Surprise (a ten minute play)

Peter is a psychic who can only see two minutes into the future. Unfortunately, all this gives him is the ability to drive his date slowly insane. But even a psychic can be surprised.

"a lovely little piece of sleight-of-mouth that would be at home in a David Ives collection...a little gem"
Joshua Tanzer, OffOffOff.com (New York)
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Surprise (a ten minute play)

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  • Stephen Kaplan:
    13 Jun. 2022
    Such a fun piece! Ended our student-directed ten minute play festival and was the perfect way to end the evening on a high note.
  • Luke Pound:
    9 Jun. 2022
    The pinnacle of 10-minute comedy. Great concept, airtight execution, and an absolute laugh.
  • Anika Dhulipala:
    16 Jan. 2022
    This play is absolutely delightful! The concept is so unique and hilarious and the witty lines had me smiling the entire time I was reading it.

Production History

  • Community Theater
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    Panhandle Community Theatre, Pace, FL
    ,
    2020
  • University
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    California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA
    ,
    2020
  • University
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    University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN
    ,
    2019
  • University
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    Cayuga Community College Auburn, NY
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
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    New Short Play Festival, New York, NY
    ,
    2019
  • University
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    Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, TX
    ,
    2019
  • High School
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    Elgin High School, Elgin, IL
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    2019
  • High School
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    Bellevue West High School, Bellevue, NE
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    2019
  • Community Theater
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    Town Players of Pittsfield, Pittsfield, MA
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    2018
  • High School
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    Jasper Place HIgh School, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
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    Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, Mableton, GA
    ,
    2018
  • High School
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    Westview High School, Portland, Oregon
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
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    Short + Sweet Auckland, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
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    Short + Sweet Hollywood, Hollywood, CA
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    2018
  • Professional
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    Old Academy Players, Philadelphia, PA
    ,
    2017
  • University
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    Central Penn College, Summerdale, PA
    ,
    2017
  • University
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    Capital University, Columbus, OH
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    2017
  • High School
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    Redwood High School, Larkspur, CA
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    2017
  • University
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    Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA
    ,
    2017
  • High School
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    Niles North High School, Skokie, IL
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    2017
  • Professional
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    La Chinchilla MX, Mexico City, MEXICO
    ,
    2017
  • High School
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    Fair Haven Union High School, Fair Haven, VT
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    2017
  • Professional
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    The Colac Players, Inc., Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    ,
    2017
  • University
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    Grove City College, Grove City, PA
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    2017
  • Professional
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    Flat Tire Productions, Queens, NY
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    2017
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    Vernon Hills High School, Vernon Hills, IL
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    2016
  • High School
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    South Shore Vo-Tech High School, Hanover, MA
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
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    Teatro Augusta, Sao Paulo, BRAZIL
    ,
    2016
  • Community Theater
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    Cabaret Players, Surprise, AZ
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
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    The Fools and Kings Project, New York, NY
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    2016
  • Professional
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    Artists Exchange, Providence, RI
    ,
    2016
  • Fringe
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    Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
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    2016
  • Professional
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    Teatro Milan Foro Lucerna, Mexico City, MEXICO
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    2016
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    Red Eye 10s Festival, Various Theatres Around The World
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    2016
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    Redwood High School, Larkspur, CA
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    2016
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    Green Bay West High School, Green Bay, WI
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    2016
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    Teatro Mocha Graña Lima, PERU
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    2016
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    Parish Players, Thetford, VT
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    2016
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    Kent School, Kent, CT
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    2016
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    Hi5 Entertainment, Bangalore, INDIA
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    2016
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    Cary Players, Cary, NC
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    2015
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    Livermore Valley Charter Prep, Livermore, CA
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    2015
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    Ghost Dog Productions, London, ENGLAND
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    2015
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    West Carleton Secondary School, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
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    2015
  • University
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    University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
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    2015
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    Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
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    2015
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    Bard High School Early College, Queens, NY
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    2015
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    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
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    2015
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    Teatro Augusta, Sao Paulo, BRAZIL
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    2015
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    Bishop Hartley High School, Columbus, OH
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    2015
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    Wichita High School East, Wichita, KS
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    2015
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    University Of Tampa, Tampa, FL
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    2015
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    Archbishop Hoban High School, Akron, OH
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    2015
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    Theatre Down South, Parañaque, PHILIPPINES
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    2015
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    Kent-Meridian High Schoo, Kent, WA
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    2015
  • Professional
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    Watson Art Centre. Dauphin, Manitoba, CANADA
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    2015
  • High School
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    Columbus City Schools, Columbus, OH
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    2014
  • Professional
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    City Island Theatre Group, Bronx, NY
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    2014
  • Professional
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    Short + Sweet Bangalore, Bangalore, INDIA
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    2014
  • Professional
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    Changing Scene Northwest, Bremerton, WA
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    2014
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    Mountain Range High School, Thornton, CO
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    2014
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    Theatre Down South, Parañaque, PHILIPPINES
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    2014
  • Professional
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    Marronnier Summer Festival, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
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    2014
  • Professional
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    15 Minute Play Festival, Incheon, SOUTH KOREA
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    2014
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    The Matthews Opera House, Spearfish, SD
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    2014
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    Actors Theatre Playhouse, West Chesterfield, NH
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    2014
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    Arlington Children's Theatre (ACT), Arlington, MA
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    2014
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    Carrboro High School, Carrboro, NC
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    2014
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    Cape Henry Collegiate, Virginia Beach, VA
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    2014
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    Oh Dragon Theatre Co., Austin, TX
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    2014
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    Fair Haven Union High School, Fair Haven, VT
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    2013
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    Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove, IL
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    2013
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    Washington Street Players, Holliston, MA
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    2013
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    Ticket 2 Eternity Productions, New York, NY
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    2013
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    LIC Festival, New York, NY
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    2013
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    Diez Minutos, San Miguel de Allende, MEXICO
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    2013
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    Awkward Turtle Productions, Daejon, SOUTH KOREA
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    2013
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    In Short Theatre, London, ENGLAND
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    2013
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    Curveballs, Ahmedabad, INDIA
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    2013
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    George Washington University, Washington, DC
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    2013
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    RAL Productions, New York, NY
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    2013
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    The Selwyn School, Denton, TX
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    2013
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    Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas, TX
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    2013
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    Hilliard Bradley High School, Hilliard, OH
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    2013
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    Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
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    2013
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    Linfield College, McMinnville, OR
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    2013
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    Pacific Resident Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
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    2013
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    Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
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    2013
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    Colorado Springs Conservatory, Colorado Springs, CO
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    2012
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    University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, British Columbia, CANADA
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    2012
  • Professional
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    Xoregos Performing Company, New York, NY
    ,
    2012
  • Community Theater
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    Alumnia Community Theatre (ACT), Cairo, EGYPT
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    2012
  • Professional
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    Orange Tea Theatre Co. Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
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    2012
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    Madlab Theatre, Columbus, OH
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    2012
  • Professional
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    Laurel Mill Playhouse, Laurel, MD
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    2012
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    Seoul Players, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
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    2012
  • Professional
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    Blackout Theatre Company, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
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    2012
  • Professional
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    Pan Theater, San Francisco, CA
    ,
    2012
  • High School
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    Marist School, Atlanta, GA
    ,
    2012
  • Professional
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    Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, Bremerton, WA
    ,
    2012
  • Professional
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    Universal Theatre, Provincetown, MA
    ,
    2012
  • University
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    Ohio State University Mansfield, OH
    ,
    2012
  • Professional
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    Northwest Actors Lab, Bainbridge Island, WA
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    2011
  • Professional
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    Redwood Coast Players, Point Arena, CA
    ,
    2011
  • University
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    College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY
    ,
    2011
  • Professional
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    Drama For The Masses, Bucharest, ROMANIA
    ,
    2011
  • High School
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    Grosse Pointe High School, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
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    2011
  • Fringe
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    Regina International Fringe Festival, Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA
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    2011
  • Professional
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    Artists Exchange, Providence, RI
    ,
    2011
  • Community Theater
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    Greenville Little Theater, Greenville, SC
    ,
    2011
  • Professional
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    Neo Ensemble Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
    ,
    2011
  • High School
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    Tesoro High School, Las Flores, CA
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    2011
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    Sweet & Tart Productions, New York, NY
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    2010
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    Madlab Theatre, Columbus, OH
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    2010
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    Above The Curve Theater, Los Angeles, CA
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    2010
  • High School
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    Weston High School, Weston, MA
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    2010
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    Stage East, Eastport, ME
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    2010
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    MMQ Theatre, Manila, PHILIPPINES
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    2010
  • University
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    Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, KY
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    2010
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    The Elephant Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA
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    2010
  • Community Theater
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    Siesta Village Players, Weslaco, TX
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    2010
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    Warren Central High School, Indianapolis, IN
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    2010
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    The Tre Stage, Los Angeles, CA
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    2010
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    Belmont High School, Belmont, MA
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    2010
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    Stadium High School, Tacoma, WA
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    2010
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    Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Tudela, Navarra, SPAIN
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    2010
  • Professional
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    Pausa Companhia, Touring BRAZIL
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    2010
  • High School
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    Vashon Island High School, Vashon, WA
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    2010
  • Professional
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    Minnesota Shorts Play Festival, Mankato, MN
    ,
    2010
  • University
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    La Sierra University, Riverside, CA
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    2009
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    Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
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    2009
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    Rose Bruford College, Sidcup, Kent, ENGLAND
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    2009
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    Play de Luna, Winter Park, FL
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    2009
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    Semi Circle Theatre, Basel, SWITZERLAND
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    2009
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    Woodland Hills High School, Pittsburgh, PA
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    2009
  • University
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    Black Hawk College, Kewanee, IL
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    2009
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    Northgate High School, Walnut Creek, CA
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    2009
  • Community Theater
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    Little Theater of Hazard, Hazard, KY
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    2009
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    Broward College, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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    2009
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    St. Albans School, Washington, DC
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    2009
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    Brewster Theater Company, Brewster, NY
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    2009
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    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
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    2009
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    Grove City College, Grove City, PA
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    2009
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    Pausa Companhia, Touring BRAZIL
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    2009
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    Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Louisville, KY
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    2009
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    University Of Louisville, Louisville, KY
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    2009
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    South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, AZ
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    2009
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    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
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    2009
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    Pensacola Little Theatre, Pensacola, FL
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    2009
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    Hazel Green High School, Hazel Green, AL
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    2009
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    Kent School, Kent, CT
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    2009
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    Woodward Academy, Atlanta, GA
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    2009
  • Professional
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    Cary Players, Cary, NC
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    2008
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    Blackout Theatre Company, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
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    2008
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    In Players, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
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    2008
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    The Colleges Of The Fenway, Boston, MA
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    2008
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    FoxWell Productions, Brookings, OR
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    2008
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    Montgomery Blair, High School Silver Springs, MD
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    2008
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    French Woods Festival Of The Performing Arts, Hancock, NY
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    2008
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    Cedar Lane Stage, Chevy Chase, MD
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    2008
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    Actors Refuge Repertory Theatre (ARRT), Boston, MA
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    2008
  • High School
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    Rolling Meadows High School, Rolling Meadows, IL
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    2008
  • Community Theater
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    Our Town Theatre Group, North Creek, NY
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    2008
  • University
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    College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
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    2007
  • Professional
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    Madcap Players, Washington, DC
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    2007
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    Cafe Theatre, Montclair, NJ
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    2007
  • Community Theater
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    Paw Paw Village Players, Paw Paw, MI
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    2007
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    Pausa Companhia, National Tour of BRAZIL
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    2007
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    Devanaughn Theatre Company, Boston, MA
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    2007
  • University
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    University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
    ,
    2007
  • Professional
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    Acme Theatre Company, Maynard, MA
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    2006
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    Flint City Theatre, Flint, MI
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    2006
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    Pausa Companhia, Sao Paulo, BRAZIL
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    2006
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    Theatre@First, Somerville, MA
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    2006
  • University
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    McLennan College, Waco, TX
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    2006
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    Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
    ,
    2006
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    Madhouse Theatre Co., Philadelphia, PA
    ,
    2005
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    Madlab Theatre, Columbus, OH
    ,
    2005
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    Pausa Companhia, Curitiba, Paraná BRAZIL
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    2005
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    DramaWorks Studio Theatre, Dublin, GA
    ,
    2005
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    Shelterbelt Theatre, Omaha, NE
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    2005
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    Snowdance, Racine, WI
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    2005
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    Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston, MA
    ,
    2005
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    10 By 10 in Triangle, Chapel Hill, NC
    ,
    2004
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    Little Fish Theatre Company, San Pedro, CA
    ,
    2004
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    Alleyway Theatre, Buffalo, NY
    ,
    2004
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    Wasatch Theatre Company, Salt Lake City, UT
    ,
    2004
  • Professional
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    Theatre Neo, Los Angeles, CA
    ,
    2004
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    Fine Arts Association, Willoughby, OH
    ,
    2004
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    Heartlande Theatre Company, Rochester, MI
    ,
    2004
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    Colonial Playhouse, Philadelphia, PA
    ,
    2004
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    Sacred Fools Theater Co., Los Angeles, CA
    ,
    2004
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    Herring Run ArtsFest, Cambridge, MA
    ,
    2004
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    12 Miles West Theatre Company, Montclair, NJ
    ,
    2003
  • Professional
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    GuerriLA Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
    ,
    2003
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    Playwrights Circle, Palm Springs, CA
    ,
    2003
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    ZJU Theatre Group, North Hollywood, CA
    ,
    2002
  • Professional
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    George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ
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    2002
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    Company of Angels, Los Angeles, CA
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    2001
  • Professional
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    Theatre Neo, Los Angeles, CA
    ,
    2000

Awards

Finalist
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National Ten-Minute Play Contest
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Actors Theatre of Louisville
,
2000