Debra A. Cole

Debra A. Cole

Debra A. Cole is an award-winning playwright, director, and theatre/writing/arts educator from Kansas with degrees in journalism, education, and art history. Her one act play THE WRINKLE RANCH took AUDIENCE FAVORITE at Short + Sweet Perth, Australia. Her one act play Cold War can be found with Off The Walls Plays, and one act play SMALL TALK can be found at Heuer Publishing. Debra is a member of the Dramatists...
Debra A. Cole is an award-winning playwright, director, and theatre/writing/arts educator from Kansas with degrees in journalism, education, and art history. Her one act play THE WRINKLE RANCH took AUDIENCE FAVORITE at Short + Sweet Perth, Australia. Her one act play Cold War can be found with Off The Walls Plays, and one act play SMALL TALK can be found at Heuer Publishing. Debra is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a member of Honor Roll!, an advocacy group of women+ playwrights over 40, and an active member of a playwriting groups for Kansas City area playwrights and Literary Discourse Society out of Devon, England.

Adult One-Acts: Performances/Recent Staged Readings/Conference Selections:
Short + Sweet Dubai
Endeavour Theatre, Perth, Australia
Short + Sweet, Perth, Australia
Short + Sweet, Sydney, Australia
Short + Sweet, Illawarra, Australia
The Talisman Theatre Group, Midlands, United Kingdom
Whiskey Theatre Factory, Orlando, Florida
The Secret Theatre - Long Island City, NY
Potluck Productions, Kansas City, MO
Midwest Dramatist Conference, Olathe, KS
Herald of the Hope Theatre Company, Washington D.C.
The Playground Experiment - Faces of America Monologues, NYC
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre - semi finalist and finalist
Mad Lab Theatre Roulette, Columbus, OH
Crafton Hills College’s New Works Festival for 2022
Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival - UK Live Edition 2022
Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival - Houston, Texas 2022
Theatre Lawrence, Lawrence, KS
5th annual Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest Playwriting Competition 2022
Boog City Festival 18 - 2022, Poet's Theatre, NYC
Dramatic Chaos Productions, London, England 2022
Gulf Coast Playwrights Circle, Summer Sessions 2022
Fresh Words: An International Literary Magazine's'”Et tu, Brute? -Volume 1” Anthology 2022
Fresh Words: An International Literary Magazine's - CONTEMPORARY NEW YORK PLAYS-2022 (Volume 1)
Fresh Words: An International Literary Magazine’s - CONTEMPORARY ONE MINUTE PLAYS 2022 (Volume 3)

School Full Productions:
Hundreds of Schools/Youth Groups/Community Youth Theatre Programs Across the World

Debra has over 70 Children's One Act Plays Available on www.dramanotebook.com, and 4 full length children's plays, 1 children's musical, 12 monologues, and 10 adult one act plays ready for any interested company/director. She is flexible and willing to work with any company/director.

Just email to collaborate on or to produce a piece!

debracole@me.com

Plays

  • Divine Truth
    ONE ACT - 30-40 Minutes

    Blind faith after a recent death causes a break with reality when grief is not properly dealt with within this Christian Science family. Here, matter is false, disease does not exist, death is not acknowledged, and truth depends on who is telling it.

  • Blood Pact
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Successful marriages require successful negotiations. It’s one of the most crucial aspects of making a modern relationship work. Becca and Phillips made negotiated concerning what was important to them early in the relationship, and the results of those rules being broken has now brought them to this moment.
  • A Toast
    10-MINUTE PLAY

    Weddings are usually a time of joy and celebration, but some weddings bring up strong emotions and wounds that are still raw and healing.
  • Surprise!
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Trish and Kraig find themselves in a rough patch of their marriage. One has a plan to start things a new and the other to dissolve the union. The question is, which one is which?
  • Human Resources
    10 MINUTE PLAYS

    Job hunting is never easy, but this hunt may be a little more complicated than most.
  • K. I. S. S. I. N. G.
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Julie and Betsy, sittin’ in a tree, k.i.s.s.i.n.g. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage. If it were only this simple and pure.
  • Bucking the CIS-tem
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Beginning of the year teacher in-service training is a time gather old and new teachers as well as go over objectives and student needs. Some need the training more than others.
  • Doll Hospital
    10-MINUTE PLAY

    All dolls need repair from time to time. These three dolls have been through more than most.
  • An Idle Mind is the Devil’s Playground
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Two recently retired RV owners are in a rut until a twisted visitor reminds them of what brought them together in the first place.
  • Ducks in a Row
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Staged Reading with Potluck Productions, Kansas City, KC 2022

    Never try to fool a mother. They always know. They have their ways.
  • Look Before You Leap
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Science shows that heart rates on a first date mimic those of jumping out of a plane. So, why not do both at the same time? What could go wrong?
  • Silent Minority
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    New neighbors often must negotiate a peaceful existence. Some, ask for more than is reasonable.
  • Squirreling Away
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Janice finds herself with mortally enemies in her new home living with her son and his wife. Just who will survive is in question.
  • Stork Patrol
    10 Minute Play

    Voting has consequences, and in this new world, The Stork Patrol holds voters responsible for their beliefs and values.
  • Old Junk
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Families morph and change, but the key to happiness is valuing the past as we move forward and cherishing the ones we truly love.
  • Environmentalist - 10 MINUTE VERSION
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    A first date with an environmentalist brings a new experience and a little bit of mystery.
  • 23 and Bree
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Modern DNA tests can be fun and fascinating… and also heartbreaking.
  • Battle of the Karens
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Stage Reading with Potluck Productions, Kansas City, KC 2022

    Welcome to the competition that NOBODY really wants or needs. Two “Karens” battle it out for who is the worst of the worst.
  • Sunbrella
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    With social media influencers promoting the latest finds, it might take a rainy day in a park to decide if old school or new school is the best trend.
  • Teaching a Lesson
    10 Minute Play

    A father finds himself in a precarious situation that defies his idea of strength, intellect, and power.
  • The Wrinkle Ranch
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Semi-Finalist & Finalist for:
    Short + Sweet Dubai
    Short + Sweet, Perth, Australia - VOTED FAN FAVORITE
    Short + Sweet, Sydney, Australia
    Short + Sweet, Illawarra, Australia
    Endeavour Theatre, Perth, Australia

    The female residents of Rancho Felicidad Assisted Living Facility can only play so much Scrabble before they decide to...
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Semi-Finalist & Finalist for:
    Short + Sweet Dubai
    Short + Sweet, Perth, Australia - VOTED FAN FAVORITE
    Short + Sweet, Sydney, Australia
    Short + Sweet, Illawarra, Australia
    Endeavour Theatre, Perth, Australia

    The female residents of Rancho Felicidad Assisted Living Facility can only play so much Scrabble before they decide to pony up for some more exciting activities.
  • Good Samaritan
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    A terrible hit-and-run accident brings two families together in a hospital ICU room. Fate has a way of putting people together just as it is needed.
  • Bearly Coping
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    READING: Gulf Coast Playwrights Circle, Summer Sessions 2022

    A stressed young woman finds herself in a relationship that feels safe and familiar – maybe too familiar… just like the last time.
  • Pressure Points
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Appreciating employees is a true art. One boss crosses a line, and instead of the employee feeling grateful, he makes her examine her current placement and what comes next.
  • The Flemish Master
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Crafton Hills College’s New Works Festival for 2022.

    A well-traveled, art enthusiast finds herself preparing for a flight and unknown adventure with her brother without her usual preparation and planning. Sometimes, surprises bring about a sort of life that planning could never yield.
  • Blue Birds
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Couple friends are a rare gift, but when one of the couples separates and a new partner is found, one friend has a difficult time switching gears and opening himself up to this new adventure.
  • Ending the Streak
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Selected for Whiskey Theatre Factory, Orlando, Florida

    Pack and Ship stores are busy with returns after the holidays across the country. In one small Kentucky town, one woman is overwhelmed with her obligations and finds new ears to hear about her burdens of motherhood.
  • INVISIBLE - A ZOOM Play
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    A creative, enrichment teacher tries to bring literature to life in a 5th grade zoom classroom only to find that the themes they are exploring are already being taught at home.
  • Sisters from the Same Mister
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Secrets have a way of catching up with us, and two sisters start to uncover answers to years of gnawing questions after taking an DNA test. Some secrets are destructive – others create new families.
  • The Price of Freedom
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Herald of the Hope Theatre Company, Washington D.C.
    5th annual Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest Playwriting Competition 2022
    Pend Oreille Players' One Act Play Festival 2022

    The death of Albert’s wife was the final straw for his children. It was time to liquidate the household belongings and move Albert into an assisted living facility. The...
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Herald of the Hope Theatre Company, Washington D.C.
    5th annual Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest Playwriting Competition 2022
    Pend Oreille Players' One Act Play Festival 2022

    The death of Albert’s wife was the final straw for his children. It was time to liquidate the household belongings and move Albert into an assisted living facility. The estate sale is the final step before Albert starts his new life.
  • Romero and Juliet
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    The Talisman Theatre Group, Midlands, United Kingdom
    Mad Lab Theatre Roulette, Columbus, OH

    During World War II, many romances bloomed through letters between young women at home and soldiers overseas during World War II. Some love stories defined two different lifetimes, others defined four.
  • Penny for Your Thoughts?
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Summers in Oregon during the 1950s was a time for growing up and sharing lives for two cousins. Forts, farm life, and friendship will be tested this summer before high school begins as they move from childhood to whatever comes next.
  • We Wait
    10 MINUTE ONE ACT PLAY

    Surgery waiting rooms at hospitals are a strange place where strangers share moments of great concern and sadness. Anxiety takes on many forms in humans. During a singular shared moment in time, family, friends, and strangers cope the best they can
  • The Gift of Perfection
    10-MINUTE SCIFI ONE ACT

    Disease, mental disabilities, crime, pain, and physical abnormalities have been eliminated. Now, humans are at their peak of perfection including the gift of telepathy. The gift helps create a perfect society with The Registry at the helm. For the few humans who do not possess psychic ability, they are considered a risk and need processing before phasing out.
  • Fucking Ice
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    A highway rest stop bench is the annual meeting place for one family of crisis and other weary travelers who need respite from the road.
  • Her Too
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Selected for Midwest Dramatist Conference, Olathe, KS

    Her Too explores contrasting ideas about troubling male/female sexual relations among three generations in a single family. Each family member insists that his or her point of view is the right one.  The real truth changes everything.
  • The Play”write”
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    A seasoned playwright collides with a young writer in the one arena no one should ever enter: social media.
  • Storm in a Teacup
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    Divination from reading teacup leaves is not an exact science, but perhaps a connection will be made between Joseph, Miss Eleanor, and what Joseph truly needs after the loss of his wife.
  • Shiny as a Button
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    One mother finds herself face to face with a new kind of insecurity that she never saw coming… even in a room with such shiny things.
  • Happy Birthday, Julio
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    One young man’s 5th birthday changes everyone’s lives forever.
  • Out for Blood
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    A unique vampire-slaying kit is up for auction, and the STAKES have never been higher.
  • Paternal Watchers
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    Choices are made. Consequences are delivered.
  • Mother of Pearl
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    A mother drives her daughter and her roommate home for a weekend visit. Pushing boundaries are what college is all about, and this daughter plans on making the most of it to embarrass her mother.
  • Let Them Eat Cake
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    An anniversary tradition of cake and a flower is enjoyed while memories of the past are shared.
  • Juxtaposition
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    A concert can be a great first date unless the date in question shows her true colors right out of the gate.
  • Good Neighbors
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    Sometimes good fences make good neighbors, and other times, they make fresh starts... if there is a gate.
  • Family Ties
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    A Wedding is a beautiful day to solidify new family ties, but maybe not all members should be tied together.
  • Playing with Fire
    5 Minute Play

    Knowing the right moment for an elderly spouse to go into care is never easy, but sometimes, the universe gives you a sign.
  • Fork and Spoon
    5 Minute Play

    Fresh Words: An International Literary Magazine's - CONTEMPORARY NEW YORK PLAYS-2022 (Volume 1)

    An aging man has a breakfast tradition where humor is always on the menu.
  • January 8
    5 Minute Play

    There are many national holidays celebrated by all. January 8 is celebrated by a select few, but the work they do is for all womankind.
  • The Aging Fairy
    5 Minute Play

    A distinguished woman finds herself being offered a gift that she doesn’t want.
  • By the Short Hairs
    2-3 Minute Play

    It’s nice when co-workers at the office notice a change in your appearance, unless one shares his true opinion.
  • Babysitting the Wee One - A ZOOM Play
    2-3 Minutes

    Babysitting an active grandson come with some unique challenges.
  • Environmentalist
    2-3 Minutes

    A first date with an environmentalist brings a new experience and a little bit of mystery.
  • Push Comes to Shove
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    One man tries to move a cow facing imminent death from an oncoming train.
  • Childhood Home
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    An impromptu visit to a childhood home comes with many memories and emotions.
  • Thunderbolts
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Sometimes, a first date is life changing.
  • Family Picnic
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Sometimes, a picnic with family is just what is needed.
  • Expectations
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Expectations are important for children before events.
  • Basketball Madness
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    March Madness bring basketball fans together and some couples further apart.
  • Travel Breakfast
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Student travel brings many surprises.
  • Trash Night
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Husband and wives approach sleep very differently.
  • How Babies are Made
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Kids have the best questions about the birds and the birds… and sometimes they have requests.
  • Personal Belief
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Some must believe. Some don’t believe. Some can’t believe.
  • V Formation
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival - Houston, Texas 2022

    “Et tu, Brute? -Volume 1” Anthology 2022

    Patterns in geese can teach us a great deal about the power and danger of leadership.
  • Strawberry Candy
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Tragedy comes with its own etiquette and some big questions for the innocent.
  • Humper
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Small schools and small towns can often create big worries for those ready to fly.
  • G'Day
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Some thoughts should just remain thoughts.
  • Drive Thru Service
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Fresh Words: An International Literary Magazine’s Contemporary One Minute Plays (Volume 3)

    A senior citizen attempts to create a drive thru where there was none before.
  • Spanky, Hold the Meat
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Interactions in a fast food drive-thru can reveal a great deal about us.
  • Karen's Itch
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    A clash of generations puts one scratch lottery ticket on the line.
  • Frank and Beans
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    The cannabis gummy world is always looking for the next big thing.
  • Football is Life
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Many things don’t change much at a ten-year high school reunion. Some things change quite a lot.
  • Florida Man
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Security cameras can catch thieves and make stars.
  • Walter, The Legend
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival - UK Live Edition 2022

    Police are called to find Walter. Soon, he becomes a legend.
  • Shelter in Place
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Active shooter drills can help prepare students but not parents.
  • I Hate Hospitals - A 2 MINUTE MONOLOGUE
    2 MINUTE MONOLOGUE

    One spouses illness reestablishes normal for the relationship.
  • Grace
    MONOLOGUE - 2 Minutes

    Boog City Festival 18 - 2022, Poet's Theatre, NYC

    Aging woman asks for more than kindness. She asks for grace.
  • Ask Me
    MONOLOGUE - 2 Minutes

    A retired teacher is still guiding the questions.
  • No Butts About It
    MONOLOGUE

    Everyone over 50 should have a colonoscopy - just hope you do better prepping than this guy.
  • A Feminist's Mother's Day
    MONOLOGUE

    Raising a strong, independent daughter has many joys and some pitfalls that become clear one day a year.
  • One Small Cardboard Box
    MONOLOGUE - 2 Minutes

    Selected for The Playground Experiment - Faces of America Monologues, NYC - Volume 1

    Transitions in life yield memories of life and death.
  • Citizen Detective
    ADULT MONOLOGUE

    One woman's explaination about her unique hobby.
  • The First
    ADULT MONOLOGUE

    Dramatic Chaos Productions, London, England 2022

    This monologue reflects on a young, first kiss and the lessons learned through the experience.
  • Taming the West
    FULL LENGTH CHILDREN'S MUSICAL

    Full Production: The Independent School, Wichita, Kansas
    Concert Production: Galileo School for Gifted Learning, Sanford, Florida

    The train depot in 1880s Dodge City sees numerous rambunctious cowboys and weary travelers riding the rails in search of new adventures out west. Restauranteur Mr. Fred Harvey creates a way to not only feed the...
    FULL LENGTH CHILDREN'S MUSICAL

    Full Production: The Independent School, Wichita, Kansas
    Concert Production: Galileo School for Gifted Learning, Sanford, Florida

    The train depot in 1880s Dodge City sees numerous rambunctious cowboys and weary travelers riding the rails in search of new adventures out west. Restauranteur Mr. Fred Harvey creates a way to not only feed the masses, but also bring elegance and manners to these rough and tumble travelers by creating The Harvey Girls. These poised ladies find a way to tame the west with grace and style, all while reaching for their own dreams.
  • Poetic Justice - A Play with Music
    30-40 Minutes: YOUTH ONE ACT

    MTWichita Summer Youth Workshop 2022

    Nursery Rhyme Poetry Court has a full docket with characters looking for answers. Will poetic justice be served in this lively courtroom?
  • Raining Cats & Dogs: An Idiom Play
    YOUTH FULL LENGTH

    Cats or dogs? A group of birds help discover which neighborhood was the true inspiration for so many of the world’s idioms. Will this flock be able to settle the dispute and establish brighter days by realizing that “great minds think alike?”
  • G3: The Grammar Guardians of Grantham
    YOUTH FULL LENGTH

    Chaos reigns the city streets on Grantham as words run rampant without structure or control. Words run without stopping, mysteries are left unsolved, dancers don’t dazzle, toddler beauty queens exist in chaos, and that is all before the citizens even start to face the beast that lives within the Cave of Terror. Without a complete understanding of punctuation, the city of...
    YOUTH FULL LENGTH

    Chaos reigns the city streets on Grantham as words run rampant without structure or control. Words run without stopping, mysteries are left unsolved, dancers don’t dazzle, toddler beauty queens exist in chaos, and that is all before the citizens even start to face the beast that lives within the Cave of Terror. Without a complete understanding of punctuation, the city of Grantham will never find peace. It will take the fearless team of G3: Grammar Guardians of Grantham to establish order and ultimately save the day... and language.
  • FOLLOW YOUR ART - STEPPING THROUGH THE FRAME
    YOUTH FULL LENGTH

    Full Production: The Independent School, Wichita, Kansas

    Students are on a field trip to an Art Museum when suddenly, they are no longer viewers, but active participants with famous artists as they create their masterpieces and pass along valuable lessons.
  • The Royal Academy: A Play
    YOUTH 30-40 MINUTES

    Full Production: Theatre Lawrence, Lawrence, Kansas

    The Royal Academy is an elite school where princesses and princes from around the world train in the finer art of being royal. With Head Mistress Madame Bingham missing, this year might bring some unexpected surprises.
  • Senior Prank
    TEEN 10-MINUTE PLAY

    Theatre Lawrence 2022

    Senior pranks are a tradition in many American high schools. Some are clever. Some go way too far and some, alter the present and futures.
  • The Equation
    TEEN MONOLOGUE

    Maneuvering through the world of High School norms can be tough for a teen on the spectrum. If only socializing was like a math equation.
  • Smile
    TEEN MONOLOGUE

    Teen Girl - Boys tell her to "smile."
  • Old Friends
    TEEN MONOLOGUE

    Friendships change and sometimes, a friend is the last to know
  • Zombie Homecoming
    TEEN MONOLOGUE

    Teens love zombies and this year's homecoming theme reflects that. One teen discovers that this year's theme may be too real.
  • Time to Laugh
    TEEN MONOLOGUE

    One teen experiences a funeral from a new perspective - one of joy and laughter.
  • Murderer
    TEEN MONOLOGUE

    Deciding to be a vegetarian is a wonderful thing, but everything can change once one teen becomes a murderer.
  • I'm a Cheater
    TEEN MONOLOGUE

    Cheating on tests is not that hard, but when someone respected discovers it, it's actually pretty hard on the cheater.
  • Fox Tail
    TEEN MONOLOGUE

    Wearing a fox tail to school each day of high school can be problematic, but one teen sees it as just a reflection of herself.
  • Fierce
    TEEN MONOLOGUE

    “Though she be but little, she is fierce!” Thanks, Shakespeare. Being short isn't as poetic as he makes it out to be.
  • Downstream
    TEEN MONOLOGUE

    Swimming up stream is not an easy task. That goes for salmon and teens.
  • Bubbles
    TEEN MONOLOGUE

    Suburban teens seem to live in a bubble to outsiders, but sometimes, that bubble bursts.
  • Cruella Couture - CHILD/TEEN MONOLOGUE
    YOUTH/TEEN MONOLOGUE

    Cruella DaVille is just misunderstood. If everyone would just take a moment to try to understand her, she could run her fashion empire with ease.