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A History of Launching Ships (somewhat after Washington Irving)

Author: Avi Glickstein
Elizabeth Burgin, on the run from the British in 1779 New York for helping to free hundreds of Patriots from prison ships docked in Wallabout Bay, finds shelter with a pair of twins and their stepmother in a strange, gated house far from her intended destination of Philadelphia.
Content Advisory: One instance of strong language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
9 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 10/8/2012

A Strange Disappearance of Bees

Author: Elena Hartwell
Five characters search for identity while bees disappear all around them.
Content Advisory: Appropriate for children over 14
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 10/27/2011

A Thousand Deaths

Author: Anthony P. Pennino
Joshua has discovered a cure for death, but in order to make sure it works, he tests it on the same subject…over and over again.
Content Advisory: Difficult subject matter. One moment of strong language
1 Act, 60 Minutes
0 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 9/25/2014

Aeschylus Unbound

Author: Glen Williamson
A new historical play about mysterious ancient rituals, world-shaking battles and a warrior poet on trial for his life.by Mala Powers and Glen Williamson
Content Advisory:
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 9/21/2016

American Badass

Author: Chris Harcum
Through a dozen monologue, the character that Bush Administration America struggles to present--both domestically and to the greater world--is examined.
Content Advisory: Adult language and strong content
1 Act, 90 Minutes
0 Females, 12 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 2/12/2012

Antiquity

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

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

Barrier Island

Author: David Stallings
As a fearless and stubborn community rests their lives against the historic wall that protects Galveston Island from natural disasters, a younger generation challenges the economic and emotional battles no wall can protect.
Content Advisory: Strong Language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
4 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 3/3/2014

Bomb Shelter

Author: Kimberly Pau
An older man and a young man cook meth in Connecticut, while their hidden past explodes.
Content Advisory: Strong language, drug use and mature themes
1 Act, 60 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/1/2012

Breaking Ranks

Author: Zack Calhoon
While on base in Kuwait, an incident occurs that fractures a close-knit platoon forcing each soldier to question their own integrity and chose where their loyalty truly lies.
Content Advisory: Deals with adult subject matter; includes harsh, offensive language, and an onstage sexual assault
1 Act, 60 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 1/11/2012

Captain Ferguson's School for Balloon Warfare

Author: Isaac Rathbone
Upon entry into World War One, a pioneering and obsessed aviator must train US troops in the art of Balloon Warfare.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 3/6/2014

Corps Values

Author: Brendon Bates
A father and son go head-to-head when the latter returns home from serving in Iraq and announces he is going AWOL.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act

Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Debriefing

Author: Max Gill
A Pakistani immigrant is debriefed by U.S. intelligence following her risky mission as a double agent infiltrating a militant group in Syria.
Content Advisory: Some strong language, adult themes, and descriptions of violence
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 9/30/2016

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 #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

Down the Mountain and Across the Stream

Author: Jake Shore
Paul's parents don't know if their enlisted son is dead but Turner claims to and will sell the information.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/8/2013

E-mail: 9/12

Author: Midge Guerrera
How sharing, caring, grieving and even allowing a spark of humor to fly through cyberspace helped our nation get through the painful aftermath of 9/11.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
1 Act, 80 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/5/2014

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

Extraordinary Things

Author: Daniel Talbott
A photographer and subject meet in a cold basement. Ex-lovers meet in an old grungy bar hangout. Circling each other, looking for weak spots and testing strengths, they try to navigate a desperate city landscape not far from where we are now.
Content Advisory: Nudity and strong violent and sexual language.
1 Act, 60 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/29/2014

Five from the Vaults

Author: Mark Rigney
Five short plays that sing of war and imperiled environments. Comedy abounds even in the face of disaster.
Content Advisory: Strong language, violence, weaponry, inexplicable magic, and endangered species.
1 Act, 60 Minutes
7 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 4/21/2015

For a Barbarian Woman

Author: Saviana Stanescu
The play interweaves a present-day love story between a Romanian woman and an American colonel from the NATO base in Constanta (a Romanian city at the Black Sea, built on the ruins of the ancient city TOMIS where the Roman poet Ovid was exiled sometime around year 8 AD) and a fictional relationship between Ovid and a Barbarian woman from Tomis.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 100 Minutes
5 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/18/2012

From the Deep

Author: Cassie M. Seinuk
In this psychological drama, Andrew, a missing Boston University student, arrives in the surreal room of the missing, Ilan, an Israeli POW trapped in the same headspace, must convince Andrew to play the games, keep his mind active, and face the truth of his captivity before they both go missing forever.
Content Advisory: Strong language, disturbing story about abuse, real life dive into life of a prisoner of war, GLBT themes
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/10/2016

Golem Stories

Author: Edward Einhorn
A new take on the golem legend about a clay man in 16th century Prague; a romance that examines the way stories we're told shape our preconceptions.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2004
Date Added: 1/30/2014

Heaven and Earth

Author: Barbara Kahn
The comfortable life in Wyoming of Jewish immigrants Simi and Rachel is disrupted by the winds of war blowing across 1930’s Europe and stirring the simmering anti-Semitism of the United States.
Content Advisory:
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
4 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1999
Date Added: 9/21/2016

Heel

Author: Jeff McMahon
Using text, movement, and imagery, HEEL marches through the collateral damage of September 11, 2001, examining both the attack and the culture of closure and forgetting.
Content Advisory: Some strong language. Not appropriate for children
1 Act, 50 Minutes
1 Gender Neutral Character
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2002
Date Added: 4/30/2012

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

I Have Been to Hiroshima Mon Amour

Author: Chiori Miyagawa
In “reconstructed” Hiroshima in 1959, a French actress and a Japanese architect have a passionate one-night affair, which conjures memories of their respective first loves, both of whom died during WWII.
Content Advisory: Brief descriptions of the aftermath of atomic bombing and human suffering
1 Act, 75 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 11/3/2011

ILLUMINATIon

Author: Nicholas Priore
A series of vignettes on the topic of a secret society that seeks to enslave us all.
Content Advisory: strong language
2 Acts, 130 Minutes
2 Females, 26 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 5/29/2016

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 Our Name

Author: Elena Hartwell
A triptych of short, breathtaking one-acts about the ways that the War in Iraq has hit home, especially among American women.
Content Advisory: Descriptions of physical and psychological damage caused by combat
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 7/1/2011

Iphigenia in Aulis

Author: Edward Einhorn
Euripides' classic tragedy about Agamemnon's sacrifice of his daughter, Iphigenia, at the insistence of his soldiers, in an adaptation that emphasizes the theme of the power of the mob.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 75 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 1/31/2014

Iraq

Author: Mario Fratti
They think that our soldiers are all heroes. But they have a conscience. Many commit suicide because they don’t believe in the war. The play was written when there were only 29 suicides. Now there are more than 300.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 30 Minutes
1 Female, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 3/25/2012

Leak

Author: Temar Underwood
During a contentious presidential election, Peter Graves, a blog-writer, is leaked classified information that will blow the election wide open.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Violence
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
1 Female, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 10/17/2011

Look, What I Don't Understand

Author: Anthony Nikolchev
In a 1960’s US immigrant detainment center, the play asks the audience of border patrol to decide the fate of Bulgarian communist defectors caught in red tape limbo.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 65 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 12/14/2011

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

Meditations from North America

Author: Anthony P. Pennino
Rich McLain – kidnapped, tortured, alone, far from home – discovers that there are still choices.
Content Advisory: Adult content: strong language, harrowing situations (torture, etc.)
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Memoriam: After Euripides’ Alcestis

Author: Stephen Kaliski
A “sequel” to Euripides’ ALCESTIS that explores memory, identity, and the uncertain ownership we have over our own lives.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 6 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/6/2016

Menders

Author: Erin Browne
Corey and Aimes are new recruits mending the wall that guards their city from an unnamed threat; but as their teacher Drew tells them subversive tales of the world outside they begin to wonder at the real purpose of the wall, until an unexpected act of passion tears the menders apart.
Content Advisory: Implications of sex, a few removable curse words
5 Acts, 120 Minutes
4 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 4/16/2012

Mo(u)rning

Author: Adrian Rodriguez
Inspired by the 9/11 tragedy, the play explores the diverse reactions to trauma in and around the disaster area.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 8/28/2011

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

Near Vicksburg

Author: Sara Farrington
Three completely powerless people hiding in a cave during the Battle of VIcksburg, 1863: Jane, a middle class Southern woman, her husband's slave, George, and Jane's teenaged daughter. As the war rages only inches away from them, Jane and George create their own version of society in the claustrophobic cave, with its own set of rules, boundaries, language and physicality.
Content Advisory: There is a 7-10 minute nude scene and a violent physical fight.
1 Act, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 7/29/2014

Next

Author: Stephen Gracia
A mobile whorehouse is brought to an American army encampment in Europe during WWII, bringing to the surface issues of racism, sexuality, and the fear of impending death.
Content Advisory: Nudity (NOT full-frontal), strong language, sexual content
2 Acts, 80 Minutes
1 Female, 9 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/31/2012

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

No One

Author: Julia Lee Barclay-Morton
A meditation on our response to violence, specifically that inflicted on New York City and Washington, D.C. on 9/11/01 and the subsequent violence inflicted by the United States on Afghanistan in October 2001.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 55 Minutes

Year Written/Copyrighted: 2001
Date Added: 8/28/2011

One Nation Under

Author: Andrea Lepcio
A modern tragedy centered on the fall of a Federal Bench Judge poised to be picked for the Supreme Court; it is about the laws of the land and the laws we each, as individuals, choose to live by.
Content Advisory: Strong language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
4 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 10/10/2011

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

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

Over the Mountain

Author: Brian Thorstenson
A war rages. On one side of the mountain two men catalogue photographs of prisoners, On the other side two sisters meet in the rain for possibly the last time.
Content Advisory: Strong language
1 Act, 85 Minutes
5 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 2/11/2013

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

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

Playing Dreidel with Judah Maccabee

Author: Edward Einhorn
An original Hanukkah play, told in eight scenes, in which a contemporary boy named Jonathan meets the historical Judah Maccabee.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 50 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 1/30/2014

Possum Creek

Author: Andrea Alton
Naive young Civil War bride Beth Ann discovers the joys, heartbreaks and befuddlement of waiting at home for her soldier husband in Possum Creek, Ohio.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 50 Minutes
4 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 10/20/2015

Prayer

Author: Jonathan Kravetz
In a futuristic American prison, one man fights to preserve his innocence and identity while a theocratic, irrational government tries to prove he's guilty of writing a book -- The Believer's Diary -- that he says he did not write.
Content Advisory: Adult language.
2 Acts, 105 Minutes
1 Female, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 9/5/2014

Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants

Author: Duncan Pflaster
In this Shakespeare-styled Ridiculous Fairy Tale Play, Prince Trevor trades places with his manservant Grumbelino in order to escape marriage to the evil Queen Bluebella and find his true love, Toby the Stable Boy.
Content Advisory: Nudity, Strong Language, Sexual Situations, Homosexuality
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
4 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 11/4/2011

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

Reservoir

Author: Eric Henry Sanders
A reimagining of “Woyzeck” by Georg Büchner as the contemporary story of a returning veteran suffering from PTSD.
Content Advisory: Some strong language. Some violence.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/9/2015

Revolting Women/Woman Bomb-Sade

Author: Allan Graubard and Caroline McGee
The play explores a tragic and traumatic phenomenon, the rise of murderous suicide as a political weapon, in one body, two characters and four voices.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 35 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 11/20/2011

Revolution!

Author: Anne Berlin
A trio of interconnected musicals that tell the story of the French, Russian and American revolutions as told thought Matryoshka dolls, chess pieces and toy soldiers.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 85 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 9/9/2012

Riddle Lost

Author: Kelly McAllister
Jeff Riddle has just died, and with the help of Hel, goddess of Death, and the trickster god Raven, he examines his life and his involvement in the Modoc War and his relationship with the great Modoc leader Captain Jack.
Content Advisory: strong language, violence
3 Acts, 120 Minutes
4 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 6/20/2014

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

Sandbox

Author: Gino DiIorio
Three American soldiers find themselves caught in the no man’s land of “Ambush Alley,” near the Khyber Pass on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Content Advisory: strong language, adult content
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 7/30/2013

Seven Lepcio Shorts

Author: Andrea Lepcio
Seven 10 minute plays by Andrea Lepcio produced from 2001 through 2011.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 70 Minutes
11 Females, 9 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 8/28/2013

Silent Witnesses

Author: Stephanie Satie
How do cataclysmic events affect personal lives? Based on interviews and conversations with child survivors of the Holocaust, Silent Witnesses paints an uplifting portrait of human resilience shaped through the eyes of children and infused with the wisdom of the adults they’ve become.
Content Advisory: Not for very young children, but there is no "adult content."
1 Act, 85 Minutes
5 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 4/13/2015

Sleeper

Author: David Ian Lee
The lives of a grieving mother, a media pundit, and an American doctor abducted in Afghanistan collide in this continent-hopping, time-shifting dissection of America’s post-9/11 legacy.
Content Advisory: Contains nudity, violence, and strong language.
2 Acts, 150 Minutes
3 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 10/19/2011

Slow Falling Bird

Author: Christine Evans
Set in an immigration detention center in the dead center of the Australian desert, SLOW FALLING BIRD moves from gritty realism to hallucinatory sequences as warping social and mental conditions on both sides of the wire lead to an explosive show-down.
Content Advisory: Strong language; stage violence.
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 3 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 7/23/2014

Somewhere Safer

Author: Lauren Ferebee
Examining memory's force and the dangers of extremism, the play reaches back and forth in time to capture the aftermath of an explosion that irrevocably changes the course of nine lives.
Content Advisory: violence, strong language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
4 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 10/17/2013

Still Life

Author: Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
In the wake of a subway bombing in an unnamed city, three people become inextricably linked when a young woman goes missing -- her mother, her husband, and a mysterious 20-something photographer documenting the way we adjust to life and loss in a terrorist age. A darkly comic exploration of shared grief.
Content Advisory: Strong Language
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 4/24/2016

Story of an Unknown Man

Author: Anthony P. Pennino
A troupe of actors trapped in a war zone must put on a play in exchange for food; that play is an adaptation of a novella by Anton Chekhov.
Content Advisory: Strong language. Adult situation (difficult pregnancy). A couple of sexually charged scenes.
2 Acts, 135 Minutes
3 Females, 9 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2000
Date Added: 6/19/2014

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

Survivor: Vietnam

Author: Rob Reese
This ripe, ribald parody of reality television puts a group of eager contestants in the middle of the War in Vietnam, where they vie for a $1 million grand prize, if they survive.
Content Advisory: Includes obscenity, profanity, profundity, progeny, and pigeons
1 Act, 80 Minutes
6 Females, 3 Males, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 12/5/2011

Svetlyachki

Author: Alla Ilyasova
Six orphans struggle to survive in a small Russian village just after the Civil War.
Content Advisory: Some violence and stage combat.
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/6/2016

The Bad and The Better

Author: Derek Ahonen
A detective noir that deals with contemporary issues.
Content Advisory: There is adult content in this play. Strong language. No nudity. Lots of adult themes such as personal misery.
2 Acts, 140 Minutes
9 Females, 17 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/24/2013

The Beach Plays

Author: Rising Phoenix Rep
The plays feature inhabitants of five alternate realities where the land meets the sea: mermaids in human form, Vietnam War soldiers and their families, a ghostly sibling reunion, a decidedly strange hotelier, and a wedding with an unexpected guest.
Content Advisory: Strong language, adult themes, sexuality, sexual simulation.
1 Act, 80 Minutes
10 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/24/2013

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 Deepest Play Ever

Author: Geoffrey Decas O'Donnell
In this epic Mother Courage satire we follow the antihero Mother LaMadre as she drags her wagon through the post-post-apocalyptic waste land of New Europe during World War V, battles zombies and journeys to rescue her son, Golden Calf, from the Underworld.
Content Advisory: Strong Elizabethan language, talk of sexual acts and prostitution
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
7 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 7/9/2011

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 Feast of the Flying Cow...and other stories of war

Author: Jeni Mahoney
Audrey, a socialite turned relief worker, finds herself in a war-torn nation awarding a free feast and celebrity-style photo shoot to the besieged family of Anya Andonov; trapped in a world that is as absurd, as it is brutal, Anya and Audrey struggle to salvage their feast as the world around them spirals into collapse.
Content Advisory: Adult situation (War)
1 Act, 100 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 10/9/2011

The Garden of Monsters

Author: Mara Lathrop
Hope takes a non-linear tour of post-WWII Dachau, the New York of 2045, present-day London, and a magical Italian garden in the swinging 60's.
Content Advisory: NA
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 11/15/2011

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 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 March of the Bonus Army

Author: Isaac Rathbone
Six actors use text and period music to illuminate a little known US historical event when WWI veterans during the Great Depression marched on Washington to demand a bonus they were promised, but never received.
Content Advisory: A few minor curse words.
1 Act, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 9/30/2014

The Soap Myth

Author: Jeff Cohen
A young journalist explores the controversy surrounding the Nazi atrocity of making soap from the fat of murdered Jews – weighing a holocaust survivor’s eye-witness testimony against scholars’ insistence on evidentiary fact as a primary criteria and the pressures imposed by historical “revisionists” – i.e. anti-Semitic holocaust deniers. The play explores how history itself is determined.
Content Advisory: Adult themes. No profanity, no sexual content
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 11/13/2011

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 Three Graces

Author: Robert Thomas Noll, Zane Coleman & Pamela Noll
An African-American adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters,” set in a segregated army base in the South during the Second World War that celebrates the three graces of every woman of color: Brilliance, Joy and Flowering.
Content Advisory: NA
2 Acts, 110 Minutes
5 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 3/12/2013

The Tragedy of Dandelion

Author: Duncan Pflaster
A five-act Shakespearean-styled play entirely in iambic pentameter, written for a cast of eight women to play all the roles, it follows the Princess Dandelion on an epic journey as she dresses as a boy to evade her rapist.
Content Advisory: LGBT characters, sexual situations, rape
5 Acts, 150 Minutes
25 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/19/2014

The Twelfth Labor

Author: Leegrid Stevens
Using the myth of The Twelve Labors of Hercules to explore the inner workings of a World War II-era family, the play follows the events of a single day filtered through the warped and damaged mind of an Idaho farm girl.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
4 Acts, 150 Minutes
6 Females, 4 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 12/19/2015

Thread

Author: Elena Zucker
The inadvertent “like” of a politically-charged Facebook status— a call for a third Palestinian uprising-- unravels a life, and dismantles the borders between Jew and Arab, past and present, time and space.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 75 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 10/7/2016

Time and the Beast

Author: Marina Shron
Inspired by the biblical story of Jacob and his two wives, the sisters Rachel and Leah, the play follows their love triangle as it keeps spinning in time: the three characters mature in history -- as history itself comes of age.
Content Advisory: NA
4 Acts, 135 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 5/9/2013

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

TRACES/fades

Author: Lenora Champagne
A meditation on Alzheimer’s and our national inability to remember history.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 60 Minutes
6 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 9/25/2013

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

Unearthing the Tramp

Author: Nicholas Priore
Two Slavic refugees exhume the mortal remains of a recently deceased celebrity in order to collect a ransom.
Content Advisory: N/A
1 Act, 45 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 1/8/2016

Vietnam 101: The War on Campus

Author: Rich Orloff
Based on interviews with and letters from students who attended Oberlin College in the late 1960’s, the play charts one college’s journey through the turbulent years of the Vietnam War, focusing on how the war and changing campus life affected students both politically and personally.
Content Advisory: None, beyond a few profanities. (The play has been produced in colleges and high schools.)
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
7 Females, 5 Males, 14 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1989
Date Added: 8/1/2014

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

What the Texas Board of Education Did On My Summer Vacation

Author: Jonas Oppenheim
Carly Paige is a poor white girl with undiagnosed ADHD who goes to war against her family, her school, her community, and her behavioral problems in order to bring the truth about her ancestor to light.
Content Advisory: Strong language.
2 Acts, 140 Minutes
4 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/12/2014

While Chasing the Fantastic

Author: Derek Ahonen
A story of terrorism and the conclusions we jump to based upon fear.
Content Advisory: There is adult content in this play. Strong language.
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
3 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 12/15/2014

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

You Are Dead. You are Here.

Author: Christine Evans
A multimedia play that tells the charged story of an encounter between an American soldier and an Iraqi girl blogger in Fallujah, 2003, through the lens of the technologies that connect them.
Content Advisory: Strong language, projected images of war
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 7/23/2014