Arlene Bozich

Arlene Bozich

WRITE DRUNK, EDIT SOBER, CALL YOUR MOTHER
(That's mostly a reminder for Arlene, but you should probably call your parents as well.)
Arlene was writing long before she began acting, mostly because she couldn't find the right book to read. In second grade she started stealing her dad's leftover printer paper and scribbling stories. Now, she writes novels, plays, screenplays, and...
WRITE DRUNK, EDIT SOBER, CALL YOUR MOTHER
(That's mostly a reminder for Arlene, but you should probably call your parents as well.)
Arlene was writing long before she began acting, mostly because she couldn't find the right book to read. In second grade she started stealing her dad's leftover printer paper and scribbling stories. Now, she writes novels, plays, screenplays, and random tangents that will never be read by anyone. She tried her hand at journalism in high school and ended up winning first place in the test flight for the Illinois High School Association's first attempt at a competitive Radio Journalism Event (really). Her completed plays (or plays in the process of final edits) will be up here on the New Play Exchange. If you're interested in more of her work, visit the Writing section of her website at https://www.arlene-bozich.com/writing. She is also available for proofreading work at Fiverr. Give her a call and give her some money, she likes paying her rent on time.

Plays

  • Baby Boom
    When Tisha, Brittany, Vivian, and Crystal arrive at Nemco Cleaning Company for work, they realize three things. First, all of them are pregnant. Second, their company's maternity leave plan is so skimpy it's barely legal. Third, Nemco Cleaning Company has excellent Terrorism Risk Insurance coverage. With seemingly no other options in sight, the women band together to pursue the American dream; an...
    When Tisha, Brittany, Vivian, and Crystal arrive at Nemco Cleaning Company for work, they realize three things. First, all of them are pregnant. Second, their company's maternity leave plan is so skimpy it's barely legal. Third, Nemco Cleaning Company has excellent Terrorism Risk Insurance coverage. With seemingly no other options in sight, the women band together to pursue the American dream; an obscene amount of money, no matter what the cost.

    Following the women over their three trimesters as they plan to blow up their place of work, grow new life, do their jobs, and dodge between every man surrounding them (played by The Man and The Boy in rotating, double/triple/quadruple role arcs), Baby Boom is a three-act farce examining the age-old question; how far are mothers willing to go for their families? With six clowns (4W, 2M) and a single, adapting set, Baby Boom sprints and tumbles through the insanity at breakneck speed.

    Ready or not, here comes the Boom.
  • Calvary Diner
    Ruth Daye has owned Calvary Diner for years and is ready to leave. She’s packed up, the place is clean- all she has to do is get rid of her possessed jukebox and hand over the keys to the new owner. Unfortunately for her, life has other plans. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are told to meet in Calvary Diner to wait on the call from God to end the world. In the midst of the madness, Ruth is enlisted to help...
    Ruth Daye has owned Calvary Diner for years and is ready to leave. She’s packed up, the place is clean- all she has to do is get rid of her possessed jukebox and hand over the keys to the new owner. Unfortunately for her, life has other plans. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are told to meet in Calvary Diner to wait on the call from God to end the world. In the midst of the madness, Ruth is enlisted to help and becomes a Horseman for the day.

    However, when the deed is done and they return to the Diner, political shenanigans between Heaven and Hell leave Ruth and the rest questioning whether the destruction was worth it after all- and wondering who should really win in the end, God or the Devil. In the count for souls, the Diner may hold the final say. For Ruth, it’s the choices we force ourselves to make that end up meaning the most.

    With five characters (3F, 2M), one set and a possessed jukebox that can either be live performers or canned music, Calvary Diner is a full length dark comedy that asks you to scream at the cosmic horror and laugh at the cosmic joke; No one really matters. The joke is that we assume we do.
  • CRY WOLF
    After Connor and Gwen Burns return home from their tour in Iraq, neither can find a way to process their trauma without hurting the other. The lasting damage and the joys of being home mix together until they are unsure if they're actually helping each other or just lashing out to relieve their personal pain. When are they actually there for each other? When are they crying wolf? Will they make it through...
    After Connor and Gwen Burns return home from their tour in Iraq, neither can find a way to process their trauma without hurting the other. The lasting damage and the joys of being home mix together until they are unsure if they're actually helping each other or just lashing out to relieve their personal pain. When are they actually there for each other? When are they crying wolf? Will they make it through?

    CRY WOLF looks at the trials veterans face when they come home, the unfair placement of women as healers to broken men, and the fight we all have with our demons in our personal wars. A two-hander (1M, 1W) with a single set featuring multiple spaces, CRY WOLF strips away the barrier between veterans and civilians to start the conversations on mental health our society needs.
  • Rude
    Two best friends move to a new city and realize they may not be totally welcome there.