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Chance Theatre: [PHOTOS] Staged reading of “Norine & The King of Swatsville”

September 21, 2023

Chance Theatre: [PHOTOS] Staged reading of “Norine & The King of Swatsville”

Thank you to the cast & crew of last night’s OTR staged reading of Jonathan Josephson’s new true crime mystery, “Norine & The King of Swatsville.” The inspired-by-a-true-story tale was brought to life for a sold-out crowd in the Fyda-Mar Stage last night, with Josephson walking away with high praise for the new play and some feedback for him to incorporate into the next draft.

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Davis Enterprise: "Jorge Hosts Chanukah" part of Winters Theatre "Spring Fling"

April 21, 2022

Davis Enterprise: "Jorge Hosts Chanukah" part of Winters Theatre "Spring Fling"

Jorge Hosts Chanukah, a play by Jonathan Josephson, provides both laughter and tears as the plot reveals Jorge, a Mexican-American, who is a recent convert to Judaism. In his new status, Jorge must both please his Jewish wife Hannah, and appease his father Mr. Salas. The resolution of the two cultural traditions provide challenges to father and son, while at the same time reveal the common humanity which these two cultures share."

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Stage Explorations: Seven Deadly Tens and Unbound Productions

November 25, 2020

Stage Explorations: Seven Deadly Tens and Unbound Productions

Original Works Publishing has announced the publication of SEVEN DEADLY TENS (A Sinful Collection of Short Plays) by Jonathan Josephson. Each of the internationally-produced, award-winning 10-minute plays was inspired by one of Dante's Seven Deadly Sins, playfully mixing stories of humanity at its worst with wry humor. The plays have been performed by professional theatres, community theatres, colleges and high schools throughout the U.S., Canada, and Ireland.

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Arts SWFL: CFABS’ Stage It! 4 is October 9-11

October 5, 2020

Arts SWFL: CFABS’ Stage It! 4 is October 9-11

 

The long-awaited performance of the International Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival will finally take place October 9-11 at Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. Originally scheduled for one-week after the state’s pandemic lock-down in March, plays from around the world will be performed for a live audience—social-distancing required.


This year, the competition grew to include 346 entries from around the world for publication in the fourth volume in the Centers’ series Stage It! 10-Minute Plays books. Ten short plays will be performed each night with subjects varying from alien invasions to jewelry heists, from drunken nights on park benches to film noir on stage.

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UNLV News Center: Nevada Conservatory Theatre Hosts 'A Festival of Short Plays' Feb. 9-25

January 18, 2024

UNLV News Center: Nevada Conservatory Theatre Hosts 'A Festival of Short Plays' Feb. 9-25

Join the Nevada Conservatory Theatre for an evening of short plays that will move and inspire you Feb. 9-25 in the Black Box Theatre. A short play is nimble. A short play is surprising. They are poignant, fun, and irreverent. Directed by local Las Vegas artists, 'A Festival of Short Plays' will be an evening not to be missed... Alongside veteran playwrights Jamie Pachino and Jonathan Josephson, NCT introduces Las Vegas to powerful new voices in American Theatre: Veronica Tjioe, Jeffrey Lo, Nandita Shenoy, and Jean Ann Douglass...

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Florida Weekly: Stage It! 5 - "Jorge Hosts Chanukah

May 6, 2021

Florida Weekly: Stage It! 5 - "Jorge Hosts Chanukah

The Fifth Annual Stage It! Ten-Minute Play Festival will be held May 14-16 at the Performing Arts Center, Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road. All tickets $25. During the Stage It! Festival, eight directors utilizing local talent will present plays of varying styles including comedy, historical, drama, farce, existential and noir. Subjects involve divorce, the right to vote, death, stardom, self-discovery and drunken shenanigans. After the performances, actors, directors and attending playwrights are available for a brief talkback.

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BroadwayWorld: SEVEN DEADLY TENS (A Sinful Collection of Short Plays)

November 16, 2020

BroadwayWorld: SEVEN DEADLY TENS (A Sinful Collection of Short Plays)

Original Works Publishing has announced the publication of SEVEN DEADLY TENS (A Sinful Collection of Short Plays) by Jonathan Josephson. Each of the internationally-produced, award-winning 10-minute plays was inspired by one of Dante's Seven Deadly Sins, playfully mixing stories of humanity at its worst with wry humor. The seven plays have been performed by professional theatres, community theatres, colleges and high schools throughout the U.S., Canada, and Ireland.

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Happenings Magazine: The long-awaited "Stage It! 4" 10-Minute Play Festival

October 5, 2020

Happenings Magazine: The long-awaited "Stage It! 4" 10-Minute Play Festival

The long-awaited performance of the International Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival will finally be presented on Oct. 9 – 11 at Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs.
 

Originally scheduled for one-week after the state’s pandemic lock down in March, plays from around the world will be performed for a live audience — social-distancing required.  


This year, the competition grew to include 346 entries from around the world for publication in the fourth volume in the Centers’ series Stage It! 10-Minute Plays books. Ten short plays will be performed each night with subjects varying from alien invasions to jewelry heists, from drunken nights on park benches to film noir on stage. 


The playwrights that will be presented are:

  • Jonathan Josephson of Pasadena, California (Dostoevsky)

  • Joe Carlisle of Croton-on-Hudson, New York (First Contact)

  • Martin Keady of London, United Kingdom (Last First)

  • W. L. Newkirk of Celebration, Florida (Locker 142)

  • Craig Moeckly of White Bear Lake, Minnesota (No Honor)

  • Judy Klass of Nashville, Tennessee (Private Dick)

  • Colleen Nicole O’Doherty of Omaha, Nebraska (Ricky and Ready)

  • Michelle Pascua of Celebration, Florida (Single Rider)

  • Marc Paykuss of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (The Tinker Bell Situation)

  • Lindsey Brown of Auckland, New Zealand (Unreasonable Situations)

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Winters Express: Celebrate spring with the Winters Theatre Company

April 20, 2022

Winters Express: Celebrate spring with the Winters Theatre Company

"Jorge Hosts Chanukah a play by Jonathan Josephson, provides both laughter and tears as the plot reveals Jorge, a Mexican-American, who is a recent convert to Judaism. In his new status, Jorge must both please his Jewish wife Hannah, and appease his father Mr. Salas. The resolution of the two cultural traditions provide challenges to father and son, while at the same time reveal the common humanity which these two cultures share."

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Happenings Magazine: Stage It! 5 - "Jorge Hosts Chanukah"

May 2, 2021

Happenings Magazine: Stage It! 5 - "Jorge Hosts Chanukah"

There were 372 short plays entered in this year’s competition—from 38 states and 8 countries. There are twenty winning plays that will be published in Volume 5 of the Stage It! Ten-Minute Plays series. The book release will coincide with the festival—copies will be available for purchase during the event or from online retailers. This year’s winning playwrights hail from around the globe, from Florida to New York and across the nation to California, plus the countries of Iran and Japan. The Stage It! Festival will feature 10 of the winning plays, which will be performed throughout the weekend.

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Florida Weekly: Stage It! 4 at The Centers For The Arts Bonita Springs

October 8, 2020

Florida Weekly: Stage It! 4 at The Centers For The Arts Bonita Springs

The long-awaited performance of the International Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival will finally be presented on Oct. 9-11 at Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs’ Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road. Originally scheduled for one-week after the state’s pandemic lock down in March, plays from around the world will be performed for a live audience — social distancing required.

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BroadwayWorld: Bonita Springs Presents STAGED READING SERIES

September 9, 2020

BroadwayWorld: Bonita Springs Presents STAGED READING SERIES

 

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs presents its Staged Reading Series on Friday, Sept.11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moe Auditorium & Film Center at Center for Performing Arts campus, 10150 Bonita Beach Road.


The series showcases six new short plays from four local and three international playwrights hailing from Canada, Dubai and Los Angeles: Guy Newsham, Alex Broun and Jonathan Josephson. The four Southwest Florida playwrights featured include: Don Fox, Shawn Ryan, Leslie Sanderson, Deborah Williams. "Our local playwrights are solid comedic writers," said Frank Blocker, the Centers' film and theater director.

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