|OUT OF CONTROL|
|Author||ROHAN VARGAS, Fred - Other Plays by this Author - Contact Author|
|Synopsis||What would you do if you suddenly found out that your every word, every action, every thought, and every desire was dictated by someone else? Each of us, at one time or another, has wanted to play God, to be in total and absolute control of our own lives. We want the freedom and power to be able to plan our itinerary to the last detail and not have to answer to anyone. That’s one extreme.
The other extreme is to have absolutely no control over anything that you do. To live out your life along a path that had already been predetermined for you. know that something good will happen and you’ve not had anything deliberate to do with it. To know that something bad will happen and you’ve not the ability to change it.
Meet Julius Roman, young, successful, ambitious, lucky in love as well as in fortune. He is having the time of his life with a thriving business and a beautiful girlfriend named Elena. Sure, he has some problems. Among them, a wife whom he wishes to divorce and a career-minded girlfriend who will not commit to the relationship. Luckily, he has a good friend, Harry, who is into meditations and can offer him advice.
Along the way he comes to realize that our worst nightmare scenario has just become for him a hellish reality. Through a chance encounter, he meets up with a novel fiction writer named Ipathema Robathem whose manuscript he reads and whose main character’s life he recognizes as mirroring his own. Although skeptical at first, he eventually accepts the fact that Ipathema is indeed his “creator: as indeed she is also Harry and Elena’s. In essence she IS his God, having set into motion through the power of her words, the series of events that will dictate the entire course of his life.
When Julius reads that his wife will eventually give birth to another’s baby, his girlfriend will leave him and that he himself will ultimately come to an untimely end, he demands that the manuscript be changed before Ipathema submits it for publication. After publication, his fate will be permanently sealed. When Ipathema refuses, claiming the integrity of her work would be violated, Julius hides the manuscript from her, knowing that it’s her only copy and threatens to keep her stranded in “his world” forever. It also doesn’t help matters any that Ipathema has developed affectionate feeling towards Julius, whose character was based on a former lover.
How the two attempt to outsmart and outmaneuver each other in an effort to regain control of what each perceives to be his/her inherent right of survival makes for a very intense conflict with very high stakes. OUT OF CONTROL as written by Fred Rohan Vargas is an offbeat, suspenseful, drama-comedy that deals with the question of “Whose life is it anyway?” in an unusual way and brings the play to a unique resolution.
|Cast||2M,2F (minimum 4)|
Age: mid to late thirties
A bit hyper and sensitive
Age: late twenties to early thirties
Slender and very attractive
Age: mid to late thirties
A passionate artist
Close friend of Julius and Elena
Age: 2 millennia or more
(Looks younger than what she is (between mid forties to mid fifties)
Writer and creator of Julius, Elena and Harry
|Production||Late winter, 1985. A loft in the West Village. On stage, we see a very contemporary living room. Stage left stands a portable bar that is opposite the front door. Behind the bar, up stage left, are the kitchen and hallway. In the hallway, we can only see the bedroom door. The bathroom is off stage. Down stage left is the closet where Elena's suitcase and shoulder bag sit. In the center of the living room, we see the sofa and coffee table, flanked by two wicker chairs on each side. The backdrop consists of a huge cabinet with shelves that is embellished with a stereo set, novelty pieces, plants and framed photographs. Guarding both of its sides are two large windows with one showing a fire escape. Down stage right, stands a bench press with a barbell and two dumbbells on the floor. There are sculptures placed throughout the apartment.
|Status||Available for performance|
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|Out of Control.doc||Mon, 6th Aug 2007||First 20 pages of 92 pages||Available to print: £10.00|
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|Professional Performance||Up to 600 seats. EEC Countries.||£40.00 per performance|
|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)