Liz Coley

Liz Coley

A new voice in playwriting, Liz Coley is a published novelist and short story writer living in Cincinnati. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies and Cosmos magazine. Her 2013 novel Pretty GIrl-13 sold internationally in 12 translations, was placed on 2 "best of" lists in 2014 by the American Library Association, and won the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School award for best book of 2015-...
A new voice in playwriting, Liz Coley is a published novelist and short story writer living in Cincinnati. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies and Cosmos magazine. Her 2013 novel Pretty GIrl-13 sold internationally in 12 translations, was placed on 2 "best of" lists in 2014 by the American Library Association, and won the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School award for best book of 2015-16. Her 3-minute play THE QUIET ROOM has been produced as a film by Pajama Island Productions. In development and on submission are one-act play CASTAWAYS (60 min 2F, 1M, 1 any) and full-length PLANTING GRANDMA (90 min 2F 1M). Query if interested in reading.

Plays

  • 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.
  • WE HAVE AN OPENING FOR A FURY
    Three 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.
  • 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.
  • THE TASTE TEST
    Finding the right man is a matter of taste when a winery owner is looking for her perfect match.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
    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.