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Deaf Day Drama 1 (0m, 1f) View Details Compare
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A young mother encourages her deaf son to interact with other children by creating a practice day at the park. She has to help her son overcome his fear of others teasing him. At the end of the day, the son is charged with determination but still fears the hearing world and requests the next day be spent at home as a quiet day.

"…a gentle, enchanting one-woman show…it's endearing throughout." —NY Times."

High Dive Comedy/Satire; Drama 1 (0m, 1f) View Details Compare
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An American woman about to turn fifty is standing on a high dive at a pool in a hotel in Greece. She is on vacation with her husband and eleven-year-old son. Her son has requested that she jump off the board. She, being terrified of heights, has managed to climb to the platform and now clings to the railings as she tries to will herself to leap into the blue Greek air and down into the water of the pool. As she stands on the board, she considers her life. She begins with the experience of her vacations themselves. At this point, she and her family are in Greece exactly at the moment that CNN has announced Athens as the hottest city in the world, one degree hotter than Cairo. Other vacations have included cold snaps in Florida that caused the fish to freeze in the ocean; the honeymoon in Hawaii during a hurricane season; waking up in Mexico to an 8.1 earthquake and so on. She includes other adventures as well: time spent in VISTA; work in dinner theatre with Dorothy Lamour and Mickey Rooney; an appearance on the $25,000 Pyramid show with Peter Lawford as her partner; the walk across a rope bridge in the French Alps at dusk, etc. The key ingredient to this one-woman show, is that it begins in the lobby at half hour. The performer invites audience members (35 people) to participate in the show by reading lines from the script (sides). The lines are delivered from their seats and range from one word to several pages of dialogue. The show then begins with a conversation with the audience about the participation. The involvement of the audience provides the opportunity for them to experience the point of the play: the willingness to take risks and jump in. This is a one-woman show with a very large cast.

"The show involves the audience as well. There are thirty-four people involved…and though it's a risky gimmick…it works!" —NY Times. "HIGH DIVE is well worth the plunge. This brief and light-hearted look at Ayvazian's misadventures…is an engaging and often hilarious show from beginning to end." —NY Daily News. "The narrative covers what goes through her head on the high dive board…Will she or won't she jump off? Refracted backward and forward in her routine, this tiny moment reveals her entire life, a chronicle of comic disaster. And the surprise ending gives the laughter an unexpected deep pathos." —Village Voice. "…it's fun…like meeting a flamboyant friend for a cup of coffee." —Wall Street Journal.   

Lovely Day Drama 3 (2m, 1f) View Details Compare
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As Fran and Martin celebrate their wedding anniversary, they learn of a military recruiter's visit to their only son's high school. Faced with the prospect of his enlistment, they find themselves on opposite sides of one of the most profound questions any mother or father can face.

"It's about time a playwright explored how the war in Iraq affects family members who have opposing political viewpoints…Ayvazian has the guts to write about the divisive war in Iraq, even though she doesn't go into any specifics about it. Besides showing how a global conflict affects a family seemingly far removed from it, she also points out how differently men and women feel about war and parenthood." —Broadway.com. "There are moments when Ayvazian's spousal dialogues breathe close to the edge of the great plays that have been written about human beings driven by war and political dissension." —Village Voice. "LOVELY DAY ends on a tantalizing but satisfying note of ambiguity, the ideal conclusion for this thoughtful, emotional play." —BackStage. "Not nearly as realistic a play as it seems, LOVELY DAY is gently stylized with succinct talk and a casual structure to sneak up on unsuspecting viewers…Tersely composed by Leslie Ayvazian, a surprising amount of ethical and emotional ground is covered in these scenes in a mere 75 minutes." —Star Ledger. "Leslie Ayvazian's latest work is a rare thing these days: a family drama about a functional family…Ayvazian remains impartial, so the evening doesn't tip into a harrangue." —Time Out NY. "These are real people dealing with big but troubling issues that have personal consequences. Ayvazian balances her characters with care, attempting to offer equal weight to conflicting perspectives…[She] understands that silence and stillness can be more eloquent than words and movement." —Pittsburgh Tribune.    

Motherhood Out Loud Comedy/Satire 4 (1m, 3f) View Details Compare
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When entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling collection of celebrated American writers, what results is a joyous, moving, hilarious, and altogether thrilling theatrical event. Utterly unpredictable, MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations.

MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD reveals with illuminating insight the humour, raw emotions and rocky roads we experience in life.

Nine Armenians Drama 10 (5m, 5f) View Details Compare
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Three generations of an Armenian-American family yell, dance, carry food around, play tambourines, rollerblade, cry, scream, laugh and support each other. When daughter, Ani, 21, travels to Armenia, she learns more of her history and troubled heritage. When she returns, she learns much from her recently widowed her grandmother, Non, who teaches her how to incorporate this new knowledge into her life. In doing so, Ani empowers her mother, who embarks on her own pilgrimage to the homeland. These are kind-hearted people, embracing life even as they discover their historical tragedies.

"…Ayvazian's obvious personal exploration…is evocative, and her picture of an American Life colored nostalgically by an increasingly alien ethnic tradition, is persuasively embedded into a script of a certain supple grace…" —NY Post. "…NINE ARMENIANS is a warm, likable work that benefits from…Ayvazian's clear-headed insight into the dynamics of a close-knit family…" —Variety.  

Plan Day 1 (0m, 1f) View Details Compare
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PLAN DAY by Leslie Ayvazian. One woman plays a mother to her only child, a son, in four different stages of her life: her 30s, 40s, 50s, and 70s. Each monologue begins "lights up" and ends with "blackout." This connotes the beginning and end of a day, as each decade passes and her love for her son ages and ripens.

     

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