Asher Wyndham

Asher Wyndham

Asher Wyndham (he/him/his) can be reached at asherwyndham"at"yahoo.com. His website is www.robotwriter.co. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. His plays have been produced all over the United States, also Canada, England and Australia. Theatres that have developed his work include Theatre InspiraTO in Toronto; Insignificant Theatre in London; Movement Theatre Company in NYC;...
Asher Wyndham (he/him/his) can be reached at asherwyndham"at"yahoo.com. His website is www.robotwriter.co. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. His plays have been produced all over the United States, also Canada, England and Australia. Theatres that have developed his work include Theatre InspiraTO in Toronto; Insignificant Theatre in London; Movement Theatre Company in NYC; Wordsmyth Theater Company and Mildred's Umbrella in Houston. His play CASSIUS SARGENT'S CHICKEN BONES was awarded the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play and a fellowship to the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference from the Kennedy Center, and a mainstage reading and the Holland New Voices Award from the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha. His play ALLEGRA (now titled THE PLATYPODES) was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and a national finalist for the David Cohen Award from the Kennedy Center's ACTF. His short plays are published by Original Works Publishing, Smith & Kraus, Dramatic Publishing, YouthPlays, and Applause. He studied playwriting under the late Lanford Wilson at the Edward Albee New Playwrights Workshop at the University of Houston. He's a member of the Playwrights' Center. He lives in Minneapolis.

Plays

  • SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 1
    FULL-LENGTH. Recommendations are below for each monologue in the collection: BARSHA BADAL, YOUNG VETERAN ADAM AMERSON, VALERIE: A COSPLAY MONOLOGUE, DON PONZO!!!, MANNY AQUINO, and MISS UNDERSTOOD. SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 1 is a collection of American voices, rural and urban, low-to-middle class. Comedic and dramatic, active and physical, some with audience participation.The monologues take...
    FULL-LENGTH. Recommendations are below for each monologue in the collection: BARSHA BADAL, YOUNG VETERAN ADAM AMERSON, VALERIE: A COSPLAY MONOLOGUE, DON PONZO!!!, MANNY AQUINO, and MISS UNDERSTOOD. SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 1 is a collection of American voices, rural and urban, low-to-middle class. Comedic and dramatic, active and physical, some with audience participation.The monologues take place at a motel in Nebraska, a Knights of Columbus, a Cosplay convention, a Renaissance Fair, a front yard in Arizona, and a park in Flint, Michigan.The characters have political, cultural, sexual and racial differences, but they all have something in common: they are Americans struggling, questioning, and dreaming, and hoping for a better life. 2 hours.
  • SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 2
    FULL-LENGTH. Work-in-progress. The volume now includes over one-hour's worth of monologues that are available on my NPX page: SANDY, COACH BECKY, ELLA-BELLA, SAMMY, MAX, RILEY CALLAHAN, JANEY, and FAWZIE. More to come! Each monologue has an American working what many would consider a "bad" or "difficult" job. Through this common thread, the monologues examine social and class issues and...
    FULL-LENGTH. Work-in-progress. The volume now includes over one-hour's worth of monologues that are available on my NPX page: SANDY, COACH BECKY, ELLA-BELLA, SAMMY, MAX, RILEY CALLAHAN, JANEY, and FAWZIE. More to come! Each monologue has an American working what many would consider a "bad" or "difficult" job. Through this common thread, the monologues examine social and class issues and a variety of subjects such as higher education, Islamophobia, disability, poverty, and ignorance in the Age of Trump.
  • SOME AMERICAN WOMEN: SOME MONOLOGUES
    FULL-LENGTH. A volume of monologues for female actors. The monologues are taken from my two volumes of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES. More to be added! All have recommendations below. Monologues are availabe for reading on my NPX page. The monologues include BARSHA BADAL, VALERIE, SANDY, COACH BECKY, ELLA-BELLA, JANEY, and FAWZIE.
  • THE PLATYPODES: A Full-Length Play
    FULL-LENGTH. Has never received a professional production. Formerly known as 'ALLEGRA.' THE PLATYPODES is about Allegra Gray, a pregnant woman, making a difficult decision for herself and her brother who has Down syndrome. Complicating matters is that her entire city knows that she is pregnant. This political play deals with the current restrictions on reproductive rights, but is also an intimate...
    FULL-LENGTH. Has never received a professional production. Formerly known as 'ALLEGRA.' THE PLATYPODES is about Allegra Gray, a pregnant woman, making a difficult decision for herself and her brother who has Down syndrome. Complicating matters is that her entire city knows that she is pregnant. This political play deals with the current restrictions on reproductive rights, but is also an intimate family drama and a tragedy about one woman's heroic act of will. A play with illustrations, Powerpoint, slow-mo, Sign language, performance art, and platypuses. RECOGNITION (when the play was titled ALLEGRA): Semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, 2012. National Finalist for the David Mark Cohen Award, the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, 2011.
  • FAWZIE: A HOTEL CHAMBERMAID MONOLOGUE
    ONE-ACT. Fawzie, a chambermaid, is having a hard time not being angry during Ramadan, especially now that the hotel is hosting an Alt-Right/White Nationalist conference. A comedy. Part of the second volume of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES. Two versions are provided; 20 minutes (first attachment) and 10 minutes (second attachment).
  • SANDY: A SUPERCENTER EMPLOYEE MONOLOGUE
    ONE-ACT. Sandy, a full-time employee working the graveyard shift at a supercenter, introduces the newbies (the audience) to the business, while struggling to come to terms with her life after college. A monologue with audience participation. 15 minutes. Part of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 2.
  • ELLA-BELLA, THE BOOK FAIRY: A CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN MONOLOGUE
    ONE-ACT. Ella-Bella, the Book Fairy welcomes you to the Children's Library! C'mon, kids, cross the "magic threshold" (to quote former President Obama). During the monologue the audience (the kids) will write Letters of Recommendation in crayon, while the Book Fairy encourages the audience to consider her book suggestions. A monologue on ignorance and hate in the Age of Trumpism, and the...
    ONE-ACT. Ella-Bella, the Book Fairy welcomes you to the Children's Library! C'mon, kids, cross the "magic threshold" (to quote former President Obama). During the monologue the audience (the kids) will write Letters of Recommendation in crayon, while the Book Fairy encourages the audience to consider her book suggestions. A monologue on ignorance and hate in the Age of Trumpism, and the power of books to make us better citizens. This monologue is part of the second volume of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES. 15 minutes.
  • JANEY: A FOOTBALL FAN MONOLOGUE
    SHORT/10 MIN. Janey is a Vikings fan and she's ready for Super Bowl week. An entire week of sex in houses around Minneapolis. She wants to make sure she gets paid what she deserves. Part of the second volume of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES. 10 minutes.
  • (in progress) RILEY CALLAHAN, ACTION NEWS: A REPORTER MONOLOGUE
    SHORT/10-MIN. Riley, an award-winning Primetime breaking news reporter, is drunk in a farmer's field outside the city. An hour or so after reporting on another mass shooting. A monologue for a male or female actor. Part of the second volume of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES. 10 minutes.
  • COACH BECKY: A LITTLE LEAGUE T-BALL MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. Becky, a coach for Little League T-Ball, responds to a parent critical of her coaching -- minutes after a game. A comedic monologue on 'helicopter parenting' -- on and off the field -- and its negative impact on children. Part of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 2. 8 minutes.
  • MAX: A SOUP KITCHEN COOK MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. Max, a former homeless person, now a soup kitchen cook, struggles to keep his/her/their job after admitting to the boss that different ingredients were added to the homeless meals and even entirely new meals inspired by Rachel Ray and Giada de Laurentiis were made. The monologue focuses on America's dependency on food additives and chemicals and their harmful effects on its consumers, especially...
    SHORT. Max, a former homeless person, now a soup kitchen cook, struggles to keep his/her/their job after admitting to the boss that different ingredients were added to the homeless meals and even entirely new meals inspired by Rachel Ray and Giada de Laurentiis were made. The monologue focuses on America's dependency on food additives and chemicals and their harmful effects on its consumers, especially the homeless. 8 minutes. Part of the second volume of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES.
  • SAMMY: A THIRFT STORE WORKER MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. Sammy, a disabled thrift store worker with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, sanitizes donated toys in a sheltered workplace. It's not an ordinary day, it's a big day: Sammy will meet with the Boss about his/her performance and argue for a raise. A monologue about segregated sheltered workplaces for the disabled and the slave labor of disabled workers who make less than federal minimum wage...
    SHORT. Sammy, a disabled thrift store worker with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, sanitizes donated toys in a sheltered workplace. It's not an ordinary day, it's a big day: Sammy will meet with the Boss about his/her performance and argue for a raise. A monologue about segregated sheltered workplaces for the disabled and the slave labor of disabled workers who make less than federal minimum wage. Part of the second volume of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES.
  • VALERIE: A COSPLAY MONOLOGUE
    ONE-ACT. Valerie, a Cos-Player, isn't taking $!$& from the male participants at the convention center. This year she's bringing pepper-spray and a new kick-ass costume. 10-13 minutes. This is part of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 1.
  • MISS UNDERSTOOD: A MONOLOGUE
    ONE-ACT. Miss Understood, the Glamazon of Flint, Michigan, is the birthday entertainment for her 5-year old nephew. In the course of the monologue, she entertains you, her gurlfriends, with her dance moves and her fondness for the X-Men mutant Bishop, and gives her thoughts on a variety of topics including racism, white privilege and American aggression overseas. She's fierce, fabulous, and a bit trashy. A...
    ONE-ACT. Miss Understood, the Glamazon of Flint, Michigan, is the birthday entertainment for her 5-year old nephew. In the course of the monologue, she entertains you, her gurlfriends, with her dance moves and her fondness for the X-Men mutant Bishop, and gives her thoughts on a variety of topics including racism, white privilege and American aggression overseas. She's fierce, fabulous, and a bit trashy. A monologue structured like a drag show and cabaret show, with singing, dancing, politics, Pringles, drinking, and trash-talking. And also a fire-safety exercise! 25 minutes. This is part of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 1.
  • YOUNG VETERAN ADAM AMERSON: A MONOLOGUE
    ONE-ACT. Adam Amerson, a young veteran, tries to sell his dream house at his local Knights of Columbus. 13-15 minutes. This is part of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 1.
  • DON PONZO!!! A MONOLOGUE
    ONE-ACT. Don Ponzo, a postal worker, attends a Renaissance Fair dressed up as a brave knight. It's a way for him to deal with the death of his soldier brother in Afghanistan. It gets complicated when Klingons show up. 15 minutes. This is part of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 1.
  • BARSHA BADAL: A MONOLOGUE
    ONE-ACT. BARSHA BADAL, an Indian immigrant, comes to terms with her new life in the United States, doing laundry in a motel somewhere in Nebraska. 20 minutes. This is part of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 1.
  • MANNY AQUINO: A MONOLOGUE
    ONE-ACT. An immigrant taxi driver entertains his son before leaving for work. It doesn't go well. A shorter version is available. 15 minutes. This is part of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES, VOLUME 1.
  • (in progress) GRANDPA DE JONG: A BABYSITTER MONOLOGUE
    Work-in-progress. Coming soon! Grandpa De Jong (pronounded "De Young") has returned to Iowa a few days ago from a Caribbean cruise trip and has a serious sunburn. Back to normal soon - babysitting eight hours+ straight. Today he has decided to not answer his daughter's call, begging him to babysit her three kids. A monologue about growing old in Heartland, America. Part of the second volume...
    Work-in-progress. Coming soon! Grandpa De Jong (pronounded "De Young") has returned to Iowa a few days ago from a Caribbean cruise trip and has a serious sunburn. Back to normal soon - babysitting eight hours+ straight. Today he has decided to not answer his daughter's call, begging him to babysit her three kids. A monologue about growing old in Heartland, America. Part of the second volume of SOME AMERICANS: SOME MONOLOGUES. 10 minutes.
  • CASSIUS SARGENT'S CHICKEN BONES: A One Act Play
    ONE-ACT. Hasn't received a professional production. 11 PM, Houston. Cassius Sargent, a homeless man, wants to return home. When a young man approaches him, offering him more than just food, his life is forever changed. His dream will come true only if he accepts the deal--beating up another homeless man. WINNER! of the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play at the Kennedy Center's American...
    ONE-ACT. Hasn't received a professional production. 11 PM, Houston. Cassius Sargent, a homeless man, wants to return home. When a young man approaches him, offering him more than just food, his life is forever changed. His dream will come true only if he accepts the deal--beating up another homeless man. WINNER! of the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play at the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival, with a fellowship at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2010; awarded with the Holland New Voices Award and a mainstage reading at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, 2010; when it was longer, a semi-finalist for Playwright's Week at the Lark, 2010. The play is about 35 minutes long.
  • HAPPI IN IOWA
    ONE ACT. Becky, a transgender aunt, has returned to Iowa from Japan to try to reunite with her nephew. It's difficult because her nephew just got out of jail for a childhood crime against a gay kid. Selected for the William Inge Theater Festival's New Play Lab, 2018. National Semi-Finalist for the Kennedy Center's American Theatre College Festival's Ten-Minute Play Festival, 2010. The...
    ONE ACT. Becky, a transgender aunt, has returned to Iowa from Japan to try to reunite with her nephew. It's difficult because her nephew just got out of jail for a childhood crime against a gay kid. Selected for the William Inge Theater Festival's New Play Lab, 2018. National Semi-Finalist for the Kennedy Center's American Theatre College Festival's Ten-Minute Play Festival, 2010. The longer version is attached. There is a ten-minute version. Previously recommendations mention an uncle. Since then, the character has been changed to an aunt.
  • FATIMA & MAAMA: A Ten-Minute TFY Play
    SHORT/10 MIN. Fatima, a 15-year old Iraqi-American girl, wants to attend her Homecoming Dance so she can impress some bullies --with her HARDCORE KRUMPING! Her traditional mother says No. National Semi-Finalist for the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival's Ten-Minute Play Festival, 2009.
  • WHAT SOME GIRLS DO FOR MALL GIFT CERTIFICATES
    SHORT. Published by Smith & Kraus, 2016.
  • WACKY JACKIE AND AUNT EVANGELINE: A ONE-ACT PLAY
    ONE-ACT. Unproduced. An aunt and niece clash behind a Wal-Mart at midnight in Tucson. Aunt Evangeline wants to know why Jackie left Wal-Mart without letting her know, but Jackie wants to just leave for the bus stop so she can get home. Jackie's disobedience forces Evangeline to make a terrible decision that will change their lives forever. 10-15 minutes.
  • FUCK BUDDY: THE MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. A monologue about what you do when your fuck buddy ghosts you. Perfect for audition or a X-rated monologue competition or any festival on sex/modern relationships. Enjoy! 2 minutes.
  • SLEEPYHEAD: A 2-Minute Monologue Play
    SHORT. A hilarious monologue on laziness. Perfect for competition or audition. Note: You can find the gay male version of this monologue on my NPX page.
  • SLEEPYHEAD: A GAY MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. This is the gay male (R-rated) version of SLEEPYHEAD. It's about four minutes. There's a shorter version that's not gay-specific and is available on my NPX page.
  • FREAKIN' AWESOME STEP-DAD: A MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. Perfect for audition or a festival on queer themes.
  • JOCELYN: A CHRISTMAS MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. A homeless young mother talks to her little girl before falling asleep. Recommended for audition during holiday season or for inclusion in a holiday showcase. Or just for reading.
  • MANDY BREWSTER: A MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. Mandy Brewster's boyfriend has a freeride through college because he signed up for the National Guard. She doesn't know what to do: accept it and stay with him or break up with him. Great for audition monologue for a young female actor. 3 minutes. Feel free to delete any lines to shorten the monologue. This monologue can also be produced as part of festival on issues of war.
  • DREAM HOUSE: A Short TYA Monologue Play
    SHORT. Perfect for competition. This is published by Dramatic Publishing in ORIGINAL MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHOOL SCENES AND MONOLOGUES. Can be played by a male or female actor.
  • QUINN: A MONOLOGUE FOR A NON-BINARY ACTOR
    SHORT. Perfect for audition or a festival on LGBTQIA themes. Quinn, a non-binary individual, just wants to pick up grandpa at the Senior Citizen Home; however, the front desk person is making it difficult. 2 minutes. This was written specifically for the website "Non-Binary Monologues." https://nonbinarymonologues.wordpress.com
  • MINI'S YARD SALE: A MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. Mini, a Mexican-American girl, tells you (her classmates) why she recently moved to California from Arizona. Perfect monologue for a girl 7-10. Published in One on One: Playing with a Purpose, Monologues for Kids 7-15, edited by Stephen Fife, from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2013.
  • DINO KID: A MONOLOGUE WITH T-REX, STEGOSAURUS, BRONTOSAURUS, TRICERATOPS AND A FEW OTHER DINOSAURS
    SHORT. A child's ride home from school didn't go well. A monologue that addresses bullying on school buses. 3 minutes or so.
  • FRANCIS/FRANCES: A SUNDAY SCHOOL MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. A child at Sunday School tells the teacher the meaning of the Flood story. 2 and a half minutes (more if the kid eats animal crackers).
  • PAYTON: A BACK-TO-SCHOOL MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. A child doesn't want the shoes with LED blinking lights. For an actor 6-8 or a child that can come across any age between 6-8.
  • SOME KIDS: SOME SCENES
    SHORTS/ONE-ACT. A collection of short scenes for kids, pre-teens and teenagers, each a minute long. Perfect for performance on stage or in the classroom or even the cafeteria. I'll add more scenes to this collection later on. The goal is 100 scenes for kids! Most scenes for any gender, any size, any race. One scene for Latinx kids, the rest any race; one scene for non-binary/trans/or Queer. The 9...
    SHORTS/ONE-ACT. A collection of short scenes for kids, pre-teens and teenagers, each a minute long. Perfect for performance on stage or in the classroom or even the cafeteria. I'll add more scenes to this collection later on. The goal is 100 scenes for kids! Most scenes for any gender, any size, any race. One scene for Latinx kids, the rest any race; one scene for non-binary/trans/or Queer. The 9 plays are: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (2 Latinx kids), THE CAFETERIA SERVER (2 kids), HEY EMILY DICKINSON I GOT A CHEESESTICK! (2), HOMEWORK (3, two roles for non-binary/trans/or Queer kids), ICE CREAM FOR DINNER (2), STARGAZING (2), STRAY DOG (2), BLACK HOLE!!!(2+), A DRAGON & A KNIGHT: REHEARSAL #12.
  • MEGAN (MOMMY): A LIFETIME FITNESS MONOLOGUE
    SHORT. To cancel or not cancel your gym membership, that is the question.