Plays and Playwrights

501(c) Me by David Marcus (Philadelphia) 
Imagines a world in which
individuals are able to apply for tax-exempt status
Battle Hymn
by Ludmilla Bollow (Wisconson) 
A group of Christians fight
to keep a statue of Jesus in their public park
Downsizing Undercoat Man
by Walt Vail (New Jersey)  
A story of revenge
that reveals the complicity of unions in harm to consumers
Eternal Flowers
by Lavinia Roberts (New York) 
A poignant  meditation
on the effect of serving in the military for one small-town family
Home From College
by Eric Balchunas  (Philadelphia) 
A teenage daughter confronts her parents  to criticize the systems that made her education possible
Occupy This
by  CJ Ehrlich (New York)  
A sendup of the Occupy protests
and the business of panhandiling
by Mike Long (Washington DC)  
A victim of torture learns
the most powerful weapon for revenge
Running Amok
by Quinn Eli (Philadelphia) 
An athlete demands to
take responsibility for a public scandal
The Abortion Bomb
by Basil Considine  (Massachussets) 
A daughter’s decision to abort rocks her conservative Catholic family
by  Hank Schwemmer (Texas)
A fun, witty satire on the nature
of partisanship and political debate
Meet the Playwrights

David Marcus (501 (c) Me)is an actor, writer and producer based in Brooklyn, NY.Favorite stage credits include originating the role of Owen in Michael Domitrovich’s Artfuckers, directed by Eduardo Machado at Theater for the New City; Arthur Vine in Len Jenkins’ Margo Veil: An Entertainment, under the author’s direction at The Flea Theater; and his ongoing role as the host of Blue Box Productions’ Sticky series now in its 10th production year. He writes about theater from a conservative perspective on his blog

Ludmilla Bollow(Battle Hymn) is an award-winning actress, prize winning playwright and published novelist. Plays have been performed in over 75 U.S. theatres, plus numerous foreign countries from China to South Africa. Plays published by Broadway Plays (2 books),Samuel French (2 books), ArtAge and Have/Scripts. Play scenes in 16 leading playanthologies. Taught playwriting and been commissioned to write plays. Memoir to be published next Spring. Check her website: for more.

Walt Vail (Downsizing: The Undercoat Man)is the recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship for his play Angalak, produced off-Broadway in New York by The Open Eye: New Stagings. Recent productions include Design for Loving and Neighbors, produced by The Vagabond Acting Troupe of Philadelphia, PA. Neighbors was also produced by Love Creek Productions in New York, and by Inspira Productions at Society Hill Playhouse and at The Walking Fish Theatre in Philadelphia. Other plays, including Dolka, Summer of Grace, Manny, Delmarva Moon, and Rosalie have been produced by Society Hill Playhouse, Theatre Catalyst, and others. His new play, Branch, was produced at Society Hill Playhouse, running February 3-26, 2012.

Lavinia Roberts (Eternal Flowers) is an activist, teaching artist, and playwright. She has published over a dozen plays and has been produced across the country. Her work has been produced with the Subversive Theatre Collective, in Buffalo, NY, the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York City, the Stone Soup Theatre in Seattle, Washington, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project, the Bloomington Playwrights Project, in Bloomington, Indiana and others. Her full length play, Counting Skunks, won the 2011 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Award at the Castillo Theatre in New York City.She is a member of the 2012 Women’s Work Lab at the New Perspective Theatre. Her work will be featured this fall in NYC with the Secret Theatre, Dixon Place, in the Thespis Theatre Festival, at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, the John Chatterton’s Short Play Lab, and with the Sparrowtree Theatre Company. This fall, her work will also be featured in Slut; a festival inspired by the war on women with The Disruptables in D.C.

Eric Balchunas (Home from College)is an exchange-traded fund (ETF) analyst by day. In his spare time, he has written and produced all six annual Wawapalooza shows, a staple of the Philly Fringe since 2007. He has also had scripts produced at the Adrienne Theatre, Society Hill Playhouse, Shubin Theatre, Colonial Playhouse, Media Theatre, Helium Comedy Club and UPenn. He thanks his wife and son for their support and is excited to be part of this unique festival.

C.J. Ehrlich’s (Occupy This) award-winning one-act comedies have been produced around the USA, in Canada and simulcast in Wogonga, Australia. Some favorites: Heideman Award finalists Secondhand Gifts and The Lilac Ticket. 2+1= Murder! – winner, Bellarmine MADthematics festival. Noir in Second Class published in Smith & Kraus’ “Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2011”. The Cupcake Conspiracy – “Terrorism is Easy! Marriage is Complicated!” – finalist, Mountaintop Playhouse’s International Comedy competition (with Philip Kaplan). C.J. is currently hard at work on a rom-com inspired by the Red-Blue divide. She thanks her family, and Cara, for pushing the theatrical envelope. More at

Michael Long (Propaganda)is an accomplished speechwriter and dramatist. He was a semi-finalist for the Kairos Prize for his screenplay The Joby Project, and a semi-finalist in the 2012 Vail Film Festival for How to Save Your Own Life. His one-act plays are festival favorites; his one-act, Hostages, was recently produced at The Players Theatre in Manhattan, where it was voted best of the festival. Mr. Long teaches graduate courses in writing at Georgetown University.

Quinn D. Eli ( Running Amok) grew up in the Bronx and lives now in Philadelphia. His work appears in both the 2010 and 2011 editions of Best American Ten-Minute Plays as well as the current edition of Best American Monologues & Scenes for Women. Longer works include the award-winning My Name is Bess, produced by Trustus Theatre; Hazardous, produced locally at Society Hill Playhouse; and Hot Black/Asian Action, a satire about sexual and racial stereotypes that premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. The two-time recipient of Fellowships in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Eli has served as a Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theater in Philadelphia.

Basil Considine (The Abortion Bomb)is an opera composer and playwright from sunny San Diego who has somehow ended up in the less temperate Northeast. While not succumbing (yet) to the ravages of the New England winter, this Brookline, MA resident writes plays, directs operas, and plots regular escapes to warmer climates for “research.” He has the singularly confusing distinction of having auditioned for American Idol and been invited to review medical studies for the National Science Foundation.

Hank Schwemmer(Volley)
10) Consumes his weight in grubs daily.
9) Playwriting MFA from UT Austin.
8) Unclear on this “Witness Protection” thing
7) Plays produced in Philadelphia, NYC, Austin, Dallas, Edinburgh (Scotland)
6) Has never used the “Like” button.
5) Master carpenter at Texas Performing Arts since 1995.
4) [redacted]
3) Had a cover letter staged by Arden Theatre company. (
Philadelphia Phiction
, 1989)
2) Two words: Faustian bargain
1) Still has all ten fingers. Somewhere