FULL LENGTH PLAYS
Bookstore owner Linda and her new employee Daniel develop a strong bond after they realize their connections go far deeper than a shared love of literature. Commiserating over the calamitous significance bullying has played in both their pasts, they begin to see each other as blessings in disguise. But the shared experiences that should bring them together soon threaten to tear them apart when Linda and Daniel confront the pernicious feelings and actions they thought they had so carefully secreted away.
Beautiful Day (3 women, 3 men, flexible set)
Felicia, Joey, Kat, and Matthew reunite for a wedding in their small hometown of Port Huron, Michigan — a town that changes only as much as it stays the same. Navigating through their old haunts, a traditional marriage, sexual experimentation, a trouble-making bridesmaid, and their own dead hurts, the four friends are forced to examine the people they were, are, and want to be in the six nights preceding one beautiful day.
DEVIANT (2 women, 2 men, flexible set)
Worlds collide when Sara and Valerie — a lesbian couple pursuing the American dream — meet James, a misguided grad student/prostitute too jaded to believe that dreams still matter. When the three start sharing the same apartment and lives and dreams intertwine, will they discover that there is no place for these dreams in their lives or that there is no place for their lives in these dreams?
Three kids — Kenny, his sister Edith, and their friend Benji — are all but abandoned on a farm in remotest Middle America. With little adult supervision, they feed and care for each other, making up the rules as they go. But when Kenny’s and Benji’s relationship becomes more than friendship, and Edith shoots something she really shouldn’t shoot, the formerly indifferent outside world comes barging in whether they want it to or not.
New (2 women, 3 men, flexible set)
Joy returns to her brother Anthony’s doorstep after a four-year disappearance, turns her friends’ world upside down, and then rips it apart with her sudden death. Her survivors wade through the tricks memory can play to rebuild their lives and hers, only to discover that instead of being gone Joy may now be larger than life, death, and one person’s ability to know another.
Out of Joint (14 any gender, flexible set)
Dr. Kajish creates a time travel formula to save mankind by giving it endless second chances. But as people skip indiscriminately through time humiliating enemies, saving lives, and negotiating perfect vacations, the universe unravels in this romp through the recent future, the distant present, and a past still to come.
A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name (5 women, 4 men, 1 any gender, flexible set)
After State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway’s district suffers a violent and heart-wrenching tragedy, she goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?
Picture 24 (3 men, flexible set)
Joey Bautista is shooting an autobiographical series: one picture per year of his life with each subsequent picture containing the previous one in the series, so that the picture-in-a-picture-in-a-picture of Picture 24 will capture his total existence. But while examining his life Joey begins to wonder if his best friend Max more than a best friend? If Internet hook-up Chuck is more than a hook-up? And whether any photograph can capture the truth of a lifetime, a person, or even a single moment?
Pure (2 women, 3 men, flexible set)
Alan Turing, the queer, British mathematician whose ideas would usher in the digital age, works obsessively to complete his great work: an intelligent machine capable of thinking, learning, and — one day — living. But when his life and work are put on trial, Alan is forced to confront the painful connection between his pursuit of artificial life and his first love’s death and to follow his passionate obsession to its inevitable, ultimate end.
The Shotgun Message (2 women, 3 men, flexible set)
Journalist Kent MacDonald is no saint and certainly no savior. At least he never meant to be until 17-year-old Jared — the primary source of his article on teenage camwhores — winds up missing after turning in his pedophile clients to the FBI. In a lurid world of online sex, naïve parents, and kids who know too much, it’s up to Kent to find Jared, bring him home, and save both their souls in the process.
A Spare Me (4 women, 4 men, 8 any gender, flexible set)
With resources, people, and time running out, humanity puts everything it has left into one final generation of children. Selected for their genius and furnished with everything they could require — including genetically engineered spare life forms — they are entrusted with securing humanity’s survival and saving its depleted home. But when both children and spares uncover the dark secrets behind their own existence, they set out to prove they have minds of their own.
Thunder Above, Deeps Below (2 women, 4 men, flexible set)
Three homeless friends — a Filipina-American with a hidden past, a Filipina transsexual, and a Puerto Rican hustler — struggle on the Chicago streets to scrounge up enough cash to bus it to San Francisco before the winter cold hits. But when a bearded man on a quest, a mystery man in sunglasses, a wealthy john, and a doughnut shop’s spell-casting assistant manager put their hopes and friendships to the test, the trio find they must spare some change of a far queerer kind.
1260 Minute Life (2 women, 1 man, single set)
Pulled between two very different indentities, Cora — a modern day Persephone — only feels alive for the 1,260 minutes on a plane between her two homes. Commissioned by The Actors Theatre of Louisville for the 2007 Anthology Project.
Ain’t Meat (2 men, single set)
In an Arizona diner, a road-tripper desperately tries to order something vegetarian from a waiter obsessed with getting porked. Commissioned by The Actors Theatre of Louisville for the 2007 Anthology Project.
Baked, Bean & Fran (4 women, 2 men, single set)
Six strangers re-live a Thanksgiving tragedy riding an F train bound for somewhere that isn’t Brooklyn.
High, a five excited (5!) play (2 men, single set)
Dave and Brett party together with the mathematical principle of excitement! 5 nights, 5 bars, 5 beats, 5 substances, 5 scenes that can be played in any order — 120 possibilities.
Limbo (2 women, single set)
Stuck between map points, an old promise and a new covenant, love’s first blush and true intimacy, Beth and Cassie fight over an atlas, the Bible, and a bucket of ice as they decide where to go next in a car that can take them anywhere except away from each other.
Red Rover (6 – 10 actors, single set)
Like a zombie clown that won’t stay dead, Red Rover and Miss Clover keep coming back with musical adventures to teach children about counting, shapes, colors, and MURDER. A serial play in five 10-minute episodes commissioned by Vampire Cowboys for their Saturday Night Saloon Series.