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From the Adirondack region of upstate New York, George Bryjak presents his comical One Act entitled “Double Play.”
In this story, Jane brings her husband to see a therapist. Her reason for the visit? Her husband believes he is the reincarnation of both Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. But Jane’s concerns aren’t what you might expect. You see, the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton acting combination persona is so successful that Jane enlists the therapist’s help to develop another acting couple persona, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt!
Stage Door Stories recently caught up with George to learn more about his inspiration for writing “Double Play” and learned why this isn’t his first successful play featuring a dysfunctional couple!
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born a and raised in Buffalo, New York. Upon graduating from high school, I spent three years in the military serving in Okinawa and Vietnam with the First Marine Air Wing. I started my college career in 1968 and earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 1980. I taught and wrote (scholarly articles and textbooks) for 24 years at the University of San Diego before moving to the Adirondack region of New York State with my wife, Diane.
2. What is your background in theater?
Nothing more then attending productions and writing plays. I had success with my short stories and after watching a production at the Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, I wondered if I could write a play. I wrote a 15 minute comedy called “Stick-Em-Up!” and the first theatre I submitted it to – The American Globe Theatre in New York City – accepted it. After that I was hooked. I’ve written 33 or 34 one-acts from 5 to 45 minutes in length and 23 have been produced in theatres across the country.
3. How did you find out about Stage Door Productions’ One Act Festival?
I subscribe to a couple services that list submissions opportunities for playwrights and found Stage Door Productions.
4. What inspired or motivated you to write this One Act?
One of my earliest and most successful plays is called Therapy, an off-the-wall comedy about a highly dysfunctional couple. I thought I would revisit the therapist’s office and see what I could come up with. Many playwrights start with characters then look for something interesting for their creations to do. I always start with a place and/or situation. In “Double Play“ my first idea was to have a man visit a therapist thinking he was Richard Burton. Within a couple pages of letting my imagination run wild I thought, why not have him believe he was Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor? – and I was off.
5. How did you feel upon the selection of your Act to be performed by Stage Door Productions?
I was very pleased for three reasons: 1) Theatres often receive upwards of 500 scripts for a one-act festival. To have one’s play selected from so many plays (and no doubt, quite a few very good scripts) is an honor. 2) I think “Double Play” is one of my better efforts, 3) From what I can tell Stage Door Productions is a first-class theatre company so I know they will do an excellent job producing my play.
6. What do you hope the audience takes away from your story?
There is no implicit or explicit message in this script. I hope the audience laughs heartily and has a good time viewing my work and Stage Door Productions’ performance of it.
7. What doors do you expect to be opened for you from this selection and process?
Theatres often ask for a playwright’s “production vitae” to see what he or she has accomplished. I’m hoping that when artistic directors see that “Double Play“ was performed by a theatre with a solid reputation such as Stage Door Productions they will take a closer look at my work.
8. What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on a script about an awkward and tense meeting between two women. A 22 year-old woman has just been released from prison. She was convicted of causing an automobile accident while texting that took the life of the second woman’s husband – a decorated war veteran. Strange at it may seem, the young woman tells the widow that she’s there to help her. I’m on draft number six or seven, struggling (and enjoying the struggle) to make it the best play I can.
Come check out this comedy on the 3rd floor of the Kitt Creative Studios at 810 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Performances will be at 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 26th, Friday, March 27th, and Saturday, March 28th.
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