Andrea Aptecker

Andrea Aptecker

A playwright from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Andrea Aptecker's plays and monologues have been performed in the United States and UK. Her new monologue (It's Nice to be Out in Society) received the AUDIENCE FAVORITE prize in the 2021 Hear Me Out Monologue Competition and Labor Day Festival. Her ghostly full-length play (Unrequited), a spine-tingling suspense/drama, is now available with Next Stage...
A playwright from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Andrea Aptecker's plays and monologues have been performed in the United States and UK. Her new monologue (It's Nice to be Out in Society) received the AUDIENCE FAVORITE prize in the 2021 Hear Me Out Monologue Competition and Labor Day Festival. Her ghostly full-length play (Unrequited), a spine-tingling suspense/drama, is now available with Next Stage Press: https://nextstagepress.net/unrequited. Her 10-minute play UNAPOLOGETIC, was selected for the Boston Theater Marathon in 2020, and is available in the Boston Theater Marathon XXII Anthology, Smith and Kraus. Andrea was a participant of the 2021 Kennedy Center Summer Playwrights Intensive. She serves on the Board of Directors of Playwrights’ Platform, a collaborative for Boston-area playwrights, actors, and directors, and is a member of Write-On! (CentaStage, Boston), and the Dramatists Guild of America. A short documentary and love letter to her father, photographer George Aptecker is available online: "In the Darkroom."

Plays

  • SHAKESPEARE AND JULIET, a one-act play
    William Shakespeare, an undiscovered playwright, visits the Stratford-Upon-Avon Bank to request a loan. But what happens if the bank official, who has aspirations of her own to become a playwright, denies his request. Will he go to debtors' prison and never write the plays he was destined to write? What happens to the world if Shakespeare never exists?
  • 6 MONOLOGUES FOR UNCOMMON WOMEN
    6 fierce monologues for women ranging in age from 25-95.
  • UNTETHERED, a full-length play
    Writer and language enthusiast Ginnie, craves a bigger life. She wants a passionate marriage, but husband Will is plagued by a disturbing incident from the past that has closed him off. She dreams of attending the renowned Global Language Institute, but hasn’t traveled outside city limits in years, despite her love of world languages. Ginnie is stuck. When mysterious new neighbors Magus and Ana move in next...
    Writer and language enthusiast Ginnie, craves a bigger life. She wants a passionate marriage, but husband Will is plagued by a disturbing incident from the past that has closed him off. She dreams of attending the renowned Global Language Institute, but hasn’t traveled outside city limits in years, despite her love of world languages. Ginnie is stuck. When mysterious new neighbors Magus and Ana move in next door, Ginnie is captivated: Are the neighbors spies? What exactly is their marriage all about? Why does Ana suddenly disappear? In discovering the truth about the neighbors, Ginnie may discover her own way out of being stuck.
  • You Can Bake! (a short Zoom play)
    Desperation takes hold when Lila realizes her Zoom baking class is going off the rails. Her students don’t listen, the technology is imperfect, baking via Zoom is harder than it looks, and to make matters worse, her ex-boyfriend is taking the class--and he's intent on winning her back in excruciating sonnet. It turns out, Zoom has its limits, and teaching is not always a piece of cake.
  • GET SEXY ON ZOOM, a 10 minute Zoom play
    Carmen, a divorced, single mother, and Nathaniel, divorced, single dad, meet on Zoom during a pandemic. But their meeting, which begins as a fun, flirty Zoom chat, devolves into malaise. Carmen distrusts Nathaniel’s politics, and questions his pandemic social distancing habits. Nathaniel just wants to have sexy fun.

  • Unapologetic, a 10-minute comedy
    When French food and culture expert Brynn visits Marian, an aspiring baker, to sample her homemade chocolate mousse, Brynn’s unvarnished critique leads to an unexpected outcome, and a valuable lesson—it’s always better to be...unapologetic!
  • I GOT A DATE TONIGHT ("Beauty Parlor")
    Angie is getting herself dolled up for her date with Bud, but why is she even bothering? Can loneliness be cured with hairspray and chutzpah?


  • THIS HALLOWEEN IS FOR THE LADIES, a short play
    Halloween has been cancelled and college student Liliana is depressed. But her mom may know just the trick to lift her spirits.
  • TOMORROW I WILL RESCUE SOMEONE, a monologue
    After a woman’s fiancé leaves her, she discovers her true mission in life--to save the world.
    *Note: This monologue can be read by a female, male, or non-binary person

  • Unrequited, a full-length suspense/drama
    Violet and Douglas have moved into a historical home. It’s just lovely. But everything is not as it appears in this suspense/drama. Why has Douglas brought Violet to this home? What lurks here, in the shadows—waiting? Who is the charming mystery man Violet meets in the Great Room, and what will become of Violet when she discovers the secrets inside the house? Unrequited is a juicy, spooky play, rife with...
    Violet and Douglas have moved into a historical home. It’s just lovely. But everything is not as it appears in this suspense/drama. Why has Douglas brought Violet to this home? What lurks here, in the shadows—waiting? Who is the charming mystery man Violet meets in the Great Room, and what will become of Violet when she discovers the secrets inside the house? Unrequited is a juicy, spooky play, rife with passion and spine-tingling twists and turns. The play is set in 1936, and though it takes place in the past, it is intended to be a raw, living, breathing story for modern audiences.
  • Fetish, a monologue
    Regina loves cutting men’s hair. And she’s not shy about dating clients. Her friends want her to settle down, but Regina is a free spirit and settling down is not in the cards. She doesn’t need a husband telling her what to do, thank you very much.

  • Mrs. Principal, a monologue
    A woman remembers a moment from childhood: Being dropped off at kindergarten by her mother, only to discover the school was closed and she was alone—as she pondered what to do, the principal discovered her and took her to a secret place.

  • Birdhouse, a monologue
    Synopsis: After her grandmother’s death, a woman has an intimate encounter with the gardener in the birdhouse, and realizes how ephemeral life is.
  • Vendetta, a short play
    Agatha interviews for a job at a company where vengeance is the name of the game—just perfect for Agatha, who has a score to settle with her interviewer.
  • NEMESIS, a short Zoom play
    Agatha interviews via Zoom for a job at a company where vengeance is the name of the game—just perfect for Agatha, who has a score to settle with her interviewer.
  • In the Middle of the Night, In the Middle of the Forest, a monologue
    On a sightseeing trip to a small village in Albania, a woman finds herself in peril, and is surprised by her husband's response.
  • KKK Cookies
    Sheila is surprised when she discovers an unexpected snack option in the office vending machine.
  • YOU CAN CHEESE PLATE! (a winter fairytale), a short play
    Lila’s Zoom class goes off the rails when her ex-boyfriend decides to enroll in her Holiday Cheese Plating class. To make matters worse, it’s a snowy night, the internet is unstable, and partway through the lesson, Lila’s new love interest joins the group, culminating in a showdown between the two men…and a little bit of holiday magic. *Note #1: This is a sequel to YOU CAN BAKE! but also stands on its own. Note...
    Lila’s Zoom class goes off the rails when her ex-boyfriend decides to enroll in her Holiday Cheese Plating class. To make matters worse, it’s a snowy night, the internet is unstable, and partway through the lesson, Lila’s new love interest joins the group, culminating in a showdown between the two men…and a little bit of holiday magic. *Note #1: This is a sequel to YOU CAN BAKE! but also stands on its own. Note #2: This play was written for Zoom but can be modified to be performed live on stage.
  • IT'S NICE TO BE OUT IN SOCIETY, a monologue
    Sometimes a lady just wants a nice dinner out, with a Steak Diane (no cream sauce, s’il vous plait), and a Baked Alaska Flambé-- is that too much to ask?