A.J. Ditty

A.J. Ditty

A.J. Ditty is an actor/writer/slash-mark enthusiast currently living in Brooklyn. His first full-length play, How the Great Grapefruit Danced in the Moonlight, was staged in a workshop production at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Theatre and Film in spring 2010 and again in the fall of 2010, making it the only original student work to be revived in the history of the Institute. His other plays include Heart of...
A.J. Ditty is an actor/writer/slash-mark enthusiast currently living in Brooklyn. His first full-length play, How the Great Grapefruit Danced in the Moonlight, was staged in a workshop production at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Theatre and Film in spring 2010 and again in the fall of 2010, making it the only original student work to be revived in the history of the Institute. His other plays include Heart of Duckness (Pipeline Theatre Company's Bonfire Series); Munichtown; B.B.'s Inferno (#serials@theflea/The PIT); Eloise Parker Goes to the Moon (Crashbox Theater’s “Read. Play. Write. V.”); Rubiella: A Ghost Story; Deaf, Dumb, and Blind; "Magellanica" (Access Theater); A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dragon (#serials@theflea); "RIP" (The Secret Theater); “Heartbreak; or, Why Sara Bareilles’ ‘King of Anything’ is the Greatest Song in the History of Goddamn Time” and “The Chicken-Man; or, A Supposedly Fun Thing I Did for Six Months” (Undiscovered Countries Festival); “Arthur Miller is Trapped in a Tiny Box”; “Bad Company” (Brandspankin' Festival, NYU); and “U-Turn” which received a reading at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2009. He is a proud member of Pipeline Playlab’s Class of 2017 and an alumnus of Writers Work Class 2016.

Plays

  • Heart of Duckness
    It's the Berlin Conference of 1884 and Europe teeters on the brink of war over colonial holdings in Africa. Every character is a duck. And we're all corkscrewed.
  • All Things Considered, It Was Probably the Most Productive Meeting The Escondido Unified School District PTA Ever Had: A Zoom Play
    The last three remaining members of the Escondido Unified School District PTA meet over Zoom.
    Attendance is taken.
    Motions are proposed.
    No one is okay.
  • Eloise Parker Goes to the Moon
    When Eloise Parker is diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer, her initial terror gives way to hope with the revelation of a new experimental treatment: launching herself into space to extend her lifespan tenfold. But in order to do so, she must combat both the horrors of her disease and her own complicated relationships: with her wife, Victoria, whom she grows more and more distant from each day; with Tom, her...
    When Eloise Parker is diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer, her initial terror gives way to hope with the revelation of a new experimental treatment: launching herself into space to extend her lifespan tenfold. But in order to do so, she must combat both the horrors of her disease and her own complicated relationships: with her wife, Victoria, whom she grows more and more distant from each day; with Tom, her co-pilot and child cancer survivor; and with the Moon itself, her childhood friend who may not have her best interests at heart. As the launch day draws closer and Eloise's disease spreads, tensions mount as all of her relationships are pushed to the breaking point. Will Eloise make it to the Moon? Will her marriage survive the trail? Do potatoes photosynthesize?
    (No, but, seriously, DO they? It has been KILLING me.) All of these questions (except the one about photosynthesis, because, I mean, HOW) will be revealed when Eloise Parker Goes to the Moon.
  • B.B.'s Inferno
    When twelve-year-old Beatrice "B.B." Baxter loses her older brother in a tragic car accident, she embarks on a journey through the nine circles of Hell in order to get him back. Guided by the damned cowboy Coop McClintock and armed with nothing but her brother's favorite Foo Fighters album, B.B. fights her way through her own personal demons, literal demons, and Lucifer herself, the Queen of...
    When twelve-year-old Beatrice "B.B." Baxter loses her older brother in a tragic car accident, she embarks on a journey through the nine circles of Hell in order to get him back. Guided by the damned cowboy Coop McClintock and armed with nothing but her brother's favorite Foo Fighters album, B.B. fights her way through her own personal demons, literal demons, and Lucifer herself, the Queen of Darkness who's going through a pretty tumultuous breakup, on her journey to the center of Hell. Will B.B. get her brother back? Will Coop redeem himself for his past sins? Will Lucifer ever find love? The answers await in the depths of B.B.'s Inferno.
  • Rubiella: A Ghost Story
    Acclaimed comedian and face-haver Willy Appelman takes us on a wild journey through his past in a search for answers about his family, himself, and Rubiella, his live-in nanny of eight years who mysteriously vanished overnight never to be heard from again. As Willy wrestles with his own family’s recollections of Rubiella and his own fragmented memories, he slowly makes his way through the recurring nightmare...
    Acclaimed comedian and face-haver Willy Appelman takes us on a wild journey through his past in a search for answers about his family, himself, and Rubiella, his live-in nanny of eight years who mysteriously vanished overnight never to be heard from again. As Willy wrestles with his own family’s recollections of Rubiella and his own fragmented memories, he slowly makes his way through the recurring nightmare that plagued him as a child: that of Rubiella murdering his entire family and the guilt that came with having such a nightmare. Will Willy be able to pin down Rubiella? Or will he be lost to the nightmare forever? With a plethora of puns and just a dash of James Taylor, Rubiella: A Ghost Story is a feel-good blood-sport memory play that brings out the scared little ten-year old in us all...and then murders it in a variety of fun and interesting ways.
  • Tom Mandelbrot Conquers the Big Bad World
    Tom Octavius Mandelbrot, a loveable slacker of a computer programmer, dreams of one day conquering all mankind. After successfully pitching his first video game, Tom finally has the incentive to start his life of crime, and, along with his trusty sidekick Robot Monkey Butler Brian Dennehy, sets out to rule the world and win the heart of his one true love, Laura Springfield. But, after kidnapping Tom Cruise in...
    Tom Octavius Mandelbrot, a loveable slacker of a computer programmer, dreams of one day conquering all mankind. After successfully pitching his first video game, Tom finally has the incentive to start his life of crime, and, along with his trusty sidekick Robot Monkey Butler Brian Dennehy, sets out to rule the world and win the heart of his one true love, Laura Springfield. But, after kidnapping Tom Cruise in order to gain national attention, his plans go horribly awry, inadvertently causing the zombie apocalypse and Robot Monkeys to take over the world. Can Tom Mandelbrot save humanity from his own creations? Will he win the heart of his beloved Laura? Will Tom Cruise ever find love? Set to the whimsically morbid tunes of geek-rock god Jonathan Coulton, this musical seeks to tackle the age-old struggle of finding your place in the world and the wonderfully crazy experience of falling in love with a robot monkey.