Building Madness: WINNER - Panowski Playwriting Award

Kate Danley
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 Max and Paul are just trying to keep their architecture company afloat, but they accidentally hired the mob as contractors to build a police retirement home. With the help of their dizzy secretary, Trixie, they may never get the project done in this screwball comedy, but they are most definitely building madness. 


Building Madness is a brand new 1930s screwball comedy penned by USA TODAY bestselling author and Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts Kate Danley. 

Cast: 3m/3f

Running Time:  90 minutes

Appropriate for general audiences

 

Search Terms: general audiences, clean comedy, funny roles for women, strong roles for women, full length play, funny, mafia mob, 1930s golden age, screwball comedy

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About the author

 Kate Danley is an award winning playwright and novelist.  She spent five weeks on the USA TODAY bestseller list and has sold over half-a-million books globally.  She has been honored with the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year (The Woodcutter), McDougall Previews Award for Best Fantasy Book of the Year (Queen Mab), and her series Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker has been optioned for film and television development. 

          Her first full-length script, the 1930s screwball comedy Building Madness, won the prestigious 2016 Panowski Playwriting Award.  She graduated from Towson University with a BS in Theatre and was named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts.  Her plays have been performed nationally and internationally.  She trained at RADA, The Groundlings, Folger Shakespeare, Theatricum Botanicum, Impro (Shakespearian improv), and Acme Comedy Theater.  She performed her original stand-up at such clubs as The Comedy Store and The Icehouse and wrote sketch for a weekly show in Hollywood.  She won the Breckenridge Festival of Film Screenplay Competition for her feature script Fairy Blood.  Her film shorts The Playhouse, Dog Days, Sock Zombie, SuperPout, and Sports Scents can be seen in festivals and on the internet.

www.katedanley.com

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Kate Danley
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150
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Language
English
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Genres
Drama / American / General
Drama / General
Drama / Women Authors
Performing Arts / Comedy
Performing Arts / Screenplays
Performing Arts / Theater / General
Performing Arts / Theater / Playwriting
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