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plays by Robert Fieldsteel

Robert Fieldsteel: Full-Length Plays

CRAZY DRUNK

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Maury Sterling as defense attorney Earl Rogers in the Buffalo Nights Co. production of Crazy Drunk

Character Breakdown: 4M, 3F

Set/Technical: Flexible/minimal
Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission

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Critics Choice! The script is intricate, layered, and compelling. Crazy Drunk is an exciting play.

Backstage West, Laura Weinert

Recommended! As dramatizations of celebrity crimes go, Crazy Drunk far surpasses its close theatrical sibling, The Cat's Meow.

Los Angeles Times, Philip Brandes

A premium, true-to-life yarn, filled to the brim with Hollywood lore.

Entertainment Today, Travis Michael Holder

Fieldsteel's writing will ingratiate those who appreciate Gore Vidal's or E.L. Doctorow's historical recreations. Crazy Drunk has [an] intoxicating jocularity.

Pasadena Weekly, John Esther

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SMART

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Ricardo Gamboa and Steve Ratcliff in the side project production of Smart

Character Breakdown: 4M, 2F

Running Time: 2 hrs.

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One very good world premiere... There are a lot of currents running through the play, and they mostly center on the chafing that anyone -- but especially an adolescent -- feels when the future (and even the present) looms like a trap ... The production unearths more than a few emotions that feel universal and unfaked.

Chicago Tribune, Nina Metz

Recommended! Realistic and engaging.

ChicagoCritic.com, Randy Hardwick

A compelling piece of theatre ... A play like SMART is able to go past the more abstract aspects of murder.

Off-off-online, Bess Rowan

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ASYLUM

Character Breakdown: 4M, 2F

Running Time: 85 minutes, no intermission

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HOUSE OF HUMOURS

Character Breakdown: 3M, 2F

Running Time: 95 minutes, no intermission

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THE DYBBUK


Jennifer Leigh Warren as Leah in the Wilton Project production of The Dybbuk

Character Breakdown: 13M, 8F

Set/Technical: Multiple settings, flexible unit set, 3-piece instrumental ensemble (optional). Some actors play multiple roles and cross-gender casting is an option.
Running Time: 2 hours plus intermission

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Beautifully composed, with moments of pristine lucidity -- even brilliance.

Los Angeles Times, F. Kathleen Foley

[A] scintillating ghost story that dramatizes the tug between conscience and desire with a kind of lean, operatic theatricality that well defines that overused word, vision.

L. A. Weekly, Stephen Leigh Morris

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MEDEA/MYTH


Rasheedah Caldwell as Medea

Character Breakdown: 9F

Set/Technical: Abstract unit set
Running Time: 65 minutes

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A POINT IN THE HEART

Co-written with Jan Lewis

Amy Maddox-Nicholson

Rebecca Muth and Josy Jones in the Wesleyan College production of A Point in the Heart

Character Breakdown: 8F

Running Time: 80 minutes

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GENIUS

Co-written with Jan Lewis

Character Breakdown: 8 Either male or female

Running Time: 100 minutes

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Robert Fieldsteel: One-Act Plays

INTELLIGENCE MEASURES

Character Breakdown: 2F

Set/Technical: Minimal set. Offstage or recorded sound required.
Running Time: 20 minutes

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Robert Fieldsteel: Ten-Minute Plays

ESSENTIAL MAGICK

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Shannon Hurst in the BoxFest Detroit production of Essential Magick

Character Breakdown: 2F

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Beautifully written and directed by Robert Fieldsteel, Essential Magick is an emotionally vibrant story about a mother (Melina Bielefelt) who comes to terms with her daughter's (Dawn Worrall) fascination with Wicca.

L.A. Weekly, Lovell Estell III

Eerily engrossing ... sharply directed by the playwright, Robert Fieldsteel, and expertly acted by Milena Bielefelt and Dawn Worrall.

ReviewPlays.Com, Travis Michael Holder

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FABRIC

Matt Kaiser

Carl J. Johnson, Ambre Lowe, Julie Fulton, John Cragen in The Road Theatre production of Fabric

Character Breakdown: 2M, 3F

Set/Technical: Sound effects/design required

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Go! CUTS: Eight short plays, smartly produced and acted, provide snapshot views onto the provocative imaginations of the Dog Ear Playwrights Collective. Some are particularly striking, all are worth seeing. ... Robert Fieldsteel's "Fabric" takes a stylish glimpse at early-20th-Century anti-Semitism via the ugliness of an interaction between a Jewish-American couple (John Cragen and Julie Fulton) and English horseracing enthusiasts (Carl J. Johnson, Ambre Low, Mara Marini) at Ascot. Low's subtle haughtiness is exceptional.

L.A. Weekly, Stephen Leigh Morris

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COTTON

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David Bickford and Katharine Gibson in the Theatre of N.O.T.E. production of Cotton

Character Breakdown: 1M, 1F

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What a treat!

L.A. Weekly, Stephen Leigh Morris

Smart, thought provoking theater ... Cotton is a sharp, economical look at a couple in the far East, and how the husband’s failure to win over some Asian clients might bear a scary resemblance to Gone With the Wind.

Windy City Times, Rick Reed

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DOUGLAS

Character Breakdown: 1M, 1F

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BOO-WHO

Character Breakdown: 4M

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE NORTHEAST KINGDOM

Character Breakdown: 1M, 1F

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Robert Fieldsteel: Plays for Young Audiences

4 Virginia Avenue Project Plays

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Kevin Wiseman and Robert Fieldsteel rehearse Bug Brothers at the Virginia Ave. Ojai Retreat, 1999.

Character Breakdown: 2M

Set/Technical: Minimal set. Sound and music cues. The first 3 plays each have one song. The Buddy System requires slides and/or very defined light cues. The End of the Bench and The Buddy System have offstage voices, preferably live. Fits for a King has an additional, very small role.
Running Time: Approx. 10 minutes each

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Robert Fieldsteel: Plays for Solo Performer

BAD LANGUAGE


J. Kingsford Goode in the side project production of Bad Language

Character Breakdown: 1F

Running Time: 12 minutes

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Bad Language is a dense, rich monologue ...Here is a woman who has been haunted all her life by words, fearful and awed by their power ... Funny and provocative, the writing and acting here meld to become an intimate and moving portrait of a woman ...

Windy City Times, Rick Reed

Bad Language playfully spoofs our ambivalence about obscenities, which are useful only so long as they retain their shock value.

Chicago Reader, Lawrence Bonner


 

THE ISTHMUS

Character Breakdown: 1M

Running Time: 12 minutes

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