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(o)n the 5:31

Author: Mando Alvarado
A bar. A blind date. And a trip into what could have been and what really happened.
Content Advisory: Some adult language and situations
1 Act, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 12/11/2012

Antiquity

Author: Nicholas Priore
When Franky and Jesse see an old doll of theirs on Antiques Roadshow and find out what it’s worth, they go on a mission to get it back.
Content Advisory: Strong language, violence, and adult content
1 Act, 30 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 9/28/2016

Any Day Now

Author: Nat Cassidy
As the world wrestles with the sociological, biological, and theological meanings behind unexplained resurrections of the recently deceased, one Connecticut family learns that what they thought was buried may in fact devour them all.
Content Advisory: Strong language, some graphic violence and sexual imagery
3 Acts, 160 Minutes
4 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 10/17/2011

As Directed

Author: Dawn Sofia
Sandi Sabattini, obedient executive secretary and divorced menopausal mom, gets entangled in an office crisis with her philandering boss and is forced to confront her guilty conscience and choose which path to follow.
Content Advisory: adult theme/strong language
1 Act, 55 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 12/13/2011

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

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 #15: Dear Jane

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
A full-length play about the life and death of Jane. Each scene is written by a different writer.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
6 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/8/2013

Detention #7: One Minute Plays

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Thirty one-minute plays grouped into five clumps based loosely on a common theme.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
12 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 10/10/2013

Diving Normal

Author: Ashlin Halfnight
An unlikely trio of urbanites balance love, friendship and sexual compulsion.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual situations
1 Act, 80 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 6/17/2011

Down the Drain

Author: Stanton Wood
This play explores not just how Annie Wilson gets to the point where she can kill her children, but also the ramifications of this event (and her subsequent attempts to conceal the truth) on both herself and her community.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual situations, murder
3 Acts, 120 Minutes
7 Females, 14 Males, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2000
Date Added: 7/27/2014

Faith

Author: James McLindon
When an Angel of the Lord appears to 12-year-old Simon in the Walmart’s parking lot, his prayers to God to become His prophet have finally been answered … or have they?
Content Advisory: NA
2 Acts, 105 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 10/22/2011

Fathers & Sons

Author: Zack Friedman
Al Marshall must keep his life in balance as he looks after his depressed adolescent son and his nostalgic, aging father.
Content Advisory: Strong language, adult situations (talk of suicide) 
1 Act, 80 Minutes
0 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 10/26/2015

Flowers in the Desert

Author: Donna Hoke
After 14 years of marriage, Britt and Joe called it quits, so Joe is surprised when three years later, Britt asks him to try again. Cheater Joe still loves his ex and their boys, so he’s willing to go along with dates nights and counseling—until he realizes that Britt has a very specific agenda.
Content Advisory: A couple F bombs (though I have a copy where they are removed, as this is a great community theater play), some talk about sex
1 Act, 75 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 2/5/2015

Going Up

Author: Penny Jackson
Some people can really push your buttons: A businessman and a drag queen get stuck in an elevator at the Marriott Hotel.
Content Advisory: Strong language.
1 Act, 50 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 4/14/2015

Great Kills

Author: Tom Diriwachter
The play reflects the big-time aspirations of small-timers in Staten Island, as a get-rich-quick scheme unravels over the course of a drunken evening, and the men's desperate realities become apparent.
Content Advisory: Strong language, drinking, drug references.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
0 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 6/9/2015

Hand, Job: Four plays about love, sex and work

Author: Jonathan Kravetz
Four short plays about love, sex and work.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual situations, Adult themes,
1 Act, 57 Minutes
2 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 9/18/2014

How to Be a Good Italian Daughter (in spite of myself)

Author: Antoinette LaVecchia
A one-woman show that examines the hysterical and universal struggles between an immigrant Italian mother and her Americanized daughter.
Content Advisory: Strong Language
1 Act, 60 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 1/2/2014

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

Immaculate (or)The Son

Author: Nicholas Priore
The untold story of Jesus Christ…the greatest story never told.
Content Advisory: Sexual content, drug use
1 Act, 80 Minutes
3 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 9/28/2016

In Memory of Edgar Lutzen

Author: David Hauptschein
In the year 1905, Sweden's most acclaimed painter, Edgar Lutzen, becomes obsessed with alchemy, and is beset by jealousy and paranoid visions that cause his marriage and life to unravel.
Content Advisory:
2 Acts, 135 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 7/5/2014

Juliet

Author: Omar Sangare
A woman appears on her balcony to develop her one-woman drama.
Content Advisory: Some Adult language
2 Acts, 50 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1999
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Leading Men

Author: Blake Walton
One man’s evolution into his true manhood as he understands and admires his own father when he becomes a father himself.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 1/24/2014

Little Edie and the Marble Faun

Author: David Lally
Handyman Jerry Torre was referred to as "The Marble Faun" by Edith Bouvier Beale (best known for her reclusive life with her mother, Edith in the East Hampton mansion, "Grey Gardens".) Here is Hawthorne’s story, “The Marble Faun”, featuring Miriam and Donatello and how their lives parallel the lives of Big Edie, Little Edie and Jerry.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 55 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 5/6/2015

Me

Author: Kirk Wood Bromley
A theatrical meditation on self-identity, where Bromley starts out looking to write a play about himself and takes detours through his personal relationship with his placenta, the recent extinction of the white river dolphin of the Yangtze in China, and just what exactly he means when he says, “I am the chosen fish, chosen by me / To save the planet from humanity.”
Content Advisory: Adult language, no nudity
1 Act, 100 Minutes
10 Gender Neutral Characters
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 2/28/2013

Meaty One Act Plays

Author: Mark Loewenstern
Food for thought, including three finalists for the Heideman Award!
Content Advisory:
1 Act
5 Females, 4 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/12/2014

Mr. Cupcake

Author: Ken Wolf
The story of a young woman who meets a homeless man who she believes to be her late father, and through her relationship with this homeless man, she heals her relationship with her mother, brother and boyfriend.
Content Advisory: The character of Aaron makes sexual innuendos and later on in the play he makes reference to a strap on, then he shows it to a character and she hits him with it. Strong Language - the use of profanity at times.
2 Acts, 105 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 9/7/2012

One and a Half Steps

Author: Nicholas Priore
Tony cannot stand to stay and watch his wife, Kris, deteriorate…but how can he possibly leave her behind in that state?
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Adult Themes
1 Act, 31 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 9/22/2016

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

Pennysaver

Author: Nicholas Priore
Tommy has finally found Penny, and whether she likes it or not, he will never let her go.
Content Advisory: Strong language, brief violence
1 Act, 20 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/3/2016

Picture Incomplete, a one man musical

Author: Trent Armand Kendall
Feeling older, but not wiser, The Storyteller takes a journey of discovery told through multiple characters, monologues and original songs.
Content Advisory: Adult content, some strong language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 12/10/2011

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

Quit the Road Jack

Author: Jerry Polner
When the son of a divorced and miserable couple of burnt-out ex-musicians runs away from home to join up with the immigrant worker rights movement, mom and dad are forced to travel across North America together to find their boy.
Content Advisory: A four-letter word is used once, sexual situations are referred to but not played, no nudity or repeated strong language.
1 Act, 105 Minutes
3 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 5/12/2015

Raw Stitch

Author: Jacqueline Goldfinger
A pub comedy for the enthusiastically inebriated and sexually active. In this series of wickedly comic monologues, eight women go on gloriously drunken quests to explore their sexual identities in search of the eternal orgasm of self-knowledge.
Content Advisory: Strong language, hilarious sexual content, admission of poultry molestation
1 Act, 60 Minutes
8 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/5/2012

Scrambled Eggs

Author: Templeton Moss
Sally and Nathan are two strangers who have just been dumped by their long-term partners and who now must recover in order to find their way to happiness...and each other.
Content Advisory: Brief language, some sexual content
1 Act, 65 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 4/24/2013

Sexual Healing

Author: Jonathan Leaf
An examination of the morality and the lasting effects of attempts to apply behavior therapy principles either to patients seeking help in treating sexual dysfunction or to those trying to "cure" their homosexuality.
Content Advisory: There is adult content in the play, including nudity, strong language and graphic sexual situations
2 Acts, 115 Minutes
4 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 4/25/2012

Small Talk

Author: Nicholas Priore
Gary just wants to be left alone, and Clarence just wants to talk.
Content Advisory: strong language
1 Act, 31 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/6/2016

Sneaky Johnny

Author: Nicholas Priore
When a recently deceased studio head leaves all of his estate to the church instead of his son, Caleb, and wife, Nicole, they hatch a plan to change his will by having the butler, Gianni, pose as the old man.
Content Advisory: Sexual content, drug use, consistent obscenity, brief but graphic nudity
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/4/2016

Some of the Side Effects

Author: David Shaw
A teenage trip through a mental hospital.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Sexual situations, Drug use.
1 Act, 75 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 9/15/2015

Some Unfortunate Hour

Author: Kelly McAllister
A guy, let’s call him Mad Tom, walks into a bar after signing his divorce papers, and promptly loses his mind- aided and abetted by a beautiful woman named Charity and a smart ass bar tender named Janus .
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Stabilized Not Controlled

Author: Frank Blocker
Dark comedy about a murderous New York City landlord who goes to war with rent-stabilzed tenants: a septuagenarian sex addict, a Log Cabin-accountant, an aging stoner, The Fake English actress, and homeless squatter Jackie O.
Content Advisory: Adult content and themes. Language is important to the New York locale. Situations include frank sexual discussions and substance abuse
1 Act, 70 Minutes
4 Females, 13 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 5/9/2013

Standbys

Author: Alex Riad
Two executives who used to be close friends, but who despise each other now, are forced to confront the moment when it all went wrong, while they fight through a blizzard to get home for Christmas.
Content Advisory: Strong language, some heavy drinking, and minor sexual content.
2 Acts, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 7/2/2014

Sweet, Sweet Spirit

Author: Carol Carpenter
A conservative West Texas family struggles to cope with the reality that their teenage boy is gay, and has been beaten into a coma by his own father.
Content Advisory: Culturally sensitive play about a gay teenage boy and how his conservative family struggles to deal with it. Physical violence, described in dialogue.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 10/9/2014

That's Her Way

Author: Kathleen Warnock
From high school to middle age, Ferro and Stuckey have never been able to get it right...or get over each other.
Content Advisory: Kissing, no swearing, no nudity
1 Act, 60 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 1/2/2014

The Bromantic Comedies

Author: Erin Mallon
Six short plays written for twelve dudes by one chick.
Content Advisory: Strong language.
1 Act, 70 Minutes
0 Females, 12 Males, 10 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/30/2014

The Chess Lesson

Author: Sari Caine
Three drastically different parents arrive to take a chess class with their children’s teacher and despite everyone’s best intentions, the adults devolve into children, the class slips out of control, and the teacher is one romance novel away from a nervous breakdown.
Content Advisory: One woman character appears in a bra, one male character undresses to his boxers. There is a small amount of strong language.
1 Act, 65 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 1/21/2013

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 Dirty Talk

Author: Michael Puzzo
A contemporary comedy about two men stranded together in a New Jersey cabin on a stormy night.
Content Advisory: Contains strong language and adult themes
1 Act, 75 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 6/30/2011

The God of This World

Author: Don Thompson
A New York City lawyer tries to convince his unemployed blogger daughter that her affair with an extra-terrestrial is a fantasy. Mayhem results. 
Content Advisory: strong language, adult situations
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 6 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 9/21/2016

The Great Escape

Author: Matthew Freeman
Things have changed since Henry last visited Mom; for starters, the décor is decidedly kitschier, and his sister Catherine decidedly creepier; and Mom has a new husband; and she’s locked herself upstairs.
Content Advisory: Things have changed since Henry last visited Mom. For starters, the décor is decidedly kitschier, and his sister Catherine decidedly creepier. And Mom has a new husband. And she’s locked herself upstairs.
3 Acts, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 9/6/2011

The Most Wonderful Love

Author: Matthew Freeman
When Mother and Father celebrate their long and happy marriage with an unprecedented ceremonial unwedding, their friends and relations gather from all over to feast on the spoils; get ready for this sprawling satire on contemporary marriage and American fundamentalism.
Content Advisory: Adult Themes, Strong Language
3 Acts, 150 Minutes
4 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 9/6/2011

The Next Best Thing

Author: Antonio Sacre
The solo performer tells about his delight and ecstasy at finding his perfect woman when both were working in a Chicago Theatre.
Content Advisory: strong language and adult situations, including strong sexual language
1 Act, 80 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/26/2013

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

Un(en)titled

Author: Kirk Wood Bromley
A series of lines, poems, songs and dialogues about a variety of extremely messy personal things.
Content Advisory: Extremely graphic sexual language and imagery
1 Act, 120 Minutes
8 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 2/27/2013

Up to the Sky

Author: Antonio Sacre
The play humorously tackles the mother/son relationship from birth through a collection of stories of a son and his chain-smoking mom, a nurse who raised her boys alone and cursed like the working-class Irish girl from south Boston she was.
Content Advisory: strong language and adult situations and was intended for adult audiences
1 Act, 60 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2002
Date Added: 1/26/2013

Watch: A Haunting

Author: Molly Rice
Vi, a lonely girl in a creaky old house, is burdened by a predatory shrink, a crumbling mother, bad dreams and a haunting loss-- until her new ghostlike friend Renata (who somehow seems more real than all the rest) promises to either guide or force her to face down the Thing in the Basement that, whether it's strictly "real" or not, is threatening to destroy her fragile mind.
Content Advisory: a few instances of strong language
1 Act, 80 Minutes
4 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 1/2/2014

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

When I Met Juliet / It Was A Setup

Author: Kirk Wood Bromley
I met Juliet Rylance one night in a bar and we had, I thought, a real connection, but she never spoke to me again, and this is how that made me feel.
Content Advisory: Adult language, no nudity required
1 Act
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 2/23/2013

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

White Baby, Entree & Chocolate Chip Fridays

Author: David Lee White
Three, three-character comedies about having babies, hiring crazy people and have allergic reactions to shellfish.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 45 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 5/9/2013

Worst Year Ever

Author: Charlotte Miller
Welcome to a short presentation about why Charlotte Walker Miller, age 12, is having the worst year ever.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 50 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/8/2013

Yeah, That Happened

Author: Nick Rafello
Once there was a little boy that believed he could fly and in the end, he does.
Content Advisory: Adult Language, Adult Situations
1 Act, 60 Minutes
5 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 5/6/2016