Adam Richter

Adam Richter

Adam Richter is a journalist and amateur playwright based in Reading, Pa. He has written several short plays and a couple of one-acts once he got the hang of it. His works have been produced by the Reading Theater Project and Barley Sheaf Players.

Plays

  • CONVERSATION THAT NEVER HAPPENS IN 99.9% OF NEWSROOMS

    (ONE-MINUTE PLAY)

    A reporter has the scoop of the century.
  • UNVERIFIED
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    A Twitter user pursues that elusive blue checkmark.
  • THE PICKUP GAME
    (FIVE-MINUTE PLAY)

    Someone left a sock in the middle of the floor. It’s a bigger deal than it sounds like.
  • THE CONSCIENCE OF THE KING
    (ONE-ACT PLAY)

    In this prequel to "Hamlet," Claudius wants to get his brother to be a better king. He has the best of intentions. Really.

    Working draft: Open to development opportunities.
  • ST. PATRICK'S DAY
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    Frank and Brendan get drunk and wonder why they fall for the worst Irish stereotypes on St. Patrick's Day.
  • COVID THEATER - A ONE-MINUTE PLAY
    A high school student weighs whether to remove his mask when scolded by Florida's governor.
  • TWENTY DAYS LATER
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    For the last 150 years, Phil has predicted when winter will end. This year, he may have gone too far.

    Written as part of the 2022 28 Plays Later writing challenge
  • BLEAT, BRAY, LOVE
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    Gary and Carol, two city slickers, have a lot to learn about country life.
  • PAST PERFECT
    (Ten-Minute Play)

    As Rosa and Brady run errands in preparation for her wedding, Brady has trouble letting go of the past.
  • GOD AWFUL: A PLAY ABOUT JOB
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    A mystery play about the story of Job, the man whom God and Satan tormented for their own amusement.

    Written as part of The Literal Challenge's 28 Plays Later Challenge, 2022
  • MARTY SAVES HUMANITY
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    In 1980, a popular afternoon DJ is tasked with an assignment critical to the survival of the human race in 2022.

    Written as part of The Literal Challenge's 28 Plays Later Challenge, 2022
  • PRESENCE
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    Reggie is determined to learn how to meditate. If only his notifications would STFU.
  • PEAEN TO THE RED PEN (MONOLOGUE)
    (MONOLOGUE)

    A longtime editor talks about his work, to anyone who's interested. A tribute to the unsung heroes of the written word.
  • LINE READING
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    A lighthearted look at the creative process and theatrical collaboration.
  • THE LATEST CRAZE: FIVE ONE-MINUTE PLAYS ABOUT WORDLE
    (ONE-MINUTE PLAYS)

    Five one-minute plays about the online game Wordle and the fad it’s created. Pieces may be performed together or individually.
  • COLLEEN'S OUTER DEMON
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    An ancient Irish demon pursues Colleen intending to ferry her to the underworld. Instead, they both end up in an exurban shopping mall with unpleasant company.
  • YOU DON'T OWN MY SOUL ANYMORE
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    Doctor Harold Bendix is on a critical mission to another planet. His crewmate is the one person in the universe he never wanted to see again.
  • NAMING JESUS
    (ONE-MINUTE PLAY)

    On the occasion of the birth of the savior, those in attendance struggle to name the baby.

    *A longer version of this play was performed by the sketch comedy group Some Kind of Cult in 1999.
  • THURSDAY MORNING, 5 A.M.
    (ONE-MINUTE PLAY)

    Benny hears the neighbors fighting and wonders what to do about it.
  • CLIPS
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    On her last day, Sheila thinks she may have found a way to keep her struggling newspaper afloat.
  • MIRROR POND
    (TEN-MINUTE AUDIO PLAY)

    Two swans return to their ancestral nest, only to discover it's not what they expected.
    To listen to the play and view the accompanying map, visit:
    https://adam-richter.com/mirror-pond/
  • MITZI AND PROFESSOR SNUGGLES DO THEIR PART
    (MONOLOGUE)

    A guardian of a wild land finds a way to put some interlopers to good use.
  • INITIATION
    (ONE-ACT PLAY)

    Trevor has just been bitten by a 1,000-year-old vampire. He has questions.
  • Some Game
    (ONE-MINUTE PLAY)

    Hiram watches his grandson play in the backyard.
  • A Day in the News
    (ONE-MINUTE PLAY)

    Noah and Chloe are trying to find out about the latest shooting. They have a lot of headlines to get through.
  • Public Comment
    (ONE-MINUTE PLAY)
    A local taxpayer makes her voice heard at a town council meeting.
  • On the 'Gram
    (ONE-MINUTE PLAY)

    Mom and Dad just want their kid to get off her phone.
  • How To Brew Tea: A One-Minute Play
    (ONE-MINUTE)
    Kyle's dad likes to micromanage.
  • Last Night in the Lincoln Hotel
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    A fictional account of the night that Billie Holiday left Artie Shaw’s band. She was the first Black singer to perform full-time with a white orchestra.
  • The Mamet Rule
    (ONE MINUTE PLAY)

    Alex and Mo violate a rule of writing, with disastrous results.
  • Noodles
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    Max has had a bad year, so he pulls out all the stops to change his luck on Lunar New Year.
  • Second Shot
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    Sam and Taylor take a walk in the park for the first time together since the pandemic began. It's — awkward.
  • What Happened to Eddie
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    Nick has orders to kill Victor. Victor has other plans.

    This play was inspired by the movie “Miller’s Crossing” and the Dashiell Hammett novel “The Glas Key.” but is not based on them.
  • The Guardian Angel of Death
    (10-MINUTE PLAY)
    A man gets the grim reaper for his guardian angel. It doesn't work out well.

    *An earlier version of this play was performed by the Seattle-based sketch comedy group Some Kind of Cult in 2000.
  • Dead White Guys on the Midway
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)
    Grace and her friend Immanuel Kant are strolling the midway at a carnival on a summer night when a chance meeting brings Kant face-to-face with an old rival.
  • Fighting Stardust
    (10 MINUTES) Milo and Dierdre are out for a hike when things go terribly wrong.
  • Now we wait: A Zoom Play
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    Vanessa has some good news for Charles. But he doesn't take it that way.
  • No, Go Ahead: A One-Minute Zoom Play
    (ONE MINUTE) The complete contents of every single Zoom meeting of the past year.
  • Internet Famous
    Milo becomes a viral sensation but doesn't want what his newfound fame can offer him.
  • The Night Before
    Milo is about to get married, and he already hates the fathers of the friends of his unborn children.
  • W.I.T.A.? A One-Minute Play
    A one-minute play about a son who visits his father in the hospital.
  • Life During Maritime: A Zoom monologue for a whale
    (10 MINUTES) (MONOLOGUE) A fictionalized account of the brief life of Luna, the killer whale who lived among people for most of his too-short life.
  • Kind of Together: A Zoom Monologue
    A woman preparing her first solo Thanksgiving meal checks in with her mom in the middle of a pandemic.
  • The Wrong Chair (Monologue)
    A landlady erupts when she sees her tenant has desecrated her rental property.
  • Monster Under the Bed (Monologue)
    A dad confronts the demon hiding under his child's bed.
  • Second Home: Five Stories of Immigration
    (FULL-LENGTH)

    A set of five monologues based on interviews with immigrants who settled in the Reading, Pa., area over the last 35 years or so. The monologues are intertwined in seven scenes, organized by theme. An adaptation for Zoom performances is also available.
  • The Unboxing Match
    A man tries to improve his self-image with some mail-order clothes, but meets some strong resistance from himself.
  • Eye Contact
    The Greek hero Perseus seeks to kill the Gorgon Medusa but his plan quickly falls apart.
  • Everybody Hates This Place
    (ONE-ACT)

    An accomplished author returns to the hometown she wants to forget, only to encounter a fan who wants to immortalize her.
  • What Was I Saying?
    (TEN-MINUTE PLAY)

    The philosopher Plato discovers the hazards of depending on technology when he loses the notebook he's been using to record all of Socrates' dialogues.
  • Collector's Item
    A one-minute play about a record-store owner who sells a valuable album to a customer who does not treat his purchase with sufficient veneration. Possibly based in real life.
  • Dancing Lesson
    A man facing the prospect of life-altering news meets someone who helps him put his life in perspective. Alternatively: A woman who received life-changing news meets someone to whom she can provide meaningful direction.

    "Dancing Lesson" is a tale not of opposites attracting, but of how we find our tribe.
  • Wrong House
    A vampire approaches a strange house looking for his next victim, not realizing his parents had moved.
  • Don't Mind Me
    A chatty worker gives a rambling soliloquy to a co-worker during lunch and finds an unreceptive audience.
  • Of Course I'm Right
    A man gets into a fight with a fellow online commenter.
  • Trapped
    (10 MINUTES)
    "Trapped" is a short play that looks at what could happen to someone whose only contact with the outside world was via social media. In it, Rapunzel is trapped in her tower by Mother Gothel, but one day a prince visits who gives her a smartphone as a present. Rapunzel uses it to learn about the outside world, but instead of really learning anything she falls for hoaxes and false...
    (10 MINUTES)
    "Trapped" is a short play that looks at what could happen to someone whose only contact with the outside world was via social media. In it, Rapunzel is trapped in her tower by Mother Gothel, but one day a prince visits who gives her a smartphone as a present. Rapunzel uses it to learn about the outside world, but instead of really learning anything she falls for hoaxes and false rumors on Facebook.

    The two characters in the play are women: One to play Rapunzel, one to play Mother Gothel. The staging requirements are simple: just two chairs. Props would include Rapunzel’s long hair and a smartphone.
  • Plan B
    A one-minute play in which every line starts with the letter "B". Not as part of any grand scheme or overarching vision; just because I thought it would be fun. It ends badly for one character.
  • Don't Feed the Ducks
    A one-minute play in which a man tries to help his friend come up with a pet name for the latter's beloved. In the end, one of them is set upon by ducks. This was a writing exercise inspired by Matthew Weaver.