Tom Moran

Tom Moran

Tom Moran has been produced in 31 different cities in 19 states and four foreign countries. Major productions in his home state of Alaska include Boundary at the Perseverance Theater Second Stage in Juneau; The Big Guy at Anchorage Community Theater; and Date With History at Fairbanks Drama Association. Other productions include Breakout by the Pend Orielle Players (WA), KMC O(Kaiserslautern, Germany), and...
Tom Moran has been produced in 31 different cities in 19 states and four foreign countries. Major productions in his home state of Alaska include Boundary at the Perseverance Theater Second Stage in Juneau; The Big Guy at Anchorage Community Theater; and Date With History at Fairbanks Drama Association. Other productions include Breakout by the Pend Orielle Players (WA), KMC O(Kaiserslautern, Germany), and Soldiers’ Theatre, Vicenza, Italy; Duo by the UAF Student Drama Association (AK), Allen Community College (KS), Short Attention Span Theater (AK), 10x10 in the Triangle (NC), the Salt City (UT) Artist’s League, Three Wise Moose (AK), Insurgo Theater (NV), Stone Soup (WA), and Deer Park High School (NY); and I, Phone by the UAF Student Drama Association (AK), Pend Orielle Players (WA), Ritz Theatre Company (NJ), The Fine Arts Association (OH), and City Circle (IA.) Duo was published in “The Best 10-Minute Plays 2012” by Smith & Kraus, and Breakout in the 2017 edition. He’s been a semifinalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and a finalist for the Heideman Award. Tom holds a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. Find out more at www.moran-plays.com.

Plays

  • God On Our Side
    Brady Hobbs is a resolute atheist and a starting NFL quarterback – until he’s injured, and his fundamentalist backup reels off a string of improbable victories. Now he’s determined to get his job back and show the world that talent, not faith, is what wins the ballgame. (full-length)
  • Boundary
    For two decades, trapper Joe Warren and his daughter have eked out an existence on a remote stretch of the Yukon River. But the arrival of an unexpected visitor hoping to live off the land throws their careful life into turmoil and forces them to confront mistakes they thought they’d buried. (full-length)
  • Denier
    Astronomer Jillian Carter has had a rough couple of years: first her husband ran off with an undergrad, then she struck out again and again trying to fund her research. That all changes when a distinguished scientist offers her a generous grant, but as her funders’ requirements grow more and more objectionable, Jillian realizes she’s getting sucked into the world of climate change denial. (full-length)
  • WYWH
    15-year-old Chloe met Woodrow in a chat room and was instantly enamored. Which is a problem, because Woodrow is a telegraph operator in 1881. (10-minute)
  • Engels in the Outfield
    The founders of communism take in a baseball game. Co-written with Marty Moran. (10-minute, musical)
  • Sojourn! (A Pizza Story)
    Henry David Thoreau escapes his cabin on Walden Pond to invade his sister's house on pizza night. Co-written with Marty Moran. (10-minute, musical)
  • Exit Strategy
    Sean's figured out an ingenious (or perhaps not) way to keep women from dumping him: hit them with an exit interview, designed to accentuate his positives and get them to change their minds. Over the course of three separate dates, he comes to realize the deception isn't going to work, but also figures out what will. (one-act)
  • Admission Impossible
    Mark comes to a college admissions office with an unusual offer: he wants to bribe them to reject his daughter so he doesn't have to pay for college. (10-minute)
  • Duo
    An old-fashioned superhero has to deal with both a ticking time bomb and his stridently feminist new sidekick. (10-minute)
  • I, Phone
    Melanie is headed out on a first date - but her smartphone's GPS app sends her to her ex-boyfriend's house instead. The phone then starts to speak up on Melanie's ex's behalf, convincing her to try to reconcile with him - at which point we discover the phone's true motive is to reunite with a former lover of his own. (10-minute)
  • Breakout
    A progressive-minded worker at an educational software company is horrified to find out some of the side business the firm engages in. (10-minute. Produced in three countries!)
  • OK Computer
    In this dystopian comedy, the government has started using computer dating algorithms to play matchmaker. But what happens when you substitute compatibility for romance? (one-act)
  • The Big Guy
    It ain't easy being green - or 250 feet tall, or radioactive - but Godzilla has weathered all storms. But what good will fire breath and bulletproof skin do him when he's facing down a full-blown existential crisis? (one-act)
  • WTF
    A couple communicating via text use increasingly lengthy and bizarre acronyms to summarize their thoughts. (1-minute)
  • Life Support
    Ralph flies into a panic when a mysterious caller informs him he has a deadly virus. Or does he? Find out in this one-act riffed off a particularly memorable "Reply All" episode.
  • Back to Normal
    The Jacobses are called into the school psychiatrist’s office to learn their daughter’s calm demeanor and exemplary study habits are evidence of a horrible new malady: Attention Surplus Disorder. (10-minute)
  • Dolls and Guys
    A CPR instructor gets a little too attached to his Resusci-Annie dummy. (10-minute)
  • Further Reflection
    A shiftless 19-year-old is having trouble telling his parents he wants to drop out of college, so he recruits a bystander to help. But Paul has his own family problems to work through. (10-minute)
  • The Stars in our Faults
    Josh and Patty's relationship is built around Zodiac signs. So what happens when Josh finds out he may have gotten his birthdate wrong? And can their Zodiac signs (appearing as characters) help iron the whole thing out? (10-minute)
  • Remainders
    A group of books relegated to the library book sale have mixed reactions to their impending fates. (10-minute)
  • Date With History
    Luke won a contest to have dinner with three historical figures of his choice, then picked three people to impress his fiancée Jenny. When the dinner goes horribly wrong, it’s up to some of history’s greatest luminaries to help Luke win back Jenny’s love. (one-act)
  • Roadkill
    Sibling rivalry takes a turn for the surreal when Curt one-ups his brother Lee’s story with an outrageous tall tale. Unless, of course, he’s telling the truth… (10-minute)
  • Letting Go
    A businesslike father has had enough of his mischievous son. So he fires him. (10-minute)
  • The League
    Matt tries to get his terminally ill brother Jason excited about joining a fantasy football league. But Jason has a different idea of what constitutes "fantasy." (10-minute)
  • By Request
    A man on the run from the law calls in a request to a radio station, only to discover he's got entirely the wrong idea about the deejay. (1-minute)
  • You Damn Well Can Take It With You
    Ted's not taking his 50th birthday very well, especially now that his ex is getting remarried. So he lures her back the only way he knows how: by dressing up like a pharaoh and enlisting her into his funerary obligations. (10-minute)
  • The Book of Miriam
    Miriam's been working in the shadow of her brother for years now and is starving for some recognition. But that's easier said than done, since her brother is busy trying to lead the Israelites to the promised land. (10-minute)
  • Swede Family Robinson
    A father desperate to win his children's affection comes up with the best bonding experience he can: making them restage "Star Wars" under duress at the family summer home. (one-act)
  • Friar with a Crowbar
    In this Shakespearean mashup - written entirely in blank verse - the meddling friars in “Romeo and Juliet” and “Much Ado About Nothing” are revealed to be the same person, executing both far-fetched schemes at the same time. (one-act)
  • Rewrite
    The characters in a hack Western novel have had enough. So they rise up in rebellion against their author. (one-act)
  • Replay
    Faded videogame superstar Pac-Man gets another shot at stardom when he is found by an old nemesis. (10-minute)