Dave Osmundsen

Dave Osmundsen

Dave Osmundsen's work has been seen and developed at the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Midwest Dramatists Conference, Phoenix Theatre, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, In the Water Theatre Company, and the New American Theatre in LA. His one-act, A Firework Unexploded, was published in the inaugural issue of The Dionysian and was a semi-finalist for the NYC Audio Theatre Writing Contest. His play Stupid,...
Dave Osmundsen's work has been seen and developed at the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Midwest Dramatists Conference, Phoenix Theatre, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, In the Water Theatre Company, and the New American Theatre in LA. His one-act, A Firework Unexploded, was published in the inaugural issue of The Dionysian and was a semi-finalist for the NYC Audio Theatre Writing Contest. His play Stupid, Fat, Ugly was a semi-finalist for the 2017 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. In addition to playwriting, he has also written for StageBuddy and TheatreIsEasy and has had short stories published on ScholarsAndRogues.com. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Arizona State University.

Plays

  • Light Switch
    FULL-LENGTH: "Light Switch" follows Henry, a gay man with Asperger's Syndrome (and an obsession with 19th century British literature) in his quest for love and acceptance.
  • The Dummy Class
    Ted writes poems. Elizabeth tells jokes. Gina dances. Marcus conducts. With the Nockaquan Elementary School Talent Show coming up, these four special needs children are determined to show everyone that they are more than just the dummy class.
  • The Day I Turned Into A Bird
    While at the park one day, Kim turns into a bird. Or does she? A play about change, loss, and becoming what we want to be in this world.

    *** NOTE: The story is inspired by Aimee Bender's "The Rememberer." The playwright is in contact with the entertainment rights holders for Bender's work.
  • Making Friends Remotely
    After a virus has overtaken the nation, three people try to connect with each other virtually.
  • Only You Can Reject Jelly Beans
    Otis, a 20-something gay man, is quarantined with little to do besides eating jelly beans and reflecting on his existence.
  • The Last Shore Trip
    TEN-MINUTE: What if the best thing you can do for someone is to let them walk away? Seth and Peri grapple with this question as they reflect on the loss of their best friend Cara.
  • Accident on 80
    TEN-MINUTE: Sasha and Mikayla are two best friends whose favorite pastime is driving in traffic to see the latest major car accident. The accident they are heading for right now promises to be the biggest, most epic, and major accident in their entire lives. But a series of darkly comic events force them to consider the possibility that they could be the next accident…
  • A Firework Unexploded
    TEN-MINUTE: Ned loves fireworks. Gina doesn’t. A seemingly meaningless difference that forces them to confront their insecurities, flaws, and what they mean to each other.
  • Something for Sondra
    FULL-LENGTH: Janey Tubben, her underachieving best friend Brian, and her sassy mother Sondra are forced to navigate the rocky waters of friendship and loyalty when Sondra is diagnosed with a deadly disease right when Janey receives the opportunity of a lifetime.
  • Pix of Your Partner's Privates
    TEN-MINUTE: When Shelly is about to return to the other side of the country, her long-distance boyfriend John gives her something to remember him by...
  • Make Way
    TEN-MINUTE: When the government starts an initiative to begin humanity anew, people are paid to throw old books into a fire pit. When an idealistic young man comes across one of his favorite childhood books, he tries to save it from being burned, sparking a debate about the value of old books and ideas in a world that is trying to start over—and whether they’re worth keeping around.
  • What Price? What Glory?
    FULL-LENGTH: 1927. A young woman's adventures in silent-era Hollywood take a devastating turn.

    2014. A young actor is set to make his Broadway debut in a musical about a silent-era film actress who went missing in 1927.

    Side by side, we hear their stories.
  • Ferret Ran Away
    FULL-LENGTH: Don has broken up with his boyfriend after being diagnosed with HIV. Celia has become pregnant after a one-night encounter at a party. Will these siblings be able to cross personal and familial boundaries to reach one another in their times of need?
  • Stupid, Fat, Ugly
    FULL-LENGTH: When Mandy's younger gay brother Eric mysteriously dies, she travels to New York City to find out what exactly happened. What she discovers about her brother's death (and herself) will change her life forever.
  • The Yes Lives
    FULL-LENGTH: Alexander: Gay, cynical, and has a problem saying "yes". John: Straight, optimistic, and has no problem saying "yes". Over fifteen years, these two unlikely friends sustain each other through the highs and lows of life, and learn the consequences of saying (or not saying) the Y word.
  • The Ushers
    FULL-LENGTH: The play follows a year in the lives of a small group of ushers at a Florida community theatre. Their desires, passions, and past hurts all come out as they vie for the Usher of the Year award.
  • The Rift
    FULL-LENGTH: Two couples are irrevocably shaken by an infidelity. Will they be able to come across the rift that has come between them?