Steven G. Martin

Steven G. Martin

I am a playwright based out of rural Indiana. My plays have been performed in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, West Virginia, and the U.K. I am a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the virtual group Playwrights Thriving. No, I'm not that Steve Martin but I do O.K.

Plays

  • The Lingering Scent of Oranges
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Sixty-four-year-old Melinda is standing in her living room during the Winter Solstice, evaluating how she looks in a swimsuit and pondering traveling to the southern hemisphere. Robin, her older sister, reminds her that's not how things are done.
  • Snacks, Drugs, and the Sexual Appetites of the Gays
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Newlyweds Aiden and Jake are glad to have time to themselves as their wedding day concludes. But helicopter parents Cathleen and Merle intervene to make sure their little man Aiden is all set for losing his virginity.

    Trigger warnings: Irredeemable content including gay sex practices, pornography, Viagra, and references to Days Inn, Saturday Night Live and the Food Network. Nasty, vile stuff.
  • The Savior [a monologue]
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Gabriel Salvatore III's life was ruined by a dead six-year-old boy. He's ready to reclaim it.
  • This Cow and That Trombone
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Suzie is a dairy cow who wants more out of life than giving milk and, eventually, becoming a fast-food sandwich. But she is warned that "more" isn't part of a cow's life. Everything changes when she and her friend Effie come across a trombone in a pasture on the farm.
  • A Humble Path [a monologue]
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Abe, a sheepish man in his late 30s to early 40s, puts himself through a test to better understand his true nature. He understands his true nature and rejects it.
  • A Minute Past Midnight on Valentine's Day, or, the Untold Truth about Romantics [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Morgan has a secret admirer but she isn't thrilled with them at the moment. Cold, tired, and probably a little wet, she vents to her friend Robin at the site of a supposed rendezvous.
  • A Quarter Placed on Railroad Tracks
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. 18-year-old Jaske and 17-year-old Court are out in the countryside, celebrating their high school graduation.
  • Abandonment [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Hugh has a strong relationship with God. But when loud voices suggest that God doesn't love him, Hugh questions everything.
  • Alone, Alone, Alone, Alone, Alone [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Trystan needs help, but can he accept it?
  • Antagonism, or, Some People Like to P*ss in the Pool [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. An over-opinionated, loud, bossy person cannot stand three people are quietly minding their own business, enjoying their leisure time in a way that makes them happy. So, the antagonist takes action.
  • An Apéritif [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. There's time for a drink before dinner.
  • An Appreciation
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Jaded, conniving, bored spectators have little interest in discussing art prior to the unveiling of a new work. When they see the new piece, however, they are stunned by the beauty before them.
  • Bonus Point [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. The inquisitive students in Mrs. Budde's education pod at the Neil Armstrong Memorial Multipurpose Structure for Multimodal Education have a lot of questions about things outside their everyday experience.
  • Charles Foster Kane in Iowa [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Discovering your life's passion can happen any time, anywhere. Even an Orson Welles retrospective festival at a Waterloo, Iowa, movie theater.
  • Comfort [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. In 1955, Helen and Margaret, two married women, find solace in the brief amount of time they spend together. But they disagree on wanting more from one another.
  • Daniel Prillaman Really Likes Kittens
    THREE-MINUTE PLAY. When his neighbor Mrs. Trelawney Justice asks if he would be willing to care for a kitten, Daniel Prillaman agrees to take on the task.
  • Easy Target [a monologue]
    TWO-MINUTE PLAY. Before he attends a meeting with colleagues, Nathan goes on the attack, tearing down a key member of his team.
  • Emily McClain is Obsessed with Groups of 3
    TWO-MINUTE P LAY. Playwright Emily McClain needs to tell you something. She yearns to speak the truth. She is ready to talk about the reality of things.
  • Exhale
    TWO-MINUTE PLAY. As a group of men expresses frustration, loneliness and anger, Vince leads them to a solution.
  • Fold [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Aunt Maxine and Kendra, her niece, are folding men's dress shirts as part of a larger plan. Maxine, though, has second thoughts.
  • For Richard, for Poorer
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Eddie is having a difficult day. Neither sublime affirmations from https://www.louisehay.com nor the perfect lemon sponge cake with raspberry filling can help. Sure he's getting married to the man he loves -- a Baptist, bisexual, vegetarian accordion player -- but he realizes that he himself isn't interesting or layered enough to make the marriage last 'til death do they part.
  • Going through Hell
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY. Ralph travels to the Underworld of Greek mythology after his husband's death in order to say goodbye.
  • I Don't Like Theatre [a monologue]
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. What was Don's daughter thinking when she bought him season tickets? Don doesn't like the shows, he doesn't like the stories. He doesn't have high expectations for tonight. There was an actor, once, though ...
  • Indomitable [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. A violinist loses everything, except he hasn't.
  • Inez Cupcakes Starring in: "Math Problems"
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Third-grade student Inez Cupcakes is good at math. She is especially good at multiplying numbers in her head very quickly, to the amusement of her friends and delight of her teacher. But Inez's friends talk with her only about math, she may become the teacher's pet, and a jealous student asks her to answer incorrectly once in a while. Inez has math problems, and not the fun kind she...
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Third-grade student Inez Cupcakes is good at math. She is especially good at multiplying numbers in her head very quickly, to the amusement of her friends and delight of her teacher. But Inez's friends talk with her only about math, she may become the teacher's pet, and a jealous student asks her to answer incorrectly once in a while. Inez has math problems, and not the fun kind she likes to solve; but with gentle coaxing from her teacher Miss Ella Louella Santa Rose Plum, Inez knows the best answer to all of them.
  • It's an Espresso Drink with Foamy Steamed Milk
    TWO-MINUTE PLAY. Stella and Stellan spend the last two minutes of Earth's existence complaining about how terrible Tuesdays are, discussing out-of-production lip balm and sipping macchiatos.
  • Kairos [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Anson chooses this moment to tell Daisy something important in this romantic drama.
  • KiKi Pineapple Starring In: "Saving the World!"
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Third-grader KiKi Pineapple uses her imagination to defeat enemies of Earth during recess, but her empathy and kindness are what saves the day when a bossy classmate makes fun of her.
  • Mahatma, Martin, Mother Theresa, and You [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. There are a lot of problems out there. Nadine bemoans the lack of people who care about the world, who will do their best to improve the lives of others with compassion, care, and humanitarianism. Isobel then points out the obvious. Hey, you gotta start somewhere, right?
  • Miracle on Nevada State Route 375 [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Simone wonders what all the fuss is about while her husband runs around naked off the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada's High Basin Desert just after 6 in the morning. Gale then points out the obvious.
  • Modern Miracle
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Jesús has a perfect meal prepared for Maddie, Marco, Lucas, and Johanna. Their tastes and preferences may frustrate him so much, though, that this could be the last supper for this group of friends.
  • Normalcy [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Maria, the office place lemon face, is ready to give Ginny a piece of her mind. Because sometimes things like that have to happen.
  • O.B.O. [a monologue]
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Cassie, a 30-year-old woman who has been subjected to her parents' brutality for years, recounts her revenge at their graves and enacts the final part.
  • Out of the Silence and Back Again [an immersive 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. La Maestra prepares to conduct an unusual orchestra.
  • Password: 2020 Escape Room [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Five friends are desperate to exit a 2020-themed escape room before time runs out. Too bad the spirit of 2020 doesn't want the fun to end.
  • Perseus and the Pretty Purple Pickles: A short play for young audiences [co-written with DC Cathro]
    6 pages. Perseus is on a quest for Mommy! She needs a jar of pretty purple pickles, and Perseus meets lots of friends along the way! An adventure in manners for young audiences!

    This script is also available on DC Cathro's NPX page: https://newplayexchange.org/plays/1669351/perseus-and-pretty-purple-pickles
  • Pudding
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Claudette is upset and tries to soothe herself by making instant vanilla pudding and binge eating. Her sister Marianne ruins everything.
  • Puppers [a monologue]
    THREE-MINUTE PLAY. Upon awakening, Puppers is off and running. This puppy is full of vim, vigor, playful exuberance, and perhaps a wandering mind that is instantly transfixed by whatever crosses it.

    "Puppers" is a monologue about enthusiasm, joy, exploration, energy, and good cheer as shown through the comic antics of an eight-month-old puppy.
  • Recognition [a monologue]
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Wanda is being recognized for her collective oeuvre of poetry this evening. Unfortunately, she is aware that her mastery of words, images and poetic devices is slipping away.

    "Recognition" is a monologue for a middle-aged female actor that explores no longer being able to do what one was meant to do.
  • Reduction [a 1-minute monologue]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. 70-something-year-old Rae has a request for visitors as she recovers from a stroke.
  • Resolved [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY: It's the first few moments of the new year. Gibb has made a decision.
  • Suddenly Rippling, Out and Up [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Dad soothes Teddy, his eight-year-old son, and assuages his bedtime fears of dying. But Teddy's fears shine a light on Dad's dark emotions.
  • Swish [a monologue]
    TWO-TO-FIVE-MINUTE PLAY. Ty is preparing to shoot free throws. He knows you're out there, screaming and yelling, attacking him, his family, and his life. But you have no power. He is in control. And he'll let you know.
  • Ten Inches are Two Lifetimes [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Third-Year Scholar Novotny and Distinguished Professor Andraslev survey a park covered with several growths of lichen. The future plans for the area depend on what the pair learn about the past while in the present.
  • That Kind of Boy [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Karl and Jerz, two men in their 30s, watch as nine-year-old Petey examines and is completely enthralled by flowers. They just don't understand Petey's interest and consider what that kind of boy he will grow up to become.
  • That Moment When ...
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. College-aged students Paul and Con notice one another for the first time. The pulse quickens, breathing turns shallow, gazes linger, but neither can bring himself to say anything to the other.
  • The Baddest Kid on Emerson
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Teenage siblings Vince and Violet are excited to finally meet neighborhood legend Keith Liddell -- the toughest, meanest, baddest kid in the history of Emerson Avenue. The meeting takes a turn for the worse when their image of the childhood legend doesn't mesh with the reality of the adult version.
  • The Cask of Amontillado, adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's short story of the same name
    ONE-ACT PLAY. Lying on his deathbed, Montresor confesses to God how he killed Fortunato.
  • The Down-Low Dating Show
    FIVE-MINUTE PLAY. Dick Overtron, a married man, just wants to have sex with another guy. So he appears as a contestant on the hottest show in the world, The Down-Low Dating Show, in hopes of finding the sort of hot, masculine buddy he wants and deserves while his wife travels on a tour bus. It's a shame things go wrong.
  • The Happy Incident on Aisle 5 of the Delicioso Food Market & Deli at 11:47 P.M., or, In Passing [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Cheer can bubble up in the most unlikely of places. (A bit of music helps.)
  • The Lesson [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. 9-year-old Dylan receives a lesson in becoming a man from his older brother Connor.
  • The Little American Pie Fight [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. Enid wants to be part of a pie fight. Dinah does not.
  • The Paths - early draft
    Perhaps for the first time, HERO must make a major decision that permanently affects where life will lead. Many OPTIONS beckon, not all of them good, but the choices must be made, the journey continued.

    "The Paths" is an experimental, near-silent, multi-scene, movement-dominated play about choices made, paths chosen and disregarded, and the first and final moments that bookend life.
  • The Rules [an immersive 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY The group has assembled in a safe space, but the enemy approaches. The rules for surviving are laid out.
  • The Springboard, or: What a Play Is or Can Be or Will Be, or: a Thank-You Note to Matthew Weaver
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. A playwright plagued by the vocal few receives an affirmation about what theatrical plays can be, and how they can reach people thanks to the support and artistry of Matthew Weaver of Spokane, Washington.
  • The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V.
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY The highlight of forty-year-old Benny V.'s day is eating his microwaved dinner and falling asleep at 8 p.m. in his apartment decorated with old college dormitory furniture. Then a mysterious invitation leads Benny V. on a journey that connects him with new people, places, and experiences. "The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V." looks at how we engage the world and how...
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY The highlight of forty-year-old Benny V.'s day is eating his microwaved dinner and falling asleep at 8 p.m. in his apartment decorated with old college dormitory furniture. Then a mysterious invitation leads Benny V. on a journey that connects him with new people, places, and experiences. "The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V." looks at how we engage the world and how going outside our comfort zone affects our lives.
  • There Were No Homoerotic Undertones, But At Least There Was Cheese
    FIVE-MINUTE PLAY. James tries to figure out why his gay buddy Bill is trying so hard to help him.
  • There Will Be Sounds [an immersive play for a large, teeming outdoor location]
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. A conductor and orchestra perform John Cage's 4'33" (or "four minutes, thirty-three seconds") in a large, outdoor location teeming with people.
  • Trivial [a monologue]
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Hollis prepares herself with lists of facts so she can succeed in her mission to say goodbye.
  • Uncomfortable [a 1-minute monologue]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. On a busy street during a hot summer day in Indianapolis, William asks for help. No one chooses to see him. No one chooses to hear him.
  • Untimely, or, the Joy of Procrastination
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. College-aged Chuck doesn't understand how his fiancée Ginny fails to realize that everything depends on finishing her project on time: her class grade, her graduation schedule, their future together. And why is she surfing the Cleveland Clinic website instead?

    Relax. Ginny's got this.
  • White Noise
    FIVE-MINUTE PLAY. An ever-growing chorus of diverse voices speaks against the rise of hatred, bias and inequality due to religious and ethnic or racial differences. More of the disenfranchised seek to share their story, seek to be understood by white, Christian Americans, which could lead to uncomfortable conversations and soul searching. What can white Americans do as internal strife grows?

    The...
    FIVE-MINUTE PLAY. An ever-growing chorus of diverse voices speaks against the rise of hatred, bias and inequality due to religious and ethnic or racial differences. More of the disenfranchised seek to share their story, seek to be understood by white, Christian Americans, which could lead to uncomfortable conversations and soul searching. What can white Americans do as internal strife grows?

    The perfect remedy: a 2-CD compilation called "White Noise," which plays over the complexity of today's world with soothing, easy-to-appreciate babble of little consequence. Available at several convenient locations, including most broadcast and print media.
  • Win and Tim and the Unlikelihood of Living Forever [a 1-minute play]
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. August is almost over. It prompts Tim to ask Win a question.
  • You Need Nutmeg in Fishkill
    ONE-ACT PLAY. Welcome to 1960! Welcome to the Joneses' home in the village of Fishkill, New York! Teenager Janie feels like an outcast in school and preteen Buddy has brought home a stray. Father has got a lot to sort through when he returns home from the daily ritualistic virgin sacrifice. Luckily, Mother has a tray of snacks.

    Trigger Warnings: tasteless, crude, deviant, violent, and unproduceable content.
  • 153
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. A middle-aged man and a young man stop in a barren, desolate space. They fold clothes and place them into suitcases for their next journey. But arguments arise about leadership and bad life choices.
  • 38 Cookies, 39 Reasons [a monologue]
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. There are a lot of reasons Terry will eat a family-size package of chocolate sandwich cookies tonight. Some are reasons the audience wants to hear, some aren't: bland, apologetic, comic, derisive, and defiant. Do you want milk with that?
  • 60-Second Universes (a 1-minute appreciation)
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY. A theater stage fills as Rose and Steve reminisce about the 20 years they have directed a one-minute play festival. It's time to begin.
  • /ärt/
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY. Emotions run high in the judges room during an art competition. Two judges implore the third judge to vote for their favorites, and when the artists are invited for interviews chaos erupts.