Glenn Alterman

Glenn Alterman

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Glenn Alterman’s plays have been performed in over 200 venues in over 30 states, throughout Europe, and in Asia. Theaters that have produced his plays include La Mama, Primary Stages, Samuel French OOB Play Festival, Barrington Stage Theater Co., HERE Theater, American Renaissance Theater, Urban Stages, John Drew Theater, Artistic New Directions, Circle Rep Theater, Nylon Fusion...
GLENN ALTERMAN BIO
Glenn Alterman’s plays have been performed in over 200 venues in over 30 states, throughout Europe, and in Asia. Theaters that have produced his plays include La Mama, Primary Stages, Samuel French OOB Play Festival, Barrington Stage Theater Co., HERE Theater, American Renaissance Theater, Urban Stages, John Drew Theater, Artistic New Directions, Circle Rep Theater, Nylon Fusion Theater, New Circle Theater Company, Gallery Players, Turnip Theater, Polaris North Theater, T. Schrieber Studio, The Workshop Theater Company, Emerging Artists Theater Company, The Village Playwrights, Circle East Theater Company, Ego Actus Theater Company, The West Bank Café Theater, Pittsburgh Rep, Short + Sweet Sydney, Bloomington Playwrights Theater Project, Deep South Writers Conference, Actors Collaborative Toledo ACT, Theater 40 (Beverly Hill Rep), Stray Kats Theater Company, Phoenix Theater, Riverside Theater, Howmet Playhouse/The Playhouse at White Lake, South Street Players, Parrish Players, Orange County (Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center), Cider Hill Playhouse, Playa de Luna, Nantucket Short Play Festival, Birdhouse Theater (winner, Edgefest)West Coast Ensemble, among others
Many of his 31 theater related and original monologue books are published by Smith and Kraus Publishers. Other Alterman books and plays are published by Applause Publishing, Playscripts, Heuer Publishing, Allworth Press, Prentice Hall, Pioneer Publishing, Meriwether, and JAC Publications. Many of his short plays and monologues are published in 20 Smith and Kraus “10-Minute Plays” and “Men’s/Women’s” Monologue Anthologies.
Commissions include D.I.F.F.A. (Design Industries Foundation for AIDS) For Heartrstrings, and E. Weissman Productions for the book for the musical, Kiss Me When It’s Over (that starred and was directed by Andre DeShields).
He is a double French Arts Grant recipient, the winner of the Arts and Letters Award In Drama, a Jerry Kaufman Award recipient, a 4 time Heideman Award finalist, among many other playwriting awards.
Glenn’s plays and monologues are published by Playscripts, Smith and Kraus Publishers, Prentice Hall, Heuer Publishing, Brooklyn Publishers, and Next Stage Press.
His play Like Family was optioned by Red Eye Films. His play The Danger of Strangers is presently being filmed by Native Wind Media/Double J Productions.

Plays

  • Drinks With New Friends
    In this 10-minute play, 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 a 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...
    In this 10-minute play, 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 a 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.
  • 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 realise they have a great deal in commo

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Pain In the Poetry (aka YOURS AND MINE)
    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.
    10 minute play
  • TIM- MONOLOGUE
    Tim tells a terrifying life and death experience he had with a close friend
  • GAYS
    GAYS is an evening of gay theater, comprised of 5 short plays and 7 monologues.
    The individual plays and monologues were developed over 30 years in over 50 theaters.
    SECOND TIERS (10 minutes)
    2M- both in their 40’s to 50’s
    Synopsis
    It is the day of the Fantasy Fest festival in Key West, Florida. Jimmy Olsen (Superman’s friend and secret partner) and Robin (Batman’s partner)...
    GAYS is an evening of gay theater, comprised of 5 short plays and 7 monologues.
    The individual plays and monologues were developed over 30 years in over 50 theaters.
    SECOND TIERS (10 minutes)
    2M- both in their 40’s to 50’s
    Synopsis
    It is the day of the Fantasy Fest festival in Key West, Florida. Jimmy Olsen (Superman’s friend and secret partner) and Robin (Batman’s partner) are sitting alone in their bar, Champs, talking. Jimmy is fondly remembering his days with Superman, while Robin is trying to get him to leave and join the festivities outside. As they begin to argue, Jimmy reveals the reason for his rant. As they talk we realize how their past relationships have dramatically influenced the men that they have become.
    REUNION (10 minutes)
    1M 1F- They both can be played from 30’s to 50’s
    Synopsis
    Heidi is sitting at a bar in new York, when Marvin, a stranger, comes over to her. Sharon is very intrigued by the reserved Marvin and they start a conversation. As they continue to talk Heidi learns that they have a great deal in common.
    THE KINDNESS OF ENEMIES (10 minutes)
    1 and 2 can be played by two actors in their mid 20’s to 40’s. They should both be around the same age (give or take a few years). Casting of these roles can vary.
    1 and 2 can be played by: Two male actors. The director can decide who plays 1 and who plays 2.
    Two female actors. Again, the director can decide who plays 1 and who plays 2.
    Synopsis:
    1 and 2 met in a bar at Happy Hour, went home to 1’s house and have just finished having sex. Their playful banter soon reveals why they really went to the bar and what they’re really looking for.
    MAKING MERRY BI THE FERRY (10 minutes)
    2M, 2F- Can be played by actors in their late 20’s to late 40’s. Both couples should be about the same age.
    Synopsis:
    Jules and Jim told their wives that they were going to play cards, but actually they’ve snuck off to Sayville to catch a ferry to the hedonistic “Island of Fire”. As they wait for the ferry to arrive Jim begins to have second thoughts. Jules tries to convince him what an exciting great time awaits for them on the Island of Fire. We soon discover the truth about the men’s marriages and their friendship. Then, while waiting for the ferry-- something totally unexpected occurs.
    TWO LADIES SITTING IN A GARDEN (20 minutes)
    2W (60’s to 70’s)
    1M (30’s to 50’s)
    Synopsis:
    Marla and Helene, two gay women, are sitting in the garden area of their assisted living home. Helene is expecting a very important message that could potentially change their friendship. As they wait, they discuss their lives, loves, and what it was like being gay when they were younger many years ago.
    MONOLOGUES
    All the monologues in GAYS are from the monologue plays, God In Bed, Kiss Me When It’s Over, Bar N(one), and Tourists of the Mindfield.
    Piano Man (m)- 30’s to 60’s
    Brian (m)- an older gentleman
    Lilliane- (f) 30’s to 40’s
    Carousel (m)- 30’s to 50
    Larry (m) middle aged
    Myra (m or f)- 40’s to 60



  • 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.
    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
  • WOMEN AT A WINDOW, MEN ON A BENCH (Three Thrillers)
    The play is comprised of three thrillers:
    1. The Sealing of Ceil
    2. Time Wounds All Heels
    3. Like Family
    In 2 of the plays (The Sealing of Ceil and Like Family) the leading lady stands at a window at significant times in the play
    In Time Wounds All Heels, the entire action all takes place on a bench in a park
  • TENDER IS THE GYM
    It's 4 AM in the small weightlifting room of a gym. George and Harold are working out. George engages Harold in conversation. As they get to know each other George makes a very strange request of Harold. Harold doesn't know what to make of it. George persists in his request. As the play continues we discover who George, Harold and soon Gloria really are and -- and what their relationship is to one...
    It's 4 AM in the small weightlifting room of a gym. George and Harold are working out. George engages Harold in conversation. As they get to know each other George makes a very strange request of Harold. Harold doesn't know what to make of it. George persists in his request. As the play continues we discover who George, Harold and soon Gloria really are and -- and what their relationship is to one another
    "Like Edward Albee mixed with Tennessee Williams"- Josh Kimert, literary manager, Gower Street Players
  • Love Me, Love My Work
    Jane is furious that Ned has told Sarah that he hated her new play. Ned vehemently denies this. As we discover the truth about this, we learn about the unique relationship between Ned and Jane-- and the creative life and death power she has.
  • 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.
    10 minute play

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Two Ladies Sitting in A Garden
    Marla and Helene, two older gay woman are staying at an assisted living facility. Marla, who recently suffered a stroke is very unhappy being there. Helene, is a loving supportive friend. They talk about what their lives were like before they moved into the assisted living facility. And then something changes both of their lives
  • The Kindness of Enemies
    1 and 2 have met at a bar at Happy Hour and have one home to 2's home to have sex. The play begins after they've had sex and are dressed. The subject of love comes up As the 2 discuss love and having a relation they reveal what they really want in life. 1 and 2 can. be played by a man and woman, or 2 men, or 2 women.
  • 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
  • War of the Waves
    The story of a teacher of religion in a college in Boston. We learn of his family turmoil and the impact it's had on his family and on his religious and personal life.
  • 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,
  • Home Three
    Gayle and Jayne are having a discussion about their relationship during a ZOOM private class session. Gayle is confined to her mothers home during the Covid epidemic and is very unhappy. We learn about both of these women, their lives, and about the life of Gayle's mother in this 9 minute play.
  • ETHAN- a monologue
    Ethan is a war veteran who lives life on his own terms (Written in verse. Part of the monologue Play, Tourists Of the Mindfield.) Selected to be in the Talking Horse Monologue Competition.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bar N(one)
    This is still a work in progress.
    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 (...
    This is still a work in progress.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Fifty, With Mickey
    It is Rob's fiftieth birthday. He and his partner Mike have gone to Disneyland to celebrate. While alone, sitting on the terrace of their hotel room, Rob has a very unusual experience. When Mike comes out to join him on the terrace Mike tells him what happened.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TALKING TO STRANGERS IN BARS
    He and She, two strangers,, have just met in a bar at Happy Hour. They've had a few drinks and are having fun, until.. they open up to each other about why they're really there.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • FORGETTING TO FORGIVE
    While watching the Jay Leno show MOM decided to commit suicide. She decided to call SON first. Fortunately it doesn't work out. In this play SON and MOM discover how much they both have in common.