Monday, May 4, 2009

A Bus Called Home

Outside a nursing home, where the staff has figured out how to prevent people from wandering off as they attempt to return home. 3 elderly men, 4 elderly women, 1 aide of either gender. Two of the elderly characters must be African-American; otherwise, ethnicity is open.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Limbo, Ohio

Willy Loman finds out what happens to dramatic characters after they commit suicide. Two versions: one man, two women; and one man, one woman. Both approximately ten minutes long. The three character version premiered as part of the Limbo Project at Gallery 202 in Westerville, Ohio, in January, 2008; it was produced at the Senior Theatre Festival in Baltimore, Maryland, in June, 2008. More at

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

At Madame Rastinovina's

2 w, 2 m, 1 either
Students in a 'method' acting class cope with 'sense memory' exercises. Approximately 5 minutes.

Friday, October 19, 2007

The Danish

A one page play: an elderly man finds that his accustomed breakfast of 60 years is about to change, because his wife has read about increasing longevity through diet. 1 m, 1 w. Premiered as part of "Family Foibles" at the Heritage Theatre Company in Bend, Oregon, and as part of the "Dessert Plays" by the Maple Grove Players in Columbus, Ohio, both in May 2008.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Brace Man

1 m, 1 w. Approximately 10 minutes. A man wearing a neck brace and his partner discover the world of neck brace festishists, and potential profits they represent.

Monday, August 6, 2007

The Safari

2 men. Approximately five minutes. Aging, would-be Big Game Hunters in Africa, on a safari much like the famous pheasant hunt organized for the American Vice President. Premiered at the 2007 National Arts Festival Fringe in Grahamstown, South Africa, as part of Blameless Productions' "Bedtime Stories for Big Boys and Girls." More information at

Sunday, July 15, 2007

God's On Our Side

What happens when a soldier rejects the pious memorial for soldiers killed in battle. 4 characters; can be played by either male or female performers. Approximately 10 minutes long. Contains language typically used by soldiers under stress, which some might find offensive.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Bread and Pigeons

3 w, 1 m. Approximately five minutes. Short play about the problems created by elderly folk who insist on needlessly feeding pigeons in urban areas, inspired by a short piece about efforts to dimish the pigeon population in English cities on the BBC in Autumn, 2006. Premiered in Costa Mesa, California, November, 2007, by the South Coast Storytellers Guild as part of Tellebration! A World-Wide Event.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Stampistas

2 women, 1 man. Approximately 15 minutes. After working together for over a quarter of a century, one worker realizes that the relationship will never develop as fully as she'd like. Short play written for a challenge: to write a boring play in which the subtext is fraught with all sorts of repressed emotion. Inspired both by memories of Murray Schisgal's The Typists, on which the author worked as property master in its off Broadway production, and seeing bureaucrats doing their job as stampers in an Italian government office in Naples.

Friday, April 27, 2007

In the Mall

3 women, 1 man. Roughly five minutes. Shopping takes unexpected turns. Short play written for a challenge--there's only one complete sentence.

Downstairs at Elsinore

1 woman, 4 men. Roughly fifteen minutes. A prequel to Hamlet finds the guards at Elsinore in the armory, visited by Ethel, the Pirate King's Daughter; the pirates are part of the entertainment for the wedding of Claudius and Gertrude. Then there's this ghost on the battlements. . . To be premiered at the Fields of Honor Festival, Pointed Remarques Classical Theatre Company, Longmont, Colorado. See

Twentieth Night

Adam Peal (Osric) greets Seb (Alex Coccia), Olivia (Linda Schuler), Viola (Karla Rothan) and Young Livvy (Rhea Kavari) in the reading at The Center on High, Columbus, May 19, 2007.

3 women, 2 men. Roughly twenty minutes. A sequel to Twelfth Night, eighteen years later. Viola and Olivia are now partners, as are Sebastian and Orsino, all having realized their true attractions. Their children, young Sebastian and young Olivia, are learning to fence. A message arrives for Prince Hamlet, who's just left Illyria to visit Sebastian and Orsino in Venice. Premiered at Stonewall Columbus, May, 2007.