Mark Cofta

Mark Cofta

Mark Cofta was a Philadelphia theater critic for many years and saw thousands of plays, but don't hold that against him. Check out his scripts.

Plays

  • The Others Club
    A drama with some comedy. While the characters are all middle school students, The Others Club should be performed by adult actors. A student starts a club for all the kids who feel left out of mainstream society. She gains five diverse members, but they face a huge challenge when two popular bullies decide to join as well -- and, under the club's rules, cannot be prevented. What do we do when our rules...
    A drama with some comedy. While the characters are all middle school students, The Others Club should be performed by adult actors. A student starts a club for all the kids who feel left out of mainstream society. She gains five diverse members, but they face a huge challenge when two popular bullies decide to join as well -- and, under the club's rules, cannot be prevented. What do we do when our rules don't protect us? One classroom set. Now published by Next Stage Press; sample pages are available on website.
    https://nextstagepress.net/the-others-club-2/
  • Putrescence Past and Present
    A 10-minute comedy for 3 women, written to be performed on ZOOM. A time travel manager in 2037 connects with two unhappy agents (called Attestants); one is observing the Fall of Rome (475 AD), the other seeks famous writers and artists in 1921 Paris. Despite the manager's efforts, they convince her to bring them home -- but the new time travel software transports them where they least want to go!
  • Night Ride
    A ten-minute play with two characters and minimal set, "Night Ride" is a dark comedy in which college student Ian drives with girlfriend Rita to her parents' home. But is Ian a psychotic killer intending to make Rita his next victim? Who's playing a dangerous game -- Ian, Rita, or both?
  • The Flip of It
    A ten-minute romantic comedy. Ed and Shelly meet for coffee. Shelly's been given an eclair by an (unseen) barista. Ed worries that the barista has ulterior motives, but Shelly flips each of his paranoid theories with a different interpretation. A quick, fun relationship one-act with a very simple set: cafe table, 2 chairs.
  • Open Bar
    A ten-minute play (2m, 1f), simple set. Andrew attends his friend Eric's wedding. He's reserved special beer for the two of them, but bartender Nancy discovers that another bartender served them to others. Sam is a tipsy boorish guest, but perhaps the most fortunate of the three in love.
  • This Mortal Drag
    Inspired by a classroom challenge from instructor John Yearley at PlayPenn to write in heightened language and verse, this ten-minute drama or dark comedy in iambic pentameter shows young acolyte Amity requesting that aged vampire Sir make her a vampire. Sir, however, has summoned Amity in hope that she will stake him, ending his lonely existence. Not a parody, not a melodrama, but an unusual short play.
  • Blood and Ink
    Kacie waits for her husband to be taken into surgery, but a doctor concerned about payment interferes. A ten-minute comedy about the perils of our healthcare system. Based on a true story.
  • Free-Floating on the Orbital Hilton
    A ten-minute comedy! The first guests of the first hotel in Earth's orbit meet. Two of them, billionaire Larkin and his mistress TinaMarie, want to achieve a "first" for humans in space. Milly, who won the trip in a contest, could help them -- or maybe they can make another arrangement. A sexy ten-minute comedy with minimal set, three characters, and the fun acting challenge of playing weightlessness.
  • If Love Be Blind
    A ten-minute drama. Denise, a high school principal, created a teenage Facebook personality, Cindy, and befriended sophomore Lindsay. This multi-scene, non-linear drama probes Dorine's motives and the school community's reactions when she's discovered, but also considers whether or not Lindsay's friendship with Cindy could be considered real. Based on an actual event. Bare stage set.
  • Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment
    A ten-minute comedy. Judith is seeing her first therapy patient. Ian is giving his first theater audition with Hamlet's "To be or not to be" speech. Neither quite knows what the other thinks is happening. Ten pages, simple office set, comedy. Could be gender-flexible.
  • Fear for Fear
    A ten-minute drama. Norris and Terri's first date takes an odd turn when Norris suggests that she overcome her fears by trying a new app that will show how she would look if disfigured in an ugly way. However, Terri has a surprise for him that turns the tables. One man, one woman, simple set, and a fun make-up challenge.
  • Dallas Sucks
    A ten-minute comedy in which a cheating couple communicate via text messages while also talking with their spouses in person. Simple set, the suggestion of two households with everyday furniture. Colin and Karen text secretly, but a misplaced Dallas Cowboys hoodie almost reveals their deception -- and leads to a new one. Could be inventively adapted to Zoom.
  • Pegitha Pitches Zilch and The Grand Fuckety Fuck
    A ten-minute comedy for 2M, 1F (though, really, the genders are all flexible) in which would-be screenwriters Zilch and Mel, aka The Grand Fuckety Fuck, verbally joust with profane insults instead of actually writing until Pegitha stops them and, since they're lovably hopeless, provides a radical idea for their first screenplay. Written for the Philadelphia Dramatists Center livestream event "Talk...
    A ten-minute comedy for 2M, 1F (though, really, the genders are all flexible) in which would-be screenwriters Zilch and Mel, aka The Grand Fuckety Fuck, verbally joust with profane insults instead of actually writing until Pegitha stops them and, since they're lovably hopeless, provides a radical idea for their first screenplay. Written for the Philadelphia Dramatists Center livestream event "Talk Dirty to Me," Feb. 12-14, 2021. Works well on Zoom, could also be staged live if we ever do that again someday.