William Triplett

William Triplett

William Triplett’s plays have been read, developed, and/or produced by Nylon Fusion Theatre (New York City); Spooky Action Theater (Washington, D.C.); Midwest Dramatists Conference (Kansas City, MO); Bay City Players (Bay City, MI); Panndora Productions (Long Beach, CA); Baltimore Playwrights Festival; Source Theatre (Washington, D.C.); and the Arts Institute of Washington. He is a member of the Dramatists...
William Triplett’s plays have been read, developed, and/or produced by Nylon Fusion Theatre (New York City); Spooky Action Theater (Washington, D.C.); Midwest Dramatists Conference (Kansas City, MO); Bay City Players (Bay City, MI); Panndora Productions (Long Beach, CA); Baltimore Playwrights Festival; Source Theatre (Washington, D.C.); and the Arts Institute of Washington. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the (DC) Playwrights Collaborative.

Awards and Honors:

Presenting Playwright, 2019 and 2018 Midwest Dramatists Conference

Participant, 2019 and 2018 Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive

Winner, 2016 New Works Festival, Panndora Productions;

Finalist, 2013 Charles Getchell Award, Southeastern Theatre Conference;

Semi-Finalist, 2012 National Playwrights Conference, O’Neill Theater Center;

Roger L. Stevens Award, Fund for New American Plays (J.F. Kennedy Center/American
Express, sponsors);

Larry Neal Writers’ Award, D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Winner, Source Theatre National Play Competition.

Plays

  • A Trial in Nuremberg (Originally: Paperweight)
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    Full-length: Driven equally by a need to avenge his dead father as well as prove himself, a young defense attorney takes on a difficult case in the final round of war crimes trials in Nuremberg in 1948. But his client resists his help, and the Army Judge Advocate General may be withholding vital evidence. As he struggles to build a case, scenes from the...
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    Full-length: Driven equally by a need to avenge his dead father as well as prove himself, a young defense attorney takes on a difficult case in the final round of war crimes trials in Nuremberg in 1948. But his client resists his help, and the Army Judge Advocate General may be withholding vital evidence. As he struggles to build a case, scenes from the past come alive and his father's ghost pushes him deeper into ethically questionable territory, until he must make a character-defining decision. A play about the crippling hold even dead fathers can have on sons.
  • An Image of Love
    10-Minute play. Helen and Peter cross paths at an exhibition opening, seeing each other for the first time since their illicit affair ended almost three years ago. She has recently separated from her husband; he is thinking of leaving his wife, but seems to want to discuss it with Helen, asking her to have lunch with him. Emotions, pain and guilt she thought were gone resurface for Helen, who needs to determine...
    10-Minute play. Helen and Peter cross paths at an exhibition opening, seeing each other for the first time since their illicit affair ended almost three years ago. She has recently separated from her husband; he is thinking of leaving his wife, but seems to want to discuss it with Helen, asking her to have lunch with him. Emotions, pain and guilt she thought were gone resurface for Helen, who needs to determine whether agreeing to that lunch would mean her life is moving forward or backward.
  • Ariadne's Revenge: A Killer App
    10-minute play: Theo descends into an abandoned mine in hopes of finding and killing in its lair some horrible beast that has been mutilating men in a small Colorado town. Instead he finds Mina, who claims to live in the mine with her sister. An alpha male with a logical mind if there ever was, Theo all but dismisses Mina. But the more he presses her about the beast, the more she offends his expectations of...
    10-minute play: Theo descends into an abandoned mine in hopes of finding and killing in its lair some horrible beast that has been mutilating men in a small Colorado town. Instead he finds Mina, who claims to live in the mine with her sister. An alpha male with a logical mind if there ever was, Theo all but dismisses Mina. But the more he presses her about the beast, the more she offends his expectations of what a woman should be. Not good for him.
  • The Drumhellers of Bloody Dick Creek
    10-minute play. Arvin Drumheller has died, and nobody could be happier than his son, Boyd. His wife, Inez, is equal parts grieved and relieved. How did it come to this? The action moves backward in time to reveal how (1) abuse comes in different forms, (2) love can make some serious mistakes, and (3) partial deafness can be an unbreakable tie that binds.
  • Inside & Out
    10-minute play. It's 1931, and a formerly divorced English couple now trying marriage to each other a second time are living in a cozy French cottage with their brand new baby. But the father’s suspicions about the child’s true lineage lead to dubious experiments that may require an ambulance and the police. A family comedy.

    (Inspired by Noel Coward's "Private Lives" and...
    10-minute play. It's 1931, and a formerly divorced English couple now trying marriage to each other a second time are living in a cozy French cottage with their brand new baby. But the father’s suspicions about the child’s true lineage lead to dubious experiments that may require an ambulance and the police. A family comedy.

    (Inspired by Noel Coward's "Private Lives" and Thomas Middleton's "The Changeling")
  • Medea Part Deux: That Woman!
    Full-length: In Athens of Greek Antiquity, fifteen or so years after all that bloody business with Jason and their kids, Medea is on the verge of redemption. In a few days King Aegeus of Athens will marry her, as he promised he would. Originally from Colchis, a minor land of dark-skinned people, Medea is poised not only to become Queen of the greatest and possibly whitest city-state in existence, but also...
    Full-length: In Athens of Greek Antiquity, fifteen or so years after all that bloody business with Jason and their kids, Medea is on the verge of redemption. In a few days King Aegeus of Athens will marry her, as he promised he would. Originally from Colchis, a minor land of dark-skinned people, Medea is poised not only to become Queen of the greatest and possibly whitest city-state in existence, but also mother of the future king – her illegitimate, gender-fluid son with Aegeus becomes legitimized by the marriage. But then the mighty cis-warrior and schemer Theseus – a bastard son Aegeus never knew he had – appears, posing a direct threat to her hopes and dreams. Medea must struggle against her own worst impulses – not to mention the everyday sexism and racism of the time – to make sure Aegeus keeps his promise to her, while also proving she’s not that homicidal woman everyone thinks she is, but instead a really nice person and a great mom.
  • Scar Tissues
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    10-Minute: Flora, an adult survivor of child sexual abuse, finally has both a chance and the inner strength to bring the man who molested her to justice and possibly save a little girl from the same fate. But the price might be her marriage.
  • Take the K Train
    10-minute play. As usual, Winston boards his crowded commuter train in broad daylight and shuts his eyes for his brief ride home from work. Twenty minutes later he opens them and finds it's pitch dark out, only two other passengers are aboard, and the train is going recklessly fast. Everything otherwise looks and seems normal -- but it isn't. Especially those two other passengers. Is he suddenly in a nightmare? If so, whose?
  • Too Much Future
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    10-minute play: In some time-warped place where people apparently never age, the father-killing/mother-marrying Oedipus Rex has been living for a while with the infamous axe-murderess Lizzie Borden. Then he starts receiving a dire prophecy making him desperately want to leave… and Lizzie very unhappy.
  • True Will
    Full-length: It's spring of 1941, and the Nazi blitz that has overrun mainland Europe is on the verge of destroying Britain. Why then does Rudolf Hess suddenly drop in – literally – wanting to talk peace? Is it a trick, or is he merely, as he appears to be, insane?

    And why does Winston Churchill allow the raging occultist/mystic Aleister Crowley to interrogate Hess?

    Worse, why...
    Full-length: It's spring of 1941, and the Nazi blitz that has overrun mainland Europe is on the verge of destroying Britain. Why then does Rudolf Hess suddenly drop in – literally – wanting to talk peace? Is it a trick, or is he merely, as he appears to be, insane?

    And why does Winston Churchill allow the raging occultist/mystic Aleister Crowley to interrogate Hess?

    Worse, why are an unknown officer named Ian Fleming (still a great disappointment to his mother) and a famous actor-playwright – Noel Coward, of all people – supervising this dubious venture?

    Add in the sudden appearance of the ghost of Fleming's former fiancée, a blithe spirit if there ever was, and suddenly the fate of the entire United Kingdom – not to mention the new play Coward is trying to come up with and Fleming’s impending wedding – are all on the line.

    A historical spoof of alliances, patriotism, egos, magic, artistic inspiration, the origins of James Bond, and the sexual aspects of yoga, all of which lead Fleming to make a life-changing discovery and decision.