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BANG! The Curse Of John Wilkes Booth

Author: Scott Baker
Verse, magic, song, sideshow antics, and stand-up comedy combine to tell the mysterious legend of John Wilkes Booth in a one person theatre event.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 70 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 4/2/2013

Big Top Machine

Author: Kevin Augustine
Setting ancient hero mythology against our modern yearnings for magic, an aerialist performer joins a corporate-owned circus in search of wonder but finds an underworld sideshow instead.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
1 Act, 70 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1999
Date Added: 6/16/2011

Commedia Dell Smartass

Author: Sonya Sobieski
A Machiavellian fencing team captain convinces his nerdy friend to woo and win the school hottie, an overachieving Girl Scout—but only so that he can break them apart.
Content Advisory: Occasional/optional strong language, some kissing, mime
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 8/21/2012

Detention #13: Scrabbopolyland

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Five 10-minute plays adapted from classic board games.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
7 Females, 10 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/8/2013

Detention #2: A Grimm La Ronde

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
A full play based on a Grimm Fairy Tale with each scene written by a different writer.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/19/2013

From Busk Till Dawn: The Life of an NYC Street Performer

Author: Tim Intravia
7 Years of street performing in NYC makes many stories to tell, and so here you go.
Content Advisory: intended for mature audiences; there is strong language and adult content
1 Act, 55 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 10/17/2012

How I Came to Be Buffalo Bill

Author: Richard Warren
The adventures of Hon. William F. Cody, as told by himself in his very own words, mostly.
Content Advisory: Family-friendly
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2001
Date Added: 12/19/2011

Human 2.0 Part 1

Author: Flux Theatre Ensemble
Short plays by Johnna Adams, Erin Browne, Larry Kunofsky, and Fengar Gael that consider how humankind's senses might evolve and change in the future.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 50 Minutes
5 Females, 6 Males, 4 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 4/27/2012

I Shall Not Be Suede

Author: Ed Malin
A mysterious criminal transaction involves the children of those involved, including a young runaway from a circus family.
Content Advisory: Reference to prostitution
1 Act, 25 Minutes
1 Female, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 8/28/2013

Imminent, Indeed

Author: Bryn Manion
A macabre, post-modern gothic tale of innocence lost and wisdom gained wherein mathematical wunderkind, Miss Polly Peachum, descends most egregiously into the netherworld of villainous scoundrels captained by the nefarious Macheath.
Content Advisory: Sexual content and language, violence, strong language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
10 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Laughing Man

Author: Nicholas Priore
The origin story of our favorite villain.
Content Advisory: Disturbing and gruesome content
1 Act, 20 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/4/2016

One Head Too Many

Author: Edward Einhorn
A fairy tale from another planet in which a princess falls in love with her second head.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 45 Minutes
5 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 1/30/2014

Passion: Reincarnation of the Martyr

Author: Nicholas Priore
Renee Falconetti gave the greatest performance ever recorded in The Passion of Joan of Arc, but in doing so, became a martyr in her own right, driven mad by her director, Carl Dreyer, who would stop at nothing to push her into character.
Content Advisory: Brief nudity, disturbing images
4 Acts, 240 Minutes
10 Females, 18 Males, 12 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/3/2016

Playwriting Lab at SUNY/Empire State College: Short Plays

Author: The Playwriting Lab at SUNY/Empire State College
Five short plays where threat takes a strange form.
Content Advisory: Strong language.
1 Act, 160 Minutes
11 Females, 14 Males, 10 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 11/2/2014

Saint Arlecchino

Author: Lynn Berg
A comic portrayal of religion and the Catholic Church through the wringer of commedia del arte.
Content Advisory: Adult situations, language and humor
1 Act, 90 Minutes
6 Females, 11 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 6/29/2011

Sousepaw: ‘A Baseball Story’

Author: Jonathan A. Goldberg
Famed pitcher Rube Waddell has one last shot to make a big comeback, so he hires the Reptile Girl from the circus to keep him company -- and sober. This heartbreaking play explores their long night of broken promises, secrets, and past regrets.
Content Advisory: Adult language, brief nudity, adult situations
2 Acts, 70 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 9/21/2015

The Braggart of Bourbon St.

Author: Kevin P. Joyce
An American commedia about Mardi Gras and the Freedom of Speech.
Content Advisory: Adult themes, some strong language, partial nudity, alcohol usage
5 Acts, 160 Minutes
7 Females, 7 Males, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/7/2016

The Clown Family Murders

Author: Jonas Oppenheim
Tully Gumshoe is a terrible private eye, desperate to crack a case involving a family of criminal clowns and a seedy circus.
Content Advisory: A few jokes with strong language.
1 Act, 85 Minutes
4 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1999
Date Added: 9/6/2014

The Garden of Monsters

Author: Mara Lathrop
Hope takes a non-linear tour of post-WWII Dachau, the New York of 2045, present-day London, and a magical Italian garden in the swinging 60's.
Content Advisory: NA
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 11/15/2011

The Rope in Your Hands

Author: Siobhan O'Loughlin
Thirteen survivors tell their stories of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Content Advisory: Explicit Language.
1 Act, 60 Minutes
5 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 1/10/2015