Brian Sylvia

Brian Sylvia, originally from Massachusetts, has been involved in theatre since being a unified arts major in high school. He has served as drama/fine arts director in several locations around the country, including serving as an adjudicator in numerous regional and national festivals within his church denomination [and assisting in coaching several national finalists and winners]. Brian has taught drama ministry up to a college level and still travels nationally conducting workshops in Christian drama. Currently he serves as President/Director of inCHARACTER SCHOOL OF MINISTRY (training church leaders in creative approaches to ministry) in Florida, where he lives with his wife Rebecca and daughter Annaliese.

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  If a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood New Release

Comedy by Brian Sylvia

56 pages

2 m, 2 w, 2 flexible, extras


When the colorful residents of an out-of-the-way trailer community meet an unknown lumber executive, questions and assumptions abound! Charles Stashgrove appears as a corporate executive who wants to buy the 200+ acres of woodlands the trailer community, Woodchuck Estates, sits on. Little do the residents know, Charles is actually escaped thief Rocco Riccardi. He seems to fool all the residents while another mysterious character, Lucinda, who gives off a sinister vibe, scares all the locals.

 

The residents are a colorful bunch: Dorothe...

  Mystery of the Stolen Spotlight New Release

Christmas Comedy by Brian Sylvia

44 pages

5 m, 4 w - 1 optional


Detective Vic Torious is called to the Broken Leg Theatre where the leading lady has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. The theatre’s Christmas extravaganza was her return to the stage after a long hiatus. Clearly, she did not disappear of her own volition, but where is she and who is responsible? From a visiting Hollywood producer, to a jealous understudy, to an ex-fiance, to an opportunistic scriptwriter, eight different suspects remain at the theatre awaiting detective Vic Torious’ arrival. His pun-filled inquiries take the audience on a hilarious seri...

  My Phony Valentine New Release

Farce by Brian Sylvia

38 pages

4 or 5 m, 4 w


Psychologist Dr. Henry Valentine is unexplainably late for an open house demonstration of his innovative group therapy ideas. Anna-Lee Silverstein, a temp stepping in due to Dr. Valentine’s secretary’s maternity leave, has never met the doctor. Learning this, a would-be patient, Elliot Noodleman, decides to impersonate the psychologist. As other potential patients arrive, Elliot creates his own “innovative” ideas for emotional therapy. Add in Lydia Bedford, a woman suffering from sinistrophobia (the fear of objects to her left); a community theatre director, ...

  Casting Swine Before Pearls

Comedy by Brian Sylvia

39 pages

3 m, 2 w, 2 flexible


The leaders of a small rural church are ecstatic when told the church may receive $6 million. Longtime church member Chance McDermott has passed away and left his fortune (unknown to anyone who knew him) to the congregation. But, there is one interesting caveat: they must care for his three prized hogs…immediately! So they arrange to bring the hogs to the church property and temporarily care for them in the fenced playground. That doesn’t seem like a lot to ask for $6 million, except that the church’s most influential -- and pretentious -- member, Pearl June ...

  Mystery of the Scavenger Hunt Heist

Interactive Mystery by Brian Sylvia

46 pages

4 m, 6 w - 1 optional


Detective Vic Torious is called to the ranch of Bill Yonnaire, the host of the Third Annual Super Spectacular Scavenger Hunt. This year’s event is to be televised for the first time. But the ultimate prize, a solid gold 12-inch laughing hyena worth a million dollars, has disappeared before it is officially “hidden.” Who stole the high-priced hyena? Could it be Duane Pypes, the former teen idol from an ’80s sitcom? Or perhaps it’s the newly-crowned champion of the American Superstar TV series, Carrie Oakey. Add in a retired supermodel, a ruthless defending cha...

  Clotheslined at Gumption Gulch

Melodrama by Brian Sylvia

50 pages

6 m, 3 w


Hard times have come on Gumption Gulch and Grandma Gertie Parker is forced to open a clothes-washing service to earn extra money. Even Sheriff Gideon Gumption is “moonlighting” (though the term has him totally baffled) at the stagecoach office and a local lunch spot. Grandma Gertie’s old nemesis has sent her two boys, Luther and Ulysses Bragg, to town to put Gertie’s laundry service out of business as payback for an old feud. Add in a possum-farming brother and sister couple (Elrod has a serious case of “the anxieties”), a blacksmith who dreams of being a com...