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A Real Boy

Author: Stephen Kaplan
When the human son of two puppets starts growing strings, his kindergarten teacher locks him in her classroom to keep him from turning into a puppet.
Content Advisory: Strong language
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 1/3/2015

A Spot on the Wall

Author: Temar Underwood
Aiden, a white man, and Ezra, a black man, are forced to share a bleak cell, having both committed heinous crimes.
Content Advisory: Strong Language. Violence
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 10/25/2015

A Streetcar Named Desiree

Author: Nicholas Priore
When Jack and Desiree return from a vacation, her sister Amanda confronts him about spoiling Desiree.
Content Advisory: Strong Language and drug use
1 Act, 70 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 9/29/2016

Absolute Magnitude

Author: Melody Cooper
Four historical female astronomers are somehow kidnapped from their eras and end up in the 21st century bedroom of a black female astrophysicist, with everyone fighting for answers, their sanity and their lives.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
1 Act, 60 Minutes
5 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 3/11/2015

Beauford Delaney Paints Marian Anderson

Author: Arden Kass
The haunting contralto voice of African American singer and civil rights icon Marian Anderson eclipses all others in the mind of schizophrenic, gay, black, ex-patriot artist Beauford Delaney, whose celebrated portrait of his muse inspired this play.
Content Advisory:
0 Acts, 25 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 4/22/2015

Bright Swords

Author: Rick Creese
A one-man show that tells the true story of Ira Aldridge, the African-American actor who in 1825 fled racial hatred in New York, became a star of the European stage, inspired the abolition of slavery in the British Empire, and came to represent the causes of oppressed people across Europe.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 95 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 1/22/2016

Children are Forever (All Sales Are Final!)

Author: Julia Jackson
A mixed-race lesbian couple wants to adopt a baby. The one saving grace is that the waiting time for adopting a black child is six months instead of the two years it takes for a white baby. Until...
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 75 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 9/18/2015

Chokehold

Author: Anthony P. Pennino
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - John F. Kennedy
Content Advisory: Strong language, realistic violence, difficult and contentious subject matter.
1 Act, 70 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 8/2/2015

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

Conversations While Dining Alone, A Monologue Play

Author: K.O. Johnson
Quote from review: "Collectively forming a mosaic of the human heart."
Content Advisory: Some monologues have strong language.
1 Act, 120 Minutes
20 Gender Neutral Characters
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/20/2016

Cry Havoc

Author: Tom Coash
Set in present day Cairo, CRY HAVOC explores the troubled relationship between the western world and the Islamic Middle East; cultural imperialism, religious fundamentalism, political repression, and personal sexuality are deftly unfolded in this tender and shocking play about the dissolution of a loving relationship between a British expatriate writer and his young Egyptian lover.
Content Advisory: Includes male nudity (can be optional) and strong language
1 Act, 105 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 6/14/2015

Humans Remain

Author: Robin Rice
A peaceful family, hidden in the mountains away from society, faces disease, loss of leadership, and exposure to the modern world.
Content Advisory: A little strong language, references to sex.
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
7 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2001
Date Added: 6/25/2014

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

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 the Valley of the Sun

Author: Richard Warren
Dreams collide with love when a country girl from Arizona leaves her cowboy lover behind and heads to New York hoping to dance in “Cats” on Broadway.
Content Advisory: Minimal adult content
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 3/29/2012

Louise in Charlestown

Author: Penny Jackson
Twelve year old Patty, who lives in a segregated Irish Catholic community in Boston in the 1980s, has a new best friend from Jamaica and quickly learns how racism and hatred can destroy families and lives.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 35 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 9/22/2015

NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!!

Author: Kevin R. Free
Barbra Patch, along with her husband and father-in-law, plans a birthday "N-Word intervention" for her adolescent son.
Content Advisory: Strong language, Violence
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 3 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/3/2016

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

Paper Son

Author: Christine Toy Johnson
The story of a young Chinese man who must learn to balance his American identity with his family’s immigrant journey.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 95 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 7/19/2016

Park Slope

Author: Michael Reyes
An urban professional drug dealer attempts to "de-gentrify" Park Slope after getting kicked out of his Food Coop.
Content Advisory: Explicit Material; Adult Situations; Strong Language; Nudity
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 4/23/2016

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

Rhapsody in Black

Author: LeLand Gantt
Straddling the color line––never quite the right hue––a black man struggles with what it means to be black, and eventually discovers what it means to be a man.
Content Advisory: strong language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
7 Females, 12 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 2/14/2015

SACREBLEU!

Author: Nicholas Priore
After one hell of an awful night in Montmartre, Zach returns to his hostel with a garbage bag around his waist, appealing to the mercy of the front desk clerk, who will not let him in without a room key, which is in Zach’s pocket, which is in his pants, which are somewhere on the streets of Paris, so he must relay his story in order to convince the clerk to let him upstairs before his friends come down and see him like that.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, obscenities, suggestive situations
1 Act, 30 Minutes
3 Females, 6 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/3/2016

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

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

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 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 Fire This Time Festival Season One

Author: The Fire This Time Festival
Four short plays from the first season of the Fire This Time Festival
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
5 Females, 6 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 1/18/2014

The Firebird

Author: Tim Errickson
Dan returns home to the Brooklyn neighborhood of his youth with a mission: to stop his best friend Ricky from destroying himself. Pride, love, lust, and memory challenge whether either of them can outrun the fate coming to them.
Content Advisory: Strong language.
1 Act, 95 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 1/21/2016

The Invention of the Living Room

Author: Andrew R. Heinze
What happens when a racially mixed Jewish family invents the modern suburb in 1946?
Content Advisory: NA
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 5/21/2016

The Lattice Crashes

Author: Derek Lee McPhatter
Unless a computer technician in the distant future can unravel the facts about a modern day hate crime, the incident will be deleted from history, but no one is telling the truth: not the victim, not the assailant, and certainly not their mothers.
Content Advisory: There is strong language throughout to mirror the use of profanity and anti-gay derogatory language commonly used by teenagers in recent years (1990’s – early 2000’s). There is one incident of physical violence, which is a focal point of the play and is revisited numerous times as the story unfolds. There is “locker room nudity,” depending on the director’s interpretation of the scene. The lack of guns in the piece is deliberate.
2 Acts, 102 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 12/22/2015

The Long Rail North

Author: Michael Hagins
A Black Union soldier saves a young girl from her plantation burnt down by a nearby Civil War battle.
Content Advisory: Strong language, violence, sexual content
2 Acts, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 7/3/2015

The Temple, Or, Lebensraum

Author: Nat Cassidy
An immersive and unrelenting journey into the horrors experienced by a German U-Boat crew trapped in a sunken submarine and commandeered by a madman.
Content Advisory: Very strong language, very graphic violence
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
1 Female, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 2/12/2015

The Theatre Made in Paradise

Author: Jonathon Ward
In 1619, two actors from Elizabethan England land on Cape Cod with a copy of The Tempest, gold, their talent and dreams; and with aid from the Wampanoag, they overcome Puritans, who believe they're witches and heathens.
Content Advisory: Adult Content in matters of race and religion
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/6/2016

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

Uniform Justice

Author: Chuk Obasi
Relationships are tested as a neighborhood wrestles with pressing concepts such as justice, crime, conflict, and community-police relations.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 75 Minutes
4 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 10/26/2015

Veils

Author: Tom Coash
Set in the weeks just prior to the Egyptian revolution, the play is a two-hander that features strong college-age women of color addressing the issues of Islamic veiling and international/intercultural relations with humor and humanity.
Content Advisory: Discussion of an offstage assault and sexual molestation by police of a college age character.
2 Acts, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 3/21/2015

Women’s Work Short Play Festival: Group D

Author: New Perspectives Theatre Company
Three short plays from the annual festival of new works by women playwrights.
Content Advisory: Violent and sexual situations.
1 Act, 60 Minutes
7 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 4/15/2016