Brett Steven Abelman

Brett Steven Abelman

Aspiring playwright-author-creator of stories, habitual musician, wannabe futurist, pretentious wallflower, eater of food.
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A DC-area native, Brett is a proud member-to-be of The Welders. He has self-produced several works in the DC area, including Balloon Plays (balloonplays.wordpress.com), which is continuing to tour. He also acts, directs, stage manages, and other stuff, most frequently with...
Aspiring playwright-author-creator of stories, habitual musician, wannabe futurist, pretentious wallflower, eater of food.
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A DC-area native, Brett is a proud member-to-be of The Welders. He has self-produced several works in the DC area, including Balloon Plays (balloonplays.wordpress.com), which is continuing to tour. He also acts, directs, stage manages, and other stuff, most frequently with Constellation Theatre as well as Landless Theatre Company and Pinky Swear Productions, among others. He also writes reviews for dctheatrescene.com. Brett plays board games as much as he can and maybe will design one someday, as he is very interested in the intersection between theatre and gaming. He shares thoughts on things sometimes at babelwright.wordpress.com.
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Brett is on the Tech Support team for the New Play Exchange.

Plays

  • Homework
    30-MINUTE ONE-ACT ~ A hurricane of words and woes around the dining room table of the Baker household. The cause? Homework. Young impressionable Geraldine has a couple assignments to get done, and her three older siblings each have a different attitude towards the whole institution of take-home schoolwork: rebellious, studious, or carefree. Eventually, as usual, the parents have to step in. An all-too-familiar...
    30-MINUTE ONE-ACT ~ A hurricane of words and woes around the dining room table of the Baker household. The cause? Homework. Young impressionable Geraldine has a couple assignments to get done, and her three older siblings each have a different attitude towards the whole institution of take-home schoolwork: rebellious, studious, or carefree. Eventually, as usual, the parents have to step in. An all-too-familiar comedy - or is it a drama? - about this most everyday of experiences. (Note: other versions available include reduced and shorter ones, and a longer one with lots of showcase roles as teachers.)
  • Stepmommy, A Fairy Tale
    15-45 MINUTE ONE-ACT ~ A group of children raised by their detested Stepmommy. They miss their Daddy. They believe, with their magic, they can find him. Things don't go as planned. -- An open-ended, choral fairy tale, ready to be played as a dance piece or as a dark fable in dialogue. (Originally written for Extreme Exchange DC Edition #4: A World Without U.S.)
  • Trouble in Old Man Maple
    15-20 MINUTE ONE-ACT ~ Welcome to the strange Kingdom of the Sprites within Old Man Maple. It should be a celebratory time of year for the tiny magical folk, but instead the community sees doom in its future: the younglings have been plummeting to their deaths on their First Flights, and therefore the harvest may not be collected. Are these woes due to youthful laziness and despondency? Poor guidance on the...
    15-20 MINUTE ONE-ACT ~ Welcome to the strange Kingdom of the Sprites within Old Man Maple. It should be a celebratory time of year for the tiny magical folk, but instead the community sees doom in its future: the younglings have been plummeting to their deaths on their First Flights, and therefore the harvest may not be collected. Are these woes due to youthful laziness and despondency? Poor guidance on the part of the elders? Or does the Old Man simply have a different plan in mind for the Sprites? A paradoxically low-key vision of a faerie world where emotions are considered verboten and matters of faith are blown by the wind. (Originally written for 31 Plays in 31 Days, 2013.)
  • Meet Smart
    10-MINUTE PLAY ~ Are smart phones smart enough to figure out who you should date? In the very near future, Jane and John sit on a Washington, D.C. subway car, unaware that their smartphones are silently determining whether they are compatible with each other, thanks to the HeartMarket Open Safe Anonymous dating app. A light comedy about how much people can or can't be understood by their data. (Originally...
    10-MINUTE PLAY ~ Are smart phones smart enough to figure out who you should date? In the very near future, Jane and John sit on a Washington, D.C. subway car, unaware that their smartphones are silently determining whether they are compatible with each other, thanks to the HeartMarket Open Safe Anonymous dating app. A light comedy about how much people can or can't be understood by their data. (Originally written for 31 Plays in 31 Days, 2013.)