With Tovah Feldshuh and John Stanisci after their reading of  THE GRASS COUCH in New York. (briefly titled Stranger in My House)

CHASING CHEKHOV

With actor/director Jack Heller

FULL LENGTH PLAYS

THE GRASS COUCH  was developed with The Directors Company in New York with Four Time Tony Nominee Tovah Feldshuh,  and Broadway actors John Stanisci and Olivia Oguma with Michael Parva directing. 

 The readings were also produced by The Directors Company. 

Brief Synopsis: A dramatic comedy 

Years of suppressed conflicts rise to the surface between Mother and son when DAVID, adrift in

his life, is forced to take on the job of assistant to his famous and unstoppable mother, MAUREEN KELLY. As Maureen becomes determined to have one more major success on stage in spite of a daunting obstacle, her relationship with David deteriorates further. The beleaguered son hires

YUMI to lighten his work load and free his time to explore his own creative endeavors. Yumi,

a marine biology student intent on saving the planet by healing the ocean, unwittingly ends up

healing the sea of trouble between mother and son. Maureen eventually realizes that her new

loving connection  with David is the ultimate lifetime achievement .

 

~Early workshop productions in Los Angeles: Fierce Backbone Theatre Company; Artworks Theatre Los Angeles.

- Produced originally as a one  act  play at Shorts & Briefs Festival,

Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood.

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Productions : CHASING CHEKHOV

- The Complex Theatre, Hollywood (as CHEKHOV'S VAMPIRE).

-  Theatre East, Writers Festival Studio City.  Starring Neil Dickson.

 

- Women in Theatre Festival, Santa Monica

A dramedy in one act with four scenes; two characters and one set.

Running time: Approximately fifty minutes. 

 

Lydia, a writer in 1896 St. Petersburg, Russia, is caught between her desire to live an artistically passionate life while pursuing an affair with Anton Chekhov, and her commitment to her children  and  her predictable  husband,  Mikhail.

 

REVIEWS: 

 

“A premier new play by promising new playwright Anna Scott.”

“Here is a premier play about the 19th Century Russian writer, Lydia Avilova, written by promising new playwright, Anna Scott. Chekhov's Vampire is designed, and well designed, to display the impressive talents and graces of actress/playwright Scott, which it does successfully and more besides. Her play is eloquent and blessedly literate. . . .” — Back Stage West

“Elegant and enticing.  A visual delight” — LA Weekly

 

“Miss Scott’s characters speak so truthfully that at times it is hard to watch.....for we are seeing on stage what most of us try to avoid in life” The Trojan, Jan. ‘94

Valley Theatre League Award: Best production, “Ten” Writers’ Festival, Theatre East

 

 

 

 

MORE PRODUCTIONS

THE RED SCARF - Festival of One-Act Plays; The Black Box Theatre, Los Angeles     

THE GRASS COUCH (Writer-Director) — Shorts & Briefs Festival;

The Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood.

STAGED READINGS - FULL LENGTH NEW PLAYS

TOUGH 2 LOVE - Theatre 68, North Hollywood; West Coast Ensemble; 

Fall Reading series, Theatre West 


MEMORY’S CHILD - Echo Theatre Company, Los Angeles.

​                                -  Times Square Playwrights, NY.

AUDIENCE REACTION

“An extremely compelling piece. Intelligent and original.”

Julian Sands, Actor

 

“A wonderful play...I thought a Russian must have written this. We want her to perform it at The White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg”

Natalie Sherbokova, Director of

The White Nights Festival

“I absolutely loved this play. Every effort should be made to bring it to the screen”. 

Michael Dalling, International publicist

 

“Most enjoyable piece; very witty and thoughtful. A delightful surprise”.

 

“A timeless, mysterious, and sexy play”. 

 

“A little gem …. sharp direction, bright acting.”

Francis Megahy, TV/Film Director

“A wonderfully creative mix of fantasy and desire. Anna has deftly stepped in to the world of classic Russian literature”.

Erik Friedl, Filmmaker

 

  

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