. Coleman

. Coleman

Harboring no regret, as an adolescent, Coleman fled from Oklahoma. He hid out in New York’s Finger Lakes until his arrest. Upon his release, he pretended to study in Ann Arbor, then disguised himself as various professionals in the alleys, lofts and high-rises of Chicago. At the age of 50, he moved to a cabin in a Wisconsin woods, became a lumberjack, and that’s okay. Now in his dotage, he raises chickens,...
Harboring no regret, as an adolescent, Coleman fled from Oklahoma. He hid out in New York’s Finger Lakes until his arrest. Upon his release, he pretended to study in Ann Arbor, then disguised himself as various professionals in the alleys, lofts and high-rises of Chicago. At the age of 50, he moved to a cabin in a Wisconsin woods, became a lumberjack, and that’s okay. Now in his dotage, he raises chickens, trains dogs and writes plays to amuse and frighten himself. He rides a bike.

Coleman is the author of an award-winning memoir (SPOKE), a novel (KIDNAPPING HENRY KISSINGER). He has written more than 40 plays, with productions in Wisconsin, Iowa, Chicago, New York, Seattle and London. His work has been featured in numerous journals, including the Vassar Review and the Midwest Review,

Plays

  • To Speak So Forthrightly As To Offend
    1968. Oklahoma. A black nurse and a black state senator rescue and obtain freedom for an illegally confined white activist woman. A true story.
  • 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.
  • Members Only
    An aging man recalls his work as a doorman at Alfie's, a Chicago Rush Street gay bar in 1976, where he was charged with making sure no black people were admitted.

    Published in anthology, 2021 by Blue Heron Book Works
  • Wasted on the Young
    Sentenced to community service for driving without a license, a very old man delivers a humorously heartbreaking lecture on the perils of growing old. In a cruel twist, the audience sees the old couple as they see themselves - forever young.
  • Sic Semper Tyrannus
    Ramsey Clark is assigned to defend William Barr. Somehow it all makes sense.
  • The Affliction
    A petrified man is discovered by a colleague entering his office. When a second man arrives, they have to decide what to do to avoid their own petrification while also hiding the affliction from prying eyes.
  • Next
    In a timeless place, two humans confront their futures at the behest of a sadistic clerk.
  • The Insurrectionists
    Two men sit on a bench in a shared cell. One man in his 30s, has a bare torso and is wearing a fur cape and a headdress with horns. the other man is much older, conservatively dressed, and is a person of color.
  • Korbel
    Inspired by a true story, an inmate returns to his cell following a stint in solitary, to find an empty dog crate and no information on the labrador he was raising to be a guide dog for the blind.
  • Palimpsest
    History has been scrubbed. A man faces a mid-life reckoning in his closet in the midst of a pandemic.
  • 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.