Michael Shayne

Michael Shayne

MICHAEL SHAYNE newest play "Heroes: Fighting In The AIDS Trenches" will have its premiere January 19, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His most recent plays are "The Job Offer" and "Brunch Before The Airport. He has also written the librettos to “Lysistrata: A Musical Fable About Love and War”,
“Survivors: A Kurt Weill Songspiel”, His other plays include: “The Absolutely True...
MICHAEL SHAYNE newest play "Heroes: Fighting In The AIDS Trenches" will have its premiere January 19, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His most recent plays are "The Job Offer" and "Brunch Before The Airport. He has also written the librettos to “Lysistrata: A Musical Fable About Love and War”,
“Survivors: A Kurt Weill Songspiel”, His other plays include: “The Absolutely True Adventures of a Hollywood Assistant” and “This Way to the Egress” As a director he has directed “Miss Margarida’s
Way”, “Extremities”, “The Normal Heart”, “Zarathustra Is Dead” and “This Property Is
Condemned”. Michael has also acted in theater, film, and television.

Plays

  • The Job Offer
    Sydney, an elderly person, offers Sam a unique one-time job offer that may not be all it's meant to be.
  • Heroes: Fighting In the AIDS Trenches. Two One-Act Plays
    Heroes: Fighting In the AIDS Trenches is the overall title for two one act plays. Ruth: The Cemetery Angel and Vito: Standing On His Shoulders. The plays are monologues about two extraordinary people who fought the AIDS crisis during the 80's in their own unique way. Ruth: The Cemetery Angel tells the story of Ruth Coker Burks who gave a home and eventually a final resting place in her family's...
    Heroes: Fighting In the AIDS Trenches is the overall title for two one act plays. Ruth: The Cemetery Angel and Vito: Standing On His Shoulders. The plays are monologues about two extraordinary people who fought the AIDS crisis during the 80's in their own unique way. Ruth: The Cemetery Angel tells the story of Ruth Coker Burks who gave a home and eventually a final resting place in her family's cemetery to dozens of young men with AIDS who would have died alone when their families rejected them. Vito: Standing On His Shoulders is about the late Vito Russo who was the author of the seminal book, "The Celluloid Closet" about how homosexuals were depicted in Hollywood movies. More importantly, however, he was a gay and AIDS activist and founding member of GLAAD and ACT UP. His friends included Larry Kramer, Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. He was a featured participant in the Academy Award winning documentary "Common Threads: Tales From the Quilt".
  • Brunch Before The Airport
    BRUNCH BEFORE THE AIRPORT begins at a hotel on Fire Island, a resort community off the
    island Manhattan. Two side by side honeymoon suites are seen and the action takes place on
    their respective balconies. One suite belongs to Richard and Declan and the other suite belongs
    to Dexter and Justin. At one time Dexter and Richard were a couple, but they ended their
    relationship and...
    BRUNCH BEFORE THE AIRPORT begins at a hotel on Fire Island, a resort community off the
    island Manhattan. Two side by side honeymoon suites are seen and the action takes place on
    their respective balconies. One suite belongs to Richard and Declan and the other suite belongs
    to Dexter and Justin. At one time Dexter and Richard were a couple, but they ended their
    relationship and married other people. At first they do not realize that they are in neighboring
    suites until they are each alone on their respective balconies. Richard hears a song he sang at
    their commitment ceremony and sings a long with it. Dexter then realizes that Richard is in the
    adjoining suite. They talk, drink and fight and soon realize that they are still in love with each
    other. Dexter and Richard decide to run off with each other leaving their respective spouses
    behind.
    Dexter and Richard go to a loft apartment in the Soho district of New York City that Richard is
    looking after. It is the next day and they attempt to rekindle their relationship, but soon fall into
    their old habits; which turns into a physical altercation. As they roll around on the floor Declan
    and Justin enter the apartment having tracked them down.
    The following morning Dexter and Richard are ensconced in separate bedrooms and Justin and
    Declan are asleep in, respectively, the sofa and an armchair. They are awakened by Dexter
    slamming a door. Justin and Declan want to reunite with their respective husbands, but Dexter
    and Richard want a divorce and move on with their lives separately. In the end Justin and
    Declan are attracted to each other and Dexter and Richard leave together, but not necessarily
    as a couple.