Greg Hatfield

Greg Hatfield

"(Greg Hatfield) has a knack for writing witty dialogue!" -- Pittsburgh New Works Festival

Greg Hatfield is a writer, director and actor, fondly remembered for being part of the award-winning comedy troupe, Dr. Browndog’s Monkeytime, who appeared not only in clubs and supermarkets, but at Cincinnati Playhouse and Ensemble Theatre, and their own television programs (youtube.com/dickbeaks...
"(Greg Hatfield) has a knack for writing witty dialogue!" -- Pittsburgh New Works Festival

Greg Hatfield is a writer, director and actor, fondly remembered for being part of the award-winning comedy troupe, Dr. Browndog’s Monkeytime, who appeared not only in clubs and supermarkets, but at Cincinnati Playhouse and Ensemble Theatre, and their own television programs (youtube.com/dickbeaks).

A Dramatists Guild member, he has been called “The King of the One Acts and his plays have been called "sophisticated", "stylish and enchanting", "uniquely entertaining", and (thankfully) "funny".

The 2019-20 season saw The Ten Minute Play (with a Nice Picture of Jimmy Carter) selected for The Drama Workshop’s ten minute festival, Home Brew 4, in Cincinnati.

Greg also directed one of the plays for the festival, Lessons by Teri Foltz.

Lily Blossoms, or Modern Subdivision Zoning in the Present Day was featured by the Cincinnati Playwright’s Initiative’s reading series, which Greg directed in January 2020. Lily Blossoms was also shortlisted by the William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, KS. A monologue from this play was also performed by Darkhorse Dramatists in Owega, New York in November 2019.

2018 was a banner year for the lad, as his play, The Great Stalinski, was a finalist in the Pittsburgh New Works One Act Play Festival, which was then presented by the company’s New Works Play Readings series.

Greg was also a featured playwright at the Midwest Dramatists Center’s Theatrical Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, where The Ten Minute Play was given a reading to great response.

The play, Mundy Tuesday Friday, was selected as a finalist for Shakespeare in the Burg’s (Middleburg, Virginia) One-Act Festival.

His blog, Ruminations and Ramblings, can be found at greghatfield.com.

Plays

  • The Janus Circle
    Three actors are up for the same part in this one-act set in 1951 Hollywood.
  • Lily Blossoms or Modern Subdivision Zoning in the Present Day
    "(Greg Hatfield) has a knack for witty dialogue!" --Pittsburgh New Works Festival, 2019

    "The dialogue is witty. The characters are sophisticated, quirky, likable. The working out of the plot is clever. Lily’s bravery in seeing her dilemmas clearly, albeit indirectly, is touching." CPI

    Writers Lily Palmer and Theodore Barkley are the star writers for Manhattan...
    "(Greg Hatfield) has a knack for witty dialogue!" --Pittsburgh New Works Festival, 2019

    "The dialogue is witty. The characters are sophisticated, quirky, likable. The working out of the plot is clever. Lily’s bravery in seeing her dilemmas clearly, albeit indirectly, is touching." CPI

    Writers Lily Palmer and Theodore Barkley are the star writers for Manhattan magazine. But things will change once Barkley gets an offer from a movie studio and has to move to California.
  • The Cabots on Broadway
    "Effective" "Clearly a lot of thought and care (were) put into each of these individual characters" -- Austin Film Festival

    "Hatfield presents a compact historical fiction, an American theater dynasty. It's a charming portrait of "the life" and the sacrifices folks made to live it.”

    Synopsis of The Cabots on Broadway by Greg Hatfield...
    "Effective" "Clearly a lot of thought and care (were) put into each of these individual characters" -- Austin Film Festival

    "Hatfield presents a compact historical fiction, an American theater dynasty. It's a charming portrait of "the life" and the sacrifices folks made to live it.”

    Synopsis of The Cabots on Broadway by Greg Hatfield

    The Cabots on Broadway is the story of an American theatrical family and how they became one of the foremost dynasties of the stage.

    Cast Size: Eight Men, Six Women. Each act’s setting is either a bare stage or backstage dressing area. Minimal props and costuming.

    Act One: San Francisco, 1924.
    Act One starts with John and Katherine Cabot, who operate their own theatrical company in the early 1920’s. John is the lead actor, director and writer, while Katherine is the company’s manager. John wrote a play about Lincoln, the play became a success, and John and Katherine have traveled with the play all over the country and are expecting to bring it to Europe this spring. John and Katherine are visited by John’s sister, Tess, who stars in a popular movie serial, “Tess in Terror”, and John’s brother, Terrance, who is also in the movies as Cowboy Tennessee West. Their unplanned visit backstage during the play is viewed as suspicious when revealed the Cabots have another visitor who may just change their lives forever.

    Act Two: Kansas City, Missouri, 1948.
    Act Two highlights the three Fleming sisters, particularly the youngest, Virginia, in 1948. The sisters are traveling in a repertory company and Virginia has the lead in all the plays. Joining her is Charles Cabot, the son of John and Katherine. Virginia and Charles don’t see eye-to-eye on approaches to acting, but need to work it out quickly because the shows open in just a matter of days.

    Act Three: New York City, 1978.
    Act Three finds the three children of Charles and Virginia making plans to attend the funeral of the “World’s Greatest Shakespearean Actor”, Gregor Stalinski. John Charles Cabot, brother Monty, and sister Veronica have all made their mark in the theater, but it looks like the family dynasty is about to end with their reign.


  • Three Sisters in Repertory
    "(F)antastic repartee in the script. Both on and offstage, the dialogue is great. All the characters bring good energy to the play and hold your interest to the end.

    Overall, this is a cute romantic play - light and uncomplicated. This play will hit with a production company or acting group, it just needs to find the right now." -- Pittsburgh New Works Festival, 2020

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    "(F)antastic repartee in the script. Both on and offstage, the dialogue is great. All the characters bring good energy to the play and hold your interest to the end.

    Overall, this is a cute romantic play - light and uncomplicated. This play will hit with a production company or acting group, it just needs to find the right now." -- Pittsburgh New Works Festival, 2020



    Synopsis

    Setting: Kansas City, 1948

    The scenes take place in a theater and the sisters’ dressing room. The theater scenes can be performed on a bare stage. The dressing room should have three areas that have the sisters’ makeup tables, random costuming and other accessories that actors would have. Since this is a touring company, it doesn’t have to be elaborate.

    Three Sisters in Repertory is the story of the three Fleming sisters, particularly the youngest, Virginia, in 1948.

    The sisters are traveling in a theatrical repertory company and Virginia has the lead in all the plays. Joining her is Charles Cabot, the son of famous actor John Cabot, and the last of the Cabot acting dynasty. In the play are excerpts from Pygmalion, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Hamlet.

    Virginia and Charles don’t see eye-to-eye on approaches to acting, but need to work it out quickly because the shows open in just a matter of days.

    Three Sisters offers backstage glimpses of theater life and the pressures the road company faces as they bring theater to people throughout the country.
  • The Sequel to Citizen Kane
    "The story is preposterous but produces laugh lines." CPI

    What could be better than a sequel to the greatest movie ever made? An agent and a director will find out as they negotiate for the rights in this comedy.
  • The Great Stalinski
    Finalist for the Pittsburgh New Works Theater Festival, 2018.
    Reading for the Pittsburgh New Works Reading Series, 2018

    Synopsis of The Great Stalinski by Greg Hatfield

    Cast: Two men and one woman. Set decoration and props are minimal.
    Setting: New York City, 1978.

    The Great Stalinski is a throwback to the older days of Broadway, when family...
    Finalist for the Pittsburgh New Works Theater Festival, 2018.
    Reading for the Pittsburgh New Works Reading Series, 2018

    Synopsis of The Great Stalinski by Greg Hatfield

    Cast: Two men and one woman. Set decoration and props are minimal.
    Setting: New York City, 1978.

    The Great Stalinski is a throwback to the older days of Broadway, when family dynasties and stars of the boards were truly part of a theatrical family.

    The three children of stage legends Charles and Virginia Cabot, John Charles Cabot, brother Monty, and sister Veronica, the last remaining descendants, have all made their mark in the theater, but it looks like the family dynasty is about to end with their reign.

    Their work takes them all over the world, but tonight they have gathered to attend the funeral of the “world’s greatest Shakespearean actor”, The Great Stalinski. Eccentric, over-bearing, yes, but his genius could not be denied and Stalinski reveled in the praise and recognition his skills afforded him.

    It seems the Cabots have more in common with Stalinski than meets the eye, as Veronica is his widow, who has arranged his funeral, and John Charles who will be delivering the eulogy.

    The play is a comedy, filled with theatrical fun facts to know and tell. The characters are smart, sophisticated and funny and will be fun to play for any actor.
  • The Ten Minute Play (with a Nice Picture of Jimmy Carter)
    In this comedy, an aspiring playwright finishes a ten minute play and wants to share it with a friend. Race and gender neutral and appropriate for all ages, with no sets or scenery.
  • Mundy Tuesday Friday
    "This is a nimble, witty play on words." CPI

    Mundy Tuesday Friday is a fast paced, screwball comedy, reminiscent of the films of Howard Hawks and Frank Capra, with the dialogue style of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. The play takes place in a small office space, and we meet three office workers, who have become best friends. Their dialogue together is fast, precise and funny. As...
    "This is a nimble, witty play on words." CPI

    Mundy Tuesday Friday is a fast paced, screwball comedy, reminiscent of the films of Howard Hawks and Frank Capra, with the dialogue style of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. The play takes place in a small office space, and we meet three office workers, who have become best friends. Their dialogue together is fast, precise and funny. As in the Hawks and Capra films, their tone shifts after receiving some bad news, and they have to face their future together.

    I did want to add that I've gotten some very strong and positive feedback on this play from some of the festivals I've entered. The coordinator of the New York New Works Festival called it "a very clever show" and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival said it was "an uniquely entertaining theater piece, with a lot of very funny moments."
  • The King of Prussia
    It's really a Three Stooges play, minus Curly. Howie and Fine are department store clerks working in the Returns Department. Let's just say their customer service skills aren't the best in the world, until Fay West comes in, making their heads spin. It's a fast-paced laugh riot, that clocks in about 10-12 minutes. 4 men, 2 women.
  • Modern Subdivision Zoning in the Present Day
    Popular writer, Theodore Barkley delivers a stunning lecture on Modern Subdivision Zoning in 1954.