Len Cuthbert

Len Cuthbert

"Len Cuthbert's scripts are taut and clever." London Free Press Review, 2019

Len Cuthbert is the creator and director of the NFP Organization, Fridge Door Live Theatre Company. His plays have won productions in Canada, US and Europe. He has also produced his own work locally at the Fringe, One Act Festival, and independently. In retaliation of the effects of COVID, he created...
"Len Cuthbert's scripts are taut and clever." London Free Press Review, 2019

Len Cuthbert is the creator and director of the NFP Organization, Fridge Door Live Theatre Company. His plays have won productions in Canada, US and Europe. He has also produced his own work locally at the Fringe, One Act Festival, and independently. In retaliation of the effects of COVID, he created Garage Theatre Canada where he stages and records his 10-minute plays and makes them available for stream-on-demand at www.GarageTheatre.ca

www.OnStageLive.ca, www.StagePlays.ca

Plays

  • LAWRENCE STATION: The Crash of American Airlines Flagship Erie
    90-Minute Canadian / American Historical Fiction
    Performed for 800+ in April 2023

    On October 30, 1941, American Airlines 1/AM7 was enroute from NYC to Chicago. During the leg from Buffalo to Detroit, it crashed in a farmer's field in Lawrence Station, ON, 20 km South of London.

    This new play is about the life stories that were instantly altered by the final flight of...
    90-Minute Canadian / American Historical Fiction
    Performed for 800+ in April 2023

    On October 30, 1941, American Airlines 1/AM7 was enroute from NYC to Chicago. During the leg from Buffalo to Detroit, it crashed in a farmer's field in Lawrence Station, ON, 20 km South of London.

    This new play is about the life stories that were instantly altered by the final flight of the Flagship Erie and the loss of 17 passengers and 3 crew members.
  • 107
    60-Minute Meta Comedy
    2021 London Fringe Festival, 2022 Toronto Fringe Festival, 2022 Newmarket International Festival
    Published by Original Works in 2023

    Two estranged cousins Morgan and Lennox stumble across a strnge historical artifact in the woods, leading them on a metatheatrical journey. When a mysterious FBI Agent appears to collect the item, the tables are turned, and turned, and turned again.
  • Killing Time
    35-minute comedy
    High School State Competition Finalist

    Upon his daily routine visit for lunch at a favorite restaurant, a patron is thrust into an unpleasant experience where he realizes he's just been killing time. Trapped in a restaurant from hell, this is a comedy with a twisted ending!
  • Finding Fox
    2-hour 2-Act Comedy Drama

    A high school drama teacher is approached in the airport waiting lounge by a young lady who says she knows him. Through a series of scenes from the past (Act 1) to the future (Act 2), interwoven with scenes of the present, it is evident that even the least prominent have the potential to impact lives beyond imagination.
  • delilah.
    2-hour 2-act comedy drama

    Jade has a history of being the victim of abandonment. As a result, she struggles with her relationship to Delilah, Mick and 12-year old Dee-J; the people she is closest to. Her survival mechanism is to be in control of her own life and everyone else’s. But that ability to control is threatened when she faces one of the ultimate difficult decisions in her life. Take...
    2-hour 2-act comedy drama

    Jade has a history of being the victim of abandonment. As a result, she struggles with her relationship to Delilah, Mick and 12-year old Dee-J; the people she is closest to. Her survival mechanism is to be in control of her own life and everyone else’s. But that ability to control is threatened when she faces one of the ultimate difficult decisions in her life. Take a journey with these four characters as they are confronted with Life and Death; Love and Hate; Discovery and Abandonment.
  • Short of 30: A musical
    2-hour 1 act original musical

    Short of 30 was developed from an award winning 10-minute, 2-character play that is now included with the collection, Reunited Shorts.

    Short of 30 takes place at a playground beyond the end of life, where seven posthumous heroes under the age of 30 from World War 2 realize their heroic significance and must decide how to use their remaining youth and...
    2-hour 1 act original musical

    Short of 30 was developed from an award winning 10-minute, 2-character play that is now included with the collection, Reunited Shorts.

    Short of 30 takes place at a playground beyond the end of life, where seven posthumous heroes under the age of 30 from World War 2 realize their heroic significance and must decide how to use their remaining youth and passion to inspire and help win the war. The story begins on the heals of WW1 with a surprise ending on the eve of the next, “war to end all wars.”
  • Grace Mission: A Musical
    2-hour 2-act comedy drama musical

    Grace Mission is a musical about seven Grade 12 students in their final year of high school. The guys have a band and want to enter a big music contest but need one more guy to compete. The girls want to be part of it but don't have the musical talent, so they think. Enter O'Grady, a new student, the perfect addition to the guys dilemma. But by the time...
    2-hour 2-act comedy drama musical

    Grace Mission is a musical about seven Grade 12 students in their final year of high school. The guys have a band and want to enter a big music contest but need one more guy to compete. The girls want to be part of it but don't have the musical talent, so they think. Enter O'Grady, a new student, the perfect addition to the guys dilemma. But by the time prom night arrives, everything about O'Grady's past, present and future will have created enough chaos to leave everyone pondering the values of life, acceptance, and grace. "At Some Point, Everyone Needs A Second Chance." For information from premiere productions, visit http://www.OnStageLive.ca

    SCRIPT includes all professionally written piano (and optional guitar) scores.
  • Oz In A Clozet
    1 hour comedy
    London Fringe Festival

    Place one enigmatic girl and one vulnerable guy in one medium sized locked custodial closet. Add one dominant fiancé. Shake knob three times. Oz in a Clozet. This play, Oz in a Clozet, is a combination of comedic calamity that begins when a guy and girl, strangers to each other, find themselves stuck in the custodial closet of a movie theater. The...
    1 hour comedy
    London Fringe Festival

    Place one enigmatic girl and one vulnerable guy in one medium sized locked custodial closet. Add one dominant fiancé. Shake knob three times. Oz in a Clozet. This play, Oz in a Clozet, is a combination of comedic calamity that begins when a guy and girl, strangers to each other, find themselves stuck in the custodial closet of a movie theater. The chaos escalates when the fiancé comes in search of her boyfriend.
  • Faded Shorts: 7 short plays about the mystery of life and beyond
    THE ANOMALY
    A young lady visits her former family doctor for a second opinion

    STOLPERSTEIN
    Two distinctive girls uncover their parallel lives

    OFF THE EDGE
    One sister needs attention, the other needs the beach.

    RELATIVITY & ME
    In a subway station, a young mother meets her great grandmother for the first time.

    CRUZAR...
    THE ANOMALY
    A young lady visits her former family doctor for a second opinion

    STOLPERSTEIN
    Two distinctive girls uncover their parallel lives

    OFF THE EDGE
    One sister needs attention, the other needs the beach.

    RELATIVITY & ME
    In a subway station, a young mother meets her great grandmother for the first time.

    CRUZAR
    Cruzar is the most terrifying yet most satisfying ride. It's the ride you avoid until last.

    DEATH OF AN EPITAPH
    Two friends discuss the value of words.

    OKAY CHARLIE
    In a digital world, who's really in control?
  • Relativity & Me
    15-minute drama
    Selected for several Short Play Festivals

    In a subway station, a young mother meets her great grandmother for the first time.
  • The Anomaly
    10-minute comedy

    A young lady visits her former family doctor for a second opinion.
  • Off The Edge
    10-minute comedy agender

    One of us needs sympathy, the other needs the beach.
  • Death of an Epitaph
    6-minute drama using 3-words or less

    Two friends discuss the value of words.
  • Reunited Shorts: 6 short plays about reunions
    60-minute collection of short plays
    London Fringe Festival
    Published by Dramatic Publishing in 2020

    An eclectic collection of 6 short award winning plays about reunions.
    (Below a history of individual productions prior to being published by Dramatic Publishing 2020)

    BENCHED
    Synopsis: Sometimes you need a reminder of why you broke up.
    2015: Grand...
    60-minute collection of short plays
    London Fringe Festival
    Published by Dramatic Publishing in 2020

    An eclectic collection of 6 short award winning plays about reunions.
    (Below a history of individual productions prior to being published by Dramatic Publishing 2020)

    BENCHED
    Synopsis: Sometimes you need a reminder of why you broke up.
    2015: Grand Theatre Playwrights Cabaret, London, Ontario, CANADA
    2015: Storefront Theatre, Waxhaw, NC
    2016: the Phoenix Stage Company, Oakville, CT
    2018: Eagle & Beaver Ensemble, London, UK

    THE GIFT EXCHANGE
    Synopsis: A woman seeks help from a lawyer who is part of her problem.
    2015: City Theatre of Independence, Kansas
    2015: London Public Library, London, Ontario, CANADA
    2017: Working Title Playwrights, Atlanta, GA

    TABLE FOR TWO RENDEZVOUS
    Synopsis: A couple with a strangely perfect marriage consider altering their circle of life.
    2011: NUFAN Tables & Chairs Festival, Chicago, IL
    2012: Luxembourg Play Fest, Luxembourg

    YOU, ME. ME, YOU.
    Synopsis: We've changed since high school. Especially you.
    2015: Smoked Apple Theatre Group, Louisville, KY
    2016: Grand Theatre Playwrights Cabaret, London, Ontario, CANADA
    2016: Falling Pennies Theatre Company, London, UK
    2016: Starlite Players, Sarasota, FL
    2017: South Walton High School, Santa Rosa, FL
    2019: Playwrights Round Table, Orlando, FL
    2022: Translated into Italian, Universita' Roma 3, Rome, Italy
    2022: Color Me Queer Festival, TX

    DELILAH.
    Synopsis: A girl asks her biggest supporter and closest friend to cheer her one last time. The hardest yet.
    2011: Rising Sun Performance Company (reading), NYC (People's Choice)
    2011: London One Act Festival, London, Ontario (People's Choice Award)
    2011: InspiraTO Festival, Toronto, ON (People's Choice Award)
    2011: Rising Sun Perfromance Company, NYC
    2011: Boxfest Detroit, Detroit, MI
    2012: ACME Theatre, Maynard, MA
    2012: Blue Slipper Theatre, Montana

    LAST DANCE
    Synopsis: Two youth discover each other during the last dance.
    2017: Geneva Theatre, Geneva, NY
    2017: InspiraTO Festival, Toronto
    2018: InspiraTO Directors Toolbox
    2018: Creative Circuit Studios, San Antonio, TX
    2018: University of Alabama Advanced Directing Class, Tuscalosa, AL
    2018: Barrington Collective, NYC
    2019: Stillwater Fest, Stillwater, OK

    REUNITED SHORTS: Collection of above 6 plays
    2019: London Fringe Festival, London, Ontario, CANADA
  • Last Dance
    10-minute historical comedy drama
    Produced in several festivals
    Published in a collection by Dramatic Publishing in 2020

    Two youth discover each other during the last dance.
  • You, Me. Me, You.
    10-minute comedy about transgender
    Published in a collection by Dramatic Publishing in 2020

    We've changed since high school. Especially you.
  • Table For Two Rendezvous
    10-minute comedy
    Published in a collection by Dramatic Publishing in 2020

    A couple with a strangely perfect marriage consider altering their circle of life.
  • Benched
    10-minute comedy
    Published in a collection by Dramatic Publishing in 2020

    Sometimes you need a reminder of why you broke up.
  • True Colors
    30-minute comedy drama
    Ideal for school plays

    A youth theatre cast are preparing to stage the musical Joseph for a drama contest. Ironically, some of the cast members become jealous of the lead actor, who seems to be favored by the director. When they devise a plan to oust him, the production gets derailed and their chance to compete in the contest is jeopardized.
  • The Maladroit Romeo / Enigmatic Lucidity / One Year One Day
    40-minute collection of 3 short plays
    Published by Big Dog Plays

    THE MALADROIT ROMEO (10 Minutes) Bob loves Angelina but when it comes to romance, he can be a little inept. Bob’s plan to propose to Angelina in the college library where they first met studying “Romeo and Juliet” goes awry when he forgets his lines and loses the engagement ring.

    ENIGMATIC LUCIDITY (10 Minutes...
    40-minute collection of 3 short plays
    Published by Big Dog Plays

    THE MALADROIT ROMEO (10 Minutes) Bob loves Angelina but when it comes to romance, he can be a little inept. Bob’s plan to propose to Angelina in the college library where they first met studying “Romeo and Juliet” goes awry when he forgets his lines and loses the engagement ring.

    ENIGMATIC LUCIDITY (10 Minutes) Then as Bob and Angelina settle into married life, they discover that marriage can be, literally, a series of nightmares.

    ONE YEAR ONE DAY (15 Minutes) And when the couple reaches their one-year anniversary, not only does Bob forget, but he accidentally surprises Angelina with 1.7 tons of chicken rock instead of concert tickets. But in the end, it may be Angelina who has the biggest surprise of all!

    Plays are independent stories but also act as a 3 short scene play. All three plays are 1M; 1F, repeat characters.
  • Twin Cycle
    10-minute Tragedy
    A woman visits the workplace of her ex-husband asking him if he switched the ID tags at the birth of their twin girls, of which they each have custody of one child. He uses the circumstance to reveal her true character.