Replay

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The second step in the Playmaking process is called Replay: a nine-week course in advanced play writing. In Replay, Playmaking Stage One graduates are introduced to more advanced techniques such as monologue and multiple-character scenes. Then they write and rewrite their plays. At the end of the course, the youngsters are paired with a director and a group of professional actors is cast. The plays are rehearsed for one day and given staged readings that evening at the Project’s Five Angels Theater.

The evening of staged-readings has been endowed by a memorial fund and have been re-named The Lorraine Cohen Replay Readings.

Lorraine Cohen 1927-2005

For more than forty years, Lorraine Cohen dedicated herself to all facets of the theater, including acting, directing and teaching. In the 1960¹s, Laurie performed in a series of plays at the Bergen County Players in New Jersey. She also spent many productive years at The New Dimension Theatre Studio in Englewood, New Jersey, where she taught acting to children and young adults, and also performed in many productions. One of her early students was young John Travolta who performed with her in Who¹ll Save the Plowboy? (1966). Those who knew her as a teacher, remember the amazing annual Shakespeare productions of her fifth graders and the many stunning performances of her high school students. In addition to acting and teaching, Laurie also edited three books for the theatre: Scenes for Young Actors, Monologues for Young Actors, and Scenes for Mature Actors, all published by Avon Books. Laurie is remembered lovingly by her five children, her three siblings, her eight grandchildren, her companion Dick, her many colleagues and friends, and her innumerable students. It is in her memory that they support The 52nd Street Project. It is what she would have wanted.

From SHERMOCK TWIG’S CASE by Edison Sibri, age 12.

SHERMOCK
Come in!!

PATSON
(He said nervously) Um…eh…Hello…I heard– read! The ad. So I want to take the…er…job.

SHERMOCK
Yes! Hello dear boy! Yes the job is available but you must qualify, by the way name’s Shermock, Shermock Twig.

PATSON
(Says eagerly) Oh my bird god, you’re Twig Shermock! The famous writer for ‘The Case of the Missing Twig’, or ‘The Investigation of the Robbed Tree’ or, or ‘The Curious Case of Dr Tatson!’

SHERMOCK
Yes… yes I am. Those were the old days with Tatson. Died from his tree on fire, killing him and his family. I still remember his hatchling’s tweet for help. (Says sadly)

PATSON
Oh sorry.

SHERMOCK
None the less Dear boy! I have you! You qualify for knowing everything about me!

PATSON
Thank you for this job! I really need it!

SHERMOCK
Okay you start now at 15 leafs a day.

PATSON
Okay gre… wait 15 leafs a day!?! Your ad said 20 leafs a hour! 15 is hardly enough to feed me! No. Sorry your ad said 20 not 15 a day. No I won’t take the job! Goodbye!
Patson starts to walk out.

SHERMOCK
Please I am sorry. But that ad was taken 4 years ago.

PATSON
4 years ago? Yes, its my fault that 4 years ago you had money. No way! A small amount like that does not feed me.

SHERMOCK
But also you get a staff.

PATSON
A staff? That’s it? What do I do with a staff!

SHERMOCK
It shoots fire and take the top off and it’s a tazer.
Patson thinks.

PATSON
Um… if I can keep it then I will.

SHERMOCK
Of course! I have tons!
Opens closet full of staffs.
Now we just need you to…
There is a sound of shattering glass and someone screams and a loud crashing sound upstairs of Shermock’s office.
Quick! Upstairs, Ms. Beak is in trouble!

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