three stage plays by robert gately
The list below represents the two stage plays I’ve written. Originally, both plays were comedies, but Going Solo has evolved into more of a drama. Going Solo, which was originally written in 2002 as a screenplay by myself, took on a complete face lift when friend of mine, Drew Keil, joined forces to re-write it – with a different perspective, character arcs and plot points. Hence, Going Solo is now a joint project by Drew Keil and Bob Gately.
hat trick, a stage play
The screenplay version of this story was written first, then I got the idea of presenting a staged reading of the screenplay with Duane Sidden, my financial advisor, as director. Duane founded “Merely Players” twenty plus years ago in New York City, and had a career going in theatre before becoming a financial advisor. Duane did such an excellent job directing the stage reading that I just had to write a stage play version of the story. Unfortunately, it requires multiple set changes and, consequently, the play has become problematic for a black box theatre because of the scene change requirements. Still, someone like Duane, who managed to breeze from one scene to the other with a single set using a narrator to guide the audience, would find this play a creative challenge with tremendous potential. He could manage the story through a single set scenario, no doubt.
Pradeep Vaiddya has translated Hat Trick, the stage play, from English to Marathi language, and the play will debut somewhere in India during the Spring of ’06. Instead of a football theme, Pradeep has the three grumps chasing a cricket dream. Go figure.
Theatre groups, although critical of the set requirements, have honored Hat Trick with placements in contests such as Festival of New Plays (Stage 3), New Century Writer’s Award (5th place), Writer’s Digest, McLaren Memorial Play Competition, Writer’s Network, Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors, Chesterfield, American Theatre (La Jolla), Nancy Weil New Play Search, plus more.
Two old fogies run naked down the field during the Super Bowl, providing interference for their football buddy and helping him atone for a fumble he made 30 years ago during a NFL championship game. While planning this journey they show us with their passion for living that retirement can be the most exciting time of our lives.
SYNOPSIS: Hat Trick
going solo, a stage play, by drew keil and bob gately
As mentioned in the explanation for the screenplay description, this work was a natural progression for me. Initially, at the urging of my wife, Lois, I wrote a second stage play for women using the screenplay, Going Solo, as the inspiration. However, once Drew and I started collaborating, the setting moved from a beauty parlor to a realty office – set in the main character’s house, and the 5 lead females have taken on a completely different persona. In short, the screenplay and stage play versions are much better and totally different. For example, the stage play can now be played in a black box theatre. Thanks Drew.
Going Solo is an ideal showcase for women thespians in their 50’s and 60’s with one main character, the daughter (late teens to early 30’s). Theatre groups didn’t like the requirements for a multiple sets, so Drew drew from his immense theatre background to make the play more ammendable to small theatres. Even though the old version caught the attention of the artistic director at Abingdon Theatre in New York City and was part of the reading series at that theatre in the Spring ’06, and although the old version took high placements in competitions such as Writer’s Digest, Chesterfield, American Theatre (La Jolla), Festival of New Plays (Stage 3), Writer’s Network and Mazumdar New Play serarch – Alleyway Theatre, the new version has much more potential and Drew and I have high hopes for the future. In Vino Productions has put on a table read at The Undergrouind Lounge on 3/27/2011, and on 12/2/2011 The Broad Hollow Theatre Company will host a staged reading at their Elmont, Long Island theatre. And from there … well, we hoping for a full production in NYC.
Debbie, an agoraphobic, works from her own home as a realtor, but when confronted by her daughter’s dark secret, and with the help of her three friends, she summons the courage and strength to conquer her phobia, and this eclectic ensemble show us we are never too old to follow our dreams and never too young to forgive.
SYNOPSIS: Going Solo
get the hell off, a short stage play (7 pages)
This short stage play is almost identical to the screenplay short. One room, three people, no gimmicks, and lots of fun to read (and produce).
Ever try and control an eight-year-old boy’s mouth? One mother tries and nearly loses her mind. Or, A mother’s dim wit, a child’s mischievous behavior and a father’s blasé attitude on child rearing clash in harrowing experience that has the mother close to a nervous breakdown.