Lindsay Partain

Lindsay Partain

Lindsay Partain is a playwright based out of Portland, Oregon. She holds a BA in Theatre from Pacific University and is currently an editor (and co-founder) for the online literary magazine, Cascadia Rising Review which features works by Pacific Northwest artists. Nationally, her work has appeared at the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Midwest Dramatist Conference, Coneman Running (2019 & 2020), INKfest...
Lindsay Partain is a playwright based out of Portland, Oregon. She holds a BA in Theatre from Pacific University and is currently an editor (and co-founder) for the online literary magazine, Cascadia Rising Review which features works by Pacific Northwest artists. Nationally, her work has appeared at the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Midwest Dramatist Conference, Coneman Running (2019 & 2020), INKfest, Daisy Dukes Festival, STAGED, WildClaw, Paragon; a Sci-Fi + Fantasy Play Festival, Vanguard Arts Collective, Take Ten Festival, WinterFest, Instant Theatre Festival, Haywire Instant Theatre, Artist' Exchange, John DeSotelle Studio, Five & Dime Drama Collective, 2Cents Theatre, Bonita Center for the Arts, Alternative Theatre, Atlantic Acting School, The Tank, Whisper Skin Theatre, Iowa State University, and at Cherry Creek High School. Her work has also been produced at Theatre Deli in London and in South Kyushu, Japan. Lindsay’s 10-minute play "Shimmers", and monologues “Curves”, and “Backfired”, were all 1st place winners for Smith & Krauss' Best 10-Minute Plays of 2019 and Best Female Monologues of 2019. Lindsay has also been a finalist for Mildred's Umbrella, Heartland Theatre, Vanguard Arts Collective, NYC Audio Theatre, and was a top 4 semi-finalist for the 2019 Portland Civic Theatre's New Play Award. Her publications include The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021 (Applause), Stage It! 2 (Bonita Springs Center for the Arts), and in FLASH! An Anthology of Short Fiction.

Plays

  • 10,000 Years
    [10 Minutes] Taking place in an alternate universe where North Dakota hasn't seen the sunshine since the dinosaurs were taken out by the great comet. Freddy and partner for the last million years, Jamie talk at each other without listening, and time keeps moving more quickly. Relationships and lifetimes are questioned all leading up to the break of the first spring.
  • All the Way Down
    [5 Minutes] Billy and Nora are climbing 2 rope ladders that are floating into the sky. What are they attached to? Will they make it back down alive?
  • A Shared Mammary
    [10 Minutes] Twin sisters Gabriella and Isabella are going shopping for bikinis. But it's hard to find the right fit when you share a middle breast.
  • Autophobia: noun. a fear of one’s self
    [Monologue : Approx 2 Minutes] H has been kept in a closet sized room where every wall, floor and ceiling has been covered in mirrors...
  • Backfired
    [Monologue : Approx 3 Minutes] Love, hope, and hearing what we want to hear. Anna, a young high school student, tells her tragic story about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Available for Purchase on MonologueBank | www.monologuebank.com/backfired-anna.html
  • Blood & Wine : A Monologue
    [Monologue : Approx 2 Minutes] The sexiest and most dangerous woman you will ever meet tells you the secret to making a good wine.
  • Cookie Cutter Christmas
    [10 Minutes] Francis visits with the ghost of his mother at 3am every Christmas morning.
  • Curves
    [Monologue : Approx 4 Minutes] Grinch bellies, self-esteem, women's only gym's, and a lack of self-control are the driving forces behind this comedic monologue.

    Available for Purchase on MonologueBank | www.monologuebank.com/curves-shayna.html
  • Flowers for a Dead Girl (First Draft)
    (Full-Length) Following the murder of her sister, Sydney tries and fails to soothe the ache of her passing---but when nothing works, she decides to skip town without a word. During her absence, she and her friends Katie, Aaron, and Bethany all start having strange and violent dreams where dark creatures emerge from the shadows to torment them. It isn't until Sydney returns home for a funeral that they...
    (Full-Length) Following the murder of her sister, Sydney tries and fails to soothe the ache of her passing---but when nothing works, she decides to skip town without a word. During her absence, she and her friends Katie, Aaron, and Bethany all start having strange and violent dreams where dark creatures emerge from the shadows to torment them. It isn't until Sydney returns home for a funeral that they realize their nightmares may be connected, and must band together to save their friends and themselves from being lost to the darkness.
  • Immortal Combat
    [One-Minute Play] A mother, father, and their son are trapped in a closet, hiding from their son Bradley's imaginary friend turned violent boogie man.
  • Last Dance with MJ
    [10 Minutes] After being ghosted on yet another dating app, Johanna seeks revenge for her friend, Milly who was sexually rejected by a gorgeous Spiderman look-a-like.
  • Life After
    [10 Minutes] Dancing around with bodies in her father's basement, Ava's imagination comes to life with her best friend, Mrs. Anderson.
  • Monsters Beyond the Midnight Zone
    [10-Minute] Miles beneath the ocean’s surface in the depths of the Mariana Trench, Romy and Leo are left in complete darkness when the lights on their deep-water submersible are taken out by a colossal squid.
  • Penny for Your Traumas?
    [10 Minutes] Sometimes it's hard to explain why our monsters follow us around. Why they take so long to go away--and why they come back.
  • Popcorn Thighs
    [Monologue] Broccoli thighs and cauliflower tummies; nothing is supposed to taste as good as skinny feels--but they've clearly never eaten their weight in fresh movie popcorn.

    Approx 3.5 minutes
  • Prayers in the Pines
    [10 Minutes] Three women go into the forest for their annual camping trip and swap ghost stories, inflammatory language, and their thoughts on wendigos.

    *Based on the "true" ghost stories my father used to tell me.
  • Pumped-Up Kicks
    (Monologue : 1 minute) Scottie's just another kid whose name you glance over in the body of the most recent article on school shootings. A few words on the moment before; words from the unseen lingering trauma.
  • Riptide Girl
    [Monologue] Thoughts when there is no rational reason to the hurt felt after the loss of a could-be friend & sometimes-lover.
  • Road Rash
    [Monologue : Approx 2 Minutes] Beth is having a hard time keeping her car on the road and her head out of the gutter. A woman recounting her sexuality and the fun you can have when you throw the backseat of a car-- or the middle console of a mustang into the mix.
  • Sabrina and the Thunderbird
    [Full-Length] Childhood friends, Miles and Sabrina work side-by-side at The Red Cedar Inn, just between Washington’s National Forest and the Yakama Reservation. The pair pass the time watching and spinning stories about their lone guest. In the mix of telling stories, hidden insecurities, hurt feelings, and jokes gone awry—there is a moment, an almost— and then, an earthquake. The Cascadia Earthquake—aka “...
    [Full-Length] Childhood friends, Miles and Sabrina work side-by-side at The Red Cedar Inn, just between Washington’s National Forest and the Yakama Reservation. The pair pass the time watching and spinning stories about their lone guest. In the mix of telling stories, hidden insecurities, hurt feelings, and jokes gone awry—there is a moment, an almost— and then, an earthquake. The Cascadia Earthquake—aka “the big one”. The inn is torn apart leaving Miles, Sabrina, their guest that gets stranger by the moment, and a young married couple who have run to the inn for cover, to figure out how to band together while they wait for help to arrive; wait for anything. With no phones, no electricity, and the help of a mystical stranger, the group bare their souls, and intertwine their hearts with the rich folklore of the Pacific Northwest. Mermaids, thunderbirds, and gods turned to stone—magic holds them together until the world must inevitably fall apart.
  • Shimmers
    [10 Minutes] Amanda and Ryan take a walk through the forest on the darkest night of the year to find the spot where magic exists for those who are willing to see and give it.
  • Siren Songs
    [One-Act : Approx 45 Minutes] “...immediate assistance to fetch us off the Smalls before the next Spring or we fear we shall all perish, our water near all gone, our fire quite gone and our house in a most melancholy manner.” - Henry Whiteside, builder of Small's Lighthouse, January 1777

    Staring out into the cold oblivion of the Irish Sea, Thomas Griffith and Thomas Howell must fight for...
    [One-Act : Approx 45 Minutes] “...immediate assistance to fetch us off the Smalls before the next Spring or we fear we shall all perish, our water near all gone, our fire quite gone and our house in a most melancholy manner.” - Henry Whiteside, builder of Small's Lighthouse, January 1777

    Staring out into the cold oblivion of the Irish Sea, Thomas Griffith and Thomas Howell must fight for their lives trapped inside the Small's Lighthouse; a tree house built on the edge of the universe swaying back and forth amidst the relentless violent waves and unforgiving storms off the coast of Wales.
  • The Big Bad Kush
    (10-Minutes) Does Grandma have a tail? Or am I stoned? Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf get wrecked in this not so family friendly take on how Red really helps her Grammy.
  • The Communist Bear
    [One Minute] This is a short play that's basically just jokes about being PC and morning bowel-movements.
  • The Dark Horse
    [15-Minute] When the monsters that live under the bed creep up to find you, they poison your dreams, break you down, tear you to pieces. They've come to eat your soul.

    *A stand-alone excerpt from the full-length play "Dark Corners"
  • The Lipstick : A Monologue
    [Monologue : Approx 3 Minutes] Romance and anniversaries and zombies! Oh, my! Trying to find that perfect tube of lipstick to surprise your partner is going to get you bit-- and in this world, that's a death sentence.
  • The Message of Pain
    [10 Minutes] Xara, Commander of a massive spacecraft carrying a crew of thousands, is the first to wake up from cryogenic rest only to find that hundreds of years of gone by and the life she was living hooked up to The Cloud was nothing more than a dream...
  • The Note
    [Monologue] A note is left unattended and with no clear author or recipient.... do you open it?

    Available for Purchase on MonologueBank | www.monologuebank.com/the-note-riley.html
  • The Pink Stuff
    [10 Minutes] A brother and sister alone together in a metal storage container at the end of the world surrounded by chompers.
  • The Way You Made Me
    (One-Act, Monologue) Using her trauma as a jumping off point toward creating a better home for herself and her family, Imogen shares her gift of words with an unseen lover. As she unpacks boxes and herself, Imogen recounts through love letters how she discovered happiness despite a life of neglect. A love story told by someone deemed “unlovable”.

    Script Updated 06/24/2020
  • Thor's Hammer / Magic Number
    [10 Minutes] BFFF Amy and Sam are #pissed when Sam's (now ex)boyfriend decides to kick her to the bricks. Sam and Amy seek swift revenge for Sam's broken heart, but find they may be barking up the wrong tree.
  • To the Boy Who Didn't Love Me After All
    (Monologue) An open letter to the boy I love alone.
  • Until the Earth Breaks Open
    [10 Minute] Women from across time and culture form a mystical tree in the desert that calls out to their lost children.
  • Variations on the Death of Vera
    [10 Minutes] Three unsuspecting college students try to make contact with Vera, the ghost of a college student who died under mysterious circumstances and continues to haunt Knight Hall....
  • What You Deserve
    [Monologue : Approx 2 Minutes] A young woman recounts her childhood days of make-believe to the man who broke her heart...who also happens to be tied to a chair.
  • When I was a Child
    [One-Minute Play] Children play games that teach them how to survive in the concrete jungle.
  • Wherever You Go
    (10-Minute) It's been 10 years of waiting. 10 years of being called crazy. Of tests, whispers, and wondering "what happened?". Ondry has decided he wants to make a deal with the aliens that took his wife--but what does a man with nothing have left to give?
  • Why I'm Leaving You
    [Monologue : Approx 2 Minutes] A dark, comedic, dramatic monologue about what she really thinks about you, your ridiculous hair, and what you need to know about one-night stands.