Kerr Lockhart

Kerr Lockhart

BA Amherst College
JD Fordham University;
Four seasons Weston Playhouse, Weston VT, as actor, director, writer and music director of the Act IV Cabaret.
As co-creator of the Act IV Cabaret and the Incognito Cabaret in Teaneck, NJ, wrote and co-wrote dozens of sketches and parody lyrics.
Twenty years as an entertainment attorney with William Morris, NBC, Hallmark Entertainment and...
BA Amherst College
JD Fordham University;
Four seasons Weston Playhouse, Weston VT, as actor, director, writer and music director of the Act IV Cabaret.
As co-creator of the Act IV Cabaret and the Incognito Cabaret in Teaneck, NJ, wrote and co-wrote dozens of sketches and parody lyrics.
Twenty years as an entertainment attorney with William Morris, NBC, Hallmark Entertainment and others. Also produced independent television and film, including YOU’RETHE TOP: THE COLE PORTER STORY and GLENN MILLER: AMERICA’S MUSICAL HERO
For fifteen years, a high school teacher and director; wrote THE SCHOOL INSPECTORS, a fantasia on Gogol's Government Inspector expressly for students; it is now published by Stageplays.com
SHORE HOUSE, a vignette play for young actors, published by Next Stage Press
PAGE COUNT enjoyed an industry reading with Drama Desk Award winners Jim Brochu and Bryce Pinkham, directed by Joseph Discher
SANCTITY, selected for development by Baltimore Playwright Festival 2022-2023
DON'T VOTE FOR ME, opening selection of Script2Stage2Screens 2022-2023 Season

Plays

  • THE PERSISTENCE OF VISION
    FULL LENGTH - A compact epic of the American Dream (only 6 actors required) which surveys the life of 20th century animation giant Chet Woodleigh, from his beginnings as childhood polio survivor, through years of cel animation, and on to becoming a tycoon of entertainment and leisure. Presented out of chronological sequence, we see that the qualities that made Chet a great animator, his attention to detail and...
    FULL LENGTH - A compact epic of the American Dream (only 6 actors required) which surveys the life of 20th century animation giant Chet Woodleigh, from his beginnings as childhood polio survivor, through years of cel animation, and on to becoming a tycoon of entertainment and leisure. Presented out of chronological sequence, we see that the qualities that made Chet a great animator, his attention to detail and his need for complete control of his work have driven nearly everyone who loved and cared for him out of his life.
  • CANCER'S A BITCH (formerly "Blackouts")
    SEMI-FINALIST: B Street Theatre's 2023 New Comedies Festival, Sacramento, CA

    FULL LENGTH: Gabisile Dalziel, a young comedy writer of Black South African descent, is diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after being given her own cable television sketch comedy show. She begins to experience her cancer journey as a series of comedy sketches, and the lines blur between satire and hallucination....
    SEMI-FINALIST: B Street Theatre's 2023 New Comedies Festival, Sacramento, CA

    FULL LENGTH: Gabisile Dalziel, a young comedy writer of Black South African descent, is diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after being given her own cable television sketch comedy show. She begins to experience her cancer journey as a series of comedy sketches, and the lines blur between satire and hallucination. Gradually, she comes to realize that her roommate and assistant is in fact the living embodiment of her cancer and that they are locked in a struggle to the death. A Black black comedy.
  • SANCTITY
    Professional Reading by AMERICAN THEATER GROUP, Rahway NJ 2024
    FULL LENGTH - FINALIST, BALTIMORE PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
    SEMI FINALIST 2022 FUTURE FEST, DAYTON, OH.
    SEE THE VIDEO OF THE READING BY ATC STUDIOS LINKED TO THIS PAGE.
    (loosely based on actual events)

    Lawyer Eileen Kinsella, famous for her role in a landmark ethics case is offered an honorary degree, which she...
    Professional Reading by AMERICAN THEATER GROUP, Rahway NJ 2024
    FULL LENGTH - FINALIST, BALTIMORE PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
    SEMI FINALIST 2022 FUTURE FEST, DAYTON, OH.
    SEE THE VIDEO OF THE READING BY ATC STUDIOS LINKED TO THIS PAGE.
    (loosely based on actual events)

    Lawyer Eileen Kinsella, famous for her role in a landmark ethics case is offered an honorary degree, which she refuses, on the condition that she may explain her refusal to a gathering of the faculty and students of the law school.
    As she speaks, memories, secrets and unanticipated parallels unspool, and the play moves freely through time and space.

    The case begins with her being appointed defender for a serial murderer. She learns the whereabouts of bodies of several missing children from her client and seeks to use that confidential information to make a deal with the prosecutor to take the death penalty off the table. Not only is the deal refused, she is arrested and threatened with disbarment. 

    She continues to maintain the client's confidentiality, despite demands from the prosecutor, which puts her legal ethics on a crash course with her own personal convictions as a devout Catholic, and her empathy with the grieving families. She finds a parallel between the anguish of these families and a hidden tragedy in her own life. She works through it to vindication and to reconciliation. 

    A tour de force for the lead actress and for the ensemble playing multiple roles.
  • SHARED CREDIT
    HONORABLE MENTION - Dominion Stage Playwright Competition, Arlington VA
    TWO-ACT VERSION OF PAGE COUNT Two writers in 1931 Hollywood are assigned to work together. Ben is a young playwright, with only one hit and few prospects of stage production, and in need of this job. Joe is a former newspaperman, dying of the complications of alcoholism. They develop a good working relationship and we see them at...
    HONORABLE MENTION - Dominion Stage Playwright Competition, Arlington VA
    TWO-ACT VERSION OF PAGE COUNT Two writers in 1931 Hollywood are assigned to work together. Ben is a young playwright, with only one hit and few prospects of stage production, and in need of this job. Joe is a former newspaperman, dying of the complications of alcoholism. They develop a good working relationship and we see them at work, usually doing rewrites on troubled projects. Nonetheless, their work does not make it to the screen, and Ben may not have his option picked up, when they are given a critical assignment. At the same time, it has become evident that if Joe continues to drink, he will die, and that when he does not drink, he cannot write. Ben has a choice. In the second act, Ben must reckon with the effects of that choice.
  • GATEWAY
    (30-minute) Part of GETTING TO NO, a sequence of short plays on the theme of #TimesUp A man and a woman who shared a passionate summer affair thirty years before meet in St. Louis, halfway between their homes. Jeremy wants to apologize to Sarah for committing date rape. Sarah denies that any such thing happened.
  • TIME CODE
    (One act - 20 minutes) Part of GETTING TO NO, a sequence of short plays on the theme of #TimesUp. The male and female co-stars of a classic romantic film are reunited after thirty years to record a commentary track. As the film unspools, it becomes evident that they have a very different recollection of what exactly happened between them. Single simple set. PG-13.
  • DON'T VOTE FOR ME
    FULL LENGTH - "Quite enjoyable" - Broadway World. Retiring fire chief Kevin decides to run for mayor of his small town, Liberty's Corner. He is change-averse and wants to keep everything like it is. Until he discovers that if he wins and receives the mayor's tiny salary, he will lose his fireman's pension. But if he drops out, his rival for office will dismantle the town, selling the...
    FULL LENGTH - "Quite enjoyable" - Broadway World. Retiring fire chief Kevin decides to run for mayor of his small town, Liberty's Corner. He is change-averse and wants to keep everything like it is. Until he discovers that if he wins and receives the mayor's tiny salary, he will lose his fireman's pension. But if he drops out, his rival for office will dismantle the town, selling the parks, closing the schools and privatizing everything. Through some unlikely friendships, including the short-order cook who turns out to be a highly qualified civil engineer from Aleppo, he comes up with a plan to save the town and his campaign for mayor. Through it all, he is guided by the loving influence of his late wife, Donna, who helps him save the day. A Frank Capra-style, small town story of epiphany and community.
    Opening selection of Script2Stage2Screens, Rancho Mirage, 2022-2023 Season https://www.broadwayworld.com/palm-springs/article/Review-DONT-VOTE-FOR-ME-at-Scrips2Stage2Screen-20221029
  • PAGE COUNT
    "Funny and incisive" - Peter Filichia, BroadwaySelect.com, May 21, 2018. FULL LENGTH IN ONE ACT: Two writers in 1931 Hollywood are assigned to work together. Ben is a young playwright, with only one hit and few prospects of stage production, and in need of this job. Joe is a former newspaperman, dying of the complications of alcoholism. They develop a good working relationship and we see them at...
    "Funny and incisive" - Peter Filichia, BroadwaySelect.com, May 21, 2018. FULL LENGTH IN ONE ACT: Two writers in 1931 Hollywood are assigned to work together. Ben is a young playwright, with only one hit and few prospects of stage production, and in need of this job. Joe is a former newspaperman, dying of the complications of alcoholism. They develop a good working relationship and we see them at work, usually doing rewrites on troubled projects. Nonetheless, their work does not make it to the screen, and Ben may not have his option picked up, when they are given a critical assignment. At the same time, it has become evident that if Joe continues to drink, he will die, and that when he does not drink, he cannot write. Ben has a choice.

    A story of friendship and love.
  • PETER CRATCHIT, ESQ.
    FULL-LENGTH IN ONE ACT: 40 years after Scrooge's sojourn among the spirits, Bob Cratchit's eldest son, Peter has been left holding the bag, running the charitable foundation that Scrooge and his father began, fed up with the endless demands on his time, sympathy, and patience, and learning to complete loath Christmas. When he reaches a crisis, he is visited by his own Christmas ghosts, in the...
    FULL-LENGTH IN ONE ACT: 40 years after Scrooge's sojourn among the spirits, Bob Cratchit's eldest son, Peter has been left holding the bag, running the charitable foundation that Scrooge and his father began, fed up with the endless demands on his time, sympathy, and patience, and learning to complete loath Christmas. When he reaches a crisis, he is visited by his own Christmas ghosts, in the persons of Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge, respectively. Together they review Peter's life; how he became a naturally generous boy; fell in love; sacrificed a career as a musician so that the-formerly-Tiny Tim could become a surgeon, became fettered to an office, and over time, losing the spirit and meaning of Christmas. Of course, he is redeemed at the end and conducts a lively celebration. Overtones of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE are blended with those of A CHRISTMAS CAROL to provide a new-but-old Christmas entertainment.
  • SHORE HOUSE
    SEMIFINALIST - GOOD VIBES SUMMER 2024 by Broken Arts Entertainment
    PUBLISHED BY NEXT STAGE PRESS. A suite of 10 short plays set in a resort cabin, the kind that high school seniors rent after the prom or graduation. A play for and about young people on the cusp of their new life, plays about moving on and growing up -- who will and who will not. The plays incorporate a wide variety of character types...
    SEMIFINALIST - GOOD VIBES SUMMER 2024 by Broken Arts Entertainment
    PUBLISHED BY NEXT STAGE PRESS. A suite of 10 short plays set in a resort cabin, the kind that high school seniors rent after the prom or graduation. A play for and about young people on the cusp of their new life, plays about moving on and growing up -- who will and who will not. The plays incorporate a wide variety of character types and genres from romantic comedy, to taut drama, to farce. Each play has between 2 and 4 actors, and the entire evening can be performed with between 4 and 27 actors. [ALMOST, MAINE meets PLAZA SUITE.]
  • THE SCHOOL INSPECTORS
    FULL-LENGTH. Published by Stageplays.com -- Inspired by Gogol's classic, The Inspector General, the play tells of two con artists, male and female, who stumble into an extremely corrupt and shoddy school district which is about to be inspected by the State
    While the administrators and board struggle to cover up their chicanery, the teachers threaten an uprising and the parents try and figure out...
    FULL-LENGTH. Published by Stageplays.com -- Inspired by Gogol's classic, The Inspector General, the play tells of two con artists, male and female, who stumble into an extremely corrupt and shoddy school district which is about to be inspected by the State
    While the administrators and board struggle to cover up their chicanery, the teachers threaten an uprising and the parents try and figure out how their kids can get “A”s without doing any work, the work of our two cons is complicated by the arrival of their third partner, who is a rival for control of the group and the heart of the lady.