One-Act & Short Plays

The Last Night

(2F) 10 minutes - On the last night of Hanukkah, a young woman must decide whether to finally open a special gift from her mother.

* SELECTION:Luna Stage 4th Annual New Moon Short Play Festival
Productions:

Short & Sweet Festival - Sydney, Australia (2017)
Directed by Alick Draper

Short & Sweet Festival - Wellington, New Zealand (Oct 2016)
Directed by Shannon Friday
Featuring Ania Upstill & Sabrina Martin


Readings:

Luna Stage - West Orange, NJ (May 2016)
Directed by Jane Mandel
with Elsbeth Denman & Rachel Faison


For Unto Us

(1M/1F) 10 minutes - Mary and Joseph, two 5-year-olds, discuss religion, different kinds of families and gender roles as they play with Mary’s new Christmas present, a doll. 

* WINNER: Acadia University MiniFest Selection & Best Play
* WINNER: Second Place, Storefront Theatre - We Like Short-Shorts Festival
* SELECTION:
Luna Stage 3rd Annual New Moon Short Play Festival
Productions:

Phoenix Stage Company - Oakvile, CT (June 2016)
Directed by Ed Bassett
Featuring Becky Venable and Aric Martin

Exit 7 Players - Ludlow, MA (February 2016)
Directed by Thomas LeCourt
Featuring Jami Wilson and Adam Malmborg

OnStage Atlanta - Atlanta, GA (December 2015)
Directed by Judith Beasley
with Katy Clarke & Robert Wayne

Lionheart Theatre - Norcross, GA (December 2015)
Directed by Dot Reilley
with Janel Stover & Jacob Geerling

The Players Guild Of Leonia - Leonia, NJ (June 2015)
Directed by Robert Klein
Featuring Terianne Shetler & Darren Carfano

Stage Q - Madison, WI (June 2015)
Directed by Francisco C. Torres
Featuring Simone LaPierre & Brian Belz

La Strada Ensemble Theater - Asbury Park, NJ (June 2015)
Directed by A.J. Ciccotelli
Featuring Joy Chanik & Daniel Chase


Barrington Stage Company - Pittsfield, MA (February 2015)
Directed by Julianne Boyd
Featuring Jessie Shelton & Zach Wymore


Acadia Theatre Company - Nova Scotia, Canada (January 2015)
Directed by Charissa Sanche
Featuring Jenna Newcomb & Steve Roberts


Readings:

Theatre Southwest - Houston, TX (November 2015)

Village Playwrights - New York, NY (June 2015)
Directed by Lara Gold
with Kelly Klein & Darren Carfano

Luna Stage - West Orange, NJ (May 2015)
Directed by John Michael DiResta
with Monica Wyche & Eric Shorey

Storefront Theatre - Waxhaw, NC (March 2015)
with Nicole DePietro & Daniel Stanford

Four Quarter Theatre - New York, NY (March 2015)
Directed by Dana Trottier
with Kirby Mason & Eric Szkarlat Boyd


In Mrs. Baker's Room

(2M/1F) 25 minutes -When Jacob contacts Mrs. Baker to reconnect, she meets him in his classroom and is stunned to see that his third grade classroom is an exact replica of hers, down to the ditto machine he purchased on E-bay to do his handouts.  He has modeled everything he does and teaches on what he recalls from Mrs. Baker.  Everything.   The only thing missing from his perfect classroom is Mrs. Baker herself. 

* WINNER: Center for Spiritual Living Playwriting Contest
* WINNER: Father Hamblin Award for Outstanding Playwriting
* COMMISSION: Abingdon Theatre Company
* SEMI-FINALIST: Drury University One-Act Playwriting Competition
Productions:

Theatre Southwest - Houston, TX (July 2015)
Directed by Lisa Schofield
Featuring Sam Martinez, Elizabeth Barry and Andrew Nurre


Readings:

Center for Spiritual Living - Princeton, NJ
Directed by Jon Heron
Featuring Kyrus Keenan Westcott, Lori Foltz Fabian and Pat Byrne


Abingdon Theatre Company @ Christ Church - Bay Ridge, NY
Directed by Bara Swain
Featuring Carole Monferdini, Stephen Kaplan and Scott Davis


Tim Eless, Private Eye

(1M/1F) 10 minutes - Tim is a private eye with short-term memory.  Laura is the leggy femme fatale that comes to him with a mysterious case.

* WINNERBlank Theatre Company, Young Playwrights Competition
* WINNERCity Theater Company’s Delaware 10-Minute Play Contest

Published as part ofFour Play With A Gun 

Readings:

Theatre Southwest - Houston, TX (November 2015)

Productions:

Bergen County Players - Oradell, NJ
(June 2016)
Directed by Frank Osmers
with David Luke and Debbie Zika

Seoul Players - Seoul, Korea
(November 2015)
Directed by Joon Hur
Featuring Jema Abbate and Henry Ball

Blank Theatre Company - Los Angeles, CA

Directed by Jonathan T. Hagan
Featuring Jeremy Green, Noah Wyle and Julie Goldstein


New York University - New York, NY

Directed by Will Nolan
Featuring Noelle Romano, Jim Weitzer


City Theater Company - Wilmington, DE

Directed by Tom Shade

The Players Guild of Leonia - Leonia, NJ
(June 2015)
Directed by Carol Fisher
Featuring Chris Milone, Jeanmarie Garver-Gaydos

The Elevator Play:
Beyond Thunderdome

(4M/3F) 25 minutes - A farce that takes place in an elevator stuck between the 46th and 47th floors of the offices of Trotsky, Dostoevsky, Hammersmith and Ping, LTD on the day that Tina Turner is scheduled to make a special appearance at the office.

Published as part ofFour Play With A Gun

* WINNER: Kitchen Sink Festival
Productions:

Expanded Arts - New York, NY
Directed by Stephen Kaplan
Featuring: Farah Alvin, Spencer Aste, Wade Gasque, Melissa McKee, John P. Moore, Will Nolan & Andrea Schell


And Jack Came Tumbling After 

(2M/1F) 20 minutes - A black comedy dealing with the battle of the sexes. Jack and Jill have just killed Jill's former lover "Harry."  Throughout the course of the play, however, the audience learns that Harry's real name is also Jack and that Jill has a plot to kill every Jack in the world because of the "Jack and Jill" nursery rhyme which she feels teaches women to be subservient to men by having them "fetch the pail of water" for him and come "tumbling after" him.  

Published as part ofFour Play With A Gun

* WINNER: Blank Theatre Company, Young Playwrights Competition
* WINNER: California Young Playwrights Competition
* WINNER: International Thespian Society Playworks Competition

Productions:


Old Globe Theatre - San Diego, CA

Directed by Julie Wolfson
Featuring Tim West, Jill Drexler, Josh Patrick


HERE & Lincoln Center Theatre's American Living Room - New York, NYA

Directed by Stephen Kaplan
Featuring Paul West, Shannon Selbe


Blank Theatre Company - Los Angeles, CA

Directed by Marisa Ryan
Featuring Daniel Henning, Ingrid Berg & Darryl Kurylo


Actors on the Verge @ Creative Acting Company - New York, NY

Directed by Ernio Hernandez
Featuring James Huffman, Stacey Louis & Michael Tyree


Ensemble Studio Theatre - New York, NY

Directed by Aaron Kisner
Featuring Brandon Epland, Jenni-Lyn McMillin & Scott Macmillan


Masquers Club - Los Angeles, CA

Directed by Tom Black

The Long Walk To Forever
Book & Lyrics by Stephen Kaplan
Music by Steve Yorra

(1M/1F) 10 mintues - Based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. On the day of her wedding, Catherine is visited by her first love, Newt who takes her on a walk.

 

Recordings:

Just A Walk - Live Recording (Sung by Farah Alvin)

Readings:


BMI Musical Theatre Workshop - New York, NY

Directed by Will Nolan
Featuring Farah Alvin and Stephen Kaplan


Oh, Happy We

(1M/1F) 15 minutes - An allegorical drama in which Evelyn, an elderly woman, meets up with David, a young man, at a deserted bus stop on a rainy night.  The play deals with issues of mortality, the will to live, and companionship.  

* WINNER:Blank Theatre Company, Young Playwrights Competition
* WINNER: Northwestern University’s Short Play Competition
* WINNER: Vanguard Theatre West Coast 10-Minute Play Contest

Productions:


Second Stage Theatre, Blank Theatre Company - Los Angeles, CA

Directed by Marisa Ryan
Featuring Eric Michael Cole & Jane Singer


Theatre Studio Inc. - New York, NY

Directed by Terry Seeberg

Self-Addressed

(2M) 25 minutes - A drama that tells the story of a 17 year old boy who, upon writing a therapy letter to his dead father, brings his father back to deal with unresolved issues surrounding his death.  

* WINNER: Blank Theatre Company, Young Playwrights Competition

Productions:


Second Stage Theatre, Blank Theatre Company - Los Angeles, CA

Directed by Dan Gilmore
Featuring Daniel Henning and Steven Gilborn


Hudson Theatre, Blank Theatre Company - Los Angeles, CA

Directed by Dan Gilmore
Featuring Daniel Henning and Peter Van Norden


Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tartan Palms Theatre Company - Edinburgh, Scotland

Directed by Donna Parish
Featuring Derek Outterston and Simon Tate

The Drill

(1M/F, Flexible) 1 minute - The sad nonchalance of a safety drill at a high school.


Productions:


New York Indie Theater 1-Minute Play Festival, New Ohio Theatre, New York, NY
(February 2015)
Directed by Ana Margineanu

Gi60 Festival - Brooklyn College, NY
(June 2015)
Directed by Eugene Solfanelli
Featuring Katherine Harte-DeCoux and Walter Petryk



The Choice

(1M/1F) 1 minute - A father buys a dress for his son. 


Productions:


Stage Left Theater Fast and Furious III
(January 2016)

Gi60 Festival - Brooklyn College, NY
(June 2015)
Directed by Rebecca Guskin
Featuring Heather Zoll and Mickey Ryan


New York Indie Theater 1-Minute Play Festival, New Ohio Theatre, New York, NY
(February 2015)
Directed by Leta Tremblay
Featuring Leah Dietrich and Thomas Muccioli


Happy Meal

(2M/F) 1 minute - A parent confronts a McDonalds cashier about the gender appropriateness of a Happy Meal.


Productions:


Stage Left Theater Fast and Furious III
(January 2016)

New Jersey 1-Minute Play Festival, Luna Stage, NJ
(May 2015)
Directed by Drew Dix

Father's Day

(1M/1F) 1 minute - A new father surprises a grocery store cashier.


Productions:


New Jersey 1-Minute Play Festival, Luna Stage, NJ
(May 2015)
Directed by Drew Dix