Colette Mazunik

Colette Mazunik

Colette Mazunik received her MFA in Playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University (where she studied under Lee Blessing) and her BA in Theatre at Northwestern College. She was a finalist in the 39th Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. A member of the Dramatists Guild, her plays have been developed and produced at festivals (Sticky; EST’s Theatrelab; KCACTF; SET’s New...
Colette Mazunik received her MFA in Playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University (where she studied under Lee Blessing) and her BA in Theatre at Northwestern College. She was a finalist in the 39th Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. A member of the Dramatists Guild, her plays have been developed and produced at festivals (Sticky; EST’s Theatrelab; KCACTF; SET’s New Short Works Festival), small theatres (The Drilling Company; Playwrights’ Round Table; Chain Theatre; Tongue in Cheek), and schools (Iowa State University; ASDS; New School; Northwestern College). Her short film Thanksgiving Dinner was a 2015 Official Selection for the Madrid International Film Festival, where she was nominated for Best Story. Another short film, Match, was a 2018 Official Selection for the Bermuda International Film Festival, the Manhattan Film Festival, and the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience. This year, she was honored to be part of the inaugural cohort of writers in The Playwrights' Group at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Plays

  • A Danger to Yourself and Others
    Full-length. When a man prone to panic tries to rob a gas station, what could possibly go wrong?
    **Script in progress. Sample Available**
  • Fading Fast, A Science Fiction One-Act for Zoom
    One-Act for Zoom. In a polarized world, what happens when rose-colored glasses cloud our vision?
    A new technology threatens to alienate us from those we think we love.
  • The Matthew Portraits
    One-act. Jealousy enters a dorm room when one roommate begins painting nude models.
  • Irregular Opening
    One-act. What would happen if a woman who is running from her past meets a man who feels he has no future?
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
    One-act. Love invades a gas station when two strangers, ready to shed their hypocrisy, meet on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Self-Less
    One-act. What if your social-media AI counterpart was indistinguishable from your true self . . . and wanted to make a sex tape?
  • Two Thumbs Up
    Full-length. Two Thumbs Up is a comedy with severed thumbs, a hitman, and the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    It all starts when the hitman who has been hired to obtain a human thumb accidentally passes the appendage on to a literature professor—whose neurotic husband finds it—and jumps to erroneous conclusions. Add in a marriage proposal, a burglary, and some plagiarism, and it looks like everyone...
    Full-length. Two Thumbs Up is a comedy with severed thumbs, a hitman, and the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    It all starts when the hitman who has been hired to obtain a human thumb accidentally passes the appendage on to a literature professor—whose neurotic husband finds it—and jumps to erroneous conclusions. Add in a marriage proposal, a burglary, and some plagiarism, and it looks like everyone might live happily ever after after all.
  • Shelter in Place
    Full-length. Shelter in Place explores the struggle to keep appropriate boundaries when faced with overwhelming needs.
    Sarah has just discovered she is pregnant and is eager to share the news with her husband, but then a homeless client and her baby show up at the door, demanding to be taken in.
    Overnight, the client abandons her baby and steals Sarah’s car, only to return in the morning seeking...
    Full-length. Shelter in Place explores the struggle to keep appropriate boundaries when faced with overwhelming needs.
    Sarah has just discovered she is pregnant and is eager to share the news with her husband, but then a homeless client and her baby show up at the door, demanding to be taken in.
    Overnight, the client abandons her baby and steals Sarah’s car, only to return in the morning seeking more help after being injured. Sarah alienates her husband by her unwillingness to surrender her client to the police and the baby to child protection services. Into this tense home environment, Sarah's controlling mother comes for a visit with a secret of her own.
  • Fading Fast
    One-act. In a polarized world, what happens when rose-colored glasses cloud our vision?
    A new technology threatens to alienate us from those we think we love.
  • Match
    Ten-minute. A blind date leads to a surprising connection.
  • Cousins
    Ten-minutes. A woman must ask for a favor from the person she least wants to see.
  • Screaming Ed and the Nihilist
    Ten-minute. Edvard Munch applies for a grant.
  • Guitar
    One-act. Have you ever said a word over and over and over until it looses its meaning?
  • Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for the Whole Family
    Ten-minute. A seduction simmers among books of love poems and recipes.
  • Coming Back
    Full-length. Sarah brings her husband Chris back to her ten-year college reunion. She’s lost touch with all her friends and hasn’t been back since the love of her life, Edmund, died in a car accident shortly after graduation. Her best friend, Kate, had been driving the car. Sarah has never told Chris about her relationship with Edmund. Now the group of friends gather at Adam and Beth’s home to honor Edmund on...
    Full-length. Sarah brings her husband Chris back to her ten-year college reunion. She’s lost touch with all her friends and hasn’t been back since the love of her life, Edmund, died in a car accident shortly after graduation. Her best friend, Kate, had been driving the car. Sarah has never told Chris about her relationship with Edmund. Now the group of friends gather at Adam and Beth’s home to honor Edmund on the occasion of an art building being named after him.

    Beth is frustrated that she never had the chance to leave their small college town; Adam is uncomfortable with the fact that Gina is gay, particularly since his oldest daughter may be gay as well; Kate wishes her music career was going someplace, and hopes to make peace with Sarah; Gina is considering having a child and is ill-at-ease coming back to the hyper-conservative college campus; Dante is looking for some meaning in life, and is hoping it involves hooking up with Kate; Chris wants to understand a part of Sarah’s life that she’s never talked about much; and Sarah wants to finally put the memory of Edmund to rest.

    When Dante brings out Edmund’s old sketchbooks, secrets that have been buried for years are revealed that threaten Chris and Sarah’s marriage.

    At the end, we see the friends as they were ten years prior, on the night before their college graduation: idealistic and eager to embark on their future.

    Coming Back is about the gap between expectations and reality. It is about confronting the heartbreak of dreams deferred. Ultimately, it is about the need to confront the past in order to fully live in the present.
  • Swimming
    Ten-minute. What happens when your fantasies become reality?
    A neurotic young woman, searching for love, is astounded upon finding it.
  • The First and Last Annual Homeless Fashion Show
    Full-length. When a volunteer is frustrated by demeaning co-workers, and excessive demands, she lashes back by sabotaging a major fundraising event.
  • Police Tape
    Ten-minute. After closing time, two strangers meet in a bar.
  • Crisis Center
    One-act. Homelessness, drug addiction, prostitution, child abuse: just typical problems in a typical day of work for Sarah, a job counselor at a Crisis Center for homeless women. Then one day something new happens. A client abandons her child to Sarah’s care.
  • Earthing
    Ten-minute. In 2017 research published in the journal Human Reproduction Update revealed that sperm counts have dropped 59.3% in less than 40 years in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. We don't know why. But what if we did know, and could do something about it? Would it matter?