Robin Rice

Robin Rice

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS LISTED AT THE TOP, THEN ONE-ACTS + MONOLOGUES. Published, award-winning New York playwright. Produced from Off-Broadway to Mongolia, South Africa to South Korea, London to Seattle. Member: Manhattan Oracles, 29th Street Playwrights Collective, Honor Roll!, The Playwrights Circle, League of Professional Theatre Women, International Centre for Women Playwrights, Articulate Theatre Company alum...
FULL-LENGTH PLAYS LISTED AT THE TOP, THEN ONE-ACTS + MONOLOGUES. Published, award-winning New York playwright. Produced from Off-Broadway to Mongolia, South Africa to South Korea, London to Seattle. Member: Manhattan Oracles, 29th Street Playwrights Collective, Honor Roll!, The Playwrights Circle, League of Professional Theatre Women, International Centre for Women Playwrights, Articulate Theatre Company alum., Dramatist Guild lifetime member. She refuses to get a PhD. www.RobinRicePlaywright.com

Plays

  • ALICE IN BLACK AND WHITE (full length)
    Award-winning drama based on actual events. Despite strict Victorian society, Alice Austen becomes the first woman photo-journalist and lives with her lover, another woman. Born into an upper middle-class family on Staten Island, NY, Alice is plunged into poverty during the Great Depression. The true story of the editor who discovers Alice's photographs, rescues her from the poorhouse and brings her work...
    Award-winning drama based on actual events. Despite strict Victorian society, Alice Austen becomes the first woman photo-journalist and lives with her lover, another woman. Born into an upper middle-class family on Staten Island, NY, Alice is plunged into poverty during the Great Depression. The true story of the editor who discovers Alice's photographs, rescues her from the poorhouse and brings her work to the attention of the public is told in a parallel, interwoven thread.
  • AS YE SEW... (full length)
    A story about secrets that can both immobilize and set us free. Agnes is haunted by something she did as a child. She has managed to bury this secret, even from herself. Her lover, Maddie, needs to finish her novel, but is hampered by a fear of her own. When Agnes' reality-challenged, gender-fluid sibling Bell appears, the stakes mount and Agnes' panic is triggered. Bell is suspended between life and...
    A story about secrets that can both immobilize and set us free. Agnes is haunted by something she did as a child. She has managed to bury this secret, even from herself. Her lover, Maddie, needs to finish her novel, but is hampered by a fear of her own. When Agnes' reality-challenged, gender-fluid sibling Bell appears, the stakes mount and Agnes' panic is triggered. Bell is suspended between life and death and needs to know Agnes' secret to move forward. Maddie and Agnes travel together into the depths of a cave to find closure to Maddie's fear and to unearth Agnes' secret shame.
  • THE BREAST MONOLOGUES (full evening or shorter, your choice)
    Women of different ages and ethnicities tell defiant, joyous, sad, sweet and universal stories about their breasts. For 2 to 16 actors. Mix and match for a partial or whole evening.
  • CLIMBING THE GOOD WALLS (full length)
    A cloud has come over the world. People have to stay in their homes for an undetermined length of time. Secrets emerge; struggles are met; facts unravel; fear spars with strength. Sparrows, cockroaches, plants and people carry on while death roams the city.
  • EVERYDAY EDNA MAE (full length)
    An often-humorous look at a life that could have been squashed but instead rises strong and confident. Young Edna Mae yearns to be a visual artist, but a nagging body obsession deflects her focus. Middle-aged Edna Mae finds life in a stodgy town and marriage to an unsympathetic husband have blocked her creativity. She has struggled to maintain her artistic edge, but colors have literally drained from her life...
    An often-humorous look at a life that could have been squashed but instead rises strong and confident. Young Edna Mae yearns to be a visual artist, but a nagging body obsession deflects her focus. Middle-aged Edna Mae finds life in a stodgy town and marriage to an unsympathetic husband have blocked her creativity. She has struggled to maintain her artistic edge, but colors have literally drained from her life to the point where all she sees is sepia. At a Starbucks in San Diego, Edna Mae decides to not return to her midwest, apple-pie home, but rather seize the day. In this 90-minute story, we finally see elderly Edna Mae -- almost homeless, but happy as a clam doing what she loves with self-confidence enough to share with a young, homeless girl - the granddaughter she never met. (Also available in an Italian translation.)
  • FRONTIER (full length)
    A girl is so moved by the aftermath of the Valdeze oil spill in her native Alaska, she dedicates her life to saving the envirnoment. Years pass and she seems to have no impact so she gives up, switching her dedication to a young man. She refuses to listen to warnings from an ecologically saavy wolf who correctly reads the signs of impending disaster. Drilling begins in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge, and Mother...
    A girl is so moved by the aftermath of the Valdeze oil spill in her native Alaska, she dedicates her life to saving the envirnoment. Years pass and she seems to have no impact so she gives up, switching her dedication to a young man. She refuses to listen to warnings from an ecologically saavy wolf who correctly reads the signs of impending disaster. Drilling begins in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge, and Mother Nature lowers the boom. Human life is destroyed except for our heroine, her cluless, tv-addicted husband, and her unborn child. At last, she listens to the wolf and makes a huge sacrifice to save the future of mankind.
  • HARMONY'S AUDITION (full length)
    A wild and crazy romp with a very dramatic underbelly. Harmony is a violinist, but she is also pregnant. The story unfolds in her mind during her drugged state as she gives birth. She wakes (in her dream) to find she has an over-dependent daughter and her small town has literally turned into a frightening and over-bearing circus including an immoral conductor, a lover, a militaristic teacher, and a type-A...
    A wild and crazy romp with a very dramatic underbelly. Harmony is a violinist, but she is also pregnant. The story unfolds in her mind during her drugged state as she gives birth. She wakes (in her dream) to find she has an over-dependent daughter and her small town has literally turned into a frightening and over-bearing circus including an immoral conductor, a lover, a militaristic teacher, and a type-A community leader. Breaking away and choosing motherhood or musicianship for herself is Harmony's challenge. In the end she is strong enough to choose both.
  • HUMANS REMAIN (full length)
    The White Cliff Kinfolk live in the hills of New Jersey, hidden from civilization, peaceful, united with the land. They are a tightly knit family of decendents of escaped slaves, escaped convicts, social misfits. Disease has them headed toward extinction. A young man discovers them and decides to "rescue" them, which would mean exposing their whereabouts to the world. His plan is complicated by...
    The White Cliff Kinfolk live in the hills of New Jersey, hidden from civilization, peaceful, united with the land. They are a tightly knit family of decendents of escaped slaves, escaped convicts, social misfits. Disease has them headed toward extinction. A young man discovers them and decides to "rescue" them, which would mean exposing their whereabouts to the world. His plan is complicated by growing love for the White Cliff young woman who is destined to become the leader of the Kinfolk. (based on the Ramapo Mountain people).
  • LISTEN! THE RIVER (full length)
    A Maine Coon Cat tells a tale of love, loss and new beginnings. Torn from his Dear One in Vermont, he adjusts with great difficulty to being relocated in New York City. As Dear One's health goes downhill, her sister in NYC finds her life unwravelling. An angry cat doesn't help. Neither does a clueless doorman. Love and acceptance are found in unexpected places. Note: this is not a children's play.
  • LOLA AND THE PLANET OF GLORIOUS DIVERSITY (full length)
    A fable for tomorrow with movement, music, and a heck of a big story. Six people struggle to create a new and better world after Earth has been devastated. Spirit Children watch as the struggle fails. Nobody will listen to Lola and the Spirit Children, who insist that love must be a part of any new world. They insist on relying on power, precision, and rules -- nothing from the past. The result is estrangement...
    A fable for tomorrow with movement, music, and a heck of a big story. Six people struggle to create a new and better world after Earth has been devastated. Spirit Children watch as the struggle fails. Nobody will listen to Lola and the Spirit Children, who insist that love must be a part of any new world. They insist on relying on power, precision, and rules -- nothing from the past. The result is estrangement to separate planets in outer space. Lola is empowered by the Spirit Children (and a bit of John Donne); finds love in her belly and finally gets through to the others before another Big Bang brings an end to it all.
  • LUST & LIES (full length)
    Based on true history. In 1831 rural Pennsylvania, a doctor is murdered. Who did it? His wife, a pioneer in education for women, whom he is forcing to abandon her school in Philadelphia? A magical, sexy, itinerant Cuban who claims to rub shoulders with the rich and famous? Or did Dr. Chapman take his own life? The Cuban is ultimately hanged and the wife goes free... but the truth is up for grabs. Based on the...
    Based on true history. In 1831 rural Pennsylvania, a doctor is murdered. Who did it? His wife, a pioneer in education for women, whom he is forcing to abandon her school in Philadelphia? A magical, sexy, itinerant Cuban who claims to rub shoulders with the rich and famous? Or did Dr. Chapman take his own life? The Cuban is ultimately hanged and the wife goes free... but the truth is up for grabs. Based on the best-selling novel "The Murder of Dr. Chapman" by Linda Wolfe, the story contains many parallels to life today.
  • MARGIE DITCHES THE EXPANDABLE PIG (The Breast Play) (full length)
    Margie is so traumatized from people making fun of her large size that she wants to die. Her breasts are startled into manifesting. They call on breasts on other women all over the world to come and tell stories that will give Margie comfort and the will to live. The breasts come. Their stories are sometimes helpful, but sometimes not. In the end, Margie helps another woman with her body problem and finds the...
    Margie is so traumatized from people making fun of her large size that she wants to die. Her breasts are startled into manifesting. They call on breasts on other women all over the world to come and tell stories that will give Margie comfort and the will to live. The breasts come. Their stories are sometimes helpful, but sometimes not. In the end, Margie helps another woman with her body problem and finds the courage within herself to go on. (Based largely on interviews.)
  • MARJORY STONEMAN WAS NEVER ADORABLE (The Early Years of Marjory Stoneman Douglas) (full length)
    Marjory Stoneman Douglas (the woman the Parkland high school is named for) is credited with saving the Florida Everglades from extinction. This drama tells the story of her life up to her early 20s when she moved to Florida. What influences caused her to grown into a woman of grit, focus, determination and an abiding love of nature? The story follows Marjory from 1885 to 1998, through her parents' divorce...
    Marjory Stoneman Douglas (the woman the Parkland high school is named for) is credited with saving the Florida Everglades from extinction. This drama tells the story of her life up to her early 20s when she moved to Florida. What influences caused her to grown into a woman of grit, focus, determination and an abiding love of nature? The story follows Marjory from 1885 to 1998, through her parents' divorce, her mother's deteriorating mental state, years at Wellesley College, efforts to find her missing father, dead-end jobs and a disastrous marriage -- often utilizing magical realism to pave the path.
  • MORSELS THREE (full length)
    Inspired by Jean Genet's THE MAIDS. An all-male version of PLAY NICE! Not your standard abused-children play by any means. Three siblings must figure out how to escape from the dreadful cycle their dragon of a mother has created. The plan of the youngest, the best at "pretend," prevails. Imagination becomes their key weapon. A homeless poet is brought into the siblings' plan for victory.
  • PECKING ORDER (full length)
    A story of haves and have-nots, anchored by the true story of Lola and Pale Male, redtail hawks with a nest on a posh, Upper East Side apartment in New York City. A sensitive doorman, his diabetic sister, and Mary Tyler Moore (who lived there) champion the hawks. A social-climbing doorman and Paula Zahn (CNN anchor who also lived there) want to get rid of the hawks. In a magical bit of fervent wishing, a...
    A story of haves and have-nots, anchored by the true story of Lola and Pale Male, redtail hawks with a nest on a posh, Upper East Side apartment in New York City. A sensitive doorman, his diabetic sister, and Mary Tyler Moore (who lived there) champion the hawks. A social-climbing doorman and Paula Zahn (CNN anchor who also lived there) want to get rid of the hawks. In a magical bit of fervent wishing, a songbird becomes a young woman and points the way forward for the sensitive doorman and his sister.
  • PLAY NICE! (full length)
    Inspired by Jean Genet's THE MAIDS. Not your standard abused-children play by any means. Three siblings must figure out how to escape from the dreadful cycle their dragon of a mother has created. The plan of the youngest, the best at "pretend," prevails. Imagination becomes their key weapon. A homeless girl (a poet) is brought into the siblings' plan for victory. (Note: there is an all-male version titled MORSELS THREE.)
  • THE POWER OF BIRDS (full length)
    A father leaves his wife, twin children and their grandmother to pursue his birdwatching obsession. The family moves away, but determined to reunite with him, the daughter constructs an elaborate tree house to attract him. When that doesn't work, she kidnaps the grandmother and installs her in the tree. Grandmother is not well; the twin brother is a huge problem; gym-teacher mother is clueless. Birds, an...
    A father leaves his wife, twin children and their grandmother to pursue his birdwatching obsession. The family moves away, but determined to reunite with him, the daughter constructs an elaborate tree house to attract him. When that doesn't work, she kidnaps the grandmother and installs her in the tree. Grandmother is not well; the twin brother is a huge problem; gym-teacher mother is clueless. Birds, an unlikely transformation and good old human nature combine for a very real solution.
  • SEARCHING FOR A NEW SUNRISE (full length)
    Five contemporary women find themselves bound in varying degrees to what happened to Eastern European Jews during World War II. Four of the women, all New Yorkers, are second- and third-generation descendants of survivors of the Holocaust. A fifth is a survivor herself. She wants to forget. She didn't tell her daughter and she refuses to tell her granddaughter even the smallest detail of what happened to...
    Five contemporary women find themselves bound in varying degrees to what happened to Eastern European Jews during World War II. Four of the women, all New Yorkers, are second- and third-generation descendants of survivors of the Holocaust. A fifth is a survivor herself. She wants to forget. She didn't tell her daughter and she refuses to tell her granddaughter even the smallest detail of what happened to her. But the granddaughter needs to know. She feels incomplete, unanchored. She is experiencing increasing loss of self. In desperation she reaches out to strangers. One evening, the strangers come together to help her. Humor and fellowship, stories and memories take the woman to a place where metaphorical suitcases can be opened, revealing close-held secrets. The grandmother reclaims her life and the younger women, to varying degrees, will find reconciliation with a past that has haunted them.
  • SUKI LIVINGSTON OPENS LIKE A PARACHUTE (full length) (in development)
    A 50-year-old woman suddenly wins acclaim for her paintings, but knows they are dreadful. She can't face the reason why her vision has deteriorated. She can't see her hand in front of her face, but she will see memories all too clearly. She joins hands with herself at age 12 to travel through her life again, through the turbulent 1960s, love and marriage to a schizophrenic man, to finally confront the...
    A 50-year-old woman suddenly wins acclaim for her paintings, but knows they are dreadful. She can't face the reason why her vision has deteriorated. She can't see her hand in front of her face, but she will see memories all too clearly. She joins hands with herself at age 12 to travel through her life again, through the turbulent 1960s, love and marriage to a schizophrenic man, to finally confront the moment when she chose to leave him. Suki accepts her choice and can continue with confidence. In this wild ride of a play (with laughs, tears, talking dogs, JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., time-bending superheroines...) the past helps the present and the present helps the past.
  • A WOLF, A RABBIT, AND A CROW WALK INTO TOMORROW (full length)(audio script also available)
    An ecological fable. Mythical Homeland is quickly becoming inhospital to life. Wolves, caribou, moose and other native animals have left for cooler lands. Native plants are dying off. The sky is streaked with a poisonous vapor. Fish are dying. A Clematis flower tells the tale as it unfolds: How a wolf who misses her family, a rabbit who yearns for a mate, and a crow who can't find anything non-toxic to eat...
    An ecological fable. Mythical Homeland is quickly becoming inhospital to life. Wolves, caribou, moose and other native animals have left for cooler lands. Native plants are dying off. The sky is streaked with a poisonous vapor. Fish are dying. A Clematis flower tells the tale as it unfolds: How a wolf who misses her family, a rabbit who yearns for a mate, and a crow who can't find anything non-toxic to eat attempt to reverse climate change. Laughs, tears, and ultimately hope.
  • WOMEN w/o WALLS (full length)
    Inspired by Sartre's NO EXIT and Dante's INFERNO. An absurdist but very real look at love and mortality. A young woman is trapped in a runaway subway car rushing to an unknown destination. A cobweb covered ancient knits in the corner. A one-legged homeless woman and a music-addicted punk turn the space into a cycle of attraction, hope and despair.
  • Adapt or Die
    Long ago in Australia a male bowerbird builds a gorgeous bower to attract a female bowerbird. She is unimpressed until he points out that his bower, unlike the others, is decorated with blue items. What's blue? She hasn't a clue. Turns out that he has a mutation that enables him to see colors - fascinating, and also evolutionary magic! Ah, nature. Ah, love. He does the flip-wing mating dance and the...
    Long ago in Australia a male bowerbird builds a gorgeous bower to attract a female bowerbird. She is unimpressed until he points out that his bower, unlike the others, is decorated with blue items. What's blue? She hasn't a clue. Turns out that he has a mutation that enables him to see colors - fascinating, and also evolutionary magic! Ah, nature. Ah, love. He does the flip-wing mating dance and the deal is sealed. (10-minutes in production)
  • Allie's Appendix
    A young woman needs an emergency appendectomy, but the nearest hospital isn't exactly standard. From the nun at reception to the walking, talking, advice-giving statue of St. Anthony beside her bed -- everyone is urging Allie to grow up. This requires deciding to break away from her controlling mother, and Allie doesn't make decisions. When first her mother shows up, then her girlfriend lover -- all...
    A young woman needs an emergency appendectomy, but the nearest hospital isn't exactly standard. From the nun at reception to the walking, talking, advice-giving statue of St. Anthony beside her bed -- everyone is urging Allie to grow up. This requires deciding to break away from her controlling mother, and Allie doesn't make decisions. When first her mother shows up, then her girlfriend lover -- all hell breaks loose. A wacky, big-hearted comedy about a real issue. (Approx. 1 hour long.)
  • And Then the Elements Spoke
    In the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, a young member of the Basarwa, an ancient African tribe, draws icons in the sand to protect the people, the land, and their way of life. A power-hungry oil prospector from America shows up with intent to ravage the land. A rap contest will determine who wins. Nature fights on the side of the native. Guess who wins. (10 minutes long in production)
  • Between Dollywood and Disney
    An elderly man has entirely lost his short-term memory and his wife knows it. She hasn't, however, told him that she has virtually no long-term memory left. She even forgot the day they met. She collects salt and pepper shakers from places they visit as memory aids. There are a lot of salt and pepper shakers! They are crowding out everything else and annoying the heck out of him. Her secret is revealed and...
    An elderly man has entirely lost his short-term memory and his wife knows it. She hasn't, however, told him that she has virtually no long-term memory left. She even forgot the day they met. She collects salt and pepper shakers from places they visit as memory aids. There are a lot of salt and pepper shakers! They are crowding out everything else and annoying the heck out of him. Her secret is revealed and they band together to keep their marriage strong. He comes up with a new memory aid for both of them. Funny, sweet and poignant. (15+ minutes in performance)
  • Bigger Than Pretend
    Two homeless lovers sleep on the street in a refrigerator carton. It's their anniversary, but instead of celebrating, one sits by a city pond morosely, silently fishing. There are no fish. There aren't even cattails. A year ago chemicals were dumped in the pond to make it sparkly, sanitized and visually appealing. This invasion of the people's space (their space) by the clean police merits...
    Two homeless lovers sleep on the street in a refrigerator carton. It's their anniversary, but instead of celebrating, one sits by a city pond morosely, silently fishing. There are no fish. There aren't even cattails. A year ago chemicals were dumped in the pond to make it sparkly, sanitized and visually appealing. This invasion of the people's space (their space) by the clean police merits action. The silence between the lovers is broken as they take up the fight for right.
  • Breaking News!
    Midnight. The big city. An intrepid reporter needs a scoop to keep their job. The reporter spots a home invasion in progress and follows what happens, getting an unexpected story in the end. (The reporter is a pigeon, the home invader a mouse and the resident a cat - which only serves to heighten the tension!)
  • Bitter Cherries
    Two teens, lifelong friends, have decided to have sex. They walk to his car (really his mother's car) during lunch break at school to "do it." He has the car all spruced up for the occasion, but something reminds her of her strict, abusive, dead father. She has second thoughts. He behaves in an unaccustomed, threatening manner. Although they don't have sex, a new distance opens that...
    Two teens, lifelong friends, have decided to have sex. They walk to his car (really his mother's car) during lunch break at school to "do it." He has the car all spruced up for the occasion, but something reminds her of her strict, abusive, dead father. She has second thoughts. He behaves in an unaccustomed, threatening manner. Although they don't have sex, a new distance opens that shatters the old bond of friendship. (plays in 10 minutes or less)
  • Blood Sisters
    Based on a true story. The 20-25 minute play travels with Dominican nuns Sister Jane Mooney, Sister Mary McGee, and Sister Whilhelmina Heintz as they deface a nuclear missle silo and face a judge for sentencing.
  • Bridal Wreath
    In Vermont, a free-spirited young Caucasian woman and an accomodating young African-American man are deeply in love. They are due to get married in an hour, but she is afraid their beautiful relationship will be harmed by outside pressures.
  • Bronco Buster
    In 1885, sculptor Frederic Remington visits the Arizona Territory and sends a hard-drinking, old cowboy to find a horse for a model. Gabby offers his own horse, Betty, who is neither pretty nor young. Neither she nor Gabby measures up to Remington's vision of the Romantic West. When Gabby disowns her, Betty kicks up a fuss and manages to settle the dispute between the men. Remington retains his illusion of...
    In 1885, sculptor Frederic Remington visits the Arizona Territory and sends a hard-drinking, old cowboy to find a horse for a model. Gabby offers his own horse, Betty, who is neither pretty nor young. Neither she nor Gabby measures up to Remington's vision of the Romantic West. When Gabby disowns her, Betty kicks up a fuss and manages to settle the dispute between the men. Remington retains his illusion of the Wild Wild West as a picturesque place. (He will return east and create his famous bucking bronco sculpture.) (10-15 minutes in production)
  • BUDFUD129ZKCP (30-minute one-act)
    Pandas are notoriously not interested in sex. In the not too distant future, a woman scientist is determined to fertilize the last living female panda bear, but an old boyfriend shows up and tries to lure her away to a life of love, meatloaf and relative leisure. He's very sexy. The scientist is torn. The fertilizing drug she developed, BUDFUD129ZK, may save pandas from extinction, but it has only a 50 per...
    Pandas are notoriously not interested in sex. In the not too distant future, a woman scientist is determined to fertilize the last living female panda bear, but an old boyfriend shows up and tries to lure her away to a life of love, meatloaf and relative leisure. He's very sexy. The scientist is torn. The fertilizing drug she developed, BUDFUD129ZK, may save pandas from extinction, but it has only a 50 per cent success rate. If it fails, the female panda will die. Decisions! Big decisions!
  • Burying Elephants
    Jennifer and Colby, two city women, have been having an affair. Colby has something important to tell Colby, so they're at a hideaway in the country for the weekend. Colby's announcement isn't what Jennifer expected -- it's that she's pregnant by her husband and they have to end their affair. Although she loves Jen, Colby isn't brave enough to buck the rules of society.
  • Dance (5-6 minutes)
    A woman artist finds real life too difficult. She yearns to join the circle of dancers in a Matisse painting. Is this a good idea? I mean -- really? The dancers don't agree, but finally welcome her to their circle.
  • Critters (monologue collection)
    Ten monologues either delivered by an animal or about an animal. Comic, tragic, sweet, frightening and sexy. Characters range from a starving crow, to an aroused nun, to a determined wolf, to a conflicted mother and more.
  • Darby's Disappearance
    A young person is so grief-stricken over the death of a loved one that they cannot move. Darby is literally trying to sit still and disappear. A crusty mailcarrier delivers the will to live. (Harks back to 9/11, but really about how any death can immobilize those left behind.) (about 20 minutes in performance)
  • Dance Like There's No Tomorrow
    Blake and Comfort have been shut in for 34 days. It's not going well for Blake. With the aid of the angel of death, Comfort lures Blake into believing they aren't eating sardines and saltines and drinking water, but in the elegant ballroom of the Titanic drinking champagne and dancing.
  • Deja Vu All Over Again
    Yogi Berri, 31, is very depressed. He thinks he's gotten too old to play well anymore. Yolanda, the Oracle of the Yankess, appears in the Yankee locker room to buck Yogi up. She is endlessly positive, but he's a tough case. Finally, she discovers that all he needs is eyeglasses -- and a push from Shakespeare.
  • A Different Day (short play with no dialogue)
    3 M/F. Under 10 minutes. A lyrical play without words, but with room for music, sound and light effects.
    On a small planet, a young person's daily ritual is watering a plant. They bring each other joy. When a sprout appears by the plant, the young person's world is turned upside down.
  • Escape in a White Toyota
    An elderly woman is trying with all her might to escape from the memory of her (dead) husband. She tries to move forward (physically and mentally), but the memory of him keeps literally blocking her way. Finally, she finds the strength to kill the memory. (Her thoughts are spoken by herself at a young age. A monologue except for one sentence. The man's role is non-speaking.) (Approx. 15 minutes.)
  • Eyes on Paulina (screenplay)
    A screenplay. A woman has engaged in insider trading. Knowing that the authorities are closing in, she heads down the coast from Seattle to Mexico in a Chevy van. It turns out that the van knows what she's doing and is determined to save her life, though not in the way she planned. She decides to turn back before reaching the Mexican border.
  • Fire and Ice
    In the wee hours following a New Years Eve party, amid crumpled napkins and leftover cake, the flame on a forgotten candle still flickers. Not far away, an ice cube is on the table top beside the dregs of a tipped over drink. They fall in love - the fire and the ice. Their passion is overwhelming, but we know what will happen if they come together. True love never had such a desperate situation.
  • The Fortification of Miss Grace Wren
    An elementary school teacher and her class in New York City witnessed the the towers falling on 9/11 through the classroom windows. She is so traumatized she doesn't think she can return to school. She can't face answering the questions the children will have for her. The statue of historic NY statesman Peter Stuyvesant (a hero of hers) gives her the strength to return. History comes alive. (...
    An elementary school teacher and her class in New York City witnessed the the towers falling on 9/11 through the classroom windows. She is so traumatized she doesn't think she can return to school. She can't face answering the questions the children will have for her. The statue of historic NY statesman Peter Stuyvesant (a hero of hers) gives her the strength to return. History comes alive. (approximately 40 minutes in performance)
  • Gloom, Doom and Soul-Crushing Misery
    A Russian woman is terribly upset because she can't be despondent. (Good Russians are despondent, you know.) She had a happy dream last night and actually laughed. Her loving husband is patient, but he too is disappointed that she can't be appropriately Russian. A cheerful travel agent appears with a solution. When they aggressively dispense with the highly annoying travel agent, things look much...
    A Russian woman is terribly upset because she can't be despondent. (Good Russians are despondent, you know.) She had a happy dream last night and actually laughed. Her loving husband is patient, but he too is disappointed that she can't be appropriately Russian. A cheerful travel agent appears with a solution. When they aggressively dispense with the highly annoying travel agent, things look much better (or worse - which is better). (ten minutes in production)
  • The Great All-Dominican Championship Playoff Game
    A true story (with dramatic license). In 1937 dictator Rafael Trujillo notices that the citizens of the Dominican Republic don't adulate him. He decides that if he owns a baseball team that wins the championship they will love him. Despite hating black people, he recruits Satchel Paige and his team (this is before the major baseball leagues were integrated) and flies them to the Dominican Republic for a...
    A true story (with dramatic license). In 1937 dictator Rafael Trujillo notices that the citizens of the Dominican Republic don't adulate him. He decides that if he owns a baseball team that wins the championship they will love him. Despite hating black people, he recruits Satchel Paige and his team (this is before the major baseball leagues were integrated) and flies them to the Dominican Republic for a playoff game. Paige and his teammate are greeted by a baseball field surrounded by armed guards. If they don't win the game for Trujillo they won't make it back to the United States alive. (about 30 minutes in performance)
  • Honey's Smile (with music)
    Twelve-year-old Honey lives on the tropical island of Tortola. Her mother has told her they must move to New York City. The flight leaves in the morning. Honey is distraught. Her friends (a pelican, a hen, a rooster, a school of minnows, a tropical vine) try to help her become something other than herself so she can hide from mother and stay on her beloved island. In the end, Honey realizes it's best to...
    Twelve-year-old Honey lives on the tropical island of Tortola. Her mother has told her they must move to New York City. The flight leaves in the morning. Honey is distraught. Her friends (a pelican, a hen, a rooster, a school of minnows, a tropical vine) try to help her become something other than herself so she can hide from mother and stay on her beloved island. In the end, Honey realizes it's best to remain herself -- and that she will be herself even in New York City. A large-cast, one-act play with music for children. (Note: Sheet music for one of three songs is provided. More on request.)
  • Joséowulf and the American Dream
    In this very updated version of "Beowulf," Bully sits grandly on the chair on the Lincoln Memorial. (Lincoln has been disposed of.) Bully is unspeakably wealthy and vain - the ruler of all for life! Average American waits on Bully hand and foot. South of the border, noble Joséowulf comes to the rescue, gathering troops along the way. There is much blank verse, a huge clash, a massive battle. Good is victorious. (30 min. max.)
  • Just Another Georgia Morning
    A bull and cow have a new baby bull, but she wants to be a gourmet chef, not settle down and be a mother. He wants to have MORE babies - a nice big herd of his own. When a sexy French frog (seeking the meaning of life as French frogs do) hops into the meadow (contemplating suicide as French frogs do), all of their problems are solved because - voila! - she adores the baby bull and wants to be its nanny.
  • Lakeesha Crosses the Border
    An African elephant has been catured for a zoo, but escapes in transit and finds herself in the Gobi Desert where an anti-immigrant Mongolian camel wants the elephant to go home! A mash up of protest play, Christmas play, climate change and immigrant controversy. When the elephant offers water to the thirsty camel, we will see who is the bigger animal.
  • The Length of a Dream
    A woman in ancient Greece stands up to her husband, Anonymous, to reveal that she is the real creator of the famous sculptures attributed to him. Her two friends, who also have never gotten credit but are outstanding in other fields totally dominated by men, agree to stand up for themselves. Meanwhile, Anonymous hooks up with Kyamites, the Greek god of beans, who comes to earth to fool around. A non-speaking...
    A woman in ancient Greece stands up to her husband, Anonymous, to reveal that she is the real creator of the famous sculptures attributed to him. Her two friends, who also have never gotten credit but are outstanding in other fields totally dominated by men, agree to stand up for themselves. Meanwhile, Anonymous hooks up with Kyamites, the Greek god of beans, who comes to earth to fool around. A non-speaking but extremely buff young man is the nude statue of the Discobolous which Anonymous is supposed to be sculpting for Odysseus'birthday. In the end, Zeus strikes the outspoken sculptress dead. Her spirit rises (in true Greek drama fashion) to urge women everywhere to stand strong. (About an hour long in performance.)
  • Not Still Life
    In 1914 England, sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell try to write and paint in the same small room. Who knew creating was such a disruptive act!
  • O Rumbles of Joy! (approx. 1 hour)
    In 1911, Edward Clark Potter has an opportunity to create the most important sculpture of his life. In his New York back yard sits a gigantic block of marble. Inside the stone is the sculpture that will emerge once he begins carving, but also inside the stone are thoughts buzzing in his head: detractors, public opinion, a competitor, even George Washington and a "wabbit" who hates his ideas. His wife...
    In 1911, Edward Clark Potter has an opportunity to create the most important sculpture of his life. In his New York back yard sits a gigantic block of marble. Inside the stone is the sculpture that will emerge once he begins carving, but also inside the stone are thoughts buzzing in his head: detractors, public opinion, a competitor, even George Washington and a "wabbit" who hates his ideas. His wife encourages him to make what is in his heart, but it's a struggle. Finally he allows the spirit in the stone to emerge. It is triumphant! It is the first of the NY City Library lions! (A true story filled out with a lot of imagination and movement.) (About 60 minutes.)
  • Parts of Me (audioscript)
    Two young musicians from Ohio travel to New York City to make it big. Busking in a subway train they run into a small problem. They are alone with the conductor - who is a zombie. Molly loves her life more than music and escapes, but Moe loves music more than anything. He stays to entertain the music-loving conductor. Uh oh. (approximately 20 minutes)
  • Rip of Skin (monologue)
    Monologue. Any gender. A crow is an inner voice. Or your worst fear. Or your imagination working overtime. Beautiful, seductive, articulate, poetic and very hungry, even for human flesh. (7-10 minutes long)
  • Save the Turkey! (audioscript)(playscript also available)
    Political wackiness ensues when Farmer Brown (who bears a strong resemblance to a recent President) wants patriotic young Tom Turkey to serve - or, rather, wants to serve Tom for Thanksgiving. Mom Turkey and Martha Stewart take sides. It all turns out fine for the turkeys.
  • Snug Harbor
    A young woman is trapped in time. In 1949 at age 14 she visited NYC to see her grandparents on Staten Island, but they didn't meet the ferry. She has been travelling back and forth on the ferry ever since, hoping that the next time it docks they'll be there. An 18-year-old on the spectrum is also on the ferry, and also reaching the end of his/her/their rope. The two form a bond and hope springs anew for both.
  • Somewhere Dark (no dialogue)
    Drama. 2M/F. Est. 6 min.
    In darkness, from beginning to end. Two lights express new friendship, courtship, and loss through movement and changes in color.
  • Urgent Care
    An elderly couple is on their way to celebrate their anniversary at Niagara Falls. They stop at a streetfront Urgent Care facility to use the restroom. Unfortunately, the sweet scent of doughnuts wafts in from the Dunkin Donuts next door, threatening to send the husband (who is dangerously addicted to sugar) into a downward spiral. The officious receptionist discovers that the wife has a toenail fungus and...
    An elderly couple is on their way to celebrate their anniversary at Niagara Falls. They stop at a streetfront Urgent Care facility to use the restroom. Unfortunately, the sweet scent of doughnuts wafts in from the Dunkin Donuts next door, threatening to send the husband (who is dangerously addicted to sugar) into a downward spiral. The officious receptionist discovers that the wife has a toenail fungus and insists that she see the doctor immediately. The wife must watch the husband (the doughnuts, remember?), but he's not allowed in the examination room with her. Can true love win out over addiction? (about 20 minutes in performance)
  • Who Would I Tell? (short monologue)
    Lou has been isolated for 45 days. Lou must be a difficult person because nobody has checked up on them. Lou has reached the end of their lonely rope and is about to put a gun to their head, but a cockroach intervenes.