David Lipschutz

David Lipschutz

David Lipschutz (he/him) is a company member of Hell in a Handbag Productions and an associate member of the Dramatists Guild. With Handbag, he wrote the Jeff Recommended THE GOLDEN GIRLS: THE LOST EPISODES, VOL. 3 (co-written with Artistic Director David Cerda) and had a reading of his first full length musical, FRIGAY THE 13TH! THE MUSICAL.

David has written works performed throughout the...
David Lipschutz (he/him) is a company member of Hell in a Handbag Productions and an associate member of the Dramatists Guild. With Handbag, he wrote the Jeff Recommended THE GOLDEN GIRLS: THE LOST EPISODES, VOL. 3 (co-written with Artistic Director David Cerda) and had a reading of his first full length musical, FRIGAY THE 13TH! THE MUSICAL.

David has written works performed throughout the United States, Canada, England and Australia. He is a 2023 TANYS Award Recipient for Excellence in Playwriting for G'OY VEY! with Spoonie Theater, and he was the Judge's Choice for Best Play for THE SHOMER with The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture.

Other plays include PETE & PETRIA'S PETRIFYING PODCAST (co-written with Dana Hall) with Gather by the Ghostlight; PERSEVERANCE and PERFORMANCE ANXIETY [OR, ON BEING LATE TO A VIRTUAL WORK CALL] with Left Edge Theatre; HYDRATION with Theatre West; and AHAVAH (co-written with Dana Hall) which has been performed with over a dozen theatres around the world. He also co-produced "microHanukkah: a microplay paper festival" with The Lightbulb Factory, which included his play, A SWISS HANNUKAH.

Plays

  • Ahavah
    Co-Written with Dana Hall. After his Bubbie’s death, Saul returns home to his family after a long absence to sit Shiva. Alice, Saul’s girlfriend joins him. Saul tries to portray the perfect version of what he thinks his family wants. However, a message from the beyond leads both Saul and Alice to some meaningful realizations.

    |10-minute play|
  • The All-New Dating Game! Video Game Edition
    It's everyone's favorite 1980's game show, "The All-New Dating Game!", but with a twist. On this particular episode, three familiar video game characters vie for the heart of one very special princess. Who will win? Tune in and find out!

    |10-minute play|
  • The Berenstain Bearadox
    A father has an existential crisis after reading his child a bedtime story.

    |2-minute monologue|

    NOTE: Zoom/virtual and 1-minute adaptations are also available upon request.
  • Birthright
    As her daughter's Bat Mitzvah date draws near, a mother finds herself in a struggle against a vampire of Jewish folklore.

    |10-minute radio play|
  • The [C]Han[n]uk[k]a[h] Play
    When Rae brings their new partner home to meet the family for the first time during the Jewish holiday of Channukkah (also spelled Hanukkah, Hannuka, etc.), things don’t go exactly as planned.

    |10-minute play|
  • A Date With Dagon
    Co-Written with Dana Hall. Immortal fish-god Dagon emerges from the deepest, darkest depths of the Pacific Ocean for holiday (a/k/a humanity’s destruction). However, before celebrating the holiday (a/k/a destroying humanity), Dagon decides to go on a date for the first time in over 10,000 years.

    |10-minute play|
  • The Eighth Swing
    An actor has called out last minute. It is up to a random audience member to save the day...hopefully...

    |5-minute play|
  • G'Oy Vey!
    A virtual first date between Ezra, who is Jewish, and Taylor, who is not, goes awry when Ezra’s entire family shows up.

    |one-act virtual play|
  • George Santos is a Farshtunkener!
    A person gives their honest opinion of George Santos.

    |1-minute monologue|
  • The Good Dybbuk
    When a young man goes to clean out his grandparents’ attic, he discovers more than he expected.

    |10-minute play|
  • The Greatest Jewish Summer Camp Game Ever Played
    This is the true-ish Jewish story of Artie, an 8th grader, and his summer in the year 2000 at Camp Ramah (a summer camp in Wisconsin). Will he become champion of the annual tennis competition? Will he defeat the bully and win the heart of the girl of his dreams? Will it truly be the greatest Jewish summer camp game ever played?

    |5-minute play|
  • hYdration
    Two women have a chance encounter outside of a drag bar.

    |10-minute play|

    NOTE: Script available upon request.
  • Matzah Ball Soup
    Co-Written with Dana Hall. Inspired by the short play, AHAVAH. After his Bubbie's death, Saul returns home to his family after a long absence to sit Shiva. Alice, Saul’s girlfriend, joins him. While Saul is already in the room where services are being held, Alice is outside, contemplating whether or not to enter.

    |5-minute monologue|
  • Mayor Bob is DEAD!
    Mayor Bob is dead! What happened? Find out…in the next ten minutes. This play was written based on the prompt of "Mayor Bob of Smalltown, IL" from Westchester Civic Theatre.

    |10-minute play|
  • Modus Operandi
    Things aren't as they seem as two detectives interrogate a suspect.

    |10-minute play|
  • Moon Logic
    Akin to point-and-click adventure games of the late 80s/early 90s (think, the Kings Quest series), MOON LOGIC follows Sir Llewellyn as he comes to the final chapter of his quest to save Princess Nightingale and help restore the Kingdom of Lavendreer.

    |10-minute play|
  • Performance Anxiety [Or, On Being Late To A Virtual Work Call]
    A man thinks he is going into a work Zoom call like any other day, but this time, Zoom seems to have a mind of its own.

    |one-act play|
  • PerSEVERance
    A live online workout class is interrupted by mysterious and potentially sinister events.

    |10-minute virtual play|
  • Pete & Petria's Petrifying Podcast
    Co-written with Dana Hall. Who doesn’t love true crime stories filled with paranormal activities and ghastly hauntings? Tune in each week to “Pete & Petria’s Petrifying Podcast” to hear tales of strange and terrifying events.

    |one-act radio play|
  • The Pi(e) Guy
    When Mathematics Professor Archie Medes returns home to help his ailing mother run the family pie shop, he gets more than he bargained for as his mathematical prowess thrusts him into the world of crime solving. THE PI(E) GUY is presented as a television pilot (a la Murder, She Wrote), but it is written to be performed on the stage.

    |one-act play|
  • The Shomer
    A shomer watches over the body of a recently deceased Jewish man.

    |10-minute play|
  • Solid Gold
    When creating a party playlist, two best buds make an unexpected discovery.

    |5-minute play|
  • Tripping on Xanax at a Mumford & Sons Concert
    Two friends are sitting in BYO lawn chairs at a concert venue, waiting for Mumford & Sons to begin their set. After one of them leaves to find the bathroom, leaving the other alone, an unexpected guest takes the empty seat.

    |10-minute play|

    NOTE: Script available upon request.
  • Two Pigeons Talk About Sh*tting On People And Then They Sh*t On People, A Love Story
    Two pigeons talk about sh*tting on people. Then they sh*t on people. It is also a love story!

    |5-minute play| / |5-minute virtual play|
  • Winifred and Henry Celebrate Their Fifth Wedding Anniversary
    As a couple celebrates their fifth wedding anniversary, the evening takes an unexpected turn.

    |10-minute play|