Mike Sockol

Mike Sockol

Mike Sockol has been honing his writing skills for over 30 years as a journalist, corporate communications specialist, and most recently, an adjunct instructor at New York University. Mike began writing plays in 2014, and since then, he has completed close to 20 works, including six full-length plays and a children's musical. His first full-length play, Horseshoes, received a Perry nomination for Best...
Mike Sockol has been honing his writing skills for over 30 years as a journalist, corporate communications specialist, and most recently, an adjunct instructor at New York University. Mike began writing plays in 2014, and since then, he has completed close to 20 works, including six full-length plays and a children's musical. His first full-length play, Horseshoes, received a Perry nomination for Best Original Play from the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters. A Boston native, Mike now lives in Holmdel, New Jersey with his wife, two sons, two dogs and two cats (his pets are, in fact, featured in his play, “Pets (and Their Humans)”, which has been staged twice in New Jersey.

All rights to all the plays posted on this site, including but not limited to professional, amateur, recording, motion picture, recitation, lecturing, public reading, radio and television broadcasting, and the rights of translation into foreign languages are expressly reserved. Permission for which must be secured from Mike Sockol.

Plays

  • Getting in the Last Word
    A desperate man checks into a hotel to kill himself when he is interrupted by a phone call from a woman planning her own suicide. Nominated for best play in the 2018 ThinkFast Festival in Maplewood, NJ.
  • Voice of God
    When the Church turns to social media to bolster awareness among young people, God joins a local radio talk show to promote the new Twitter Bible which evolves into a freewheeling discussion about theology, free will, and the Three Stooges. But why is God there is the first place?

    Voice of God was featured in the 2015 “Kicking and Swearing” Festival in Rahway, New Jersey.
  • In Danger of Falling in Love
    A married couple mysteriously separate, and unbeknownst to each other, separately seek help from a spiritual barista named Charlie, who has some rather unorthodox ideas on how to bring them back to together. Like putting them in harm's way.

    Love has never been so complex, or dangerous, in this quirky comedy set in New York City.
  • Pets (and Their Humans)
    When Brad's wife dies, he finds solace by talking to his pets. But what happens when his pets start talking back? Is Brad going crazy or can he actually talk to animals? A quirky, poignant comedy that will encourage audiences to rethink the role of pets in their lives. Winner of New Jersey Association of Community Theater's Perry Award for Best Original Play.
  • Vigilance
    Can we predict evil and protect ourselves from it? A deputy sheriff, a newspaper editor and a waitress debate those questions after an unsettling encounter with a stranger in a small Texas diner.
  • Interns from Outer Space
    When a two intergalactic interns mess up the time-continuum, a man is forced to make a life or death decision based upon love. A quirky sex comedy with more than a few surprises.
  • Frozen in Time
    Judy and Jim just found the perfect apartment in New York City. Great location and price. They just didn’t count on the haunted refrigerator. Or a visit from Jim’s dead parents. Frozen in Time is a quirky, funny play about love and the after-life.
  • Horseshoes
    Adam Schuster is hosting his family's annual horseshoes tournament on Cape Cod for the first time since his brother's death, and the preparations are the least of his worries. His father’s dementia is getting worse, his wife seems more interested in yoga than him, he’s angry with his other brother, and his sister-in-laws are harboring secrets that may tear the family apart. But most of all, how is...
    Adam Schuster is hosting his family's annual horseshoes tournament on Cape Cod for the first time since his brother's death, and the preparations are the least of his worries. His father’s dementia is getting worse, his wife seems more interested in yoga than him, he’s angry with his other brother, and his sister-in-laws are harboring secrets that may tear the family apart. But most of all, how is going to get rid of two cases of celery-flavored beer? Funny and poignant, this family comedy was nominated for a Perry Award by the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters for Best Original Play in 2016.
  • Bris
    It’s 1968 and Sam is not having a good week. He's working for an assassinated candidate, his wife thinks he’s having an affair with his Dad’s girlfriend, his Jewish neighbors are fleeing to the suburbs, and his nagging in-laws want him to get a better job. Sam will need a steady hand to meet all of these challenges, mostly when he holds the baby for his bris.

    Bris is the pre-sequel of...
    It’s 1968 and Sam is not having a good week. He's working for an assassinated candidate, his wife thinks he’s having an affair with his Dad’s girlfriend, his Jewish neighbors are fleeing to the suburbs, and his nagging in-laws want him to get a better job. Sam will need a steady hand to meet all of these challenges, mostly when he holds the baby for his bris.

    Bris is the pre-sequel of Horseshoes, a 2016 NJACT Perry nominee for Best Original Play. Performed in November, 2016 by the La Strada Theater Company in Asbury Park, NJ.
  • Hostage Situation
    In “Hostage Situation,” Joe and Terry sit in the dark, tied to their chairs and blindfolded. As they await their fate, Joe obsesses over his mother-in-law’s strawberry rhubarb pie. Will they escape an awful end? Will Joe get his just desserts? Nothing is what it seems in this quirky play about love in dire straits.
  • Seeing Beyond Red
    A man holds the power of redemption in the face of evil after he is threatened by white supremacists in a sleepy Texas town on the Gulf Coast.
  • Savant
    A man waiting to board a flight to Chicago adopts an unusual approach to seduce a fellow passenger. Savant offers the latest ten minute round in the ongoing battle between the sexes.
  • The Finest Cleaning Machine Known to Man
    A vacuum cleaner salesman shares a dark tale of evil in a short horror story that examines incest, child molestation and serial murder. Appropriate for an adult Halloween festival.
  • Vanilla Fudge
    A circus clown rushes to a local strip club in search of answers about his daughter in this short and quirky comedy.
  • Bowl of Oranges
    A dysfunctional relationship between a brother and sister reaches its climax as each tries to convince the other to do something they don't want in this funny, slightly twisted ten-minute comedy.
  • Mexican Standoff
    While visiting family in Philadelphia, Zoe meets her niece’s new boyfriend and confronts a past she would rather keep hidden in this short, one act comedy. The play involves characters first introduced in Horseshoes, a NJACT Perry nominee for Best Original Play.

    Mexican Standoff has been performed in play festivals in Asbury Park and Hackensack, NJ.
  • Bagels
    Two older men meet for lunch and argue about bagels, family, Israeli women, and Pete Runnels, and in the process reaffirm the strength of friendship and family in this short, one-act comedy. A radio play version is also available.

    Bagels was featured in the 2016 Gifts Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey in January 2016
  • Triangles
    When Zoe thinks she’s pregnant and turns to a former lover for help, we are introduced to a tangled web of family relationships and secrets that simply confirm that all things come in threes.