Defending Against Eros: Three One Act Plays

theatre · polymanus productions · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States

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What happens when you take a painting by Bouguereau, and ask three playwrights with completely different styles to write a one act inspired by the painting? You have Defending Against Eros: Three One Act Plays.

Eros, by Bryy Miller: Eros, Dionysus, Athena, and Phoebus are on a trip to the Getty Museum, at Eros’ request, to view the painting, “A Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros.” The events that transpire reveal the baggage and humanity that the gods carry with them.

Interrogation, by Nicholas Doan, Dramatists Guild Member: When one broken-hearted man decides to rid the world of the unloved, he forces an unwilling participant to acknowledge the love that she’s denied herself.

Coda, by Cynthia Glucksman, Dramatists Guild Member, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights: Four strangers in a Co-Dependents Anonymous meeting reveal the complexities of love and the power of dependency. What they ultimately discover is that resisting love is easier than surrendering to vulnerability.

Defending Against Eros is produced by Gwendolyn Dreyer.

Polymanus Productions is Nicholas Doan, Gwendolyn Dreyer, Cynthia Glucksman and Brian Stempien/Bryy Miller. All four are UC Santa Cruz graduates, two Theater majors and two English majors. Our mission is to provide opportunities to the many artists looking to showcase their work. Polymanus means “many hand”. Many hands work on our productions; but together, we are one hand.

production team

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gwendolyn dreyer *

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nicholas doan *

writer, actor
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cynthia glucksman *

writer, actor
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bryy miller *

writer, actor
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vanessa marlowe *

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vincent tula *

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katey zouck *

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jonathan kunke *

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cady zuckerman *


* Fringe Veteran


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West Coast premiere. Two English schoolgirls, born 175 years apart, suffer similar horrors travelling to the East. Winner of the major theatre awards in Edinburgh, Adelaide & Prague. *****Sunday Mail *****Adelaide Theatre Guide ***** The Advertiser

FRAMES: Ensemble-devised in 7 days

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We live in frames, real or imagined. Do they frames offer something worthwhile or are we fated to rail against them? Our ensemble decided to fight and fall in love with our limits by creating a show in only 7 rehearsals.