Jake Lewis

Jake Lewis

English and Drama teacher, and part-time writer/actor/director for community theatre.
Founder of the first entirely-virtual theatre company in Massachusetts, Jakespeare Virtual Theatre Company (www.JakespeareVTC.com)

Plays

  • Here's Waldo
    Waldo, of the famed WHERE'S WALDO books, feels unseen and visits a psychiatrist to talk about his nomadic lifestyle.
  • Adam & Eve & Steve
    It's only been one day since Adam and Eve were created, and they're already bored. So God creates Steve, which adds some excitement and new problems to the Garden of Eden.
  • The King of Horror
    A jealous horror writer attempts to get rid of his competition through the only way he knows how.

    ***ONE MINUTE PLAY***
  • Man of Madison Avenue
    Monica and Ryan are breaking up at a New York City bus stop, when they are interrupted by a Don Quixote-like visitor who serves as their impromptu therapist.
  • The Skull (a radio play)
    Conger is sent back in time to assassinate a religious leader named The Founder before his rise to power.
    Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick.
    ***WRITTEN FOR "THE PKDCAST: A PHILIP K. DICK PODCAST"***
  • The Gun (a radio play)
    An interstellar rescue crew crashes on an alien planet after being shot down by an AI-controlled gun. They try to find answers to what controls the gun and how to leave the planet safely.

    Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick.

    ***WRITTEN FOR "THE PKDCAST: A PHILIP K. DICK PODCAST"***
  • The Defenders (a radio play)
    After eight years of living underground due to a nuclear war, three members of the military are going back up to the surface to see how things are progressing, but are surprised to discover the truth of what their own intelligence has wrought.

    Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick.

    ***WRITTEN FOR "THE PKDCAST: A PHILIP K. DICK PODCAST"***
  • Cuckoo Banana Pants
    Rita and Dale first met each other on a dating site where you can't see the others' face. But when they finally meet in person, there's more than one surprise in store.
  • V-Card
    Betty receives a Valentine's Day card from her soon-to-be ex-husband, which complicates their already complex relationship. Fortunately, her teen daughter Lexie helps her understand the nature of love is not always as tricky as they seem.
  • Til Death Do You Part...and Then Some!
    Maddy, recently deceased, finds her grieving husband dealing with her loss in an unusual way, but due to the laws of physics, she can't go on to the next place anytime soon.
  • The Hanging Stranger (a radio play)
    Ed Loyce sees a man hanging from a telephone pole, but no one else seems to be worried about it. In a harrowing 24 hours, Loyce comes to understand the truth behind this mystery, and its greater implications that stretch throughout human history. Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick.

    ***WRITTEN FOR "THE PKDCAST: A PHILIP K. DICK PODCAST"***
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin #1: The Arrest of Arsene Lupin
    The first episode in the nine-part adaptation of Maurice LeBlanc's premiere collection following the "gentleman burglar."

    Lupin has been reported to be on board a trans-Atlantic steamer, but who is he, and will the passengers identify him before they arrive in New York and he makes off with their jewels?

    Written for Jakespeare Virtual Theatre Company (www.JakespeareVTC.com)
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin #2: Arsene Lupin in Prison
    The second episode of 9 in all-new radio plays based on the original collection of the gentleman-burglar!

    After his capture in New York, Lupin has been returned to the Sante Prison, but passes the time by planning an art heist of the Baron Cahorn. How will Lupin -- secured behind the walls of the prison -- pull off the crime?

    Written for Jakespeare Virtual Theatre Company
    (www.JakespeareVTC.com)
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin #3: The Escape of Arsene Lupin
    The third episode in the nine-part adaptation of Maurice LeBlanc's premiere collection following the "gentleman burglar."

    Lupin has promised his escape from The Sante when he is ready, and as his trial date nears, people wonder if he will be able to pull it off. When his time in court occurs, is the man seated at the defense table really Lupin, and if not, who is he?
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    The third episode in the nine-part adaptation of Maurice LeBlanc's premiere collection following the "gentleman burglar."

    Lupin has promised his escape from The Sante when he is ready, and as his trial date nears, people wonder if he will be able to pull it off. When his time in court occurs, is the man seated at the defense table really Lupin, and if not, who is he?

    Written for Jakespeare Virtual Theatre Company
    www.JakespeareVTC.com
  • Summer Evening
    Bianca is thrilled that her high school sweetheart, Artie, has returned home from the war, but as she hopes their conversation on her front porch will be about their future, he can't help but be stuck on his past.

    Inspired by the painting "Summer Evening" by Edward Hopper
  • The Snap Back
    Amber's brother and mother disappeared five years ago, but now they have suddenly returned, throwing her newfound life into disarray. As they discuss what's happened, they all realize what has been lost.
  • IT's Lonely in Love
    Pennywise the Clown and Kurt Barlow talk about the downsides of being two of the most popular villains in horror.
  • Confrontation at Sal's Saloon
    An old friend visits the bartender of a saloon in the Wild West with a generous offer, but old grudges soon lead to a bloody climax.
  • The Award
    David visits Doreen in the nursing home to give her an award that means different things to each of them.
  • Carry That Weight
    Jude and Prudence are cleaning out the attic of their recently-departed father, when they discover a ringing cell phone in a box. The person on the other end of it causes Jude to confront the trauma of his past so that he can finally move on.

    Inspired by a story on "This American Life."
  • Heaven Forbid
    When Phil dies and goes to Heaven, he realizes he can have anything he wants except one thing, which will make the rest of eternity a lot different than he hoped.
  • Scones (or, Macbeth Part II)
    Now that the hurly-burly is done, the three weird sisters aren't quite sure what to do next, but scones figure somewhere into their plan.
  • The Screening Room
    Inspired by the Edward Hopper painting, "New York Movie," Cora discovers that, upon entering Heaven, she will need to watch the movie of her life, reliving the best and worst moments. The usher, Angela, has seen too many terrible lives play out on screen, but the two women somehow discover a way to find hope even in the face of death.
  • Drive My Car
    The first AI-driving Uber has arrived, and it takes Zara for a ride in more ways than one.
  • The Choice
    Two parents must make a difficult decision that could save their child's life.
  • The Sixth Day
    On the sixth day, God created humans. Boy, was that a mistake.
  • Paw to God
    Two dogs discuss life and death and why humans are immortal.
  • Idyllia
    A one-act nonmusical version based on the short story that inspired the musical Brigadoon.

    A young man, out exploring the countryside, encounters a magical village that appears for only one day every one hundred years. As he gets to know its inhabitants he must face the decision to stay in this wrinkle in the fabric of time, or return to his obligations in the outside world.
  • Tell Me Something
    Two old men discuss love over a cup of coffee and donut.
  • First & Last
    A ten-minute play that takes place simultaneously on Scott and Heather's first and last date.
  • If At First You Don't Succeed....
    A shapeshifter keeps changing his body to get more dates with his dream woman.
  • Scenes from a Suburban Living Room
    James is worried his son doesn't like Billy Joel, and his mind starts to spiral out of control at all the implications.
  • Pillow Talk
    A couple about to divorce argues over who gets to keep a pillow.
  • Zoom Dating: A comedy for online performance
    No, it's not called that because it takes place on a certain teleconferencing platform, but it's the online version of speed dating!

    Join Helen as she video chats with four single men during the quarantine. She soon learns that social distancing might not be so bad after all!
  • Pothole: A Parable
    A pothole named Bertha blows out Travis's tire, and while waiting for the tow truck, he meets Christy -- a woman who patrols that particular stretch of highway hoping to help people get over the bumps in their life.
  • Emotional Baggage
    You'll never guess what an airline's latest fee is, in this ten minute comedy.
  • Exit Interview
    A talk show in the near-distant future travels back in time to interview guests 24 hours before they die. Host Wally Langdon interviews Andy Burns, a retired bus driver, who goes through the stages of grief before righting his life before it's too late. This is the second play in the Commercium series.
  • The Lord Will See You Now
    The average human brain continues to function for 10 minutes after the heart stops. What happens then? Why, God's favorite game show, which will decide the destination of your eternal soul!
  • The Donation
    Peter Donohue learns of a special service where his late wife can be returned to him, but first, he must make an appropriate donation. Peter will confront what he's capable of, as well as some truths about his marriage best left uncovered. This is the first play in the Commercium series.
  • On the Eighth Night of Hanukkah
    It's the final night of Hanukkah, and the eight candles (as well as their leader. Shamas) gather together to talk about the meaning of the holiday.

    A fun, family-appropriate comedy for schools, religious organizations, or community theatres!
  • One Moment in Time
    A woman from the future and a man from the past talk about time travel in the present.
  • Dance Dad
    A dad talks to another parent about his son performing ballet instead of doing a sport
  • What's Your Problem?
    Welcome to the game show that asks people "What's your problem?"
  • Dog and Cat Have a Chat
    Two household pets discuss their relationship with each other.
  • Pandora's Box
    A grandchild and her grandfather discuss how the world ended.
  • Sorry, Wrong Order
    A man at a coffee shop is mistaken for a regular customer.
  • What Fools These Mortals Be!
    God wakes up from a coma to find things not exactly how he left them.
  • Sporange
    Two dads at a pumpkin-flinging competition try to think of words that rhyme with orange.
  • Guess Who's Being Your Dinner?
    Two vampires discuss what to have for dinner.
  • The REAL Bad Place
    Two demons discuss how to make humans truly miserable.
  • Sleep Like a Baby
    A husband and wife do not see eye to eye about how much he naps.
  • The Wrongest Time
    In Multiverse 282, things are not in harmony.
  • Thoughts & Prayers
    You'd be surprised who receives your thoughts and prayers.
  • Stranger than Fiction
    Social distancing can sometimes get you to thinking too much...
  • After 25 Years
    Two friends promise to marry each other if they're both single by their 25th high school reunion.
  • WWJ(R)D? (What Would Jack Reacher Do?)
    Jack Reacher takes on the coronavirus.
  • Missing the Point
    Do stories need a point? One writer contemplates this question.
  • Pande-monium: Scenes from Quarantine
    A one-minute play of tableaus (no speaking) of a family's progression over a period of quarantining.
  • The 19th Airborne
    A one-minute play from the point-of-view of the coronavirus.
  • Disagree to Agree
    Why should you agree with someone you know is wrong?