BERSERKER is the story of sixteen year old Olga Larson, who has finally begun to fit in at school, three months after she and her gay Father, Peter, moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Lakeville, Florida. Olga’s blog for the school paper has transformed her peers’ impression of her from a funny talking, slightly overweight outsider, into a waggish and influential trendsetter. But when the unenlightened advisor to the paper returns from maternity leave, Olga’s new found popularity is about to be snatched away. Peter’s verbal sparring, which Olga normally relishes, does nothing to soothe her depression. Instead, she finds solace and a way forward through a surprising link to her Norwegian heritage. Olga appears to get her confidence back but in fact she slips further and further into a darker reality. (approximate running time 18 minutes)
Olga – 16 years old, chubby, precocious, clever. Fish out of water after moving from Minnesota to her new home in Florida.
Peter – Olga’s dad, 40’s, gay, widower, caring and clever father. Watches Olga slipping away and can’t figure out why.
Ragnar – a Viking, age range from 30 to 60, menacing and domineering.
THE DISCOUNT COUNTESS* is the story of the Countess, waiting In her dingy apartment in Miami for a visit from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. It is to them that she will at last reveal the details of her fascinating life. But the Latina woman who shows up to do the interview, finds herself part of a far bigger story than either she or the Countess could ever have imagined. (approximate running time 9 minutes)
Countess - A Jewish woman approximately 70 years old.
Lucinda - A 20 something Latina woman.
*Based on a short story by Flora Doone
ANNIE WINS A RAFFLE is a story about Annie Smith, who has just had the best afternoon of her life, singing “God Bless America” in front of a small town Kentucky grocery store. Her shining moment was the result of her winning a raffle sponsored by the owner of the supermarket. Annie’s husband, Norman, recorded a video of the event, and now, martini’s in hand, they sit down together to watch it. But there’s a problem...it seems that Annie’s need for her own time in the sun has been awakened and squashed all in the same day. Will the couple find their way to a silver lining? (approximate running time 10 minutes)
Annie - 40/50 something year old woman, wife of Norman.
Norman - 40/50 something year old man, husband of Annie.
FISH HEAD SOUP is the story of Tristan, a culinary school reject who now makes ends meet by performing as a Mime at the Fort Lauderdale farmers market. His roommate Donald is threatening eviction. To fend off his demands for rent, Tristan promises to bring home fresh vegetables every night and create gastronomical masterpieces. But his earnings are low, tips are paltry, and unexpectedly he has competition grabbing the leftover produce. An elegantly dressed woman, Elena, turns out to be is his biggest foe. They attack, they parry, they lick their wounds, but in they come together and create the perfect Fish Head Soup.
Tristan - 30 year old man,
Donald - 30 year old man
Elena - 30 year old Cuban American woman
Boss* - Elena's Boss, 40-60 year old man
Fishmonger* - 40-60 year old man
Produce Vendor* - 40-60 year old man
*Can all be played by the same actor