. Coleman

. Coleman

Award winning author and playwright; teaches writing workshops at University of Wisconsin

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Plays

  • Sin Eater
    An accidental discovery of an 1800s Cornish diary in a struggling Midwest mining town prompts the global re-emergence of a medieval religious rite (and great profit for one greedy individual).

    A riff on greed, religion, hubris, gullibility and family.

  • BUA Takes Ten: Stonewall Edition
    By Coleman, Lawrence Dukore, Lee Lawing, Gary Jaffe, Scot Walker, Donna Hoke, Ken Levine, j. Snodgrass, Doric Wilson, Dan Berkowitz, J. Julian Christopher, and Paul Donnelly.

    In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, BUA Takes 10 presents a cohesive collection of short works that tell the story of before, during, and after.
  • Butterfly Wings
    Two men find each other in 1940s Wisconsin. Through a shared interest in historic preservation, they save a town and inspire a legacy of love. A true story.
  • A Contest of Wills
    Three generations collide in this 21st century American saga of greed, lust and murder.

    Will Masters, Jr. suffers the theft of his inheritance, his home and his lover by his own father, a shell of a man corrupted by privilege and fortune.

    Struggling to build a life for himself in a “sharing economy” that provides scant opportunity, and in a family that offers betrayal, the son...
    Three generations collide in this 21st century American saga of greed, lust and murder.

    Will Masters, Jr. suffers the theft of his inheritance, his home and his lover by his own father, a shell of a man corrupted by privilege and fortune.

    Struggling to build a life for himself in a “sharing economy” that provides scant opportunity, and in a family that offers betrayal, the son attempts but fails to find redress.

    In a desperate hail-Mary, his mother contrives a most final resolution.

    In this post-Trump ruin of America, God is dead, and so is morality. Each character asks the same question: what’s in it for me?

    Premiered at Broom Street Theatre in Madison n 2018
  • Enough Trouble In the World
    A young woman confronts her supervisor the day after she is forced to implement a new Wisconsin law requiring food benefit recipients to pee in a cup.
  • Cuban Poetry
    10 minute monologue - True story of author's arrest at the Canadian border for bringing poetry into the United States
  • Class
    Based on a true story, CLASS is a comic exploration of the dark side of being human.

    In 1968, Riceville, Iowa third-grade teacher, Jane Elliott, wanted to teach - really teach - her students a lesson about prejudice. It was the week after Martin Luther King's assassination. The lesson she taught worked so well it resulted in two documentaries (by Frontline and ABC) and forever changed the...
    Based on a true story, CLASS is a comic exploration of the dark side of being human.

    In 1968, Riceville, Iowa third-grade teacher, Jane Elliott, wanted to teach - really teach - her students a lesson about prejudice. It was the week after Martin Luther King's assassination. The lesson she taught worked so well it resulted in two documentaries (by Frontline and ABC) and forever changed the lives of her students.

    In this two-act fictional re-telling, following the introduction of her new lesson the teacher is confronted by an angry parent and the school principal. They quickly succumb to the teacher's upside down logic as well as charm and learn her lesson with hilarious and tragic consequences.
  • Faux Poe
    14 short plays written in answer to the question, what would Edgar Allen Poe write if he were still alive today?
  • Last Call - A Monologue
    True story of a gay bashing in Oklahoma City in 1968
  • Infamous Mothers
    Inspired by true stories of women who have gone through the belly of hell and brought something good back.
  • The Kush Report
    A husband and wife broadcasting team review the new world of legalized marijuana, with the help of a local community theatre star.
  • The Contest
    Ten minutes - Fifty years too late, three contestants in the original 'wet underwear contest' get their moment in the spotlight at a Florida drag bar
  • The Sun Goes Down
    A short apocalyptic monologue.

    A woman with a chicken reflects on flesh, breath, and people.