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A Fire as Bright as Heaven

Author: Tim Collins
A five-part, multi-character solo show that explores America's social and political upheaval, from 9/11 to the 2008 presidential elections.
Content Advisory: Adult language and situations
1 Act, 90 Minutes
6 Females, 29 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 6/28/2011

Ain't She Brave: A Play of Poetry

Author: Ntare Ali & Erika Gault
A play of poetry detailing the history of African American women's journey in America.
Content Advisory:
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 11/16/2014

American Cake

Author: Jonathan Pereira
A solo satire about love and patriotism... and a lot of cake.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
1 Act, 55 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 2/27/2015

Another Day on Willow St

Author: Frank Anthony Polito
Two couples fight to learn the meaning of love, sacrifice, and living for today…before it’s too late.
Content Advisory: Contains adult language and situations
1 Act, 80 Minutes
1 Female, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 9/7/2011

Barriers

Author: Rehana Lew Mirza
When Sunima returns home to face her multi-cultural, Muslim family and announce her pending engagement, she instead becomes trapped in the family loss they never dealt with.
Content Advisory: NA
2 Acts, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2002
Date Added: 8/28/2011

Before Your Very Eyes

Author: Edward Elefterion
Set in the anxious landscape of September 11th and inspired by the haunting idea of learning something you wish you never knew; this play is a mystery about the personal truths revealed by a global tragedy.
Content Advisory: Strong language
2 Acts, 80 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 8/28/2011

Blackstocking Jenkins

Author: Eric Michael Kochmer
A blues musician is interrogated about terrorist activities in New York City.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 20 Minutes
0 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 2/17/2014

Browntown

Author: Sam Younis
Follows three brown-skinned actors as they audition for the role of a terrorist in a made-for-tv movie.
Content Advisory: Strong language, profanity
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Detention #11: End of Days

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Twenty 2-minute monologues exploring the possibility of the Mayan Apocalypse.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
8 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 10/10/2013

E-mail: 9/12

Author: Midge Guerrera
How sharing, caring, grieving and even allowing a spark of humor to fly through cyberspace helped our nation get through the painful aftermath of 9/11.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
1 Act, 80 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/5/2014

expat/inferno

Author: Alejandro Morales
Haunted by an encounter with a French chanteuse in a gay bar, Danny escapes post 9/11 New York to go to Paris … and come face to face with a tragedy he would do anything to forget.
Content Advisory: Strong language, Sexual situations
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Fall Forward

Author: Daniel Reitz
A play about choices and figuring out what really matters, originally performed in a Methodist Church two blocks from the World Trade Center.
Content Advisory: Adult themes
1 Act, 40 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 12/14/2011

Heel

Author: Jeff McMahon
Using text, movement, and imagery, HEEL marches through the collateral damage of September 11, 2001, examining both the attack and the culture of closure and forgetting.
Content Advisory: Some strong language. Not appropriate for children
1 Act, 50 Minutes
1 Gender Neutral Character
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2002
Date Added: 4/30/2012

I <3 Revolution

Author: Alexandra Panzer, Tara Schuster, Alice Winslow
Three ladies overwhelmed by their early 20s, swept up in the zeal of the Arab Spring, and taken by the boho-chic ways of Occupy Wall Street recruit followers for their own brand of fresh-to-death revolution.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 11/14/2012

ILLUMINATIon

Author: Nicholas Priore
A series of vignettes on the topic of a secret society that seeks to enslave us all.
Content Advisory: strong language
2 Acts, 130 Minutes
2 Females, 26 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 5/29/2016

In Five Boroughs (The Pre-9/11 Plays)

Author: David Dannenfelser
A collection of interrelated one-acts that takes a multicultural look at the people of New York City before the catastrophe that changed it forever.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 9 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1995
Date Added: 3/3/2016

In Our Name

Author: Elena Hartwell
A triptych of short, breathtaking one-acts about the ways that the War in Iraq has hit home, especially among American women.
Content Advisory: Descriptions of physical and psychological damage caused by combat
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 7/1/2011

Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times)

Author: Jonathan Blitstein
A provocative play told in seven scenes taking place over several years as we witness the devolution of a friendship between two young men who confront their troubled relationships and damaged psyches against the backdrop of the digital age.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 75 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 11/7/2011

Leak

Author: Temar Underwood
During a contentious presidential election, Peter Graves, a blog-writer, is leaked classified information that will blow the election wide open.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Violence
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
1 Female, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 10/17/2011

Lovers Leapt

Author: Leslie Bramm
A couple holds hands as they leap from the 83rd floor of the world trade center. On the way down they discover the relationship they might have had.
Content Advisory: Adult situations
1 Act, 19 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2001
Date Added: 8/28/2011

Meditations from North America

Author: Anthony P. Pennino
Rich McLain – kidnapped, tortured, alone, far from home – discovers that there are still choices.
Content Advisory: Adult content: strong language, harrowing situations (torture, etc.)
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Mo(u)rning

Author: Adrian Rodriguez
Inspired by the 9/11 tragedy, the play explores the diverse reactions to trauma in and around the disaster area.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 8/28/2011

Next

Author: Stephen Gracia
A mobile whorehouse is brought to an American army encampment in Europe during WWII, bringing to the surface issues of racism, sexuality, and the fear of impending death.
Content Advisory: Nudity (NOT full-frontal), strong language, sexual content
2 Acts, 80 Minutes
1 Female, 9 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/31/2012

No One

Author: Julia Lee Barclay-Morton
A meditation on our response to violence, specifically that inflicted on New York City and Washington, D.C. on 9/11/01 and the subsequent violence inflicted by the United States on Afghanistan in October 2001.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 55 Minutes

Year Written/Copyrighted: 2001
Date Added: 8/28/2011

One Nation Under

Author: Andrea Lepcio
A modern tragedy centered on the fall of a Federal Bench Judge poised to be picked for the Supreme Court; it is about the laws of the land and the laws we each, as individuals, choose to live by.
Content Advisory: Strong language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
4 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 10/10/2011

Over Here

Author: Meron Langsner
In New York City in the summer of 2002, the growing friendship between an Israeli immigrant and a Palestinian-American is put into crisis by both local prejudices and events overseas.
Content Advisory: Strong language, violence, Mid East politics
1 Act, 55 Minutes
0 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 9/3/2014

Panichorea

Author: Richard Hinojosa
A multi-media political/social satire that lampoons our paranoid and greedy reactions to a fabricated crisis that is played out in a series of related comic sketches and news reels.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, comic violence
1 Act, 60 Minutes
6 Females, 14 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2002
Date Added: 6/16/2011

second.

Author: Neal Utterback
In a hotel room, a scientist and a prostitute test the boundaries of trust; In their brownstone, a doctor and a TV news-reporter teeter on the edge of their future; In a tenement, two criminals on a job await further instructions.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 6/29/2014

Short Plays by Sheri Wilner, Volume One: Duets

Author: Sheri Wilner
These ten-minute "duets" tell funny yet poignant tales about finding connection in the unlikeliest places, giving voice to our deepest fears and the joy of discovering someone who sings the same song as you.
Content Advisory: Some plays contain adult language. If there are any words that prohibit your theatre or school from performing the play, please contact the author for possible word substitutions.
1 Act, 75 Minutes
7 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 1/8/2014

Still Life

Author: Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
In the wake of a subway bombing in an unnamed city, three people become inextricably linked when a young woman goes missing -- her mother, her husband, and a mysterious 20-something photographer documenting the way we adjust to life and loss in a terrorist age. A darkly comic exploration of shared grief.
Content Advisory: Strong Language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 4/24/2016

The Americans

Author: Matthew Freeman
A young man writes a poem, “The Americans,” so beautiful that the walls of his room rise into the sky and explode, covering New York in wood and plaster rain; for three young men vaguely nervous about what their lives are becoming, it is, at least, something different.
Content Advisory: Strong Language
1 Act, 75 Minutes
0 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 8/28/2011

The Fortification of Miss Grace Wren

Author: Robin Rice
An elementary school teacher is so traumatized by the events of 9/11 she can’t return to the classroom until a statue of Peter Stuyvesant comes to life and gives her a renewed will to live.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 20 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 6/30/2014

The Permanent Night

Author: Kari Bentley-Quinn
During a blackout that plunged NYC into darkness, secrets and betrayals illuminate the flaws of a wealthy couple's seemingly perfect marriage, a first encounter sheds light on the scars of a young woman's past, and the night leaves an indelible mark on them all.
Content Advisory: Strong Language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 1/5/2013

The Third Seat

Author: Sergei Burbank
A man surveys the wrecked remnants of his life as the ghosts of his lost family swirl around him, blurring the line between nightmare and reality.
Content Advisory: Adult situations, strong language
1 Act, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 1/12/2013

The Year After

Author: Penny Jackson
Set a year after 9/11, these two plays show how strangers of different ages, religions and races discover healing and hope through random encounters on the New York City subway and The Staten Island Ferry.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 45 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 11/21/2013

This Is a Newspaper

Author: Jordan Seavey
Who has it worse – hostages in a Moscow theatre or Winona Ryder caught shoplifting? A satirical take on post-9/11 news that proves that the stories we read in the paper are just stories.
Content Advisory: Strong language and adult themes
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 7/22/2011

Travis Tanner

Author: Melanie N. Lee
In Bush's 2003, a famous-yet-fading White comedian shifts to the hard right, moving a devoted fan, a left-leaning Black female grad student, to battle to win him back from the "Dark Side".
Content Advisory: Mild cursing, including wordplay on the F word, without using the word itself
1 Act, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males, 8 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 7/2/2011

Tuesday

Author: Marc Morales
On Tuesday September eleventh two thousand and one God sent an Angel to New York.
Content Advisory: Contains some profanity and deals with sensitive issues such as death and religion
1 Act, 105 Minutes
11 Females, 13 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 8/28/2011

War Crimes

Author: Sergei Burbank
When the former president of the United States is brought to trial at The Hague for crimes against humanity, John Warder -- a guard at a prison camp on U.S. soil where Arab-Americans were tortured, brutalized, and worse -- appears with conclusive evidence about what went on and why.
Content Advisory: Strong language
3 Acts, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 9/7/2012

Waxing West

Author: Saviana Stanescu
A Romanian mail-ordered bride, haunted by the ghosts of dictator Ceausescu and his wife Elena, discovers a weird side of the American Dream.
Content Advisory: Some adult content (a sexually explicit description of a role play sex-session)
2 Acts, 100 Minutes
4 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 11/2/2011

While Chasing the Fantastic

Author: Derek Ahonen
A story of terrorism and the conclusions we jump to based upon fear.
Content Advisory: There is adult content in this play. Strong language.
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 12/15/2014

White House Wives: Operation Lysistrata!

Author: Yvette Heyliger
First Lady Laura Bush proposes a preemptive sex strike to the wives of the architects of the impending war in Iraq, but will they enlist?
Content Advisory: Sexual innuendo and humor
2 Acts, 150 Minutes
6 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 5/26/2012

Wrong Barbarians

Author: Timothy Nolan
Two strangers meet in a diner & the prism of suspicion distorts every perception. In the culture of dread, patriotism is perverted, leadership is AWOL & freedom is lost. The cost is devastating. "I let the fear inside me, rape me…and now I'm pregnant with the fear…”
Content Advisory: Offstage violence
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 8/28/2011

Zen A.M.

Author: Natalie Menna
In the wake of 9/11, Bruno abandons his lucrative Wall Street career to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a painter. After years of struggling, he finally books a once in a lifetime project, only to develop major misgivings about completing his painting. Can a marriage-minded girlfriend, greedy guru, financial folly, and one bitchy boss change Bruno's mind?
Content Advisory: N/A
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 2/14/2016