* Crime and Etiquette, a play by R. J. Downes
Synopsis: Two hit men named Peabody and Sherman looking for money owed to “The Boss” wait to meet the borrower in a bar called the Rotting Badger. During a series of ridiculous slaughters, they discuss the ethics and code of conduct of criminals – a new wave of criminal behavior stemming from a book written for the modern, moral crook. Bill – the criminal’s criminal – tries to sway traditional mobster Peabody to the new way of thinking, much to Peabody’s chagrin.
* Horror At Terror Creek, a ‘slightly’ musical play by Regan W. H. Macaulay, music by Scott McCord
Synopsis: Fanny Punn is a grad student working on her thesis – a study of an antiquated town called Terror Creek. For some mysterious reason, all surrounding villages have failed and turned into ghost towns, while Terror Creek thrives. Fanny heads to the Athame Inn, the only hotel in Terror Creek, to study the town more closely. There, she stumbles on a startling secret.
Fanny’s fiancé, Vincent; her best friend, a very pregnant Rosemary; and Rosemary’s neglectful husband, Christopher, travel together to Terror Creek once Fanny fails to return home as promised to find out what’s gone wrong. Ligeia, High Priestess of a satanic cult of witches; Dr. Audley Salmon, resident mad scientist; and Edgar, the Poe-speaking bellboy, attempt to thwart them, but once Fanny’s friends find Lorre, Dr. Salmon’s mutilated brother and witness to the varied atrocities of Terror Creek, the pieces fall into place, and Fanny’s friends find themselves at the mercy of the occultist members of Terror Creek!
Horror at Terror Creek is a ridiculous, tongue-in-cheek horror play with a musical number. The play evokes the over-the-top fear and fun of those old Vincent Price/Peter Lorre/Christopher Lee horror movies of the ‘60s and ‘70s, live on stage! The play is meant to pay homage to the lively acting, strained special effects, vivid colours, gothic set design, and far-fetched but endearing scripts that were often filmed by Roger Corman. Aesthetically, the set should mirror Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe classics (films such as The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Tomb of Ligeia). The script’s inspiration is an amalgam of many different horror film and B-movie sources, including the likes of Horror Hotel, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Brotherhood of Satan. And let’s not forget the zombies. The setting should be modern, while evoking the mood of a gothic past and the flare of the 1960s. Naturally, there is also a touch of The Rocky Horror Show, with a single musical number. Irreverent fun and the vigorous energy of classic B-movie horror films are key!
* It Was Kit: The ‘True’ Story of Christopher Marlowe & Shakespeare’s Brain, both by Allison McWood
Synopsis, It Was Kit: The English Renaissance. The most controversial playwright in history (and his hysterical mother). Three bumbling spies, two over-zealous atheists and one average guy named Shakespeare. Not to mention a prudish roommate, a paranoid Queen, and a covert death plot. It all adds up to a recipe for laughter. And with Christopher Marlowe behind the antics, the Queen would never approve!
It Was Kit was originally produced by Triple Take Productions and Mad Frau Productions for the Fringe of Toronto Festival and the Best of the Fringe Holdover Festival in 2006. The play was written by Allison McWood and directed by Regan Macaulay.
Synopsis, Shakespeare’s Brain: If only Shakespeare could see what we have done with his plays…Wait a minute…what if he can? When Shakespeare’s brain is severed in half by a couple of warped professors, the bard is left with no choice but to leave Purgatory and return to earth in search of his precious brain. Alack, Will accidentally wanders into a Shakespeare lecture, and what he overhears leaves him absolutely agog!
Shakespeare’s Brain was originally produced for the New Ideas Festival at the Alumnae Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, in 2007. The play was written by Allison McWood and directed by Regan Macaulay.
* The Paradise Lust Romance Series, by Regan W. H. Macaulay, Judy Singh, R. J. Downes, Julianne Grenkie-Ouderkirk, and Nat Lauzon
Synopsis: A frustrated writer interacts with the characters from her romance novel series in order to overcome her writer’s block. After jumping over that hurdle, the characters decide that it’s time for their writer to move on to other genres. In the final act, the writer determines her destiny and, with the help of her characters, grows beyond herself.
The Paradise Lust Romance was originally written and developed as a short radio play in the Radio and Television Arts Program at Ryerson University in 1994/1995 by Julianne Grenkie(-Ouderkirk), Natalie Lauzon, Regan W. H. Macaulay, and Judy Singh. It was then produced as a one-act play entitled Paradise Lust in April 1995 by Triple Take Productions at Damned Straight Studios in Toronto, Ontario.
Regan W. H. Macaulay and Judy Singh wrote and developed the second act, entitled Lord of the Flings, in 1999/2000. Regan W. H. Macaulay and R.J. Downes wrote and developed the third act shortly after that. In 2002, the first full-length version of The Paradise Lust Romance Series (all three acts – which can also be presented as three separate acts, or “episodes”) was produced by Triple Take Productions at the Drama Workshop in Toronto, Ontario, May/June 2002.
Regan W. H. Macaulay wrote and revised this current draft (completed in 2009).
* The Aquarium, by Regan W. H. Macaulay and Allison McWood
Synopsis: Can a woman with a farcical curse find a normal, happy life without all the hijinx? Only if she can get to the root of her curse during her stay in a flat affectionately known as “The Aquarium.”
Jeanette is a lapsed writer and a woman cursed. She is surrounded by “farce” wherever she goes and whomever she’s with. Her roommates, Jen and Gen, have had enough of it. They kick Jeanette out and now have time together, alone at last!
Alex is a grad student recently stung by the bitter barb of love. George is his sexually aggressive roommate. They need a new roomie to replace Greta, Alex’s failed romance. They also need a new rule: no dating roommates living in “The Aquarium”, their flat. Jeanette comes along and seems the perfect answer to their quest for the perfect roommate, until both Alex and George fall for her, but she only has eyes for Alex!
In a series of comic events that follow, Alex and George vie for Jeanette’s attention, Jen and Gen declare their love for each other and all feel the upstairs neighbour, Bob, seems to see all and know everything about them, but how?
The characters and title of The Aquarium are inspired by some pets I previously owned. My husband and I always enjoyed watching the antics of our pet frogs and fish: Gorgalforx and Vixen, our firebelly toads, Bob, our floating frog, and Alex, a reed frog, plus a number of fish. Their quirks translated into George, Jeanette, Bob and Alex, and new characters Jen and Gen came along later.
I asked Allison McWood to co-write the play with me because of our mutual love of frogs, and because we often joked that sometimes her life seemed like one of her plays. Besides that, of all my writer friends, she’s the very best at farce!
The play has the feel of a sitcom, which suits the underlying tone of the play as characters often feel “watched from above”, like they watch their own pets through the top of their aquarium. This is the reason that George and Alex refer to their own apartment as “The Aquarium.”
— Regan W. H. Macaulay
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and the Toronto Star.
* COMING SOON…feature film, THEY SUCK!