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Going Solo

Self-exiled at home for decades, an agoraphobic mother must choose between her recluse life and trekking through the scary bustle of NYC to see her estranged daughter perform a solo at Carnegie Hall and, while she takes this voyage with her two loved-starved friends, this eclectic, female ensemble allow us to laugh and cry while making us believe we are never too old to dream and never too young to forgive Synopsis PDF Excerpt

Written by: Robert Gately and Drew Keil     [Contact Author]    Interviews
Format: Stageplay
Starring Roles For: Kathy Bates
Shirley McLaine
Debbie Reynolds
In the Vein Of: Grumpy Old 'Women'
These Old Broads
Golden Girls
Posted: 08/19/2003
Updated: 07/08/2018
Author Bio: Robert Gately’s short bio: Since retiring early in 1998, Robert has written 2 novels, 2 non-fiction books, 12 screenplays and 3 stage plays. His body of work has been recognized in over 300 festival, stage, book and screenplay competitions around the world (over 170 of those were finalist or better). The finalist or better placements include book, screen and stage play successes in Faulkner/Wisdom Creative Writing contest, Norumbego Fiction Award, Chesterfield, Writer's Network, Dana Awards, Frontiers in Writing, SFWP (Santa Fe), etc. Of these, Robert has won 27 contests and came in 2nd place in 19 others (e.g., Spirit Quest, Breckenridge, Telluride, Fade In Magazine, Garden State Film Festival, etc.) His short play was produced at the BaCCA Performing Arts Center at a One Act Festival on Long Island, and his longer stage plays won a reading series at Abingdon Theatre in NYC and Ohio State University and, when his writing buddy joined the mix (Drew Keil - see below), "Going Solo" won the stage play category in the London Film Awards, the Chicago Screenplay Contest, and American Movie Awards. Four of his scripts appear on the ‘top ten’ listings 9 times, and he has the winningest stage play on that same site. He taught screenwriting 101 at the local community college and was one of the Temple University judges for the Freese Award screenwriting competition. Website:; email:

Drew Keil’s short bio: For the last thirty years, as an actor, director and playwright, Drew has frequented Long Island’s, community and regional stages, most notably with Hofstra USA Productions. His acting credits culminate with his Antonio Salieri role in Amadeus and his radio role of Jack Kerouac in Jack’s Last Call. His professional stage and screen career has featured a kiss from Susan Lucci back in the 70’s; a pillow fight with George C. Scott; a commercial with Luciano Pavarotti; a performance of Julius Caesar with Brian Dennehy); a drama class with Kevin Bacon; and a handshake with John Lennon. He’s a produced playwright (Heaven Sent) at Hofstra University.

Contest Results: American Movie Awards (First Place, stage play category) [2014]
Chicago Screenplay Contest (First Place, stage play category) [2014]
Las Vegas Screenplay (Second Place, 2015 - stage) [2015]
Women's Film & Script (Finalist, emailed me I was a 'finalist.) [2018]
Cannes Screenplay (Third Place, stage category) [2015]
Headline International (Semifinalist) [2017]
London Film Awards (First Place, Stage Play category) [2013]
World Series (Second Place, stage category) [2013]
Colorado Fest (Second Place) [2010]
Hollywood Screenplay (Second Place, 2nd in stage play category) [2011]
Tennessee (Second Place) [2004]
Downbeach (Third Place) [2009]
New York Screenplay (Third Place, Stage category) [2013]
Beverly Hills Screenplay (Third Place, stage category) [2013]
Mountain Film (Finalist) [2010]
Acclaim Film (Finalist) [2009]
Cinema City Fest (Finalist) [2009]
Bare Bones (Finalist) [2009]
Bridge (Semifinalist) [2009]
BlueCat Contest (Quarterfinalist) [2009]
Cinestory Feature (Quarterfinalist, feature) [2002]
Chesterfield (Semifinalist) [2003]
Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition (Semifinalist) [2003]
Barrier Magazine (Semifinalist) [2002]
American Screenwriting (Semifinalist, Flatshoe) [2004]
Writers On The Storm (Quarterfinalist) [2009]
Nevada Film Office (Semifinalist) [2005]
StoryPros International (Quarterfinalist, 2010 and 2013) [2013]
Screenplay Search (Semifinalist) [2009]
California (Semifinalist) [2010]
WriteMovies (Semifinalist, WMC-32) [2013]
Cynosure (Quarterfinalist) [2014]
Cash Pot (Quarterfinalist) [2013]
Writer's Digest (Honorable Mention, 72nd; 75th; 78th; '03; '07;'09) [2009]
Back in the Box (Quarterfinalist) [2009]