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19th Century Lesbians and Their Relationships

Author: Jess Eisenberg
3 short plays about 19th century Lesbian relationships.
Content Advisory: Drug Use, Suicide, Sexuality, Death
1 Act, 53 Minutes
14 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 3/8/2015

2 Very Dangerous People Sharing 1 Small Space

Author: Joshua James
A savagely witty drama about two suicidal people who don't want to die alone but find staying alive around other people intolerable.
Content Advisory: adult language, partial nudity and strong violence
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1996
Date Added: 2/8/2012

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 Rope in the Abyss

Author: Edward Elefterion
Named after Proust’s description of the moments between waking from a deep sleep and remembering who you are, the play is a tapestry of stories about the fluid nature of identity by focusing on people who survive brain injury and their equally challenged relatives: wives, sons, even doctors, all of whom are forced (sometimes moment by moment) to redefine who they are.
Content Advisory: Adult subject matter
1 Act, 75 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 10/23/2012

Accidental Discharge Impossible

Author: The Drafts
Sex, guns, cigarettes and senile agitation, this short play festival is inspired by classic print ads that are actually a bit shocking.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexually suggestive language and sensuality
1 Act, 60 Minutes
7 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/16/2014

After The Chairs

Author: David Koteles
David Koteles remixes Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece "The Chairs" and completely transforms it for modern gay life.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 68 Minutes
0 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 5/16/2014

ALONE.

Author: Edward Elefterion
August Strindberg searches for inspiration from the world around him and from the “Powers” that he believes are guiding him and learns that the fantastical universe inside of him is perhaps more real than the “real” world outside of him.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 80 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 11/5/2012

An Alchemy of Flesh

Author: David Hauptschein
A mind-bending, noirish thriller where personalities split, and where the Peeping Tom at your window looks uncannily like yourself.
Content Advisory: strong language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 4/24/2014

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

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

Bedlam Nightmares: Strapped In

Author: Blood Brothers Productions
Deep in the vaults of an institution for the criminally insane, The Blood Brothers await their final hours on Earth. In the custody of a physician as sinister as they are, the two brothers fill their last days feeding on the surreal stories of their fellow inmates.
Content Advisory: Violence, stage combat, blood and gore
1 Act, 60 Minutes
4 Females, 5 Males, 7 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 7/17/2014

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

Blood: A Comedy

Author: David Lee White
Jacqueline Stanzi is a life-long atheist struggling with her pornographer son, her promiscuous daughter and her born again future son in-law in an effort to give her family some of that old time religion.
Content Advisory: Strong language, controversial subject matter
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 8/25/2015

Breakdown and Out

Author: David Hauptschein
In the midst of a family crisis, ex-con con artist Carl appears and attempts to help his former girlfriend Carmen cope with her paralyzing agoraphobia by teaching her how to go out of body.
Content Advisory: strong language
2 Acts, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2000
Date Added: 6/13/2014

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

Broken

Author: David Meyers
Kevin McFadden hasn't spoken to anyone since he killed 17 people at a shopping mall three weeks ago. But when a prison doctor takes an unexpected interest in his case, Kevin decides to meet with him - revealing a troubled past that unites them both.
Content Advisory: Strong language, disturbing subject matter
1 Act, 70 Minutes
0 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 11/3/2015

Broken Record

Author: Nicholas Priore
Ma is old and tired and must see to it that her mentally ill son Daniel will be taken care of after she’s gone.
Content Advisory: Strong language, adult themes, brief violence
2 Acts, 165 Minutes
4 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 9/22/2016

Cast

Author: David Hauptschein
Set in what appears to be a mental institution, a patient-doctor relationship breaks down, reverses, and then the two characters subjugate themselves to the authoritative commands of a recorded voice.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 30 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1995
Date Added: 6/29/2014

Cause of Failure

Author: Megan Weaver
When Maggie was born, she pulled her mother’s heart out with her. So begins a young woman’s magical journey through terminal illness and the limits of love.
Content Advisory: Contains strong language
3 Acts, 110 Minutes
4 Females, 3 Males, 5 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 11/13/2012

Certifiable

Author: Molly Rydzel
A love triangle, a sommelier struggling with schizophrenia, and the collapse of the housing market.
Content Advisory: Nudity, violence, strong language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/22/2013

Chemistry

Author: Jacob Marx Rice
A pitch black and piercingly insightful comedy about being crazy in love.
Content Advisory: Strong language, adult situations, mature themes, actors in underwear
1 Act, 75 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 10/24/2014

Chosen Child

Author: Monica Bauer
Two generations of mothers and memories combine to change the fate of a schizophrenic man at the Port Authority Bus Terminal waiting for a sister he hardly knows, to fulfill an agreement that was never made; a time-bending play about adoption, desertion, forgiveness, and family.
Content Advisory: Strong language.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 2/1/2015

Come Thick Night

Author: John Crutchfield
In this postmodernist mashup of Elvis, Sartre, and Shakespeare's "Scottish play," a young woman awakes from a nightmare about killing her father-- only to discover she is still in it.
Content Advisory: The play contains some instances of strong language, implied sexuality, and violence.
1 Act, 75 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/26/2014

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

Coosje

Author: No.11 Productions
The story of two artists, husband and wife, finding their playful aesthetic together and attempting to escape death while a singing Pear simultaneously gains consciousness.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/26/2012

Coping

Author: Jacob Marx Rice
When Connor commits suicide, his friends are left grasping the shards of his life in this hilariously dark comedy about surviving loss.
Content Advisory: Mild swearing. Mild romance. Sophisticated and often disturbing discussions of mental illness and suicide.
1 Act, 75 Minutes
4 Females, 1 Male, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 10/27/2015

Daniel Pelican

Author: Chris Van Strander
An amateur yachtsman pulls off the greatest hoax in maritime history when he fakes his way into winning a round-the-world race; obsessed with fame and racked with guilt, he struggles to keep hold of reality as he descends into madness.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 80 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1999
Date Added: 3/20/2013

Day to End

Author: Sam Byron
The play explores one evening in the relationship between two roommates, one of whom may be in the throes of a manic episode as he grapples with a personal loss far in his past. As the evening progresses, it becomes less and less clear which one of the two men is in their right mind, and even less clear who owns the despair that seems to be creeping in from the world outside their tiny East Village apartment.
Content Advisory: Strong language, tobacco use, adult themes
1 Act, 110 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/29/2014

Detention #1: What About Bob?

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Five 10-minute plays based on five constraints.
Content Advisory: Strong language.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
6 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/7/2013

Detention #11: End of Days

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Twenty 2-minute monologues exploring the possibility of the Mayan Apocalypse.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
8 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 10/10/2013

Detention #12: Detention, Interrupted

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Five 10-minute plays exploring the exact moment an artist was inspired to create one of the great artistic works in history.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
5 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/8/2013

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 #14: Detention The Musical!

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Lyrics to nine songs based on major events in 2012.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
10 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 10/10/2013

Detention #4: Punk Rock Star

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Five 10-minute plays that are extremely dark and twisted in nature.
Content Advisory: Nudity, strong language, graphic violence
1 Act, 60 Minutes
8 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/19/2013

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

Detention #9: Seven Deadly Sins

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Four 10-minute plays inspired by one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
9 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/8/2013

Do You Know Me?

Author: Mina Samuels
A woman tries to take her daughter to school, but she has lost her short-term memory. Mired in the past, she struggles to recall who she is.
Content Advisory: Limited strong language
1 Act, 60 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 2/2/2016

Doctors Jane and Alexander

Author: Edward Einhorn
Using found, fabricated, and occasionally finagled text, the playwright explores the life of his grandfather Alexander S. Wiener, the co-discoverer of the Rh factor in blood, through interviews with his mother, a psychologist who recently retired due to a debilitating stroke.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 100 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 1/3/2012

Drinking and Diving

Author: David L. Epstein
Two unlikely pairs meet on opposite sides of the world. We find that their private pain is born of a history that weaves them all together.
Content Advisory: some strong language
1 Act, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 4/4/2012

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

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

Empty House

Author: Kenneth Molloy
This new imagination of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Empty House" captures the claustrophobic nightmare that was the life of a woman in Victorian Britain.
Content Advisory: Sex, profanity, violence.
1 Act, 75 Minutes
1 Female, 4 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 9/14/2014

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

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

Fit

Author: Erin Austin
Three generations of Scottish women, all at the age of twenty grapple with psychological turmoil, family history, and the all-consuming desire to fit.
Content Advisory: Brief strong language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 10/7/2011

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

Follow

Author: Crystal Skillman
Two estranged brothers must say goodbye to the woman they've loved in her dying hour. But with the arrival of her daughter the brothers are forced to face their decades long rift of truth and lies in the intimate Lower East Side apartment that's been in their family for generations.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 55 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males, 5 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 1/2/2013

For a Good Time, Call Kathy Blanchard

Author: Michael Ross Albert
Set against the backdrop of the Stanley Cup Finals in a house undergoing major renovations, the unruly members of a large family struggle with impending loss, both on the ice and at home.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 65 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 4/9/2015

Fourteen Hundred and Sixty Sketches of Your Left Hand

Author: Duncan Pflaster
When Blanca invites Paul to her ranch in New Mexico for the Summer, he thinks it's for an artist's retreat, but it's also to help keep his gay bromantic college buddy Alonso, Blanca's brother, on his medication; tormented painters, sexual obsession, and crossed boundaries combine for a scorching new play.
Content Advisory: Nudity, Strong Language, Homosexual Themes, Alcohol/Drug Abuse
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 10/24/2013

Giant-n-Variation

Author: Frank Kuzler
A linguist confronts the idea that language is the most fundamental and essential form of human communication in times of mutual grief and pain – how the fragile nature of language strains to carry that burden.
Content Advisory:
2 Acts, 105 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 9/15/2013

Goldsboro

Author: Nat Cassidy
A dark, dark, dark comedy about a family of nuclear mutant would-be cannibals, living in the irradiated deserts of the American Southwest.
Content Advisory: VERY strong language, violence, hideous mutations, bizarre circumstances, lots of sexual imagery
2 Acts, 150 Minutes
3 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/29/2013

Green Whales

Author: Lia Romeo
Karen is a middle-aged professor with a chromosomal condition that makes her look like a teenager, so she has trouble meeting men… until her sister decides to set her up on a date with the local pedophile.
Content Advisory: Adult themes, occasional strong language
1 Act, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 11/3/2014

Harvest Festival 2013

Author: Variations Theatre Group
The best short plays from Variations Theatre Group's 2013 Harvest Festival.
Content Advisory: Comedic blood, Anti-religious themes, some strong language, some anatomically graphic material.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 8 Males, 4 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 3/9/2014

Herman Kline's Midlife Crisis

Author: Josh Koenigsberg
A dark comedy about the unlikely events that ensue when a prominent New York City doctor, struggling with the tedium of career and marriage, discovers a bag of narcotics on a patient's body.
Content Advisory: Some moderately strong language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/2/2012

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

how i learned to become a SUPERHERO

Author: Dennis Flanagan
The play follows the stories of three people who have taken action against the losses they have suffered in their lives by turning themselves into real life "Superheroes"; the heroes have to face the consequences of playing make believe in a world that is all too real, where consequences of the past are always present and the future uncertain.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/29/2013

How to Survive Crack Addiction

Author: Padraic Lillis
A solo show that is the reading of a self-help guide for addicts that want to keep using.
Content Advisory: Adult situation, some strong language.
1 Act, 40 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 4/3/2013

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

I Stand for Nothing

Author: Eric Bland
A play that scatters anarchy, solitude, absurdity, sentimentality, and love through fifteen human lives wrestling with the feeling that it's weird to feel good but not good to feel weird.
Content Advisory: Some strong language and some sexual themes -- not for young children.
1 Act, 130 Minutes
7 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 3/3/2014

If You Ever Come By Here

Author: Alex Riad
During a single hour, two isolated twenty-somethings face a breaking point in their friendship when one attempts suicide and the other inadvertently interrupts.
Content Advisory: Strong, graphic language and intense moments of violence and attempted suicide
1 Act, 60 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 8/1/2014

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

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

Informed Consent

Author: Richard Brockman
Every heart needs a second chance - sometimes life gives you that chance; sometimes it doesn't.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 11/16/2011

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

Killer Midgets

Author: John Dapolito
Beckett meets Tarantino in this existentially absurd play about hand-gun violence in America.
Content Advisory: Strong language
2 Acts, 103 Minutes
0 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2001
Date Added: 7/17/2014

Kiss Your Brutal Hands

Author: Jim Shankman
Two Jewish men from opposite ends of life, who turn out to be intimately connected, struggle with earthly and spiritual crises.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual issues, religious issues.
1 Act, 80 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 1/24/2014

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

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

Light of Night

Author: Cecilia Copeland
A modern Latina retelling of the Persephone myth where Stephanie must find her way back from the underworld into the realm of the light and freedom.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Adult Themes.
2 Acts, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 2/12/2014

Lights Up on the Fade Out

Author: Padraic Lillis
Steven, a 40-year old filmmaker, achieves the romance and fantasy he has been searching for, only to discover, when forced to care for his father with dementia, that holding onto love in every moment is the challenge and where beauty resides.
Content Advisory:
2 Acts, 110 Minutes
1 Female, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 10/23/2013

Linguish

Author: Edward Einhorn
Four relative strangers are quarantined with a new disease that causes aphasia, the neurological disorder that takes away one's ability to use language, and are forced to find new ways to communicate.
Content Advisory: Cursing (Tourrette-like)
1 Act, 65 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1997
Date Added: 12/18/2011

London's Scars

Author: Richard Martin Hirsch
The corrosive nature of blame exacts a huge toll after a psychologist learns that the emotionally-disturbed woman she is treating may have played a part in a deadly terrorist bombing.
Content Advisory: Content: not for children. Sexual situations, strong language.
2 Acts, 110 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 1/4/2013

Looking for the Pony

Author: Andrea Lepcio
As funny as it is heart-breaking, this is a fast-paced journey through the places cancer takes us, dedicated to the fierce love of two sisters.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 9/9/2011

Lost in Staten Island, More Tales of Modern Living

Author: Richard Sheinmel and Clay Zambo
Get lost in Staten Island with Mitch Mitchell and his Mom as they journey through an extraordinary day. After the death of his brother, Mitch must return home to accompany his mother on a day full of difficult but necessary tasks.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 60 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 1/9/2013

Love in Action

Author: Pippa White
Three women saw health care needed some work, and did it.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 55 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 2/1/2016

Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender

Author: Jesse LaVercombe
January 31st, 2021: Billy H. Tender, Canadian pop icon, is about to play new music for a raging audience in Toronto, but his family is elsewhere: his theatre theorist mother, Stella, has absconded from her research and is secretly soliciting phone sex with strangers, and Hal, Billy’s adoring younger brother, hasn’t left his room… and no one is answering his calls.
Content Advisory: Sexual Content, Strong Language
1 Act, 70 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/7/2016

Made for Each Other

Author: Monica Bauer
A tour de force for one actor playing four parts in this drama with comedy about love, loss, and the power of memory: the world’s first gay marriage/Alzheimer’s play.
Content Advisory: Adult content, gay themes, strong language
1 Act, 60 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 6/6/2012

Magic Bullets

Author: Adam R. Burnett
MAGIC BULLETS entertains a trip through modern health and wellness.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
1 Act, 70 Minutes
7 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/15/2014

Match

Author: Marc Chun
In this exquisite one act play, random chance brings five ordinary people together on a bright blue May afternoon, with extraordinary results.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 40 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2001
Date Added: 9/29/2013

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

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

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

Modern Living

Author: Richard Sheinmel and Clay Zambo
Three short plays with songs about the life and times of a gay downtown performance artist.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 75 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 4/9/2013

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

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

Nicholas Maeve Marianne

Author: Matthew Stephen Smith
Plunged deep in the contemporary angst of today's not-so-young adults, the play follows three estranged friends who are fighting like hell to maintain a sense of safety, belonging, and home.
Content Advisory: Strong language, suggested sexual content
1 Act, 85 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/16/2013

Nick

Author: Laura Wickens
Nick Ivanov, a man of infinite promise and debt, gets pushed to the edge when confronted by mediocrity.
Content Advisory: strong language
4 Acts, 90 Minutes
5 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 4/7/2012

Old Familiar Faces

Author: Nat Cassidy
A time-jumping, heartbreaking drama about the astounding true story of Charles and Mary Lamb, juxtaposed with a modern-day American “adaptation” of the difficult romance between Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
Content Advisory:
2 Acts, 145 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/18/2013

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-act plays by Isaac Rathbone, Volume One: Homeland Security

Author: Isaac Rathbone
Three one-act plays that explore the affects of combat experience on the American family, using three distinctive themes and styles.
Content Advisory: Some mild language in "Prodigal Father"
1 Act, 40 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 11/16/2015

One-act plays by Isaac Rathbone, Volume Two: Wecolme Back, Lloyd and other works

Author: Isaac Rathbone
Four short plays featuring works for duets, trios and more!
Content Advisory: Some one-acts contain sexual language.
1 Act, 80 Minutes
5 Females, 9 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 11/16/2015

or what she will

Author: Charly E. Simpson
The story of Willa and Faulkner, adolescent twins whose literature-filled lives are changed forever in an instant by a traumatic event.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual & gun violence
1 Act, 70 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 10/4/2012

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

Out from Under It

Author: Susan Bernfield
Joanna thinks too much and works too much, and she's just starting to remedy her problem of dating too little, when she falls in the snow and doesn't wake up for three years; now that she’s tuned to an unfamiliar clock, recovery might take longer than expected.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 90 Minutes
5 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 2/21/2012

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

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

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

Pierce

Author: Nat Cassidy
The tragic and horrifying story of our most obscure president, haunted beyond comprehension and driven desperately to distraction by the death of his son, as his country crawls its way towards civil war unnoticed.
Content Advisory: Moments of horror, adult situations, brief strong language
4 Acts, 210 Minutes
1 Female, 11 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 9/7/2012

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

Poe, Times Two

Author: Greg Oliver Bodine
A double-bill of short, one-man plays adapted from two classic stories of mystery and horror, "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat", by Edgar Allan Poe.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 65 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 10/7/2014

Post Modern Living

Author: Richard Sheinmel and Clay Zambo
The antidote for soulless synthetic musicals—this true-to-life pair of plays with songs tells the tale of a gay downtown performance artist, his mom, her breast cancer, and the spirits that surround us all.
Content Advisory: Some strong language and adult subject matter
1 Act, 90 Minutes
5 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 6/10/2012

Pre-Existing Condition

Author: The Drafts
Seven 10 minute plays around the theme of pre-existing conditions.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexually suggestive language, urination on stage
1 Act, 70 Minutes
6 Females, 6 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 1/16/2014

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

Recess

Author: Una Aya Osato
Focusing on a group of 7-year-olds, the play takes the audience into the hearts and minds of children navigating their way through life and public school in NYC.
Content Advisory: Some strong language (if produced for young audiences or educational institutions where inappropriate the curses may be omitted, please check with the author first)
1 Act, 57 Minutes
4 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 2/12/2012

Recovery

Author: Mark Jason Williams
An authentic and funny drama about people with cancer--and those trying to heal them--questioning the essential meaning of existence, dealing with the challenges of facing death, and discovering new, meaningful connections.
Content Advisory: Strong language, drug use
1 Act, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 8/1/2012

Remission

Author: Kirk Wood Bromley
Written for and based on the life of Daniel Martin Berkey, an actor who experienced remission from schizophrenia in his mid-50's; not about Daniel or schizophrenia, but an inside personal expression of his journey into and out of schizophrenia.
Content Advisory: Shockingly graphic language throughout
1 Act, 120 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 6/20/2011

Right Time to Say I Love You

Author: Cindy Wolfe Boynton
Frozen in a moment of crisis, an emotionally and physically drained Cindy must choose: ignore the ringing telephone and get the sleep she so desperately needs, or make another late-night rush to help the ill mother who’s never once said I love you.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 40 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/4/2012

Rising Sun Short Plays

Author: Rising Sun Performance Company
Three short plays involving unconventional couplings: a man and his just-released-from-a-mental-hospital wife; an older man and a teenage girl; and a woman, her boyfriend, and his id.
Content Advisory: Sexual situations, graphic violence
1 Act, 45 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 2/18/2016

Rough Writers Short Plays 2013

Author: Rough Writers: New Play Fest
Four short plays inspired by one of three works of art, created for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's first-ever play festival.
Content Advisory: Adult themes, strong language
1 Act, 75 Minutes
7 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 1/1/2014

Rudolf II

Author: Edward Einhorn
The life and dissolution of Rudolf II, the bisexual, bipolar Holy Roman emperor who transformed Prague with his love of the arts and sciences, his mystical beliefs, and his deep paranoia.
Content Advisory: Strong sexual language
2 Acts, 135 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 1/30/2014

Running Interference

Author: Eric William Morris and Ashley Rodbro
Ryan’s sole ambition is to be an NFL quarterback, but a weekend at his best friends’ lake house unearths the price of living out his dream.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 85 Minutes
1 Female, 3 Males, 4 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 10/18/2015

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

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

Self at Hand

Author: Jack Hanley
Three linked one-acts that look at the dehumanizing effects of technology.
Content Advisory: Lots of adult language and situations.
1 Act, 70 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 9/25/2013

Short Plays by Sheri Wilner, Volume One: Duets

Author: Sheri Wilner
These ten-minute "duets" tell funny yet poignant tales about finding connection in the unlikeliest places, giving voice to our deepest fears and the joy of discovering someone who sings the same song as you.
Content Advisory: Some plays contain adult language. If there are any words that prohibit your theatre or school from performing the play, please contact the author for possible word substitutions.
1 Act, 75 Minutes
7 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 1/8/2014

Six Plays About Hope

Author: The Drafts
Six short plays on the theme "about hope".
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexually suggestive language, violence
1 Act, 60 Minutes
8 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 1/15/2014

Slippery as Sin

Author: David Lee White
Detective Dorrington is the Glenn Beck of 1930’s New York. Trapped with several formerly wealthy Manhattanites in a Long Island mansion during a thunderstorm, Dorrington vows to convince everyone that they are under attack from a sinister communist named Diabolicus and he is willing to go to any lengths to prove he is right.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 8/26/2015

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

Spell

Author: Ian W. Hill
An American woman of unsteady mind has committed a terrorist act against her own country, and in her interrogation cell is confronted by both external and internal forces demanding an explanation or pleading to be heard.
Content Advisory: strong language, possible (optional) nudity, violent imagery
2 Acts, 105 Minutes
8 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 3/20/2012

Stealing Season

Author: Topher Cusumano
A contemporary retelling of the Greek’s Abduction of Persephone myth, about a mother and daughter who go to hell and back again.
Content Advisory: Warning: This play contains strong language, violence, and depictions of physical/mental abuse.
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/24/2014

Strangers

Author: Edward Einhorn
A man and a woman are in what seems to be a waiting room. Is it a doctor's waiting room? If so, what's wrong?
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 25 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 1/3/2012

Stripped

Author: Tyler Grimes
When former high school baseball star Chester Graves returns home from war, haunted by addiction and the ghosts of his mistakes, he'll have to adjust to how things used to be as his friends prepare to leave for life after college.
Content Advisory: Nudity, Strong Language and Subject Matter.
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 11/5/2014

Suki Livingston Opens Like a Parachute

Author: Robin Rice
A woman artist who has lost the ability to create travels back in time and relives important moments in her life hand-in-hand with her younger self, in order to face a devastating choice once again and hopefully emerge guilt-free so her creativity can flow once again.
Content Advisory: adult language, sexual situations, insanity.
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males, 24 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 7/12/2014

Syndrome

Author: Kirk Wood Bromley
Syndrome is the first person story of Joshua Berg (written based on interviews with him), an actual Tourettic actor who performed the piece originally, about his experience with Tourette Syndrome.
Content Advisory: Lots of adult language, no nudity
1 Act, 75 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2002
Date Added: 2/27/2013

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

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 27 Club (Anderson)

Author: Rita Anderson
Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Amy Winehouse meet up in the afterlife in limbo. When Winehouse suggests that they create a 60s girl group called The Soul Sisters of Suicide, the women drink, they fight over who’s the most famous, and they play Truth or Dare—until someone figures out why they are there and they band together to get out.
Content Advisory: Some adult situations referenced, no strong language.
1 Act, 30 Minutes
3 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 3/9/2015

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 Curing Room

Author: David Ian Lee
The true story of seven NKVD officers imprisoned nude & possessionless in the basement of a monastery in Nazi occupied Poland.
Content Advisory: Contains nudity, intense and brutal violence, and strong language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
0 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 10/19/2011

The Death of Romance

Author: Adam R. Burnett
A romance novelist faces the potential of her own genius in the wake of killing off the characters from her lucrative series.
Content Advisory: Strong language, strong sexuality, some mild violence
3 Acts, 140 Minutes
4 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 6/19/2014

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 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 Fatwā of Corpsman Johnny Jones

Author: Greg Oliver Bodine
A wounded Navy Corpsman, home on leave, struggles to relate his war experience in Afghanistan to his Vietnam Vet father.
Content Advisory: Strong language.
1 Act, 18 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 10/7/2014

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 Gray Lady’s Broken Window

Author: Jason Frix
A darkly comedic take on a recently returned war veteran who is court mandated to take therapy.
Content Advisory: Adult Content with themes of war, substance abuse, and sexual situations.
2 Acts, 60 Minutes
3 Females, 8 Males, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 8/26/2016

The Gurney

Author: David Hauptschein
Clifford’s brother Wesley has disappeared, and when Clifford enters Wesley’s apartment to investigate, he discovers that a bizarre woman, who speaks a strangely poetic, broken English, has moved in.
Content Advisory: strong language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 5/10/2014

The Labyrinth

Author: John Crutchfield
A phantasmagorical verse drama about a young man’s journey to the Underworld to understand the suicide of his best friend.
Content Advisory: Mild adult language; mild nudity, mild sexual content
3 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 9/10/2012

The Metamorphosis

Author: J.B. Alexander
A struggling writer is transformed into Franz Kafka.
Content Advisory: some adult language
1 Act, 55 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 2/14/2013

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

The Persecution of Arnold Petch

Author: David Hauptschein
The central character of this drama is a man with an extraordinary persecution complex, whose worst fears, paradoxically, may in fact be coming true.
Content Advisory: strong language
2 Acts, 135 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1997
Date Added: 6/11/2014

The Playactor

Author: David Hauptschein
A twisted, comic drama about the first face-to-face encounter between Charlie, a pathological liar, and Margo, an ingenuous young woman with whom he has become enmeshed in a passionate internet romance.
Content Advisory: strong language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 4/14/2014

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 Presentation

Author: David L. Hudacek
A business lecture that quickly unravels into a story of romantic quest, madness, and redemption.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 17 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 1/28/2016

The Qualification of Douglas Evans

Author: Derek Ahonen
A reinvention of the classic alcoholic tale.
Content Advisory: There is adult content in this play. Strong language. Nudity. Lots of adult themes such as personal misery through women, family, and alcoholism.
2 Acts, 140 Minutes
5 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 2/1/2015

The Reckoning of Kit and Little Boots

Author: Nat Cassidy
As he lies dying of a stab wound to the face, Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe’s life flashes before his eyes (or rather, eye); his host for this journey is his own personal Mephistopheles, the character about whom he never got to write: the insane Roman emperor, Caligula.
Content Advisory: Very strong language, sexual images, some graphic violence, blasphemy galore
2 Acts, 130 Minutes
2 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 10/17/2011

The Sealing of Ceil

Author: Glenn Alterman
After learning about some grizzly murders in her apartment building, Ceil become terrified and turns to her abusive husband and a new best friend for some comforting.
Content Advisory: 1 scene of (suggested) brief male nudity
1 Act, 30 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 6/23/2014

The Secret Wisdom of Trees

Author: Christine Toy Johnson
The story of Abby Green, an intrepid and fiercely funny octogenarian who tries to prepare her family and herself for her journey into Alzheimer’s by planting trees at the locations of her biggest memories.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 7/19/2016

The Six Month Cure

Author: Lenny Schwartz
Kate, a woman with cancer falls in love with Mandy while on the road to the world’s biggest Comic book Convention.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 90 Minutes
7 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 5/24/2012

The Third Seat

Author: Sergei Burbank
A man surveys the wrecked remnants of his life as the ghosts of his lost family swirl around him, blurring the line between nightmare and reality.
Content Advisory: Adult situations, strong language
1 Act, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 1/12/2013

The Three of Us

Author: Tamara Rose
After a tragic car accident, two members of a threesome are left to ponder the love that existed and how to live with a ghost.
Content Advisory: Adult themes, frank discussion of sex acts, Polyamory, Suicide
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 7/22/2014

The Tiffany Box, a love remembered

Author: Kathleen Buckstaff
Former LA Times humor columnist, Kathleen Buckstaff uses her personal emails, letters and humor columns in The Tiffany Box, a love remembered to tell the story of her mother’s last two year’s of life— intimate, surprisingly humorous and ultimately uplifting leaving audiences transfixed and raving.
Content Advisory: content ok for middle school and up
1 Act, 75 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 7/11/2012

The Tower

Author: Adam Scott Mazer
The Tower presents the psychedelic tragedy of The Donner Party, that notoriously ill-fated group of westward pioneers that became snowbound in the winter of 1846-47 and was forced to resort to cannibalism to survive.
Content Advisory: Strong language, violence, sexual situations
1 Act, 120 Minutes
5 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 4/17/2014

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

The Yellow Wallpaper

Author: Greg Oliver Bodine
Adapted here from the classic short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the play chronicles the tragic, downward spiral of one woman’s isolation, obsession and descent into madness.
Content Advisory: 0
1 Act, 65 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 1/12/2014

The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children

Author: Matthew Trumbull
Moving seamlessly between heartbreakingly funny and simply heartbreaking, the play journeys through the strange bonding days between Trumbull’s cancer-stricken 55-year-old father, an unassuming Minnesota engineer who takes his belief in usefulness above and beyond; and Trumbull, a New York City actor with a slew of day jobs both brief and bizarre.
Content Advisory: strong language
1 Act, 60 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/30/2012

Tower 5

Author: Michael Reyes
Two young soldiers guarding the Ministry Of Oil during the first year of the Iraq War are unjustly punished by a deranged lieutenant. They battle insanity and one another as they try to escape an endless purgatory on guard tower 5.
Content Advisory: Explicit Material; Adult Situations; Strong Language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
0 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 4/22/2016

Trance

Author: David Hauptschein
With Hauptschein's trademark kitchen sink surrealism, the subconscious bubbles over in this spine-tingling reimagination of the Manson family murders.
Content Advisory: strong language
2 Acts, 105 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1995
Date Added: 6/8/2014

Trio with Flute

Author: Richard Warren
A poignant story of loss, hope and determination involving a war crime survivor, a developmentally disabled man and the wife of an MIA.
Content Advisory: Adult content and language
2 Acts, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 12/22/2011

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

Two Thirds Home

Author: Padraic Lillis
An exploration of the ways in which sharing secrets can both create and destroy intimacy.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 75 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 10/23/2013

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

War Crimes

Author: Sergei Burbank
When the former president of the United States is brought to trial at The Hague for crimes against humanity, John Warder -- a guard at a prison camp on U.S. soil where Arab-Americans were tortured, brutalized, and worse -- appears with conclusive evidence about what went on and why.
Content Advisory: Strong language
3 Acts, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 9/7/2012

War Zones

Author: Laura Brienza
Sometimes the body is a war zone.
Content Advisory: Adult Content, Abusive Sexual Themes
1 Act, 60 Minutes
1 Female, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 2/5/2012

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

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

What's in a Name

Author: Timothy Nolan
Confronted by the past, the present, and the police, a woman examines the results of choices made many years ago and finds that the secrets that are the hardest to keep are the hardest to tell.
Content Advisory: Gun violence, language
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 4/9/2013

When Half the Sphere is Visible

Author: The Drafts
Can there be a perfect kiss? Will a wall of water burst a burden of guilt? Can a belt buckle baffle the TSA? An escapade forking in unexpected places, this genre-bending blend of storytelling explores the dichotomies we live with (and often choose to ignore).
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexually suggestive language
1 Act, 60 Minutes
5 Females, 5 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 1/16/2014

When the Walls Have Ears

Author: David Hauptschein
A multi-layered drama in which a woman possessed by fears that she has been abducted and implanted insinuates herself into the Kratzki household, with devastating results.
Content Advisory: strong language
2 Acts, 105 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 5/14/2014

Wicked Tavern Tales

Author: Greg Oliver Bodine
A 19th century tavern proprietor and barmaid narrate three yarns of mystery and murder, with characters from each story appearing and breathing life into the words of their storytellers.
Content Advisory: No adult content or strong language
1 Act, 80 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 12/6/2011

With a Shrug

Author: Nicholas Priore
Shelley is cleaning out her old childhood home after the death of her estranged and reclusive father, when Chris, a boy from up the street, comes by to retrieve something he had let her father borrow.
Content Advisory: Strong Language and adult themes
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 8/12/2015

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

Women’s Work Short Play Festival: Group C

Author: New Perspectives Theatre Company
Three short plays from this annual festival of new plays by women playwrights.
Content Advisory: Sexuality is discussed in one of the plays.
1 Act, 80 Minutes
5 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 4/15/2016

Would

Author: David Marx
Charged as an adult and sentenced to life in prison at 14-years-old, Daniel writes an alternative life with a pen pal; chapter by chapter they fabricate the life he'll never have. A play about happiness, guilt, forgiveness, and hope.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 100 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 10/5/2012

Writopia Lab Play Collection

Author: Writopia Play Lab NYC
Five short plays and one short musical by NYC’s teenage, up and coming playwrights.
Content Advisory: death, strong language
1 Act, 120 Minutes
13 Females, 14 Males, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
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