Glenn Alterman

Glenn Alterman

Glenn Alterman is a multi award winning playwright, the author of thirty three theater related books (including ten books of original monologues), a screenwriter, and a highly respected monologue/audition acting coach.
He is the recipient of a 2 French Arts Grant, The Arts and Letters Award In Drama, The Reva Shiner Award, a Jerry Kaufman Award Recipient, a 5 time Actors Theater of Louisville finalist...
Glenn Alterman is a multi award winning playwright, the author of thirty three theater related books (including ten books of original monologues), a screenwriter, and a highly respected monologue/audition acting coach.
He is the recipient of a 2 French Arts Grant, The Arts and Letters Award In Drama, The Reva Shiner Award, a Jerry Kaufman Award Recipient, a 5 time Actors Theater of Louisville finalist, and a winner of over 55 playwriting contests.
He holds the world record for being “The Author of The Most Published Original Monologues For Actors” (RecordSetter.com-- and soon The Guinness Book of World Records)
His plays and monologues have appeared in over 40 Best Play, Best Short Play and Best Monologue anthologies.
His book Writing The Ten-Minute Play (Applause Cinema and Theater Books), is now part of the curriculum of many college playwriting courses.
Mr. Alterman's play, The Danger Of Strangers, which originally starred James Gandolfini and Susan Aston, and which has had over 40 productions, was optioned by Double J Films, to be made into a full length feature film. He will be writing the screenplay. Like Family and The Pecking Order, were optioned by Red Eye Films (with Alterman writing the screenplay). His play, Solace, was produced off-Broadway by the Circle East Theater Company (formerly Circle Rep Theater Company)..
Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda won the Three Genres Playwriting Competition- twice. The prize included ongoing publication of the play (along with plays by Edward Albee and William Inge) in the Prentice Hall textbook The Writing of Poetry, Prose and Drama. It is one of the most widely used writing textbooks in colleges today
Mr. Alterman wrote the book for Heartstrings: The National Tour (commissioned by DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation for Aids), a thirty-five city tour that starred Michelle Pfeiffer, Ron Silver, Susan Sarandon, Marlo Thomas, and Sandy Duncan. Other plays include Kiss Me When It’s Over (commissioned by E. Weissman Productions), starring and directed by André De Shields; Tourists of the Mindfield (finalist in the L. Arnold Weissberger Playwriting Competition at New Dramatists); and Street Talk/Uptown (based on his monologue books), produced at the West Coast Ensemble.
Mr. Alterman’s work has been performed at Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater (EST), Circle in the Square Downtown, HERE, LaMaMa, Circle Repertory Theater Company, at the Duplex, Playwrights Horizons, at several theaters on Theater Row in New York, as well as at many theaters around the country and on three continents.
www.Glennaltermanplaywright.com

Plays

  • Sunset at Santorini
    Harry and Sylvia, Tim and Janet have just met and are having drinks at a cafe with a breathtaking view of the Santorini sunset in Greece. Harry is little drunk and is encouraging Janet and Tim to move to Santorini to live with him and Janet when they buy a home there. The conversation is playful and fun until something happens that changes the mood. Very soon all four of their lives will change dramatically....
    Harry and Sylvia, Tim and Janet have just met and are having drinks at a cafe with a breathtaking view of the Santorini sunset in Greece. Harry is little drunk and is encouraging Janet and Tim to move to Santorini to live with him and Janet when they buy a home there. The conversation is playful and fun until something happens that changes the mood. Very soon all four of their lives will change dramatically.
    Will be published by HEUER PUBLISHING later this year (2020).
  • Bar N(one)
    The play is comprised of 22 monologues that all take in "every bar, every kind of bar, everywhere". The monologues are introduced by The Storyteller, whose grandmother raised him in bars.The monologues vary in style, mood and story. Since these are all monologues, it's been called THE PERFECT ZOOM PLAY. The play is still workshopping, but just a bit (order of monologues, number of actors needed...
    The play is comprised of 22 monologues that all take in "every bar, every kind of bar, everywhere". The monologues are introduced by The Storyteller, whose grandmother raised him in bars.The monologues vary in style, mood and story. Since these are all monologues, it's been called THE PERFECT ZOOM PLAY. The play is still workshopping, but just a bit (order of monologues, number of actors needed, etc), but for the most part it is ready for production.
  • DITMAS
    Sharon is drunk in a bar in New York. Mel, a stranger, comes to her rescue when she falls off her bar stool. Sharon is very turned on by the reserved Mel. Soon they realize they attended the same Junior High School. As the two talk they soon they have a great deal in common.
    DITMAS will be published/licensed by HEUER PUBLISHING in the new couple of months. Published in The Best 10-Minute Plays of 2017...
    Sharon is drunk in a bar in New York. Mel, a stranger, comes to her rescue when she falls off her bar stool. Sharon is very turned on by the reserved Mel. Soon they realize they attended the same Junior High School. As the two talk they soon they have a great deal in common.
    DITMAS will be published/licensed by HEUER PUBLISHING in the new couple of months. Published in The Best 10-Minute Plays of 2017, Smith and Kraus Publishers. To date there have been over 45 productions.
  • The Pain In the Poetry
    While Pam is quietly knitting on her rocking chair, her husband Sheridan sheepishly enters the room. Slowly he confesses a secret to her- for quite a while he’s been writing a play. Pam is shocked. As they talk, Pam reveals a secret that she has been keeping from him for years. Her secret is equally disturbing to him.
    The play is published by PLAYSCRIPTS.
    The play is also published in 2009- THE...
    While Pam is quietly knitting on her rocking chair, her husband Sheridan sheepishly enters the room. Slowly he confesses a secret to her- for quite a while he’s been writing a play. Pam is shocked. As they talk, Pam reveals a secret that she has been keeping from him for years. Her secret is equally disturbing to him.
    The play is published by PLAYSCRIPTS.
    The play is also published in 2009- THE BEST 10 MINUTE PLAYS FOR 2 OR THREE ACTORS” (Smith and Kraus)
  • BENCHMARKS
    HE approaches a lady on a bench. (SHE) is waiting for a bus. HE is carrying a large filled trash bag. SHE is carrying a small trash bag. He asks if she wouldn't mind if he join her on the bench. SHE politely lets him know that it's fine. As they sit and talk, waiting for the bus, we start learning a great deal about both of them and their lives and how much and how little they have in common...
    HE approaches a lady on a bench. (SHE) is waiting for a bus. HE is carrying a large filled trash bag. SHE is carrying a small trash bag. He asks if she wouldn't mind if he join her on the bench. SHE politely lets him know that it's fine. As they sit and talk, waiting for the bus, we start learning a great deal about both of them and their lives and how much and how little they have in common
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    BENCHMARKS will be published by HEUER PUBLISHING later this year.
  • UNHEARD
    Harold hasn't seen his father in a number of years. His father is quite ill so he decides to visit him in the hospital. The two men are obviously very uncomfortable with each other, But then something highly unusual happens. UNHEARD recently was offered a publishing/licensing contract from HEUER PUBLISHING
  • AFTER
    Helen is suffering from a serious loss in her life. She meets John and is very taken with him. The two seem to have a lot in common. As they talk we find out they are kindred spirits.
    The play is published in "2011- The Best 10-MINUTE PLAYS" SMITH AND KRAUS PUBLISHER .Over 15 productions in the US and Europe.
  • TIME WOUNDS ALL HEELS
    Ted and Tom are sitting on a bench in a park at dusk. They are there on an assignment. As they kill time, a secret is revealed that will have a tremendous impact on their future relationship.
    The play has been selected to be in THE BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS of 2016 (Smith and Kraus).
    It recently received the "Premio - Primer Premio Del Juez"-JUDGES AWARD FIRST PRIZE in the Like Family (Al...
    Ted and Tom are sitting on a bench in a park at dusk. They are there on an assignment. As they kill time, a secret is revealed that will have a tremendous impact on their future relationship.
    The play has been selected to be in THE BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS of 2016 (Smith and Kraus).
    It recently received the "Premio - Primer Premio Del Juez"-JUDGES AWARD FIRST PRIZE in the Like Family (Al Igual Que La Familia) play Festival in Barcelona, Spain!
  • Nobody's Flood
    SYNOPSIS
    Barry has returned home to Brooklyn be with his family one year after his younger brother’s death. His mother is anxious and slightly mentally unbalanced. His father doesn’t know how to help his wife. On this day they are all planning on all going to the cemetery together.
    The play goes back and forth over several years. We get to see the Rosenstein family’s life before and after the...
    SYNOPSIS
    Barry has returned home to Brooklyn be with his family one year after his younger brother’s death. His mother is anxious and slightly mentally unbalanced. His father doesn’t know how to help his wife. On this day they are all planning on all going to the cemetery together.
    The play goes back and forth over several years. We get to see the Rosenstein family’s life before and after the death of their youngest son.
    In Act 1 we see the family as life was before Mickey’s death. There is love but conflict in the family. This a family that has secrets that are about to destroy them.
    In Act 2 we see the aftermath of Mickeys death. The family is divided, but there is a great deal of love along with the pain.
    Published by HEUR PUBLISHING
  • Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda
    Yetta and Cy are having their usual morning arguments. And as usual their arguments revolve around their young son, Marty. It seems today Mart has locked himself in his bedroom and refuses to come out. Cy does everything he can to coax Marty out of the bedroom, but to no avail. When Marty finally does come out, things change dramatically in the play. Truths are told and the play takes on a new course.
    ...
    Yetta and Cy are having their usual morning arguments. And as usual their arguments revolve around their young son, Marty. It seems today Mart has locked himself in his bedroom and refuses to come out. Cy does everything he can to coax Marty out of the bedroom, but to no avail. When Marty finally does come out, things change dramatically in the play. Truths are told and the play takes on a new course.
    Winner of the THREE GENRES PLAYWRITING CONTEST (Twice) Published in- THE WRITING OF POETRY, FICTION AND DRAMA (the widely used Prentice Hall college textbook. 7th, 8th, and 9th, and 10th edition.)
    Published by Playscripts.
  • A LITTLE LOVE GOES A LONG WAY (A short monologue play)
    One night, Helen, an unhappily married woman hears a gentle knocking at her door. When she opens the door she is shocked to see her new next door neighbor, Hal. The most shocking thing about him is that he’s less than two inches
  • THE DANGER OF STRANGERS
    HE is walking down Ninth Avenue in New York City when he hears a pay phone ring. He answers it and on the other end is the voice a very seductive lady. The play begins when the HE and SHE are actually sitting in her apartment. Their conversation starts out playful and a bit seductive when something happens that changes the tone dramatically. The play was RECENTLY OPTIONED BY DOUBLE J PRODUCTIONS TO BE MADE...
    HE is walking down Ninth Avenue in New York City when he hears a pay phone ring. He answers it and on the other end is the voice a very seductive lady. The play begins when the HE and SHE are actually sitting in her apartment. Their conversation starts out playful and a bit seductive when something happens that changes the tone dramatically. The play was RECENTLY OPTIONED BY DOUBLE J PRODUCTIONS TO BE MADE INTO A FULL LEGNTH FILM!The play originally starred James Gandolphini and Susan Aston. There have been over 35 productions in the U.S. and Europe. I've listed only a few.
  • RED BIKE
    Mort and Harry, two life long friends from Brooklyn, are about to do their first drug deal. They're at Mort's house snorting coke and waiting for the drug dealers to arrive with the drugs. They plan on buying a large amount of drugs to sell and make a lot of money. Mort is very anxious. As they wait, they reminicse about good times, their friendship and a red bike. The play was originally 10-minutes...
    Mort and Harry, two life long friends from Brooklyn, are about to do their first drug deal. They're at Mort's house snorting coke and waiting for the drug dealers to arrive with the drugs. They plan on buying a large amount of drugs to sell and make a lot of money. Mort is very anxious. As they wait, they reminicse about good times, their friendship and a red bike. The play was originally 10-minutes long and was called Goin' Round On Rock Solid Ground. It was an ACTOR'S THEATER OF LOUISVILLE HEIDEMAN FINALIST.
    The language is in this version is very adult, but there is another version with less harsh language.
  • The Sealing of Ceil
    Winner of the ARTS AND LETTERS AWARD IN DRAMA. There have been some murders in Ceils building and she is terrified. Her abusive husband is of little consolation to her. Only her only friend Fran tries to help her as she sinks deeply into despair. Ceil has a secret life that no one knows about. Who the murderer is and why the murder occurred is the main focus of the play,
  • SPILT MILK
    It's three in the morning. Edna Kaplan is sitting by the window drinking tea. Her husband, Mort, wakes up and sees her sitting there. The more he inquires why she's up so early, the more annoyed she gets. Finally, frustrated, Mort gets up, makes some tea for himself, returns and decides to confront her. Secrets are revealed that may threaten their relationship. The play has received over 40...
    It's three in the morning. Edna Kaplan is sitting by the window drinking tea. Her husband, Mort, wakes up and sees her sitting there. The more he inquires why she's up so early, the more annoyed she gets. Finally, frustrated, Mort gets up, makes some tea for himself, returns and decides to confront her. Secrets are revealed that may threaten their relationship. The play has received over 40 productions in the U.S. I've listed only a few.
  • SECOND TIERS
    Jimmy (Supermans friend) and Robin (Batman's partner) are now married and own a bar in Key West. It is the day of Fantasy Fest, a big celebration and parade in Key West. Something is really bothering Jimmy. Robin does his best to find out what the problem is. PUBLISHED- Smith and Kraus BEST 10-Minute PLAYS OF 2012
  • Under Tussauds
    A man, convinced that the world is coming to an end runs from his home to Times Square. There he sees crowds of people as terrified as him. He ducks into Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, where he runs down into the basement. There he sees another woman.
  • ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
    Two men have sex at a rest area near a highway. We get to know about why they decided to go there and what their fantasies are. An Actors Theater of Louisville finalist
  • UNFAMILIAR FACES
    It is a cold winter night in an apartment in Greenwich Village in 1985. It’s 3 in the morning. Nat is awake looking out the living room window, lost in thought. His partner Joe enters from the bedroom to ask him what’s wrong. As the two talk we discover the painful events that are keeping Nat up.
  • A DOUBT MY PLAY
    A playwrights group. The PLAYWRIGHT is seated in the center with his mouth duct taped as the harsh comments about his new play fly by. What's he thinking as they criticize his play.
  • Making Merry Bi The Ferry
    Jules and Jim have snuck off for a night of fun and frivolity. They were planning on taking the ferry to "The Island of Fire", but Jim suddenly becomes fearful. Jules tries to convince that they'll never get caught and it will be a wonderful experience. Complications ensue as we discover the truth about their friendship and their relationship to their wives.
  • WOMEN AT A WINDOW
    The 3 plays that make up the play have all had productions, won awards, and two have received film options.
    Background information on the 3 one-acts that make up
    WOMEN AT THE WINDOW
    By Glenn Alterman

    This collection of plays received a French Arts Developmental Grant (2018-19)

    THE DANGER OF STRANGERS-
    There have...
    The 3 plays that make up the play have all had productions, won awards, and two have received film options.
    Background information on the 3 one-acts that make up
    WOMEN AT THE WINDOW
    By Glenn Alterman

    This collection of plays received a French Arts Developmental Grant (2018-19)

    THE DANGER OF STRANGERS-
    There have been over 35 PRODUCTIONS both in the U.S. and Europe (France, Germany, Spain)
    Original production starred **James Gandolfini and Susan Aston (Directed by Rand Foerster)- The West Bank Café Downstairs Theater
    Some notable productions/awards include:
    Circle Rep Theater Company
    Emerging artists Theater Company
    Deep South Writers Conference
    Pittsburgh Rep Theater Company
    Workshop Theater Company
    Vital Theater Company
    Act 1 Playwrights (Showtime), finalist
    George R. Kernodle Playwriting Competition
    Key West Theater Festival
    Samuel French One Act Festival, finalist
    “I was on the edge of my seat!” …Great characters” – Dan Adams, Clinton review

    LIKE FAMILY
    Optioned by Red Eye Films (For Netflix)
    Shonefeld Theater, Berlin Germany (After Folsom Festival)
    Pittsburgh New Works Festival- Thank You, Felix Productions
    The Workshop Theater Company (workshop production)
    Love Creek Productions
    “A great thriller. …Erotic… Moments of real terror.” “A classic.” --Erich Boch, Berlin after Dark
    “This one had me going from the very first moment.” “What a wild ride!”- Le Wilhelm, Managing Director, Love Creek productions

    THE SEALING OF CEIL
    Winner- THE ARTS AND LETTER AWARD IN DRAMA
    Susan Atefat Prize
    Workshop Production- Georgia State College
    Optioned by Red Eye Films (for Netflix)
    Production- The Gower Street Players, London England (also received a performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, England)
    “The dialogue and story are quite wonderful.” ---“From the very first scene Mr. Alterman takes you on an extraordinary journey that you never want to end” ---Jamal Endelist, The Journal
  • Kiss Me When It's Over
    A series of monologues (and songs) that that place in and around a piano bar. The original production starred and was directed by Andre DeShields. It also starred Helen Hanft and Susan Aston, among others. Choreography was by Wayne Cilento.
  • A Bench, A Table and 2 Chairs
    ABOUT A BENCH, A TABLE AND TWO CHAIRS (In development!)
    A collection of 5 short gay plays plus 2 additional, optional plays. The collection has not had a professional production, the individual short plays that make up the collection have all had productions, won playwriting competitions and some have been published in "Best Short Plays of the Year" anthologies. They run the gamut from...
    ABOUT A BENCH, A TABLE AND TWO CHAIRS (In development!)
    A collection of 5 short gay plays plus 2 additional, optional plays. The collection has not had a professional production, the individual short plays that make up the collection have all had productions, won playwriting competitions and some have been published in "Best Short Plays of the Year" anthologies. They run the gamut from dramatic to serio-comedic, to comedic. The only set that is needed to produce this evening of shorts is a bench, a table and two chairs.
    Each play has a small cast, 2 at the least, 4 at the most (in the last one). The same actors can work in multiple plays.
    BACKGROUND/PRODUCTION/PUBLICATION OF PLAYS
    DITMAS
    Published in "THE BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS OF 2017" (Smith and Kraus Publishers)
    Productions
    Presently over 30 productions including most recently:
    Pick of the Vine 2018 (Little Fish Theater Company)
    Le Theatre de rue Grignon, Marseilles, France
    AND (Artistic New Directions) in An Eclectic Evening of Shorts X: Boxers and Shorts)
    Nylon Fusion Theater Company
    Part of the Village Playwrights "Gay Pride and Prejudice" Festival (Staged reading)

    "You've written an exquisite play, an "instant classic". I hope this play gets many, many productions"
    - Steven Elwood, Producer

    “Really a lovely play. It is a smart, beautifully crafted two hander. Congrats on all the success.”
    Tony Phelan-- Executive Producer (Director and Writer)- Grey’s Anatomy, Madame Secretary, Law and Order (Trial By Jury) and (Creator) of Doubt

    “An instant classic, a gem. You say more in 10 pages than many playwrights say in an entire full length. Beautifully drawn characters."
    Rick Howard, Literary manager, Dramaturge

    SECOND TIERS
    Published in 2012 The BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS FOR TWO OR THREE ACTORS (Smith and Kraus Publishers)
    Productions
    Winner, Best Short Play- After Folsom Play Festival, Berlin, Germany
    The Workshop Theater Company, You Are Here Festival, New York
    Heroes and Villains Play Festival/ (Aka- This is Where I Live Now Staged Reading/Urban Stages, NYC)



    AFTER
    Published in 2011- THE BEST 10 MINUTE PLAYS FOR TWO OR THREE ACTORS (Smith and Kraus)
    Productions
    (aka AND THEN) The Gallery Players, Brooklyn NY
    Workshop Theater Company (Cold Snaps Short Play Festival)
    Village Playwrights- Reinventing Family Play Festival


    THE LAST KEY
    Production, Gallery Players, Brooklyn New York
    Part of the “Gay Pride Plays, 2018, festival, Village Playwrights


    MAKING MERRY BI THE FERRY
    Gallery Players, Black Box Festival, Brooklyn, New York
    Part of the Valentines Gay, Romance Our Way, festival, Village Playwrights


    2 additional (optional) plays that you can add to the evening if you wish. Some of the readings/workshops included them, others didn’t.

    UNFAMILIAR FACES
    Finalist: Actor’s Theater of Louisville (Heideman)
    Winner, "Best Short Play" After Folsom Short Play Festival, Berlin, Germany,
    "Honorable Mention", Trinity Church Playwriting Competition
    Productions
    Circle East (West Bank Café)
    Workshop Theater Company,
    Part of the Articulate Theater Company event, “Circling Back, A Celebration of Circle Rep”

    THE KINDNESS OF ENEMIES
    Schonefeld Theater, Berlin, Germany (Die Gute der Feinde)
    Winner, best short play (Staged reading)
    Lama Theater Company, New York (Staged Reading)
  • Sorry Doesn't Have To Mean Good Bye-Bye
    Sam has decided to end his relationship with Sue. Sue is not happy with this. The more he tries to explain why he's ending their relationship, the more enraged Sue becomes. As they talk we learn a great deal about the nature of their their relationship; it doesn't get pretty.
    The play received a production in a short play festival at Gypsy Rep Theater in Tampa Florida