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Bauske, Kris

Kris Bauske

Kris BauskeKris Bauske was born in rural Southwest Michigan, USA. A tomboy with a deep love of books and plays, Kris was active in theatrical productions throughout high school and college. Kris earned her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. She became a Technical Writer and lived throughout the Midwest before settling in Orlando, FL in 1994. 

Her first play, A Good Old Fashioned, Redneck Country Christmas, written in 2008 garnered national attention and is published by Samuel French. It has now been adapted for the stage as a musical and is represented by Gary DaSilva 111 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 250 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-6850, as are all of her works. The musical is published by Samuel French, Inc. Kris wrote the screenplay for both versions, and they are currently under consideration for production by numerous organizations. 

Kris has been a finalist or winner in numerous competitions around the country since 2008, including the 2010 & 2012 Great Plains Theatre Conference, Aurora Theatre’s GAP Festival of New Plays, Reva Shiner Comedy Award, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Big Arts of Sanibel, Harriet Lake Festival of New Plays, Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre, The Players’ Theatre of Sarasota, TADA (Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Arts), the Hormel Festival of New Plays at the Phoenix Theatre, and the Ashland New Play Festival. 

Kris’ comedy, Simon Says has been read by Mr. Neil Simon who granted permission for the use of his likeness in the script. 

Her plays include: 

The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister, a drawing room comedy/farce that examines the effects of stroke on the family of a world-famous playwright. 

Grandma’s Little Helper, a unique comedic drama examining aging, hypocrisy, and family responsibility in the computer age. Published by Play It Again. 

Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susan Carol McCarthy. When the KKK kidnaps, tortures, and kills the son of their friend and foreman, one white family refuses to back down. Published by Play It Again. 

The Growers, based on actual events during WWII. This extraordinary story of three German POWs working in America’s Heartland is already receiving significant attention nationwide. Published by Play It Again. 

Whispers to the Moon, a bittersweet and lovely story about love, life, and loss. Premiered 2014 Ft. Wayne Civic. 

A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding, the long-awaited sequel to ‘Redneck Christmas’ premieres 11/15 

The Perfect Winter Holiday Play for the Politically Correct, which takes on political correctness run amok and pokes fun at just about everybody. 

The ‘F’ Word, an unusual play about our commonplace use of the infamous ‘F’ word and how it affects the world. 

Kris is a full member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, League of Professional Theatre Women, International Centre for Women Playwrights, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and the Theatre Communications Group. She was nominated for the 2011, 2013, & 2015 Francesca Primus award presented by ATCA for Outstanding Emerging Female Playwright. Kris is also a board member for ICWP and was co-chair for their prestigious 2014 & 2015 50/50 Applause Awards. She continues to write from her home near Orlando, FL where she mentors other writers and playwrights offering advice, editing, and a shoulder to cry on as needed.

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