If This Isn't Love - 2 One Acts Creative
Original Creative Team
Peter Manos has been a director, playwright and actor in New York and regionally. He recently published a new play about the Underground Railroad, OH FREEDOM! THE STORY OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD which is available through Dramatic Publishing, along with his play about the Civil Rights Movement: WALK, DON'T RIDE: A CELEBRATION OF THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY, which has been presented extensively around the country by professional, amateur and school groups. Recently his comedy set in the Middle Ages, GOLDEN, was a finalist at Centre Stage's New Play Festival in Greenville, S.C. His dramatic interpretation of Anthony Hope's THE PRISONER OF ZENDA was presented at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, and his play COLONEL CHABERT about a Napoleonic cavalry officer, presumed dead, who comes back years later to reclaim his since-remarried wife, based on the short story by Honore de Balzac, was a runner-up at the L. Arnold Weissberger New Dramatist Competition and was presented at New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre and Manhattan Class Company. His play PASTORAL SYMPHONY, inspired by the Andre Gide novelette about a Swiss pastor's destructive love for a blind girl, was given a workshop production at the Lamb's Theatre Company in New York and was awarded a Pilgrim Excellence in the Arts grant. His Revolutionary War drama, SILKIE, was a finalist for the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild's Julie Harris Playwright Award. His one act comedy CHILD'S PLAY, about backstage shenanigans at a traveling children's theatre, premiered at Manhattan Punchline in New York. In Cleveland, Ohio, where he now calls home, his works have appeared at the Cleveland Public Theatre and Great Lakes Theater Festival. As an actor, Manos has performed in numerous productions off-Broadway and regionally. Favorite roles include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Macbeth and Thomas Mendip in The Lady's Not for Burning by Christopher Fry. He was Calamassi in the U.S. premiere of Bertolt Brecht's Roundheads and Peakheads off-Broadway and won a Best Actor Award at the Quebec Drama Festival as The Stranger in To the Chicago Abyss, adapted from Ray Bradbury's short story. Most recently in Cleveland, Manos appeared as Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons. He recently completed his Ph.D. studies in American history at University of Akron, specializing in the American Revolution, and teaches at John Carroll University, Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College in both history and communication/theatre. Manos is artistic director of the Bodwin Theatre Company. He is blessed to be married to the actress Sandra Manos. They have three wonderful boys: Sean, Eli and Nicholas.
Stephen's play, This Is a Test, helped define a genre of one acts when it appeared in 1988, and it continues to be one of the most produced one-act plays in the country. Since then, he has published more than 20 plays for secondary schools to perform, including Small Actors, One Lane Bridge, The New Margo, S.P.A.R., Twitch and Wake-Up Call. His full-length play Crush appeared on the mainstage of the International Thespian Festival in 2016, and Trap appeared on the main stage of the festival in 2018. He has received a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award for best 10-minute play (A Private Moment) and the International Thespian Society’s Founders Award for service to youth and theatre. Crush was developed during a residency at the William Inge Center for the Arts. He is a member of the Writers Guild America West and Lab Twenty6 writers group. Gregg teaches himself to write plays, one tweet at a time. He lives with his husband, Todd, in Venice Beach, Calif.