Arianna Rose

Arianna Rose

Arianna Rose – Bio (www.ariannarose.net)

Arianna Rose is an award-winning playwright and musical theatre writer whose works have been produced nationally and Internationally. 2020 recipient of the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing for the one-act version of Touch The Moon. 2020 William Inge Theatre Conference for the one-act version of TOUCH THE MOON. The full-length version of...
Arianna Rose – Bio (www.ariannarose.net)

Arianna Rose is an award-winning playwright and musical theatre writer whose works have been produced nationally and Internationally. 2020 recipient of the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing for the one-act version of Touch The Moon. 2020 William Inge Theatre Conference for the one-act version of TOUCH THE MOON. The full-length version of TOUCH THE MOON was selected for Fantasy Theatre Factory's 2020 New Year New Works Series at The Sandrell Rivers Theatre in Miami, Florida. She is one of four playwrights, and the only woman, selected for the 2019-2021 Miami-Dade County Council of Cultural Affairs Play Development Program, moderated by master playwright Kia Corthron. Selected for 2020 National Playwrights Retreat. Arianna won the 2012 MAC Award for Song of the Year for “He’s On His Way” with composer Robby Stamper, and was a finalist for the 2019-2020 Kleban Award for Musical Theatre Lyric Writing. Her one-act play FAMILY BY NUMBERS has been awarded Best Play (Theatre Odyssey One-Act Play Festival 2019 ) and Audience Choice (S. Baldwin Community Players Festival 2019). She is a recipient of NYC’s York Theatre NEO (New Emerging Outstanding Writer) and the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Miami New Musicals/Plays on Purpose (www.miaminewmusicals.com). Her full-length musical THE LOST GIRL (with Ben Bonnema) was selected for the 2020 Florida Festival of New Musicals, 2019 Viterbo New Works Festival, 2015 Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, Players Club at NYU Steinhardt, and the year-long NYC CDP Workshop. She has a published monologue in the Best New Women's Monologues 2019 book published by Applause Books, and has another monologue in the 2020 Male edition, both curated by Lawrence Harbison. Three of her short plays are published by Smith Scripts UK.

MFA, NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program; BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop; David Spencer libretto workshops.

2020 Dramatists Guild Ambassador for the South Florida region.

For the third year in a row, she has a short play in "An Afternoon of Short Plays" at Theatre Lab @FAU in Boca Raton, FL; for the second year in a row, she has a short play in Theatre Three's Annual One-Act Play Festival in Port Jefferson NY. A small sampling of other venues that have presented her songs, plays and musicals include:
Theatre Odyssey (Sarasota, FL), Lowell Arts (Michigan), Topanga Actors Company (Los Angeles), Artists' Exchange (Cranston RI), Drunken Owl Theatre Company (Seattle), Fight Like a Girl (Manchester England); Tomo Suru Players (Vancouver, BC); Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida, Seaside Players, Celebration Theatre (Los Angeles); Onstage Atlanta and Atlanta Theatre-to-Go (Georgia); Know Theatre (NY); Microtheater Miami; The Disney Company; Lincoln Center NYC; The Duplex Cabaret Room, NYC; TADA! Ensemble Theatre, NYC; Rockaway Artists Alliance, NYC; The York Theatre NYC.

A native New Yorker, she currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida. Proud member of Musicians Local 802, ASCAP, The South Florida Theatre League, Playwrights Center and The Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • THE LOST GIRL full-length musical by Ben Bonnema & Arianna Rose
    [full-length 90 minute musical]
    Winner, 2020 Florida Festival of New Musicals (pushed to 2021 due to Pandemic)
    Winner, 2019 Viterbo New Works Festival
    Winner, 2015 Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival
    Winner, 2015 Players Club Staged Reading, Steinhardt School of Music, NYU
    2013 Collaborative Development Program Workshop, Frederick Loewe Theatre, NYC
    2020 Finalist, Imagen...
    [full-length 90 minute musical]
    Winner, 2020 Florida Festival of New Musicals (pushed to 2021 due to Pandemic)
    Winner, 2019 Viterbo New Works Festival
    Winner, 2015 Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival
    Winner, 2015 Players Club Staged Reading, Steinhardt School of Music, NYU
    2013 Collaborative Development Program Workshop, Frederick Loewe Theatre, NYC
    2020 Finalist, Imagen New Works @ MSU
    2012 Finalist, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

    Set in 1909 London against the backdrop of the Suffragette Movement, THE LOST GIRL is about integrating our past into our present and deciding who we want to be moving forward. For whatever reason, no story about Peter Pan has ever focused fully on Wendy and what became of her after the adventures in Neverland. The stories of women, fictional or not, have often been swept aside. But what might it have been like to have fantastical adventures as a young girl, and how might that affect someone as an adult?
    In our story, Wendy, shaken by the untimely death of her husband, first tells her daughter Jane the Neverland stories as escapism, pure fiction. But each sibling begins to experience strange and vivid memories, forcing the question - could it all be real?
    John, the eldest, is against all talk of it, going so far as to seek full custody of Jane when he thinks Wendy is losing her mind. Michael, the youngest, tries to keep the family together, but is unsure what to do with his memories of flying. Tootles, the adopted Lost Boy, has always harbored a secret love for Wendy. It’s everyone against John, until he, too, finally remembers their childhood adventures. With it, the pain of remembering that Wendy always left him behind. He and Wendy must figure out how to salvage their adult relationship, amidst everything that came before.
    The show plays with the contrast between the harsh realities for women in the Edwardian age and the freedom Wendy felt with Peter Pan. Neverland is only present on stage through characters’ memory, and the audience is never quite sure - until the end - if any of it truly happened. By the time Peter does come back, he is no longer the salve she wanted him to be; he isn’t able to fix anything. It is largely through the influence of the suffragettes that Wendy is able to decide what kind of a woman she will be.
    With a lush, orchestral score that utilizes harmony both adventurous and accessible, THE LOST GIRL examines how loss colors our lives and galvanizes us to change. Ultimately, it’s is about reclaiming the right to have adventures at any age.
  • FAMILY BY NUMBERS Award-winning 10-minute drama
    [10-minute play] 1st Prize Winner, BEST PLAY, Theatre Odyssey 10-minute play Festival
    AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARD, S. Baldwin New Play Festival
    THIRD PLACE AWARD, Tree City Playhouse 2020 Ten-Minute Play Competition, Sylvania, OH
    Honorable Mention, New Plays of Merit 2019 Playwriting Award

    Selected for:
    •Production, Tree City Playhouse New Plays Festival, Sylvania OH...
    [10-minute play] 1st Prize Winner, BEST PLAY, Theatre Odyssey 10-minute play Festival
    AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARD, S. Baldwin New Play Festival
    THIRD PLACE AWARD, Tree City Playhouse 2020 Ten-Minute Play Competition, Sylvania, OH
    Honorable Mention, New Plays of Merit 2019 Playwriting Award

    Selected for:
    •Production, Tree City Playhouse New Plays Festival, Sylvania OH
    •Production, Western Connecticut State University One-Act Play Festival
    Online Production, Grays Harbor College 10-minute Play Festival, Aberdeen, WA
    • Production, Lowell Arts, Playbytes by Playwrights: Lost or Found, Lowell, MI
    • Staged Reading, Topanga Actors Company 10-minute Play Festival, Los Angeles CA
    • Staged Reading, Magnolia Arts Center 10-minute Play Contest, Greenville NC
    • Production, Artists’ Exchange One-Act Play Festival, Cranston RI
    • Production, Gulfport Community Players, New Play Festival, Gulfport FL
    • Staged Reading, S. Baldwin Comm. Theatre New Play Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
    • Production, Theatre Odyssey 10-minute Play Festival, Sarasota FL
    • Production, Bismarck State College Theatre New Play Festival, Bismarck, ND
    • Production, Theatre Three Annual Festival of One Act Plays, Port Jefferson, NY
    • Reading, STAGES IN THE SUN FESTIVAL, South Florida Theatre League


    Synopsis: Two people fall in love. They begin a family that expands to five. But what happens when the numbers change?
  • TOUCH THE MOON - full-length play, 5 characters
    Full Length play 85 minutes.
    Winner, HRC Showcase Theater, Hudson, NY, Equity Staged Reading Series, March 2022.
    Winner, Fantasy Theatre Factory New Year, New Works Series 2020. (postponed due to Pandemic)
    Finalist, 2020 Swarthmore Players Club New Plays Festival.

    Full Length Version - 5 characters. Drama.

    It is Spring Break, 1994, on an unnamed island...
    Full Length play 85 minutes.
    Winner, HRC Showcase Theater, Hudson, NY, Equity Staged Reading Series, March 2022.
    Winner, Fantasy Theatre Factory New Year, New Works Series 2020. (postponed due to Pandemic)
    Finalist, 2020 Swarthmore Players Club New Plays Festival.

    Full Length Version - 5 characters. Drama.

    It is Spring Break, 1994, on an unnamed island somewhere far from Miranda’s home. Over her mother’s objections, Miranda leaves for this trip with her best friend Emily and other students from her school. That is the last time Miranda is ever seen alive. Through a series of short vignettes that connect past, present, and future, we meet Miranda, her mother Becca, her best friend Emily, Stefan, and his father Dirk and begin to piece together what may have happened to Miranda that fateful night.
    Stefan is the last person to have seen her alive, and Miranda confronts him in the interrogation room where he is being held. Evasive and cunning, Stefan slowly reveals his true colors as a pathological liar as a frustrated Becca tries to elicit any answers she can of her daughter’s whereabouts.
    A fuller picture of Miranda emerges, showing a young girl on the cusp of womanhood, healing from a broken family dynamic and exploring the boundaries of her sexuality that ultimately spelled out her doom. Dirk tries to protect his son once again from allegations of harming a woman, and Emily is haunted by the fight she and Miranda had on the island, convinced it is her fault that Miranda may be dead.
    A play about how humans need to know, and sometimes need to tell, TOUCH THE MOON draws a line between truth and lies and how they intersect. At its heart it is a story of motherly love and determination in the face of the unthinkable.
  • MAKE MULCH FROM IT 15-minute play
    [15-minute play] When Susan’s estranged boyfriend Gordon shows up suddenly and unexpectedly in her apartment, they are forced to confront why their relationship fell apart. More than one shocking revelation occurs as they struggle with how to accept what has happened and move forward. A story about the messes we leave and the cleanup that must occur through acknowledgement and forgiveness.
  • TOUCH THE MOON One Act Play
    [40 minute play]
    Winner, 2020 Kenneth Branagh Award for Drama Writing/Windsor Fringe Festival UK
    2020 William Inge Theater Festival Playlab reading (cancelled due to Pandemic)
    Finalist, 2020 Steyning Festival, Theatre Trails, England
    Finalist, 2019 Ink Festival UK (shortlisted out of 750 submissions)

    When Miranda leaves for Spring Break, her mother Becca is...
    [40 minute play]
    Winner, 2020 Kenneth Branagh Award for Drama Writing/Windsor Fringe Festival UK
    2020 William Inge Theater Festival Playlab reading (cancelled due to Pandemic)
    Finalist, 2020 Steyning Festival, Theatre Trails, England
    Finalist, 2019 Ink Festival UK (shortlisted out of 750 submissions)

    When Miranda leaves for Spring Break, her mother Becca is worried and concerned. Miranda meets Stefan on her trip. When the unthinkable occurs, Becca is determined to find some answers from the last person to see her alive.
  • THE EQUIVALENT OF SENSATION, one-act drama
    [20-minute play] Etta Cone, one of the earliest art collectors of Picasso and Matisse with her sister Dr. Claribel Cone, struggles with feelings of inferiority and her love for Gertrude Stein, a family friend.
  • R.S.V.P. - 20-minute short musical. Book by Donna Warfield, Lyrics by Arianna Rose, Music by Aden Kent Ramsey
    [20-minute musical]
    R.S.V.P. – synopsis
    Book by Donna Warfield
    Lyrics by Arianna Rose
    Music by Aden Kent Ramsey

    Gina is still carrying a big torch for her ex-husband, Tony. Convinced he still loves her, she concocts a plan to make him jealous by sending him a fake wedding invitation. Tony, thinking that Gina is inviting him for one last “roll in the hay”, before...
    [20-minute musical]
    R.S.V.P. – synopsis
    Book by Donna Warfield
    Lyrics by Arianna Rose
    Music by Aden Kent Ramsey

    Gina is still carrying a big torch for her ex-husband, Tony. Convinced he still loves her, she concocts a plan to make him jealous by sending him a fake wedding invitation. Tony, thinking that Gina is inviting him for one last “roll in the hay”, before marrying another man, responds yes to the invitation and a small heart is added. Seeing the heart Gina is convinced Tony still wants her and wants her back. Gina plans a real wedding, hiring Floyd, someone she met in therapy while working through her post divorce depression, as a rent-a-groom, fully expecting Tony to sweep her off her feet and re-marry her. Floyd has his own set of issues and brings Bessie, his emotional support horse, to the wedding. Mona, Gina’s mother, is clueless to what is happening and calms her nerves with Proseco and Xanax. Misinformation and misunderstandings create hilarious mayhem in this madcap farce.

    Song Breakdown:

    1. Everythin’ The Same Like Before (Gina, Mona)
    As Mona struggles to zip Gina into her wedding dress, she berates Gina on all of her choices for her wedding and her groom. Gina defends herself and her actions in this upbeat, manic I Want Song.

    2. Neigh for Me, Nellie (Floyd, Gina, Mona)
    Gina’s rent-a-groom, a Brooklyn wanna-be cowboy, explains how his emotional support horse Nellie has helped him overcome his fear of heights and fear of life. While it serves as Floyd’s I want song, it also lays the groundwork for Floyd and Gina to find actual commonality in their situations and desire to give and receive love.

    3. Boogie On (Tony, Gina)
    Ex-husband Tony shows up to give the bride a good luck kiss and perhaps a bit more. Gina reminds him of their first wedding dance and all that was good between them. A love song in classic disco style.

    4. Ain’t Gonna Be (Tony, Gina, Floyd, Mona)
    All four characters come to grips with the fact that there is not going to be a wedding between anyone today and the plot lines intersect and spectacularly implode.

    5. Neigh for Me Nellie reprise (Gina, Floyd, Tony, Mona)
    A short reprise with a new lyric that establishes that Gina and Floyd are going to ride off into the sunset together on Nellie.

  • GET THAT MOUSE! 15-minute musical by Arianna Rose & Shelly Gartner
    [15-minute musical] When a certain very famous theme park bans a certain very famous fast food restaurant, revenge is on the menu. "Clown" goes toe to toe with "Mouse" in this hilarious mini musical (2 lengths available, 10 minutes or 15 minutes. ) This page is for the 15-minute version. The music is the same for both versions.
  • GET THAT MOUSE! - 10-minute musical by Arianna Rose & Shelly Gartner
    [10-minute musical] When a certain very famous theme park bans a certain very famous fast food restaurant, revenge is on the menu. "Clown" goes toe to toe with "Mouse" in this hilarious mini musical (2 lengths available, 10 minutes or 15 minutes. ) This page is for the 10-minute version. The music is the same for both versions - only the script is different (shortened) for the ten minute version.
  • GONE TO THE DOGS, a 10-minute musical by Arianna Rose and Chandra McClelland
    [10-minute musical] Eduardo Byrell, a semi-successful painter of pet portraits, concocts a scheme with his long-suffering wife Alice in order to sell his paintings. When his duplicity comes to light, things don’t exactly go to plan.
  • 0% CHANCE OF VISIBILITY short-form musical by Arianna Rose and Marj O'Neill-Butler
    [20-minute musical] When women reach a certain age, they often find themselves being ignored and overlooked for work, social occasions and dating. This musical, based on the short play Sneaking A Peek by Marj O’Neill-Butler, introduces us to two mature characters: Elena who is out living her life and not letting let the world dim her wants and needs; and Lorna, who has let life pass her by and who has been...
    [20-minute musical] When women reach a certain age, they often find themselves being ignored and overlooked for work, social occasions and dating. This musical, based on the short play Sneaking A Peek by Marj O’Neill-Butler, introduces us to two mature characters: Elena who is out living her life and not letting let the world dim her wants and needs; and Lorna, who has let life pass her by and who has been made to feel invisible in the world in which she lives. Elena takes Lorna in hand and informs and teaches her how to enjoy life, sex and love all over again. Here’s to all women who want to live their lives in interesting, involved and exciting ways, no matter what their age.
  • THE BEAT GOES ON 10-minute comedy
    [10-minute play] The various forms of music containment (L.P., Cassette, 8-track, CD, and Mp3) anxiously wait to see who will be chosen for the highly coveted “Current” display case at the Smithsonian Museum music exhibit.
  • THE SANITY CLAUSET 10-minute holiday comedy
    [10-minute play]
    Production: 2020 Merry Little Holiday Shorts, OnStage Atlanta, Atlanta GA
    Production: 2020 Thank You 10! Ten-Minute Play Festival, Anacortes Community Players, Anacortes, WA

    If every day is Christmas, how do you make it special? Holly Ivy rebels against her mother’s manic decorating scheme as they both struggle with a life change. Holly Ivy's friend...
    [10-minute play]
    Production: 2020 Merry Little Holiday Shorts, OnStage Atlanta, Atlanta GA
    Production: 2020 Thank You 10! Ten-Minute Play Festival, Anacortes Community Players, Anacortes, WA

    If every day is Christmas, how do you make it special? Holly Ivy rebels against her mother’s manic decorating scheme as they both struggle with a life change. Holly Ivy's friend Emerson is in awe at the sheer magnitude of what is essentially Santa's World in an apartment.
  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SLAM, a 10-minute LGBTQ+ comedy in modern language
    [10-minute play] Ancient Athens. Hermia has escaped to the woods with Lysander so they can elope, but he has disappeared. Helena, spurned by Demetrius, joins her in the wood. They are surprised by a visitor from a Greek island.
  • SEX, LIES & STYROFOAM - a ten minute comedy
    [10-minute play] When Karen impersonates her missing sex therapist, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.
  • TOES TAPPING WILDLY, a ten-minute dramady with 5 characters
    [10-minute play] In July 1911, Virginia McMath was born to Lela McMath in Independence, Missouri. Her kidnapping by her father was stymied by the helpful actions of many Missourians who brought mother and daughter back together. Little Virginia grew up to become the beloved movie star Ginger Rogers. Inspired by real-life events.
  • LUNCH MONEY, a 10-minute play
    [10-minute play] The Tuffs give newcomer Cecil a tough time at Hemingway Elementary School. Sondra rises to the occasion in this anti-bullying comedy.
  • WATER MUSIC, a ten-minute drama
    [10-minute play] A Ferry. A sloshing water bottle. A theft. For Meredith and Lada, a short trip turns strangers into something else entirely.
  • I LOVE A PARADE, a 10-minute political drama
    [10-minute play] Mary, L.B. and Eric are prisoners of the state. They are marching against their will towards their demise when they are accosted by a woman who has made the colorful masks they wear. Each character comes to terms with the masks they wear literally and figuratively.
  • WE THREE 10-minute drama
    [10-minute play] Three good friends gather during the weekend of their high school reunion. During the course of reminiscing, hidden resentments rise to the surface, and a secret is revealed that forever changes their history and how they move forward.
  • BACK TO BEFORE, a 10-minute drama
    [10-minute play] Rachel and Kevin, in their late teens/early 20's, are finishing up their Rumspringa - the rite of passage for Amish teens to decide whether they want to return to their community and be baptized into the church, or stay in the "English" world for good and be shunned.
  • DOUBLE TROUBLE, a 5-minute comedy
    [5-minute comedy] Des and Jordan, newborn fraternal twins, are getting acquainted with each other and how it all works.

    Finalist, Pint-Sized Plays UK, 2019.
    Production, VCT New Play Festival, Orlando FL 2019.
    Production, Fast & Furious Festival, Stage Left Theatre, Spokane WA January 2020 (1-minute version)
    Online Production, Short & Sweet: Comic Shorts, Fantasy...
    [5-minute comedy] Des and Jordan, newborn fraternal twins, are getting acquainted with each other and how it all works.

    Finalist, Pint-Sized Plays UK, 2019.
    Production, VCT New Play Festival, Orlando FL 2019.
    Production, Fast & Furious Festival, Stage Left Theatre, Spokane WA January 2020 (1-minute version)
    Online Production, Short & Sweet: Comic Shorts, Fantasy Theatre Factory, Miami FL May 2020
  • ALL THAT PEZ, a 5-minute LGBTQ+ comedy
    [5-minute play] A search for Pez at a flea market far from home yields unexpected treasures for Jacee and Toni.
  • BLAME IT ON BARBIE, a four-minute comedy for two women
    [4-minute play] Terry, a college junior, has something important to tell her mother Marie about her major in college.

    Fantasy Theatre Factory, Short & Sweet online play festival, May 2020
    Center Stage Israel, 5-minute online Play Festival, May 2020
  • ANAGRAM, a three-minute comedy play
    [3-minute play] Comprised of anagrams of the word HEROES, and only those words, a man and a woman navigate the minefield of sexual attraction.
  • WHAT KIND OF A GOD 1-minute play
    [1-minute play] Two lovers struggle with their illicit affair.
  • Michael's Boy-Girl Party, a 3-minute monologue
    [3-minute monologue] Melanie, a tween, is arguing with her older sister Anna and recounting her first experience with spin-the-bottle.

    Writers Block Radio Hour, Glasgow Scotland, May 2020
    Theatre Lab Online Original Monologue Festival, April 2020
  • BOOM - monologue about loss for any gender, any age
    [4-minute monologue] Frankie waits for the Memorial Day fireworks to begin while contemplating a very recent loss.
  • Emily's Monologue from TOUCH THE MOON (full-length version)
    [2-minute monologue] Emily has been on spring break on an island with her best friend, Miranda. Miranda has gone missing. The last person Miranda was seen with was a local boy that Emily was pushing her to go out on a date with. Emily is wracked with guilt and fear.
  • Miranda's Monologue from TOUCH THE MOON (full length version)
    [2-minute monologue] Miranda, 18, is a bit tipsy. She has met Stefan in the bar on the island where she is vacationing for spring break. She yearns for someone to see the real her and is hoping Stefan will be that person.
  • Benjy's Monologue PROTÉGÉ Monologue from CARNY CIRCUIT
    [3-minute monologue] Benjy, a teenager from Brooklyn, tells his friend Joey what happened to him last summer when he toured with a carnival and trained as a ventriloquist.
  • Oldest Son Monologue from FAMILY BY NUMBERS by Arianna Rose for late teens-20 male.
    [2-minute monologue] Oldest Son recounts the tragic circumstances of his hike in Olympic National Park.