|ANYTHING BUT BLACK|
|Author||ROHAN VARGAS, Fred - Other Plays by this Author - Contact Author|
|Synopsis||A short one act about two friends bumping into each other at a lounge in a cigar shop. Both men are holding dolls that they bought for each other’s daughters. Both men see themselves as open minded people who share common ground in politics as well as with social concerns.
The conflict begins, though, when Lloyd, an African-American, accuses his friend Marty for being a racist because he’s returning the “black” doll Lloyd and his wife gave, as a gift, to his daughter. In retaliation, Marty, a Jewish-American, accuses Lloyd of his insensitivity to his heritage. While these two friends bicker it out, several questions, such as identity, awareness and acceptance of cultural differences arise in this play.
|Cast||2M (minimum 2)|
MARTY - Jewish-American, is between his mid thirties and mid forties, works as a legal aid lawyer..
LLOYD - African-American, is close in age to his friend Marty, works in the public school system as a high school teacher.
Both men are married and have daughters of the same age.
|Production||Included in the set are a counter and a few chairs or benches that reflect a department store. Perhaps a sign saying, "Customer Service" or Exchange /Refund Center." Main props are newspaper, call bell and two baby dolls: one dark skin and one light skin.|
|Status||Available for performance|
|Contact Details: The Riant Theatre
P.O. Box 1902
New York, NY 10013
TheRiantTheatre@aol.com (for other licences please contact the Author)|
|Fred Rohan Vargas|
Fred Rohan Vargas is the author of several full lengths, one acts and children’s plays that have been produced throughout the country. He holds a MFA in dramatic writing from New York University. Prior to receiving a fellowship for graduate school, Fred began his theatre career by starting a dance theatre company for youths that saw his fifty young performers appearing at such venues as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Pittsburgh’s Performing Arts Center and Cami Hall with great jazz artists, Dizzy Gillespie and Horace Silver. Fred later became a radio announcer for WSTA in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, where he was encouraged and mentored by the late Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter John Patrick (Three Coins in the Fountain) to become a playwright. Following his suggestion, Fred produced his first play, Why De Donkey So Stubborn and truly discovered his love for theatre.
For several years Fred has been a resident playwright for Harbor Theatre, Stageplays Theatre Company, Third Step Theatre and Artist in Search of Theatre. He has received a grant by the New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Commissions along with other awards and is the author of two published plays, CRYSTAL (JAC Publishing and Promotions) and ANYTHING BUT BLACK (The Best Plays FromThe Strawberry One Act Festival). He has been listed in several editions of John Willis’s Theatre World and Songwriter’s Market.
Fred is also a promising songwriter receiving “Honorable Mention Awards” by The Billboard World Songwriters’ Contest, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Great American Song Contest and Unisong International Songwriting Contest. He has had the pleasure to record with a winning guitarist of 24 Grammy awards, Carmine D’Amico. He has served on the theatre/dance grant's panel for the Queens Council on the Arts, the panel of judges for the Daytime Emmy Awards (sponsored by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) and the Board of Directors of the New York Children's Theatre. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)