Tita Anntares

Tita Anntares

In the last six years, Tita Anntares has written three full-length plays, several short plays, two screenplays, some short plays, book of raw poetry, interactive puppet shows. Each of the full length plays are winners of at least one contest and good placements in others (See www.anntares.com)

Since 2013, she has studied with playwrights, directors and dramaturgs: Joanie Drago, Gary Garrison,...
In the last six years, Tita Anntares has written three full-length plays, several short plays, two screenplays, some short plays, book of raw poetry, interactive puppet shows. Each of the full length plays are winners of at least one contest and good placements in others (See www.anntares.com)

Since 2013, she has studied with playwrights, directors and dramaturgs: Joanie Drago, Gary Garrison, Andrea Lepcio, Michele Lowe, Austin Pendleton, Mathew Paul Oleos, Christine Toy at Dramatists Guild Institute; Rogelio Martinez at Primary Stages ESPA; Winter Miller at Playwrights Center online. Before 2015: Arthur Giron, E.S.T.; Neal Bell, Anne Bogart, Travis Preston at Playwrights Horizons. Dramaturgs; Current - Cate Camarrata; Earlier: Hal Croasmun, Syd Field, Robert McKee

Plays

  • VEILS OF JUSTICE
    Can a Jewish American woman protect a young Muslim Saudi, accused of raping and robbing an American man at knifepoint, but claiming innocence? She assumes he is guilty despite his insistence he is innocent, but she believes the worst of the worst deserve counsel... and he assumes she is prejudiced. As she begins to think he is actually innocent but fears a prosecutor determined to convict the first Saudi since...
    Can a Jewish American woman protect a young Muslim Saudi, accused of raping and robbing an American man at knifepoint, but claiming innocence? She assumes he is guilty despite his insistence he is innocent, but she believes the worst of the worst deserve counsel... and he assumes she is prejudiced. As she begins to think he is actually innocent but fears a prosecutor determined to convict the first Saudi since the attacks, she tries a Hail Mary and asks the accuser's wife to look at evidence. (Cast: 6 - 3 women, 3 men; unit set) Unproduced so far. Inspired by actual trial in NYC 2010. The defendant asked me to write his story.
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    Awards and placements, Current draft: Finalist, 2019 ScreenCraft Stage Play Contest. Semifinalist; 2019 Diverse Voices (We Screenplay); Honorable Mention, New Works of Merit 2019 Playwriting Contest; Athena Reads (Athena Theatre, Feb 2019); Selected by National New Plays Network as one of 10 plays for readings of excerpts at Dramatists Guild 2018 annual conference;
    Earlier drafts: 2016 TRU Voices Reading Series; Finalist, MT Works; Semi-Finalist: Ashland New Plays; Beverly Hills Theatre Club; Bay Area Playwrights Foundation; Honorable Mention, Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation’s contest for plays about actual events/people that position LGBT life positively. Script analysis by writer-director-actor Kareem Fahmy through Maia Directors.
  • SAM'S RABBLE
    Two friends fight a war together to win a democracy but only five years later they are ready to kill each other - both sure they are saving that democracy from the other. Why?...The real story of Shays Rebellion that Timothy McVeigh glorified on his T-shirt the day when he bombed innocents in Oklahoma.

    In SAM's RABBLE, covered wagons have circled for the night near a run-down tavern on...
    Two friends fight a war together to win a democracy but only five years later they are ready to kill each other - both sure they are saving that democracy from the other. Why?...The real story of Shays Rebellion that Timothy McVeigh glorified on his T-shirt the day when he bombed innocents in Oklahoma.

    In SAM's RABBLE, covered wagons have circled for the night near a run-down tavern on their way West. A Native American is tied by the neck to the wheel of one of the wagons. The settlers - veterans and camp-followers in the War of Independence - gather around a campfire with the audience and show why they would rather risk death by arrow than stay in the new democracy they risked their lives to create - starting with Captain Shays and Sam Adams celebrating victory together, through the rebellion that drives Sam to send out the Massachusetts army to shoot his friend and frightens the 13 new nations into uniting under one Constitution.
  • BREW
    When a national crisis inflames fear and blame between races and income groups, can we find ways to reconnect as Americans? We are in early February 2009, rural Tennessee, just after Obama’s inauguration when families are losing jobs and homes after the ‘08 financial crash. Past angers are brewing between an African American WWII veteran and the Irish-American sheriff who almost killed him during the voting...
    When a national crisis inflames fear and blame between races and income groups, can we find ways to reconnect as Americans? We are in early February 2009, rural Tennessee, just after Obama’s inauguration when families are losing jobs and homes after the ‘08 financial crash. Past angers are brewing between an African American WWII veteran and the Irish-American sheriff who almost killed him during the voting rights struggle in the late 50s/early 60s. Luanne, the sheriff’s granddaughter, interrupts their battle to the death when she arrives hell-bent on getting to the first meeting of the Tea Party on February 16 to “Take our country back!” This mix of ages and races simmers into unexpected reconciliations and boils over into a very American - and loving - rebellion.

    CAST: 7; SET: One. Revised after a table reading with Arthur French as Mac and after AACT.org feedback
    Former title listed with contests: Embers of Tent City
  • POEMS from "MammalTalk"
    Three poems from my unpublished book "MammalTalk" that were published in the Pomona Valley Journal on pages 47, 70 and 120-121 at:
    http://www.pomonavalleyreview.com/pdf/PVR%2012/PVR%2012.pdf
  • WWII Veteran Barred From Voting - John McFerren's Story
    Short Play video with actor Jr Carter
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwGZScfg_7g&t=29s

    An aging former African-American WWII veteran and leader of a voting rights struggle when in 1959 he mobilized thousands to register to vote despite knowing that they would be evicted from any rental or sharecropper cabins, barred from local doctors, stores and gas stations so they had bot get to...
    Short Play video with actor Jr Carter
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwGZScfg_7g&t=29s

    An aging former African-American WWII veteran and leader of a voting rights struggle when in 1959 he mobilized thousands to register to vote despite knowing that they would be evicted from any rental or sharecropper cabins, barred from local doctors, stores and gas stations so they had bot get to Memphis 50 miles away. McFerren sheltered about 300 families in army tents. He hopes the audience will understand the struggle for first class citizenship has not ended.Stories told by McFerren to the writer.

    Reading at Crossways Theatre, NYC March 2 2020 by actor JR Carter March 2 2020, 7:30 PM,
    http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/jrcarter and https://www.imdb.me/JRCarter

    Connie Winston on stage directions - www.ConnieWinston.com
  • KITTY CATCH (Short play)
    We are backstage, maybe at a bar in the theater. We see the back of a woman, Kitty, in a long velvet gown, leaning over a podium. Giving an unseen audience in front of her a very raunchy talk. Backstage, closer to us, a businessman, Lee, watches. At the end of a talk, Lee brings Kitty back to meet us and introduces us as members of a group that finances political campaigns in return for specific types of laws....
    We are backstage, maybe at a bar in the theater. We see the back of a woman, Kitty, in a long velvet gown, leaning over a podium. Giving an unseen audience in front of her a very raunchy talk. Backstage, closer to us, a businessman, Lee, watches. At the end of a talk, Lee brings Kitty back to meet us and introduces us as members of a group that finances political campaigns in return for specific types of laws. We realize they are going to sign a contract to set Kitty up as the executive director of a club that will help stop news reports of politicians involved in sexual harassment lawsuits – a sensuous haven where elected government representatives and industry leaders can find safe sex, hidden from news reporters.

    But Kitty has her own plan... and gradually we watch the signing ceremony morph into an unexpected crime scene.

    Short one-act (10 pps), simple set; cast (2(: sensuous young woman and businessman.

  • BELLY UP - Screenplay
    A young woman from a low-income neighborhood, has graduated from an entrepreneurship program and turned a failing fast food chain into a success, but now must deal with an ebola outbreak. Surrounded by demonstrators, despite warnings from the program head, a man she refuses to let herself love, she invites the activist leaders into her company, sure she can use her street smarts to buy them out. She's...
    A young woman from a low-income neighborhood, has graduated from an entrepreneurship program and turned a failing fast food chain into a success, but now must deal with an ebola outbreak. Surrounded by demonstrators, despite warnings from the program head, a man she refuses to let herself love, she invites the activist leaders into her company, sure she can use her street smarts to buy them out. She's kidnapped, forced to watch videos of industrial farming, then escapes, shocking her investors with a plan to run a company that is not only profitable, but fair to employees, animals and consumers. Selected as one of 10 (out of 750) Best Scene Screenplays in the Mystery category, https://crimemysteryfestival.com/2019/01/25/top-10-crime-mystery-screenplays-of-2018/

  • Fear and Longing
    Screenplay - After getting her Afghan client acquitted of false charges in NYC, but the trial outted him Deena goes with her client home to Afghanistan, sure she can protect him from his father, a tribal chief. A stone door in a bleak Afghan mountain opens and the father greets her graciously, invites her into an elegant, glittering mansion carved into the mountain. He gives her tea, seems to welcome her, but...
    Screenplay - After getting her Afghan client acquitted of false charges in NYC, but the trial outted him Deena goes with her client home to Afghanistan, sure she can protect him from his father, a tribal chief. A stone door in a bleak Afghan mountain opens and the father greets her graciously, invites her into an elegant, glittering mansion carved into the mountain. He gives her tea, seems to welcome her, but as she is escorted to her room, she finds herself locked in a harem with her client's sisters and hears her client being dragged to gay jail for flogging. She is at first contemptuous of what seem to be dependent, enslaved women... but she soon realizes only they can come up with the strategies that may free her and her client.