Stephen Kaplan

Stephen Kaplan

Stephen grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and wrote his first play, And Jack Came Tumbling After (Old Globe Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and HERE and Lincoln Center Theatre’s American Living Room Series) when he was 15. The play won the California as well as Blank Theatre Company’s Young Playwright’s Contests and led him to write his next play, Self Addressed, which was produced by the Blank...
Stephen grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and wrote his first play, And Jack Came Tumbling After (Old Globe Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and HERE and Lincoln Center Theatre’s American Living Room Series) when he was 15. The play won the California as well as Blank Theatre Company’s Young Playwright’s Contests and led him to write his next play, Self Addressed, which was produced by the Blank in addition to being presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then he has written In Mrs. Baker’s Room (Commission: Abingdon Theatre Company, Winner: Father Hamblin Award for Outstanding Playwriting); A Real Boy (Premiere: This Is Water Theatre, Bryan, TX; Semi-Finalist: PlayPenn, Dayton Playhouse FutureFest; Ashland New Play Festival, MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); Exquisite Potential (Winner: NJ Playwrights Contest (w/production), Dezart Performs’ Reading Series (w/production) and Across the Generations New Jewish Play Festival, Finalist: Woodward/Newman Drama Award; Semi-Finalist: Seven Devils Theatre Conference); When the Mayonnaise Goes Bad (written with Will Nolan – The Vital Theatre Company); The Book of Daniel (Winner: New American Comedy Showcase Award); Tim Eless,
Private Eye (with Noah Wyle @ Blank Theatre Company); Dreams of Reason (Northwestern University); Oh, Happy We (The Theatre-Studio); and Six Seniors in Search of an Ending (a special commission written for President Bill Clinton). He is a proud member of and the New Jersey Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • Tracy Jones
    Tracy Jones has rented out the back "party room" of Jones Street Bar and Grill: the Place for Wings and Things, a typical chain restaurant. Tracy Jones is throwing a party to which she's invited every woman in the world who is also named Tracy Jones. Tracy Jones has been sitting for over an hour alone, nursing her Diet Coke, waiting for any other Tracy Joneses to show up. Tracy Jones' epic...
    Tracy Jones has rented out the back "party room" of Jones Street Bar and Grill: the Place for Wings and Things, a typical chain restaurant. Tracy Jones is throwing a party to which she's invited every woman in the world who is also named Tracy Jones. Tracy Jones has been sitting for over an hour alone, nursing her Diet Coke, waiting for any other Tracy Joneses to show up. Tracy Jones' epic loneliness is about to be tested beyond anything she ever imagined.
  • Branwell (and the other Brontes): an autobiography edited by Charlotte Bronte
    Branwell Brontë has always been desperate to keep up with his brilliant sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. On his deathbed, the sisters use the magic of worlds created when they were children to keep them all distracted from the harsh reality of not only Branwell’s impending death, but the sisters’ recent literary successes – each has had a novel published. But the family discovers that the thing they love...
    Branwell Brontë has always been desperate to keep up with his brilliant sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. On his deathbed, the sisters use the magic of worlds created when they were children to keep them all distracted from the harsh reality of not only Branwell’s impending death, but the sisters’ recent literary successes – each has had a novel published. But the family discovers that the thing they love best and are best at, creating stories, is sometimes the very thing that causes the greatest destruction.

    Though set in the past, Branwell (and the other Brontës): an autobiography edited by Charlotte Brontë is about how, throughout time, we tell and use stories and fantasy to deal with our realities. It explores the pain and necessity of creation when encountering grief and loss.
  • Community
    Christopher Marshall has just been cast as George in Mt. Laurel Community Players' production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He invites Zach, the young, Black actor who's been cast as Nick, over for a drink to give him some actorly advice - and possibly to kill him. Whatever works. When the production's Martha and Honey show up uninvited, they find themselves caught in this play about a...
    Christopher Marshall has just been cast as George in Mt. Laurel Community Players' production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He invites Zach, the young, Black actor who's been cast as Nick, over for a drink to give him some actorly advice - and possibly to kill him. Whatever works. When the production's Martha and Honey show up uninvited, they find themselves caught in this play about a play (within a play?) tackling deadly issues like race and, perhaps even more dauntingly, community theatre. This ferocious comedy asks questions about how we view stories about race and the not-just-color blindness that many have when trying to talk about it.

    * Semi-Finalist - Premiere Stages Play Festival
  • A Real Boy
    Mary Ann and Peter Myers, both puppets, differ on how to best raise their kindergarten-bound human son, Max. When Max starts growing strings his human kindergarten teacher, Miss Terry, decides to take over as his parent to ensure he stays a real boy, igniting the Myers’ own sets of parenting beliefs and what is really best for Max.
  • Exquisite Potential
    All parents think their children are great. Alan Zuckerman just happens to think his 3-year-old son, David, is the Messiah. Thirty years ago, Alan and his wife, Laura, visit their rabbi to verify David’s possible divine nature. Thirty years later, everyone older and wiser, it appears that Dad might have been onto something.
  • una casa/a home
    The Schwartz Family were Russian Jews who lived in a house in Barrio Logan in San Diego, CA in 1940. The Flores family moved from Mexico and lived in the same house in 1960. In 2014, D.J. Schwartz knocks on the door to meet the house’s current inhabitants. He discovers that no one has really left the house…Ever.
  • The Seventh Son
    A Curse. A Kingdom without laughter. A Princess who likes to run. And a Prince who likes to read as well as may like other princes. In this fractured fairy tale for all ages, no one is happy in the Kingdom of Eastphalia and only the seventh son of the seventh son can make things right. But will he come in time?

    Play is available in two versions for 14 actors or for 22+.
  • Tim Eless, Private Eye
    Tim Eless is a private eye. Laurie Goldberg is the femme fatale who brings him a new mystery. Only trouble is Tim has short term memory, and can't seem to remember her.
  • For Unto Us
    Mary and Joseph, two 5-year-olds, discuss religion, different kinds of families and gender roles as they play with Mary’s new Christmas present, a doll.
  • The Last Night
    On the last night of Hanukkah, a young woman must decide whether to finally open a special gift from her mother.
  • In Mrs. Baker's Room
    Jacob Ritter teaches fifth grade. When Mrs. Baker, his fifth grade teacher, arrives unexpectedly at his classroom, she is stunned to see that it is an exact replica of hers, down to the ditto machine he purchased on E-bay to do his handouts. He has modeled everything he does and teaches on what he recalls from Mrs. Baker. Everything. The only thing missing from his perfect classroom is Mrs. Baker herself.
  • The John Wilkes Booth High School for the Performing Arts Presents: The Most Inclusive, Least Offensive Play Ever: An After School Special
    When the parents of The John Wilkes Booth High School for the Performing Arts threaten to remove the theatre program because they realize that all theatre is offensive, the scrappy students of JWB and their drama teacher race to save their beloved department by producing the most inclusive and least offensive play ever.
  • Helen Keller Visits Martha Graham's Dance Studio
    Two giants face off over the nature of art. Included in Smith & Krause's 105 FIVE-MINUTE PLAYS.
  • Death Defying
    Zazel and Airabella, two circus aerialists from different eras, find themselves trapped in a waiting room as they await their fate which depends on someone knowing their real names.
  • Drill
    A one-minute play addressing the sad nonchalance of active shooter drills in schools.