Allison L. Fradkin

Allison L. Fradkin

Allison L. Fradkin is a playwright with thespian tendencies. An enthusiast of accessibility and inclusivity, she acts as Dramatist for Special Gifts Theatre, adapting scripts for actors of all abilities; and takes on the dual roles of Co-Artistic Director and Literary Manager of Violet Surprise Theatre, curating new works by queer women.

Plays

  • It Ain't Over 'Til the Pink Lady Sings
    (10-Minute Play) Theatre is an ensemble of inflection, projection, and rejection. So when Marva—a performer who's part ingénue, part dreamgirl next door—desires a duet with Winifred, her BFF onstage and off, she has no idea how to go about going from Pink Lady to Pink Lady friend. Will the entrance of Francine, a triply threatening romantic rival, prompt Marva to act on her feelings before the curtain closes on her chances?
  • Lesbian Lipstick
    (10-Minute Play) The Very Gay Cosmetics company not only takes pride in their products; they put pride in them. But ever since Pearl Gaily, a supposedly Sapphic customer, began wearing Very Gay make-up, she's been...well, keeping a straight face. Can Pearl's pals solve the mystery of the disappearing dykedom? And, if it turns out that the only part of her that's lesbian is the b-i in the middle,...
    (10-Minute Play) The Very Gay Cosmetics company not only takes pride in their products; they put pride in them. But ever since Pearl Gaily, a supposedly Sapphic customer, began wearing Very Gay make-up, she's been...well, keeping a straight face. Can Pearl's pals solve the mystery of the disappearing dykedom? And, if it turns out that the only part of her that's lesbian is the b-i in the middle, will they still stay "bi" her side?
  • I Love Lezzie
    (10-Minute Play) Inspired by a story on NPR, "Home But Not Safe, Some LGBTQ Young People Face Rejection from Families in Lockdown," this play acts as an antidote, featuring a family that vibrantly and valiantly validates their daughter's identity when she comes out to them as a lesbian. In fact, they are so delighted by this revelation, they can't even wait until after isolation to have a celebration.
  • Say Cheesecake! The Musical about Girls of a Golden Age
    (Full-Length Musical) Sophia Petrillo just had a stroke…of genius! MTV is hosting a video contest, inviting viewers to create a PSA in support of safe sex. Well, who better to dispense age-old wisdom about safe sex to America's young people than four sensible, sensual seniors? Unexpectedly, their entry is both a hoot and a hit, propelling the Girls to stardom faster than you can shoot a herring out of a...
    (Full-Length Musical) Sophia Petrillo just had a stroke…of genius! MTV is hosting a video contest, inviting viewers to create a PSA in support of safe sex. Well, who better to dispense age-old wisdom about safe sex to America's young people than four sensible, sensual seniors? Unexpectedly, their entry is both a hoot and a hit, propelling the Girls to stardom faster than you can shoot a herring out of a cannon. At first, they think being famous will be a piece of cheesecake. But as they journey to the center of attention, they find themselves becoming oddities, commodities, and—worst of all—at odds with each other. Will this joust between friends meet its demise like a man in a bed of Rose's? Surely they'll rekindle those magic senior moments. Won't they? This feminist musical tribute to The Golden Girls invites fans to see their favorite foursome personified with respect, inclusivity, and authenticity. 'Cause let's face it: parodies can be a real drag.
  • Bibbid-Bobbidi Boos
    (10-Minute Play) You've heard the stepsisters' lament. Now it's time for the stepmother to step into the shoes of the Princess of Wails. And who better to get the "bawl" rolling than the winsome and then some Fairy Godmother? Hitherto, the Wicked Stepmother has been perceived as a menace to high society. But is she a mainstream menace? Or, as the Fairy Godmother suspects, a lavender...
    (10-Minute Play) You've heard the stepsisters' lament. Now it's time for the stepmother to step into the shoes of the Princess of Wails. And who better to get the "bawl" rolling than the winsome and then some Fairy Godmother? Hitherto, the Wicked Stepmother has been perceived as a menace to high society. But is she a mainstream menace? Or, as the Fairy Godmother suspects, a lavender menace? After all, when the Fairy Godmother sent Cinderella off to the ball, her parting words were "Be gay." Perhaps the Wicked Stepmother will be a more receptive recipient to that audacious advice…
  • Anne Then Some
    (10-Minute Play) You are raspberry cordially invited to Prince Edward Island, home of carrot-top-of-the-line literary heroine Anne Shirley and her bosom friend Diana Barry. These kindred spirits have some contemporary company: Vernie and Cori, teenage visitors who meet for the first time while having a field day at Field Day at Green Gables Heritage Place. Is it love at first "site"? Anne and Diana...
    (10-Minute Play) You are raspberry cordially invited to Prince Edward Island, home of carrot-top-of-the-line literary heroine Anne Shirley and her bosom friend Diana Barry. These kindred spirits have some contemporary company: Vernie and Cori, teenage visitors who meet for the first time while having a field day at Field Day at Green Gables Heritage Place. Is it love at first "site"? Anne and Diana solemnly swear their faithfulness to one another within minutes of meeting. Will Vernie and Cori duplicate their devotion?
  • Not Your Average Jo
    (10-Minute Play) During World War II, it was a woman's patriotic prerogative to embrace a man's job. The War enabled women to experience a change of pace and, for the members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, a change of base. But when South Bend Blue Sox teammates Josephine and Penny develop a war bond of their own, it's hardly the kind the government—let alone the League—...
    (10-Minute Play) During World War II, it was a woman's patriotic prerogative to embrace a man's job. The War enabled women to experience a change of pace and, for the members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, a change of base. But when South Bend Blue Sox teammates Josephine and Penny develop a war bond of their own, it's hardly the kind the government—let alone the League—had in mind. Will the gals take a crack at a romance that, like a baseball, won't be seamless? Or will they take the base path of least resistance and prioritize the game over the dame?