Steven G. Martin

Steven G. Martin

Steven G. Martin is a playwright based out of Lafayette, Indiana. His plays have been performed in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and the U.K. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the virtual group Playwrights Thriving.

Plays

  • Abandonment (a 1-minute play)
    ONE MINUTE. Hugh has a strong relationship with God. But when loud voices suggest that God doesn't love him, Hugh questions everything.
  • Antagonism, or, Some People Like to P*ss in the Pool (a 1-minute play)
    ONE MINUTE: An over-opinionated, loud, bossy person cannot stand that 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. There's time for a drink before dinner.
  • An Appreciation
    TEN MINUTES: 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.
  • The Baddest Kid on Emerson
    TEN MINUTES. 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: Lying on his deathbed, Montresor confesses to God how he killed Fortunato.
  • Comfort (a 1-minute play)
    ONE MINUTE: Helen and Margaret, two married women, find solace in the brief amount of time they spend together. They disagree on wanting more from one another.
  • Daniel Prillaman Really Likes Kittens
    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.
  • The Down-Low Dating Show
    FIVE MINUTES: 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.
  • Easy Target
    TWO MINUTES. 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
    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 MINUTES. As a group of men expresses frustration, loneliness and anger, Vince leads them to a solution.
  • For Richard, for Poorer
    TEN MINUTES: 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. Ralph travels to the Underworld of Greek mythology after his husband's death in order to say goodbye.
  • A Humble Path
    TEN MINUTES: 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.
  • Indomitable (a 1-minute play)
    ONE MINUTE: A violinist loses everything, except he hasn't.
  • Inez Cupcakes Starring in: "Math Problems"
    TEN MINUTES: 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...
    TEN MINUTES: 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 MINUTES: 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.
  • KiKi Pineapple Starring In: "Saving the World!"
    TEN MINUTES: 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.
  • The Lesson (a 1-minute play)
    ONE MINUTE: 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: Enid wants to be part of a pie fight. Dinah does not.
  • Miracle on Nevada State Route 375 (a 1-minute play)
    ONE MINUTE: 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 MINUTES; Jesús has a perfect meal prepared for Maddie, Marco, Lucas and Johnna. 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. 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.
    TEN MINUTES: Cassie, a 30-year-old woman who has been subjected to her parents' brutality for years, enacts her final piece of revenge at their graves.
  • Out of the Silence and Back Again (a 1-minute play)
    ONE MINUTE. La Maestra prepares to conduct a very unusual orchestra.
  • Password: 2020 Escape Room (a 1-minute play)
    ONE MINUTE. A group of 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.
  • 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.
  • Pudding
    TEN MINUTES. Claudette is upset and tries to soothe herself by making instant vanilla pudding and binge eating. Her sister Marianne, however, ruins everything.
  • Puppers
    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.
  • A Quarter Placed on Railroad Tracks
    TEN MINUTES. 18-year-old Jaske and 17-year-old Court are out in the countryside, celebrating their high school graduation.
  • Recognition
    TEN MINUTES: Wanda is being recognized for her complete oeuvre of poetry this evening. Unfortunately, she is completely 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 play)
    70-something-year-old Rae has a request for visitors as she recovers from a stroke.
  • The Rules (a 1-minute immersive play)
    ONE MINUTE: 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 MINUTES: 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: 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...
    FULL LENGTH: 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.
  • Suddenly Rippling, Out and Up (a 1-minute play)
    ONE MINUTE: 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.
  • Ten Inches are Two Lifetimes (a 1-minute play)
    ONE MINUTE: 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: 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 will grow up to become.
  • That Moment When ...
    TEN MINUTES: 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.
  • Trivial
    TEN MINUTES: Hollis prepares herself with lists of facts so she can succeed in her mission.
  • Uncomfortable (a 1-minute play)
    ONE MINUTE: 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.
  • White Noise
    FIVE MINUTES: 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 MINUTES: 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: August is almost over, which prompts Tim to ask Win a question.
  • /ärt/
    TEN MINUTES: Emotions run high in the judges room during an art competition. Two judges implore the third judge to vote in favor of their favorites, and when the artists are invited for interviews chaos erupts.
  • 38 Cookies, 39 Reasons
    TEN MINUTES: 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?
  • 153
    TEN MINUTES: The three characters are representations of the same man at ages eighteen, forty-five and ninety. The middle-aged man and the young man are traveling through 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. The elderly man arrives and takes charge, granting the forgiveness to the other two...
    TEN MINUTES: The three characters are representations of the same man at ages eighteen, forty-five and ninety. The middle-aged man and the young man are traveling through 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. The elderly man arrives and takes charge, granting the forgiveness to the other two and all the choices they made that inflicted suffering on themselves.