While Theater is On Hold…

Since the COVID-19 epidemic began, theaters have shuttered their doors while the ghost light shines 24-7. Instantly theater professionals were out of work. Unlike other industries, theater will take a long time to bounce back.

Like many playwrights, I have lost productions to the suspension of live theater. DINNER THEATER was to be produced in April by Stage Door Productions in Fredericksburg, VA. That production has moved online. A production of BROAD DAYLIGHT is scheduled this fall at the Kraine Theater in New York City (my first NYC production since IT IS DONE in 2011-12) but that is also up in the air. And who knows what else will be postponed or canceled in the coming months or even years.

The good news: many of my plays are available for purchase to read. Here is a complete list of all full length plays, one acts, and monologues available for purchase:

Complete Plays
IT IS DONE: available for purchase from Original Works Publishing.
THE THIRD DATE and LYING NAKED: Turn the Page: two one-act plays about Closure. Original Works Publishing.
BREAKDOWN IN BABEL: Stage It! 4: 25 Ten-Minute Plays.

Monologues
AMERICA’S BRIGHTEST STARApplause Books 2014 Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35.
AMERICA’S BRIGHTEST STAR and IT IS DONESmith & Kraus 2013 Best Annual Stage Monologues for Men and Women.
MAYOR OF THE 85TH FLOOR: Applause Books 2019 Best Men’s Monologues From New Plays and 2019 Best Women’s Monologues From New Plays.

Of course, if there is a play you are itching to read that is not listed above, just reach out to me directly and I’m happy to send you a copy.

Closure Available for Rental or Purchase Nationwide

Closure is now available for rental or purchase on Amazon. Get your copy today here:
http://bit.ly/ClosureMovie

Closure is also available to stream for free at TubiTV: http://bit.ly/ClosureOnTubi

CLOSURE opens October 18th in Hollywood

Closure will have a theatrical run at Arena Cinelounge in Hollywood from October 18th through the 24th.

Tickets are available at Arena Cinelounge for the following dates and times:

Friday, October 18 @ 8:15pm
Saturday, October 19 @ 6:40pm
Sunday, October 20 @ 7:00pm
Monday, October 21 @ 6:00pm
Tuesday, October 22 @ 6:00pm
Wednesday, October 23 @ 6:00pm
Thursday, October 24 @ 6:00pm

Arena Cinelounge
6464 Sunset Blvd. – Lobby level
Hollywood, CA

Here are the reviews so far:
“Alex Goldberg accomplished something very special with his quirky dark comedy… an off-kilter caper that ambitiously stimulates with sharpened wit underlined by indescribable poignancy… Goldberg’s indie darling Closure is delightfully cogent in its peppered presentation making it one of the most robust and refreshing comedies released this year.” Frank Ochieng, Flick Feast

“There have been plenty of movies that have skewered the sunbaked air of Los Angeles and the strange people who breathe it – Mick Jackson’s L.A. Story and Robert Altman’s The Player remain two of my favorites – but folks, if you find somewhere showing writer-director Alex Goldberg’s Closure…you might want to catch this whimsical gem – and make room for its sardonically witty fish-out-of-Midwestern-water tale on the Hollywood-as-another-planet list.” Elias Savada, Film International

IT IS DONE wins Scenie Awards

Theatre40‘s production of IT IS DONE was recognized by The Los Angeles Scenie Awards for outstanding achievement in Southern California Theatre by review site Stage Scene L.A.

IT IS DONE was awarded the following:

Outstanding Production of a Drama (Intimate Theater)

Outstanding Performance for Lead Actress in a Drama (Intimate Theater) – Kate Whitney

Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama (Intimate Theater)
Kurtis Bedford, George Villas and Kate Whitney

Outstanding Direction of a Drama (Intimate Theater) – Jeff G. Rack.

And a big congrats to Theatre40 for being selected as one of the BEST INTIMATE THEATERS this year and Michele Young being one of the COSTUME DESIGNER OF THE YEAR recipients.

Congratulations to the entire Theatre40 team!

DINNER THEATER productions

The short play DINNER THEATER, a 25-minute dark comedy about a couple and their recently adjusted sexual boundaries, will have two different productions in the coming months and is in competition for a third.

FOO Fest (Festival of Originals)
Theatre Southwest
Houston, Texas
July 20 – August 3

Dubuque One Act Festival (First place winner!)
Dubuque Fine Arts Players
Dubuque, Iowa
September 12 – 14

The play has also made the British Theatre Challenge Short List of the Sky Blue Theatre Company in London. 30 plays made the list (out of nearly 300 submissions). The top five plays will be selected later this month for a production in the fall.

This play was developed at The Actors Studio Playwright/Director Unit West and at Antaeus Theatre Company‘s Playwrights Lab

CLOSURE to have New York City Premiere

Closure will have its NYC premiere in the Manhattan Film Festival.

Saturday, May 4
5:00pm
Cinema Village
22 W. 12th Street

Tickets are now available for purchase here.

So far Closure has won six awards on the festival circuit:

Best Feature – Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival
Best Feature (10 Degrees Hotter Award) – The Valley Film Festival
Audience Choice Award – Austin Indie Fest
Best Screenplay – Austin Indie Fest
Best Actress (Catia Ojeda) – Marbella International Film Festival
Best Actress (Catia Ojeda) – Austin Indie Fest


IT IS DONE is a Hit With Critics and Audiences Alike

Theatre40’s production of IT IS DONE opened January 17th and the critic’s are loving it:

“This mystery is so well written, you will be kept guessing until near the end when the truth is revealed and IT IS DONE.” Shari Barrett, Broadway World

“Alex Goldberg’s play is pure entertainment. It is a well-crafted character-driven play that unexpectedly moves in a number of directions up through the final moments of terrifying unpredictability.” Joe Straw, Joe Straw #9

“Terrific performances and some gasp-worthy twists make Alex Goldberg’s excursion into the outer limits one of T40’s best.” Steven Stanley, Stage Scene L.A.

“Alex Goldberg has created a play that will, from start to finish, surprise, fascinate and grab you by the throat. Go!” Ingrid Wilmot, Will Call

“IT IS DONE is a scary, funny, creepy, cunning show which will grip, surprise, and entertain at the same time.” Elaine Mura, Splash Magazine.

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Only seven performances remain. Tickets can be purchased at Theatre40’s website.

Saturday Feb 9 – 8:00pm
Sunday Feb 10 – 2:00pm
Sunday Feb 10 – 7:00pm
Wednesday Feb 13 – 8:00pm
Thursday Feb 14 – 8:00pm
Monday Feb 18 – 8:00pm
Tuesday Feb 19 – 8:00pm

IT IS DONE runs at Theatre40 in Beverly Hills

IT IS DONE will have its next production at Theatre40 in Beverly Hills.

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The play runs January 17 – February 19th and tickets are now available for purchase for the entire run.

More information is available in this article in Broadway World.

 

 

CLOSURE Wins Three Awards in Austin

Closure‘s fifth film festival was its Texas Premiere in the Austin Indie Fest. The movie took home three awards, including Best Screenplay for Alex Goldberg, Best Actress for Catia Ojeda, and the Audience Award for Best Feature!

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This marks the sixth festival award in five festivals.

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Writer/Director Alex Goldberg, Actress Catia Ojeda, and Producer Beau Genot.

CLOSURE has Los Angeles premiere, wins third festival award

Closure had its Los Angeles (and West Coast) premiere on Thursday, November 1st in The 18th Annual Valley Film Festival at the Laemmle in North Hollywood.

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From left; Producer Beau Genot, actor Herb Hall, composer Jamie Christopherson, producer Katie Rosin, writer/director Alex Goldberg, actress Catia Ojeda, actress Milena Govich, and actor Marcelo Tubert.

Hundreds filled the largest theater in the multiplex, including cast, crew, friends, and families.

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Line for Closure screening (photo: Kristen Moser)

At the end of the festival the movie won the Ten Degrees Hotter Award for Best Narrative Feature Film.

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Catia Ojeda, Alex Goldberg, and Beau Genot, and our trophy!

This is our third award in four festivals. Next stop for the movie: Austin Indie Fest, Saturday November 10th.