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The Party

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A black comedy that spoofs the old British murder mysteries, sort of like Monty Python meets Agatha Christie. The play was produced by the Changing Scene Theatre in Denver, the Alleyway Theater in Buffalo, NY, and the Love Creek Theater in New York, NY. The Party had its Australian premiere in July 2004 at the Mount Cotton Drama Group in Mount Cotton, Queensland, Australia.

The Party was a quarter finalist in the 2008 Writer's Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition sponsored by Fade In Magazine.

The Rocky Mountain news called the play "a perfect antidote to holiday cheer...This is what one would expect if George Romero were to direct Noel Coward...you could hardly find a more agreeable experience than this one." The Colorado Daily said: "The Party is easily one of the better new plays. In fact, it's one of the best plays of the year...Crost...fleshes out his characters, and keeps the black comedy lively and twisted - as it should be."

Author Contact: Ken Crost

 

Sin


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Sin, is the story of a young woman who is struggling with a past filled with incest and an attempt by her father, the perpetrator, to reconcile with his daughter. The daughter, in her attempt to deal with her tortured past, uses many devices: alcohol, seclusion, and hotlines, all of which prove to be anything but successful. Her father, a very important man in the national political scene, has spent two years in therapy, and two years away from his daughter, before his attempt at reconciliation. The young woman's mother, knowledgeable of the relationship between her husband and daughter, kept silent out of fear and ignorance.

The play uses shifts in time and space to develop the environment for the young woman to finally discover the strength to confront her father and, maybe, move beyond the self destructive behavior that has caused her much pain.

Sin was a quarter finalist in the 2007 Writer's Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition sponsored by Fade In Magazine.

Sin, was selected to participate in Paragon Theater's 2004 reading series The Trench.

Sin, was also selected to participate in the 2004 Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region and had a staged reading on August 15, 2004.

Sin received a short production in March of 2007 as part of the National Children's Advocacy Center's 23rd National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama.

Author Contact: Ken Crost

 

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La Femme de Paris

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A comedy set in Paris, La Femme de Paris tells the story of a young man who is left alone in Paris by a girl friend who fails to show up for their Parisian rendezvous. The man aimlessly wanders into a small cafe and meets a young French woman who quickly pulls him into her life and just as quickly drops him when her boyfriend appears. La Femme de Paris has been produced at the Changing Scene Theatre in Denver.

The Denver Post said La Femme de Paris "...ranks first in intriguing material..." The Rocky Mountain News called the play a "...top-notch work by a playwright who knows what they are about." And Out Front magazine called the play "...the piece de resistance of the soiree. It is sharp in its depiction of character, its delineation of locale and its humorous dialogue." The play "...sent me home on a Parisian high." Westword said the play's "...gentle, kindly take on gender differences and mannerisms is charming, well-written and even a tad wise."

Author Contact: Ken Crost

 

No Blues for the Cabman

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No Blues for the Cabman is a comedy about a highly successful business man and a Chicago cab driver and how their meeting in the cab changes both their lives. No Blues for the Cabman has been produced at the Changing Scene Theatre in Denver, the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, New York, the Ovation Players, Denver, and at the Changing Scene Northwest, in Bremerton, Washington. 

The Denver Post called No Blues for the Cabman the best of Summerplay in 1994. The review said the play was "An endearing mixture of sweet humor and out-right laughs. 'Blues' takes several sharp pokes at the values and lifestyles of the high-pressure '90s before it ends with the kind of message we all need to hear from time to time." Westword called the play "...a delightful foray into life in the big city." The Boulder Camera said: "...Crost has a good eye and ear for the absurdities of contemporary life, and 'Cabman' sends us out chuckling and upbeat."

Author Contact: Ken Crost

 

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Play Title Synopsis & Review Quotes
Listening, Feeling On her lunch hour, a young, blind woman communes with her father's paintings in attempt to resolve her long standing conflicts.

Out Front magazine called Listening, Feeling "...the evening's brightest jewel...reality enough to extract tears...truly memorable...one wishes to follow these characters into the universe of a longer play."  The Rocky Mountain News said: Listening, Feeling "...takes art appreciation to new heights..."

The View from the Room A couple's disintegrating marriage is thrust to the forefront when the husband is caught spying on their neighbors with his binoculars.

The Denver Post called the play "intriguing".
No One Asks Three people in a psychiatric hospital try to communicate and deal with their relationships despite debilitating mental problems.
On the Front Lines

A hotline is the setting for a lone volunteer's phone calls with crank callers and a young girl contemplating suicide.

The Denver Post said: "poignantly sad...very realistic...haunting".

Christmas at the Dingles A play "...about what would happen if the profane and pessimistic English playwright Harold Pinter wrote a Christmas play. ...Christmas with the Dingles, it's a dead-on satire of that style of '60s Gothic realism that will, at least, have the theatre majors rolling in the aisles." The Rocky Mountain News
Mel’s Hanukkah Surprise A comedy that centers around an old man's visit with his son's family during Hanukkah and how you should watch what you say around someone who is dead; they may fool you and still be alive.

"...a truly touching slice of life that falls somewhere between Neil Simon and Woody Allen." The Rocky Mountain News

War to End All

A comedy about two soldiers in a futuristic war and how cellular phone calls from home interrupt them during intense battles with the enemy.

The Boulder Camera said: "...builds to a poignant message."  The Rocky Mountain News: "...a wild concept..."  The Denver Post called the play: "...an adventure in absurdity...interesting and funny..."

Cooked...Carrots

An absurdist comedy about two men who meet on the top of a mountain.

The Denver Post called the play "...a clever adventure on a mountain top."  Out Front Magazine said, "...an absurdly comical abstraction which is most enjoyable."

Up on the Roof A homeless man, who makes his evening home on the rooftops of New York high-rise apartment buildings, is confronted by a young woman intent on suicide. 
Standup - Falldown

An absurdist drama about a comedian who is trying for a comeback (or is he?) after being in a mental hospital.

Mim and Max

A young man meets a strange young woman who only speaks gibberish.  Yet, despite this seemingly insurmountable handicap, they somehow fall in love.

The Denver Post called the play "sweet" and "a dance with words." Out Front Magazine said, "...Mim and Max gives us a warm smile."

 

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