Phil Paradis

Phil Paradis

Phil Paradis is best known for SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS, his play about the World War I Christmas Truce of 1914, and his one-man show EVENING WITH STEPHEN CRANE. Twenty-seven of his plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Cincinnati, Louisville, Spokane, Fort Thomas, Newport, KY and Newport, RI. His awards include a Kentucky New Play Series Award, a Cincinnati Directors Competition Grand...
Phil Paradis is best known for SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS, his play about the World War I Christmas Truce of 1914, and his one-man show EVENING WITH STEPHEN CRANE. Twenty-seven of his plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Cincinnati, Louisville, Spokane, Fort Thomas, Newport, KY and Newport, RI. His awards include a Kentucky New Play Series Award, a Cincinnati Directors Competition Grand Prize for FOOTPRINTS OF THE POLAR BEAR, and an Audience Choice Award at 24 EXPERIMENT, Point Loma Actors Theater, San Diego. Phil is a Resident Playwright at Manhattan Repertory Theatre and member of the Dramatists Guild and has served on the faculties of Northern Kentucky University, Iowa State University, Western Carolina University, and Oklahoma State University. He directs Actors & Playwrights Collaborative and is a member of The Village Players. For more, see www.philparadis.com

Plays

  • Red Badge Author Brave As His Hero
    RED BADGE AUTHOR BRAVE AS HIS HERO presents the story of young Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage. Based on true events, the drama depicts Crane's gallant sacrifice on behalf of a girl of the streets. The youthful idealist confronts the entrenched power brokers of New York's Gilded Age in a cause celebre, winning accolades and ridicule from the press as he undergoes a loss of innocence...
    RED BADGE AUTHOR BRAVE AS HIS HERO presents the story of young Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage. Based on true events, the drama depicts Crane's gallant sacrifice on behalf of a girl of the streets. The youthful idealist confronts the entrenched power brokers of New York's Gilded Age in a cause celebre, winning accolades and ridicule from the press as he undergoes a loss of innocence. This Gilded Age costume and courtroom drama is set in 1896 during the days of Tammany Hall, yellow journalism, social reform, and the dawning of women's rights. At the height of his fame, twenty-five-year-old Stephen Crane is following in the footsteps of his family of writers when he meets Teddy Roosevelt, the Reform Commissioner of the New York City Police Board. The idealistic Stephen, desiring to use his talents to serve humanity, identifies and sympathizes with the embattled Commissioner who is reforming the New York City Police Department, which the Lexow Committee exposed as corrupt the previous year.

  • Soldier's Christmas, a play with song, about the Christmas Truce of 1914
    Inspired by the World War I Christmas Truce of 1914. Two acts. I hr. and 45 min. SOLDIER’S CHRISTMAS is an epic tale of war and peace set in No-man’s-land in Belgium in late December of 1914, dramatizing the Great War’s effects on front-line soldiers as well as on their loved ones and families at home. This original play with song presents the personal stories of disenchanted, battle-weary British and German...
    Inspired by the World War I Christmas Truce of 1914. Two acts. I hr. and 45 min. SOLDIER’S CHRISTMAS is an epic tale of war and peace set in No-man’s-land in Belgium in late December of 1914, dramatizing the Great War’s effects on front-line soldiers as well as on their loved ones and families at home. This original play with song presents the personal stories of disenchanted, battle-weary British and German soldiers who throw down their rifles, leave the mud of the trenches, and join hands in one of history’s most astonishing Christmas celebrations.
  • Evening With Stephen Crane
    One-man show. 50-70 min. Experience The Red Badge of Courage author’s humor and charm. Hear Stephen Crane's remarkable tales of shipwreck, Teddy Roosevelt and The Rough Riders, his life as a journalist, poet, novelist, and war correspondent. Learn how Crane became an early champion of Women’s Rights. Meet the man who inspired Ernest Hemingway and the “Lost Generation.”

    Time: August, 1899...
    One-man show. 50-70 min. Experience The Red Badge of Courage author’s humor and charm. Hear Stephen Crane's remarkable tales of shipwreck, Teddy Roosevelt and The Rough Riders, his life as a journalist, poet, novelist, and war correspondent. Learn how Crane became an early champion of Women’s Rights. Meet the man who inspired Ernest Hemingway and the “Lost Generation.”

    Time: August, 1899 Place: Crane home at Brede Place, Sussex, England

    On this evening, Stephen Crane’s wife Cora has invited Americans traveling abroad to meet the American hero and famous author of The Red Badge of Courage. Although usually reserved, Crane interrupts his work and entertains guests with stories about The Red Badge of Courage, Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, the Dora Clark Affair, as well as about his family, education, and literary career. Illuminating his life and times, Crane, the international celebrity, renowned novelist, poet, journalist, and war correspondent, reveals the humor, wit, and charm that made him famous and beloved among friends and contemporaries.
  • Footprints of the Polar Bear
    30 min. A disturbed and homeless Vietnam veteran obsessed with climate change, politics, and polar bears, retreats to his perch on a New York City bridge where he meets a young Emergency Medical Technician determined to save him.
  • Natural Rarities Up For Bid
    10 min. At a futuristic auction, a trillionaire spends millions for water and soil samples
    at a fund-raiser for researching and developing food from crude oil.
  • God Is A Ford Man
    An elderly man tells why God has wrought sink-hole destruction of the National Corvette Museum as vengeance upon General Motors for the Apollo astronauts' purloining moon rocks. He expresses his views about the end of days, his faith, politics, climate change, God's creation and the order of the universe. 10 min.
  • Breaking Gulf News
    10 min. Network news anchor interviews the CEO of a big oil company and a Coastguard spokesman about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup. The Coastguard spokesman chastises the CEO about lingering pollution in the Gulf and its impacts on wildlife as the CEO attempts to buy the Guardsman's silence.
  • The Perfect Place
    10 min. A grandfather takes his teenage grandson on a hike to plant a tree but first he must pry the kid away from his cellphone and try to close the generation gap.
  • Love Knots (a love-fest of five short plays)
    Three comedies and two dramas focusing on the knotty challenges of love. Plays 10-20 min. each. 80 min. Whisttle Stop Romance, The Holey Swiss Duet, Love Knots, Happy Thanksgiving at Lui's Golden Dragon, and Sunny Side.
  • Sunny Side
    10 min. Out for a walk in the park on a sunny day, an older gentleman breaks the ice with a suspicious older woman who overcomes her fears and finally allows herself to talk to a strange man. They soon discover their similar circumstances.
  • Whistle Stop Romance
    22 min. A young schoolteacher returns home only to confront her former fiance who tries to win her back.
  • The Kitty Cat Ultimatum
    20 min. Newlyweds from New York move to the Southwest but hit a snag in their relationship when the husband discovers he's allergic to his wife's kitty cat.
  • Happy Thanksgiving at Lui's Golden Dragon
    12 min. Two young newlyweds celebrate their first Thanksgiving together, a "memorable train wreck." A frozen turkey is thrown through the windshield of their neighbor's BMW.
  • Can We See Iowa From Here?
    10 min. On a visit to the Empire State Building with his family, a father discovers that his wife is missing.
  • A Bag of Groceries
    45 min. After his mother dies, a white grocery clerk wanders into a city park giving away food and trying to understand his mother's legacy. He meets two young black men who also carry baggage about their mothers.
  • A New Boyfriend
    15 min.
  • Rx: Try Hilaria Now!
    10 min. Chronically ill woman decides to try a newly advertised drug but must overcome here fear of possible side effects.
  • The Great Debate
    10 min. Two presidential candidates square off for their final debate.
  • The Holey Swiss Duet
    10 min. Elderly woman visits her local deli-man to complain about the cheese she bought last time.
  • Racquetball
    20 min. A university department chair and a newly hired assistant professor play racquetball as they discuss requirements for tenure.
  • Mamma's Little Darlings
    10 min. An old woman talks to her many cats, shedding light on the mystery of her husband's disappearance.
  • Daddy's Little Girl
    20 min. Widower and his daughter confront one another after the death of her husband.
  • Seasoned: Like Firewood or Fine Wine? (6 short plays For Folks Over Fifty)
    Comedy and drama. Two monologues, three two-handers, and one three-hander for mature actors who are or can act 55 and above. The Perfect Place, Rx: Try Hilaria Now, Sunny Side, The Holey Swiss Duet, Mamma's Little Darlings, and God Is a Ford Man. 75 min.
  • Between A Rock And Your Heart (4 New Short Dramas)
    90 min. Carpe Diem, A New Boyfriend, Daddy's Little Girl, and Racquetball.
  • Loving You Is... (5 New Short Comedies For Actors 20+30+Something)
    90 min. The Kitty Cat Ultimatum, Happy Thanksgiving at Lui's Golden Dragon, Love Knots, Whistle Stop Romance, and Powder Puff Heist.
  • Powder Puff Heist
    10 min. A desperate single mother robs a bank to provide Christmas for her three kids and meets a sympathetic teller.
  • Love Knots
    22 min. Four young couples discuss complex developments in their relationships while vacationing at a lake-side resort. All face difficult personal choices as they arrive at their crossroads.
  • Carpe Diem
    15 min.