T. Anntares
New York, NY
Bringing to life on the stage ordinary people who take extraordinary actions for fairness and equal justice.
Biography

EMBERS OF TENT CITY. What can drive two life-long enemies onto common ground? This play brews a combustible mix in February 2009 of housing rights, racism and the rage that triggered the first meeting of the Tea Party less than a month after President Obama’s first inauguration.

As the play begins, Mac wants to shelter people evicted in Memphis TN by the mortgage crisis just as he sheltered people evicted for voting before the 1965 Voting Rights Act. But, he is rebuilding Tent City in a field next to the farmhouse of Zeke,  the white sheriff who would love to finish off the near-death beating his paid thugs gave Mac years ago. As they renew old hatreds, the sheriff’s granddaughter Luanne arrives hell-bent to get to the first meeting of the Tea Party on February 16, followed by a smooth east coast operative trying to recruit her as an organizer for western Tennessee. When the first tent burns, Mac almost kills Zeke, but an unexpected connection grows as the old men realize who burned the tent and try to rescue the granddaughter from the tea party organizer who is using Luanne as Zeke was used by the White Citizens Council. History so far:

  • - Developed in workshops with playwrights Jackie Sibblies Drury (at NYTW) and Rogelio Martinez (at Primary Stages/ESPA.)
  • - November 2014 Table reading by Arthur French (Mac), Hamilton Meadows (Zeke), Miranda Noelle Wilson (Luanne), Connie Winston (Mac's wife Victoria), Michael A. Jones (Tyrone, banker responsible for some scam mortgages), John Long (Keith, east coast banker), Eli Gelb (son of east coast voting rights struggle volunteer)
  • - Goal: Find director and theater group who can produce staged readings and after revisions, when ready, produce the show preferably in areas where the financial crash still impacts homes and jobs.

VEILS OF JUSTICE. A distinguished American man has accused Mazen, a young Taliban son of a Saudi who fought Russians for America in Afghanistan, of raping, beating and robbing him at knifepoint. Mazen waits trial in Rikers among brutal gang members, facing a New York City jury. Can a Saudi, raised by the Taliban, get a fair trial from a jury with the opportunity to convict the first Saudi of any crime less than 10 years after 9/11?

His future depends on two American women – his Jewish defense lawyer and his accuser’s wife. History so far (earlier drafts, under other titles, pen names  - info available on request):

  • -Winner, TRU Voices Reading Series (Theater Resources Unlimite). Staged reading, co-produced by Frank Zuback and Connie Winston on Monday June 20, 2016 at 7 pm at Soho Playhouse, NYC. For free tickets and location: anntares@yahoo.com
  • - Honorable Mention by Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation for plays about actual events that position LGBT life in positive ways
  • - Finalist for MT Works Newborn Festival
  • - Semi-finalist, Ashland New Plays
  • - Best rejection letter ever - handwritten note at bottom of form letter from ONeill Theatre National Playwrights Conference saying "the panelists want you to know how impressed they are") 
  • - Three unrehearsed table readings, one with Maryann Plunkett, Patricia Lynn, Antonio Minino, Bill Kozy, followed by revisions and further work in a Primary Stages ESPA workshop with playwright Rogelio Martinez
  • - Goal: Find a director and theater group with the right audience for this off-beat, edgy story and who can help develop/strengthen the script, then produce when ready... to keep a promise to the defendant to tell what really happened because even his friends hear the charges and get that "something must have happened" look

Other full length plays development:

1) When Captain Shays leads an armed rebellion after the American Revolution, "man of the people"  Sam Adams sends out the army of the new independent nation of Massachusetts against his friends, triggering the uniting of the 13 independent nations under one Constitution that does not mention the rights Sam or Shays both risked their lives to win from Parliament and King George. Has Sam become the new tyrant?

2) When an ecoli tragegy hits her fast food restaurant chaing, a company president must choose between profits and people… or find a third way (screenplay)             

3)  A corporate management consultant tries to take-over a family company, using his Tartuffe-like charms and business jargon, but runs into complications when a union leader and spoiled hippy heir reluctantly join forces to run circles around the consultant's usually intimidating spin of  40 pound words in 5-clause sentences.

One Act Plays:

  • - ActionReaction – 3 plays, 2 characters, 1 set, 30 min, including “105-One” (when the planes hit on 9/11), Surge (Iraqi worker meets her former American boss just outside the Green Zone in Baghdad in 2006), Zeroes (Mortgage brokers prepare for audit in 2008)
  • - AfterMath, a 10-minute play. Finalist, American Science Theatre’s contest for 9/11 plays
  • - Guantanamo Brief. An authorized Code Pink street theater adaptation of “Guantanamo”
  • - Thanks, Now Please Go Home. An Iraqi woman re-enacts a visit to the U.S. (Mt. Holyoke)
  • - Yin-Yang. Merging of yin/yang into strait jacketed child  (produced at Sarah Lawrence College)
  • - A Just Piece. A street theater piece against war (published in Liberator magazine)
  • - Astronut Meets a Space Monster! –interactive show for my former company Puppet People’s Parties
  • -... and a book of poems: MammalTalk, including “Millions of Me’s”, 2nd Prize, Mystic in the City.

Playwriting Workshops with playwrights...

  • - TRU workshops on writing to get produced (TRUonline.org)
  • - Winter Miller (online writing workshop "at" Playwrights Center)
  • - Rogelio Martinez (revision workshops at Primary Stages ESPA)
  • - Jackie Sibbles Drury ('Writing through the Senses' workshop at NY Theatre Workshop)
  • - Emily Mann (SUNY StonyBrook Southampton Playwriting Lab)
  • - Arthur Giron (writing historical and bibliographical plays at Ensemble Studio Theatre)
  • - Neal Bell and others at Playwrights Horizons -  directors Anne Bogart and Travis Preston, dramaturg Collette Brooks
  • - Also with dramaturgs Hal Croasmun (14-month daily Master Class4; 6-month daily ProSeries50), Syd Fields, Robert McKee, John Truby; Playwriting and other theater courses at New School University; New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, Third World Newsreel

Memberships: Dramatists Guild; WGA/e; eLearning Guild

Agent Information

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Plays

by Tita Anntares

Inspired by two voting rights leaders in 1960s and 3 white Southerners who overcame their racism... but the play takes place in near Memphis just after Obama's first inauguration on Jan 20 and the first meeting of the Tea Party in Feb 2009. Description:

EMBERS OF TENT CITY. What can drive two life-long enemies onto common ground? This play brews a combustible mix in February 2009 of rights, racism and the rage that triggered the first meeting of the Tea Party less than a month after President Obama’s first inauguration. As the play begins, Mac wants to shelter people evicted in Memphis TN by the mortgage crisis just as he sheltered people evicted for voting before the 1965 Voting Rights Act. But, he is rebuilding Tent City in a field next to the farmhouse of Zeke,  the white sheriff who would love to finish off the near-death beating his paid thugs gave Mac years ago. As they renew old hatreds, the sheriff’s granddaughter Luanne arrives hell-bent to get to the first meeting of the Tea Party on February 16, followed by a smooth east coast operative trying to recruit her as an organizer for western Tennessee. When the first tent burns, Mac almost kills Zeke, but an unexpected connection grows as the old men realize who burned the tent and try to rescue the granddaughter from the tea party organizer who is using Luanne as Zeke was used by the White Citizens Council. History so far:

  • Developed in workshops with playwrights Jackie Sibblies Drury (at NYTW) and Rogelio Martinez (at Primary Stages/ESPA.)
  • Reading in Nov 2014 and revisions after
  • Goal: Find director and theater group who can help strengthen the script then produce when ready, preferably in areas where people inspired the story - Memphis, Alabama, Mississippi where whites who once fought the civil rights movement and sympathized with the Klan have apologized to Rep John Lewis or others.
Cast:
Reading at Manhattan Theatre Company's Creative Center on Nov 10 2014 with - Arthur French in lead (MAC, inspired by actual aging voting rights leader in Fayette County TN) -Michael A. Jones (TYRONE, black banker whose clients are being evicted in mortgage crisis), John Long (KEITH, east coast operative recruiting organizers for the Tea Party), -John Nelson (reading directions), - Hamilton Meadows (ZEKE, retired sheriff who tried to kill MAC in the 60s), - Miranda Noelle Wilson (LUANNE, Sheriff's granddaughter, evicted because her husband lost job in 2008 financial crisis and desperate to get to first meeting of Tea Party so she can be hired as an organizer), - Connie Winston (VICTORIA - Mac's wife who took over negotiations with Justice Dept after Mac was beaten) - John Long (KEITH GORHAM - east coast operative from a consortium of corporations recruiting grass roots organizers for the new Tea Party)
by Tita Anntares

In 2009, Mazen, a young Talban, son of a Saudi who fought Russians in Afghanistan, waits in Rikers among gangs, accused of raping, beating and robbing at knifepoint an established older New Yorker. This Muslim man's future depends on two American women - Miriam, his Jewish defense lawyer and Lynn, his accuser’s wife. When Miriam sees possible innocence and finds out the accuser's wife met him shortly after the alleged violence, she asks Lynn to look at evidence:

  • If Lynn sees guilt, a jury will also see it and the lawyer will recommend accepting a plea deal for 10 years instead of a possible 20 years per felony;
  • If she sees no guilt, the lawyer will subpoena the wife as a witness and risk a trial by a jury of New Yorkers with the opportunity to convict the first Saudi of anything in New York since the September 11 attacks, less than ten years earlier.

Lynn sees no guilt, but she is sure her husband would not make up such horrific charges. She does not want to put her own job at risk by being involved in a salacious trial, shame her sons, or put her family at risk of revenge by the defendant’s Arab family. She asks Chris, her gay brother, to help find the truth. She also asks her husband to drop the charges. With some drunken giggles about the absurdities of all forms sex along the way, the story journeys through fear, betrayals and justice in post-9/11 America – ending with the jury’s verdict and the first meeting between the defendant and the accuser’s wife.

Cast:
Reading at The Director's Company, Sept 2013:: Maryann Plunkett as the wife LYNN; Antonio Minino as the defendant; William Kozy as Lynn's brother CHRIS; Patricia Lynn as MIRIAM the defense lawyer; others.

Successes

One of three winners, 2016 TRU VOICES Reading Series. Staged Reading, co-produced by Frank Zuback and Connie Winston on Monday June 20, 2016 at 7 at Soho Playhouse, NYC. For free tix: anntares@yahoo.com

EMBERS OF TENT CITY: Reading  at Manhattan Theatre Club's Creative Center  by Arthur French in lead, Nov 2014, then revisions.

VEILS OF JUSTICE:

- Honorable Mention (Arch and Bruce Brown Fdtn),

- Finalist (MT Works),

- Semi-Finalist (Ashland);

- 2015 winner of WildSound reading