Liz Coley

Liz Coley

Liz Coley is a published novelist, short story writer, and playwright living in Cincinnati. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies and Cosmos magazine. Her 2013 novel Pretty Girl-13 (HarperCollins) sold internationally in 12 translations, appears on 2 "best of" lists by the American Library Association, and won the Eliot Rosewater award for best book of 2015-16. A new voice in playwriting...
Liz Coley is a published novelist, short story writer, and playwright living in Cincinnati. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies and Cosmos magazine. Her 2013 novel Pretty Girl-13 (HarperCollins) sold internationally in 12 translations, appears on 2 "best of" lists by the American Library Association, and won the Eliot Rosewater award for best book of 2015-16. A new voice in playwriting, her early work has been read in San Diego and Cincinnati. In development and on submission are CASTAWAYS (60 min 2F, 1M, 1 any); PLANTING GRANDMA (90 min 2F 1M); and MOVING IN, MOVING OUT, MOVING ON (100 min 2F, 3M). Please contact if interested in reading, workshopping, or producing.

Plays

  • CASTAWAYS
    Castaways is an absurdist tragicomedy linking the miserable hopefulness of the shipwrecked with the patient despair of the institutionalized. Consider Gilligan's Island meets Waiting for Godot in a memory care unit. Two elderly women who self-identify as Mary Ann and Ginger of the long-running series Gilligan’s Island experience their life in a memory care unit as an extension of their period of shipwreck.
  • MOVING IN, MOVING OUT, MOVING ON
    Moving In, Moving Out, Moving On depicts a privileged multi-generational family that has no special dispensation when it comes to the challenges facing us all in the second half of life. Amy and her husband Dan have sold off the house in which they raised their children to adulthood in order to move next door to Amy’s elderly parents; her mother Nan has received a diagnosis presumed to be early-stage...
    Moving In, Moving Out, Moving On depicts a privileged multi-generational family that has no special dispensation when it comes to the challenges facing us all in the second half of life. Amy and her husband Dan have sold off the house in which they raised their children to adulthood in order to move next door to Amy’s elderly parents; her mother Nan has received a diagnosis presumed to be early-stage progressive dementia. Described as a born “Border Collie,” Amy’s instinct is to herd the vulnerable into safer spaces. But Nan is fighting a quiet battle for agency over her own life and death; she prefers to dwindle and leave on her own terms. Will this Border Collie drive her mother right over the edge?

    Threading the narrative is tidying-guru Marie Kondo’s rather cold-blooded advice to give thanks and discard a thing that fails to bring us joy. But what if that thing is life itself?
  • THORNS
    Separated by COVID, a husband and wife interpret their isolation in fairy tale metaphor as they reach for each other in side-by-side monologues.
  • HOME OFFICE
    A mom tries to juggle two unusual jobs, her own COVID quarantine, two kids, and a husband from her home office.
  • GREAT NEWS
    Having adapted to COVID quarantine and a new stay-at-home way of life, a young family discovers the return to "normal" might not be great news.
  • WE HAVE AN OPENING FOR A FURY
    Three famously aggrieved women receive an invitation of mythic proportions.
  • A LEASE ON LIFE
    Although love drives the practice of international surrogacy, more than one family pays the price.
  • SPROUTS
    While Drew and Candace experience the challenges of growing their own organic sprouts in a quart jar, their human sprout, Spencer, grows before our eyes from seedling to awkward adolescent to independent young adult.
  • THE MONOLOGUE (a monologue)
    A boy, that all-in child actor we know and love, excuses the audition-from-heck on the drive home. Comedy for us, tragedy for him.
  • ONE AT A TIME
    A young woman struggling to come out to her parents finds a very unexpected ally.
  • ITS OWN PLACE
    Time dilation is a mixed blessing for a critically injured starship pilot facing new options.
  • IN LINE
    Give us this day our daily bread - In the future, does universal basic income bring freedom or control? Two generations see it differently.
  • LAST CALL
    One night, a man walks into a bar . . . over and over again.
  • SIX LITTLE LOVE STORIES
    With a run time of 60 minutes, this collection of six 10-min plays may be performed as a whole, with a cast of 2 MF couples (with triple casting) to 6 MF couples, tracing the life cycle of relationships: where we meet, whether and why we stay together; how we say goodbye. Includes: After You, Looking for Mister Swipe Right, Compound Interest, The Wall, The Compliment, One Perfect Day.
    Follow love’s...
    With a run time of 60 minutes, this collection of six 10-min plays may be performed as a whole, with a cast of 2 MF couples (with triple casting) to 6 MF couples, tracing the life cycle of relationships: where we meet, whether and why we stay together; how we say goodbye. Includes: After You, Looking for Mister Swipe Right, Compound Interest, The Wall, The Compliment, One Perfect Day.
    Follow love’s course from hello to goodbye, with occasional detours.
  • THE WALL
    What might have beens and broken hearts.
  • COMPOUND INTEREST
    An attempted bank robbery brings an unexpected opportunity into Bonnie the teller's humdrum life.
  • LOOKING FOR MISTER SWIPE RIGHT
    Two best friends attempt to find her match on Tinder. Sometimes it turns out Mister Right is standing on your left.
  • THE COMPLIMENT
    A long-married couple in a tense and transactional phase of their relationship take a look in the mirror to find themselves again.
  • AFTER YOU
    A blind date takes a very unexpected turn when it turns out Renee's best friend knows exactly who she needs in her life.
  • THE TASTE TEST
    Finding the right man is a matter of taste when a winery owner is looking for her perfect match.