Serena Norr

Serena Norr

Serena Norr is a playwright and director. Her plays have been performed at the Omaha Fringe Festival, White Plains Performing Arts Center, the New Deal Creative Arts Center, The Tank, NYC at the Players Theater with the Rogue Theater Festival, the Short Play Festival, and the University of Alabama as well as various productions over Zoom.

Her plays, "OTHER" was published in Theatre...
Serena Norr is a playwright and director. Her plays have been performed at the Omaha Fringe Festival, White Plains Performing Arts Center, the New Deal Creative Arts Center, The Tank, NYC at the Players Theater with the Rogue Theater Festival, the Short Play Festival, and the University of Alabama as well as various productions over Zoom.

Her plays, "OTHER" was published in Theatre Unbound's "Bittersweet" Monologue Collection and "Zoom Like No One is Watching" will be published in the "UNTITLED COVID SHORT PLAY ANTHOLOGY" by Flower Song Press (2022).

During COVID, 15 of her plays received a Zoom production, such as “The Dividing Demons” performed with Primary Stages, "The Bookstore" performed with Westchester Collaborative Theater, “Zoom Like No One is Watching” performed with Sister Shakes for the Show Must Go Online Play festival and B Street Theatre's New Play Brunch, to name a few productions.

Her monologues, "It's the Michelle Jennings Show," "Waiting and Wanting, "Mama, Can You Hear Me? "Deep in Night Thoughts," "Behind the Bars" and “Zoom-A-Ference 2022" was performed with Vintage Soul Productions. Recently, her short "Secrets & Lies" was a part of The Queans Theatre REPRESENT festival, her full-length "The Demise of Baby Johnson" was showcased through the Dramatists Guild's DG Footlights Series, "Purdy's" was a part of the Omaha Fringe Festival, and her plays “Morning Ritual” “Zoom Like No One is Watching” was performed as a part of Rogue Theater Festival. Additionally, "$5 dollah, $5 dollah" was performed at the Short Play Festival and "The Rainbow Method" was performed with the New Deal Creative Arts Center.

She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild, Westchester Collaborative Theater, Cut Edge Collective (NYC), and participant of the 2021 Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive and the Women's Theatre Festival (WTF) Directing Program. She is also a founder of Let's Make a Play, a playwriting course for kids and adults.

Plays

  • Morning Ritual
    VILLA is put to sleep at Morning Ritual, a seemingly peaceful retreat to help those who have undergone trauma. However, she wakes before she completes the transgressive period - causing her counselors (LUCIE and BEAM) to question her and everything they thought they knew about the science at the Ritual. With pandering and back and forth questioning, Lucie and Beam try to understand what caused Villa to wake up...
    VILLA is put to sleep at Morning Ritual, a seemingly peaceful retreat to help those who have undergone trauma. However, she wakes before she completes the transgressive period - causing her counselors (LUCIE and BEAM) to question her and everything they thought they knew about the science at the Ritual. With pandering and back and forth questioning, Lucie and Beam try to understand what caused Villa to wake up while doing their best to conceal the truth that Villa starts to reveal.
  • OTHER (Monologue)
    Sara, a bi-racial, white passing women in her 30s is contemplating what it means to fit herself into a specific box for a job application. Waiting for a phone call, she thinks about who she is, covering up being an "other," and what it means to finally check that box.
  • Baby or the Demise of Baby Johnson
    Former child and teen star Baby Johnson is trying to find her way back to stardom. Now at age 40, Baby has a with a 13-year-old son and she can't escape her past that was filled with pills, drinking, a fire, and issues with her mom (and former manager). When she meets a new manager, it seems that everything she ever dreamed will finally come true, but his intentions may not exactly be what Baby needs to...
    Former child and teen star Baby Johnson is trying to find her way back to stardom. Now at age 40, Baby has a with a 13-year-old son and she can't escape her past that was filled with pills, drinking, a fire, and issues with her mom (and former manager). When she meets a new manager, it seems that everything she ever dreamed will finally come true, but his intentions may not exactly be what Baby needs to get her to her ultimate goal, an Oscar.
  • Agency for the Lost
    Mae has a simple life, typing memos for the "important” at Memos for the Less. But something is missing. Is it her dead end marriage? Or influences from her shallow officemate, or the lingering feeling of abandonment from when father left 36 years ago. It all seems to change when she goes to the Agency for the Lost, a quasi-detective firm with a founder who has a penchant for cigarettes and egg salad...
    Mae has a simple life, typing memos for the "important” at Memos for the Less. But something is missing. Is it her dead end marriage? Or influences from her shallow officemate, or the lingering feeling of abandonment from when father left 36 years ago. It all seems to change when she goes to the Agency for the Lost, a quasi-detective firm with a founder who has a penchant for cigarettes and egg salad sandwiches, who promises to find her dad -- for a fee. When he comes back, or the person who she thinks is her Dad, she realizes that longing for the idea of someone isn’t exactly the same thing as the actual person.
  • The Rainbow Method
    JULEY, a world famous wellness guru and creator of “The Rainbow Method,” a technique that uses rainbows to heal others, just completed a stay at The Foundry, a clinic to help her with a trauma. During her release, her manager, SAMI, comes with his own agenda, pushing her to get back to work where all she wants is to stop pretending. As the power shifts, SAMI uses the very method that JULEY created on her. Is...
    JULEY, a world famous wellness guru and creator of “The Rainbow Method,” a technique that uses rainbows to heal others, just completed a stay at The Foundry, a clinic to help her with a trauma. During her release, her manager, SAMI, comes with his own agenda, pushing her to get back to work where all she wants is to stop pretending. As the power shifts, SAMI uses the very method that JULEY created on her. Is JULEY’s method real, or is the power of manipulation the real strength?
  • The Debt Collector
    Buy now, pay later. Or so they say. Rayon lives by this mantra except she's up to her eyeballs in debt with a home filled with the latest and greatest gadgets and no one to share it with. An unexpected visit from KJ offers her a way out but is Rayon strong enough to accept an alternative without debt?
  • $5 Dollah, $5 Dollah
    Avon is a fast-talking hustler trying to sell bags in Chinatown to a faceless boss named G. Dale, a wannabe actress, now hostess from Texas, approaches his table with a penchant for bag-smelling. Avon invites Dale to the back alley to show her custom bag. She eventually follows and ends up at a packed nightclub where they take a moment to dance. Dale, however, is distracted and wants the bag that she was...
    Avon is a fast-talking hustler trying to sell bags in Chinatown to a faceless boss named G. Dale, a wannabe actress, now hostess from Texas, approaches his table with a penchant for bag-smelling. Avon invites Dale to the back alley to show her custom bag. She eventually follows and ends up at a packed nightclub where they take a moment to dance. Dale, however, is distracted and wants the bag that she was promised as Avon angrily takes her to the back. With a faceless boss watching, the stakes are high for Avon to do his job and sell the bag, or face the wrath of G.
  • Earth Cure
    It's the year 2035 and the world is perfect, or so it seems. DR. HETTA JACOBS is not convinced that Earth Cure, a solvent to clean the earth and the water is actually doing that.
  • I See You
    It's been years since BILLO and MAE have seen each other. They are both surprised when they see each other across the street from one another. On opposite sides of the street, they scream to try to catch up and slowly inch closer and closer as they connect about what was, and maybe what life can be.
  • Zoom Like No One is Watching: Part 1
    Awkward encounters ensue as an unlikely pair (DAVID and HILLY) go on a blind date in a Zoom chat during quarantine. During their short chat, they share revelations about kids, death, work, love, and lust, as they try to understand each other and themselves. Forging an unlikely bond through dance, they start to peel off their layers and perhaps start to feel a little less lonely until reality strikes.
  • Late, On Purpose: Part 2
    Part 2 of the 3 part series: It is now July 2020 as HILLY and DAVID continue to chat on Zoom. DAVID finds solace in a living situation and asks HILLY to join him.
  • Its Always Been You: Part 3
    Part 3 of a 3-part series: It is now July 2022 and HILLY and DAVID haven't spoken for years. She suddenly wants to speak with him with some unexpected news.
  • Fast $$
    KAT, a suburban wife, with a shady past is in need of money fast! She meets DANO, in a seedy park who offers her the chance to become rich quickly. Only caveat? She has to give up everything she is without knowing what she's really getting into.
  • The Waiting Game (Monologue)
    GLORIA, late-30s is waiting at her computer screen, finding herself going down a rabbit hole thinking about her life and what she really wants.
  • Run for Cover
    All Marigold wanted to do was to run. But so did Betty. When Marigold gets hit by Betty's car, she finds herself stuck at home pinned over by her hapless husband/nurse, Roland, who can't seem to find the right tea that might bring her peace or say anything right.

    When their family friend and town police officer, Riley delivers unexpected news about the case, Betty and Marigold are...
    All Marigold wanted to do was to run. But so did Betty. When Marigold gets hit by Betty's car, she finds herself stuck at home pinned over by her hapless husband/nurse, Roland, who can't seem to find the right tea that might bring her peace or say anything right.

    When their family friend and town police officer, Riley delivers unexpected news about the case, Betty and Marigold are forced to peel away at the baggage they can't seem to run away from as different versions of what happened -- both during the accident and to their lives -- in this who-done-it suburban caper.
  • Tony's Pasta House
    RAY, a struggling travel agent and SALLY, a popular bowler are ready to enjoy a dinner at Tony's Pasta House for Valentine's Day when Ray drops some news that will change the course of the evening, and the couples future.
  • The Great Zoom Mystery
    Yet another Zoom happy hour with 6 college friends who haven't seen each other in person for months. On Zoom, they all see something they shouldn't have in a neighbors house -- and learning more about each other that they never realized before.
  • The Dividing Demons (Monologue)
    Roy Donaldson is back to work as an accountant at The Dividing Demons. It is 2021 and he can't shake his anxiety and uneasiness, which has been heightened since he is back at the office. Here, he tells his boss, Ken, exactly how he feels.
  • Life on The Upper Deck
    Staten-Island born Denny and Connecticut-born Gilda connected on Zoom and are finally meeting in person on the Upper Deck of the Staten Island Ferry. Could they survive in the real world when finally learning the truth about who they really are.
  • Purdy's
    GRAY, a mother of 2 ran away from home during the pandemic. On the road for days, she stops for a bite to eat at Purdy's, a small diner in Hicksville. Here, she meets PURDY and CLOVER, seemingly nice townies who GRAY feels a kinship to and finally opens up to reveal why she left. Talking over Purdy's signature dishes, Gray warms up to these seemingly welcoming strangers.

    But could...
    GRAY, a mother of 2 ran away from home during the pandemic. On the road for days, she stops for a bite to eat at Purdy's, a small diner in Hicksville. Here, she meets PURDY and CLOVER, seemingly nice townies who GRAY feels a kinship to and finally opens up to reveal why she left. Talking over Purdy's signature dishes, Gray warms up to these seemingly welcoming strangers.

    But could letting her guard down be her downfall?
  • Undercuts
    JACKIE comes back after a long-time away to visit her sister, ELLIS. However, she learns that her sister is still under RYAN's control.
  • The Fortune Teller
    SAVVY comes back to her mother (DIANA's) house after a fight with her husband--only to end up dealing with issues from her childhood.
  • Miracle Fluff
    Tired new parents’ JUDE and CARYS finally got their new baby to sleep for the night
    and they're ready for a night of mindless TV. CARYS becomes obsessed after watching a commercial for the Miracle Fluff that’s supposedly made with an ancient formula designed to wash away fear, worry and anxiety.
    Her want for the blanket brings out layers (and issues) in their marriage that have perhaps always...
    Tired new parents’ JUDE and CARYS finally got their new baby to sleep for the night
    and they're ready for a night of mindless TV. CARYS becomes obsessed after watching a commercial for the Miracle Fluff that’s supposedly made with an ancient formula designed to wash away fear, worry and anxiety.
    Her want for the blanket brings out layers (and issues) in their marriage that have perhaps always
    been there all along.
  • The Wheel Man
    The Wheel Man is about Toby's broken dreams. Author of the Banana Blast book, he is desperate to find success again but finds himself blocked, lost and confused. After a night out with the girls, his wife, Millie, suggests that he work at Lim's new wheel shop for stability and a steady paycheck. During their conversation, truth about their relationship, unstable life and desires come out. Will Toby...
    The Wheel Man is about Toby's broken dreams. Author of the Banana Blast book, he is desperate to find success again but finds himself blocked, lost and confused. After a night out with the girls, his wife, Millie, suggests that he work at Lim's new wheel shop for stability and a steady paycheck. During their conversation, truth about their relationship, unstable life and desires come out. Will Toby become the wheel man, or stay true to his dream -- that might ever happen.
  • The Gadget Man
    It is the year 2022 and ABLE and REAGAN are meeting in an abandoned mall at the Sharper Image store for an exchange of booster, REAGAN's wonder product. During their transaction, ABLE wants a smaller boost as conflict arises and LINCOLN, a former manager of The Sharper Image and former Gadget Man appears. He also needs this wonder product but the price may be too steep for the broken Gadget Man. Will they...
    It is the year 2022 and ABLE and REAGAN are meeting in an abandoned mall at the Sharper Image store for an exchange of booster, REAGAN's wonder product. During their transaction, ABLE wants a smaller boost as conflict arises and LINCOLN, a former manager of The Sharper Image and former Gadget Man appears. He also needs this wonder product but the price may be too steep for the broken Gadget Man. Will they get the magical booster they need or suffer like the rest of humanity?


  • Shine
    SABEL and BECKY have been tasked to clean REAGAN's penthouse. The sisters did something in the past that keeps them tied to this work that BECKY thinks they will never get out of. When REAGAN returns, SABEL finally finds her voice to escape but it may be too late for BECKY
  • Garden Gnomes
    Rich and reckless, GRACEN caused havoc to LIBBY’s garden, smashing her collection of precious garden gnomes. They now have to come together for GRACEN’s community service, which his mother arranged. During his shift, he learns more about plants, happiness and perhaps the keys to his future from LIBBY’s anecdotes.
  • Life in Color
    Dahlia and Regent James live in colorless world. They stumble upon a color that they don't know the name for in their attic. When they use it, a world of magic ensues as they start to see how bright and beautiful life can be.
  • Another Stupid BBQ
    It's the hottest day of the year and GRETA is hosting her annual BBQ when unexpected guests JANE and DAR arrive. Questions arise over who invited them, leads to a discovery of the unsavory side of GRETA's perfect suburban BBQ.
  • It's the Michelle Jennings Show
    MICHELLE is a modern woman who seems to have it all. But during quarantine her persona started to unravel that was surrounded by an affair, uneasy temperament, and more that she covered in her new book and wants to address to her audience. Driven by power and her ego, she is actually just propelling the illusion of who
    she was as there’s actually no one in the audience.
  • Waiting and Wanting
    BAIN is a nervous yet eager to please young teacher who is thrown into the world of online schooling due to COVID. With the new teaching situation, he finds himself drained and alone as his students never join his Zoom class. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, he reveals his anguish and a behind the scenes look at his
    situation.
  • Mama, Can You Hear Me? (Monologue)
    REAGAN’s mother BRYLEE has been in a coma for months, following an incident with BRYLEE’s boyfriend. Every day after her school, REAGAN comes to the hospital to visit her mother and play for her. With the weight of the emotional abuse in her ear and pressure to be perfect, REAGAN wants the impossible: for her mother to
    finally hear her.
  • Asleep at the Wheel
    Cole and Julia have been driving for hours to a wedding when they fall asleep and end up in a ghost town. Confusion ensues as their relationship is tested while being scared by the unknown of where they are.
  • The Best Man Who Ever Lived
    It is Harbor's funeral, a billionaire who was considered the best man who ever lived. Two guests sneak away into his wife's den to search for clues into his death, which he believes was a set up.
  • Zoom-A-Ference 2022 (Monologue)
    ABBY is a young woman in her early-20s who is also the founder and CEO of Dr. Bob. A protege in the tech world, she is also troubled by the past and specifically the actions of her mother and sister that still haunt her, no matter how successful she is. She is also a bit over the top and wiry as she talks about personal aspects of her life that she never revealed before.
  • Behind the Bars
    MILLIE is a young woman in her mid-20s, who 5 years prior shot her fiance. She is now in prison, seeking counseling via a new platform, Dr. Bob, with COVID looming in the background.
  • Deep in Night Thoughts
    Julie is an anxious mom of two who often “talks” to her husband Reggie at night, though he doesn’t listen as he is asleep. This sounding board is her only way to share how she feels and process her day, and, ultimately her actions from 5 years ago.
  • Dr. Bob (Monologue)
    Claire, a suburban mom of 3, is trying to solve her problems with the help of Bob, a computer database of licensed professionals.
  • Blank Canvas
    CARYS is a struggling artist who is secretly obsessed with trying to hit it big. Her boyfriend, SHAW is jovial and lighthearted but very supportive, almost to a fault who CARYS feels gets in the way of his work.
  • Secrets and Lies
    DEX and BECCA are set to get married in 3 days. They are excited to build a life together, but after a dinner with DEX’s mother, BECCA tells DEX that she is half-Black. DEX’s reaction sets the evening on a tailspin as he reveals how he really feels, and perhaps who he really is.
  • Meeting of the Minds
    BABY is a washed up teen star looking for her come back role. Her manager, RICK, is secretly obsessed with her and asks to meet in an abandoned church to discuss her next big role. When noises are heard in the church and a creepy priest arrives, Baby has to perform her biggest role yet: fight to save her life.
  • Items to Return
    The 10-minute play follows the reunion of Lucas and Rosie in a coffee shop. They recently broke up and Rosie wanted to meet to get back some of her old possessions. Although they meet on neutral pretext, their past relationships slowly interweave into their conversation and things are said ultimately ruins one of the character's delicate ego.
  • Lab Rat
    DR. GUNDER found the cure for cancer until his assistant, TEDDY trips and unplugs the wires in the lab.
  • The Meat Man
    A call at 3am has JACOB, an aging boxer, questioning his wife, BELINDA, on a recent meat order that might be more than what it seems.
  • Country House
    BEN and CLAIRE finally have the chance to be alone during an escape to a country house. But the years of neglect in their marriage is taking its toll when they can finally be still and alone from their busy lives.
  • The Book Store
    It is 2021 and JENNY is about to open up her new book store, Books and Nooks. GERALD, her ex-husband is the only one attend the opening.
  • VS.
    A job interview is never easy. Jennifer, a young hopeful, will have to pass the ultimate test if she wants the job.
  • Oh, To Return to those Chocolate-Covered Sunday’s
    What does it mean to find joy in simple things or horror in the complex or to simply want chocolate on Sunday?
  • Sweet Sixteen
    In this perfect world, everyone must transition and lose their useless full capacity brains and achieve their full potential with no anger, pain, jealousy at age 16. But Jane know that succumbing to the surgery will mean that she will lose everything that makes her special and no longer be a "free thinker," becoming a "robot" to this society and these new norms. Can Jane escape her fate before her 16th birthday?
  • DFS (Discontinued Food Society)
    Welcome to a meeting of the Discontinued Food Society. It's Daisy's first meeting.
  • Blood Dawgs
    FRITZ is the owner and undefeated champion of his underground boxing rink. But he finally meets his match when gets paired with his ex-coach, BILL BONES, and his new prodigy, RICCO.
  • World Traveler
    MILES' twin brother, SYMON, is visiting from his recent travels with a job offer that sounds too good to be true. LIZA, a wannabe model, is intrigued by the offer as she wants the promise of the life MILES has never been able to give her.
  • You Know You Need This
    CADY and MERYL, both 21, are in a trendy boutique when CADY suggests that MERYL should steal to feel alive. Will she do to finally feel something?
  • Junked Out Life
    ERIN, is confronting her absent father, HAROLD, in the junkyard. She is reaching out for help after years of being away.
  • Slice of Cherry Pie
    Sable is visiting her mother after being away for years. She addresses her in her childhood kitchen with a slice of pie.
  • Just Cause
    Just Cause
  • Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters
    The complexity of sisterhood with these 3 sisters who often don't feel like sisters.
  • Cupcake Therapy
    Anthony recently returned from a three-year stint in a mental institution, bringing back the demons from the past with him.
  • DND
    Marc is trying to uncover the work of Anno, his boss, to the feds. But he needs the help of his loyal henchwomen, Riley to get the job done.
  • Double
    All Mara wants is to get rid of her “Double” so she can be free. Free of the lingering voice that follows her. After getting a part at an audition, she discovers Double, Inc, a facility that is touted for its ability to get rid of doubles...with a cost. As she gets further and further into her treatments, the division of who is who gets blurred as the whole person vs. the subconscious fights for the ultimate...
    All Mara wants is to get rid of her “Double” so she can be free. Free of the lingering voice that follows her. After getting a part at an audition, she discovers Double, Inc, a facility that is touted for its ability to get rid of doubles...with a cost. As she gets further and further into her treatments, the division of who is who gets blurred as the whole person vs. the subconscious fights for the ultimate battle of control....of Mara's mind.
  • To the One I'll Never Meet
    WOMAN and MAN have never met and never will. The play examines the love/disconnection of a father and his daughter who have never connected in real life and how they have lived very different yet intertwined lives in NYC. A story of abandonment, hope, and love that somehow connects the unconnected.
  • The Bell Crunch
    DEV and MARX never seem to have enough time and find themselves traveling through life -- and at various ages -- when they hear a bell and it all shifts again. Shifting from when they were older to their younger days and back again, they reflect on their lives -- and the difficulty of their dreams.
  • (Monologue) Mother's Mind
    This woman's mother is complicated. But she's figured out how to help her; how to really help her mother's mind.
  • Spin Cycle
    JUNE spends her days working in the laundromat, taking care of her mother, SABEL, and saving money for college that she can't yet afford. With confusion over her mother's version of the past and a war that can't be named, June finds herself trying to understand the truth about the past. As confusion mounts, she finds solace in her beloved laundromat and the calm of the Spin Cycle.
  • The Run to Nowhere
    It's just another night at home where MADS is ready to settle in with a glass of wine and a self-help book when she looks around the way and sees her neighbor, BRECK running in place to nowhere. She goes on the fire escape and starts to talk to her, convincing her of the importance of running in place and tempting what is by coming over and running together, revealing their loneliness and unlikely connection.
  • 4 Aces
    Its cards night again at Abby's to play the game that no one wants to play. As these best friends meet for their card night, secrets about the past and the future come to life in this comedic short.
  • That Time I Met a Vampire at Mercury Lounge
    Waiting for the band The Reverence to play at Mercury Lounge, Cal strikes up a conversation with Della who seems to be waiting for a friend to join her. With a confidence that can't be placed, Cal mysteriously alludes to to his intentions but lost Della is too blind to see the darkness that's right in front of her.
  • Doors
    A subversive real estate play.
  • The Wig Maker
    Beatrice, a world-renowned wigmaker known for her dedicated and craftsmanship, spend her days teaching her assistant, Mateo the craft while also making real hair wigs. When Mel, an eccentric client comes in, Mateo promises her wigs they don't make that comes with the price of seeing Mel's odd world and her obsession for her kids...and what wigs they wear.