Debra A. Cole

Debra A. Cole

Debra A. Cole is a playwright from Lawrence, Kansas. Her plays have been seen by audiences around the world. Debra was a selected playwright for the William Inge Theatre Festival - New Play Lab 2023. Debra’s 20-play collection titled "The Wrinkle Ranch and Other Short Plays About Growing Old" is available through Next Stage Press, as well as additional plays with Drama Notebook, Off The Walls Plays,...
Debra A. Cole is a playwright from Lawrence, Kansas. Her plays have been seen by audiences around the world. Debra was a selected playwright for the William Inge Theatre Festival - New Play Lab 2023. Debra’s 20-play collection titled "The Wrinkle Ranch and Other Short Plays About Growing Old" is available through Next Stage Press, as well as additional plays with Drama Notebook, Off The Walls Plays, and 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 2023-24 Kansas City Public Theatre's Playwright’s Roundtable cohort.

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)
"Literature Today", January 2023
Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Staged Reading Series, JAN 2023
Camino Real Theatre, San Juan Capistrano, CA JAN 2023
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, Chicago, Illinois 2023
Theatrical Shenanigans Podcast, 2023
Powerstories Theatre, Tampa, FL 2023
Minnesota Shorts Play Festival, 2023
Dramatic Chaos Productions - Plethora of Plays 2023
Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective "369 Monologue and Short Play Festival"
Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival - UK Live Edition 2023
Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival - NYC 2023
Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival - Houston, Texas 2023
The Decameron Project - Hollywood, 2023
A is For… One Act Play Festival Finalist 2023
Midwest Dramatist Conference - 2023
Mini-Shenanigans Podcast - 2024
Eden Prairie Players’ Women's One Acts+ 2024
2024 Valencia College Theatre Student Directed One Act Festival of Plays
Semi-Finalist Good Vibes Summer, Broken Arts Entertainment, 2024
The Best 10-Minute Plays 2024, Smith & Kraus, Inc
Plethora of Plays 2024
Different Strokes! 369 Monologue and Short Play Festival 2024

Wichita State University – School of Performing Arts 1st Annual 24hr Play Festival
William Inge 24-Plays for High School Students - Playwriting Mentor 2023, 2024


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

Debra has over 80 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

  • Bouquet of Violets
    60-75 Minutes

    At a time when women from the Parisian haute bourgeoisie were kept corseted and confined, the aspiring Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot jeopardized her ‘good girl’ reputation to model for Édouard Manet. While waging mutiny against her mother’s matchmaking, Morisot asserted herself as an independent, self-supporting artist and her connection with Manet was food for Parisian...
    60-75 Minutes

    At a time when women from the Parisian haute bourgeoisie were kept corseted and confined, the aspiring Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot jeopardized her ‘good girl’ reputation to model for Édouard Manet. While waging mutiny against her mother’s matchmaking, Morisot asserted herself as an independent, self-supporting artist and her connection with Manet was food for Parisian society. Would the Manet name ever be a reality for this revolutionary woman?

    NOTE: This play is based on real characters. However, certain details, timelines, incidents, locations, and most of the dialogue have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes. Actually documented quotes were used when possible.
  • Divine Truth
    ONE ACT - 30-40 Minutes

    Powerstories Theatre - Voices of Women Theatre Festival - 2023

    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.

  • No Room at the Boutique Hotel
    25-30 MINUTES

    An expecting couple visits New York City for a surprise vacation for the holidays before the new baby arrives. Will there be room at the boutique hotel for them?
  • SO GAY
    10 - 45 MINUTES

    TRIGGER WARNING: Discussions of suicide

    SYNOPSIS: This Theatre of the Oppressed inspired short piece is to be performed at Middle School and High School faculty in-service meetings to engage in a conversation about a teacher’s role in LBGTQIA+ harassment in the classroom and the possible results of doing nothing, minimizing it, or fanning the flames.

    ...
    10 - 45 MINUTES

    TRIGGER WARNING: Discussions of suicide

    SYNOPSIS: This Theatre of the Oppressed inspired short piece is to be performed at Middle School and High School faculty in-service meetings to engage in a conversation about a teacher’s role in LBGTQIA+ harassment in the classroom and the possible results of doing nothing, minimizing it, or fanning the flames.

    28 Plays Later
    Brief #21: “Today, you are to create a play that manages to incorporate all four types of Boal theatre, and create something that is world-changing, life-changing but also makes for an incredible and fascinating watch.”
  • The Isle of Lizzbo: A VERY SHORT Jukebox Musical Based on the Music of Our Queen Mother… Lizzo
    30 Minute Jukebox Musical

    The title says it all.

    28 Plays Later – Brief #11: 2/10/23 “London is hosting the Brits Awards, celebrating new music. So why not take advantage of the opportunity to get our lyrical challenge out of the way, and this year, your task is to pick any of the 50+ artists that are nominated this year and write a jukebox musical based on their songs.”
  • Oldest in the County – A Radio Play
    12 MINUTES

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    28 Plays Later - PROMPT #10: Write a radio play that draws inspiration from the doomed poet himself, Dylan Thomas, and specifically, from his masterpiece Under Milk Wood.

    Inspiration: Under Milk Wood's regional charm and colorful characters.

    Synopsis:
    Residents of small...
    12 MINUTES

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    28 Plays Later - PROMPT #10: Write a radio play that draws inspiration from the doomed poet himself, Dylan Thomas, and specifically, from his masterpiece Under Milk Wood.

    Inspiration: Under Milk Wood's regional charm and colorful characters.

    Synopsis:
    Residents of small towns in Kansas are known for being good neighbors. If a monumental birthday is on the calendar, you can be sure that the women at the local café will find just the right to celebrate the achievement.
  • Seeker - अन्वेषक
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    A Sanskrit inspired short play about faith, dogma, and what happens when the right question is asked.

    Around the World in 7 Plays 2023, Ubeda, Spain Playwright’s Residency: Ancient Sanskrit drama
  • She said YES: A Trilogy
    INCLUDED:
    She said YES: Christine (monologue)
    She said YES: Stacey (monologue)
    She said YES: Craig (monologue)
    She said YES: A Trilogy (3-minute play)

    SYNOPSIS:
    Three perspectives… one YES.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024
    Briefs 12/13/14: “Write a Trilogy.”
  • Bevie!
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    One glance and one impulse later, and Ben finds himself on a first date with Rachel in the first-class cabin on a flight to Vegas for a long weekend. What could possibly go wrong?
  • The Rules
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    It isn’t that uncommon for couples to have unspoken rules to ensure a happy relationship. Hannah and Tyler aren’t an ordinary couple… in fact they’re barely a couple, and Hannah… there is nothing ordinary about her.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 20: The dreaded “Rules” Challenge

    Unlike the 28/29 Plays Later Brief #20 rules,...
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    It isn’t that uncommon for couples to have unspoken rules to ensure a happy relationship. Hannah and Tyler aren’t an ordinary couple… in fact they’re barely a couple, and Hannah… there is nothing ordinary about her.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 20: The dreaded “Rules” Challenge

    Unlike the 28/29 Plays Later Brief #20 rules, this short play is based on an ACTUAL list of rules, 22 of them to be exact, someone found in a newly purchased used car in 2018. I wish the happy couple all the best, although I assume they are no longer together, as there are probably murder charges currently pending.
  • Look What Hate Dragged In - A 10-Minute Play with Music...really fun music
    10-Minute Play

    NOTE: Check on fun public domain music that could actually be used on stage

    SYNOPSIS:
    In the town of Panto, Tennessee, one parent believes that panto theatre and is adamant that its performers have no place in a classroom. Will creativity and engagement win?

    28 (29) Plays Later:
    Brief 15: Pantomime - Panto
  • Four Friends
    10 Minute Play

    SYNOPSIS:
    Based on the Sanskrit’s children’s story of the same name, four strangers find themselves in peril. Will they survive?

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 18: “Sanskrit”
  • The Brady Girls
    10-Minute Play

    SYNOPSIS:
    What the conversation SHOULD have been before the combining of the two iconic families.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 17: “Today we're going to adapt. Find a short story, or a film, or a poem, or a song, or a TV show... or... whateves.”
  • The Brady Boys
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    What the conversation SHOULD have been before the combining of the two iconic families.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 28: “So choose any of the plays you've written this year, and write a second piece to accompany it on an evening of a double-bill of your works.”

    Companion piece to The Brady Girls: https://...
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    What the conversation SHOULD have been before the combining of the two iconic families.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 28: “So choose any of the plays you've written this year, and write a second piece to accompany it on an evening of a double-bill of your works.”

    Companion piece to The Brady Girls: https://newplayexchange.org/plays/3197492/brady-girls

  • Cheers to New Beginnings
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    Blind dates can be nerve wracking. Will Vanessa and Kate find common ground and a possible connection?

    28 (29)Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 4: “Pick a Number – Match the Phobia”
    #299: Medorthophobia
  • TLC: A Millennial Horror Story
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    Millennials have had a more difficult path to home ownership. Is this the right house for Scarlet and Beth?

    28 Plays Later 2024
    Brief 1: "Let’s write a play about TLC."
  • Cocktails
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Big Bad Wolf hosts his first cocktail party for a few friends… or at least a few fairytale characters. Will they see his new side?

  • Missing
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Mini Shenanigans Podcast - August 2024

    SYNOPSIS:
    A family finds themselves in a tense situation. Where is Beth?
  • Fantasma’s Rage
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    During an overseas school trip, strange things to start to happen in the hallways outside of student hotel rooms. Can one teacher chaperone figure out what is really going on?
  • I Am He
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Dramatic Chaos Productions - Plethora of Plays 2023 - Online Reading

    SYNOPSIS:
    A father and son share a game of catch while the father works through his worries about an upcoming special birthday.

    28 Plays Later:
    Brief #27: “Create a double-bill play possibility similar in theme or story to a previously written piece in the 2023 28 Plays...
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Dramatic Chaos Productions - Plethora of Plays 2023 - Online Reading

    SYNOPSIS:
    A father and son share a game of catch while the father works through his worries about an upcoming special birthday.

    28 Plays Later:
    Brief #27: “Create a double-bill play possibility similar in theme or story to a previously written piece in the 2023 28 Plays Later Challenge.” Show goes with my 10 minute play, Bedtime Story – both about the challenges of fatherhood. The same two actors can be used in both.
  • Name Dropping
    10 Minute Play

    SYNOPSIS:
    Prenatal classes cover all the basics for soon-to-be parents including how to choose name. Will this group find the right names for their babies in time for the births?

    28 Plays Later:
    Brief #26: “Each of us has a name. So today let's honor our names and write about them.”
  • Lady Business (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10 minute play

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    SYNOPSIS:
    Estrogen rules the bodies of many humans, and the outcomes of that estrogen varies during the different stages of life. Sometimes they work well together. Sometimes… not so much.

    28 Plays Later:
    Brief #23: “Body parts -...
    10 minute play

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    SYNOPSIS:
    Estrogen rules the bodies of many humans, and the outcomes of that estrogen varies during the different stages of life. Sometimes they work well together. Sometimes… not so much.

    28 Plays Later:
    Brief #23: “Body parts - meet writers, writers - meet body parts.”
  • Bedtime Story
    7-10 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    Father and son have a nightly bedtime story tradition, but tonight, another man has entered the scene.


    28 Plays Later
    Brief #20: “We are looking at the limits of talent, writing, copyright, all the moral and ethical questions as well as the artistic ones that come with such technology. What are the boundaries and can we/should we/must we cross them?”
  • Camel Girl
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Mini-Shenanigans Podcast - March 2024 Release
    Midwest Dramatist Conference - 2023

    Life of a side show circus performer is the best some can hope for in 1886. Some performers want more. Based on the life of Stella Harper, the Camel Girl.

    28 Plays Later – Brief #20: Today we're writing a play for a circus show
  • Lady of the Manor
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Eden Prairie Players’ Women's One Acts+ 2024
    Semi-Finalist Good Vibes Summer, Broken Arts Entertainment, 2024

    2023 - 28 Plays Later - Brief #17: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    SYNOPSIS:
    An American is finally touring the grounds of a classic English manor house in Sussex.
  • Submission Opportunities
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    SYNOPSIS:
    A cohort of three playwrights meet biweekly to write, support one another, and share submission opportunities. Some are simple and clear… some… not so much.

    Written for 28 Plays Later 2023 – Brief #16…. See text in the play itself for the details...no kidding...these are the...
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    SYNOPSIS:
    A cohort of three playwrights meet biweekly to write, support one another, and share submission opportunities. Some are simple and clear… some… not so much.

    Written for 28 Plays Later 2023 – Brief #16…. See text in the play itself for the details...no kidding...these are the actual details of the brief.
  • Poise and Grace
    10 Minute Play

    28 Plays Later - Prompt 3: "On this day in 1975, the world lost one of the leading singers of the 20th century, the nuanced and incredible Star of the East - the one and only, Fatima Ibrahim as-Sayed El-Beltagi, AKA Umm Kulthum. Whether you want to write a play inspired by her life, by her songs, by her distinct cats-eye sunglasses, or just write a play in the melodramatic...
    10 Minute Play

    28 Plays Later - Prompt 3: "On this day in 1975, the world lost one of the leading singers of the 20th century, the nuanced and incredible Star of the East - the one and only, Fatima Ibrahim as-Sayed El-Beltagi, AKA Umm Kulthum. Whether you want to write a play inspired by her life, by her songs, by her distinct cats-eye sunglasses, or just write a play in the melodramatic style of the Egyptian movies, choice is yours." I immediately thought of an American contemporary - Ella Fitzgerald.

    On October 7, 1955, jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald was arrested with other performers and staff backstage between sets. The newly integrated audiences in Houston, Texas were ready, but the Texas lawmen had a different plan.
  • Last Night, First Time
    8-10 minutes

    28 Plays Later - Day 1 - Brief: To write a play with a 'time' reference - BONUS points: use the idea of firsts

    One mother and daughter duo make final checks before the move to college in the morning, but one BIG thing on the checklist is still not completed.

  • Poor Paige
    10-Minute Play

    Friends help each other. Friends are there during tough times. Some friends are not on the same page.
  • Not a Hallmark Christmas
    10 Minute Play

    The holiday season brings many expectations, especially after watching a certain holiday channel.
  • Our House to Yours
    10 Minute Play

    Theatrical Shenanigans 12 Plays of Christmas 2024

    The annual family holiday newsletter may need a little revision after Stella asks Dan to give a little feedback.
  • 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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10-MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    New Play Lab, 40th William Inge Theatre Festival - 2023
    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England - 2023
    The Deluth Playhouse What She Said New Play Festival - 2023

    Weddings are usually a time of joy and celebration,...
    10-MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    New Play Lab, 40th William Inge Theatre Festival - 2023
    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England - 2023
    The Deluth Playhouse What She Said New Play Festival - 2023

    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

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    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

    Jakespeare Virtual Theatre Company
    WORCHESTER, MA
    2023

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    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

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    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

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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: Potluck Productions, Kansas City, KC 2022
    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

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

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    GULF COAST: Theatre Writers Circle READING
    KC POTLUCK PRODUCTIONS - Reading

    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

    The Best 10-Minute Plays 2024, Smith & Kraus, Inc
    Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, Chicago, Illinois 2023
    Theatrical Shenanigans Podcast - 2023
    https://rss.com/podcasts/theatrical-shenanigans/762601/
    A is For… One Act Play Festival Finalist 2023

    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

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    A first date with an environmentalist brings a new experience and a little bit of mystery.
  • 23 and Bree (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    Modern DNA tests can be fun and fascinating… and also heartbreaking.
  • Battle of the Karens (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    A father finds himself in a precarious situation that defies his idea of strength, intellect, and power.
  • The Wrinkle Ranch (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    Short + Sweet Dubai
    Short + Sweet, Perth, Australia - VOTED FAN FAVORITE
    Short + Sweet, Sydney, Australia
    Short + Sweet, Illawarra, Australia

    Endeavour Theatre, Perth, Australia
    Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs,...
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    Short + Sweet Dubai
    Short + Sweet, Perth, Australia - VOTED FAN FAVORITE
    Short + Sweet, Sydney, Australia
    Short + Sweet, Illawarra, Australia

    Endeavour Theatre, Perth, Australia
    Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Staged Reading Series, JAN 2023
    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    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

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    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

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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...
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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

    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

    Theatrical Shenanigans 2024
    Different Strokes! 369 Monologue and Short Play Festival 2024

    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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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...
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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...
    10 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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

    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.
  • The Revenge of Harvey
    6-8 MINUTES

    28 Plays Later: Brief #7: Pick a play you love - it could be yours, or a famous play that you know well and... well, love. Now... your job is to pick one key element of the play that is so crucial to the plot, that if you change it, the whole play changes.

    Using some of the original text from Mary Chase’s HARVEY, the tables are about to turn.
  • BIGFOOT’S BIG DAY
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    It started with a simple story from an 8-year-old in Kansas. It ended with a dramatic story about love, cake, and meteors.

    I wrote this play after a 2nd grade student, Stellan, wrote the story below. I gave it a life on stage.

    Bigfoot’s Big Day
    Story by Stellan, Age 7
    “I’m Bigfoot, and I am nice. It is my Mom’s birthday....
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    It started with a simple story from an 8-year-old in Kansas. It ended with a dramatic story about love, cake, and meteors.

    I wrote this play after a 2nd grade student, Stellan, wrote the story below. I gave it a life on stage.

    Bigfoot’s Big Day
    Story by Stellan, Age 7
    “I’m Bigfoot, and I am nice. It is my Mom’s birthday. I need to get the stuff for her party, but I live in the forest. Suddenly, I got a mysterious letter that said I should go to the city at 5:30 pm. I went to the city, and I got a box. After that, I went back to the forest. There, I opened the box, and inside was the very best stuff for my Mom’s birthday party. CRASH! Oh no! It’s a meteor! Quick! I forgot the box! I need to look for it. Oh no! The box got squished by the meteor. I have to tell my mom!”

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 22: “Write a play for 3-6 year-old”
  • 28 Brains Later - A 5-Minute Play
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    The final prompt for humans and zombies alike…

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    THE FINAL Brief #29: “Zombies…”
  • Big Ass, Basic White Girl Water Bottle - A 5-Minute Play
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    Thanks to a recent trend on social media, many young people believe that the answer to all problems lies within a popular, expensive water bottle with a handle and straw. One GenXer may not agree.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 27: “Write an Inanimate Object Play.”
  • ART-ificial Intelligence - A 5-Minute Play
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    Plethora of Plays 2024

    SYNOPSIS:
    AI has seeped into every corner of our lives, transforming everything from healthcare to entertainment. The first AI humanoid artist, Monalis-AI is not just showcasing her capabilities; she is actively participating in the art world, and her existence makes humans question everything.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:...
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    Plethora of Plays 2024

    SYNOPSIS:
    AI has seeped into every corner of our lives, transforming everything from healthcare to entertainment. The first AI humanoid artist, Monalis-AI is not just showcasing her capabilities; she is actively participating in the art world, and her existence makes humans question everything.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 26: “You need to write a kitchen-sink, realistic play, with no emotions, no end and no logic.”

    I chose to go with the lack of emotions and an ending that is not clear.
  • Betrayal – A 5-Minute Play
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    Friendship, love, and betrayal… one apple upsets the entire cart.

    28 (29) Plays Later:
    Brief 11: Opening Line: “Put the knife down, Linda! Fine, I'll tell you what he did with the apple!”
  • No Notice – A 5 Minute Play with Music
    5 MINUTE PLAY WITH MUSIC

    SOUNDCLOUD link included in text.

    SYNOPSIS:
    A simple park. A simple moment. A new reality.

    28 (29) Plays Later:
    Brief 10: “Let's write something with songs!”


  • Closer to Fine: A Tribute to Searching
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    Where do we search for answers when life is pressing down upon us? How do we find peace and maybe just get closer to fine?

    28 (29) Plays Later:
    Brief 9: Write a play inspired by female music artists. BONUS points for using acutal lyrics.
    A tribute to The Indigo Girls
  • Teamwork - A Five Minute Play
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    Sports can be a healthy option or a destructive one. It’s all about how the team plays together.

    28 (29) Plays Later:
    Brief 8: “Let’s Get Sporty”
  • Count Dyscalculia
    5 Minute Play

    SYNOPSIS:
    What happens when a famous counting vampire is struggling with numbers… numbers beyond ten?

    28 Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 2: Numbers
  • A Vote for Him - A 5-Minute Monodrama
    5 MINUTE

    SYNOPSIS:
    Thanksgiving brings out the very best of families and the very worst.

    28 (29) Plays Later:
    Brief 3: Write a Monodrama
  • Cheeseburger Stabbing
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    A simple classroom assignment lights a fire in Rowan, and his/her/their parents are there to see the ignition.
  • FIVE
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    The demands on mothers across the world can be difficult. For some, the expectations are just too great.

    28 Plays Later – PROMPT #15: Write a play with a flawed narrator.
  • This is My Country
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    28 Plays Later:
    BRIEF #14: Write a journey – emotional, spiritual, mental, or physical journey.

    SYNOPSIS:
    Home is where you make it, and one young tourist learns more than any guide could teach.
  • A Case of the Mondays
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    A fictional interaction based on the Cleveland Elementary School mass shooting that took place on January 29, 1979, at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California. Considered the first mass shooting by a teen, Brenda Spencer had little remorse.

    Written as a response to Brief #12 for 28 Plays Later:
    Write inspired by “vile...
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    A fictional interaction based on the Cleveland Elementary School mass shooting that took place on January 29, 1979, at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California. Considered the first mass shooting by a teen, Brenda Spencer had little remorse.

    Written as a response to Brief #12 for 28 Plays Later:
    Write inspired by “vile language... all forms of violence... extremes of characters, from the surreal and innocent to the murderous and villainous. Obscenities peppered with the most exuberant poetic language. Visual moments on stage that will literally make your audience sick.”
  • Storm in a Teacup (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

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

    2024 Valencia College Theatre Student Directed One Act Festival of Plays

    A concert can be a great first date unless the date in question shows her true colors right out of the gate.
  • Good Neighbors (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    Sometimes good fences make good neighbors, and other times, they make fresh starts... if there is a gate.
  • Family Ties (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    5 MINUTE PLAY

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    5 Minute Play

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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 (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    5 Minute Play

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    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.
  • NOH More Drama: A Children’s Origin Play Based on Japanese Myth
    5 MINUTES

    28 Plays Later - BRIEF #9: Japanese theatre style - Noh

    A modern retelling of a Japanese folk tale about how theatre came to Japan – told with NOH drama elements of masks and movement.
  • The Aging Fairy (from the THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD collection)
    5 Minute Play

    Available at Next Stage Press - Part of the collection THE WRINKLE RANCH AND OTHER PLAYS ABOUT GROWING OLD

    A distinguished woman finds herself being offered a gift that she doesn’t want.
  • Uploads
    3-5 Minutes

    28 Days Later
    Prompt: Use the first line, "Strauss! That's all they had to say before attacking me, but I showed them, I showed them real good and now Al wants to avenge my mum, Clara."
    Bonus: End with, ""That Spanish chicken will kill you, you big lump of nothingness!"

    Synopsis:
    With AI technology entering the world of...
    3-5 Minutes

    28 Days Later
    Prompt: Use the first line, "Strauss! That's all they had to say before attacking me, but I showed them, I showed them real good and now Al wants to avenge my mum, Clara."
    Bonus: End with, ""That Spanish chicken will kill you, you big lump of nothingness!"

    Synopsis:
    With AI technology entering the world of the arts, how long before the playwrights of New Play Exchange are no longer needed?
  • By the Short Hairs
    2-3 Minute Play

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    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.
  • I'd Do Anything For Love… But I Won't Do That: A TRIO of 1-Minute Plays
    3 - ONE MINUTE PLAYS

    Couple’s Fun – A One-Minute Play
    SYNOPSIS:
    A couple collapses with exhaustion onto the couch after an evening of couple’s fun.

    Happy Anniversary – A One-Minute Play
    SYNOPSIS:
    One octogenarian couple celebrates their anniversary in a surprising way.

    What If – A One-Minute Play
    SYNOPSIS:
    Two friends take...
    3 - ONE MINUTE PLAYS

    Couple’s Fun – A One-Minute Play
    SYNOPSIS:
    A couple collapses with exhaustion onto the couch after an evening of couple’s fun.

    Happy Anniversary – A One-Minute Play
    SYNOPSIS:
    One octogenarian couple celebrates their anniversary in a surprising way.

    What If – A One-Minute Play
    SYNOPSIS:
    Two friends take a bold, first step.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 21: “The title of your play is:
    I'd do anything for love (but I won't do that)"
  • Last Day – A One-Minute Play
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    Knowledge is power, but sometimes, it’s a threat.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 25: “Lets go personal today. Deeply personal. Let's use some psychodramatic tools to... you know... deal with some shit.”

  • Terrible at Names – A 1-Minute Play
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    How we address each other matters.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 24: “Gender-Neutral Writing”
  • How Can I Help? – A One-Minute Offensive Play
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    In Texas, since Senate Bill 8, a six-week abortion ban, took effect, state and local agencies in place to help victims of sex assault and/or unwanted pregnancies are under fire and trapped within the law.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 23: “Let’s write a play with the intention of offending others.”

    This is just ONE of the many...
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    In Texas, since Senate Bill 8, a six-week abortion ban, took effect, state and local agencies in place to help victims of sex assault and/or unwanted pregnancies are under fire and trapped within the law.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 23: “Let’s write a play with the intention of offending others.”

    This is just ONE of the many things offensive to me.
  • Threesome – A One Minute Play
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    Life can get stressful. Sometimes and an old friend is a wonderful surprise. Other times an one old friend and one new friend show up, and it’s a nightmare.


    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 19: “Body parts - meet writers, writers - meet body parts. Hope you get physical with each other!”
  • DISSONANCE – A 1-Minute Play
    1-Minute Play

    SYNOPSIS:
    DISSONANCE: lack of harmony among musical notes.
    A usually harmonious family has found dissonance in their composition.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024:
    Brief 16: “The task for today is to think of the theatre as a concert hall and to think of your actors as your orchestra. Create music with your words.”

  • US - A One Minute Play
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    Possibilities are just 30 words and a few questions away.

    28 Plays Later:
    Brief 5: Use Only 30 Words
    (Me, Us, No, Just, Why, Not, Okay, Her, Him, That’s, There’s, It, More, Of, Course, Three, Yes, Concerns, Benefits, Equal, Always, Honesty, Pain, Sometimes, Never, On, Purpose, Love, So, Ready)
  • Devil’s Advocate - ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Anything is possible when the devil is on trial.

    28 (29) Plays Later:
    Brief 7: “Find an expression, an idiom, a cliché, etc...and use it as a literal impetus for the play.”
  • Riddle Me This - ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    Riddles are enjoyed by some and missed completely by others.

    28 (29) Plays Later 2024
    Brief 6: Write a Riddle Play
  • Getting Lucky at the DMV – ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    The DMV is known for many things, but a place to get lucky has never before been on the menu.
  • Connection – ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 Minute Play

    A Conversation
  • Blind Date - ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival, Leeds, England 2023

    SYNOPSIS:
    Blind dates are the worst when you’re young. They’re even worse when you have had a full life already.
  • Podcast Magic - A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival - Houston, Texas 2023

    SYNOPSIS:
    Going to sleep is tough sometimes, and some aids can make it even harder.
  • Law of the Jungle – A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS: The United States have some strange laws still on the books.
  • Keep Your Eyes Peeled – A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS: Some snacks are delicious… others really pay off.
  • 2 Shots of Baileys - A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS: Coffee can bring people together… so can names at coffee shops.
  • Room 205 - A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival, Leeds, England 2023

    SYNOPSIS: Small hotels in various countries bring unique experiences and some surprises.
  • Robin Hood Karma - A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS: There’s always someone in worse shape than you, and sometimes, it pays to be at the bottom on the ladder.
  • Trends - A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS: Trends come and go, but grandmother and granddaughter connections are forever.
  • Staff Training – A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS: Miss Eleanor may be a happy resident of the nursing home, but she still finds a daily purpose.
  • Grandma's Rules - A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS: Relationships between grandmothers and granddaughters can be very special… and honest.
  • Probable Cause: A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    probable cause: n. sufficient reason based upon known facts to believe a crime has been committed or that certain property is connected with a crime.
  • War of Words - A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS: The English language… how hard can it be?
  • Proof and Justice– A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Gone in 60 Seconds (Gi60) One Minute Theatre Festival 2023

    SYNOPSIS: When in doubt… DNA tests.
  • Champagne - A ONE MINUTE PLAY
    ONE MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS: When three glasses is clearly too much…
  • Da Da! - A One Minute Abstract Play
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    28 Plays Later – BRIEF #18
    “Pick a theme! Any theme! But make it an abstract theme.”
    -----
    So, I chose to write this in the DADA method of writing. I took all the words from the brief, cut them up, let my cat Lucy knock the bowl of small words over to mix them up, let my subconscious pull the correct handful out, and then put the words in a new...
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    SYNOPSIS:
    28 Plays Later – BRIEF #18
    “Pick a theme! Any theme! But make it an abstract theme.”
    -----
    So, I chose to write this in the DADA method of writing. I took all the words from the brief, cut them up, let my cat Lucy knock the bowl of small words over to mix them up, let my subconscious pull the correct handful out, and then put the words in a new and correct order.


  • He's My Son!
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    28 Plays Later Challegen - PROMPT: Write a RIDDLE play

    Some old riddles don’t stand the test of time and viewpoints. Some exceed them.
  • Southern Family Planning - A Farce
    1 MINUTE

    28 PLAYS LATER - BRIEF #4: FARCE - BONUS: POLITICAL

    Southern family planning is tough for everyone.
  • #VANLIFE
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Reading: Kansas City Playwriting Group

    Life on the road requires laundry stops.
  • Labels
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    Semi-Finalist Minnesota Shorts Play Festival, 2023
    Reading: Kansas City Playwriting Group, 2023

    Big life changes are tough. Some life lessons are even tougher when you don’t pay attention.
  • Push Comes to Shove
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    One man tries to move a cow facing imminent death from an oncoming train.
  • Twice in a Lifetime
    1 Minute Play

    Gone in 60 Seconds (Gi60) One Minute Theatre Festival 2023

    28 Plays Later - Day 2 - Brief: To write a play that can ONLY be performed ONCE - NEVER AGAIN

    Some moments are only once in a lifetime… for others, a second moment of magic occurs.
  • Childhood Home
    1 MINUTE PLAY

    The Decameron Project - Hollywood, 2023

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

    "Literature Today", January 2023

    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

    Husbands 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

    Reading: Literary and Discourse Society, Devon, England

    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.
  • Outlaw Dad - A Monologue
    2 Minutes

    SYNOPSIS:
    One Dad’s journey to protect his daughter
  • It was Me: A Monologue
    2 Minute Monologue

    One Father’s realization that his child didn’t trust him during his journey.
  • Housekeeping: A Monologue
    (3 - 4 Minutes)

    FEMALE
    40s
    Hispanic

    SYNOPSIS: A sniper killed 3 and wounds 8 on August 11, 1976 from the 26th floor balcony of a Holiday Inn in downtown Wichita, Kansas. He tried to access the rooftop. The roof was inaccessible, so he forced a maid out of a room on the twenty-sixth floor and went in, locking the door behind him and starting firing indiscriminately at...
    (3 - 4 Minutes)

    FEMALE
    40s
    Hispanic

    SYNOPSIS: A sniper killed 3 and wounds 8 on August 11, 1976 from the 26th floor balcony of a Holiday Inn in downtown Wichita, Kansas. He tried to access the rooftop. The roof was inaccessible, so he forced a maid out of a room on the twenty-sixth floor and went in, locking the door behind him and starting firing indiscriminately at the pedestrians and cars below. His name will not be used. This monologue IS NOT his story....it is hers.


    28 Plays Later
    Brief #13 Prompt: Today we are focused on writing a play based on real life, and particularly this oh-so-loved sub0-genre of true crime, which brings up an entirely different question - do we have a responsibility for the truth, when we are dramatizing events?
  • I Hate Hospitals - A 2 MINUTE MONOLOGUE
    2 MINUTE MONOLOGUE

    One spouses illness reestablishes normal for the relationship.
  • Frozen: A Monologue
    2-3 MINUTE MONOLOGUE

    SYNOPSIS:
    What would you do if the time froze for everyone but you? One human already knows the answer.

    28 Plays Later:
    Brief #28: “We started with time, and its time to end with where there is no time - black holes (or there is time, but it stands still, potentially, or... you know... it's complicated”
  • His Story: A Monologue
    2-3 Minute Monologue

    SYNOPSIS:
    A lover remembers a dear partner along with thousands of others. Times may have changed, but memories and pain do not.

    28 Plays Later:
    Brief #25: Truth in Art
  • I Miss the Stars: A Monologue
    2-3 MINUTE MONOLOGUE

    SYNOPSIS: soon to be exonerated death row inmate monologue

    28 Plays Later – Brief #24: Redemption
  • My FART Score: A Monologue
    1-2 MINUTE MONOLOGUE

    Jazz made me think of horns... horns made me think of farts... the dots were connected.

    28 Plays Later
    Brief #22: “Today we're going to write a Jazz play. And no, I don't mean write a play inspired by the fascinating history of jazz (which would also make a cool brief in itself), I mean write a play that uses the same understanding of writing for jazz.”
  • 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

    Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective "369 Monologue and Short Play Festival"

    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.
  • Royal Declarations - A Youth Play with Finale Music
    YOUTH (Ages 6-12) One Act: 35-45 Minutes

    Both Vocal and Instrumental Versions of Finale Song Available Upon Request - IN ORDER TO GROW written by Daniel Denton. Vocal song clip link below.

    Theatre Lawrence, August 2023: Princess Camp

    SYNOPSIS:
    Two royal declarations keep two kingdoms, separated by a mountain and valley, divided and very different. Will the...
    YOUTH (Ages 6-12) One Act: 35-45 Minutes

    Both Vocal and Instrumental Versions of Finale Song Available Upon Request - IN ORDER TO GROW written by Daniel Denton. Vocal song clip link below.

    Theatre Lawrence, August 2023: Princess Camp

    SYNOPSIS:
    Two royal declarations keep two kingdoms, separated by a mountain and valley, divided and very different. Will the next generation of royals find a way to bring balance to both kingdoms with help from The Seven Rainbow Sisters and their gifts?
  • Rhyme & Reason
    30-40 Minutes: YOUTH ONE ACT with MUSIC

    MTWichita Summer Youth Workshop 2022
    Theatre Lawrence, Youth Troupe 2023

    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.
  • Death Spiral
    10 MINUTES

    SYNOPSIS:
    Separated from the main foraging party, ants can lose the pheromone track and begin to follow one another, forming a continuously rotating circle. This circle is commonly known as a "death spiral.”