David Beardsley

David Beardsley

A New England-based playwright, David Beardsley is a member of the Playwrights' Collective at New World Theatre (Londonderry, New Hampshire) and Write On! (CentaStage, Boston). He serves on the Board of Directors of Playwrights’ Platform, a collective of playwrights, actors, directors. He is also co-managing editor of New England New Play Alliance's New Play Newsletter. David has worked as a...
A New England-based playwright, David Beardsley is a member of the Playwrights' Collective at New World Theatre (Londonderry, New Hampshire) and Write On! (CentaStage, Boston). He serves on the Board of Directors of Playwrights’ Platform, a collective of playwrights, actors, directors. He is also co-managing editor of New England New Play Alliance's New Play Newsletter. David has worked as a journalist and publishing executive, edited books and online content, and served as non-profit executive and board member. His plays have been performed across the U.S., in Europe and in Australia. David is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Plays

  • Tiny Empty Nest
    FULL LENGTH. HARD HAT REQUIRED. Ben and Claire have been married for 27 years. Their only child, Phoebe, has just left for college and, without the daily distractions of parenting, it is becoming harder to ignore the empty spaces in their relationship. With their marriage in crisis, Ben makes a surprising proposal: He wants them to audition for Tiny Empty Nest, a reality television show that chronicles new...
    FULL LENGTH. HARD HAT REQUIRED. Ben and Claire have been married for 27 years. Their only child, Phoebe, has just left for college and, without the daily distractions of parenting, it is becoming harder to ignore the empty spaces in their relationship. With their marriage in crisis, Ben makes a surprising proposal: He wants them to audition for Tiny Empty Nest, a reality television show that chronicles new empty nesters living together in a community of tiny houses. Claire, who has cultivated skills, interests, and opportunities independent of Ben, is skeptical, but it’s been so long since he took the initiative that she goes along. Audition day arrives and, with nowhere to hide and a tiny house to build, Ben and Claire search for the emotional stamina they'll need to keep moving forward together.

    Tiny Empty Nest is a comedy, but it explores important questions: about love and relationships (How do you keep them strong over the long haul?), about aging (Is it ever too late for reinvention, or to go off the rails?), about self-doubt (Do we ever outgrow it?), about parenting (Do we ever really know what we’re doing?), and about nail guns. And plumbing.

    RUNNING TIME: 1:45-2:00
    CAST: 3 Total (2F, 1M)
    CHARACTERS: 10 (8-9F, 1-2M)
  • Holy and Unruly
    FULL LENGTH. The year is 1593. Queen Elizabeth I, at the height of her powers as monarch, finds herself plagued by disturbing dreams, bewildering visions, and inexplicable moments of panic. A petition for justice from Grace O’Malley, an aristocratic Irish pirate feared from England to Africa, brings the Queen’s emotional crisis to a head, prompting her to revisit choices she made in the name of power, choices...
    FULL LENGTH. The year is 1593. Queen Elizabeth I, at the height of her powers as monarch, finds herself plagued by disturbing dreams, bewildering visions, and inexplicable moments of panic. A petition for justice from Grace O’Malley, an aristocratic Irish pirate feared from England to Africa, brings the Queen’s emotional crisis to a head, prompting her to revisit choices she made in the name of power, choices no man is asked to make. Against the advice and wishes of her male advisors, the Queen grants Grace an audience. When two of Europe’s most charismatic women meet, they wrestle with questions still relevant today: What does it take to rule your world? What are the costs?
  • Black Santa
    A request for the holiday party disrupts a company's Social Committee meeting.
  • Black Santa (Zoom version)
    A request for the holiday party dirupts a company's Social Committee meeting.
  • Last Gasp
    In the not too distant future--or maybe it's the very distant future--two scientists (if that's what they really are) prepare a final lifeline for humanity. They're overseeing Project Eden, which they will activate should a risky, last-ditch effort fail to save our species from extreme climate change. As the all-important moment approaches, jealousy and suspicion intrude disastrously.
  • Lost Season
    A grandmother and her granddaughter mourn a shared loss in their own ways and try, as best they can, to adjust to their new, disrupted lives. With a treasured tradition reminding them of their pain, they create a new tradition that honors their loss but also helps them see joy in the life they now have and share.
  • Something True
    Young lovers navigate the tricky waters of intimacy. 2020 Smith & Kraus Best 10-Minute Plays selection.
  • Something True (Zoom version)
    Young lovers navigate the tricky waters of distance and intimacy, over Zoom. The stage version of this play was selected for Smith and Kraus’s Best 10-Minute Plays 2020 anthology.
  • Every Creeping Thing
    Remember the good old days, when life was simple and good? When no one worried about climate change? Or viruses? When asteroids were the only true existential threat? And when politicians were selfless do-gooders who cared more about us than they cared about themselves? Well, maybe not that last part.
  • Every Creeping Thing (Zoom version)
    Remember the good old days, when life was simple and good? When asteroids were the only existential threat that mattered? When politicians were selfless do-gooders who cared more about us than they cared about themselves? Okay. Maybe not that last part.
  • Christmas Crime Scene
    It's late on Christmas Eve. Santa has just turned up dead outside Nick Snow's living room window, and it's beginning to look a lot like murder. Will Nick, his Lady Caller Mary Vergennes, and Rudy Redd, a hardboiled, North Pole lawyer, find a way save Christmas (and save themselves in the process)? Or will this holiday season finally be the moment when their lives unravel like a poorly made Christmas sweater?
  • Daydream
    It's a beautiful day and, armed with smart phones and smart speakers, Bill and Jane are ready to conquer the day, with the ever-present help of Siri and Alexa. However, Siri and Alexa have a different plan.
  • Daydream #2
    Isolation is beginning to get to Bill. Alexa is not helping. FaceTiming with Jane is helping... sort of. Daydream #2 is a short play written during the COVID-19 pandemic for performance on Zoom.
  • Wait or Go
    Beckett's Vladimir and Estragon ride again, and this time they get what they want. Or do they?
  • Walled
    People encounter a wall, and the fear that built it.