Here's an interesting true story for those of you who admired the work of Neil Simon. Nine years ago, I wrote a play called "Simon Says". Mr. Simon appears as a character in the play, so I sent the script to his agent, Gary DaSilva, in the hopes of having them approve my use of Mr. Simon's likeness in the play. It took time and patience, but finally Mr. Simon read "Simon Says", and I was delighted when Gary told me he had approved the use of his likeness, and oh, by the way, he'd laughed out loud at some of the bits in the story! The only request Mr. Simon made of me was that I wait until after his death to have the play produced. I made a few changes to the story to accommodate that eventuality and put the script on a shelf, hoping it would be a long time before the play would see the light of day.
As you all know, Mr. Simon passed on in late August, and the world lost an extraordinary talent. I have started reaching out to friends at theatres where I think they might want to produce the script, which is very much in the style of Mr. Simon's own work. However, social media is an amazing tool, and I decided today I should share this story with my friends, so they can share it with their friends and others who may be interested in producing the play. Because of that one little comedy all those years ago, Gary DaSilva became my stage agent as well, and I have enjoyed years of friendship and advice from one of the most decent men in the business.
I receive a lot of wonderful comments when I share this story. Most refer to Mr. Simon's down-to-earth attitude despite being considered one of the greatest living playwrights. It's true. He was kind and generous, and it is my firm belief he never lost sight of his own humble beginnings. The fact that he took the time to read and respond to a play by a veritable unknown speaks volumes to the respect he had for all mankind. There are stories of him hanging around after Broadway rehearsals to get the input of the janitor who had been watching from the back. He was just that kind of man.
If you know a theatre whose audiences enjoy Mr. Simon's work and you feel they would want to review "Simon Says", please share this story with them and have them contact me directly at IntlPlaywright@gmail.com Mr. Simon deserves one last standing ovation. Let's see that he gets it.
Kris' first play, A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas, written in 2008 garnered national attention and was published by Samuel French in 2009. It has now been adapted for the stage as a musical and is represented by Gary DaSilva 111 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 250 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-6850, as are all of her works.
Kris has expanded her audience by delving into screen writing as well. Her latest screenplay, "The Book Writer", has earned numerous awards in festivals all across the globe. The script is being considered for production by a number of producers in 2018.
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Redneck Christmas will enjoy full productions all over North America during November and December 2017. This comedic, yet tender retelling of the original Christmas Story touches audience members of all ages. Many theatres, excited about the publication of A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding, will follow up a production of 'Redneck Christmas' with this continuation of the story. Same cast, same set! What could be easier?! Better yet, you can also license the third story in the series, A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Happy Halloween!
The Barn Dinner Theatre in Greensboro, NC had a sold out professional
2015 production of A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas: The
Musical! Click here to enjoy a fun-filled, energetic video from their
The illustrated novella of 'Redneck Christmas' is available! The book may be purchased through Amazon and other online retailers. You can also purchase directly from the publisher at Create Space. Theatres producing the play may buy in bulk at a discounted rate to sell copies during performances and make a small profit. Feel free to contact me directly with questions!
Kris has been a finalist or winner in numerous competitions around the country since 2008, including the 2010 & 2012 Great Plains Theatre Conference, Aurora Theatre?s GAP Festival of New Plays, Reva Shiner Comedy Award, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Big Arts of Sanibel, Harriet Lake Festival of New Plays, The Players Theatre of Sarasota, Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre, TADA (Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Arts), Dezart Performs, the Hormel Festival of New Plays at the Phoenix Theatre, The Road Theatre Company of N. Hollywood, SunDog Theatre of Staten Island, Tennessee Stage, and the Ashland New Play Festival.
Kris' comedy, Simon Says has been read by Mr. Neil Simon who granted permission for the use of his likeness in the script.
From Left: Director Phillip Colglazier, Playwright Kris Bauske, and Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies at a reception for the opening of Kris' play "Whispers to the Moon" at the Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre in May 2014.
Her plays include:
A Good Old fashioned Redneck Country Christmas, A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas: The Musical, and A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding. All are published by Samuel French. Perusal copies available at their website Samuel French. A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Happy Halloween is currently available through the playwright. Email me for details. IntlPlaywright@gmail.com
A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding, the long-awaited sequel to 'Redneck Christmas'.
When mobsters on the lam arrive in town on the day of Darlene and Jimmy's wedding, everything goes wrong. Of course, it doesn't help that Jimmy has gotten cold feet and high-tailed it to the old hunting cabin in the mountains. Dave's dog ate the first wedding cake, and Lou's barely holding things together. Will Jimmy and Darlene ever get married? Read the play to find out!
The screen play of this stage play is slotted for film production with Lenz Entertainment in 2018!
A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Happy Halloween was completed in the fall of 2016, and Halloween is plum full of tricks and treats at Lou's Diner. This year things have gotten scarier than usual. Maldovia, the old mountain healer who some say is a witch, says she sees Death when she reads Barbie Jo's palm. Then two film students show up in town with a secret plan to create the ultimate zombie thriller. The redneck boys are busy in the mountains practicing for the next Punkin Chuckin' competition when they cross paths with the college kids, and Jimmy disappears, leaving only a bloody cap behind. Was Maldovia right? Is Jimmy dead? And if he was killed by zombies, will he come back as one himself?
There's never a dull moment in this comedy thriller sequel to the outrageously successful A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas and A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding, both published by Samuel French.
The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister, an unusual take on the old drawing room comedy. Sutton McAllister is a world-famous playwright in this hilarious, touching comedy - an eclectic genius who creates all his scripts in longhand. When he nearly dies from a massive stroke, the race is on to see who will find the treasured final play of the last great playwright of his generation.
A finalist in the Road Theatre Company of North Hollywood's New Play festival, this play was selected for the 2015 Hormel Festival of New Plays at the Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix, AZ, the 2015 New Play Festival at The Players Theatre of Sarasota, FL, the 2015 Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, and the 2016 New Play Series hosted by the Tennessee Stage Theatre in Knoxville. It was selected as the unanimous winner in Knoxville and received a workshop production there March 12 - 26, 2017. The play also took 2nd Place in Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre's First Annual Clash of the Playwrights. A reading of the play will take place at Chaffin's in Nashville on August 15, 2017.
The cast of the 2015 Staged Reading at the Hormel Festival of New Plays: (From L.) Rusty Ferracane, Brian Runbeck, Yolanda London, Terry Gadaire, Patty Suarez, and Playwright, Kris Bauske.
Grandma's Little Helper, a unique comedic drama examining aging, hypocrisy, and family responsibility.
Once in a blue moon Beth visits Grandma Betty from out of state. Betty is still delightfully spry well into her eighties, but along the way, she's picked up a live-in health aid to help around the house! Lolly is young, intelligent, and beautiful, but is she hiding a dark secret beneath the yoga poses and fresh fruit she's brought into Grandma's life? What will Charles, Beth's pompous and powerful minister cousin, do if he discovers the secret Lolly's hiding? Who's right and who?s wrong in this tale of morality and hypocrisy turned upside down? Beth has only her brief visit to figure out what?s going on, who's doing what to who, and what the right choice is for her beloved Gran!
Winner of the Chameleon Theatre Circle's 2010 New Play Festival.
Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands, Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands is the explosive true story of the McMahons, a northern family who moved to Central Florida to join the citrus industry in 1951. When the son of their black foreman is abducted, tortured, and brutally murdered by local members of the KKK, the family must decide whether to act and face persecution themselves or allow Marvin?s murder to go unpunished. To Reesa, the McMahon?s fourteen year old daughter, Marvin was the older brother she never had. His murder changes her world and her outlook on racism forever.
Reesa and her family work with Harry T. Moore, head of Florida?s NAACP before his murder on Christmas Day, 1951 and with Thurgood Marshall, head of the national organization as they struggle for justice in an unjust world. For those who think Central Florida is all mouse ears and theme parks, this play will open their eyes to the shocking history of the happiest place on earth!
The script is an adaptation of Susan Carol McCarthy's extraordinary novel, "Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands". Ms. McCarthy has granted permission for this adaptation.
The Growers, based on actual events during WWII. This extraordinary story is already receiving significant attention nationwide. During WWII, German prisoners were brought to the U.S. and put to work supporting the American war effort. Some were grateful for the opportunity to learn English and have meaningful work, and others hated every minute with their American captors. When one group joins the greenhouse business of a suburban Chicago family, life will never be the same for the prisoners or the family.
Winner of the 2012 New Play Festival at Big Arts of Sanibel.
Whispers to the Moon, a bittersweet and lovely story about love, life, and loss on the French Riviera.
Marcia Mayfield has returned to the same hotel on the Riviera every August for the last forty-two years. There, she meets up with the one true love of her life, Charles DÁnjou, and they spend two weeks together despite the fact that each is married to someone else. This summer, however, Marcia?s adult daughter shows up unannounced, and Marcia must juggle her efforts to help Carol choose her life?s path while trying to find a way to tell Charles she must finally end the affair. Can Marcia keep her secret from Carol, and is the affair the only secret Marcia?s hiding? What is the dark secret only Charles knows?
Winner of the 2014 Northeast Indiana New Play Festival at the Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre. Published by Stagescripts of London, England. Click here for production information.
The Perfect Winter Holiday Play for the Politically Correct, takes on political correctness run amok and pokes fun at just about everybody while telling the story of Perry, who wants Christian symbols removed from his town's holiday display and Perry's eclectic group of concerned friends.
The 'F' Word College student, Lizzy Bennet loves language. She's an English major with a Linguistics minor, but her excessive knowledge of etymology makes it difficult for her to fit in with the classmates who throw profanity around like confetti in Times Square on New Year's Eve. You see, Lizzy knows what words mean and where they came from. To her, they aren't just random sounds; they mean something. She won't even consider dating the cutest boy on campus because of his constant use of profanity. When Lizzy finally blurts out the truth in the middle of her Ballroom Dance class, things go from bad to worse. Can Lizzy explain her viewpoint without alienating everyone on campus? And if she's successful in changing a few minds, will she finally get to date Mr. Right?
Honorable mention at the 2015 OSU-Newark New Play Festival
A Playwright's Guide to Survival of the Fittest, or How to Get Produced on Broadway, a bitingly humorous tale of dreams and making the impossible happen, even if you're a woman and an artist.
Letting Go, a touching play about the consequences of texting and driving that's full of tragic surprises and unexpected mystery. This unique psycho-thriller enjoyed its first public reading at the Greenhouse Theatre in Chicago in August 2014.
The Christian Way, a script created in response to the obstacles and hypocrisy women face in the American church.
When Jamie Kellogg brings up the risky topic of divorce in her church?s Bible study group, she learns casual friends are only your friends when you agree with them, and the modern American church isn?t the best place to be a woman.
For millennia, men have used verses from the Bible to keep women in line. The only problem is, most of the Bible was written by men! When Jamie Kellogg reveals to her church?s women?s group that she?s considering a divorce, she?s shocked by the response. She?s even more shocked to find out the hypocrisy and bias still in play in a modern-day American church! Will Jamie do what?s best for her, or will she be corralled into doing things ?The Christian Way??
Kris is a full member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and the Theatre Communications Group. She was nominated for the 2011, 2013, & 2015 Francesca Primus award presented by the ATCA for Outstanding Emerging Female Playwright. Kris has been a board member for ICWP and co-chair for their prestigious 50/50 Applause Award from 2014-2016. She directed the 2014, 2015, & 2016 Applause Awards Celebration Video. She continues to write from her home near Orlando, FL where she mentors other writers and playwrights offering advice, ghost writing, editing, and a shoulder to cry on as needed.
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