Mike Byham

Mike Byham

Mike Byham has had several productions on the community theatre and scholastic level. Mike’s plays have also won multiple awards. Mike works as an engineer for a major airline headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Mike is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the American Association of Community Theatre.

Plays

  • Ruby Tuesday
    IN DEVELOPMENT - SEARCHING FOR A WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY

    FULL LENGTH: Inspired by the feeling engendered by the classic Rolling Stone's hit where someone significant passes through your life leaving the bittersweet mixture of grief and gratitude. Ruby is a young lady in therapy after being found on a window ledge at work. She visits with a doctor dealing with his own issues relating to his...
    IN DEVELOPMENT - SEARCHING FOR A WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY

    FULL LENGTH: Inspired by the feeling engendered by the classic Rolling Stone's hit where someone significant passes through your life leaving the bittersweet mixture of grief and gratitude. Ruby is a young lady in therapy after being found on a window ledge at work. She visits with a doctor dealing with his own issues relating to his inability to feel. We eventually discover Ruby’s secret through the therapy sessions. We also see Doctor Jamie find in Ruby a cure for his ailments – a key to unlocking his emotional potential. It's a blend of romance and comic-book whimsy resulting in a modern fable.
  • Sassy Old Broads
    NEW PLAY - SEARCHING FOR WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES

    FULL LENGTH: It's The Golden Girls meet Abbott and Costello. Lucy, Dolly and Marge are widowed friends living in Bakersfield, CA who get together to play cards. A new neighbor Linda, also a widow, is introduced to the group. Unbeknownst to Lucy, Linda is seeing Lucy’s son, Randy. Dolly decides to try a new seniors’ dating app and convinces...
    NEW PLAY - SEARCHING FOR WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES

    FULL LENGTH: It's The Golden Girls meet Abbott and Costello. Lucy, Dolly and Marge are widowed friends living in Bakersfield, CA who get together to play cards. A new neighbor Linda, also a widow, is introduced to the group. Unbeknownst to Lucy, Linda is seeing Lucy’s son, Randy. Dolly decides to try a new seniors’ dating app and convinces Lucy to join her. Through the app they meet a pair of likable ne’er-do-wells that are in trouble. The ladies agree to help them and hilarity ensues as the group travels to Las Vegas resulting in scenes of intense gambling, surprising nightclub strippers, Elvis-themed weddings and courtroom appearances.
  • Vistas
    ONE ACT: A young man returns to his grandfather's gravesite two years after his death to face the cross he's given to bear. As a stipulation in his grandfather's will, Judd and his best friend, Ronnie, drink a bottle of old wine celebrating the memory of "Grandpap's" life. This excursion turns out to be more than just a trip down memory lane, however, as Judd finds the cure for...
    ONE ACT: A young man returns to his grandfather's gravesite two years after his death to face the cross he's given to bear. As a stipulation in his grandfather's will, Judd and his best friend, Ronnie, drink a bottle of old wine celebrating the memory of "Grandpap's" life. This excursion turns out to be more than just a trip down memory lane, however, as Judd finds the cure for what ails him in his grandfather's teachings and the company of his friend.
  • Relic
    ONE ACT: This is the story of a life-long loving relationship between a woman and her best friend who happens to experience time in a unique manner. Davey/Dave/David is aware of his past, present and future all at once. Lizzie/Beth/Elizabeth is his anchor to a sane existence.
  • Revelations: Book of Lucy
    ONE ACT: The Hart family lives in a farmhouse located in the middle of Indiana. Danny suffers from hallucinations where he sees people who don't exist. His latest is a girl named Lucy who visits to tell Danny that his family must prepare for a pending tragedy. Her visit leads to the unveiling of some shocking family secrets.
  • Lenny and Jenny
    ONE ACT: On a stormy night, Jenny's car breaks down, prompting her to duck into the bar where Lenny has just shot and killed the bartender. Lenny must decide what to do with the only witness able to identify him as the killer. Jenny prods Lenny hoping to talk her way out of her tough situation. In the course of their conversations, both Lenny and Jenny discover things aren't always what they first seem to be.
  • George's Day Off
    RECENTLY REWRITTEN - SEARCHING FOR A WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY

    FULL LENGTH: The year is 1987, ten years to the day Elvis died. It was a time before the internet, before cell phones and social media. George is a hard-working, easy-going, devoted husband who has his first day off in 475 consecutive days, including Sundays and holidays. He just wants to relax, read a book, maybe even mow the lawn....
    RECENTLY REWRITTEN - SEARCHING FOR A WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY

    FULL LENGTH: The year is 1987, ten years to the day Elvis died. It was a time before the internet, before cell phones and social media. George is a hard-working, easy-going, devoted husband who has his first day off in 475 consecutive days, including Sundays and holidays. He just wants to relax, read a book, maybe even mow the lawn. Instead, George must deal with an apparent bank embezzlement scheme, a list of chores from his overbearing wife, a leather-clad temptress, a blind Avon lady, a vacuum cleaner salesman, a doting mother, an I.R.S. investigator, and a gun-toting Elvis impersonator. It all adds up to fun for the sake of making fun of the misogynist, homophobic 80's as we watch George's day at home spin out of control.
  • The Body Politic
    ONE ACT: A political satire designed to make us think about the process of electing a "popular" candidate. John is an aspiring politician running for office for the first time. "The Party" has hired an overbearing campaign manager, C.J., to help him win office. C.J. creates a corporate-friendly (and campaign fund winning) image for John, much to the dislike of John's idealist...
    ONE ACT: A political satire designed to make us think about the process of electing a "popular" candidate. John is an aspiring politician running for office for the first time. "The Party" has hired an overbearing campaign manager, C.J., to help him win office. C.J. creates a corporate-friendly (and campaign fund winning) image for John, much to the dislike of John's idealist assistant, Maggie. When John wishes he was "ahead" in the polls so he'd have latitude to follow his heart instead of C.J.'s advice, he becomes a "head." This accepted fact of John's being creates complications for C.J., Maggie, and of course, John himself. In the end, John finds himself, both figuratively and literally.
  • The Up and Down Detective Agency
    FULL LENGTH: Neil Down is a detective in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles in 1938. A beautiful dame with a missing sister shows up one day and hires Neil and his partner to find her. Along the way, Neil's former partner with the FBI and the local police accuse Neil of murder, and the missing person's case turns into a search for stolen diamonds as well. It's a groan a minute tour de...
    FULL LENGTH: Neil Down is a detective in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles in 1938. A beautiful dame with a missing sister shows up one day and hires Neil and his partner to find her. Along the way, Neil's former partner with the FBI and the local police accuse Neil of murder, and the missing person's case turns into a search for stolen diamonds as well. It's a groan a minute tour de force homage to the detective movies of the forties.
  • Five-Minute Major
    SHORT: This 10-minute play creates an allegory relating a "goon" in ice hockey to an organized crime hit man.
  • Death Penalty
    ONE ACT: Three actors play multiple roles in telling the tale of a life destined to destruction. We peek in on the major dramatic events that help define the destiny of a killer. The play starts with the subject's conception and ends with his sentencing.
  • Iggy's Curse
    ONE ACT: Iggy has a problem most 18 year old boys don't have to deal with. He believes he can kill people simply by telling them to go to hell. After all, it happened three times - to a passing motorist, to Iggy's best friend, and most tragically of all, to Iggy's own father. It's a funny, yet horrific look at the pressures of growing up and what happens to a fragile psyche when expectations aren't met.
  • Potluck
    ONE ACT: Moe is a photographer hired by Professor Fenton Brabble to document the Professor's search for the Mouse-faced Lantern, a rare African butterfly. Trapped in a huge pot after being captured by the cannibalistic Boinga-Boinga tribe, Moe, the Professor, and the Professor's intellectually challenged daughter Phyllis must endure the constant threat of being served as lunch while devising an...
    ONE ACT: Moe is a photographer hired by Professor Fenton Brabble to document the Professor's search for the Mouse-faced Lantern, a rare African butterfly. Trapped in a huge pot after being captured by the cannibalistic Boinga-Boinga tribe, Moe, the Professor, and the Professor's intellectually challenged daughter Phyllis must endure the constant threat of being served as lunch while devising an escape. Moe shows no mercy when it comes to letting his fellow captives know what he thinks of them. However, the Professor and his daughter have the last laugh as they turn the dinner table on Moe in this rib-tickling one-act.