DAVID'S DISAPPEARANCE. (15 min.) 2M. Drama. Old-timer mailman rescues a young man bent on a bizarre means of self-destruction. Funny, sad, strange and hopeful. Multiple award-winner.
SQUEEZING PAPAYAS. (10-15 min.) Comedy. 1M; 1F. Based on real people and events. Ex-President of Mexico, Jose Lopez Portillo, and his wife, Sasha Montenegro, former porn star, struggle over possession of his mansion and discover the love which has been buried beneath french fries, sex, and greed. At Senior Theatre Conference in Columbus, OH, noted for best use of a metaphorical fake breast. Don't ask.
SEDUCING RAMONA. (10-15 min.) Comedy. 1M; 1F. Prehistoric married couple brought to the brink of divorce when a request for the playscript the wife has scratched on the wall of their cave arrives. Couple may be any age from teens on up. "Moving and very, very funny." - audience member - Paw Paw, MI. production.)
BRONCO BUSTER. (10-12 min.) 2M; 1F. Comedy. 1885 - The Arizona Territory. Sculptor Frederic Remington sends hung-over cowboy Gabby to find a horse for a model. Gabby offers his own old horse, Betty. Remington is aghast. Gabby doesn't live up to his prettified vision of the Old West and neither does Betty. ("I fell out of my chair laughing." "Smart, funny, fantastic language, distinct characters - all with dramatic arcs, historic and yet contemporary - not to mention I learned a bit of art history."- audience members at NJ Rep. )
EDNA MAE AND SALLY SERIOUSLY CONTEMPLATE SAN DIEGO. (10 min.) 2F. Two middle-aged midwest-ern ladies have ventured from their sheltered lives for a trip to California. Their eyes have been opened to the world, and they don't want to go home. But ... (Developed into a full-length play EVERYDAY EDNA MAE.)
SAVE THE TURKEY! (10 min.) 2F; 2M. Comedy with not-so-subtle anti-war subtext. The day before Thanksgiving, Tom Turkey wants to let Mr. Farmer "draft" him into service. Tom's mother tries to dissuade him. Martha Stewart shows up to cook the Farmer's holiday feast. Tom realizes it's Farmer wants to serve him. A hit at NJ Rep's Theatre Brut.
PURITY AND THE PRINCE. (10-15 min.) 1F; 2M. Comedy/fable. Purity, who bears a strong resemblance to Snow White, is a virgin (maybe) who has been saving herself for a tall, handsome prince. When he finally arrives, not all that handsome, she is has doubts. After that first kiss, there will be no turning back. He isn't big on commitment. If this isn't really true love, they could be stuck with each other. ("The play sparkles!" - Jewel Seehaus-Fisher, Artistic Director, Teachers Theatre of NJ.)
HAPPIWY EVER AFTER. (15-20 min.) 2M. Wacky, gay version of PURITY AND THE PRINCE. Hysterically funny in Playhouse Creatures production (NYC).
OCCUPY. (10 min.) 3M; 1F. Inspired by A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. A look at New York's Zuccotti Park the night the original Occupy Wall Street encampment was raided by the police. Written for Resonance Ensemble's gala 2012 anniversary (others on the bill included Charles Mee and Arthur Giron).
IN THE BEGINNING... (10 min.) 1F; 1M. Comedy. Finally, the answer to who created the world. A showdown between an artist who creates and a research scientist who observes. Creationism vs evolution. A whirlwind trip that takes Earth from a dry, dead place to Adam and Eve. NY production: Articulate Theatre Company, Eric Siegel director.
BLOOD SISTERS. (15 min.) 3F. Dramatic. Based on headlines. Three Dominican nuns are convicted of vandalizing a nuclear missile silo in Colorado. They beg for a merciful sentence. A winner of the 2008 Goshen Peace Play Prize. Much produced. "A beautiful play. I truly appreciate the detail in all three women." - Angelique M. Bouffiou, actor. "Powerful, lyrical..." - Carol Lashof (audience member at Women's Will production in San Francisco)
THREE DUDES WITH A PLAN. (10 min.) 3M. Comedy. In a seedy bar, a man with a yen for co-eds, Osama bin Laden, and the pyroman-iac bartender agree that women are ruining their lives. They hatch a plan to show women who is boss! Guaranteed to offend just about everyone.
THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW. (10 min.) 2F; 1M/F. Absurdist. Lots of laughs but philosophical subtext. Two nuns are banished to an icy nowhere place, travelling on a single ski (with a personality of its own). They want to be redeemed, but a suspicious penguin appears and all hell breaks loose.
TAKE A LOAD OFF. (10 min.) 1M; 2F. Off-beat comedy. Strange goings on in a southern laundromat on Christmas Even. Written by The Lark Underground Writers.
ESCAPE IN A WHITE TOYOTA. (10 min.) 2F; 1M. Essentially a one-woman monologue (the other woman has only one line). As an elderly woman painstakingly makes her way across a parking lot, escaping from a hospital, her thoughts are voiced by a younger version of herself. Visions of her husband increasingly young block her progress. She is increasingly angry, finally realizing she'll never escape unless she deals with him. Absurdist but frighteningly real.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN. (10 MIN.) 1F; 1M. The Oracle of the Yankees tries to find the answer to Yogi Berra's slump. Lots of fun.
BRIDAL WREATH. (10 min.) 1F Caucasian; 1M African-American. A young couple is due to get married in an hour, but her fears intervene.
SNUG HARBOR. (10 min.) 2F. A teenager, newly jobless and on the spectrum, is at risk of homelessness. A young girl from an earlier time meets her on the Staten Island ferry. Past and present collide.
GLOOM, DOOM, AND SOUL-CRUSHING MISERY. (8-10 min.) 1M; 1F; 1M/F. A depressed Russian couple yearns to be even more depressed, but a cheery travel agent offers to make their dreams come true.
BUDFUD129ZK. (10 min.) 2F; 2M. A scientist must assure that a female panda is impregnated. An old boy friend tries to stop her, but she must choose between love of country and love for an old flame.
SYLVIA AND JACKIE. (10 min.) 3F; 1M. Two sisters deal with life, death and priorities. "First" can mean many things.
TAKE A BITE OUT OF LIFE! (~7 min.) 3F. In 1912, sisters on a famous cruise ship and a young Scottish crew member. One sister enjoys every moment of life, the other deprives herself -- unaware that "tomorrow" isn't going to come.
LAKEESHA CROSSES THE BORDER. (~10 min.) 2M/F. An elephant is stolen from Africa and finds him/herself in Mongolia. A camel is extremely unhappy about the illegal immigrant and refuses to offer water even as death faces the elephant.
THE OTHER SHOE. (8-10 min.) 1M; 2F. Macabre, funny and somehow also poetic look at getting rid of a body and the unpleasant memories that surround it.
BURYING ELEPHANTS. (15 min.) 2F. Two women have been having an affair unbeknownst to one woman's husband. She is pregnant -- the very big elephant in the room. What will get buried?
TOMORROW'S SOUP. (10 min.) 4F. Serious spoof on a reality cooking show. Three witches brew up soups that will forecast the future for the world. Inspired by the painting Starry Starry Night.
WOODY AND THE LION KING. (10 min.) 2M. Woody Allen is running to escape Mia Farrow's wrath. He wants to escape across the border into Mexico, but his way is blocked by a lion fleeing into the U.S. The lion wants to go on Broadway in The Lion King. Eventually, the two strike a deal but not before Mia almost discovers Woody. Inspired by the painting The Gypsy.
NOT STILL LIFE. (10 min.) 2F. Painter Vanessa Bell and her sister novelist Virginia Woolf try to work in the same room, but their ideas are so big the space can't contain both of them. Inspired by the painting Still Life by Vanessa Bell.
TUGBOAT LOVE . (15-20 min.) Comedy. 1F; 2M. No depth of plot or subtle subtext in this one. Written to be performed in a swimming pool (works on dry land too). Li'l Toot, is in love with the Statue of Liberty, but is so tongue-tied he can barely "toot." His lady love - fed up with immigration quotas , wants to return to France. Gull wants to go too to experience French cuisine. Will Toot get up his nerve to speak? Will he tow the Lady to France? Will Gull ever get a healthy meal? Will the Lady and Toot find true love? ("A scream!" - audience member, Texas.)
MENAGERIE. A collection of nine short plays about animals. Each play has at least one animal character. May be performed as a complete evening. There are a few extra plays so you can pick and choose if you don't want to perform all of the plays in the collection.