Lee R. Lawing

Lee R. Lawing

MFA from the University of South Carolina. Won the Young Playwrights Festival at Wichita State University with full length play Prosperity. Delivering Dad at the DramaRama Festival in San Francisco. A Murder of Crows and Trinkets for Jenkie were part of the WIT Kauai Shorts Festivals and The Chorus Awaits its Cue! was published as part of the anthology Off the Rocks. Most recently Crashing Through Kauai was...
MFA from the University of South Carolina. Won the Young Playwrights Festival at Wichita State University with full length play Prosperity. Delivering Dad at the DramaRama Festival in San Francisco. A Murder of Crows and Trinkets for Jenkie were part of the WIT Kauai Shorts Festivals and The Chorus Awaits its Cue! was published as part of the anthology Off the Rocks. Most recently Crashing Through Kauai was part of the 37th Annual William Inge Theater Festival in Independence Kansas.

Plays

  • Eve Addam’s Tearoom
    Eva Kochever headed a lesbian sex club called “Eve Addam’s Tearoom” in Greenwich Village in the 1920s. The New York City Police Department raided her club and she was arrested on an obscenity charge and deported back to her native Poland.
  • Eternal Caress
    One stormy night in 1900 in her home on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, Felicia Warrington confronts the ghost of her dead lover Anna whose visitation reawakens Felicia's madness around her malevolent and murderous acts of the past.
  • Never Closer Than Three Feet
    Play written as part of the 365 Women a Year Project

    MGM star Norma Shearer poses for some portraits taken by studio head photographer Ruth Harriet Louise after completing the last day of shooting of Norma's first sound film in 1929. Norma would like them to be a little more sexy than typical, but Ruth is not having any of it.
  • Kilikatkat Can’t Add to the Story
    Writer (and witch and robot) Circe Williams tries to create a new masterpiece about an armless, and mute paper umbrella un-folder named Kilikatkat who one day witnesses a horrific event that he can't post on social media much to his dreaded despair. Will Crabby Hotcakes be able to help with the latest iPhone and arms to boot?
  • The Four Marys
    When Mary, Queen of Scots traveled to France to await her marriage to the future king of France, Frances II, she traveled with her own court. Four of those young girls were also named Mary, and were from some of the noblest families in Scotland at the time: Beaton, Seton, Fleming and Livingston.
  • A Sense of Columns (A Fairy Tale with Twinks and Bears)
    Blind Felix agrees to meet a new date off the Grindr app at a designated setting between the fifth and sixth column to see if his new Bear is all that he's cracked up to be. Turns out he isn't and is more Bear than Felix had hoped for. Will his friends be able to save him in the end?
  • A Sense of Stardom (a Monologue for Mr. Microphone)
    Mr. Microphone sits in a bar in his 40th year and checks out the new Mic in town.
  • The Kiss
    Chip comes to visit a former flame Tony who tried to make him his with a wonderful and beautiful first kiss, but Young Chip ran away. Sometimes the universe will listen and give you a second chance if you just stop running.
  • A Sense of Success
    MIT graduate Benjamin is bringing his new finance Sunny home to meet his kooky, artistic parents, Ben and Margie. Will the smell coming from the living room table bring them closer together or tear them further apart?
  • Steampunk Heat
    Mike wakes up on his and Ben's anniversary to wish his love just that, but will the disclosure of an indiscretion with a guy in Steampunk attire put an end to the happy couple's celebration?
  • Victor Noir (A Monologue)
    Victor Noir comes clean about his very important role as a fertility symbol in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
  • Bless You
    Gus tries to tell his possible new "item" Sam the main reason he can't hear "Bless You" after he sneezes.
  • The Great Gay Wall Talent Show
    A group of gay immigrants are coming in droves to the The Great Gay Wall Talent Show being held at the US-Mexico Border. With harsh judges and even harsher conditions all around, will any of these individual and talented people make it through to the winner's circle?
  • Mistletoe (A Monologue)
    Mistel, Becky's childhood holiday decoration recounts a tale of murder and treachery that occurred on Christmas Day.
  • Alien Lovers and Friends
    The UFO enthusiast group “Alien Lovers and Friends” is not sure why their next alien visit isn’t happening as scheduled just outside Lebanon, Kansas at the marker for the geographic center of the contiguous United State. There are some among them who feel that perhaps the stone of communication was switched for a fake one but who among them would jeopardize their possible ascension into the mother ship?...
    The UFO enthusiast group “Alien Lovers and Friends” is not sure why their next alien visit isn’t happening as scheduled just outside Lebanon, Kansas at the marker for the geographic center of the contiguous United State. There are some among them who feel that perhaps the stone of communication was switched for a fake one but who among them would jeopardize their possible ascension into the mother ship?

    Play was inspired by the painting Flatlined by Jessica Fridrich for the Know Theater's Artist and Playwrights Festival for 2018

  • Unfrozen (A Monologue)
    Asa sits at the Cryonics Institute in the post-thawing room to adjust to being unfrozen again, but sadly Asa's hand puppet Mr. K won't wake up.
  • You All, Dammit!
    Mel and Sam are rehearsing a new play by X-Xavier Mission about the great Chinese warrior Fu Hao when Sam slips in a Y’all once again and blames it on the Southern Accenting that appears in all of Mission plays no matter the setting. But then X-Xavier Mission appears and says the Accenting comes from not ever paying homage to his/her birthplace, Pumpkintown, South Carolina. Re-writes are given out as he/she...
    Mel and Sam are rehearsing a new play by X-Xavier Mission about the great Chinese warrior Fu Hao when Sam slips in a Y’all once again and blames it on the Southern Accenting that appears in all of Mission plays no matter the setting. But then X-Xavier Mission appears and says the Accenting comes from not ever paying homage to his/her birthplace, Pumpkintown, South Carolina. Re-writes are given out as he/she tries to make amends for all the wrongs caused by this Southern Accenting by updating the new play on the spot to hopefully cleanse this issue once and for all.
  • End Tyranny Today! Join the Drone Fighting Chicks!
    A hummingbird applies to be a part of the drone fighting eagles in France by showing he's got the right amount of heart.
  • Alvivi (A Monologue)
    Alvivi Men’s Summer Sequin Sleeveless Slim Fitted Vest Fashion Tank Top T-Shirt Clubwear has a story to tell just like every piece of high fashion out there.
  • Dinky & the Dancing Bear
    Theodore Roethke suffered a heart attack and drowned in a swimming pool on August 1, 1963 while staying with his friends the Bloedels. This play is a conversation between the Dancing Bear which was one of Roethke's nicknames and Dinky, a mythical creature in a Roethke poem of the same name.
  • Red Roof (A Monologue)
    Lelei, a Pacific Islander woman who works at the front desk of the Red Roof Inn near the airport in Seattle, checks out a lone customer early one morning.
  • Bird Song
    Parker Lowman visits his second cousin Deborah to find some understanding about her mother Birdie's suicide.
  • Fairy Noodle at the Ferry Noodle House (a Monologue)
    Fairy Noodle talks about his need to become a super hero to fight the evil Ru-Bard in the Attapakee's garden. Won't you please help him by buying the Phad Kee Mao infused with Sweet, Sweet Basil which will make you sneeze and possibly toss your used brown paper napkin to the floor (snot-infused, of course), as this makes the best super hero cape.
  • Connie Williams, Pez Slayer
    Connie Williams has been troubled with three years running with what people try to tell her are allergies, but allergies in November? Connie figures out it's demons and she's also figured out how to capture them and to win the battle once and for all against them and the person who cast shade on her house in the first place.
  • God Awful Table (a monologue)
    Merelynne Hopkins reflects back on everything that led up to her sitting at the door at her cousin's wedding asking people to sign the guest book as they come in for the reception.
  • A Medal for Oslo
    The library in Oslo, North Dakota is up for the Medal of Distinction from the "Library Journal of . . . . " for a small town with the population of 2750-3000, but will the birth of octuplets by one of the townspeople derail the proud town from receiving the award?
  • Marie Antoinette (and the Cost of Living)
    An African American Marie Antoinette spends her last day in jail reflecting with her jailer about her life as a Queen.

    This is an older play that was performed at a Seattle festival called The Great Zap Dodd.
  • Ghost Hunting 101
    While touring the Rose Hill Plantation, Joey and Marigale decide to stay behind after the tour ends to see the little known Crow Girl ghost which haunts the place, at least according to a book they found on such things But it turns out the Crow Girl is a little more than they bargained for when she does appear.
  • Delivering Dad
    Three brothers, in 1996, take their father's ashes back to his special spot he wanted to rest for eternity.
  • Storm Eye Closing
    BREAKUIN2 and FLASHMONKEY try to take down the legend KILLINMESOFTLIE in the Fortnite app, but KILLINMESOFTLIE shows what becomes a legend most.
  • Crashing Through Kauai
    Jenkie Moser has come to Kauai in the early 1980s after her husband’s death to start anew and to find a purpose. Before the play begins she has met young Aaron Wood. Aaron is dealing with the probability of death at a young age and finding someone who will help him as he nears the end is of utmost importance. Set in the McBryde Sugar Planation Cemetery in Hanapepe, Hawaii, Jenkie and Aaron meet one sunny day...
    Jenkie Moser has come to Kauai in the early 1980s after her husband’s death to start anew and to find a purpose. Before the play begins she has met young Aaron Wood. Aaron is dealing with the probability of death at a young age and finding someone who will help him as he nears the end is of utmost importance. Set in the McBryde Sugar Planation Cemetery in Hanapepe, Hawaii, Jenkie and Aaron meet one sunny day to clean up the cemetery with the help of a recruit named Brody, who Aaron met stealing money from the Hindu temple on the island. As the play progresses, we meet Memory Taloo, who stumbles upon the cemetery by accident and soon remembers who Jenkie is and the purpose that Jenkie has staked for herself in the terrifying new world of the late 1980s. A cautionary tale of just how important love is, Crashing Through Kauai brings to life a small moment in 1987 that although so specific in place and time, is universal of just how fragile the world is that we live in.
  • A Murder of Crows
    A Murder of Crows provides a glimpse into the lives of a couple as they discover that sometimes the little things do matter especially when one of them is struggling to remember them. Set in the kitchen of Caroline and Aaron as they prepare a pot of soup on a winter day, the play mixes a little of the macabre and a dash of humor to show what the bond of love can provide at those times in life when it is unfairly tasked.
  • The Chorus Awaits Its Cue!
    Billie, Laddie and Joey, the Chorus of a new gay production of Macbeth, sneak a smoke break during one of the performance. As they discuss the pretty awful production they find themselves in, they discover, through all things a yogurt lid, that perhaps they are involved in something more magical after all.
  • A Pageant Fit for the Baby J
    It’s 1984 and Mary, Doris, Retha and Fairy convene on Retha’s front porch to plan the best Christmas pageant yet for their small church. Having been chosen again to direct by the Preacher’s wife June who lives across the street, Retha holds the first meeting on her front porch. But there is precious little time to waste what with the distraction of June’s husband Preacher Henry and his carrying-on with his...
    It’s 1984 and Mary, Doris, Retha and Fairy convene on Retha’s front porch to plan the best Christmas pageant yet for their small church. Having been chosen again to direct by the Preacher’s wife June who lives across the street, Retha holds the first meeting on her front porch. But there is precious little time to waste what with the distraction of June’s husband Preacher Henry and his carrying-on with his so-called cousin Bertha just across the yard and some liberal interpretations of the Bible by her friends, can Retha pull off this small feat of a repeat success for Christmas?
  • Waiting for Tipper
    Boris, Gus and John are sitting around a fire at what appears to be an assisted living facility waiting on their friend Tipper to get there with her chair, but when she arrives without one, which of the boys will give his up for the new addition around the fire? A sentimental journey to a place by the fire for any pet lovers.
  • Unspoken (a monologue)
    Play inspired by Cole Porter’s breaking of his friendship with Monty “The Beard” Woolley over several reasons, but one of them being Woolley’s affair with his handyman who happened to be African-American.
  • Turning Japanese [one minute play]
    Leigh Ann tries to explain to her new boss at the Ryobi Power Tool Plant why she came to work in an Antebellum dress.
  • Mid-Year
    Connie, Doug, Heather and Philip all show up for a meeting at a conference room they’ve never seen and with a person they’ve never heard of. When this mysterious person shows up she informs that due to budget cuts they will be playing musical chairs for their mid-year review to see which of them gets to keep her or his job.
  • Fittest
    Fittest concerns a group of friends who have taken the friendly rivalry of seeing who can get the most steps with their FitBits to a whole new level. When Sawyer texts the others to say she/he has achieved IT, the result is not quite what they expected as they now must face Sawyer who has imploded into a thousand data points and is uploading into them to share the karma of having reached FitBit Nirvana.
  • Protect the Plate
    Barrett asks Jeremy to meet him in the middle of a baseball field one early June morning in Bend, Oregon before the start of their sons' baseball tournament. Seems Barrett cannot really get over the "fling" he and Jeremy had the previous year and wants some sort of retribution for the pain he still feels over the entire affair.
  • Bless
    Inspired by the Blessings in Arizona, 92 year old Martha Bless shoots her son when she thinks she overhears he and his girlfriend Hope plotting to send her to an assisted living home. A drama played out in three monologues.
  • Just on the Other Side (a monologue)
    On July 4th, 2018, deported veteran Ricardo Manuel Aguado stands by the US-Mexican border fence at Playas de Tijuana and reflects back on his life. Monologue inspired by photographs by Justin Sullivan for Getty Images News.
  • Buffalo, (South Carolina)
    What drove the townspeople of Buffalo, South Carolina to revolt against the Woody’s Pawn ‘N Gun Shop? It seems an art installation by trans artist Augusta Winds titled "Heaven and Hell" might be the reason. With the town at the door, what can seemingly save our dynamic trio if not clowns?
  • Alice Takes the 41 (a monologue)
    Alice, a drunk homeless woman with her life in bags, steps onto the 41 for a ride in downtown Seattle one afternoon during rush hour traffic.
  • Liberty . . . or Something (a monologue)
    Wendy reflects back on why she's sitting on the top of the replica of the Statue of Liberty at the New York, New York Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 4 2018.
  • Beautiful Man
    Beautiful Man seems to start at the end of a one-night stand with Chris and David found in a darkened hotel room. However, it turns out to be an anniversary ritual for the two as they celebrate another year together, albeit with some strings attached.
  • The Man Who Wears a Bonnet (a monologue)
    Kelly reflects on the reason he wears a bonnet.
  • Emily Dickinson Talks to God, Now
    Fredericka Barnes comes back from her neighbor Emily's funeral to reflect on how much this woman knew about life despite the fact that she rarely left her home.
  • Hail, Scotch Broom!
    Newly crowned Scotch Broom Festival Queen Jenny Lynne Phillips gets a call from the Festival's new committee. This self-appointed group seem to have ideas for the weed which may put Jenny Lynne's title in jeopardy.
  • Not Funny in North Carolina (a monologue)
    Jackie Beery wants to create something universal for the masses which begins with a theme of sugar, but upon reflection, takes on a much more universal bent about love won and lost, and oh yes, stress-eating, so there's that.
  • Zombie Hurricane (Tempest in a Teacup)
    Billie, Laddie and Joey are all in a new gay production of The Tempest called Zombie Hurricane, but not all is perfect as they await news of financial backing from some kind soul. Will it come through in time to keep the show running as well as their summer stock careers or will all perish much like the titular storm without ever seeing one paying customer?
  • Trinkets for Jenkie
    Trinkets for Jenkie concerns two sons who have come to help their mother say goodbye to their childhood home. Jenkie Williams has lost her husband, and now her house, but she has gained a new following and hobby---crows. They have been flocking to her house and leaving mementoes of yesterday and a hope for tomorrow.
  • Double Blind
    Patrick and Ross sign up for the same double blind study for a test drug that is supposed to heighten one's amorous capabilities. This in the little city of Greenville South Carolina. However, their study is cut short by the winter storm Jonas and they have to take refuge at a Best Western. As the storm rages around them they realize that the storm that was supposed to blow through in a day might be...
    Patrick and Ross sign up for the same double blind study for a test drug that is supposed to heighten one's amorous capabilities. This in the little city of Greenville South Carolina. However, their study is cut short by the winter storm Jonas and they have to take refuge at a Best Western. As the storm rages around them they realize that the storm that was supposed to blow through in a day might be something more apocalyptic than they had ever imagined. A comedy about love and second chances and a rift on the current state of our dependencies on pharmaceuticals, Double Blind plays out over the few days that Jonas and Patrick and Ross all share in the supposed sunny south.
  • Murder at the Dionysus
    Murder at the Dionysus is a dark mystery inspired by the Blood Tragedies of the Renaissance in the theatrical style of Thomas Kyd or Christopher Marlowe and influenced greatly by German Expressionist art. This play explores the dark side of love, power, innocence and sophistication. The setting is Paris in 1914, but the characters could be off the streets of any big city at any time in history.
  • God's Glory
    Seems like the saintly and newly achieved centenarian, Glory Dove, of the local Greenville, South Carolina televangelism show Save-A-Lots Power Hour has just one tiny secret that is about to be exposed on the national television show Find Your Root. Senator Brewster from New York is coming to South Carolina to meet his birth mother who, as it turns out, was a Ziegfeld Follie before the days of spreading the...
    Seems like the saintly and newly achieved centenarian, Glory Dove, of the local Greenville, South Carolina televangelism show Save-A-Lots Power Hour has just one tiny secret that is about to be exposed on the national television show Find Your Root. Senator Brewster from New York is coming to South Carolina to meet his birth mother who, as it turns out, was a Ziegfeld Follie before the days of spreading the gospel with her other children. The Senator is traveling with Find Your Root host and creator Ben Spears and the senator’s personal assistant Carol Burgess. Siblings Brother Saul and Sister Ruth Dove will do anything to prevent this past transgression of their mother from being exposed in this farcical concoction of religion, politics and family.
  • Sun Devil
    In a close-by future state, one Husky Fan is all set for the kick-off at the Husky-Sun Devils football game, but then a Sun Devil Fan wades into unceremoniously into the dog pound. With his girl puppet in hand.

    Inspired by actual events at a recent Husky-Sun Devil game where a father and daughter Sun Devil fans were sparring with the Husky Fans around them although not with the language used in the play.
  • Bug Chaser (Monologue)
    Daniel tries to explain his sexual fetish to a new trick.
  • Riders, Alert!
    Freddie Acevedo wakes up every morning in terror about the future, but somehow this loop has become reality for the man in his late sixties who is tethered to another man Dahl Moser every time he wakes. These two have learned to exist in this future where the world is less populated but still a dangerous place. Dahl wakes up every night to sleep walk and ride the bus with his wife who is no longer alive, but...
    Freddie Acevedo wakes up every morning in terror about the future, but somehow this loop has become reality for the man in his late sixties who is tethered to another man Dahl Moser every time he wakes. These two have learned to exist in this future where the world is less populated but still a dangerous place. Dahl wakes up every night to sleep walk and ride the bus with his wife who is no longer alive, but sadly Dahl’s memories are clouded, and Leah never existed and he’s forgotten in is disillusions that Freddie and he were the couple in question when these nightly reminiscences begin. When the young man Bear Merrick stumbles across them one day their world is forever changed as Bear tries to push his way into their circle. Riders, Alert is as much a tale of survival as much as a love story between two men who have learned that even when all around you is taken away, there’s that undying cord of friendship and trust that can make you whole again.

    I see this as nightmare that Freddie is having because his husband Dahl has Alzheimer's.
  • Two Candles (A Monologue)
    This play was written for the Code Red/Faith Project, Shootings in Houses of Worship (1999-2018), and was written as a response to the shooting on May 18, 2001 at the Greater Oak Missionary Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, KY. This play is dedicated to Mary Ann Turner.
  • Lazy Bear Winery (A Monologue)
    August decides to indulge his fondness for sweet wines at the Lazy Bear Winery in Pickens, South Carolina.
  • Stone the Evil
    Waymo Corporation decided to hold its test drives of its driverless cars/vans in Chandler, Arizona. Not every citizen was happy about this.
  • Where Did All the Bed Bugs Go?
    GUS and SAM check into a Motel 6 where they are spending the night to participate in a big Confederate Reenactment Festival in Union, South Carolina ,but Samantha’s confession leads them down a rabbit hole of coupledom self-evaluation.
  • The Shelf Life of a Vampire
    V. comes to pay his respect at Mina's wake.
  • Take My Name Off “The List”
    Veruca Salt, the one and only from the Chocolate Factory Tour fame, shows up in Mr. S. Claus's office to demand her name be taken off "The List." She comes armed with her lawyer slash husband and newly passed data privacy laws that are giving power to the little people.
  • Alexa, Play My Favorite LP
    Ben comes home from a hard day of tug-boating and just wants to relax with Alexa, but she now speaks Chinese which is throwing off his afternoon chi just a tad.
  • When Windmills Attack!
    When Windmills attack the near the San Gorgonio Mountain Pass in the San Bernadino Mountains, Maddie is determined to put things right with her Godzilla Fan Club friends once she takes care of a little personal business on the home front with her Mom and Dad.
  • Mana del Desierto (A One Minute Play)
    One Traveler intends to commit suicide at the large-scale hand sculpture Mana del Desierto by sculptor Mario Irarrázabal located in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Another Traveler has other ideas.
  • Rock, Paper . . . What?
    Karen and Ben, two of the last people left on earth, are interrupted in their game of Rock, Paper Scissors, by their captor, Blue, a whale.

    Inspired by an illustration by Peter Anthony Stults
  • Measured Life
    Couple Ben and Mike deal with Mike's new struggle in their life, dementia. Having survived the one health terror thirty years prior, they now prepare for battle again.
  • Cold Love
    Bare Necessities club members Dana, Michael and Spencer are having a high ole time in the swinging 1970s. As the rental ship, Argosy cruises around the Puget Sound, Dana and her lover Spencer sneak downstairs for a little extra fun at a Halloween party were the nudists members have all agreed to go as zombies. Will Spencer’s declaration of love spoil the party for Dana and her husband Michael or could his...
    Bare Necessities club members Dana, Michael and Spencer are having a high ole time in the swinging 1970s. As the rental ship, Argosy cruises around the Puget Sound, Dana and her lover Spencer sneak downstairs for a little extra fun at a Halloween party were the nudists members have all agreed to go as zombies. Will Spencer’s declaration of love spoil the party for Dana and her husband Michael or could his proposal turn into Dana’s salvation?
  • A Knock at the Door (A one minute play)
    NIck and Blaine fight to keep their child being taken from them.