Playwright and screenwriter Randy Lee Gross has had plays presented in eleven U.S. states (plus the District of Columbia), including New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and California, and also in London and Sydney, Australia. His full-length play, “The Haunted Train,” received an off-off Broadway production – with music – at Theatre For The New City in October 2015; and his play “Bread” was included in “The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2015” (Smith & Kraus, Inc.). His full-length screenplay, “The Obligatory,” won the Best Genre (Comedy) Award at the 2015 Asbury Park Music in Film Festival.
Unique traits: Specializes in comedy.
The Obligatory Film-noir ⋄ Comedy All of the necessary elements of a film noir are in place – a buxom femme fatale, a mysterious villain, heck even a spider web of deceit – but suddenly two amateur filmmakers are instructed by their eccentric financier to add an obligatory Christmas scene. Awards: Best Genre (Comedy) Screenplay - 2015 Asbury Park Music in Film Festival 3rd Place Laurels - 2016 Land of Illusion/BAO Prods Screenplay Competition
The Tin Shed Drama ⋄ Fantasy Two lost souls – (A) a philandering dentist on Long Island; (B) a timid garment worker in Bangladesh – both of them unhappy with their lots, pray for release from their dreary existences while in their (A) tin-roofed work shed; (B) corrugated tin shack; and inexplicably find themselves transmigrated into each other’s bodies. ***Note: partially based on the true story of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse that took place near Dhaka in April of 2013. Awards: Official Selection, 2017 Oaxaca Film Fest.
The Naugahyde Man Sci-fi ⋄ Horror An uncivilized half-man, half-ape is exploited by a megalomaniacal boxing promoter, with tragic consequences.AWARDS:Top 10 Finalist, Best Unproduced Screenplay, 2016 FilmQuest Festival
It's A Not So Wonderful Christmas Carol Comedy ⋄ Fantasy "It’s A Wonderful Life” collides with “A Christmas Carol” in a what if? tale set in Pottersville, so named because ornery old Mr. Potter has successfully driven George Bailey to suicide, and now rules the town with a Scrooge-like iron fist.
Star Lite Independent ⋄ Comedy A pair of drinking buddies are joined by a self-proclaimed NASA expert on a quest to tap an alcohol-laden space cloud some 10,000 light years from Earth. ***A mockumentary-style film.
Seldom Is Heard Comedy ⋄ Drama Meet John Seldom, Philadelphia’s very own Capraesque “every man,” who suddenly finds himself homeless and running for mayor against incumbent Sly Pignolli, a machine politician whose dirty politics may force the City of Brotherly Love’s indigents to lose their mouthpiece.AWARDS:2nd Place, 2012 KAYfilms Summer Screenplay Contest
Top 50 Finalist (Teleplays, 30 mins), Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival
Official Selection (Best Screenplay Nominee), LA Neo Noir Novel, Film, and Script Fest
Semi-Finalist (Best Screenplay for Animated Short), BLASTOFF Festival
Semi-Fiinalist (Best Short Script), TSWY International Film Festival
Audience Favorite, WestFest 2016, Theatre West, Los Angeles, CA
Best Play, ACT ONE: One Act, The Secret Theatre, Long Island City, NY
1st Place, Teleplays, Burning Love Screenplay Contest, Poe Films
Genre Winner (Comedy) Best Screenplay, Asbury Park Music in Film Festival
2nd Place, KAYfilms Summer Screenplay Contest
Finalist, Original TV Pilot, Search For America's Newest Comedy Writer
Winner, Play, Six Players In Search of Two Plays, New Embassy Theatre, Cumberland, MD
Top 10 Finalist, Canadian Short Screenplay Competition