Lenny Hort

Lenny Hort

Lenny Hort is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Forge, the playwriting development lab at Hudson Theatre Works. He is a veteran of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where his musical "Pirates in the Gazebo!" won a BMI Foundation Award for outstanding creative achievement. His short plays including "Chemistry Date," "Grave Offense," and "Julius C-SPAN" have been...
Lenny Hort is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Forge, the playwriting development lab at Hudson Theatre Works. He is a veteran of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where his musical "Pirates in the Gazebo!" won a BMI Foundation Award for outstanding creative achievement. His short plays including "Chemistry Date," "Grave Offense," and "Julius C-SPAN" have been featured at recent festivals on Zoom and in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Washington State. He has written 12 published books with combined sales over 500,000 copies.

Plays

  • Chicken Dance
    Two contrasting Jewish immigrant families raise chickens and children over three generations.
  • Ornament of Heaven
    Two women, one an ancient priestess, one a contemporary astronomer, discover what may be the same comet more than four thousand years apart.
  • Forces of Nature
    Nine short comedies present mostly female characters personifying chemical elements, celestial bodies, tectonic plates, and other scientific phenomena in genres ranging from detective story to dating show to women’s wrestling smackdown.
  • Rip Van Winkle
    Washington Irving put the US on the literary map with “Rip,” the oldest American story still widely read. Lazy, good-natured, justifiably henpecked Rip passes out after drinking a ghostly brew and awakens to find his colonial world changed to the United States and his friends long gone. This adaptation asks what new wonders Rip might discover if he dozed for 250 years and woke in the 21st century. Rip often...
    Washington Irving put the US on the literary map with “Rip,” the oldest American story still widely read. Lazy, good-natured, justifiably henpecked Rip passes out after drinking a ghostly brew and awakens to find his colonial world changed to the United States and his friends long gone. This adaptation asks what new wonders Rip might discover if he dozed for 250 years and woke in the 21st century. Rip often felt out of place in his own time. How will he find a place in ours?
  • The Ghost on Saturday Night
    Based on the popular book by the author of the Newbery Medal-winning THE WHIPPING BOY, this madcap Wild West ghost story portrays a resourceful orphan’s transformation from outcast to hero. Nothing ever happens in Foggy Gulch until Professor Pepper rides into town promising to raise the ghost of a long-dead outlaw—live on stage. Opie, a twelve-year-old runt who earns money guiding folks through the fog, is...
    Based on the popular book by the author of the Newbery Medal-winning THE WHIPPING BOY, this madcap Wild West ghost story portrays a resourceful orphan’s transformation from outcast to hero. Nothing ever happens in Foggy Gulch until Professor Pepper rides into town promising to raise the ghost of a long-dead outlaw—live on stage. Opie, a twelve-year-old runt who earns money guiding folks through the fog, is thrilled when the Professor gives him complimentary tickets to the ghost raising. But there are some big surprises when the Professor opens the coffin of Crookneck John, leaving Opie to thwart a bank robbery after most of the town stampedes off in panic.
  • Origin Story
    Superhero Expanding Universe and her sidekicks, the four fundamental Forces of Nature, emerge from the Big Bang to confront the threat of Entropy.
  • Chemistry Date
    Dating show host Iona Bond tries to find the chemistry between Chlorine and Sodium.
  • Dear Daughter Moon
    Moon admires the lovely green on her mother’s surface, but how can she ever host life of her own? This Zoom-friendly play features half a billion years of letters between two familiar characters forced to maintain a quarter million miles of social distance.
  • Indigo
    Indigo confronts Violet outside the boardroom of Rainbow, Incorporated.
  • Mass Extinction Squad
    Two rival detectives interview possible witnesses and suspects including the Asteroid Belt, the Chicxulub Crater, and the element Iridium as they try to solve the mystery of who or what bumped off the dinosaurs.
  • Smackdown
    The North American and Pacific Plates face off in a women’s wrestling smackdown.
  • Chez Biosphere
    Rival chefs [photo]Synth[esis] and [fun]Gus as well as their boss, Mother Earth, crack under the pressure of interviews for a Food Web Network profile on their unique eatery, Chez Biosphere.
  • Interviewing DNA
    Fashion journalist Janetta Sist interviews Dena, the design genius behind the designer genes, just as things start heating up at Chromosome Corporation headquarters.
  • Rock Musical
    Can long-suffering manager Crystal reunite Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic, the greatest rock group of all time?
  • Grave Offense
    A boy disturbs the ghost of an angry teenage girl when he unwittingly urinates on her unmarked grave.
  • Julius C-SPAN
    Is Rome ready for a woman war correspondent? The Ides of March are looking like a slow news day until Claudia Platina happens upon one of the biggest scoops ever.
  • A Little Something About My Powers
    A retired teacher interviews to become a superhero.
  • Returning Aunt Renata
    Two young cousins accompany their grandmother aboard the Staten Island Ferry to scatter Great-Aunt Renata’s ashes on the seventy-fifth anniversary of her childhood arrival from Italy.
  • The Sphinx Speaks
    Murderous monster or playful pussycat? The Sphinx tells her side of the Oedipus story.
  • Three Weird Daughters
    Three daughters of a witch who tempted Macbeth must decide how to carry on their mother’s legacy. What should they tell Prince Donalbain about their troubled vision of his future?
  • Parallel Parking
    A ghostly image in the backup camera disturbs a father-daughter lesson in parallel parking.