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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

Allie's Appendix

Author: Robin Rice
Allie finds that the crucial operation at St. Anthony’s Hospital isn’t losing her appendix but losing her mother.
Content Advisory: Subject of lesbianism is central, but remains specifically unspoken.
1 Act, 60 Minutes
4 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 5/15/2014

Beata, the Pope's Daughter

Author: Mario Fratti
A young woman feels she is the pope’s daughter. She is kidnapped by terrorists and does not admit any longer that she is his daughter because she wants to protect him.
Content Advisory: NA
2 Acts
2 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1994
Date Added: 10/9/2012

Better Than Nothing (or) Bad Blood

Author: Nicholas Priore
Mother has called upon Father Murray to save her terminally ill son Theodore’s soul before it’s too late.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Adult Themes, Violence
1 Act, 60 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 2/17/2016

Domestic Tranquility

Author: Rich Orloff
A nice family who live in a nice house in a nice suburb during the nice 1950’s are terrorized by three escaped convicts with bad table manners.
Content Advisory: None. A few irreverent passages, but nothing offensive. In fact, a nun saw one of the performances in Iowa and liked it a lot!
2 Acts, 110 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1999
Date Added: 7/19/2014

Eleven Dollar Prophet

Author: Antonio Sacre
A commentary on performance, theater, and art in general the play explores the insatiable desire of a crowd to be led and the devices of a performer to command that crowd.
Content Advisory: nudity, strong language and adult situations, including strong sexual language and situations, and blasphemous religious speech for some religions
1 Act, 60 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1999
Date Added: 1/26/2013

Fearing: Tale of a Dreadful Town

Author: Nicholas Priore
The once peaceful people of Fearing have been stricken with a disease that is causing them to tear themselves and each other apart.
Content Advisory: Disturbing themes, extreme macabre
1 Act, 60 Minutes
11 Females, 17 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/4/2016

Holy Child

Author: Joe Lauinger
Over a bottle of homemade wine “that don’t get empty,” four Italian-American brothers revisit their memories like a return to a battlefield, each of them possessed by their own vision of the bloodshed and trying to judge by their conflicted sense of the present whether their lives represent victory or defeat.
Content Advisory: Strong language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
1 Female, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/8/2012

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

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

Infallibility

Author: Matt Barbot
After being tricked into taking part in the infamous trial of a dead pope, 18-year-old actor Carlo enlists the help of his favorite saint to perform the story of his life for his prison guards…all as part of a plan to find a happy ending.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/27/2013

Judge, Yuri & Executioner

Author: Ed Malin
Zack, an 85 year-old masochist who prefers older women, takes a moment to tell his life story.
Content Advisory: Some mature language and costuming
1 Act, 45 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/23/2012

Kalighat

Author: Paul Knox
A young gay American man volunteers to work in one of Mother Teresa’s Calcutta hospitals in this wise and compelling two-act drama.
Content Advisory: suggested nudity; sexuality; the play takes place in a hospital filled with sick and dying people
2 Acts, 165 Minutes
16 Females, 13 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 9/25/2013

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

Mercy Falls

Author: Jeni Mahoney
Marcy Wuggelson is jinx, so when she decides to visit her favorite self-help author, Wanda Moore, in the hospital on Christmas Eve the scene is ripe for disaster; but with the help of Santa’s Reindeer, the Ghost of Christmas Future, a Nun, and phenomenologist Martin Heidegger, Marcy and Wanda may just discover the true meaning of Christmas… or at least what the German Lady is screaming about.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 100 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1995
Date Added: 10/9/2011

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

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

Pussy

Author: Maura Halloran
A lesbian couple whose love is on the rocks, their overly "curious" landlady and their cat… this love triangle is starting to get crowded.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 55 Minutes
4 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/2/2014

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

Salamander Starts Over

Author: Armando Merlo
When a derelict teenager is sent to Prep School by his parents, he encounters a cast of oddball teachers, students and coaches and is given a gift by his greatest mentor of all.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 13 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 10/15/2012

Salvation

Author: James McLindon
A story of fathers and sons, death, forgiveness and a Barcalounger.
Content Advisory:
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
0 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 5/2/2016

Scream Queens and Crazed Fiends

Author: White Rabbit Productions
What do you get when nine great writers have three weeks to write short Halloween plays inspired by a 1970s horror movie and a 1970s world event? Nine great, fun, spooky 70s plays!
Content Advisory: Some pieces have strong language; some plays have dark, eerie and/or violent imagery and/or actions.
1 Act, 70 Minutes
13 Females, 12 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 10/27/2015

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

Sor Juana

Author: Cynthia Cooper
A young Mexican girl born in 1648 at a time when girls are denied education, Juana overcomes innumerable obstacles to follow her dream to read and learn, amazing all around with her abilities as a poet and scholar, and becoming a real-life cultural icon.
Content Advisory: This is a family play, appropriate for young audiences, grades 1-8.
1 Act, 40 Minutes
4 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 3/20/2015

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

The Addicts

Author: Ed Malin
A dark comedy about why people make serial, radical life changes, and how the global version of this intimately relates to the personal.
Content Advisory: Sexually explicit language and situations, partial nudity
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 5 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 4/15/2015

The Art of Martyrdom

Author: Rita Anderson
A behind-the-scenes look at Hrosvitha, the first female playwright, and an exploration of how her “secret” plays got out and about the 10th century nun’s secret playfulness.
Content Advisory: Family-friendly historical drama—with a comical flair
1 Act, 30 Minutes
7 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 3/9/2015

The Asphalt Christmas

Author: Todd Michael
Veda Munson, a "possessed" teenager at St. Celestine's convent school circa 1950, creates havoc on students, a handyman, two nuns, a priest and her long lost burlesque queen mother, on the verge of the St. Celestine's annual Christmas pageant.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual innuendo
1 Act, 80 Minutes
5 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 12/9/2013

The Cheaters Club

Author: Derek Ahonen
A horror story of both real and imaginary ghosts.
Content Advisory: There is adult content in this play. Strong language.
2 Acts, 135 Minutes
10 Females, 11 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 12/13/2014

The Inconstant Infection

Author: Ed Malin
A lost play from the gender-fluid 1690s is performed in 1985, leading to mayhem and prompting the participants to re-examine their lives.
Content Advisory: Adult themes discussed. One character used to be a pornographer
2 Acts, 110 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 6/15/2011

The Mother of God Visits Hell

Author: Daniel Guyton
The Virgin Mary travels to hell to comfort the souls in torment - much to God's dismay; when she pleads with God to forgive all the souls, regardless of their sins, it leads to a war between heaven and hell, with all of our souls in the balance.
Content Advisory: Extremely mild innuendo. Some violence. PG-13.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males, 20 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 5/26/2015

The Troubadour Struck By Lightning

Author: Ed Malin
This play is a racy look at the music, poetry, heretics and sexual deviance of the South of France circa 1235.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 70 Minutes
15 Gender Neutral Characters
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/4/2016

Tropical Heat

Author: Rich Orloff
An outrageously campy comedy set on a 1920’s tropical island hotel: When a masterful missionary meets a tantalizing temptress, he doesn’t have a prayer!
Content Advisory: Numerous sexual wisecracks and repartee
2 Acts, 75 Minutes
0 Females, 4 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/2/2015