Other Plays by Joseph Fedorko
Fedorko, Joseph (American playwright, academic, 19__-____), "Scrimmages,"
a __-minute youth theatre comedy in English, set in an empty high school classroom after school, 1991,
© 1988 by Joseph Fedorko;
• in Joseph Fedorko’s Extracurriculars: Two After School Comedies (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Baker’s Plays, 1991), 106 pp., LCCN 92130243, 1068-B, contains “Rebuttals”;
• script/rights available from Baker’s Plays, 100 Chauncy Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02111-1783, U.S.A., telephone 617-482-1280, fax 617-482-7613.
• Cited by Baker’s Plays One Act Play Scripts, http://bakersplays.com/oneact.htm, accessed July 16, 2001.
• Also, cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
_____ (m), __, Ruth’s relentlessly annoying little brother; Jeff Cotheran (m), __, bully; Ruth (f), __, older sister, speechwriter.
“. . . Ruth . . . is futilely trying to prepare a speech about ‘the role of women in American society and how it has changed since WWII.’ With the speech, she will hopefully win a scholarship from the Women’s Auxiliary of the Legion of American Veterans, which has not given an award to a woman for ten years. There’s already enough pressure on her, but then her relentlessly annoying little brother comes bounding in asking for sanctuary from the ‘Hulkamaniac Jeff Cotheran’ who only wants him dead. Even though her brother’s death would be beneficial for her as well, she lets him in. Despite his irritating nature, Ruth always seems to find it in her heart to save his life every time he needs her.”—Baker’s Plays.
“Sister protects younger brother from bully.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 125.
• “This script is on the University Interscholastic League list of approved plays for school year 2002-2003.
• “Joseph Fedorko has been working in theatres throughout Chicago since his arrival there in 1984. To date, he has written nine full-length plays, at least twelve one-acts and short plays, three unproduced radio adaptations of short stories by John Sayles, and two untyped screenplays. His play ‘Rebuttals’ was given an acclaimed production in 1988 at Chicago Dramatists. Its companion piece, ‘Scrimmages,’ was a finalist in the 1991 National Youth Theatre Playwrighting Competition sponsored by Indiana University/Purdue University of Indianapolis. The two plays were published in 1991 by Baker’s Plays of Boston under the title Extracurriculars and has been produced in theatres and high schools in at least twelve states since their publication. Mr. Fedorko’s play ‘Acts of Contrition’ was produced at Greenwich House Theatre in New York in 1994 and in 1995 by Terrapin Theatre in Chicago. His play ‘18 U.S. Code 871’ was given Honorable Mention in the Stage Play Script category of the 2000 Writers Digest Competition. ‘18 U.S. Code 871’ was also, included in the New Plays 2000 festival at Chicago’s Prop Thtr. His play ‘The Lost Sheep’ was selected as part of StageLeft Theatre’s LeapFest in 2004. Mr. Fedorko has been a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists since 1987. He received Bachelors Degrees in English and Drama from Cleveland State University in 1984 and a Masters Degree in English from Northwestern University in 1990. He is currently a teacher in the Masters of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and hopes to complete his own MFA in Poetry in 2004. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Alliance for Playwrights from 1996 to 1998.”—Chicago Dramatists, http://www.chicagodramatists.org/catalogue/, accessed February 14, 2006.
• “Joseph Fedorko has been a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists since 1987. His short play 'Rebuttals' was a highlight of Dramatists' 1988 Showcase of Short Plays festival. 'Rebuttals' was published in 1990 by Bakers' Plays with another short play under the title 'Extracurriculars,' and has been produced regularly in high schools across the country. His plays have been seen at Bailiwick Repertory, Circle Theatre, Prop Thtr., Second City, and Terrapin Theatre, and off-off-Broadway at the Greenwich House Theatre. His most recent play 'The Lost Sheep' was part of StageLeft Theatre's LeapFest this past Spring. He is a Playwriting Instructor in Roosevelt University's M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, and hopes to complete his M.F.A. in Poetry there this fall.”—Chicago Dramatists, http://www.chicagodramatists.org/catalogue/detail.html?playid=250, accessed February 4, 2008.
• “Truly a terrific brother/sister story! Scrimmages was a semi-finalist in the 1991 National Youth Theatre Playwriting Competition, sponsored by Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.”—Baker’s Plays.
American society, annoyance, award, brother-sister relationship, family, feminism, high school, little brother, need, post-WWII, preparation, pressure, role, sanctuary, scholarship, sharing, speech, threat.