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4 Words of Advice

4-5 actors

 

SYNOPSIS

4 people provide advice 4 words at a time.

Suitable for Zoom.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Shouting in the Evening Podcast (UK)

Available on all major streaming platforms

April 27, 2022

An Elephant in the Room

1M, 1F, 1 any

SYNOPSIS

Herman, an elephant, pays Daphne and Daniel a visit. 

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

D.I.T.A. One-Act Play Festival

Burke Black Box, Denison University, Granville, OH

March 26-27, 2010

Directed by Jamie Merz

Bartleby & Bess

1M, 1F

 

SYNOPSIS

A man contemplates life, love, and airplane trips while anxiously awaiting the arrival of an old flame after 408 days of being apart.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Three x Three: Uprisings, Rough Magic Shakespeare Company

Facebook Live, Daytona, FL

July 9, 2020

Directed by Betty Mitchell

D.I.T.A. One-Act Play Festival

Burke Black Box, Denison University, Granville, OH

December 12-13, 2008

Directed by Becca McGlynn

Brothers on a Hotel Bed

2M

SYNOPSIS

Sam and James, having only just met each other, and tired after a long day of driving, enter their hotel room to discover there is only one bed.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

April 11-12, 2022

Directed by Will Herrensmith

 

The Oregon One Act Festival

The Actors Conservatory

Portland, Oregon

May 21 & 23, 2021

Kentwood Players

New Playwrights' Virtual Theater Series

Los Angeles, CA

Crossroads Theatre Shed

Jerusalem, Israel

November 12, 2020

Directed by C.B. Davies

 

Acting Out INKFest, 2 Cents Theatre Group

The Hudson Theatres, Hollywood, CA

March 29-31, 2019

Directed by Matt Aaron Krinsky

Scripts Out of Hand

Miami University, Oxford, OH

March 1, 2013

Directed by Laura Ferdinand

Dead & Company

3M, 3F

 

SYNOPSIS

A young man is remembered. He dances along.

Disengaged Bedfellows

1M. 1F

SYNOPSIS

A couple wake in separate beds for the first time in seven years. They imagine what the other is doing.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

One Minute in Time 1 Minute Play Festival

Jakespeare VTC

Charlton, MA

February, 12, 2022

 

Quaranteeny Play Festival, Fat Turtle Theatre Company

Facebook Live, Indianapolis, IN

May 2, 2020

Produced by Aaron Cleveland

Happy Holidays (or Bust)

2M, 2F

 

SYNOPSIS

New mom Claire is less than thrilled with her mother's choice of photo for the family Christmas card.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Theatre Roulette

MadLab

Columbus, OH

May 12-28, 2022

Directed by Becky Horseman

 

Spectrum 2021 Short Play Festival

First Run Theatre

St. Louis, MO

September 24-26 and October 1-3, 2021

LOVE IS BLIND

1M, 1F

SYNOPSIS

On their wedding day, Timothy seeks to give Kay the day of her dreams, as best he can, given the circumstances.

 

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

Yale Writers Conference

Mary Pickford First Breaks Her Silence

1M, 1F

 

SYNOPSIS

Mary Pickford is filming a silent film. She breaks her silence.

Mementos

3F

SYNOPSIS

Three women sit atop piles of trash. They contemplate their past and how they define themselves.

Milo & Murphy

1M, 1F, 1 any

 

SYNOPSIS

In a rehabilitation hospital hallway, a young woman approaches a man. Coming on strong with dated movie references and sass, will she find the connection she secretly seeks, or end up instead revealing more than she meant?

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

10 Minute Play Festival, Indiana Writer's Center

IndyFringe Basile Theatre, Indianapolis, IN

May 4-6, 2018

Directed by Katie Horwitz for Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis

My Heart is a Kaleidoscope
(Waiting to be Turned)

5-7 actors

SYNOPSIS

A poetic performance piece for actors. Ensemble piece.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Quaranteeny Play Festival, Fat Turtle Theatre Company

Facebook Live, Indianapolis, IN

May 2, 2020

Produced by Aaron Cleveland

D.I.T.A. One-Act Play Festival

Burke Black Box, Denison University, Granville, OH

December 12-13, 2008

Directed by Gonzalo Tuesta

Nights from Now On

2M, 1 optional any gender

SYNOPSIS

In the not-so-distant future of 2045, a boy and his father contend with strict guidelines in the hopes of saving the near-extinct firefly.

NIXIN' NIXON

1M, 2F

 

SYNOPSIS

Jane, a college student, comes home with exciting news: her longtime crush is coming over. Tonight. Her one problem? Her roommate Maggie's preferred bathroom decor. Will Jane convince Maggie to redecorate before it's too late?

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

LollaPLAYlooza

Contemporary Theatre at Boston College

Boston, MA

April 1, 2022

Directed by Franny Giangiulio

Directing Final Showcase

St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

December 2021

Directed by Brigit van Gemeren

16th Annual ISU Theatre 10 Minute Play Festival

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

May 3-4, 2021

Directed by Abbigail Markus

 

SWAN DAY Festival, Play Club West

Los Angeles, CA

April 11, 2021

Directed by Sarah Hunter

"Love and..." Showcase, Digital Dramatists

Chicago, IL

February 12-14, 2021

Directed by Jacob David Lang

The Masked Collective

Facebook Live, Harrisonburg, VA

October 24, 2020

Directed by Taylor Autumn

OUT BY THE CREEK

1M, 1F

SYNOPSIS

Lorraine runs home to tell her Daddy about a man she and Johnny saw out by the creek.

Potholes & Potluck

1M, 1F

 

SYNOPSIS

Frank Stone has had it with the pothole on Barkhurst. His wife, Vivian, worries over her holiday potluck. Their daughter, Sara, hasn't emerged from her room in days. Frank comes up with a creative solution to fill the hole and ends up lifting everyone's spirits in the process.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Chancellor High School

Fredericksburg, VA

2020

Rudy! And the Feast

3M, 2F

SYNOPSIS

Newlyweds Kenny and Tina Leigh Sherwood won an appearance on Rudy! And the Feast, a popular cooking show helmed by larger-than-life personality Rudy Caliente. When Rudy begins to take an interest in Tina Leigh, things get a bit hot in the kitchen. 

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

D.I.T.A. One-Act Play Festival

Burke Black Box, Denison University, Granville, OH

March 25-26, 2011

Directed by Scot Fenton

Shoelaces

1M, 1F

SYNOPSIS

Union Station, Washington, D.C. A young girl lies about her age to a man waiting for a train, but is she the only one who's lying?

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

2nd Virtual Theatre Festival

Crossroads Theatre Shed

Jerusalem, Israel

in collaboration with CHICKENSHED UK

February 24, 2021

Directed by C.B. Davis

 

10 Minute Play Festival, Fat Turtle Theatre Company

YouTube, Indianapolis, IN

August 22, 2020

Directed by Aaron Cleveland

About Love Festival, Tomo Suru Players

Havana Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada

November 20-24, 2018

Directed by Alina Quarin

One Act Weekend, Carrollwood Players

Tampa, Florida

May 18-20, 2018

Directed by Chris McDermott

Scripts Out of Hand

Miami University, Oxford, OH

March 1, 2013

Directed by Keith Arcuragi

D.I.T.A. One-Act Play Festival

Burke Black Box, Denison University, Granville, OH

December 11-12, 2009

Directed by Jamie Merz

These aren't meant to be worn

2 actors

SYNOPSIS

A poetic performance piece for 2 actors and art. Two childhood friends meet, years after jealousy and puberty tore them apart.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Chancellor High School

Fredericksburg, VA

2020

Three Tons of Earth (This is a Mother)

6-10 actors

SYNOPSIS

A group of people share the one about the 51 year old woman...

Monologues

Continued on Page 12

SYNOPSIS

Inspired by the New York Times' front page May 24, 2020.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

featured in Hindsight 2020
Department of Drama, UNC-Asheville

Asheville, NC

March 5-6, 2021

 

The COVID Monologues, Vol. 1

Youtube Live, Oxford, England, UK

August 22, 2020

Performed by Tessa Walker

featured in Spirit and Place Festival
"What Was and What Will Be: Life in the Time of Covid-19"

Dance Kaleidoscope
Indianapolis, IN

November 8-22, 2020
Choreographed and performed by Aleksa Lukasiewicz

Eliana

SYNOPSIS
A young mother reflects on her own childhood boundaries and those of her son during the time of coronavirus.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

New Moon Monologues

Queens of Cups Productions

Zoom, London, England, UK

September 17, 2020

Produced by Grace O'Keefe and Erin Holland

 

Theatre is the Cure -- Worldwide Event

Zoom, San Diego, CA

May 1, 2020

Directed by Jeneffa Soldatic

Fiery Hope

SYNOPSIS

LILLIAN WALD (35) discusses the importance of a new venture with nurse Lina Rogers at Henry Street Settlement.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Put a Woman on a Pedestal: StatueFest
New Shokan Kitchen Island Project
New York, NY

April 16, 2021
Directed by Gwynn MacDonald

Icebox

SYNOPSIS

Hugh, an American researcher on a base in Antarctica, prepares for the day (and days) ahead while in COVID-19 quarantine.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Theatre is the Cure -- Worldwide Event

Zoom, San Diego, CA

May 22, 2020

Directed by Ryan Thornhill

IOU

SYNOPSIS
Amy reflects on her losses and whether ignorance really is bliss after her mother's passing.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Digital Dramatists

May 24, 2021 - Postponed

Chicago, IL

 

Talking Horse Productions

Columbia, MO

May 19, 2021

Performed by Kathleen Johnson

 

Theatre is the Cure -- Worldwide Event

Zoom, San Diego, CA

July 3, 2020

Directed by Kandace Crystal

I Have Never Met Matthew Weaver But Here's A Play About Him Anyway

SYNOPSIS

A woman admits she has never met Matthew Weaver.

MAKE IT KNOWN

SYNOPSIS

Sally, a high school student, uncovers a conspiracy when she is assigned an unknown playwright for a drama class project.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

featured in Madwomen Monologues

Baggage Productions

Melbourne, AU

Mercy Otis Warren at the Pilgrim Hall Museum, 2028

SYNOPSIS
Mercy Otis Warren visits the Pilgrim Hall Museum in 2028 on the 300th anniversary of her birth.

Mother Ever After

SYNOPSIS

A woman composes a letter to an imagined daughter.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Women and One Acts

Theatre Arts for Everyone

York, PA

March 25-27, 2022

 

featured in 50in50: Letters to Our Daughters

Curatorial Statement by MacArthur Genius

Dominique Morisseau

Presented by The Billie Holiday Theatre

Kumbel Theater, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

March 9, 2019 

Directed by Indira Etwaroo 

50in50: Letters to Our Daughters West Coast Premiere

WACO Theatre Center, Los Angeles, CA

March 16, 2019

Starting Small

SYNOPSIS

A domestic violence survivor reflects and advises.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Showcase of Monologues for Domestic Violence Awareness
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus
Columbus, IN

October 2020
Performed by Megan Ann Jacobs

Suburban Buffalo Sighting

SYNOPSIS
It's exactly what it sounds like...or is it?

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Shouting in the Evening Podcast (UK)

Available on all major streaming platforms

March 2, 2022

 

Bare E-ssentials 5: Far From Home, Encompass Productions

London, England

September 30, 2020
Directed by Rachael Owens

Talking Horse Productions

Facebook Live, Columbia, MO

September 25, 2020

Performed by Mary Shaw

Three x Three: Uprisings, Rough Magic Shakespeare Company

Facebook Live, Daytona, FL

July 9, 2020

Directed by Rip Pellaton

Quaranteeny Mono Festival, Fat Turtle Theatre Company

Facebook Live, Indianapolis, IN

June 13, 2020

Produced by Aaron Cleveland

the humans are
all wearing muzzles now

SYNOPSIS

Dog observes. Dog worries. Dog focuses on what dog can control.