Deborah Singer

Deborah Singer

Deborah Chava Singer is a poet and playwright originally from San Diego, California where she studied truth with the Mesa College Theatre Company and created, published and performed with the Queer Players. While going to school (in something else) in Toronto, Ontario she remembered what she wanted most was to be a writer. She currently resides in Washington. Her plays include: The Red Rose (OG Productions...
Deborah Chava Singer is a poet and playwright originally from San Diego, California where she studied truth with the Mesa College Theatre Company and created, published and performed with the Queer Players. While going to school (in something else) in Toronto, Ontario she remembered what she wanted most was to be a writer. She currently resides in Washington. Her plays include: The Red Rose (OG Productions' 5th Annual St. James Tavern Valentine's Day Theatre Shorts Festival, Columbus, OH 2016) Bonnie and Claudia’s Attempted Toaster Oven Heist (Buffalo United Artists’ Take 10, Buffalo, NY 2015; LSU’s Theatre Dept’s Outworks Festival, Baton Rouge, LA 2011; StageQ’s Queer Shorts 5, Madison, WI 2010), Naughty or Nice: A Santa Scandal Update (ARFTCo’s A Christmas Cocktail, Chicago IL 2014; ARFTCo’s Chicago Christmas Spectacular, 2009), Sweet Bitter (The Working Theatre Collective’s 20 Erotic Shorts: Trois, Portland, OR 2012), The First Good-bye (StageQ's Queer Shorts 4, Madison, WI 2009), He Sees You When You're Sleeping (ARFTCo’s Chicago Christmas Spectacular, Chicago, IL 2008), Reading the Numbers (play lab, Last Frontier Theatre Conference,Valdez, AK 2007), and Sweet Night, Last Morning (10-Minute Play Slam, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK 2007). Her writing has appeared in Chaffin, Cirque, Heart and Mind Zine, Snapdragon, Twisted Vine, Labletter, Off the Rocks, Rockhurst Review, Trajectory and Steam Ticket. She is the grateful recipient of a 2012 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) grant from Artist Trust to work on her play Hidden Potential, or the Straight Gene.

Plays

  • Hidden Potential, or The Straight Gene
    In the future genetic profiling is cheaper, widely accessible, and trending. People look to their genes for guidance in exercise regimens, employment, romance, and even what hobbies to pursue. Siblings Charlie and Emma have their genetic profiles done on a coupon. Charlie, a gay man in a committed relationship, is told that according to his genes he's straight. Emma's hopes of learning cooking and...
    In the future genetic profiling is cheaper, widely accessible, and trending. People look to their genes for guidance in exercise regimens, employment, romance, and even what hobbies to pursue. Siblings Charlie and Emma have their genetic profiles done on a coupon. Charlie, a gay man in a committed relationship, is told that according to his genes he's straight. Emma's hopes of learning cooking and hosting dinner parties for all the friends she's going to make are dashed and she's told she should learn a musical instrument. Charlie struggles to decide if his genes really are his destiny or if he should go against the science everyone around him wants to rely on and follow his own heart. He tries to hide what he found out from his husband Matt who wants them to get a couple profile done. Emma buys a cello and tries to deal with the disappointment that her genes didn't reveal how she can make her life into one where she's happy. Charlie delves into gene research and tries having sex with a woman, Bette from the gene center. He realizes that was a mistake and he doesn't care what his genes say anymore. Then Matt tells him that he's ordered a couple's profile behind Charlie's back. Charlie tries to figure out how to keep the results from Matt. Bette calls Charlie so that they can “try again.” Matt confides in Emma that he wonders if his genes will tell him he should have a different job and that Charlie seems distant lately. When Charlie and Matt go to hear their results Bette tells Charlie she changed his before giving them their profile. Bette tells Charlie and Matt she's leaving her job and she wants to decide for herself how to live.
    Hidden Potential, or The Straight Gene was written with the help of a Grants for Artists Projects (GAP) grant from Artist Trust.
  • The Red Rose
    In The Red Rose, Karen and Tad have resigned themselves to settling down and dating by questionnaire, but when they meet each other they discover that they can still have candlelight dinners and fun with candle wax. The Red Rose is set in a small coffeehouse and calls for a cast of 2 women and 2 men.
  • A Fantasy and a Dare
    A male and female bisexual couple join up with a friend so the woman can watch the two men have sex. “A Fantasy and a Dare” is about being with someone who gets you and is right for you, even when that includes someone else.
  • Naughty or Nice: A Santa Scandal Update
    News coverage of the unfolding Santa scandal. After a video was uploaded to YuleTube showing Santa passed out at a party well before the arrival of Christmas morning and the completion of gift delivery questions have been raised. Who has been delivering the presents? What does all this mean? Can people still believe in Santa?