Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin

…whimsical, fantastic, and fun; and there is certainly an audience for this play…. 
Joe Zarrow, Literary Manager, The Pavement Group Theatre, Chicago, ILL

…This is such a well-written show and it was a pleasure to read.  It has some delightful elements.  Thank you, [Grant] for giving us the opportunity to review your fine work….
Brian Taylor, Project Editor, Pioneer Drama Service

“Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” is a Two Act Musical Comedy
by Grant Sutor Vuille – Available @ online bookstores and from publisher Lulu.com. 

A vibrant musical satire disguised as a children’s musical, this frolicsome story tells the tale of Doctor George and his two young crew members, Seymour and Max, who set sail in the eccentric Doctor’s Zeppelin to save the world from global tyranny and terrorism by targeting its rulers, dictators, and fascist inspired evil doers, exposing them to the thing that causes evil in its truest form–unrepentant, unrelenting, and unforgiving egotism. 

Along the way to adventure the Zeppelin crew encounters a beautiful young female reporter, Junie Moon, who documents the journey.  They encounter Mermaids, Pirates, Fairies, an evil Queen, and her imprisoned King, and Queen Thirteen’s delightful reluctant green Dragon.  The Doctor’s miraculous invention, the Vanity Ego Reflector, is set to expose the evil Queen Thirteen when she forces Junie Moon herself  to test it out for her.  Jumper the Dragon, having become sympathetic to Junie Moon after he had been thwarted from making a barbeque feast of her, takes on its reflective depths himself with fantastic results and revelations.  Spirited music and lyrics accompany the character driven story to its hilarious conclusion.

Author Bio:  I began working in high school drama back in 1966 where I wrote several short one acts for student productions.  After high school I studied theatre briefly at the University of Houston in TX. 

I did not complete my degree, but dropped out and worked successfully as an actor/singer/dancer in many musicals in community theatres, and dinner theatres in St. Petersburg, FL (i.e. see resume/list below).  Ten years later I went to FSU and received a BA in Theatre.  During these times I wrote a number of short playscripts. 

After receiving my degree I worked in dinner theatre for several years before moving up north where I presently reside in Northern VA.  In the last twenty years I have worked in some dozen productions in community and dinner theatres.   I have also continued to work on writing short stories and plays. 

I worked on and off on the musical play I’m submitting to you over the years.  In the body of the pdf file of my play you will find character descriptions.  In the back are production notes and the musical libretto.  I have no CD of my music, so a pianist or keyboard artist will be needed to flesh out the score.

Musical Play Description:
Grant Sutor Vuille‘s Two Act Musical Play “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin”  involves a zany cluster of characters who are zestfully, if not reluctantly determined to save the globe from the dire consequences of exploitation, prejudice, greed, and the evils of unrepentant egotism.  Doctor George’s adventurous crew encounters mermaids, pirates, fairies, an evil queen, and a reluctant dragon.  Spirited musical lyrics convey the plot and intentions of the characters.  In the guise of a children’s story it pokes fun at the powers that be who mistreat the populace they engage.  Cruelty, greed, dictators, and terrorists are all held up to the mirror of vanity, exposing them to the light of repentance and love.  Doctor George and his crew continue their journey to save the world and to shed light on the ravages of egotistical tyrants.It is available online from publisher Lulu.com and many online bookstores such as Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Booksamillion.com, Abebook.com, Powells.com, Bookbyte.com, & Bookdepository.com.

Resume:
Grant Sutor Vuille – 16084 Deer Park Drive, Dumfries, VA 22025-1734 – 703-680-4479 – grant1950@yahoo.com

Theatre Experience:
>Lakewood High School Drama: Wrote three one acts “Twenty Minutes in the Jungle”, “The Toy Shop”, “Earth’s Angel” for student productions.  Acted/Danced in two one acts “Sunday Costs Five Pesos”, & “Dope”.  Graduated High School 1968.
>University of Houston, TX Drama Dept:  Acted in “The Adding Machine”
>Music Box Players, St. Petersburg, FL: Actor/Singer/Dancer in productions including “Anything Goes”, “Calamity Jane”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “The Fantasticks”, “Company”, “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, “110 in the Shade”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” & “Naughty Marietta”
>St. Petersburg Little Theatre: Actor/Singer/Dancer in productions including “Two by Two”, “Camelot”, “A Midsummer Nights Dream”, “Oklahoma!”, & “Once Upon A Mattress”
>Performing Arts Company, St. Petersburg: Actor/Singer/Dancer in productions including “Little Mary Sunshine”, “Jacque Brel is Alive & Living in Paris”, & “The Fantasticks”
>FSU School of Theatre, BA Theatre: Actor/Singer/Dancer in productions including “Peter Pan”, “The Nearsighted Knight & the Farsighted Dragon”, “Dracula”, & “The Boys in the Band.
>Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL: Actor/Singer/Dancer in productions including: “The Sound of Music”, “South Pacific”, “Desert Song”, “Mame”, “Student Prince”, “Meet Me in St. Louis”, & “Finian’s Rainbow”
>Lonestar Historical Drama, Galveston, TX: Actor/Singer/Dancer in two productions: “The Lonestar” & “Annie Get Your Gun”
>Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, Woodbridge, VA: Actor/Singer/Dancer in productions including: “Once Upon a Mattress”, “Dracula”, “Oklahoma!”, & “Man of LaMancha”
…Full Resume Upon Request…

The Working Director: Che’Rae Adams

…whimsical, fantastic, and fun, and there is certainly an audience for this play….
Joe Zarrow, Literary Manager, The Pavement Group Theatre, Chicago, ILL

…This is such a well-written show and it was a pleasure to read. It has some delightful elements. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to review your fine work…. Brian Taylor, Project Editor, Pioneer Drama Service

“Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin”
(c) 2011 by Grant Sutor Vuille
*** A Two Act Musical Play ***
Available @ online bookstores, my two act musical play “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” spoofs amusement parks & all their exploited show biz characters with glitz, glamor, & pizzazz, as they chase the $Almighty Buck$. The title character is the zany eccentric Doctor, who travels with & his Zeppelin crew out to save the world from the egotistical tyranny off its rulers. On the way to adventure they encounter mermaids, pirates, an evil faerie queen, a loving faerie king, & a reluctant dragon. My play is a farce, spoofing the Earth’s evil tyrants who make life a living hell for the populace they engage by virtue of their psychotic, bombastic, & unrepentant egotism. Take a ride on “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” & experience the ultimate euphoria of being immersed in fantasy satire. —G.S.Vuille –

*Also available @ online bookstores: “Vapid”, by Grant Sutor Vuille. It is a satirical, dark comedy about Hollywood in the early 1980’s. A young hustler, searching for a break in show business, meets up with former movie queen Carlotta Carlisle who is itching for a comeback into the movies. With her two male companions, she entertains Brad with the notion that she can make him a star.
…This is a total piece of work—-An ode to “Sweet Bird of Youth” by Tennessee Williams—-At once funny and sensitive, written at a time we will never revisit. the writing is picturesque and thoughtful. A work waiting for the stage or screen. I am blown away by the honesty and courage of this author! …Amazon.com review by LindaLu – 5 star*****

>>>Also available from the author only: Four One Act Plays, by Grant Sutor Vuille – “Wall Flower House” and “Eternally Yours, Jayne Mansfield” [both available as a word doc in pdf format; WFH is about two young male and female adults exploring their relationship constrained by agoraphobia. EYJM explores the relationships of gay characters and their obsession with Jayne Mansfield], “Ascorbic Acid Freak”, and “Aquamarine” [both available as original typewritten manuscripts scanned in pdf format. Both are one acts with gay characters exploring past relationships and living with HIV/AIDS].

“Arthur Laurents: An Appreciation?”

…whimsical, fantastic, and fun, and there is certainly an audience for this play….
Joe Zarrow, Literary Manager, The Pavement Group Theatre, Chicago, ILL

…This is such a well-written show and it was a pleasure to read. It has some delightful elements. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to review your fine work…. Brian Taylor, Project Editor, Pioneer Drama Service

“Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin”
(c) 2011 by Grant Sutor Vuille
*** A Two Act Musical Play ***
Available @ online bookstores, my two act musical play “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” spoofs amusement parks & all their exploited show biz characters with glitz, glamor, & pizzazz, as they chase the $Almighty Buck$. The title character is the zany eccentric Doctor, who travels with & his Zeppelin crew out to save the world from the egotistical tyranny off its rulers. On the way to adventure they encounter mermaids, pirates, an evil faerie queen, a loving faerie king, & a reluctant dragon. My play is a farce, spoofing the Earth’s evil tyrants who make life a living hell for the populace they engage by virtue of their psychotic, bombastic, & unrepentant egotism. Take a ride on “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” & experience the ultimate euphoria of being immersed in fantasy satire. —G.S.Vuille –

*Also available @ online bookstores: “Vapid”, by Grant Sutor Vuille. It is a satirical, dark comedy about Hollywood in the early 1980’s. A young hustler, searching for a break in show business, meets up with former movie queen Carlotta Carlisle who is itching for a comeback into the movies. With her two male companions, she entertains Brad with the notion that she can make him a star.
…This is a total piece of work—-An ode to “Sweet Bird of Youth” by Tennessee Williams—-At once funny and sensitive, written at a time we will never revisit. the writing is picturesque and thoughtful. A work waiting for the stage or screen. I am blown away by the honesty and courage of this author! …Amazon.com review by LindaLu – 5 star*****

>>>Also available from the author only: Four One Act Plays, by Grant Sutor Vuille – “Wall Flower House” and “Eternally Yours, Jayne Mansfield” [both available as a word doc in pdf format; WFH is about two young male and female adults exploring their relationship constrained by agoraphobia. EYJM explores the relationships of gay characters and their obsession with Jayne Mansfield], “Ascorbic Acid Freak”, and “Aquamarine” [both available as original typewritten manuscripts scanned in pdf format. Both are one acts with gay characters exploring past relationships and living with HIV/AIDS].

Blog de John Verderber

From May 25, 2011; following Arthur’s passing at age 93–

I don’t think Arthur Laurents was particularly interested in what other people thought about him or his work, or especially his opinions. When Nathan Lane adapted Burt Shevelove’s original book of The Frogs for a new Lincoln Center production with new additional songs by Stephen Sondheim, Laurents told the New York Times that not only was the original piece bad to begin with, but that “Nathan made it worse.”

He wasn’t shy about sharing his opinions with theatre neophytes either. When I wrote him last summer praising a concert staging of Anyone Can Whistle that Encores! had put on, he retorted, “I could use the Encores revival of Anyone Can Whistle for a class in what not to do in directing, adapting and acting.”

Supposedly, when the Dramatists Guild asked him to participate in a video program where young writers…

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A Look Back: Dramaturgical Gratitude

…whimsical, fantastic, and fun, and there is certainly an audience for this play….
Joe Zarrow, Literary Manager, The Pavement Group Theatre, Chicago, ILL

…This is such a well-written show and it was a pleasure to read. It has some delightful elements. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to review your fine work…. Brian Taylor, Project Editor, Pioneer Drama Service

“Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin”
(c) 2011 by Grant Sutor Vuille
*** A Two Act Musical Play ***
Available @ online bookstores, my two act musical play “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” spoofs amusement parks & all their exploited show biz characters with glitz, glamor, & pizzazz, as they chase the $Almighty Buck$. The title character is the zany eccentric Doctor, who travels with & his Zeppelin crew out to save the world from the egotistical tyranny off its rulers. On the way to adventure they encounter mermaids, pirates, an evil faerie queen, a loving faerie king, & a reluctant dragon. My play is a farce, spoofing the Earth’s evil tyrants who make life a living hell for the populace they engage by virtue of their psychotic, bombastic, & unrepentant egotism. Take a ride on “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” & experience the ultimate euphoria of being immersed in fantasy satire. —G.S.Vuille –

*Also available @ online bookstores: “Vapid”, by Grant Sutor Vuille. It is a satirical, dark comedy about Hollywood in the early 1980’s. A young hustler, searching for a break in show business, meets up with former movie queen Carlotta Carlisle who is itching for a comeback into the movies. With her two male companions, she entertains Brad with the notion that she can make him a star.
…This is a total piece of work—-An ode to “Sweet Bird of Youth” by Tennessee Williams—-At once funny and sensitive, written at a time we will never revisit. the writing is picturesque and thoughtful. A work waiting for the stage or screen. I am blown away by the honesty and courage of this author! …Amazon.com review by LindaLu – 5 star*****

>>>Also available from the author only: Four One Act Plays, by Grant Sutor Vuille – “Wall Flower House” and “Eternally Yours, Jayne Mansfield” [both available as a word doc in pdf format; WFH is about two young male and female adults exploring their relationship constrained by agoraphobia. EYJM explores the relationships of gay characters and their obsession with Jayne Mansfield], “Ascorbic Acid Freak”, and “Aquamarine” [both available as original typewritten manuscripts scanned in pdf format. Both are one acts with gay characters exploring past relationships and living with HIV/AIDS].

PRISM international

Notes on my time as drama editor at PRISM (c. 1979-80)

Jill Mandrake, file photoBy Jill Mandrake

A brilliant one-act play, “Houdini” by Kirby Wright, was published in the most recent issue of PRISM (51:1, Fall 2012). It was so gripping, I felt moved to write and thank the drama editor for choosing such a fine work. I saw on the masthead that PRISM no longer had a drama editor, so I addressed my email to the editorial board. I was then invited to share my experiences on one-acts, dramas in print generally, how PRISM handled it, and how/if things have changed since then.

I can recall at least some of the goings-on at that time. My mentor (the drama editor who preceded me) was the multi-talented Kico Gonzalez. I noted when I first came on board (issue 18:1, Spring/Summer 1979) we had no drama submissions to publish. Few, if any, writers…

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“Best of the Year: New York Theater 2012”

…whimsical, fantastic, and fun, and there is certainly an audience for this play….
Joe Zarrow, Literary Manager, The Pavement Group Theatre, Chicago, ILL

…This is such a well-written show and it was a pleasure to read. It has some delightful elements. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to review your fine work…. Brian Taylor, Project Editor, Pioneer Drama Service

“Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin”
(c) 2011 by Grant Sutor Vuille
*** A Two Act Musical Play ***
Available @ online bookstores, my two act musical play “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” spoofs amusement parks & all their exploited show biz characters with glitz, glamor, & pizzazz, as they chase the $Almighty Buck$. The title character is the zany eccentric Doctor, who travels with & his Zeppelin crew out to save the world from the egotistical tyranny off its rulers. On the way to adventure they encounter mermaids, pirates, an evil faerie queen, a loving faerie king, & a reluctant dragon. My play is a farce, spoofing the Earth’s evil tyrants who make life a living hell for the populace they engage by virtue of their psychotic, bombastic, & unrepentant egotism. Take a ride on “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” & experience the ultimate euphoria of being immersed in fantasy satire. —G.S.Vuille –

*Also available @ online bookstores: “Vapid”, by Grant Sutor Vuille. It is a satirical, dark comedy about Hollywood in the early 1980’s. A young hustler, searching for a break in show business, meets up with former movie queen Carlotta Carlisle who is itching for a comeback into the movies. With her two male companions, she entertains Brad with the notion that she can make him a star.
…This is a total piece of work—-An ode to “Sweet Bird of Youth” by Tennessee Williams—-At once funny and sensitive, written at a time we will never revisit. the writing is picturesque and thoughtful. A work waiting for the stage or screen. I am blown away by the honesty and courage of this author! …Amazon.com review by LindaLu – 5 star*****

>>>Also available from the author only: Four One Act Plays, by Grant Sutor Vuille – “Wall Flower House” and “Eternally Yours, Jayne Mansfield” [both available as a word doc in pdf format; WFH is about two young male and female adults exploring their relationship constrained by agoraphobia. EYJM explores the relationships of gay characters and their obsession with Jayne Mansfield], “Ascorbic Acid Freak”, and “Aquamarine” [both available as original typewritten manuscripts scanned in pdf format. Both are one acts with gay characters exploring past relationships and living with HIV/AIDS].

Blog de John Verderber

TOP FIVE PRODUCTIONS

The Lyons (Broadway: Cort Theater): When was the last time you went to a play, laughed your head off, and a few seconds later, questioned why you were laughing so heartily at such coarseness? “I’m dying!” “I know, but try to be positive.” “A little girl down the hall just died and I got a box of Jordan almonds!” Those were but only two of Linda Lavin’s hysterical, if mean spirited zingers, as written by Nicky Silver. Directed artfully by Mark Brokaw, and featuring Dick Latessa and a splendid featured cast, it was still Lavin’s show. (And Silver’s, too!) The titanic performance of the year!

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Broadway: Booth Theater): Three hours feels like thirty minutes in this mesmerizing, and forgive me, powerful mounting of the Albee classic. Amy Morton is a fragile, yet spectacular Martha, and Tracy Letts is a force of nature…

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…whimsical, fantastic, and fun, and there is certainly an audience for this play….
Joe Zarrow, Literary Manager, The Pavement Group Theatre, Chicago, ILL

…This is such a well-written show and it was a pleasure to read. It has some delightful elements. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to review your fine work…. Brian Taylor, Project Editor, Pioneer Drama Service

“Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin”
(c) 2011 by Grant Sutor Vuille
*** A Two Act Musical Play ***
Available @ online bookstores, my two act musical play “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” spoofs amusement parks & all their exploited show biz characters with glitz, glamor, & pizzazz, as they chase the $Almighty Buck$. The title character is the zany eccentric Doctor, who travels with & his Zeppelin crew out to save the world from the egotistical tyranny off its rulers. On the way to adventure they encounter mermaids, pirates, an evil faerie queen, a loving faerie king, & a reluctant dragon. My play is a farce, spoofing the Earth’s evil tyrants who make life a living hell for the populace they engage by virtue of their psychotic, bombastic, & unrepentant egotism. Take a ride on “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” & experience the ultimate euphoria of being immersed in fantasy satire. —G.S.Vuille –

*Also available @ online bookstores: “Vapid”, by Grant Sutor Vuille. It is a satirical, dark comedy about Hollywood in the early 1980’s. A young hustler, searching for a break in show business, meets up with former movie queen Carlotta Carlisle who is itching for a comeback into the movies. With her two male companions, she entertains Brad with the notion that she can make him a star.
…This is a total piece of work—-An ode to “Sweet Bird of Youth” by Tennessee Williams—-At once funny and sensitive, written at a time we will never revisit. the writing is picturesque and thoughtful. A work waiting for the stage or screen. I am blown away by the honesty and courage of this author! …Amazon.com review by LindaLu – 5 star*****

>>>Also available from the author only: Four One Act Plays, by Grant Sutor Vuille – “Wall Flower House” and “Eternally Yours, Jayne Mansfield” [both available as a word doc in pdf format; WFH is about two young male and female adults exploring their relationship constrained by agoraphobia. EYJM explores the relationships of gay characters and their obsession with Jayne Mansfield], “Ascorbic Acid Freak”, and “Aquamarine” [both available as original typewritten manuscripts scanned in pdf format. Both are one acts with gay characters exploring past relationships and living with HIV/AIDS].

The Jack Studio Theatre

The Jack Studio is pleased to announce the launch of Write Now 4, our annual new writing Festival which celebrates theatre writing south of the river. The festival exists to discover the best new playwriting talent and give emerging writers the opportunity to see their work developed and performed.

The 2013 Festival now seeks submissions of previously unperformed plays that reflect contemporary culture or society. All playwrights who submit must have a strong connection to south east London. So if you live, work or study here – or have another connection you can tell us about – please send in your play!

One selected play will be given a full production in a two week run at the Jack Studio Theatre in May 2013. Two further selected plays will be given a week’s workshop time and rehearsed readings during the Festival.

Submission deadline Monday 4 February 2013

 

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“Still Fighting, Still Remembering”

…whimsical, fantastic, and fun, and there is certainly an audience for this play….
Joe Zarrow, Literary Manager, The Pavement Group Theatre, Chicago, ILL

…This is such a well-written show and it was a pleasure to read. It has some delightful elements. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to review your fine work…. Brian Taylor, Project Editor, Pioneer Drama Service

“Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin”
(c) 2011 by Grant Sutor Vuille
*** A Two Act Musical Play ***
Available @ online bookstores, my two act musical play “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” spoofs amusement parks & all their exploited show biz characters with glitz, glamor, & pizzazz, as they chase the $Almighty Buck$. The title character is the zany eccentric Doctor, who travels with & his Zeppelin crew out to save the world from the egotistical tyranny off its rulers. On the way to adventure they encounter mermaids, pirates, an evil faerie queen, a loving faerie king, & a reluctant dragon. My play is a farce, spoofing the Earth’s evil tyrants who make life a living hell for the populace they engage by virtue of their psychotic, bombastic, & unrepentant egotism. Take a ride on “Doctor George’s Magnificent Zeppelin” & experience the ultimate euphoria of being immersed in fantasy satire. —G.S.Vuille –

*Also available @ online bookstores: “Vapid”, by Grant Sutor Vuille. It is a satirical, dark comedy about Hollywood in the early 1980’s. A young hustler, searching for a break in show business, meets up with former movie queen Carlotta Carlisle who is itching for a comeback into the movies. With her two male companions, she entertains Brad with the notion that she can make him a star.
…This is a total piece of work—-An ode to “Sweet Bird of Youth” by Tennessee Williams—-At once funny and sensitive, written at a time we will never revisit. the writing is picturesque and thoughtful. A work waiting for the stage or screen. I am blown away by the honesty and courage of this author! …Amazon.com review by LindaLu – 5 star*****

>>>Also available from the author only: Four One Act Plays, by Grant Sutor Vuille – “Wall Flower House” and “Eternally Yours, Jayne Mansfield” [both available as a word doc in pdf format; WFH is about two young male and female adults exploring their relationship constrained by agoraphobia. EYJM explores the relationships of gay characters and their obsession with Jayne Mansfield], “Ascorbic Acid Freak”, and “Aquamarine” [both available as original typewritten manuscripts scanned in pdf format. Both are one acts with gay characters exploring past relationships and living with HIV/AIDS].

Blog de John Verderber

President Obama cares. But what about twenty-five years ago?

Ronald Reagan is oft-remembered as a fine president, but his social policies and social awareness and social empathy were poor, lacking, and non-existant. AIDS was a curse God inflicted on gay men for going against the Bible, Mr. Reagan told us. Nancy Reagan was too busy telling school kids not to smoke pot to care about the thousands (and eventually millions) worldwide who were dying.

Worldwide. Yes, AIDS didn’t…doesn’t just inflict Americans. And sorry Mr. Reagan, but it didn’t…doesn’t just “curse” the gay population. We’re still fighting, and still remembering. Not just the public figures in all walks of life, from theater directors (Michael Bennett, Howard Ashman) to actors (Tony Perkins, Larry Kert), to movie stars (Rock Hudson), but the people we might not remember…people who aren’t household names. And not just gay men.

Good riddance to Ronald Reagan. We have…

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