Short Plays​: 10 min, 15-30 min, and short-shorts

 

Ten-minute plays (synopses below)

•  2 + 1 = MURDER  Cast: 4 (2F/2M or 1F/3M), noir comedy

•  ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND SCIENCE  Cast: 2M, comedy

•  ANDY CARTER BECOMES A MAN Cast: 3 (1F, 1M, 1teenager), comedy

•  THE BEES ARE WATCHING Cast: 2 (1F, 1M), dramedy

•  THE BLACK BOX Cast: 3 (flexible), comedy

•  BLACK HOLE ENTERPRISES Cast: 2 (1F, 1M), comedy

•  BUT I'M THE WEATHER GIRL! Cast: 3 (1F, 1M, 1M/F), adult comedy

•  CO-WORKERS Cast: 2 (1F, 1M, 1M/F), comedy

•  DARK FRIDAY MARKDOWNS Cast: 2 (gender neutral), comedy

•  THE ENTIRE PUNCH BOWL Cast: 4 (2F, 1M, 1 flex), comedy

•  FLASH DATE  Cast: 5 (includes Crew), comedy

•  HOME SWEET HOMELAND SECURITY Cast: 4 (2F, 2M), 8m comedy

•  INTERVENTION  Cast: 5 (2F, 3M, flexible), comedy

•  IT SKIPS A GENERATION Cast: 2 (1F, teens, 1M, 70s), dramedy

•  THE LILAC TICKET  Cast: 2 (1F, 1M), dramedy

•  THE NINTH CIRCUS OF HELL  Cast: 2 (1F, 1M), comedy

•  NOIR IN SECOND CLASS  Cast: 2 (1F, 1M), noir comedy

•  NON-FLUORIDATED WATER Cast: 2 (1F, 1M), comedy

•  NON-REFUNDABLE Cast: 3 (3F), comedy

•  PACKAGE DEAL  Cast: 3 (2F, 1M), comedy

•  PICNIC ON THE LAKE Cast: 2 (1F, 1M), horror

•  SECONDHAND GIFTS Cast: 2F, dramedy

•  SNOW DOWN AT THE NORTH POLE  Cast: 5 (2F, 2M, 1 flex), holiday comedy

•  SPARE SOME CHANGE  Cast: 2 (1F, 1M), dramedy

•  STANDING ROOM ONLY Cast: 3 (1F, 1M, 1M/F), dramedy

•  TAKE A LEFT AT THE WAR ZONE Cast: 3 (1F, 2M), comedy

•  THREE'S A CLOUD Cast: 3 (2F, 1M), adult comedy

•  WAITING FOR HUGOT  Cast: 2 (1F, 1M), comedy

2 + 1 = MURDER

(noir comedy, 1F, 2M, 1F/M - 10 min)

    Private eye Blaze Pascal will solve this case by the numbers. Film noir, meet Math 101.

--“A delight!” - Noah Fredericks, Spokane Radio Theatre

              ● * Published- The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2015, Smith & Kraus           

★Script Sample - 2+1= Murder

ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND SCIENCE

(comedy, 2M - 10 min)

Two dads compete in a high stakes game: the elementary school science fair.

★Script Sample - All’s Fair in Love & Science

 

ANDY CARTER BECOMES A MAN

(comedy, 1F, 1M, 1 male teen - 10 min)

You’re a youth vampire! You want me to do the ceremony so you can suck the experience out of me!

On the eve of his coming-of-age ceremony, Andy refuses. A story about the meaning of

family traditions. 

        ● Piper Theatre Productions, VIDEO.                                                                   

{or} ANNIE CARTER BECOMES A WOMAN

(comedy, 1F, 1M, 1 female teen - 10 min)

On the eve of the coming-of-age ceremony, Annie says no. A story about family traditions. 

★ Script Sample - Andy Carter

THE BEES ARE WATCHING

(dramedy, 1F, 1M - 10 min)

An EPA official, "just following orders" to destroy the environment, is attacked by nature itself. 

★ Script Sample - The Bees Are Watching

 

THE BLACK BOX

(comedy, 1F, 2M, gender flexible - 10 min)

Two strange salesmen try to sell Zelda a black box. What worlds does it contain?

What wonders?

★ Script Sample - The Black Box

BLACK HOLE ENTERPRISES

(comedy, 1F, 1M - 10 min) *

Can a person be happy, when her job is to make people miserable on social media?  

BUT I'M THE WEATHER GIRL!

(adult comedy, 1F, 1M, 1f/m - 8 min)

A diva, a stressed-out producer with a $40,000 camera, and a Yeti come to you live, from the blizzard atop Mt. Everest.

★ Script Sample - But I'm the Weather Girl! 

CO-WORKERS

(comedy, 1F, 2M - 10+ min) *

Batgirl's job interview is tanking. Is it the ticking time bomb? The vat of molten steel below?  

Or just, her? 

       ● * Published - The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2018, Smith & Kraus       

★ Script Sample - Co-Workers

DARK FRIDAY MARKDOWNS

(comedy, 2 gender neutral - 8 min) *

Two Radio Shack employees from far, far away ponder how Thursday can be Friday, on the feast day of the turkeys.  

THE ENTIRE PUNCH BOWL

(comedy, 2F, 1M, 1f/m - 10 min)

Three alumni are terrified to walk down the red carpet to the reunion. But hey, who

remembers the random tortures of high school? Uh... everyone. Shania to the rescue!

★ Script Sample - The Entire Punch Bowl

 

FLASH DATE

(comedy, 1F, 2M, 1F/M, stagehands - 10m)

Why stick around ‘til a relationship gets messy? Get in, get out, get Mr. Right.

Staged in the audience, on the stage and outside the theatre

★ Script Sample - Flash Date

 

 

HOME SWEET HOMELAND SECURITY

(comedy, 2F, 2M - 10 min) *

Two couples get to know each other over drinks of 4 oz. or less

        ● * Published - G-Men in G-Strings: The J Edgar Hoover Follies, Heuer Publishing

★ Home Sweet Homeland Security

 

 

INTERVENTION

(comedy, 2F, 4M -10 min) *

A group of his friends gather to confront Leon, but nobody agrees on what his problem is. 

       ● * Published - The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2014, Smith & Kraus       

★ Script Sample - Intervention

IT SKIPS A GENERATION

(comic drama, 1F-teen, 1M-mature - 12 min)

In 1980s Brooklyn, an ultra-Orthodox teenager and her estranged grandfather bond over an album of yellowed newspaper clippings.

★ Script Sample - It Skips a Generation  

THE LILAC TICKET

(comedy/romance, two mature actors, 1F, 1M - 10 min)

Sam and Barb confront two crises that threaten to tear their 50-year marriage apart: one happening now, in the doctor’s office, and the other, a long-buried secret.

     “I was spellbound.” - David Suissa, LA Jewish Journal

     “Absolutely beautiful play” - Jim Finch, Artistic Director, Boquete Players

     “Great laughs” - Patrick Gabridge, The Writing Life x3

     “Eat my pickles. Wear clean underwear. Marry a doctor.” - Bubbies of Los Angeles   

       ● * Published - The Best American Short Minute Plays of 2014-15, Applause/Hal Leonard       

● 2011 Heideman Award Finalist

★ Script Sample - The Lilac Ticket

 

 

THE NINTH CIRCUS OF HELL

(dark comedy, 1F, 1M - 10 min) *

Love, lust, popcorn and one sexy moose.           

Andrew pines for Maya like Dante for Beatrice, and oh, what agonies he’ll suffer for her!

Hell is for wimps. Today there will be clowns.

       ● * Published - The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2013, Smith & Kraus    

★Script sample - The Ninth Circus of Hell

 

 

NOIR IN SECOND CLASS

(comedy, 1F, 1M, 1 voice or walk-on - 10 min) *

Sometimes this couple live in two difference movies.        

       ● * Published - The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2011, Smith & Kraus    

★ Script Sample - Noir in Second Class

NON-FLUORIDATED WATER

(dark comedy, 1F, 1M -10 min)

While Sondra tries to organize a dinner party with nothing but a lemon, her dentist boyfriend (and cavity warrior) obsesses over just desserts

★ Script Sample -Non-Fluoridated Water

NON-REFUNDABLE

(LGBT comedy, 1F, 1M, 1F/M - 10 min) *

Two lesbian teachers from Bible Belt Kentucky, tired of pretending to be “just friends who work together,"run off on a romantic hide-away in the former Soviet Block. But when the army invades their hotel room they learn a lesson about hiding.

       ● * Published - The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2017, Smith & Kraus    

★ Script Sample -Non-Refundable

A PACKAGE DEAL

(comedy, 1F, 1M, 1F/M - 10 min)

On a bargain tour of Eastern Europe, a couple struggle to preserve their clandestine relationship, and stay to out of prison.

”Enjoyable comedic piece... modulating between heartfelt emotions and...surrealism.”

-- Express Milwaukee.

★ Script Sample - Package Deal

 

  

PICNIC ON THE LAKE

(gothic horror, 1F, 1M - 10 min)

A romantic picnic by an alpine lake escalates into an obscene feast, flavored with revenge. 

These eighteen 10-Minute Plays have been selected from more than 500 nationwide submissions. Together, they serve as a sampler of some of the sharpest, wittiest, most incisive, and thought-provoking writing going on in America today.” - Source DC Festival.      

★ Script Sample - Picnic on the Lake

 

SECONDHAND GIFTS

(dramedy 2F - 10 min)

Over coffee and hand-me-downs, two sisters argue about childrearing, commiserate over the past, and discover that the best gift of all is family.

● 2010 Heideman Award Finalist, Actors Theatre of Louisville

★ Script Sample - Secondhand Gifts

 

 

SNOW DOWN AT THE NORTH POLE

(holiday comedy, 6 char, 10 min)

It’s crunch time in Santa’s Call Center. There’s a blizzard outside and an efficiency expert getting in everybody’s way. Can the Elves push back technology and keep their jobs? Caroling optional.

★ Script Sample - Snow Down at the North Pole

 

SPARE SOME CHANGE

(comedy, 1F, 2M - 10 min)

An entrepreneurial homeless man tries to get a businesswoman to invest in his lunch.

★ Script Sample - Spare Some Change      

 

STANDING ROOM ONLY

(romantic comedy, 1F, 2M - 10+ min)

He wants -- a seat; he gets -- an earful. A play about second chances. 

*Great showcase for an actor skilled with dialects. 

★ Script Sample - Standing Room Only      

     

 

TAKE A LEFT AT THE WAR ZONE

(comedy, 2F, 1M -10 min)

Return to the thrilling Reagan era, where a war could start on a beach and

end with a margarita.

★ Script Sample - Take A Left at the War Zone      

 

 

THREE'S A CLOUD

(LGBT screwball comedy, 2F, 1M - 10 m)

When her ex storms the honeymoon suite, Margot realizes today’s raincloud could be tomorrow’s tornado. Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy honeymoon!

★ Script Sample -Three’s a Cloud

 

WAITING FOR HUGOT

(comedy, 1F, 1M - 10 min)

A frustrated screenwriter ineptly stalks a minor celebrity, hoping to get his ticket out of nowhere. But fate, and his wife, have other travel plans. 

★ Script Sample - Waiting for Hugot

 

15 to 20+ min shorts (synopses below)

 

HOMESPUN WEBS                                                             LAB RATS

2F, 15min magic realism/comedy                                       3F, 15 min, surreal comedy

 

LIKE MANNA IN THE DESERT                                        STANDING ROOM ONLY

Cast: 4 (2F, 2M, 1 flex), 20m comedy                                  Cast: 3 (1F, 2M), 15m dramedy

 

LONG TRAIN RUNNING                                                   THREE’S A CLOUD

2M, 15m                                                                                Cast: 3 (2F, 1M)   15m bedroom farce

 

PICNIC ON THE LAKE                                                       TUESDAYS IN THE PARK WITH

Cast: 2 (1F, 1M), 15m horror-drama                                   RIVER APPLE   5F, 15+m comedy

 

THE RED & GREEN ROOM                                                WHOM DEATH DOTH S/EEEk

Cast: 4 (1F, 2M, 1 flex), 20m comedy                                   Cast: 4 (2F, 2M), 15m adult comedy

 

ROOM CIRCUS                                                                     ZANE TO GATE 69

Cast: 3 (2F, 1M), 30m LGBT bedroom farce                        Cast: 3 (2F, 2M)   35m time travel comedy

 

SHREW MAN vs. SHREWMAN

Cast: 4 (1F, 2M, 1 flex), 20m comedy

 

HOMESPUN WEBS: Imagining Louise Bourgeois 

(comedy/magical realism, 2F - 15 min)

Drunk and alone, Madeline’s giving up on life after divorce, when she’s interrupted by the spectral presence of renowned "spider artist" Louise Bourgeois, come to talk about new webs. 

★Script Sample - Homespun Webs

LAB RATS

(surreal comedy, 3F - 15 min)

Two stressed scientists know they're creating the ultimate junk food, but can't remember

why they're trapped in their lab.

★ Script Sample - Lab Rats

LIKE MANNA IN THE DESERT

(comedy, 2F, 2M - 12 min)

With Moses up talking to the Big Guy, down in the desert Maya and Yosi ask, “Are we there yet?” Then meet into old friends with a surprising secret. 

Very clever, good-natured satire with lots of laughs.”                                                   

★ Script Sample - Like Manna in the Desert

      

LONG TRAIN RUNNING

(2M - 15 min)

A musician loses everything in a cross-country poker game, including his partner's guitar.

★ Script Sample - Long Train Running

THE RED & GREEN ROOM

(comic drama, 1F, 2M, 1 either - 15 min)                      

Three actors drive each other mad in the Green Room while the star hogs all the stage time.

No Exit, meet the Mario Bros.

★ Script Sample - The Red & Green Room

ROOM CIRCUS

(adult farce, 2F, 1M, 25 min)                      

Jake's about to ditch Margot in the bridal suite, when Margot's ex, Sienna, arrives with

a special order of room service. Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy honeymoon.

Partial nudity welcome.

★ Script Sample - Room Circus

SHREW MAN vs. SHREWMAN

(comedy, 1F, 2M, 1F/M - 15-25 min)

The last, the rarest, the only banned Shrewman comic has finally resurfaced. Now everyone wants to get their claws on it.

Borders on the insane” - Terry Shea, Motif Magazine, Providence RI  

Samuel French OOB Festival, 2014, chosen from over 1400 submissions

★ Script Sample - Shrew Man vs. Shrewman

TUESDAYS IN THE PARK WITH RIVER APPLE

(comedy, 5F - 20 min, adult language)

Abby’s new to the city and to full-time motherhood, and just wants to join a playgroup. 

Play nice, ladies!

★ Script Sample - Tuesdays in the Park with River Apple

WHOM DEATH DOTH S/EEEk

(adult comedy, 2F, 2M - 20 min)

Sexy model Yulia’s angling for a pair of pricey pumps, Stef’s daring her to charm the

sales clerk into a quickie discount, and a mysterious stranger knows way too much about Yulia’s shopping history. This dark, sexy comedy will have you quaking in your stilettos

and cleaning out your closets!

★ Script Sample - Whom Death 

 

ZANE TO GATE 69 

(sci fi comedy, 2F, 2M - 35-40 min)

Kate Welles, a handler from a dystopian future, comes back to 1972 to brief a bumbling spy on what could be his -- and humanity's -- last mission. But will she be in time?     

"Daffy fun"... "Delightfully ridiculous"... "Don't miss it!"

"This show is as entertaining as Zane is clueless." -- Deborah Martin, mysanantonio.com

"You don't see [this] on the circuit very often -- a well written sci fi piece." -- John Jennings, Pop Culture Theatre, Melbourne           

★ Script Sample - Zane to Gate 69

 

    

1 to 5 minute short-shorts 

 

ASK ZSUZSANNA: SINGLE MOTHERHOOD AT 50

(1F - comic monologue)

Tips on how to have it all: love, divorce, a career, and playgroups, in the big city. 

 

FOUR EPICS AND A CRITIC (in One Page)

(2F, 2M, 2 either)

More stories than you can imagine burst out of this one-page comedy.

ONE SMART COOKIE 

(2F, 1M - 3 min)

Sometimes the cookie just knows. 

 

OOH BABY, LET'S GO FOR IT

(1F, 1M - 2 min)

Well Daddy, since you’re holding a gun to my head...” A pro-choice rumination.

- “Striking. It resonates.” -- SLUT Fest

 ● Winner, GAN-e-meed Theatre Project, Not a Box New Play Fest, Boston MA, 2011

THE THINGS THEY DON'T TELL US

(1F, 1M - 1 min)

Two spies are dying to come in from the cold.

-“Super theatrical!” -- Mind the Gap, World Theatre Day audience

* Published- One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre, Rutledge                                                                                                                                       

WRYLY

(1F, 2M - 3 min)

A coed, a nerd and a jock sally shyly, loosely, drunkenly, and heroically through a frat party.

•Finding His Sea Legs (2M, 10m) - dark comedy

When the boss sails into international waters, how far would you go to keep your job? 

        ● Black Ship Productions “Any Port in a Storm” (selection), Chicago, IL. 2011.

 

• Mafiance´ Wars (2F, 2M, 1F/M, 10m) - dark comedy

Games - they’re not just fun and marriage. 

      ● Finalist: Stonington Players, Table and Chairs VI, Stonington, CT. 2012.              

★ Script Sample - Mafiance Wars

 

•No Vacancies (1F, 1M,  1F/M, 1 Elvis, 10m) - drama

In a future dystopia, a man and his pregnant wife try to get a room at the Las Vegas Hilton, but it's Solstice eve. 

 

•Not Another Origin Story (2F, 1M, 10m) - rom com

Carlita has no patience for comics or cons, until she meets a decidedly unsuper hero.

 

•Passage to Delhi (4W, 1M, 45m) - dramedy

When a dutiful daughter invites her aging mother to move in, Alzheimer's disease forces them to make sacrifices. 

 

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