Wednesday, June 24, 2020

I Can't Pink Straight

Are you a pride-or-die chick?

Then you'll want to take part in not one but two not-your-garden-varierty variety shows this week.

One such show is SapphFest: Pride Edition, presented by Violet Surprise Theatre, my queer women's theatre company out of Chicago, on Thursday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. Central Time and Friday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. Central Time.

Prior to Pride Edition, you can come out at and/or for Pride Night, presented by Berg Originals, a theatre collective out of Muhlenberg College, on Thursday, June 25, at 7 p.m. Central Time.

Berg will be presenting my pride and joy, the play "It Ain't Over 'Til the Pink Lady Sings."

The piece will then proceed proudly to the LGBTQ Short Play Series, presented by Almost Adults Productions, an inclusive theatre company out of Santa Fe, on Sunday, June 28, at 5:00 p.m. Central Time.

Whaddya say?

Will you come along for the pride?


And now that you're in...I'm out.

Scriptly Speaking,
Allison L. Fradkin

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Lucy Meets the Drama Queen

You know that I Love Lucy episode "Lucy Writes a Play"?

Well, you also know that I Love Lucy fan who writes a play.

Hey, Lucy and Ethel aren't the only pioneer women around here.

Inspired by a story on NPR, "Home But Not Safe: Some LGBTQ Young People Face Rejection from Families in Lockdown," the play, "I Love Lezzie," acts as an antidote, featuring a family that dotes on their daughter with so much diligence that when she lays her lesbianism on them, the revelation is cause for immediate celebration, isolation irrelevant.

After all, why be in quaratine when you can be in queerantine?

The Queerantine Virtual Fringe Festival, that is.

On Friday, June 19, "I Love Lezzie" will be pridefully presented by Dysfunctioning Just Fine and Shea Theater Arts Center.

The following gay -- a.k.a day -- Saturday, June 20, American Blues Theater will run this dyke-claration of lesbi-independence in Ripped: The Living Newspaper Festival.

Prepare to be completely at the mercy Mertzy of a Lucy lover's creativity.

Scriptly Speaking,
Allison L. Fradkin

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Extolling the Virtuals of Live Theatre

Rather than laying it all on the line, I'm going to cut out the middleman and lay it all online.

Specifically, the Swanline.

Swan Day is an annual festivity of female-focused creativity whose proclivity is for a March presentation in collaboration with Women's History Month.

This year, it's been moved to May, but at least it's still in play!

Play Club West for one.

SapphFest for two.

And The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative makes it all thrice as nice.

So pull up a chair -- or, better yet, a stability ball -- and enjoy a well-balanced weekend of women in theatre theather.

Scriptly Speaking,
Allison L. Fradkin

Friday, May 15, 2020

A Site for Soar Eyes

When it comes to creating, I am, scriptly speaking, a procrastinating perfectionist.

So when the call to craft a brand new piece of writing with super specific specifications in a ludicrously limited amount of time presented itself, I jumped at this frightful but delightful opportunity.

Two months later.

Um, better later than never?

Anyway, I applied, got accepted, and was assigned a theme, prop, setting, line, actress, and director.

What's a gal to do when she's in a tight spot?

Why, get herself into a soar spot, of course.

"Soar Spot" is the story of Trynette, an African-American woman leaving her abusive male partner for the first and, hopefully, the only time.

Because once you go black -- and blue -- you never go back.

You can meet this formidable fictional survivor tonight, Friday, May 15, during Logan Squared Productions' virtual presentation of Theatre Is the Cure, a series of memorized monologues all exploring the topical topic of Trapped / Free.

Please log on -- or, in this case, monologue on -- to the device of your choosing at 8:30 CST / 6:30 PST / 9:30 EST.

You're sure cure as hell going to enjoy it.

Serving You Write,
Allison L. Fradkin

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Fest Bump

Violet Surprise Theatre issues a Gay-at-Home order!

From there, we'll be presenting our first online outing, SapphFest, on Thursday, May 28, and Friday, May 29.

(Eventually, we'll be presenting our next onstage outing, the Lavender Menaces play festival. Alas, dates and details remain up in the air, not unlike some of the superheroines in our script submissions.)

But back to the present gay.

And, naturally, day.

If you identify as a queer performer in any discipline (singing, dancing, acting, storytelling, instrument-playing, stand-up, spoken word, etc.), please submit up to 5 minutes of recorded material (self-tape or other recording of your work) by May 10.

Your audition piece and your performance piece need not be identical. However, if there will be a discrepancy, please make a note of that in your email so that we can promote your act accurately and ensure variety in the line-up. Please also indicate your availability for the performance dates.

Video auditions should be sent to producers Iris Sowlat at and Allison Fradkin at

And now, to misquote Laverne & Shirley...

Laverne: You video-do-do.

Shirley: I don't video-do-do.

Laverne: You video.

Shirley: Once.