Rom Watson

Rom Watson

Rom Watson is the author of the full-length plays Lying Beneath the Surface, Image and Likeness, The Norma Conquests, Pickle Juice, and Pinocchio in The Bronx. Image and Likeness, a drama about religion that is also a murder mystery, won the 2010 ALAP/West Hollywood gay play reading festival. He has also written a prequel and two sequels to Image and Likeness: the 10-minute plays The Test, Three Syllables of...
Rom Watson is the author of the full-length plays Lying Beneath the Surface, Image and Likeness, The Norma Conquests, Pickle Juice, and Pinocchio in The Bronx. Image and Likeness, a drama about religion that is also a murder mystery, won the 2010 ALAP/West Hollywood gay play reading festival. He has also written a prequel and two sequels to Image and Likeness: the 10-minute plays The Test, Three Syllables of Shame and Celebrity Death Watch. Twelve of his 27 short plays have been produced, including The Beaumont Technique, Mead and Stu go to SeaWorld, and Mr. Cuddles. He also wrote the libretto and lyrics for Chamber Music for Bonsai Trees, which is based upon a short novel in the public domain. Rom studied playwrighting with Bill Chang, and lyric writing with the late Marshall Barer. His full-length plays have had readings at The Road Theatre, The MET Theatre, Celebration Theatre, Unknown Theatre, The Laura Henry Studio and Alliance Repertory Company. He is a member of Offending Shadows Theatre Company, and L.A.'s Neo Ensemble Theatre. He is a member of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and has been a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. since 1996.

Plays

  • Image and Likeness
    Los Angeles newspaper journalist Charlie Doth sets out to prove that an apparent suicide was actually murder. He hunts for the killer while continuing to interview religious leaders for a story that has personal resonance for him. Charlie uses his special ability with books to consult with the spirit of Albert Einstein, and the religious story and the murder story intertwine in unexpected ways.
  • Three Syllables of Shame
    Charlie and his pregnant wife Angela play a game to see who can think up the worst possible name for the baby. In between coming up with names like Marmaduke, Levitra and Cholera, they also discuss how they're going to raise their child.
  • The Beaumont Technique
    An aging character actor who’s very full of himself decides to teach his first acting class.
  • Pinocchio in the Bronx
    On his quest to become a real boy,Pinocchio flushes the cricket down the toilet, runs away to Coney Island, and discovers Geppetto working in a meth lab. Loosely based on The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.
  • The Norma Conquests
    The Norma Conquests is a trio of related one-act plays: The Three Faces of Norma, My Fair Norma, and The Importance of Being Norma. Each is a parody/sequel to the film Sunset Blvd., and in each play Norma Desmond works at, and tries to keep, a different job. All three one-acts are set in 1967.
  • Pickle Juice
    Pickle Juice combines scatological screwball comedy with environmental issues. Dottie Mae MacKnots invites her domineering boss to dinner for the express purpose of convincing him to halt development of a project on toxic land. When her other dinner guest isn't able to attend, Dottie Mae must improvise, and convinces a stranger to pose as a man from the Environmental Protection Agency. The evening . . .does not go according to plan.
  • Mr. Cuddles
    Dave and Miriam go to her grandmother for money, and in the process meet Grandma's new pet.
  • Mead and Stu go to SeaWorld
    Stu becomes convinced he is part dolphin.
  • Mead & Stu Go Caroling
    Mead and Stu argue about which song to sing.
  • Celebrity Death Watch
    Charlie and Angela argue about why celebrities always die in groups of three.
  • The Test
    Unsure if he likes girls or guys, Charlie asks college classmate Steven for advice. Steven tells him the matter can be cleared up by taking a written test.
  • Christmas Blvd.
    An unauthorized parody of Sunset Blvd. based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
  • Lying Beneath the Surface
    In a future Los Angeles where a portion of the population has mutated into monsters, LAPD Detective Andrew Bell investigates the murder of a mutant prostitute. He meets the victim’s sister, Betty, who is also a mutant. His investigation of Felicia’s death leads him to question her clients, her father, and her building superintendent. He learns more about mutants then he anticipated, and his budding...
    In a future Los Angeles where a portion of the population has mutated into monsters, LAPD Detective Andrew Bell investigates the murder of a mutant prostitute. He meets the victim’s sister, Betty, who is also a mutant. His investigation of Felicia’s death leads him to question her clients, her father, and her building superintendent. He learns more about mutants then he anticipated, and his budding friendship with Betty forces him to confront his own prejudices. When he figures out who murdered Felicia, he races to stop the murderer from killing again.
  • The Thing on the Doorstep
    When Daniel Upton puts six bullets through the head of his best friend, Detective Drake goes to Arkham Sanitarium to find out why. Daniel’s story turns out to be a lot creepier than Drake could have anticipated. An adaptation of the short story by H.P. Lovecraft.
  • The Hound
    Two English grave robbers steal a jade amulet and are hounded by the corpse who wants it back. An adaptation of the short story by H.P. Lovecraft.
  • The Haunted Hotel
    When newlyweds Agnes and Henry Westwick check in to The Palace Hotel in Venice, Henry learns that Agnes chose this hotel because her twin brother died there. An adaptation of the novel by Wilkie Collins.
  • Manifesto of Silence
    Famous film actor Dane Stafford is known for never granting interviews. Dissatisfied with his life and wanting to get back to his creative roots, he decides to do a play, something he hasn't done in ten years. Dane goes to what he thinks is an audition, but is kidnapped by Mead and Stu, a couple of bungling crooks who intend to force an interview out of Dane and sell it to the tabloids. Dane refuses to...
    Famous film actor Dane Stafford is known for never granting interviews. Dissatisfied with his life and wanting to get back to his creative roots, he decides to do a play, something he hasn't done in ten years. Dane goes to what he thinks is an audition, but is kidnapped by Mead and Stu, a couple of bungling crooks who intend to force an interview out of Dane and sell it to the tabloids. Dane refuses to speak to them. While tied up and blindfolded, Dane has imaginary conversations with his ex-wife Emily. These conversations convince him to relent and give them an interview, but only because he now has a hidden agenda of his own. In Act II, Dane tries to rekindle his relationship with Emily while starring in two productions in a small Los Angeles theatre, one of which he wrote himself.