Toni Press-Coffman

Toni Press-Coffman

Plays

  • United
    United is about the coming together of the 40 (sans terrorists) people who died on Flight 93 when it crashed in a Pennsylvania field on 9/11. Propelled by an adopted woman (Mariah)'s search for a biological parent she believes died on the flight, the script encompasses scenes from the passengers' lives as well as between them, both on and off the plane. It explores questions as large as: what do we...
    United is about the coming together of the 40 (sans terrorists) people who died on Flight 93 when it crashed in a Pennsylvania field on 9/11. Propelled by an adopted woman (Mariah)'s search for a biological parent she believes died on the flight, the script encompasses scenes from the passengers' lives as well as between them, both on and off the plane. It explores questions as large as: what do we mean when we talk about destiny, and ideas as precise as: the value of an individual's life is in the details. 86 characters can be played by as many actors as you like, but probably not fewer than 16. The show's one production played well with 21 actors. The text is accompanied by viola music, played live.
  • Armor
    Cynthia Kastakis is a brilliant high school senior whose father Gene, a polymer engineer, is serving as a staff member on the House Armed Services Committee in an effort to improve tank armor used by United States troops in the Middle East. When Gene becomes privy to a political battle over body armor – which he tries and fails to distance himself from - Cynthia begins questioning him, pressuring him to “do...
    Cynthia Kastakis is a brilliant high school senior whose father Gene, a polymer engineer, is serving as a staff member on the House Armed Services Committee in an effort to improve tank armor used by United States troops in the Middle East. When Gene becomes privy to a political battle over body armor – which he tries and fails to distance himself from - Cynthia begins questioning him, pressuring him to “do the right thing.” Her mother Alice’s focus is on Cynthia’s younger brother – the victim of a car accident. Alice is a pianist and Cynthia a budding cellist: the play is interspersed with cello and piano music that punctuate its emotional ebb and flow.