Hear lie our past projects.  While they are over (for now), the countless amount of talent, hard work, and late night cocktails that went into producing these compelling plays will forever live on in our elephant memories.

ELEPHANT EARS READING SERIES 

VENTILATOR BLUES 

 

by Robert Kerr

Caught in the alternately ominous and absurd machinery of an impersonal, high-tech, largely automated (and possibly malfunctioning) police state, a mother and daughter fight to maintain their bond with each other while seeking a way to gain their freedom. As the conditions of their detention become more and more intolerable, their loyalty to each other is tested and the true reason they are under investigation is revealed.

 

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Staged Reading

April 2017

New York City

BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN SOLDIER 

 

by Dano Madden

Two sisters, unexpectedly lost along a quiet roadside in war-torn Iraq, find a friend in a man peddling junk. Back in America, a veteran of the war in Iraq discovers that he has much more in common with a homeless man than he wants to believe. Beautiful American Soldier rides the never ending ripple effects of war as shattered hearts, half a world away from each other, must find a way to deal with the consequences of war.

Staged Reading

Memorial Day Weekend 2016

New York City

CAPTIVE

 

by Lauren M. Shover

What does it mean to be addicted? Can it be stopped or is it inevitable? If you try it just once because everyone else is doing it, will you regret it? Once you’re addicted, is there any hope of breaking free or will you be lost forever? Captive takes you on a journey through the dark and twisted mindset of an addict as she tries to explore her way back to reality. Is this real? Can she go back? Does she have to live this way? Alice must find it in herself to accept the choices she’s made and the path they’ve taken her on. The question is, once she finds the answers she’s been looking for, will she choose to stay or will she break free of the chains holding her captive?

Staged Reading

November 2015

Philadelphia

WHISPERS

 

by Phil Czekner

 What happens when the voice in your head is no longer your own? What happens when there are three? Do you allow these voices to control your life? What if these voices are the answer to all of your problems? Whispers follows the story of a young, struggling writer, Wilson, as he begins to fall out of reality and into a world of madness. How far can a man be pushed until he does something terrible? Only the Whispers can tell.

Staged Reading

November 2015

Philadelphia

FOOTHILLS PARK

 

by Dano Madden

 

Synopsis:

 

Lisa, a New Yorker turned Idahoan, finds herself pulled into a neighborhood battle over who is to blame for recent playground vandalism. Her new friend Tabby believes it is the refugee children from Iraq. The fight that ensues will force Lisa to reevaluate her friendship with Tabby, her marriage, her place in Idaho and her own deeply buried prejudice about Muslims. Foothills Park is a story about a community coming face to face with the source of its fear and prejudice, and the struggle of one New Yorker trying to find her place in a far away land called Idaho.

Past Readings:

 

November 23, 2014

Philadelphia

6:00 PM at The Adrienne Second Stage

 

December 20, 2014

New York City

7:00 PM at the A.R.T./ New York, Bruce Mitchell Room

The playwright:

 

Dano Madden is a playwright and director. He is a three-time finalist for the National New Play Network’s annual showcase of new plays. Dano’s plays have been produced and/or received development by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Source Festival, The Artful Conspirators, World At Large Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The National New Play Network, Mile Square Theatre, Burnt Studio Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Kitchen Theatre Company, Rutgers University, The University of Tulsa, Bloomsburg University, Lark Play Development Center, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Boise Contemporary Theater and Boston Theatre Works, among others. He is a four time Heideman Award finalist. He was the winner of the Kennedy Center’s 2007 National Student Playwriting Award and a finalist for the National New Play Network’s 2010 Smith Prize. Published works include: In the Sawtooths and Drop (Samuel French, Inc.), Beautiful American Soldier and Ella (Best American Short Plays 2005-2006 & 2009-2010), The Save (Playscripts, Inc.), The Soft Sand and Survival (Northwest Playwrights Alliance), The Raccoon and Leaving IKEA (Indie Theater Now) and monologues in The Best Men’s Stage Monologues and Scenes 2010 (Smith & Kraus) and Exceptional Monologues 2 (Samuel French, Inc.) In 2007, Dano was named one of “50 Playwrights to Watch” by The Dramatist magazine. His directing credits include:  Whitman’s Brooklyn (The Artful Conspirators), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Backstory (Actors Theatre of Louisville, 24th Humana Festival). Dano was the 2008-2009 National New Play Network playwright-in-residence at Interact Theatre Company in Philadelphia. He received his BA from Boise State University and his MFA from Rutgers University. He is an adjunct professor of playwriting at NYU. Dano lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with his wife, Lauren, and their cat Beth.