of it all. Based on actual events, court transcripts and a little imagination.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre    2008

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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