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18 Victoria

Author: Cody Daigle
An asteriod will collide with the Earth in three weeks, and three siblings scramble to mend their fractured family and make sense of the devastating secret that originally tore them apart.
Content Advisory: Adult language and themes
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 7/31/2014

A List of Irrational Fears for Future Leaders of the World

Author: Andrew Kaberline
The play takes place over eleven years, as Kenrick and Jorja learn to live together while selfishly destroying the scary unknown that is twentysomething life, in a dark investigation of the power of fear, the state of trust in a youthful world, and the inane mental responses to tragedy.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, People in their Underwear (Mild Nudity?)
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 3/12/2014

A Procession of Clouds

Author: Lynda Crawford
A play about a woman from Lesotho, Southern Africa, who tries to make a difference amidst a terrible time for her people.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 95 Minutes
6 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 2/17/2016

Acts of Contrition

Author: Timothy Nolan
What begins as a summer beach retreat turns into a fight for the souls of three young priests as The Cardinal looms over their actions - past and present - and hideous long-kept secrets are revealed and faith, friendship and the seal of the confessional are all put to the test.
Content Advisory: Play contains graphic descriptions of sex acts involving minors and adults.
1 Act, 85 Minutes
0 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Alabama Bound

Author: Charlotte Higgins
A one-woman play featuring five different darkly humorous, sometimes heartbreaking vignettes of Southern women in various stages of trouble.
Content Advisory: Some violence and strong language. Not appropriate for younger audiences
1 Act, 60 Minutes
5 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/8/2013

Around the Night Park

Author: Maria Micheles
Heidi’s a New York City school teacher/ actress, and Till is a musician/former sex offender who meet at a party. Seeking the help of institutions—psycho-analysis, Till’s family, the penal system, along with dolls and games, the two try to move forward--but will the system and others make it possible for them?
Content Advisory: The story is about a convicted sex offender, who went to jail for viewing child pornography. There is nothing graphic
1 Act, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 3/16/2012

Because of Beth

Author: Elana Gartner
In the aftermath of her mother’s death, teenage Penny risks her relationship with her irresponsible older sister and new guardian, to learn about their long-missing father but discovers treacherous and dangerous secrets no one wanted her to know.
Content Advisory: Strong language, some physical violence
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 6/19/2014

Bring us the Head of Your Daughter

Author: Derek Ahonen
A story of interracial lesbians, false flags, and angry America.
Content Advisory: There is adult content in this play. Strong language.
1 Act, 110 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 12/1/2014

C.O.A.L. (confessions of a liar)

Author: David Brian Colbert
A charming and witty liar named Coal, comes to us in the form of Man, Woman, Girl and Boy, and together, they revisit a small West Virginia town, taking on the colorful and unsavory characters of their past, to try to come to terms with the lies they've told to change their truth.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Adult situations, Violence
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 5/29/2016

Come to Starr Street

Author: Ren D. Santiago
A typical night at Starr Street for Ani, John, and Ten is sprinkled with cocaine, liquor, music, longing, and laughter until nothing is funny and the purpose is lost.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 4/16/2015

Comes a Faery

Author: James McLindon
A little girl whose single mother has been deployed overseas is visited by a cantankerous Irish fairy: Has he come to keep the lonely child company … or to steal her soul?
Content Advisory: A small amount of strong language
2 Acts, 95 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 5/3/2016

Dad and the Dog

Author: Ken Wolf
It is the Summer of 1969, and Mom has left with the five kids to live with her parents, and Dad is left with the Family dog, Missy, and that is when everything changed.
Content Advisory: An occasional F- word but it can be cut in production
1 Act, 70 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 11/24/2013

Dazl, aka The Cradle Robber Within

Author: Kirk Wood Bromley
A play about a golden little being who charms everyone she meets...at least almost every one: This is Dr. Seuss meets Pillowman meets Death of a Salesman in a wild ride of a “kids of all ages” show that looks into the heart-wrenching realities of how “growing up is coming down.”
Content Advisory: Adult language, no nudity required
2 Acts

Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 2/23/2013

Detention #6: Who’s Afraid of Lear’s War Horse

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Three 10-minute plays that parody great works of theater.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
7 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/19/2013

Eaten Voices

Author: Lavinia Roberts
Leona, a brash and bright young girl, finds herself trapped in night, a place of stories, dance, and music, followed by strange creatures.
Content Advisory: Discusses sexual violence, PTSD. 
1 Act, 60 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/25/2016

Failure to Thrive (We Small Hours)

Author: Jeff McMahon
Roping together political/sexual violation with moments of redemption and epiphany, this solo leaps from fascist apologists to terrorists to pedophiles grooming their victims "in the wee small hours of the morning."
Content Advisory: language and subject
1 Act, 24 Minutes
1 Gender Neutral Character
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 6/1/2012

Final Countdown

Author: Saviana Stanescu
A torrid Balkan Americanized absurdist comic adventurette about balloons, children and deviant parents.
Content Advisory: some adult content, graphic sexual elements, a rape
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Hot Steams

Author: Zach Wegner
Sanity's at stake as a man finds himself jailed and dressed in a Santa suit with no memory.
Content Advisory: Some conversations require a mature ear.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
0 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/15/2014

IOWA OF MY mind

Author: Barbara Cassidy
What should a mother do when she finds out her neighbor is a sex offender?
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 7/15/2014

Join the Circus: A Collection of Short Plays

Author: Stacy Davidowitz
Experience the consequences of puberty, the afterlife of a runner, a nightmarish audition, a psychotic Craigslist couple, and competing spermatozoa as you ride this collection of serious and not so serious short plays.
Content Advisory: Strong language, adult themes
1 Act, 60 Minutes
4 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 8/25/2012

Kaspar Hauser: The Open Secret of the Foundling Prince

Author: Glen Williamson
A boy, locked in the dark alone for years, appeared on the streets of Nuremburg in 1828, barely able to stand, walk or speak. A true story and a supernatural journey through darkness to light.
Content Advisory:
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
1 Gender Neutral Character
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 9/21/2016

Landscape With Missing Person

Author: John Crutchfield
A teenage railroad-punk, a strange middle-aged man, and a road-trip across America: what begins as a chance encounter turns into a wild and unpredictable quest in search of True Love.
Content Advisory: The play does contain strong language. Although there is adult content (sexuality, prostitution, mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse), these themes are implied rather than explicitly represented.
2 Acts, 110 Minutes
7 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 10/8/2013

Magdalen

Author: Erin Layton
Long silenced voices are unveiled in this one woman play about the concealed lives hidden behind convent walls where unwed mothers, prostitutes and flirts are told they can "wash away their sins" in commercial laundries run by nuns.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 60 Minutes
6 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 10/4/2012

Miracle Village

Author: Stacy Davidowitz
The harmony of a self-sufficient Christian community of sex offenders in rural Florida is shattered by their newest arrival.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexually explicit, sexual content, violence
1 Act, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 11/14/2015

Miss

Author: Michael Ross Albert
A shocking accident at a private boarding school irrevocably changes the lives of a teacher, her fiancé, and a troubled student.
Content Advisory: Strong language, mature subject matter, violence
1 Act, 60 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 9/29/2016

My First Autograce Homeography (1973-1974)

Author: Julia Lee Barclay-Morton
A cut-up of memories, personal, political, traumatic, funny and absurd from a childhood in the weirdness that was 1973-1974 in America (Watergate, Patty Hearst, The 6 Million Dollar Man, experimental dance, The Living Theatre, unhinged caretakers and All Those Solo Albums).
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 12/3/2014

My Penis – In and Out of Trouble

Author: Antonio Sacre
A remarkable, brutally funny, controversial, and disturbing personal exploration of sex, sexuality, and manhood.
Content Advisory: strong language and adult situations, include strong sexual language and situations
1 Act, 60 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1998
Date Added: 1/25/2013

Open Up

Author: Kimberly Pau
A demonic child pop prodigy struggles with his feelings of love for the other half of his act.
Content Advisory: Strong language and sexual situations
1 Act, 60 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 11/30/2012

Oscar Tango-Bravo

Author: Ed Malin
A comic look at conspiracy theories and the people who believe in them, in light of 20th Century events like the Cuban Sandwich Crisis.
Content Advisory: Some sexual jokes
1 Act, 50 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 2/23/2014

Pink!

Author: Stacy Davidowitz
Left to their own devices, the 12 year-old campers of Bunk 14 navigate a strict social caste system with hilarious and increasingly terrifying results.
Content Advisory: Strong language, adult themes. Recommended for audiences 16+
1 Act, 90 Minutes
5 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 11/1/2011

Plays for Actors (Short Plays For Actor Training)

Author: David Dannenfelser
A complete, comprehensive, skill development and training-centered source of materials for use by Instructors and Students in the study of Introductory and Intermediate Acting.
Content Advisory: Some strong language and challenging ideas
1 Act
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 5/15/2014

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

Polanski Polanski

Author: Saviana Stanescu
A poetic monodrama imagining/exploring three threshold moments in the life of famed film director Roman Polanski; a fictionalized tale of desire, escape and punishment blending elements of film and theater as it delves into the brilliant mind of the controversial figure.
Content Advisory: Erotic language
1 Act, 70 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 9/11/2013

Presumed Retarded

Author: Ed Malin
This dark comedy explores the private lives of two World War II-era movie stars and their child, who has been hidden away in a mental asylum for most of her life.
Content Advisory: Dialogue about child abuse
1 Act, 90 Minutes
5 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 12/13/2015

Sacred Water

Author: Stacy Davidowitz
Amidst the Miami Race Riots of 1980, Sacred Water is a darkly comic manifestation of psychosis for two would-be parents.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Violence
1 Act, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 8/27/2013

Sam and Gus

Author: Daniel Talbott
When Sam woke up today, she didn’t expect the world to be covered in darkness and snow, or to be visiting her long deceased and beloved brother. Whether a nightmare or a new reality, the opportunity to slaughter their past and move forward together comes knocking on their door.
Content Advisory: Adult content: strong language, extreme violence, nudity, and sexual content
1 Act, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 1/25/2012

Spitting In The Face Of The Devil

Author: Bob Brader
The totally true story of Bob Brader discovering his abusive and charismatic ex-Marine father's dark secret.
Content Advisory: Strong Language and Adult Situations
1 Act, 80 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 11/20/2011

Stavrogin's Confession

Author: John Regis
A tormented nihilist visits a Russian Orthodox Bishop in order to confess real and imagined sins, and, in doing so, reveals more than he intended.
Content Advisory: Strong language; implied sexual relations between an adult and a minor
1 Act, 80 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1998
Date Added: 7/2/2011

Strange Attractions

Author: David L. Epstein
Some things should remain secret. Or should they? Three sisters from the Chicago suburbs reunite only to be reminded of the reasons they became estranged.
Content Advisory: Strong language
2 Acts, 105 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 4/4/2012

T.L.C.

Author: Robert Moulthrop
Evelyn Coleman is a nurse; she has developed ways to cope with her difficult life. When she discovers her son is engaged, she decides she will literally do anything to get him back.
Content Advisory: Language, drugs and alcohol, addiction
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Tea in the Afternoon

Author: Vanessa Shealy
To unearth family secrets, Elizabeth seeks out her feisty great aunt, Bes, but what she discovers is a strange sisterhood that will never be forgotten.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 7/23/2013

Teenie

Author: Nicholas Priore
Nick and Tammy visit their eighteen year old daughter for the first time since injuring her as an infant.
Content Advisory: Strong language, Adult Themes, Brief violence
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 2/14/2016

The Demon Hunter

Author: Nat Cassidy
A troubled boy grows dangerously obsessed with creatures of darkness, a mysterious street magician perfects a devastating new trick, and a single mother meets with a new therapist in order to better understand the terrifying thoughts that have begun to possess her.
Content Advisory: Strong language, disturbing imagery
1 Act, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 3/7/2016

The Director

Author: Barbara Cassidy
A woman is approached on the streets of NY by a film director, and having been affected by the experience, decides to interview other women who have had similar contacts.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual situations, some nudity
1 Act, 75 Minutes
8 Females, 2 Males, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 2/25/2014

The Eyes of Love

Author: Ken Wolf
The story of therapist Mark Ryan, who himself suffers from conversion hysteria and PTSD, who falls in love with one of his patients.
Content Advisory: Strong Language and talk about sexual abuse.
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 7/5/2014

The Gin Baby

Author: Sarah Shaefer
A contemporary play about a young alcoholic whose life falls apart after getting sober.
Content Advisory: language, sexual violence
1 Act, 100 Minutes
4 Females, 3 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/29/2014

The Jocker

Author: Clint Jefferies
Based on historical fact, The Jocker explores relationships between men riding the rails during the great depression.
Content Advisory: Nudity, Violence, Strong Language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
0 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1998
Date Added: 8/24/2013

The Life

Author: Tammy McNeill
Rebecca has the perfect life, a loving husband and a beautiful son, but when the secrets of her past are revealed, she is forced to confront the person she has been, and try to make amends to those she left behind.
Content Advisory: Nudity, strong language, drug use, sexual situations.
2 Acts, 80 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 10/19/2014

The Monologue Series: Confessions Of Sin

Author: James Fauvell
Five confessional monologues written by five different playwrights.
Content Advisory: adult language, adult themes
1 Act, 60 Minutes
1 Female, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 7/29/2014

The Porcelain Doll

Author: Lisa Maynard
Secrets and lies lead to relationships with false selves where intimacy is impossible.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 80 Minutes
5 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 10/19/2014

The Rubber Room

Author: Stacy Davidowitz
Six NYC public school teachers accused of misconduct are plucked from their classrooms and assigned to the same Sarte-like holding tank as they await disciplinary hearings.
Content Advisory: Strong language, adult themes
4 Acts, 125 Minutes
5 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/14/2012

The Unchained Collection

Author: Variations Theatre Group
Plays from the finals of the 2013 Unchained Festival, presented by Variations Theatre Group.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 120 Minutes
10 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 10/23/2013

True Believers

Author: Thom Dunn
A tale of star-crossed lovers, aspiring comic book creators, psychotic fanboys, cybernetically enhanced humans, and girls who dress like Princess Leia as their lives intertwine over a whirlwind weekend at a comic book convention.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual topics addressed
1 Act, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 5 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 11/24/2014

Turn 22

Author: Nicholas Priore
Bruno turns 22 today, and his only wish is that he doesn’t turn into his mentally ill mother, a once bright and promising young woman who lost her mind at his very age.
Content Advisory: Strong language, some obscenities, and blood.
2 Acts, 129 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/6/2016

Warm Enough for Swimming

Author: Maggie Cino
Estranged siblings clean the living room after the death of the grandmother who raised them.
Content Advisory: Language, sexual situations, death
1 Act, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 12/1/2014

We Call Her Benny

Author: Suzanne Bachner
A dynamic, kaleidoscopic 10-actor ensemble piece that tells the story of a young woman’s victory through adoption, bipolar disorder, sexual abuse, a broken marriage and the ambivalent search for her birth parents.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual situation
1 Act, 60 Minutes
4 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 2/12/2012

What Happened When

Author: Daniel Talbott
Two young men, brothers who have recently been separated, reunite for a night of reminiscence and truth telling.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual content, and adult themes
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 9/19/2011

Where the Wild Ones Play

Author: Job Ethan Christenson
David delves into his past with his younger self, exploring the one relationship that could've changed it all.
Content Advisory: Mental illness and sexual abuse
1 Act, 50 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 9/13/2016

Where's Julie?

Author: Daniel Guyton
15-year old Julie runs away from home to escape her abusive father, her delusional mother, and her autistic younger brother, only to find herself "knocked up" by her pothead boyfriend, harassed by her selfish older sister, and shunned by her Born-Again Christian friend - but, when she contemplates abortion, that's when the play gets really funny.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual innuendo, implied drug use, depiction of child abuse
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 4 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2001
Date Added: 3/11/2015

Women w/o Walls

Author: Robin Rice
Three women are trapped in an express subway train and the cobweb-covered nurse on board refuses to divulge where they are going, persisting in knitting and dispensing licorice.
Content Advisory: strong language, lesbian love addressed though no overt sexual content.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 7/2/2014

Women’s Work Short Play Festival: Group A

Author: New Perspectives Theatre Company
Selected plays from the annual festival of new plays by women.
Content Advisory: Strong language; sexual situations.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
10 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 4/14/2016

You're a Good Boy, Abercorn

Author: Topher Cusumano
The play explores a grotesque landscape of ritual, sexual violence, and survivor’s guilt, through the eyes of a young man who was kidnapped by a sadistic monster.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Physical & Mental Violence, Simulated sexual activity
1 Act, 30 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 4/24/2013