Arianna Rose

Arianna Rose

Arianna Rose – Bio (www.ariannarose.net)

Arianna Rose is a professional playwright, musical theatre writer, director and dramaturg. The recipient of the MAC Song of the Year Award, Vet Rep 10-minute play award grant, the York Theatre NEO Award, and various best play/playwright awards from Theatre Odyssey, Midnight Sun Theatre, Town & Gown Theatre, Tree City Playhouse, Mixing It Up...
Arianna Rose – Bio (www.ariannarose.net)

Arianna Rose is a professional playwright, musical theatre writer, director and dramaturg. The recipient of the MAC Song of the Year Award, Vet Rep 10-minute play award grant, the York Theatre NEO Award, and various best play/playwright awards from Theatre Odyssey, Midnight Sun Theatre, Town & Gown Theatre, Tree City Playhouse, Mixing It Up Productions, the Know Theatre, Studio 1 Theatre, South Baldwin Theatre and Clocktower Theatre Company. Her plays and musicals have been presented to date in thirty-five states in the U.S. and England, Scotland, Canada, Germany, Israel, Australia, Thailand, the Philippines, and United Arab Emirates. Her short plays were selected four consecutive years for Theatre Lab at FAU’s New Works Festival competition, three consecutive years for Theatre Three’s One-Act Play Festival, and two times for Theatre Odysseys 10-minute Play Festival, winning First Place for FAMILY BY NUMBERS. She is a two-time finalist for the Edward Kleban Lyricist and Librettist Awards, one of three finalists for the 2020 Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing in the UK, and a top ten finalist for the Charles M. Getchell New Play Contest 2021. 2022 participant, Kennedy Center Playwrights Intensive and William Inge Play Festival Playlab.

Arianna was one of four playwrights selected for the 2019-2021 Miami-Dade County Council of Cultural Affairs Playwright Development Program, moderated by Kia Corthron. Publications include Smith & Kraus Best Ten-Minute Plays 2021, Applause Books “Best New Monologue Anthologies “ 2019 and 2020, and Smith & Kraus Best Stage Monologues 2023 in both the men and women's editions.

Full-length plays:

THE RIPPLE EFFECT. Production July 2024, Rivoli Theatre, S. Fallsburg NY. Reading, Milwaukee Readers Theater Ensemble, May 2024.

THE LESSER LEYENDECKER: semi-finalist, Dramatists Guild Foundation Writers Fellowship Program 2024.

TOUCH THE MOON. Selected by HRC Showcase Theater New Works Festival and Fantasy Theatre Factory’s New Year, New Works Series for staged readings in 2022. A one-act version was produced at the 2020 Windsor Fringe Festival UK, The Know Theatre 2019, and selected for the William Inge Theatre Festival New Play Lab 2020.

THE EQUIVALENT OF SENSATION. Production, Femuscripts Community Theatre, August 2023. Developed at the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council PLAYWRIGHT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, the Zoetic Stage Finstrom Festival and the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis/PDP. Two-time semi-finalist for the Garry Marshall Theatre Festival of New Plays in 2021 and 2022, and a finalist in the Del Shores New Play Competition.

Full-length musicals:


THE LOST GIRL. written with Ben Bonnema (recipient of Jonathan Larson & Fred Ebb Awards) , was selected for the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, Viterbo New Works Festival, NYU Steinhardt’s School of Music, the year-long CDP workshop, the 2021 Florida Festival of New Musicals, and JetFest 2022 in Michigan . Top 20 finalist for NAMT 2022.


A COLLECTIBLE SENSATION. Musical adaptation of The Equivalent of Sensation. Composer and co-lyricist, Amy Engelhardt. Director: Clayton Phillips. Semi-finalist for the O'Neill 2023 Music Theatre Conference and Nap Series NYC, and a finalist (for Libretto) for the Kleban Award.

SKIPPING A STONE. Musical adaptation of THE RIPPLE EFFECT. Composer: Tom Sivak. Currently in development.

Arianna is an Adjunct Theatre Professor at a South Florida Community College. M.F.A., NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program; B.A. in Theatre from Bucknell University; BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. A proud member of ASCAP, LMDA, Musicians Local 802, SEIU, New Play Exchange, The South Florida Theatre League, and the Dramatists Guild of America, where she serves as a Regional Ambassador and an Instructor with the Dramatists Guild Institute. She is the founder and moderator of the Plays on Purpose/Miami New Musicals weekly writers group. http://ariannarose.net

Plays

  • A COLLECTIBLE SENSATION full-length musical for 12 Women (+optional additional ensemble) by Amy Engelhardt & Arianna Rose
    [Full-length musical, 12 women, + optional additional ensemble]
    2024 finalist for the Edward Kleban Libretto Award
    2023 Semi-finalist, Eugene O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference
    2023 Semi-finalist, Normal Avenue NAPSeries, NYC

    (To listen to the demos: link on this page, under "Music Samples" in the column on the right.)

    A COLLECTIBLE SENSATION is...
    [Full-length musical, 12 women, + optional additional ensemble]
    2024 finalist for the Edward Kleban Libretto Award
    2023 Semi-finalist, Eugene O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference
    2023 Semi-finalist, Normal Avenue NAPSeries, NYC

    (To listen to the demos: link on this page, under "Music Samples" in the column on the right.)

    A COLLECTIBLE SENSATION is a musical adaptation of the full-length play THE EQUIVALENT OF SENSATION by Arianna Rose.

    At the unveiling of the million-dollar renovation of their renowned Cone Collection at the Baltimore Museum of Modern Art, long dead sisters Etta and Claribel Cone suddenly materialize. "Family friend" Gertrude Stein and her paramour Alice Toklas (equally dead) also pop up, uninvited (much to Etta’s dismay). Their mission: to settle once and for all how the “Friendship” between Etta and Gertrude fell apart. Their younger selves appear to help them sort it all out. The surrounding artwork miraculously comes to life, with each woman represented by a painting with special significance for them. Etta struggles with her feelings for Gertrude and her modern proclivities, at direct odds with her Victorian mores. Through a series of evocative vignettes, we are transported back to Baltimore, Paris and Italy at the turn of the century to learn what derailed the relationship (and suspected affair) and how Gertrude and Alice came to be a couple. The musical is non-linear, moving between present time in the Cone Wing, past memories with the younger selves of the four women, with artwork that also represents the women that comes alive to comment on and move the story forward. Fantasy sequences are created when past and present merge. At its heart, A COLLECTIBLE SENSATION is about learning valuable, timeless lessons of love, and covert and overt feminism in a time when women were expected to be heterosexual homemakers.

    Featuring a cast of twelve women of any race and ethnicity, the score is written for a modern rhythm section (pop/rock) with strings for a more chamber-like, period feel.
  • A KNIPPLE FULL OF DREAMS - ten-minute period drama
    [10-minute period drama, 5 characters]

    As young Romanians Gittel and Rubin explore their feelings for each other, Gittel’s father arrives with news that threatens everyone’s future. Based on the true story of my great-grandmother and her eventual journey to America.
  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SLAM, a 10-minute LGBTQ+ comedy in modern language
    Third Citizen Theatre Co., Salem Mass, 2020-2021 Online "Digitial Dionysia" Play Festival
    Walking Shadow Readres Theatre One Act Festival, Washington DC May 2021
    Broward College "TAKE TEN" Short Play Festival, April 2021
    Violet Surprise Theatre LAVENDER MENACES Play Festival, online, April 26-27, 2021, Chicago IL
    Clocktower Players AMAZE Play Competition: winner...
    Third Citizen Theatre Co., Salem Mass, 2020-2021 Online "Digitial Dionysia" Play Festival
    Walking Shadow Readres Theatre One Act Festival, Washington DC May 2021
    Broward College "TAKE TEN" Short Play Festival, April 2021
    Violet Surprise Theatre LAVENDER MENACES Play Festival, online, April 26-27, 2021, Chicago IL
    Clocktower Players AMAZE Play Competition: winner, 2nd Runner Up, production sometime in 2021
    Open Space Arts Waonderlust Play Festival MD: production August 2022
    Gemco Players Community Theatre Take Ten Festival, Victoria Australia May 2022 (earlier draft entitled The Cleitagora Test. Festival postponed from 2020)

    [10-minute play] A disoriented Hermia awakens from a fitful sleep in the Athenian wood, distraught that her secret fiance Lysander seems to have completely disappeared. She is joined by childhood friend Helena, who is hard on the heels of the inconstant Demetrius. As the two young women search for their missing mates, they stumble across a very unexpected visitor from a neighboring Greek island, who opens their eyes to what a constant heart really is.
  • ALL THAT PEZ, a 5-minute LGBTQ+ comedy
    Production, Open Hydrant Theatre Company, Urban Waves Play Festival, Bronx NY 2021
    Reading, Unidentified Stages Theatre Company, South Orange NJ 2020

    [5-minute play] A search for Pez at a flea market far from home yields unexpected treasures for Jacee and Toni.
  • ANAGRAM, a three-minute comedy play
    [3-minute play] Comprised of anagrams of the word HEROES, and only those words, a man and a woman navigate the minefield of sexual attraction.
  • BLAME IT ON BARBIE, a four-minute comedy for two women
    [4-minute play] Terry, a college junior, has something important to tell her mother Marie.

    Production, CenterStage Theatre Works Short Play Festival, Allen TX June 2022
    Production, Millersville State University, PA Spring 2022
    Hope Springs Eternal Online Series, Break A Leg Productions, NYC, 2021
    Online Production, Bangkok Community Theatre, Thailand, Spring 2021
    ...
    [4-minute play] Terry, a college junior, has something important to tell her mother Marie.

    Production, CenterStage Theatre Works Short Play Festival, Allen TX June 2022
    Production, Millersville State University, PA Spring 2022
    Hope Springs Eternal Online Series, Break A Leg Productions, NYC, 2021
    Online Production, Bangkok Community Theatre, Thailand, Spring 2021
    Online Production, Pumphouse Players, GA, Nov 2020
    Winner, Studio 1 Theatre Company, online "Wayne's War" play competition, October 2020
    Online Production, Elizabethtown High School, Kentucky, 2020
    Fantasy Theatre Factory, Short & Sweet online play festival, May 2020
    Center Stage Israel, 5-minute online Play Festival, May 2020
  • CHAI, CHAI, VIKAYAM_ A ten-minute drama for three characters about campus unrest
    [10-minute drama]
    A homework session for Lacey and David puts their lives in danger when a college protest over the war in Gaza turns ugly.
  • DON'T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD, a 10-minute comedy for five actors
    [10-minute comedy]
    Casey struggles to keep her New Years resolution to eat healthy and not succumb to food addictions. Her cupboard has other plans.
  • DO OVER - a 30 minute drama for four characters
    Production: Midnight Sun Theatre, "Serial Bowl 2024", Anchorage, AK (3 character, 15 min version)
    Reading: Bunbury Players One-Act Plays Reading Festival March 2023, Hudson Falls NY
    Production: University of Central Missouri Theatre Department, One-Act Play Festival, February 2023
    Production: Crafton Hills College New Works Festival 2022, Yucaipa, CA (20 minute version)...
    Production: Midnight Sun Theatre, "Serial Bowl 2024", Anchorage, AK (3 character, 15 min version)
    Reading: Bunbury Players One-Act Plays Reading Festival March 2023, Hudson Falls NY
    Production: University of Central Missouri Theatre Department, One-Act Play Festival, February 2023
    Production: Crafton Hills College New Works Festival 2022, Yucaipa, CA (20 minute version)

    [30 minute play] When a disoriented Tyler stumbles into the U Drop Inn, he is distraught to find that his earthly life is over. His mother visits him in her dream state. Brae’s pain at her past life comes home to roost in Tyler’s story in a surprising manner. The road to redemption reveals itself if everyone can come to a place of forgiveness in this family drama.
  • DOUBLE TROUBLE, a 5-minute comedy
    [5-minute comedy] Des and Jordan, newborn fraternal twins, are getting acquainted with each other and how it all works.
    Online Production, Theatre Arts Productions TAPSHORTS, Palm Beach FL 2021
    Online Production, BCT Shorts 2021, Bangkok Community Theatre, Thailand, 2021
    Winner, Online Production (3 minute version), Studio 1 "Wayne's War" play competition, October 2020...
    [5-minute comedy] Des and Jordan, newborn fraternal twins, are getting acquainted with each other and how it all works.
    Online Production, Theatre Arts Productions TAPSHORTS, Palm Beach FL 2021
    Online Production, BCT Shorts 2021, Bangkok Community Theatre, Thailand, 2021
    Winner, Online Production (3 minute version), Studio 1 "Wayne's War" play competition, October 2020
    Finalist, Pint-Sized Plays UK, 2019.
    Production, VCT New Play Festival, Orlando FL 2019.
    Production, Fast & Furious Festival, Stage Left Theatre, Spokane WA January 2020 (1-minute version)
    Online Production, Short & Sweet: Comic Shorts, Fantasy Theatre Factory, Miami FL May 2020
  • FAMILY BY NUMBERS Award-winning 10-minute drama
    [10-minute play] 1st Prize Winner, BEST PLAY, Theatre Odyssey 10-minute play Festival
    International Thespian Festival 2023 (representing Oregon)
    JUDGES CHOICE AWARD, Town & Gown Theatre D'Jour Short Play Festival 2023, Stillwater, OK
    AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARD, S. Baldwin New Play Festival
    THIRD PLACE AWARD, Tree City Playhouse 2020 Ten-Minute Play Competition, Sylvania, OH...
    [10-minute play] 1st Prize Winner, BEST PLAY, Theatre Odyssey 10-minute play Festival
    International Thespian Festival 2023 (representing Oregon)
    JUDGES CHOICE AWARD, Town & Gown Theatre D'Jour Short Play Festival 2023, Stillwater, OK
    AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARD, S. Baldwin New Play Festival
    THIRD PLACE AWARD, Tree City Playhouse 2020 Ten-Minute Play Competition, Sylvania, OH
    Shortlist, 2021 Short & Sweet Festivals DUBAI and SYDNEY
    Honorable Mention, New Plays of Merit 2019 Playwriting Award
    Published in 2021 Smith & Kraus' BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS OF 2021 and THEATRE ODYSSEY Ten-Minute Play Festival: Volume Four, 2022

    Selected for:
    Readers Theatre, One-Act Showcase, Village Players of Hatboro PA, June 2024
    Production, Cannon Theatre 10-minute Play Festival, Devens, MA, June 2024
    Production, Niles North High School Festival of One-Act Plays, Skokie IL April 2024
    Workshops, SafeSpace Association, Toledo City Workshops, Cebu, Philippines Spring 2024
    Production, University of Alberta, Canada, November 2023
    Production, Stillwater Short Play Festival, Stillwater OK, July 2023
    Production, (representing Oregon) International Thespian Festival 2023, Bloomington IN
    Class Project, Royal Scots Theatre, McKay High School, Salem OR Spring 2023
    Production, Bergen County Academies One-Act Play Festival, Hackensack NJ June 2023
    Online virtual production, Jakespeare Theatre Co Summer Shorts Festival 2021
    Production, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI 2021 (socially distanced)
    • Production, Trinity Christian College, Palo Heights, IL 2020 (Socially distanced)
    Production, Tree City Playhouse New Plays Festival, Sylvania OH
    •Production, Western Connecticut State University One-Act Play Festival
    Online Production, Grays Harbor College 10-minute Play Festival, Aberdeen, WA
    • Production, Lowell Arts, Playbytes by Playwrights: Lost or Found, Lowell, MI
    • Staged Reading, Topanga Actors Company 10-minute Play Festival, Los Angeles CA
    • Staged Reading, Magnolia Arts Center 10-minute Play Contest, Greenville NC
    • Production, Artists’ Exchange One-Act Play Festival, Cranston RI
    • Production, Gulfport Community Players, New Play Festival, Gulfport FL
    • Staged Reading, S. Baldwin Comm. Theatre New Play Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
    • Production, Theatre Odyssey 10-minute Play Festival, Sarasota FL
    • Production, Bismarck State College Theatre New Play Festival, Bismarck, ND
    • Production, Theatre Three Annual Festival of One Act Plays, Port Jefferson, NY
    • Reading, STAGES IN THE SUN FESTIVAL, South Florida Theatre League
    • Reading, Legacy Play Reading Festival 2022, Stony Creek, CT


    Synopsis: Two people fall in love. They begin a family that expands to five. But what happens when the numbers change?
  • FUNNY WORDS, a 5-minute sketch comedy
    [5-minute comedy]

    Three contestants vie for the winning title in the "Funniest Words" competition.
    Note: This is the adult version. a G-rated version exists for children to perform. Contact the playwright for a copy of that script.
  • GET THAT MOUSE! 15-minute musical by Arianna Rose & Shelly Gartner
    [15-minute musical] When a theme park bans a fast food restaurant, revenge is on the menu. "Clown" goes toe to toe with "Rodent" in this hilarious mini musical (2 lengths available, 10 minutes or 15 minutes. ) This page is for the 15-minute version. The music is the same for both versions.
  • GET THAT MOUSE! - 10-minute musical by Arianna Rose & Shelly Gartner
    [10-minute musical] When a theme park bans a fast food restaurant, revenge is on the menu. "Clown" goes toe to toe with "Rodent" in this hilarious mini musical (2 lengths available, 10 minutes or 15 minutes. ) This page is for the 10-minute version. The music is the same for both versions - only the script is different (shortened) for the ten minute version.
  • GOING HOME, a 10-minute drama for two actors, any gender
    [10-minute drama]
    [Production, 10-Minute Play Festival, 4th Street Theatre, Chesterton IN, August -September 2024]
    [Production, Short Play Festival 2024, Appalachian State University, Boone NC]
    [Production, Miami One-Acts Festival 2023, Hialeah FL]
    [Online Reading, Barrow Group NYC First Friday Series, Nov 2022]

    Jeen and Zannie are married. When Jeen ends up in the...
    [10-minute drama]
    [Production, 10-Minute Play Festival, 4th Street Theatre, Chesterton IN, August -September 2024]
    [Production, Short Play Festival 2024, Appalachian State University, Boone NC]
    [Production, Miami One-Acts Festival 2023, Hialeah FL]
    [Online Reading, Barrow Group NYC First Friday Series, Nov 2022]

    Jeen and Zannie are married. When Jeen ends up in the hospital following a second stroke, they both must confront the realities of the situation and what lies ahead. A story about the moments we wish we could take back.
  • GONE TO THE DOGS, a 10-minute musical by Arianna Rose and Chandra McClelland
    [10-minute musical] Eduardo Byrell, a semi-successful painter of pet portraits, concocts a scheme with his long-suffering wife Alice in order to sell his paintings. When his duplicity comes to light, things don’t exactly go to plan.
  • I LOVE A PARADE, a 10-minute dystopian political drama
    [10-minute play] Mary, L.B. and Eric are prisoners of the state. They are marching against their will towards their demise when they are accosted by a woman who has made the colorful masks they wear. Each character comes to terms with the masks they wear literally and figuratively.

    Production, Memoriam Development Nightshade Horror Play Festival, Elgin IL October 2022
    Reading, Drunken...
    [10-minute play] Mary, L.B. and Eric are prisoners of the state. They are marching against their will towards their demise when they are accosted by a woman who has made the colorful masks they wear. Each character comes to terms with the masks they wear literally and figuratively.

    Production, Memoriam Development Nightshade Horror Play Festival, Elgin IL October 2022
    Reading, Drunken Owl Theatre Company, Seattle WA, October 2019
  • IT'S ELEMENTAL (10-minute comedy, 4 characters)
    [10-minute dark comedy]
    Neree, goddess of water, Hutch, God of Air, Gedi, God of Fire, and GAIA, Goddess of Earth gather to determine the earth’s fate. Everyone must confront their passions and prejudices as they get ready to vote. Suitable for children to perform.
  • JONNA/JACK (award-winning one-act play)
    [one-act play: approximately 20 minutes]

    [Tigers Heart Players, Zoom Readers Theatre, NYC, May 2024]
    [Pineapple Playhouse One-Act Festival, Ft. Pierce FL March 2024]
    [Tipjar Theatre/Readers Theatre, Celtic Calling, Charleston WV, March 2024 - special version with only Celtic past life]

    Jonna and Jack are arguing in the car when their lives suddenly end. With the help...
    [one-act play: approximately 20 minutes]

    [Tigers Heart Players, Zoom Readers Theatre, NYC, May 2024]
    [Pineapple Playhouse One-Act Festival, Ft. Pierce FL March 2024]
    [Tipjar Theatre/Readers Theatre, Celtic Calling, Charleston WV, March 2024 - special version with only Celtic past life]

    Jonna and Jack are arguing in the car when their lives suddenly end. With the help of the Akashic Records, they are able to view past lives and forge a path forward. Their journey takes them to Renaissance Italy and late 1700s Ireland.
  • JOSIE & THE ROCKAWAY TUFFS, a one-act children's musical
    Josie finds life on the Rockaway peninsula a daily challenge. Between babysitting for her younger siblings, navigating childhood, and dealing with the neighborhood gang, she barely has time to figure out who she is. One day, everything changes. A circus passes by, leaving a worker behind; a ghostly girl emerges from the sea foam; and adolescence and childhood crushes take precedence in this coming of age...
    Josie finds life on the Rockaway peninsula a daily challenge. Between babysitting for her younger siblings, navigating childhood, and dealing with the neighborhood gang, she barely has time to figure out who she is. One day, everything changes. A circus passes by, leaving a worker behind; a ghostly girl emerges from the sea foam; and adolescence and childhood crushes take precedence in this coming of age story. Themes of tolerance, friendship, and home prevail in this children’s/family musical. A cast of 11-12, with additional optional characters, JOSIE has roles for a variety of ethnicities and ages. The music has a bouncy, catchy feel to it, reminiscent of the time period (1979) the musical takes place in.
  • JOY RIDE, a 10-minute comedic fantasy for two women
    [10-minute play]
    Production, Empire Theatre Company Incubator Series, March-April 2022, Grand Forks ND
    Production, Curtain Call Playhouse, South Florida April 2022
    Digital Production, Rainy Day Artistic Collective, Halfway Historical Festival, Seattle WA March 2022
    Online reading, New City Players, December 2021

    On April 20, 1933, while attending a formal White House...
    [10-minute play]
    Production, Empire Theatre Company Incubator Series, March-April 2022, Grand Forks ND
    Production, Curtain Call Playhouse, South Florida April 2022
    Digital Production, Rainy Day Artistic Collective, Halfway Historical Festival, Seattle WA March 2022
    Online reading, New City Players, December 2021

    On April 20, 1933, while attending a formal White House dinner with her spouse, Amelia Earhart convinced First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the other dinner guests to take a quick flight from D.C. to Maryland in-between courses. It is believed both Amelia and Eleanor briefly piloted the plane. JOY RIDE joins our heroines post-death, when they re-enact the events of that evening and take it to a place neither could have predicted.
  • LEAVING A HOLE - 5-minute monologue
    [Talking Horse Productions Monologue Contest 3, September/October 2022]
    [Empty Salon Radio Anthology, Empty Room Theatre, online, May/June 2022]

    Thea, 50s, struggles with the loss of her nephew and a tooth.
  • LUNCH MONEY, a 10-minute play
    Studio 1 Theatre 12@1 One-Day Play Festival, Burlington NC, February 2021

    [10-minute play] The Tuffs give newcomer Cecil a tough time at Hemingway Elementary School. Sondra rises to the occasion in this anti-bullying comedy.
  • MAKE MULCH FROM IT 15-minute drama
    [15-minute play] When Susan’s estranged boyfriend Gordon shows up suddenly and unexpectedly in her apartment, they are forced to confront why their relationship fell apart. More than one shocking revelation occurs as they struggle with how to accept what has happened and move forward. A story about the messes we leave and the cleanup that must occur through acknowledgement and forgiveness.
  • R.S.V.P. - 20-minute short musical. Book by Donna Warfield, Lyrics by Arianna Rose, Music by Aden Kent Ramsey
    [20-minute musical]
    Book by Donna Warfield
    Lyrics by Arianna Rose
    Music by Aden Kent Ramsey

    Synopsis:
    Gina is still carrying a big torch for her ex-husband, Tony. Convinced he still loves her, she concocts a plan to make him jealous by sending him a fake wedding invitation. Tony, thinking that Gina is inviting him for one last “roll in the hay”, before marrying...
    [20-minute musical]
    Book by Donna Warfield
    Lyrics by Arianna Rose
    Music by Aden Kent Ramsey

    Synopsis:
    Gina is still carrying a big torch for her ex-husband, Tony. Convinced he still loves her, she concocts a plan to make him jealous by sending him a fake wedding invitation. Tony, thinking that Gina is inviting him for one last “roll in the hay”, before marrying another man, responds yes to the invitation and a small heart is added. Seeing the heart Gina is convinced Tony still wants her and wants her back. Gina plans a real wedding, hiring Floyd, someone she met in therapy while working through her post divorce depression, as a rent-a-groom, fully expecting Tony to sweep her off her feet and re-marry her. Floyd has his own set of issues and brings Bessie, his emotional support horse, to the wedding. Mona, Gina’s mother, is clueless to what is happening and calms her nerves with Proseco and Xanax. Misinformation and misunderstandings create hilarious mayhem in this madcap farce.

    Song Breakdown:

    1. Everythin’ The Same Like Before (Gina, Mona)
    As Mona struggles to zip Gina into her wedding dress, she berates Gina on all of her choices for her wedding and her groom. Gina defends herself and her actions in this upbeat, manic I Want Song.

    2. Neigh for Me, Nellie (Floyd, Gina, Mona)
    Gina’s rent-a-groom, a Brooklyn wanna-be cowboy, explains how his emotional support horse Nellie has helped him overcome his fear of heights and fear of life. While it serves as Floyd’s I want song, it also lays the groundwork for Floyd and Gina to find actual commonality in their situations and desire to give and receive love.

    3. Boogie On (Tony, Gina)
    Ex-husband Tony shows up to give the bride a good luck kiss and perhaps a bit more. Gina reminds him of their first wedding dance and all that was good between them. A love song in classic disco style.

    4. Ain’t Gonna Be (Tony, Gina, Floyd, Mona)
    All four characters come to grips with the fact that there is not going to be a wedding between anyone today and the plot lines intersect and spectacularly implode.

    5. Neigh for Me Nellie reprise (Gina, Floyd, Tony, Mona)
    A short reprise with a new lyric that establishes that Gina and Floyd are going to ride off into the sunset together on Nellie.

  • SEX, LIES & STYROFOAM - a ten minute comedy
    Veterans Repertory Theatre 2022 Ten Minute Play Competition, 3rd Prize
    Theatre Odyssey 10-Minute Play Festival 2021, online reading podcast
    Theatre Lab @Fau, online reading, An Afternoon of Short Plays/New Works Festival, 2021

    [10-minute play] Lucy is the “Mature Madam”. Karen wants to spice up her sex life with her husband. When worlds collide at Launderland, they both get the...
    Veterans Repertory Theatre 2022 Ten Minute Play Competition, 3rd Prize
    Theatre Odyssey 10-Minute Play Festival 2021, online reading podcast
    Theatre Lab @Fau, online reading, An Afternoon of Short Plays/New Works Festival, 2021

    [10-minute play] Lucy is the “Mature Madam”. Karen wants to spice up her sex life with her husband. When worlds collide at Launderland, they both get the help they need.

    NOTE: Susan Middaugh's lovely recommendation was for an earlier draft. This play has been heavily revised since then and takes place at a laundromat rather than a therapist's office.
  • SLOW OUR SHIP - an 8-minute period drama for two actors
    [8 - 10 minute drama]

    [Reading: KDC Theatre Full Stack, Festival of New Writing, London England, June 2024]

    A boy. A girl. A port. Siobhan and Sean’s courtship and marriage revolves around a bench and lamppost till the sea calls it debt. A period drama set in Cork, Ireland, in the 1800s.

    SLOW OUR SHIP is a deeper dive into the romance of Siobhan and Sean, two...
    [8 - 10 minute drama]

    [Reading: KDC Theatre Full Stack, Festival of New Writing, London England, June 2024]

    A boy. A girl. A port. Siobhan and Sean’s courtship and marriage revolves around a bench and lamppost till the sea calls it debt. A period drama set in Cork, Ireland, in the 1800s.

    SLOW OUR SHIP is a deeper dive into the romance of Siobhan and Sean, two characters also in my one-act play JONNA/JACK.
  • THE BEAT GOES ON 10-minute comedy
    [10-minute play] The various forms of music containment (L.P., Cassette, 8-track, CD, and Mp3) anxiously wait to see who will be chosen for the highly coveted “Current” display case at the Smithsonian Museum music exhibit.

    Production, Cannon Theatre 10-minute Play Festival, Devens MA, June 2024
    Production, Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop 10-Minute Play Festival, S. Fallsburg NY,...
    [10-minute play] The various forms of music containment (L.P., Cassette, 8-track, CD, and Mp3) anxiously wait to see who will be chosen for the highly coveted “Current” display case at the Smithsonian Museum music exhibit.

    Production, Cannon Theatre 10-minute Play Festival, Devens MA, June 2024
    Production, Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop 10-Minute Play Festival, S. Fallsburg NY, September 2023
    Production, Studio Players 10-Minute Play Festival, Lexington KY July 2023
    Production, Theatre Three One Act Play Festival, NY, 2022
    Educational Production, Studio 1, Burlington NC, 2021
    Production, Seaside Players Theatre, Sea Short Play Festival 2019
    Reading, Coral Gables Players, FL, 2019
    Reading, Players Club Follies, Sarasota, FL 2019
    Reading, Drunken Owl Theatre Company, Seattle, WA 2019
  • THE DATING POOL, a one-act play for 5 women plus optional additional characters
    [15 - 20 minute play]
    [College Production, Senior Thesis Show, Hamilton College, Clinton NY December 2023]
    [Production, Fight Like a Girl 4, Kings Arms Theatre, Manchester England November 2023]
    [Production, Kibo Productions Reboot Festival, London England, September 2023]
    [Production, Jersey Voices 2023 One-Act Festival, Chatham Players, July-Aug 2023, Chatham NJ]
    [...
    [15 - 20 minute play]
    [College Production, Senior Thesis Show, Hamilton College, Clinton NY December 2023]
    [Production, Fight Like a Girl 4, Kings Arms Theatre, Manchester England November 2023]
    [Production, Kibo Productions Reboot Festival, London England, September 2023]
    [Production, Jersey Voices 2023 One-Act Festival, Chatham Players, July-Aug 2023, Chatham NJ]
    [Production, Theatre Three 24th Annual One-Act Festival, February-March 2023, Port Jefferson NY]
    [Semi-finalist, Alumnae Theatre New Ideas Festival 2023, Toronto Canada]

    A widow, contemplating diving back into the dating pool, is confronted by her younger selves. Together they must sort out past romantic complications and mistakes before there can be any moving forward. Will they sink or swim?
  • THE DATING POOL (10-minute version) comedy
    [10-minute version. A longer version (20+ minutes) also exists, with optional additional characters. ]
    Staged Reading, Rockford New Words 2024, Rockford IL, February 2024
    Reading, Theatre Southwest Readers Theatre, Houston TX, February 2024

    A widow, contemplating diving back into the dating pool, is confronted by her younger selves. Together they must sort out past romantic...
    [10-minute version. A longer version (20+ minutes) also exists, with optional additional characters. ]
    Staged Reading, Rockford New Words 2024, Rockford IL, February 2024
    Reading, Theatre Southwest Readers Theatre, Houston TX, February 2024

    A widow, contemplating diving back into the dating pool, is confronted by her younger selves. Together they must sort out past romantic complications and mistakes before there can be any moving forward. Will they sink or swim?

  • THE EQUIVALENT OF SENSATION, full-length play for 5 Women
    [Zoom Reading, The Depot, Connecticut, January 2024]
    [Community Theatre Production, Femuscripts Inc., Miami and Boca Raton, FL September 2023]
    [Online Reading, Just Write! Lakeland (FL), February 2023]
    [Finalist, Alumnae Theatre Fireworks Festival 2024, Toronto Canada]
    [Shortlist finalist, Garry Marshall Theatre New Reading Series 2022, Los Angeles CA]
    [Online Workshop &...
    [Zoom Reading, The Depot, Connecticut, January 2024]
    [Community Theatre Production, Femuscripts Inc., Miami and Boca Raton, FL September 2023]
    [Online Reading, Just Write! Lakeland (FL), February 2023]
    [Finalist, Alumnae Theatre Fireworks Festival 2024, Toronto Canada]
    [Shortlist finalist, Garry Marshall Theatre New Reading Series 2022, Los Angeles CA]
    [Online Workshop & Reading, Playwrights Center of Minneapolis, July 2022]
    [Reading, Miami-Dade Playwright Development Program, Miami FL March 2022]
    [Online Reading, Finstrom Festival of New Works, Zoetic Stage, Miami, June 2021]
    [shortlist, Garry Marshall Theatre New Reading Series 2021, Los Angeles CA]
    [Top Ten finalist, Charles M. Getchell New Play Contest, SETC, 2021]
    [Top Three finalist, Del Shores Foundation 2021 Playwriting Competition]
    [finalist, The Depot 2020 Reading Series, CT]
    [semi-finalist, Fulton Theatre, 2020, PA]

    Sisters Etta and Claribel Cone, long dead, materialize at the unveiling of the million dollar renovation of their renowned Cone Collection at the Baltimore Museum of Modern Art. Old friend Gertrude Stein and her paramour Alice Toklas pop up uninvited, much to Etta’s dismay. As tensions grow between the four, they resolve to recreate their stories in an effort to uncover the truth. Etta struggles with her feelings for Gertrude and her modern art proclivities, at direct odds with her Victorian mores. Through a series of evocative vignettes, we are transported back to Baltimore, Paris and Italy at the turn of the century. We learn what happened to derail the friendships and suspected affair between Etta and Gertrude, and how Gertrude and Alice came to be. At its heart, THE EQUIVALENT OF SENSATION is about learning the lessons of your life, a tribute to feminism, and defiance in a time when women were expected to be heterosexual homemakers.
  • THE LESSER LEYENDECKER, a 90-minute full-length drama, LGBTQ+ themes
    {90 minutes Full-length play, can be played in one act or two acts - optional act break indicated}
    {Semi-finalist, Dramatists Guild Fellowship Program 2024}
    {Finalist, Theatre Lab's Fair Play Initiative 2022}

    “Family First” is the motto of the three Leyendecker siblings. When real-life brothers Frank and Joe find fame as illustrators, a stranger insinuates himself into their...
    {90 minutes Full-length play, can be played in one act or two acts - optional act break indicated}
    {Semi-finalist, Dramatists Guild Fellowship Program 2024}
    {Finalist, Theatre Lab's Fair Play Initiative 2022}

    “Family First” is the motto of the three Leyendecker siblings. When real-life brothers Frank and Joe find fame as illustrators, a stranger insinuates himself into their close-knit relationship and threatens everything they’ve created.
  • THE LOST GIRL full-length musical by Ben Bonnema & Arianna Rose
    [full-length 90 minute musical]
    Winner, 2021 Florida Festival of New Musicals
    Winner, 2019 Viterbo New Works Festival
    Winner, 2015 Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival
    Winner, 2015 Players Club Staged Reading, Steinhardt School of Music, NYU
    2013 Collaborative Development Program Workshop, Frederick Loewe Theatre, NYC
    2024 Finalist (top 5) for Circle in the Square Theatre...
    [full-length 90 minute musical]
    Winner, 2021 Florida Festival of New Musicals
    Winner, 2019 Viterbo New Works Festival
    Winner, 2015 Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival
    Winner, 2015 Players Club Staged Reading, Steinhardt School of Music, NYU
    2013 Collaborative Development Program Workshop, Frederick Loewe Theatre, NYC
    2024 Finalist (top 5) for Circle in the Square Theatre School Residency, NYC
    2023 Semi-Finalist for Northwestern U American Music Theatre Project
    2023 Finalist (top 3) for Florida State University New Musicals Initiative
    2022 Finalist (top 20 out of 480 submissions) NAMT, NYC
    2022 Finalist (top six) for Syracuse University New Works New Voices Initiative
    2020 Finalist, Imagen New Works @ MSU
    2012 Finalist, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat

    Set in 1909 London against the backdrop of the Suffragette Movement, THE LOST GIRL is about integrating our past into our present and deciding who we want to be moving forward. For whatever reason, no story about Peter Pan has ever focused fully on Wendy and what became of her after the adventures in Neverland. The stories of women, fictional or not, have often been swept aside. But what might it have been like to have fantastical adventures as a young girl, and how might that affect someone as an adult?
    In our story, Wendy, shaken by the untimely death of her husband, first tells her daughter Jane the Neverland stories as escapism, pure fiction. But each sibling begins to experience strange and vivid memories, forcing the question - could it all be real?
    John, the eldest, is against all talk of it, going so far as to seek full custody of Jane when he thinks Wendy is losing her mind. Michael, the youngest, tries to keep the family together, but is unsure what to do with his memories of flying. Tootles, the adopted Lost Boy, has always harbored a secret love for Wendy. It’s everyone against John, until he, too, finally remembers their childhood adventures. With it, the pain of remembering that Wendy always left him behind. He and Wendy must figure out how to salvage their adult relationship, amidst everything that came before.
    The show plays with the contrast between the harsh realities for women in the Edwardian age and the freedom Wendy felt with Peter Pan. Neverland is only present on stage through characters’ memory, and the audience is never quite sure - until the end - if any of it truly happened. By the time Peter does come back, he is no longer the salve she wanted him to be; he isn’t able to fix anything. It is largely through the influence of the suffragettes that Wendy is able to decide what kind of a woman she will be.
    With a lush, orchestral score that utilizes harmony both adventurous and accessible, THE LOST GIRL examines how loss colors our lives and galvanizes us to change. Ultimately, it’s is about reclaiming the right to have adventures at any age.
  • THE OTHER MAN'S GRASS IS MONDEGREEN-ER, a 10-minute absurdist comedy
    [8-10 minute absurdist comedy]

    Mondegreen definition (from Wikipedia):
    A mondegreen (/ˈmɒndɪˌɡriːn/) is a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase in a way that gives it a new meaning. Mondegreens are most often created by a person listening to a poem or a song; the listener, being unable to hear a lyric clearly, substitutes words that sound similar and make some kind of sense....
    [8-10 minute absurdist comedy]

    Mondegreen definition (from Wikipedia):
    A mondegreen (/ˈmɒndɪˌɡriːn/) is a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase in a way that gives it a new meaning. Mondegreens are most often created by a person listening to a poem or a song; the listener, being unable to hear a lyric clearly, substitutes words that sound similar and make some kind of sense.

    Synopsis:
    Toni, a therapist, is meeting a date on the ferry. When they show up, they only speak in mondegreens, as does their spurned partner who has followed them. An absurdist physical comedy.
  • THE RIPPLE EFFECT, award-winning 10-minute comedy for two actors
    Will pregnancy elude them again? Amy tries to get Jeff on board with some unorthodox fertilization rituals.

    [ten-minute comedy]
    Production, Sock & Buskin Theatre Company, Beginnings Showcase Festival, Bellefonte PA July 2024
    Production, Midnight Sun Theatre, Serial Bowl Episodes 1, 2, 3: Anchorage AK Dec 2023, March & May 2024
    Production, Livonia Community Theatre...
    Will pregnancy elude them again? Amy tries to get Jeff on board with some unorthodox fertilization rituals.

    [ten-minute comedy]
    Production, Sock & Buskin Theatre Company, Beginnings Showcase Festival, Bellefonte PA July 2024
    Production, Midnight Sun Theatre, Serial Bowl Episodes 1, 2, 3: Anchorage AK Dec 2023, March & May 2024
    Production, Livonia Community Theatre, "Little Love Stories", Livonia MI February 2024
    Production, The Actors Studio of Newportbury MA Celebration of Shorts, October 2022
    Facebook Live production, Tiny_Theatre, Sassy Summer Shorts, August 2022, FL
    Production, Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop 10-minute play Festival, May 2021, NY
    Production, Short Attention Span Theatre Festival, Pensacola Little Theatre, FL 2021 (online)
    Production, Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill “Comic Shorts Festival 2020”, Albuquerque NM
    Production, One-Act Weekend 2020, Carrollwood Players Theatre, Tampa FL
    Production, Tomo Suru Players ABOUT LOVE Festival 2019, Vancouver BC, CANADA
    Staged Reading, Write About Now: Valentine’s Special 2020, London ENGLAND
    Reading, TheatreLab 2020 New Works Festival, Boca Raton, FL
  • THE RIPPLE EFFECT (20-minute version, comedy for 2 actors)
    [20-minute comedy]

    This is an expanded version of the ten-minute play THE RIPPLE EFFECT, created for the "Serial Bowl Series" in Alaska.

    Will pregnancy elude them again? Amy tries to get Jeff on board with some unorthodox fertilization rituals.
    They discover their parenting styles are very different.
  • THE RIPPLE EFFECT (Award-winning 50-minute comedy for three actors)
    WINNER, Midnight Sun Theatre's SERIAL BOWL COMPETITION, Anchorage AK MAY 2024

    Will pregnancy elude them again? Science and superstition go toe-to-toe in this heartwarming comedy about fertility and marriage.

    This 50-minute comedy is an expansion of my ten-minute play THE RIPPLE EFFECT, and was commissioned for Midnight Sun Theatre's Serial Bowl 2024 for the third and final round.
  • THE RIPPLE EFFECT (Award-winning full-length comedy for three actors)
    [Full-length comedy]

    Community Theatre Production, SCDW @ The Rivoli Theatre, S. Fallsburg NY July 2024

    Winner, Midnight Sun Theatre Annual Serial Bowl Competition, Anchorage AK May 2024 (50-minute version)

    Readers Theatre, Spirit Arts Festival, Milwaukee WI May 2024

    Synopsis;
    Will pregnancy elude Amy and Jeff again? Science and superstition...
    [Full-length comedy]

    Community Theatre Production, SCDW @ The Rivoli Theatre, S. Fallsburg NY July 2024

    Winner, Midnight Sun Theatre Annual Serial Bowl Competition, Anchorage AK May 2024 (50-minute version)

    Readers Theatre, Spirit Arts Festival, Milwaukee WI May 2024

    Synopsis;
    Will pregnancy elude Amy and Jeff again? Science and superstition go toe-to-toe in this heartwarming comedy about fertility, marriage, and a city of strangers.

    Note: This is the full-length, 3-character version of this play. Other versions exist: 10-minute (2 characters), 20 minute (2 characters), and 50 minutes (three characters), also on this NPX page.
  • THE SANITY CLAUSET 10-minute holiday comedy
    [10-minute play]
    Production: 2019 Merry Little Holiday Shorts, OnStage Atlanta, Atlanta GA
    Production: 2020 Thank You 10! Ten-Minute Play Festival, Anacortes Community Players, Anacortes, WA
    Educational Production: 2021 Stage 1 Theatre, 12@1 one-day Play Festival, Burlington NC

    If every day is Christmas, how do you make it special? Holly Ivy rebels against her mother’s...
    [10-minute play]
    Production: 2019 Merry Little Holiday Shorts, OnStage Atlanta, Atlanta GA
    Production: 2020 Thank You 10! Ten-Minute Play Festival, Anacortes Community Players, Anacortes, WA
    Educational Production: 2021 Stage 1 Theatre, 12@1 one-day Play Festival, Burlington NC

    If every day is Christmas, how do you make it special? Holly Ivy rebels against her mother’s manic decorating scheme as they both struggle with a life change. Holly Ivy's friend Emerson is in awe at the sheer magnitude of what is essentially Santa's World in an apartment.
  • TOES TAPPING WILDLY, a 30 minute comedy for 12+ actors
    [30-minute play] In July 1911, Virginia McMath was born to Lela McMath in Independence, Missouri. Her kidnapping by her father was stymied by the helpful actions of many Missourians and Texas who reunited mother and daughter. Little Virginia grew up to become the beloved movie star Ginger Rogers. Inspired by real-life events.

    Style of the play/props/stage directions
    The presentational...
    [30-minute play] In July 1911, Virginia McMath was born to Lela McMath in Independence, Missouri. Her kidnapping by her father was stymied by the helpful actions of many Missourians and Texas who reunited mother and daughter. Little Virginia grew up to become the beloved movie star Ginger Rogers. Inspired by real-life events.

    Style of the play/props/stage directions
    The presentational style of this play is modelled after plays such as Peter and The Starcatchers, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and Nicholas Nickleby. The actors work together using their bodies, immersive audience techniques, and a few simple props to create the various events, places, and objects. In particular, wooden dowels of different lengths and sizes – easily purchased at home improvement stores – are used to represent many objects.

    Some stage direction suggestions are included – but director and actors are encouraged to find other places within the story, or other ways to use movement, etc. to create that feeling of ensemble story telling and involve the audience.

    Think of this as if the Beatles had created a live stage play rather than their movies. That same sense of whimsy, sense of humor, poking gentle fun at themselves, etc.


    Note: two of the recommendations refer to an earlier 10-minute long draft.
  • TOUCH THE MOON - full-length play, 5 characters
    Full Length play 85 minutes.
    Winner, HRC Showcase Theater, Hudson, NY, Staged Reading Series, July 2022.
    Winner, Fantasy Theatre Factory New Year, New Works Series 2022, Staged Reading April 2022. Miami FL.
    Dean Productions Premiere the Play, podcast reading 2021, Los Angeles CA
    Walking Shadow Readers Theatre, Online Reading, Washington D.C., April 2021.
    Winner, 3rd place for...
    Full Length play 85 minutes.
    Winner, HRC Showcase Theater, Hudson, NY, Staged Reading Series, July 2022.
    Winner, Fantasy Theatre Factory New Year, New Works Series 2022, Staged Reading April 2022. Miami FL.
    Dean Productions Premiere the Play, podcast reading 2021, Los Angeles CA
    Walking Shadow Readers Theatre, Online Reading, Washington D.C., April 2021.
    Winner, 3rd place for full length play, Mix It Up Productions 2020 Spring Emerging Playwright Contest
    Honorable Mention, Panndora's Box 2020 New Play Festival, Long Beach CA
    Finalist, Depot New Play Reading Series 2022, Hampton CT
    Finalist, 2020 Swarthmore Players Club New Plays Festival.
    Semi-Finalist, 2020 Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival
    Semi-Finalist, 2022 New Works Festival, Hippodrome State Theatre, FL
    Full Length Version - 5 characters. Drama.

    It is Spring Break, 1995, on an unnamed island somewhere far from Miranda’s home. Over her mother’s objections, Miranda leaves for this trip with her best friend Emily and other students from her school. That is the last time Miranda is ever seen alive. Through a series of short vignettes that connect past, present, and future, we meet Miranda, her mother Becca, her best friend Emily, Stefan, and his father Dirk and begin to piece together what may have happened to Miranda that fateful night.
    Stefan is the last person to have seen her alive, and Miranda confronts him in the interrogation room where he is being held. Evasive and cunning, Stefan slowly reveals his true colors as a pathological liar as a frustrated Becca tries to elicit any answers she can of her daughter’s whereabouts.
    A fuller picture of Miranda emerges, showing a young girl on the cusp of womanhood, healing from a broken family dynamic and exploring the boundaries of her sexuality that ultimately spelled out her doom. Dirk tries to protect his son once again from allegations of harming a woman, and Emily is haunted by the fight she and Miranda had on the island, convinced it is her fault that Miranda may be dead.
    A play about how humans need to know, and sometimes need to tell, TOUCH THE MOON draws a line between truth and lies and how they intersect. At its heart it is a story of motherly love and determination in the face of the unthinkable.
  • TOUCH THE MOON One Act Play, 3 Characters
    [30 minute play]
    2022 William Inge Theater Festival Playlab reading April 2022
    2020 Windsor UK Finalist, 2020 Kenneth Branagh Award for Drama Writing (1 of 3 finalists out of 236 submissions - 18 min version)
    Shortlist, 2020 One-Act Play Competition, Carnon Downs Drama Group, UK
    Finalist, 2020 Steyning Festival, Theatre Trails, England
    Finalist, 2019 Ink Festival UK (...
    [30 minute play]
    2022 William Inge Theater Festival Playlab reading April 2022
    2020 Windsor UK Finalist, 2020 Kenneth Branagh Award for Drama Writing (1 of 3 finalists out of 236 submissions - 18 min version)
    Shortlist, 2020 One-Act Play Competition, Carnon Downs Drama Group, UK
    Finalist, 2020 Steyning Festival, Theatre Trails, England
    Finalist, 2019 Ink Festival UK (shortlisted in top 20 out of 750 submissions)

    When Miranda leaves for Spring Break, her mother Becca is worried and concerned. Miranda meets Stefan on her trip. When the unthinkable occurs, Becca is determined to find some answers from the last person to see her alive.
  • WATER MUSIC, a ten-minute drama
    [10-minute play] A Ferry. A sloshing water bottle. A theft. For Meredith and Lada, a short trip turns strangers into something else entirely.

    Production, Summer Short Cuts VIII, Open Eye Theatre, Margaretville NY 2023
    Podcast & Interview, Open Eye Theatre, Margaretville NY, on WIOX 91.3FM in the Catskills 2023
    Podcast & Interview, Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga,...
    [10-minute play] A Ferry. A sloshing water bottle. A theft. For Meredith and Lada, a short trip turns strangers into something else entirely.

    Production, Summer Short Cuts VIII, Open Eye Theatre, Margaretville NY 2023
    Podcast & Interview, Open Eye Theatre, Margaretville NY, on WIOX 91.3FM in the Catskills 2023
    Podcast & Interview, Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, Lights Up Series 3, October 3 2022
    Online Reading, The Barrow Group First Fridays, NYC April 2022
    Production, Valley Players, Ladies Briefs Play Festival, September 2021, Napa CA
    Online Reading, Scriptwriters & Co. Scratch Night, Bath UK March 2021
    Production, Sundog Theatre "Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry" New Play Festival, 2020

  • WHAT KIND OF A GOD 1-minute play
    [1-minute play] Two lovers struggle with their illicit affair.
  • WE THREE 10-minute drama
    [10-minute play] Three good friends gather during the weekend of their high school reunion. During the course of reminiscing, hidden resentments rise to the surface, and a secret is revealed that forever changes their history and how they move forward.
  • ZERO PERCENT CHANCE OF VISIBILITY short-form musical by Arianna Rose and Marj O'Neill-Butler
    [20-minute musical] When women reach a certain age, they often find themselves being ignored and overlooked for work, social occasions and dating. This musical, based on the short play Sneaking A Peek by Marj O’Neill-Butler, introduces us to two mature characters: Elena who is out living her life and not letting let the world dim her wants and needs; and Lorna, who has let life pass her by and who has been...
    [20-minute musical] When women reach a certain age, they often find themselves being ignored and overlooked for work, social occasions and dating. This musical, based on the short play Sneaking A Peek by Marj O’Neill-Butler, introduces us to two mature characters: Elena who is out living her life and not letting let the world dim her wants and needs; and Lorna, who has let life pass her by and who has been made to feel invisible in the world in which she lives. Elena takes Lorna in hand and informs and teaches her how to enjoy life, sex and love all over again. Here’s to all women who want to live their lives in interesting, involved and exciting ways, no matter what their age.
  • Emily's Monologue from TOUCH THE MOON (full-length version)
    Published in Smith & Kraus "The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2023" edited by Debbie Lamedman

    [2-minute monologue] Emily has been on spring break on an island with her best friend, Miranda. Miranda has gone missing. The last person Miranda was seen with was a local boy that Emily was pushing her to go out on a date with. Emily is wracked with guilt and fear.
  • Miranda's Monologue from TOUCH THE MOON (full length version)
    [2-minute monologue] Miranda, 18, is a bit tipsy. She has met Stefan in the bar on the island where she is vacationing for spring break. She yearns for someone to see the real her and is hoping Stefan will be that person.
  • BOOM - monologue about loss for any gender, any age
    [4-minute monologue] Frankie waits for the Memorial Day fireworks to begin while contemplating a very recent loss.
  • Michael's Boy-Girl Party, a 3-minute monologue
    [3-minute monologue] Melanie, a tween, is arguing with her older sister Anna and recounting her first experience with spin-the-bottle.

    Writers Block Radio Hour, Glasgow Scotland, May 2020
    Theatre Lab Online Original Monologue Festival, April 2020
  • 8 Aunt Marys - a 1 minute monologue for a teen girl
    (written for the 2022 Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive)

    Jackie, 15, agonizes over a mysterious text she received from her boyfriend David.

  • Benjy's Monologue PROTÉGÉ Monologue from CARNY CIRCUIT
    [3-minute monologue] Benjy, a teenager from Brooklyn, tells his friend Joey what happened to him last summer when he toured with a carnival and trained as a ventriloquist.
  • Oldest Son Monologue from FAMILY BY NUMBERS by Arianna Rose for late teens-20 male.
    [2-minute monologue] Oldest Son recounts the tragic circumstances of his hike in Olympia National Park.
  • Meredith's Monologue from WATER MUSIC, a 3.5 minute monologue for a woman 50+
    Meredith, 50+, is riding the ferry, slowly tipping a water bottle back and forth and counting, as she shares her story about her son and husband.
  • Stefan's Secret - 1-minute Male monologue from the play TOUCH THE MOON
    Published in the Smith & Kraus "The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2023" edited by Debbie Lamedman

    Dramatic Context: Stefan is currently being held in the local jail, on suspicion of harming Miranda, a teen visitor to his island. Miranda was last seen in Stefan’s company. Miranda’s mother has been grilling him about what happened to her daughter and what he knows. In this...
    Published in the Smith & Kraus "The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2023" edited by Debbie Lamedman

    Dramatic Context: Stefan is currently being held in the local jail, on suspicion of harming Miranda, a teen visitor to his island. Miranda was last seen in Stefan’s company. Miranda’s mother has been grilling him about what happened to her daughter and what he knows. In this moment, Stefan breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the audience.

    STEFAN male, somewhere between 17-21, student on the island. Charismatic and troubled. Should seem like a boy rather than a man.
    (pronounced Steh-FAHN)
    Synopsis:
    Spring Break, 1994, on an island. A teen-aged girl goes missing. Through a series of connected vignettes spanning time, we meet Miranda, her mother Becca, her best friend Emily, Stefan, and his father Dirk. Becca confronts Stefan, the last person to have seen Miranda. Stefan slowly reveals his true colors as a pathological liar to a frustrated Becca. Miranda emerges as a young girl on the cusp of womanhood, healing from a broken family dynamic and exploring the boundaries of her sexuality. Dirk tries to protect his son, and Emily is convinced it’s her fault that Miranda may be dead.
  • Dirk's Admission - Monologue for Male, 40s, from the play TOUCH THE MOON
    3 minute monologue for male, 40s+, drama
    Published in Smith & Kraus "The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2023", edited by Debbie Lamedman

    DIRK, 40s, is father to troubled teen Stefan, who has been accused of murdering Miranda, a visitor to their island. Dirk breaks the fourth wall and speaks to the audience. He is alone.

    This monologue is from the play TOUCH...
    3 minute monologue for male, 40s+, drama
    Published in Smith & Kraus "The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2023", edited by Debbie Lamedman

    DIRK, 40s, is father to troubled teen Stefan, who has been accused of murdering Miranda, a visitor to their island. Dirk breaks the fourth wall and speaks to the audience. He is alone.

    This monologue is from the play TOUCH THE MOON.
    Synopsis:
    Spring Break, 1994, on an island. A teen-aged girl goes missing. Through a series of connected vignettes spanning time, we meet Miranda, her mother Becca, her best friend Emily, Stefan, and his father Dirk. Becca confronts Stefan, the last person to have seen Miranda. Stefan slowly reveals his true colors as a pathological liar to a frustrated Becca. Miranda emerges as a young girl on the cusp of womanhood, healing from a broken family dynamic and exploring the boundaries of her sexuality. Dirk tries to protect his son, and Emily is convinced it’s her fault that Miranda may be dead.