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NUNS

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LOGLINE:

When you deal with the devil, be prepared to get burnt

An outline of the background

Nuns is a satirical comedy about three rebellious Nuns and how they plot to overthrow the mother superior in order to establish smoking rights for themselves.

The youngest, Sister Bernadette is being seduced into the cause by Sister Catharine and Sister Roza during one of their secret smoking sessions. They have a secret that they believe will bring the Mother superior to her knees.

A statement of the idea format

When you deal with the devil, be prepared to get burnt. a contemporary black comedy set in a convent

NUNS is a contemporary black comedy set in a convent

NUNS is a two act play with a duration of approx 80 minutes

NUNS will centre on the major characters Sister Cathrine and Sister Bernadette.

NUNS centres on the major characters Sister Cathrine and Sister Bernadette in a game of manipulation and seduction, that involves blackmail, sex drugs and rock & roll

Synopsis.

The setting is a convent where three nuns are smoking a single cigarette they have secretly hidden away for their covert meeting. In this convent any vice is fair game, provided you keep it discreet. Drinking, sleeping around, and mild drugs are permitted. But smoking isn't. But Sister Catharine and Sister Kimberly have a plan to change that.

Sister Bernadette has a fetish for half naked women in crochet. She is ashamed and when Sister Catharine finds out she is exploited by her so Mother Superior Patricia won't find out.

Sister Catharine uses Bernadette to arrange a pick up of a tape that will compromise Patricia. However Patricia intercepts Bernadette and tells her to hand the tape over. Although not really sure what's on the tape, she arranges for Bernadette to get it transferred to DVD.

Catharine and Kimberly try to get the tape back for Patricia can see it. Patricia in the mean time is trying to get Bernadette to admit what she knows about Catharine and Kimberly smoking on Convent grounds but each time she tries Bernadette is unwilling or unable to talk. Patricia resorts to getting Bernadette stoned but that is also unsuccessful. In her altered mind state, Bernadette tells Catharine of Patricia's attempts to get her to talk but how she is also able to get the DVD she wants.

Bernadette acquires copies of the DVD for Catharine and Patricia. Not wanting to be blackmailed anymore she keeps copies for herself in order to keep Patricia and Catharine of her back.

Catharine and Patricia conspire to get the remaining discs from Bernadette. Exploiting her fetish for women in crochet Catharine dresses up in a bikini and a crochet shoal and tries to seduce Bernadette. However because of Bernadette's weak heart the excitement is too much for her. She has a heart attack and dies.

Devastated Catharine regrets what she has done and decides to leave the convent threatening to expose all the vice that goes on. While at Bernadette's grave asking for forgiveness the ghost of Bernadette appears and tells Catharine not to peruse this vengeful path that would destroy her life but rather take a more positive approach and change people through her teaching. Catharine destroys the discs and says she will do as Bernadette says.

THE MAJOR CHARACTERS ARE:

SISTER CATHRINE;

30's, Addictive Smoker, Drinker,

Gambler. Trouble maker

SISTER BERNADETTE:

20's, Virginal, moralistic, idealistic. Innocent, easily

Swayed. Fetish for women in crochet.

SISTER ROZA

30's Sidekick to Catharine, smart, tough but in a Zen way

Pragmatic.

MOTHER SUPERIOR PATRICIA:

50's Dogmatic, manipulative, clever, stern but not

without vices.

A sample scene of dialogue

A statement about Marketing potential.

ËÅ"Comedies about Nuns, (or have nuns in a support role) have been popular over the years and continue to be so. Examples of some of the more well known nun comedies are Sister act 1& 2, Nuns on the run, , Nacho Libre, Dark habits, the trouble with angels, where angels go trouble follows, change of habit, The three stooges (2012 movie) , Nunsense 1&2, The pope must die, the Blues brothers, Dogma, the novices, nuncrackers, The flying nun was also an extremely popular series in it's time.

BRIEF HISTORY OF NUNS

A ten minute version of Nuns was first done as a performance reading for Crash Test Drama 2009. After winning it's initial round it went on to the finals and came forth. The original cast were Amanda Stephens Lee (Sister Cathrine) Maite Arriaga( Sister Rosa) Ceilia Kelly (Sister Bernadette). Uma Kali Shakti directed the play. The same cast & director also did Short & sweet in 2010.

Nuns was submitted to Short and Sweet 2010 and listed in the Top 100 plays. Celia Kelly won best newcomer award for her roles in Pride and Prejudice in 10 minutes and her role as Sister Bernadette in Nuns.

It was submitted to Stage rage in 2009 & came forth overall.

A short film version was produced in 2010 and has been seen on a number of short film shows. It is also available on vimeo.

Nuns 2, a one act play & a sequel to the first, made it's stage debut at Playtime 3. Thanks to director Lisa Eismen & the wonderful, Cast: Deborah Bradshaw, Heidi Lupprian, Stella De Zotti, Cindi Knapton.

The full length version was presented as a Performance reading at the Thesbos theatre in Canada. The first full length production was by The Gorilla Tango Theatre company in Chicago from July 7th till July 28th 2010. The Chicago version was produced by Kortney Simpson, and starred as Mother superior - Stace Crawley, Sister Katherine - Anna Dannielson, Sister Kimberly - Brittany Engler, Sister Burnadette - Kara Beth Karstedt

The play was released as an E-book through kindle and as a download through Stageplays.com. Both versions have sold well.

In early 2012 Nuns (ten minute version) was produced as a radio play. It was produced by Evan Golde & Junsu kim. The Cast were (Sister Cathrine) Esther Eden,(Sister Rosa) Holly Olivia Braine & (Sister Bernadette) Charly Flyte.

The Australian premiere of the full length play was in March of 2012 at the theatre in the Imperial Hotel . It was directed by Uma Kali Shakti and starred as Sister Cathrine- Naomi Parszos, Sister Roza - Kim-Cuong Do, Sister Bernadette - Kit Bennett & Mother Superior - Fabiola Meza.

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