Philip Kaplan

Philip Kaplan

Philip J. Kaplan is the author of HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS: BEST, WORST AND MOST UNUSUAL. Full Lengths include, THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE, (Premiere The Vintage Theatre 2019), BUNNYBOY, (Premiere The Growing Stage, 2020), THE CUPCAKE CONSPIRACY (w/ C.J. Ehrlich), Rover DramaWerks (2015), Getchell Contest Finalist (2013), Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest Finalist (2012), I, VERMIN: A...
Philip J. Kaplan is the author of HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS: BEST, WORST AND MOST UNUSUAL. Full Lengths include, THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE, (Premiere The Vintage Theatre 2019), BUNNYBOY, (Premiere The Growing Stage, 2020), THE CUPCAKE CONSPIRACY (w/ C.J. Ehrlich), Rover DramaWerks (2015), Getchell Contest Finalist (2013), Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest Finalist (2012), I, VERMIN: A HOLLYWOOD SUCCESS STORY, NY Fringe Festival (2002), and VIOLENT OVERTHROW OF THE GOVERNMENT (AND OTHER FAMILY MATTERS).

He has had plays published in Best Ten Minute Plays 2011, 2014 and 2018 (Smith and Kraus). His short plays have been produced at many theaters, including The Acme Theatre (MA), Wordsmyth Theatre (TX), Mildred's Umbrella (TX), Driftwood Players(WA), Spokane Stage Left WA), 10 x 10 in the Triangle (NC), DC Cultural Source (DC), Old Library Theatre (NJ), Heartland Theatre (IL), Future Ten (PA) and American Globe theatre (NY).

Plays

  • Loss of Melody
    Loss of Melody tells the story of Gwen, a retired teacher, who is suffering
    from Alzheimer’s. She is in fierce denial about her growing dementia and is blind to its
    effects on her family, Sam, her husband, and Todd her son. Sam is helpless as he
    watches his once capable wife crumble, and Todd finds he can only do so much. As
    Gwen’s world falls apart she retreats into song, but...
    Loss of Melody tells the story of Gwen, a retired teacher, who is suffering
    from Alzheimer’s. She is in fierce denial about her growing dementia and is blind to its
    effects on her family, Sam, her husband, and Todd her son. Sam is helpless as he
    watches his once capable wife crumble, and Todd finds he can only do so much. As
    Gwen’s world falls apart she retreats into song, but something is missing. The songs
    have no music.
  • Waiting Room
    Lisa tries to take her mind off her Planned Parenthood appointment, and the protesters outside, while she and her best friend wait in the waiting room. (In honor of the Planned Parenthood clinic shooting, Colorado Springs, Colorado 11/27/2015. )
  • Dr. Hydra and the Eye
    Marta has sacrificed her life to care for her ailing father, Herman. Enter Ken, an awkward comic book historian, searching for proof that Herman wrote Dr. Hydra and the Eye, a short-lived, but influential comic book. Ken has written a Dr. Hydra screenplay, but needs the rights in order to get it produced. Marta is willing to help but she knows nothing of this aspect of her father’s past, and Herman has...
    Marta has sacrificed her life to care for her ailing father, Herman. Enter Ken, an awkward comic book historian, searching for proof that Herman wrote Dr. Hydra and the Eye, a short-lived, but influential comic book. Ken has written a Dr. Hydra screenplay, but needs the rights in order to get it produced. Marta is willing to help but she knows nothing of this aspect of her father’s past, and Herman has advanced Alzheimer’s. However, there are boxes to explore and secrets to uncover.
  • Comfort Zone
    Alan, a 73 year old widower, lives on his own in New York City and has been unable to get past his grief. His son, Craig, worried that Alan is foundering, goes behind Alan’s back to arrange for Lisa, a 21-year old college student from Colorado, to rent the spare bedroom. Alan reluctantly accepts Lisa as a roommate, and learns that she too has suffered an unbearable loss when her best friend died in a mass...
    Alan, a 73 year old widower, lives on his own in New York City and has been unable to get past his grief. His son, Craig, worried that Alan is foundering, goes behind Alan’s back to arrange for Lisa, a 21-year old college student from Colorado, to rent the spare bedroom. Alan reluctantly accepts Lisa as a roommate, and learns that she too has suffered an unbearable loss when her best friend died in a mass shooting. Together they help each other find their way and break out of their self-imposed comfort zone.
  • The Best Day of Your Life
    "Love takes time ... and timing."

    THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE is a bittersweet romantic comedy covering 40 years in six scenes. In college RON is smitten with WANDA who is his ideal girl, and he dreams of his upcoming date, which will not go well. But time and circumstances change the next time they meet seven years later. The play follows them through the years, as they struggle with...
    "Love takes time ... and timing."

    THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE is a bittersweet romantic comedy covering 40 years in six scenes. In college RON is smitten with WANDA who is his ideal girl, and he dreams of his upcoming date, which will not go well. But time and circumstances change the next time they meet seven years later. The play follows them through the years, as they struggle with success and failure, sickness and health, family issues and ultimately marriage. 
  • Good Guy with a Gun
    A game show to decide who is a good guy with a gun, not a bad guy with a gun.
  • Extremely Hot in Cleveland
    Nothing is going to stop Brenda from throwing a great dinner for the President of Ohio. It’s difficult because life is difficult in post climate change Cincinnati in the year 2070. If the dinner goes well her husband, Mr. Deming, will be made a Judge, and the family gets to move to the climate controlled Bunkerplex, home of the Titans of Industry. If not, the family will stay in their world of famine, flooding...
    Nothing is going to stop Brenda from throwing a great dinner for the President of Ohio. It’s difficult because life is difficult in post climate change Cincinnati in the year 2070. If the dinner goes well her husband, Mr. Deming, will be made a Judge, and the family gets to move to the climate controlled Bunkerplex, home of the Titans of Industry. If not, the family will stay in their world of famine, flooding and disease. There are, however, a few problems. The cook just died, Brenda’s son Gip has the plague, Mr. Deming has a potentially fatal secret, the Girl Scouts want to assassinate the President and what can you make for dinner when you only have lima beans and cat food?
  • Bunnyboy
    Through a series of accidents, Peter, a sixth grader, develops superpowers and becomes Bunnyboy. Now what? Peter and his friends Skip and Karen, discover, it’s complicated being a superhero – there’s no manual. And when Bunnyboy has to face an actual super villain, the Animal Master, is he up for the task? And will he get his homework in on time?
  • SOA
    A visit to the Trump Presidential library far in the future
  • Almost There
    From a hotel lobby Stuart virtually attends a Naming Party, a Funeral and a Bachelor Party. He's great on the Internet, but in person, not so much.
  • A DIANE ARBUS CHRISTMAS
    Holiday photos from Diane Arbus
  • Fading
    Todd confronts his feelings of anger, loss and resentment as he realizes that, thanks to Alzheimer's, his mother no longer remembers him. However, she can't stop talking about Todd's younger brother, Scott. Todd's mother is fading in front of his eyes, and there's nothing he can do about it.
  • Last Words
    A brother and sister politely fight at their father's funeral.
  • The Cupcake Conspiracy
    (w C.J. Ehrlich)

    Terrorism is Easy. Marriage is Complicated!

    When nebishy, newly-separated Max decides to put his toes in the dating waters behind his soon-to-be ex's back, he finds himself up to his neck in a terrorist plot involving cupcakes. Really evil cupcakes. His date with the sultry Natasha could be the best or worst night of his life, if he can stay ahead of her evil...
    (w C.J. Ehrlich)

    Terrorism is Easy. Marriage is Complicated!

    When nebishy, newly-separated Max decides to put his toes in the dating waters behind his soon-to-be ex's back, he finds himself up to his neck in a terrorist plot involving cupcakes. Really evil cupcakes. His date with the sultry Natasha could be the best or worst night of his life, if he can stay ahead of her evil plot, and more important, keep his wife from finding out.

    An audience-pleasing romp, with the feel of a contemporary comedy, THE CUPCAKE CONSPIRACY also delves into the topical issues of how stress and selfishness can tear apart a marriage (or create a terrorist).

    “Clever, fun, funny” - Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News

    “WOW. If you don’t like to laugh, if you are offended by sharp wit... or if you have a problem with hilarity in general, you should not see this play.” - Chris Cortinas theatre blog, Plano TX

    “A clever, scrumptious diversion” - National Examiner.com
    "It's hard to resist the genius of playwrighting duo C.J. Ehrlich and Phillip J. Kaplan's premise that one could devise a volatile, yet scrumptious cupcake, as twisted and mindblowing as slipping LSD into a Yoohoo (thank you, Pauline Kael). Cupcake Conspiracy is not absurdist, but takes great mirth from appreciating the absurd. The ridiculous... On one level you could say Cupcake Conspiracy is a study of how we are so imprisoned by personal worldview, we are blinded to what we desperately need to see. Another interpretation (not necessarily a contradiction) is : No matter how imbecilic our mistakes, some higher intelligence trumps human folly."

    Read the review: www.examiner.com/review/rover-s-cupcake-conspiracy-a-clever-scrumptious-diversion

    "A farce with icing on top" - Sequim (WA) Gazette

    Cast of 6: 4 principals (2W, 2M) plus two actors (2W/M) tripling in six supporting roles. One of the four leads must have great facility with dialects and be able to change character on a dime. Extras may be added in most scenes, if desired.

    Running time: approx 90 min. Sets can be suggested or elaborate.

    Other accolades: Finalist - Charles Getchell Award
    Finalist - Mountain Playhouse International Comedy competition
  • Violent Overthrow of the Government (and other family matters)
    Seth Gladding thinks his girlfriend Nikki Chipman’s finally invited him over to meet her parents. But when he arrives for what may turn into the worst evening of his life, Nikki admits that her mysterious family’s been under FBI surveillance ever since her father was shot while trying to hold the Lincoln Memorial hostage, and the case can’t be closed until the Chipmans trick the Feds into believing that her...
    Seth Gladding thinks his girlfriend Nikki Chipman’s finally invited him over to meet her parents. But when he arrives for what may turn into the worst evening of his life, Nikki admits that her mysterious family’s been under FBI surveillance ever since her father was shot while trying to hold the Lincoln Memorial hostage, and the case can’t be closed until the Chipmans trick the Feds into believing that her brother Vlad is a pussycat and not the anarchist he really is. It’s simple. All Seth must do to win Nikki’s undying love is to lie to the FBI, and be Vlad.

    But now Seth has to hide the fact that he’s the cop who accidentally shot the kook at the Lincoln Memorial!

    Can Seth keep his angry girlfriend happy? Will the real Vlad appear and ruin everything? After a year of watching Connie Chipman and her family, will FBI Agent Sullivan declare his love, or just throw Connie in jail? Will Connie snap out of her depression long enough to cook dinner? Is Connie’s friend Haven the man he says he is, and how many toes does he really have? Will Agent Sullivan learn what drives a person to political activism? And will anyone get to eat dinner in this zany political farce?