Steven Bogart
Maynard, MA
Playwright/Screenwriter/Director/Teacher
Biography

 

Steven Bogart is a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellow in playwriting, and was also a 2009 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant recipient in playwriting. His play, Pigcat was the recipient of the Holland New Voice Award at the 2010 Great Plains Theater Conference, and his play, The Last Skywriter in the Universe was part of Inkwell play development program in 2015. His play, Alice in War was part of  Arielle Tepper Madover’s, Summer Play Festival, NYC. He has participated in the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive, and The Freedom Art Theater Retreat where he worked with other playwrights, designer and dramaturges.

His screenplay, Blood's Child is currently optioned by True Friends Productions in LA. He has been a finalist and winner in several screenplay competitions.

 

    

Plays

by Steven Bogart

Alice in War is a contemporary fable about a girl and her family confronting the absurdity, senselessness and intimacy of war. This fantastical play weaves a curious tale as Alice, Bianca and Rabbit journey through a surreal desert war in search of an Angel shot down by the military. With loose threads of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard

of Oz and other coming of age journeys, Alice encounters bizarre characters and mysterious surprises. Alice in War explores loss, home, injustice and dysfunction that play on the edges of magic realism.

Cast:
Alice, Bianca (Alice's sister), Rabbit (Bianca's boyfriend), An Angel, Soldier with Flower in Mouth. Soldier with Gas Mask, Rabbit Head Soldier, Henri the philosopher, Alice's Mother, Father Soldier, Swurps (warring creatures) A General, The White Queen,
by Steven Bogart

Gargamelle and Grangousier, Lord and Lady of a medieval manor, await their son Gargantua's birth. He has been in his mother's womb for eleven months. Finally, at the sound of church steeple bells, he is born into the world a giant. 

Now they must raise and educate their son with a fantasy that Gargantua will conquer the world. However, Grangousier has been called to war in the Canary Islands by the Pope, leaving Gargantua's education to Gargamelle and Ponocrates, a pompous classical teacher. 

Gargantua proves to be a challenging child and student, and Ponocrates is soon fired for his incompetence and perverse nature. 

The job now falls on Page, the primary servant of the manor. Page's approach in teaching proves to be extraordinarily unconventional, but he and Gargantua develop a strong bond. Six years later, when Gargantua is turning seven, Grangousier returns from the war and tries to connect with his son. Things don't go well, as Gargantua has grown into a relentless narcissist. He has also stolen all the church bells in the area and refuses to return them. In the end, Gargantua momentarily feigns remorse but remains an abhorrent child.

Cast:
GARGAMELLE - A large hedonistic woman eleven months pregnant, the Lady of the Manor and GRANGOUSIER’S wife. GRANGOUSIER - A large hedonistic man, the Lord of the Manor and GARGAMELLE’S husband. PAGE - A servant. GARGANTUA - a giant child - inconsolable, self-centered narcissist PONOCRATES - Gargantua’s teacher - a pompous glutten. Played by the same actor as GRANGOUSIER SERGEANT - played by the same actor as the PAGE. JANOTUS - a congested Bell-Ringer - played by the same actor as the PAGE
by Steven Bogart

Lylium and Another are sisters. The one year anniversary of their mother's death is coming up, and while Lylium is searching for something, anything, to change her life and give it a clearer purpose, her sister has been trying to get Lylium to forgive their mother.

Cast:
Lylium - 27 Another - 25 Jellyfish - ageless Auntie Moonness - middle age
by Steven Bogart

 Freddy, a young teenage boy, struggles with the fact that his mother abandoned him a year ago and left him with her alcoholic and abusive partner, Vic. Vic, who has an older son, Bobby, makes no secret of the fact that Freddy’s mother abandoned him and that Freddy is entirely dependent on Vic for his living.

Cast:
Freddy, Bobby, Vic, Mother