My Plays (in alphabetical order)

Kari Floren​


 playwright/screenwriter



HOMETOWN: New York, NY 
EMAIL:kari@karifloren.com

​​​​​​​​Serving up drinks, dinner and deception.  

 

SUMMARY
A Late Supper is the story of two sisters, Diane and Debbie, who have chosen markedly different life paths.  As the play opens, Diane is excitedly preparing a dinner in anticipation of the arrival of her beloved sister, much to the dismay of Diane's husband, Mark.  Tensions flare when Debbie arrives with a surprise date – Mark’s high school idol, Greg, an accomplished pro golfer.  When a smoldering unresolved conflict between Mark and Debbie becomes uncontainable, dinner ends up on the floor.  They order pizza and hope it will arrive before this quartet’s intricate web of lies and betrayals fully unravels. 

CHARACTER  BREAKDOWN
DIANE SHEFFIELD 30's/40's housewife married to Mark.
MARK SHEFFIELD, 40 year old advertising executive.
DEBBIE STAR, a 30-something rock and roll singer, sister of Diane.
GREG WILCOX, a 40 year old ex-professional golfer. 


PRODUCTION HISTORY 
A Late Supper ran as a limited engagement from November 30th thru December 22nd, 2002, at the Maverick Theatre in New York City.  The production was directed by Julie Boyd and starred Karthryn Leask (DIANE), Peter Bradbury (MARK), Cindy Katz (DEBBIE), and Michael McKenzie (GREG).

PRODUCTION PHOTOS & REVIEWS click on  
http://www.rightdownbroadway.org/Productions.htm​ 




Being in the wrong place 
at the wrong time 

can be miraculous...​​​

SUMMARY
If Wishes Were Horses takes place in late summer 2006.  Tiger Woods is the world’s best golfer, with Phil Mickelson closing the gap until his disastrous loss at the US Open at Winged Foot.  Our hero, Doug, is a downsized Human Resources exec who needs a job.  His wife Karen has been supporting him – for too long.   His father-in-law Bill needs a place to live after the assisted living facility catches fire.  Doug really needs a job.  Add to this explosive mixture his obsession with Phil Mickelson’s collapse, a remarkable green thumb and a dog who shows him that being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be miraculous.  If Wishes Were Horses wonders whether three people can get out of the rough and on with their lives…without killing each other.

 
CHARACTER  BREAKDOWN
KAREN MONROE - High school physical education teacher, forty/fifty year old wife of Doug
DOUG MONROE - Downsized Human Resources executive, fifty year old husband of Karen
BILL STEPHENS - Retired appliance repairman, Sixty/seventy year old Father of Karen

GOLF ANNOUNCER - Man or Woman

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PRODUCTION HISTORY 
If Wishes Were Horses ran as a limited engagement from June 7th thru June 30th, 2007, at Altered Stages in New York City.  The production was directed by Julia Gibson and starred Michael McKenzie (DOUG), Suzanne Grodner (KAREN),  Robertson Carricart (BILL).

PRODUCTION PHOTOS & REVIEWS click on
http://www.rightdownbroadway.org/Productions.htm





Two old friends, one wild ride! 


 

SUMMARY
Revisiting Wildfire is a funny and moving two character play that tests the friendship of former college roommates Theresa and Pam, who met in the early years of punk and the Reagan Administration.  Now 52, both women are facing personal crises: When Theresa loses her job and falls out of touch, Pam leaves Ohio and arrives unannounced at Theresa’s NYC apartment. Theresa has recently discovered spiritual guidance and her new life purpose in a 70’s pop ballad, which Pam finds more than a little insane.  But, in a volatile afternoon, Pam makes her own startling revelation and they find their lives are at a crossroads. They each have to answer the question, “How are you, my lifelong friend, going to be a part of my new life?”  Is their shared history an obstruction or a guide to their future?  To move forward and save their friendship, the two women must find in each other a neglected and vital part of themselves.

CHARACTER  BREAKDOWN
THERESA - A Fifty Two year old Woman, urban, stylish, gorgeous after all these years.
PAM - A Fifty Two year old Woman, suburban, funny, taking the aging process instride.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
Revisiting Wildfire ran as a limited engagement from June 1st thru June 24th, 2012, at the Arclight Theatre in New York City.  The production was directed by Eve Brandstein and starred Nancy Johnston (PAM) and Lynne Wintersteller (THERESA).

Revisiting Wildfire ran as a workshop production from July 8th thru July 31st, 2011, as a guest artist production at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. The production was directed by Eve Brandstein and starred Denise Crosby (PAM) and Jamie Rose (THERESA).

PRODUCTION PHOTOS & REVIEWS click on 
http://www.rightdownbroadway.org/Productions.htm

 

 

Sit or get off the porch!  


SUMMARY
The Porch is the story of four desperate souls all looking for a place to stop running. On one not-so-ordinary summer afternoon three guests show up at the same bed & breakfast that the innkeeper eagerly wants to shutter.  Just short of being physically coerced into staying open, he allows them to stay while leaving them to their own devices.  None of the group, including the innkeeper, is entirely stable, making it only a matter of time before the porch becomes a battleground. Out of the darkness, however, a new day emerges, bringing hope and courage to unlikely allies. 

CHARACTER  BREAKDOWN
JEAN WALLACE - A stylish Bohemian woman in her forties/early fifties.  She quickly jumps to the aid of anyone in need, anything to avoid dealing with her own problems. 
ZIAD - A man in his late twenties, a classical dancer.  He is sweet and impish, wouldn't hurt a fly...but oh how he loves to stir things up!
LEE  STILLMAN - A man in his forties/fifties.  Had big plans for himself but couldn't get out of his own way, now he doesn't care to.
RAMONA BORRAZA - A successful Latina woman in her late thirties.   She is strong and confident in business, clueless and insecure in love.

PRODUCTION HISTORY 
The Porch ran as a limited engagement from June 1st  thru June 25th , 2006, at Altered Stages in New York City.  The production was directed by Michael Berry and starred Lauren Mufson (JEAN), Don Harvey (LEE), Javier Munoz (ZIAD) and Shirley Roeca (RAMONA).

PRODUCTION PHOTOS & REVIEWS click on
http://www.rightdownbroadway.org/Productions.htm


 


Is 40 too soon to grow up?

 
 

SUMMARY
In Voices of Swords, a comedic drama, Alexis, a personal organizer is hired by the son of a woman facing heart surgery to minister to his lonely yet indomitable mother. However the organizer is completely disorganized and her clients turn out to be a veritable force of nature. The strain of balancing the headstrong, prodigal son against his formidable mother forces Alexis to reveal an aching, explosive truth of her own, one that has caused the deadly virtual swordfight in her mind. 

CHARACTER  BREAKDOWN

ALEXIS - A woman in her forties
OLIVIA - A Caucasian woman in her sixties/seventies.
TEDDY - A man in his sixties/seventies, Alexis' father.
MAVE - A woman in her sixties/seventies, Alexis' mother.
MATTHEW - A man in his forties/fifties, ex-husband of Alexis.
KOSEY - A man of color in his thirties/forties, Olivia's son.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
Voices of Swords ran as a limited engagement from August 15th  thru September 7, 2014,  at Walkerspace in New York City. The production was directed by Eve Brandstein and starred Loni Ackerman (OLIVIA), Bob Ari (TEDDY), Phillip Christian (KOSEY), Gillien Goll (MAVE), Michael Mckenzie (MATTHEW) and Celia Schaefer (ALEXIS).

 Voices of Swords (workshop production) ran June 18 - June 22, 2008 at Urban Stages in New York City. The production was directed by Spider Duncan Christopher and starred Rosemary Prinz  (OLIVIA),, Lauren Mufson  (ALEXIS), Robert M. Jimenez (KOSEY), Michael McKenzie (MATTHEW), Mary Elaine Monti (MAVE) and Gordon Joseph Weiss (TEDDY). 

PRODUCTION PHOTOS & REVIEWS click on
 http://www.rightdownbroadway.org/Productions.htm