David Beach

David Beach

David is a playwright, director, dramaturg, and educator living in the New River Valley in Southwest Virginia. He holds an MFA in playwriting and a PhD in education, is an alumnus of the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive, and proudly holds memberships in the Dramatists Guild of America, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the Virginia Theatre Association. He is an associate professor of English at Radford (VA) University.

Plays

  • Mothers and Terrorists
    Looking back at Mom. And 9/11.

    Every year, Russell pauses on September 11, to remember two work friends who perished in the
    attack on the Pentagon, but also to reflect on the changes in his relationship with his mother
    during that year when her life changed because of dementia. Mothers and Terrorists juxtaposes
    emotional and existential angst and aims at finding some truth and meaning through them both.
  • Digital Nuptials
    Alex and Chris decide to have a virtual wedding. But their officiant isn't Zoom savvy.
  • The Scorns of Time
    George Weaver, the founder and artistic director of the Ashton Theatre Festival has died, and
    many former members of the company are returning for his funeral, preempting the Saturday
    matinee of Hamlet. The two actors playing Hamlet and Horatio, Dennis Davidson and Frankie
    DiMarco, have acted together in 17 plays, making a name for their onstage chemistry. One
    person returning is...
    George Weaver, the founder and artistic director of the Ashton Theatre Festival has died, and
    many former members of the company are returning for his funeral, preempting the Saturday
    matinee of Hamlet. The two actors playing Hamlet and Horatio, Dennis Davidson and Frankie
    DiMarco, have acted together in 17 plays, making a name for their onstage chemistry. One
    person returning is director, writer and actor Bryan Brooks who parted ways with the company
    five years earlier to take a new job. Dennis had been living with Bryan, then things ended badly.
    Frankie knows Bryan is coming to the funeral; Dennis does not.
  • Constellation Park
    New York City, 2034, ten years after The Big Event destroyed most of North America, and now
    home to over 100 million displaced people. With half a million people dying every year,
    traditional burial space is non-existent, and cremation banned for toxicity and fuel consumption.
    Lucy is almost dead, and she's in line to be processed in Constellation Park, the new urban ecocemetery,...
    New York City, 2034, ten years after The Big Event destroyed most of North America, and now
    home to over 100 million displaced people. With half a million people dying every year,
    traditional burial space is non-existent, and cremation banned for toxicity and fuel consumption.
    Lucy is almost dead, and she's in line to be processed in Constellation Park, the new urban ecocemetery,
    which disposes of bodies in an age-old way...yet in a new artistic way.
  • Merry Christmas, Good Soldier
    Strangers meet on Christmas Day at a national military cemetery and find solace in their Christmas memories.
  • Past Tragic Events
    Despite life's tragedies, we should laugh.
    Two cousins are outside their grandmother’s condominium. She’s been dead a week, and her lawyer has just given them the keys to her place. Inside, they find a part of their past and a charge for the future.
  • Seven Raisins Soaked in Gin
    Catherine introduces Edd to her daily ritual with some surprising outcomes.
  • You See Dead People?!
    Beth considers herself a psychic and has done so much of her life. Her family accepts it, thinking of it as a parlor game for entertainment. Her sister-in-law, however, is determined to put a stop to this delusion.
  • Trump Card
    Betty and Jackie have been neighbors for years and play pinochle once a week at Hardee's. Betty is as red as Jackie is as blue. Can they get along in a divisive election year?
  • Say Hi to Mick Jagger
    Andrei is the teenage son of a Soviet diplomat, living in the Soviet compound in Washington, DC, until he can't take it any more, and leaves. But he gets scared, and returns home. An international incident ensues.
  • Under the Sunflowers
    Sunflowers are lovely plants. They're tall. They provide shade. The flowers are stunning. Especially when stoned. Wouldn't it be nice to rest under sunflowers? Maybe forever?
  • Silent as the Dawn
    Jerome visits his daughter's grave on a special birthday.