Matthew Weaver

Matthew Weaver

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Matthew Weaver is a Spokane, Wash., playwright and screenwriter. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
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His plays have been produced in Washington State, Canada, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado,...
PHOTO CREDIT: Crystal Madsen Photography
http://www.crystalmadsen.com


Matthew Weaver is a Spokane, Wash., playwright and screenwriter. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
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His plays have been produced in Washington State, Canada, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, California, Florida, Ireland, Japan, Oregon, Maryland, Illinois and Missouri.
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In July 2018, a "Matthew Weaver" Special Showcase of 14 of his short plays was featured at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.

His comedy "Bed Ride" was a 2016 finalist in the Rover Dramawerks annual play contest in Plano, Texas. "Variations on a First Kiss" received Audience Favorite Comedy in the Exit 7 Players Theater's Short Play Contest.
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"Awnings" received the Robert Barnard Audience Award-Friday for a reading at the Arts Resources for the Tri-State (ARTS) New Works Festival in Huntington, WV, December 2016.
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"The Fluidity of Truth" is a semifinalist in the NYC Playwrights project Women in the Age of Trump.
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His screenplay "Trapped in a First Kiss" is a finalist in the first annual Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival in Twin Falls, Idaho, in October 2016.
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His short screenplay "Untoward" is a 2016 semifinalist in the DC Shorts Film Festival in Washington, D.C., and a quarterfinalist in the Richmond International Film Festival in Richmond, Va.
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He works by day as a reporter for an agricultural newspaper. Listen to a May 2017 interview with the Washington Grain Commission podcast, Wheat All About It: http://wagrains.org/podcast/episode-18-behind-the-curtain/
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His short screenplay "The Lift" received the only honorable mention in the Short. Sweet. Film Fest screenplay contest in March 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Plays

  • Jesus at 10 (a monologue for youth)
    YOUTH MONOLOGUE: We are greeted by a 10-year-old working in their father's shop.

    Written Feb. 12, 2019, as part of my monthlong challenge to myself to write a monologue each day for the month of February 2019. Inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham.
  • Jesus at 3 Weeks (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: The Virgin Mary rocks her child, who will not stop crying.

    Written Feb. 18, 2019, as part of my personal challenge to myself, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham, to write a monologue each day in the month of February 2019.
  • Les Pamplemousses (a monologue in 12 courses)
    MONOLOGUE/ONE-MAN SHOW: A young man lost his virginity last night. This morning, he takes the woman out to breakfast at one of the fanciest restaurants in the United States for a 12-course meal.

    Written Feb. 4, 2019, as part of my challenge to myself, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham, to write a monologue each day for the entire month.
  • Heart in a Box
    TEN-MINUTE/ONE-ACT: A man sits at a table, his beating heart in a shoebox.
  • Willy's Mom Gets in the Car
    Willy sits in a car outside his school. His mom gets in the car.
  • The Woman and the Spoon (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: Woman comes into church, brandishing a big metal spoon.

    Written Feb. 2, 2019, as part of a personal writing challenge to myself - inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham - to write a monologue a day during the month of February 2019.

    Sitting in church one time, our priest told us during his homily about a woman he knew who would come into church and shake a large...
    MONOLOGUE: Woman comes into church, brandishing a big metal spoon.

    Written Feb. 2, 2019, as part of a personal writing challenge to myself - inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham - to write a monologue a day during the month of February 2019.

    Sitting in church one time, our priest told us during his homily about a woman he knew who would come into church and shake a large metal spoon up at Jesus on the cross. The priest joked about staying away from her because he was afraid she'd be struck by lightning, but I loved the story. I understood where she was coming from.
  • The Woman Behind/In Front of Me in the 15 Items or Less Line at Wal-Mart (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: A woman asks if she can get in front of you in line. She just has the one item.

    Written Feb. 1, 2019, as a personal challenge to myself - inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham - to write a monologue a day for the month of February 2019. This one is based on a true event.
  • Taking His Virginity (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: A young woman talks about being a young man's first time.

    Written Feb. 3, 2019, as part of a personal challenge to myself - inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham - to write a monologue a day for the entire month of February 2019.
  • Guy Slips in the Shower (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: A guy, perhaps named Guy, has fallen in the shower.


    Wrote Feb. 6, 2019 as part of my challenge to myself to write a monologue a day for the month of February, 2019, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndam.

  • Single and Ready to Jingle (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: It's hard to date. It's hard to date online. But it's especially hard when you're an elf at the North Pole working in Santa's workshop.

    Written the morning of Feb. 8, 2019 as part of my challenge to myself, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham, to write a monologue a day for the month of February 2019.
  • Haunted House (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: Any performer stands in a haunted house.

    Written Feb. 17, 2019, as part of my personal challenge to myself, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham, to write a monologue each day for the month of February 2019.
  • Bridget in the Pool (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: Emmett's friend Bridget has been partying. He's brought her home safe and sound.

    Then Bridget gets in the pool.

    Emmett can't swim.

    Written Feb. 13, 2019, as part of a monthlong challenge to write a monologue each day in February 2019, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham.

    Prompt came from Scott Mullen (NINJAS, THE PEEK...
    MONOLOGUE: Emmett's friend Bridget has been partying. He's brought her home safe and sound.

    Then Bridget gets in the pool.

    Emmett can't swim.

    Written Feb. 13, 2019, as part of a monthlong challenge to write a monologue each day in February 2019, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham.

    Prompt came from Scott Mullen (NINJAS, THE PEEK, 172 PUSH-UPS), who suggested "Guy trying to get the courage to jump in a swimming pool."
  • Fart (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: A fart takes to the stage.

    Written Feb. 16, 2019, as part of my personal challenge to myself, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham, to write a monologue a day during the month of February 2019.
  • Odelia Savannah Tucker, Dog Food Taster (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: Odelia Savannah Tucker is living her dream job. But she has a new vision. Will you help her?

    Written Feb. 15, 2019, as part of my personal challenge to myself to write a monologue each day for the month of February 2019, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham.

    In more ways than one. For today, Asher and I swapped title prompts for our monologues. He gave me ODELIA...
    MONOLOGUE: Odelia Savannah Tucker is living her dream job. But she has a new vision. Will you help her?

    Written Feb. 15, 2019, as part of my personal challenge to myself to write a monologue each day for the month of February 2019, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham.

    In more ways than one. For today, Asher and I swapped title prompts for our monologues. He gave me ODELIA SAVANNAH TUCKER, DOG FOOD TASTER and I gave him ...
  • Reach Out (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: Guy tries to connect with his friends.

    Written Feb. 19, 2019, as part of my personal challenge to myself, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham, to write a monologue each day for the month of February 2019.
  • Your Hand on My Cheek (a monologue)
    MONOLOGUE: For any performer.

    Written Feb. 11, 2019, as part of my personal challenge to myself to write a monologue per day, inspired by the monologues of Asher Wyndham.
  • Selfies & Ladybugs
    TEN-MINUTE: Ramona and Dolores are both trying to get the perfect selfie together.

    Written in an hour for the Nugget Fringe Festival in Grass Valley, CA; January 26, 2019.

    The prompt we received was "Authenticity."

    I had NO idea what I was going to write about, but the prompt e-mail included the word "Selkies," referring to the Celtic mythology...
    TEN-MINUTE: Ramona and Dolores are both trying to get the perfect selfie together.

    Written in an hour for the Nugget Fringe Festival in Grass Valley, CA; January 26, 2019.

    The prompt we received was "Authenticity."

    I had NO idea what I was going to write about, but the prompt e-mail included the word "Selkies," referring to the Celtic mythology about seals coming ashore, shedding their pelts and dancing on the sand.

    My brain READ "Selkie," but started thinking about "selfies," I think. I was also thinking about the concept that people are living their "best lives" on social media, which tapped into the authenticity prompt.

    And my brother (my hero) Steven is an entomologist, so that's where THAT came from.
  • Best Behavior
    TEN-MINUTE: Cadence is ... planting bulbs in flower pots, apparently? When an old friend from school, Diana, suddenly appears and tells her they should have hung out more often or gotten coffee together.

    Written in an hour on Jan. 26, 2019, for the Nugget Fringe Festival in Grass Valley, CA.

    The prompt we received was "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light...
    TEN-MINUTE: Cadence is ... planting bulbs in flower pots, apparently? When an old friend from school, Diana, suddenly appears and tells her they should have hung out more often or gotten coffee together.

    Written in an hour on Jan. 26, 2019, for the Nugget Fringe Festival in Grass Valley, CA.

    The prompt we received was "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

    It was kind of a melancholy prompt on kind of a melancholy day, so I just started typing and this is what came out.
  • Blackbirds Singing in the Dead of Night
    TEN-MINUTE: Con artist sisters Blackbird and Raven run through the woods late at night, having successfully absconded with cash from Blackbird's unwitting would-be-husband. They have a train to catch, if Sheriff Bickleton doesn't stop them.

    This play was written in an hour for the Nugget Fringe Festival in Grass Valley, CA on Jan. 20, 2019.

    We were given the prompt "...
    TEN-MINUTE: Con artist sisters Blackbird and Raven run through the woods late at night, having successfully absconded with cash from Blackbird's unwitting would-be-husband. They have a train to catch, if Sheriff Bickleton doesn't stop them.

    This play was written in an hour for the Nugget Fringe Festival in Grass Valley, CA on Jan. 20, 2019.

    We were given the prompt "Blackbirds singing in the dead of night." Now, I WAS tempted to write about a trio of penguins (perhaps the SAME penguins from CONTINENTS APART?) singing in the middle of the night, but I didn't want to repeat, I'd already written about animals and I knew Scott Mullen had written a play for the prompt about eagles, so I figured I had better write about some people. I came up with two con artist sisters running through the woods, having successfully stolen bags' worth of money from the older sister's unsuspecting would-be husband. They're dashing to catch a train ... and then the sheriff shows up and wonders where they're off to in such a hurry, the night before the elder sister's wedding. I used the prompt for the title: BLACKBIRDS SINGING IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT.
  • Continents Apart
    TEN-MINUTE: Penguin Rangiora informs her friends Gerritsz and Mercator Cooper of a dream she had the night before.

    This play was written in an hour for the Nugget Fringe Festival in Grass Valley, CA on Jan. 19, 2019.

    The prompt we were given was "Last night I dreamed of bears."

    Now, with an hour, you don't have a lot of time to waste figuring out what...
    TEN-MINUTE: Penguin Rangiora informs her friends Gerritsz and Mercator Cooper of a dream she had the night before.

    This play was written in an hour for the Nugget Fringe Festival in Grass Valley, CA on Jan. 19, 2019.

    The prompt we were given was "Last night I dreamed of bears."

    Now, with an hour, you don't have a lot of time to waste figuring out what you're going to write about. So I asked myself, "WHO dreamed of bears?" Then I asked "Who is the least likely to dream of bears?" And I thought of penguins, since polar bears are only at the North Pole and penguins are only at the South Pole. So I came up with CONTINENTS APART, in which Rangiora the penguin admits to her friends Gerritsz and Mercator Cooper (the penguins are all named after South Pole explorers) that she dreamt of a giant beast the night before, and they all wonder what the dream could mean (special challenge to myself: The penguins have no reason to know they're called polar bears, so they never actually use the word "bear").
  • Onion Ode
    YOUTH MONOLOGUE: A young performer, dressed as a Walla Walla sweet onion, delivers a report on the vegetable, produced in a specific region in Washington State.


    Revised spring of 2018.

    Selected for Northwest Ten Festival, Eugene, OR; March 2019.
  • Confession of a Modern Soap Opera Bride
    MONOLOGUE: Zinnia, a soap opera actress, reflects on all the wedding dresses she's worn on the day of yet another TV wedding.
  • A New Play by Matthew Weaver
    TEN-MINUTE: In the year 9936, a new play by Matthew Weaver has been discovered.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.

    Featured in November 2018 on the NYC Playwrights podcast.
  • Another Play by Matthew Weaver
    TEN-MINUTE: Three actresses get on set to read their latest script.
  • Help! I'm Trapped in a Monologue Written by Matthew Weaver!
    MONOLOGUE: A performer is trapped in a monologue written by Matthew Weaver, playwright of such works as A NEW PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER and ANOTHER PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER.
  • The Bee's Knees
    ONE-ACT: A veteran bee scout desperately searches for food for the rest of the hive. Her knees cheer her on.

    All-female cast.
  • The Great Fish & Jonah
    ONE-ACT: Jonah (yes, that Jonah, the one from the Bible) and the great fish are friends.
  • Salad Bar
    TEN-MINUTE, LARGE YOUTH CAST: Various plant-eating dinosaurs in the Cretaceous Period compete for food.

    Written in reply to a request for a 10-minute play for 20 student performers with roles of equal sizes.

    The title comes from playwright Scott Mullen. I loved his suggestion.
  • A Blank Stage
    ONE-MINUTE: A blank stage.

    Our characters have more important things to do.
  • Utopia Found
    TEN-MINUTE: The angel Uriel welcomes two travelers home.

    Selected for 2019 New Works Festival, Britches and Hose Theatre Company, Fairfax, VA. January 2019.
  • Want
    ONE-MINUTE: Wendy delivers a speech.

    Uses only words that begin with W for dialogue.

    Part of the AND SOMETIMES Y evening of very short plays in alphabetical order.

    Reading, The Players Follies Play Reading Festival; Sarasota, FL; October 2018
  • The Death and Dying of Kateri Tekakwitha
    TEN-MINUTE: Kateri Tekakwitha, who would go on to become the first Native American Catholic saint, receives visitors as she enters her final moments.

    Written for the 365 Women A Year Playwriting Project in 2018.
  • Coffee with Irna & Gloria
    TEN-MINUTE: Irna Phillips is the mother of the daytime soap opera, having created PAINTED DREAMS, WOMAN IN WHITE, THE GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS and ANOTHER WORLD.

    Gloria Monty revolutionized the soap in the late 1970s by creating the adventures of Luke and Laura on GENERAL HOSPITAL.

    This play, written as part of the 365 Women a Year playwrighting project, imagines a...
    TEN-MINUTE: Irna Phillips is the mother of the daytime soap opera, having created PAINTED DREAMS, WOMAN IN WHITE, THE GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS and ANOTHER WORLD.

    Gloria Monty revolutionized the soap in the late 1970s by creating the adventures of Luke and Laura on GENERAL HOSPITAL.

    This play, written as part of the 365 Women a Year playwrighting project, imagines a conversation between the two women - renowned for their creativity and ferocity - as they reflect on soap operas today.
  • The Boy on the Beach
    TEN-MINUTE: Three mysterious women happen upon a boy on a beach.

    Selected for a reading for the West Side Show Room's Rockford New Play Festival in Rockford, Illinois, August 2018.

    Listed in Smith & Kraus Best Ten-Minute Plays 2019; second place Circle of Excellence winner.
  • Bobby Quince Enters Adulthood
    MONOLOGUE: Bobby Quince has his first experience with adulthood. Performed by a young woman.
  • GEG-SEA-ANC-ADQ
    TEN-MINUTE: Claire and Snake are flying to Alaska. Snake hates flying.
  • Alistair Eats Alone
    TEN-MINUTE MONOLOGUE: Alistair Caulfield dines in a restaurant full of couples, talking to himself. A monologue.

    Performed in Self to Selfie; San Francisco, CA. February 2018.
  • Kiss Me in the House of Mirrors
    ONE-ACT: Two young couples bravely venture into a house of mirrors, led by our host, Rae Bradbury.

    They might not like what they find.
  • Aces Are Feverish
    FULL-LENGTH: Directed by Joanne Moore Bracht; Masquers Theater in Soap Lake, Wash., Summer of 2016
    Selected for Eagle Point High School production in November 2018.

    Ace Valentine is a classic noir detective like Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. Only she has a cold. When a sexy club singer asks her to investigate the disappearance of his missing wife, Ace is forced to confront old flames and...
    FULL-LENGTH: Directed by Joanne Moore Bracht; Masquers Theater in Soap Lake, Wash., Summer of 2016
    Selected for Eagle Point High School production in November 2018.

    Ace Valentine is a classic noir detective like Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. Only she has a cold. When a sexy club singer asks her to investigate the disappearance of his missing wife, Ace is forced to confront old flames and longtime rivals. Before long, she's on the trail of a killer, consuming a large quantity of doughnuts - her medicine of choice - and dodging bullets. And ducking is hard when you have the sniffles.
  • Toasted Marshmallow Mocha
    Our Hero orders a toasted marshmallow mocha at a coffee shop.
  • Neighborhood Watch
    TEN-MINUTE: Bears Umberto and Gustav see Goldilocks breaking into their neighbors' home.
  • The Kissing Bandit
    ONE-ACT: Ace reporter Lulu Lamb is on the scene in search of more information about the notorious Kissing Bandit. She finds three women hoping the masked vigilante appears ...
  • On the 38th Kiss, I Explode
    ONE-ACT: Xavier and Petunia find romance at a party. But Petunia has a hereditary heart diagnosis ...
  • Spots
    TEN-MINUTE: Two giraffes are brought on board Noah's Ark, two by two.

    This play was inspired by a Tweet by @earthdistance on Twitter, listing the Top Ten Bible characters: Number two was "Unnamed female giraffe (Ark)"

    https://twitter.com/earthdistance/status/1019498153018580992
  • Illicit
    TEN-MINUTE: Sammy, the brother of the groom, catches the bride in a compromising position.
  • Grandmother's Ring
    FIVE-MINUTE: Holly and Stanley are glad to have Stanley's grandmother's approval before their wedding day.

    Selected for Kansas City Horror Play Festival in Kansas City, Missouri, in October 2018.
  • The Count
    TEN-MINUTE: Count Orsino finds the lovely Elizabeth reading on a park bench and enthralls her.

    Selected for Little Fish Theatre's fundraiser in San Pedro, CA, in October 2018.

    Inspired by this T-shirt: https://www.vacancyprojects.com/product/winona
  • The Unrelenting Cruelty of Candy Corn
    MONOLOGUE: A candy corn unveils diabolical plans for global domination. The scary thing is, it could actually work ...

    Selected for Halloween Monologue-A-Looza at Samuel French Hollywood Bookstore in Hollywood, CA, in October 2018.
  • The Tragedie of Rockford and Almira and the Cat - a Comedie
    TEN-MINUTE: Rockford and Almira, two mice, come upon a mousetrap.

    A Shakespearean mouse play. Because ... well, why not?
  • The Aftermath
    TEN-MINUTE: Myrna and Noah survey the damage of a Godzilla-ish attack.

    For this play, I combined two ideas. One was a prompt from 31 Plays in 31 Days: "Write a play where each character says no more than three words at a time."

    Also, as according to Vulture, the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon (V., GRAVITY'S RAINBOW, THE CRYING OF LOT 49, MASON & DIXON)...
    TEN-MINUTE: Myrna and Noah survey the damage of a Godzilla-ish attack.

    For this play, I combined two ideas. One was a prompt from 31 Plays in 31 Days: "Write a play where each character says no more than three words at a time."

    Also, as according to Vulture, the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon (V., GRAVITY'S RAINBOW, THE CRYING OF LOT 49, MASON & DIXON) reportedly was working on a novel, never published, "about an insurance adjuster flown in to Japan to assess the damage done by Godzilla."

    (http://www.vulture.com/2013/08/thomas-pynchon-bleeding-edge.html)

    Put the two ideas together and what do you have?

    THE AFTERMATH.
  • Adult Situations
    TEN-MINUTE: On the eve of their high school graduation, Farley and Glenn are playing video games. Glenn's big sister Naomi has other ideas ...
  • Skeletons
    TEN-MINUTE: Two skeletons have escaped for the day and found their way to an all-you-can eat pizza buffet.
  • Pepper Pirates for Life!
    YA- TEN-MINUTE: Madison, Emma and Aria are eating spicy hot things in rapidly increasing degrees of hotness.

    Then Aria pulls out the ghost peppers.

    Selected for Playwrights' Playground Festival, Stage Left Theatre, Spokane, WA, October 2018.
  • And Sometimes Y
    FULL-LENGTH: An evening of very short plays, 1-3 minutes each, all in alphabetical order.

    Each play only uses dialogue that begins with a corresponding letter. The "A" play only uses words that begin with the letter A, the "B" play only uses words that begin with the letter "B," and so on.

    Includes "Quite" and "Want."
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    FULL-LENGTH: An evening of very short plays, 1-3 minutes each, all in alphabetical order.

    Each play only uses dialogue that begins with a corresponding letter. The "A" play only uses words that begin with the letter A, the "B" play only uses words that begin with the letter "B," and so on.

    Includes "Quite" and "Want."

    A finalist for the Playwrights Series new play development program at Cutting Ball Theatre in San Francisco, CA, in the summer of 2018.
    Used as a prompt in Emma Goldman-Sherman's Write Now workshop in the 29th Street Playwrights Collective in New York City.

    Maximum of 86 individual parts. Obviously, doubling is allowed.
  • Bigelow Gulch
    TEN-MINUTE: Longtime best friends Quentin and Xavier run into Rachel, the girl they both loved once upon a time.
  • The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog
    TEN-MINUTE: A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog ... but why?
  • Windows, Windows, Trees
    TEN-MINUTE: Sam and Elisa keep each other company during chemotherapy.

    Title prompt by Emily Hageman.
  • Round Yon Virgin
    TEN-MINUTE: Elise has an unusual request for Santa Claus on behalf of her older brother, Grayson.
  • Hyrax Kid
    YOUTH MONOLOGUE: An homage of sorts to Asher Wyndham and his ___ Kid series, with more than a dash of my own Walla Walla sweet onion play, ONION ODE.

    A young performer gives a report on "official spokesanimal" the hyrax, a small mammal with a surprising relative or two.
  • Flies at the Nativity
    TEN-MINUTE: Yes, you read the title right. Three common houseflies are present at the site of the birth of the Baby Jesus.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.

    Reading by City Theatre in Coral Gables, FL; July 2018.
  • Confidence Boost
    TEN-MINUTE OR LESS: Ivy helps neighbor Houle tie his tie before a big date.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.
  • The Sweet Smell of a Lavender Field After It Rains
    TEN-MINUTE: George and Martha spend a quiet evening at home.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.
  • The Ark
    TEN-MINUTE: Noah's three sons - Japheth, Shem and Ham - have to usher in the animals two by two on the boat their father recently built. A 10-minute comedy, selected for performance on the Onstage-Offstage podcast by George Sapio in October 2017. http://www.gsapio.com/podcasts/itunes/171001WEAVER.mp3

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July...
    TEN-MINUTE: Noah's three sons - Japheth, Shem and Ham - have to usher in the animals two by two on the boat their father recently built. A 10-minute comedy, selected for performance on the Onstage-Offstage podcast by George Sapio in October 2017. http://www.gsapio.com/podcasts/itunes/171001WEAVER.mp3

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.
  • egg salad and cola
    TEN-MINUTE: Newlyweds Elliott and Nan are enjoying the last evening of their honeymoon when Elliott, a chef, decides to make Nan's lunch for the next day back at work. What Nan reveals astonishes him.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.
  • View From the Reef
    TEN-MINUTE: Cauliflower corals Collie and Coral have never left the coral reef. Why would they? But a chance encounter with a deep sea diver has them questioning the future.

    Originally written for the Saving Endangered Species international playwriting contest in 2015.

    My challenge to myself was to write about an invertebrate, and ultimately to try to write the most moving play...
    TEN-MINUTE: Cauliflower corals Collie and Coral have never left the coral reef. Why would they? But a chance encounter with a deep sea diver has them questioning the future.

    Originally written for the Saving Endangered Species international playwriting contest in 2015.

    My challenge to myself was to write about an invertebrate, and ultimately to try to write the most moving play about cauliflower coral possible.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.

    Performed as part of Harper College's InZone Program, "Stars of the Stage," in Palatine, Ill., in June 2018.
  • Awnings
    TEN-MINUTE: Arthur and Viola find themselves under an awning in the middle of a storm.

    A 10-minute play.

    Winner, Robert Barnard Audience Award-Friday for reading at the Arts Resources for the Tri-State (ARTS) New Works Festival in Huntington, WV, December 2016.

    Selected for Curious Arrow Theatre's Lucid Short Play Festival in September 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI....
    TEN-MINUTE: Arthur and Viola find themselves under an awning in the middle of a storm.

    A 10-minute play.

    Winner, Robert Barnard Audience Award-Friday for reading at the Arts Resources for the Tri-State (ARTS) New Works Festival in Huntington, WV, December 2016.

    Selected for Curious Arrow Theatre's Lucid Short Play Festival in September 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven
    TEN-MINUTE: Jordan McMint wants to be Charlie Donner's first kiss during a game at a party. Charlie's saving his first kiss for Caitlin. Unstoppable force meets immovable object in a closet. Part of the "First Kisses" evening of short plays.

    Selected for the Red Eye 10s International Play Festival, produced on the same day in Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, three sites...
    TEN-MINUTE: Jordan McMint wants to be Charlie Donner's first kiss during a game at a party. Charlie's saving his first kiss for Caitlin. Unstoppable force meets immovable object in a closet. Part of the "First Kisses" evening of short plays.

    Selected for the Red Eye 10s International Play Festival, produced on the same day in Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, three sites in California, Florida, Ireland and Japan Sept. 30, 2017. Dates for Texas and Germany TBD!
  • Spin The Bottle
    10-MINUTE-PLUS: Six frisky seniors play a favorite childhood game. Part of the "First Kisses" evening of short plays.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.
  • New Mistakes
    FIVE-MINUTE: Selected for Cone Man Running Productions' Five-Minute Mile Play Festival November 2016 in Houston, Texas.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.

    Wally and Sam are two lonely hearts giving love a second chance. They're meeting in person for...
    FIVE-MINUTE: Selected for Cone Man Running Productions' Five-Minute Mile Play Festival November 2016 in Houston, Texas.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.

    Wally and Sam are two lonely hearts giving love a second chance. They're meeting in person for the first time. Via text, Wally sends Sam a suggestion ...

    Part of the "First Kisses" evening of one-acts.
  • True Love's Kiss
    TEN-MINUTE: Performed by Liberty Lake Community Theatre as part of New Works Festival, March 2017, in Liberty Lake, Wash..
    Performed by Mad Lab Theatre as part of Theatre Roulette festival, May 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.
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    TEN-MINUTE: Performed by Liberty Lake Community Theatre as part of New Works Festival, March 2017, in Liberty Lake, Wash..
    Performed by Mad Lab Theatre as part of Theatre Roulette festival, May 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.

    Wicked witch Prunetoria has cast a spell on Princess Honeysuckle. Only true love's kiss will wake her up. But there's a catch ...

    It's up to Prince Darling, Prince Dashing and Prince Ruggedly Handsome to ride to Honeysuckle's rescue.

    Meanwhile, on the horizon, another princess is making her way to the castle ...
  • Variations on a First Kiss
    TEN-MINUTE: Received Audience Favorite Comedy, Exit 7 Players Theater Short Play Contest in Ludlow, Mass., February 2016.
    Performed as part of Mad Lab Theatre's Theatre Roulette Festival in Columbus, Ohio, May 2016.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.
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    TEN-MINUTE: Received Audience Favorite Comedy, Exit 7 Players Theater Short Play Contest in Ludlow, Mass., February 2016.
    Performed as part of Mad Lab Theatre's Theatre Roulette Festival in Columbus, Ohio, May 2016.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.

    Azalea finds out Christopher has never had his first kiss. He proceeds to imagine the many, many ways it could go wrong.
  • The Kissing Scene
    TEN-MINUTE: Young actor Dominick is anxious about his kissing scene the next day with co-star Quinn.

    Part of the "First Kisses" evening of plays.

    One of 14 (!) short plays read as part of a "Matthew Weaver Special Showcase" July 20-22, 2018 at Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane Valley, Wash.
  • Rugburn
    FIVE TO TEN-MINUTE-ISH: An evil clown asks young Cole for a simple favor: A genuine smile.

    Selected for production as part of the Memoriam Theatre's Nightshade anthology of horror in DeKalb, Illinois, in July 2018.

    Backstory: In college I got the chance to write a paper about evil clowns for a Monsters in Literature/Film class. (Thanks, The Joker and Stephen King!) Years...
    FIVE TO TEN-MINUTE-ISH: An evil clown asks young Cole for a simple favor: A genuine smile.

    Selected for production as part of the Memoriam Theatre's Nightshade anthology of horror in DeKalb, Illinois, in July 2018.

    Backstory: In college I got the chance to write a paper about evil clowns for a Monsters in Literature/Film class. (Thanks, The Joker and Stephen King!) Years later, a competition put out requests for scripts that reflect and ponder on the nature of certain monsters. My monster of choice was immediate, and I got to put my research to good use.
  • Eoteltsim
    ONE-MINUTE: Barney introduces his younger brother and his fiancee to each other at a Christmas party. But they've already met ...
  • Timmy's Big Kiss
    YA FULL-LENGTH COMEDY: Timmy Hilsop is on the run from every girl in his school and the tri-county area, all of whom want to kiss him to win a prize established by his rock star older brother, Van. But does Timmy even want to be kissed?

    Selected for the 2018 Plays-In-Development program at The Sauk in Jonesville, Michigan in June 2018.
  • Abby & Ksenia & the Monster
    TEN-MINUTE: A Terrifying Monster is in Abby and Ksenia's room. The sisters need to try to ignore it.

    Performed as part of Mildred's Umbrella Theater's Museum of Dysfunction play festival, July 2017, Houston, Texas.

    Performed as part of Dramatic Acting track for Summer School for Performing Arts in Westford, MA, July 2017.

    Performed as part of Harper...
    TEN-MINUTE: A Terrifying Monster is in Abby and Ksenia's room. The sisters need to try to ignore it.

    Performed as part of Mildred's Umbrella Theater's Museum of Dysfunction play festival, July 2017, Houston, Texas.

    Performed as part of Dramatic Acting track for Summer School for Performing Arts in Westford, MA, July 2017.

    Performed as part of Harper College's InZone Program, "Stars of the Stage," in Palatine, Ill., in June 2018.

    Selected for Open Space Arts' 2018 Summer Playwrights Festival in Reisterstown, Maryland, in August 2018.

    Selected for Abiding Harvest Shorts Play Festival in Broken Arrow, OK, October 2017.
  • I, Marshmallow
    TEN-MINUTE: Everyone loves a camp fire. Except for maybe the marshmallows.

    Performed as part of Arts Resources for the Tri-State (ARTS) New Works Festival in Huntington, WV, in December 2016.

    Produced by the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, in May 2018.

    Performed as part of Harper College's Inzone Program, "Stars of the Stage," in Palatine, Ill., in June 2018.
  • Paper Chains
    Izzy asks Morris to the dance. For four high school/YA performers.
  • Sebastian and Chloe
    TEN-MINUTE: After their 50th wedding anniversary, Sebastian and Chloe find out the truth about how they met.
    Selected for the Spokane Civic Theatre Playwrights Forum Festival in June 2018.
  • The Carpenter's Boy
    TEN-MINUTE: Enoch and Judith discuss troublesome neighbors in Nazareth, circa 32 A.D.

    Selected for Nylon Fusion Theatre's Can You HEAR Me? Festival in NYC in June 2018.
  • Be in the Moment
    A playwright observes the activities going on around them on a particular day in Spokane, Wash.

    Theater verite.

    Published by Cascadia Rising Review, June 2018.

    A finalist for the Dionysian magazine, issue 002, February 2017.
  • The Raft
    TEN-MINUTE: Killroy can't sleep. Dakota's got this.
  • The Wish
    ONE-MINUTE: Colton makes a familiar birthday wish as Lydia looks on.

    A one-minute play. Originally performed January 2017 as part of Stage Left Theater's Fast and Furious festival in Spokane. Wash.

    Selected for Gi60 U.S. festival in June 2018 in New York.
  • Sarsaparilla
    TEN-MINUTE OR SO: Zephyr and Zoey are actors performing a steamy love scene.
  • Reading Xinran
    FIVE-MINUTE: Brooke is reading Sky Burial, by Xue Xinran, at Mortimer's recommendation.

    I, too, read Sky Burial and thoroughly enjoyed it. For this play, I wanted to write something that captured both my enthusiasm for the book and a general enthusiasm for books, reading and sharing books with a fellow book enthusiast.
  • The Back of the Mona Lisa
    MONOLOGUE: The back of the world's most famous painting tells her side of the story.
  • Trevor Never Never Ever
    SHORT: Trevor Never has never ever.
  • A Sprig of Mistletoe Up in That One Little Corner of the Jail
    ONE-ACT: Young Alec, the sheriff's son, spends Christmas Eve with the notorious bank robbers Bonnie and Bonnie. Selected for the Long Form March 16-18, 2018 at Stage Left Theater in Spokane, Wash.
  • Smackeroo
    A monologue, narrated by the first kiss shared by a couple. Selected for Monologue-A-Looza February 2018 in Hollywood, CA.
  • 19
    TEN-MINUTE-PLUS:On his nineteenth birthday on the 19th, a young man asks to kiss the girl of his dreams. She says no. A Reality Girl appears and offers him an interesting alternative.
  • First Kisses
    FULL-LENGTH: An evening of short plays devoted to first kisses.

    Includes "New Mistakes," "True Love's Kiss," "Asterisk Kisses" and "Variations on a First Kiss."

    In "The Kissing Scene," Quinn discovers Dominick's secret.
    In "Shrug," a boy and girl wonder what all the fuss is about.
    In "The...
    FULL-LENGTH: An evening of short plays devoted to first kisses.

    Includes "New Mistakes," "True Love's Kiss," "Asterisk Kisses" and "Variations on a First Kiss."

    In "The Kissing Scene," Quinn discovers Dominick's secret.
    In "Shrug," a boy and girl wonder what all the fuss is about.
    In "The Cereals Aisle," a man and woman share a passionate moment in the middle of a grocery store.
    In "Spin the Bottle,"a group of senior citizens play a favorite childhood game.
    In "Seven Minutes in Heaven," Jordan tries to give Charlie his first kiss.
  • The Quail
    TEN-MINUTE: Before they move to Rhode Island, Jillian and Nolan spend one last weekend at Quail Rock. Selected for Northwest Ten Festival in Eugene, Oregon, in March 2018.
  • High School Nachos
    TEN-MINUTE: Written in an hour and performed for the Nugget Fringe Festival in Grass Valley, California, Jan. 27, 2018. The prompt was: "Yes time travel is possible. Will explain later." - Jose Conseco

    V. travels back in time for a favorite meal.
  • The Word
    ONE-MINUTE: Fred and Ruth wait for word.

    One-minute play, performed by Stage Left Theatre, Spokane, Wash., in February 2018.
  • Sit Here For the Present: An Appreciation of Beverly Cleary
    TEN-MINUTE: Five performers talk about their favorite books written by Beverly Cleary, author of the Ramona Quimby series. Written for the 365 Women a Year Project.
  • Calpurnia Delivers Caesar's Papers to Mark Antony
    TEN-MINUTE: Calpurnia, final wife to Julius Caesar, delivers his papers to Mark Antony following Caesar's assassination.
    Written for the 365 Women a Year project.
  • Enter Bruce, Dragging His Mother-in-Law's Body
    MONOLOGUE: Bruce enters the stage, dragging the dead body of his mother-in-law. A monologue, written for the NYC Playwright's Write a Monologue For Me program in September 2017.
  • Mind Your Ps and Qs
    TEN-MINUTE: Workers at a typesetting company experience a moment of temptation.

    Author's note: This was written after reading "Letter Perfect," a history of the origins of the alphabet, by David Sacks, and learning the origins of the expression "Mind your Ps and Qs," referring to keeping the letters straight when using movable type.
  • When You Are a Little Bit Older
    YA-ONE-ACT: Owen tags along on older brother Cooper's hot date at the movies with Ava. But then Owen runs out of popcorn ...

    Selected for the Pittsburgh New Works Festival in Carnegie, PA, produced by Thoreau NM - a Production Company, in September 2017.

    Shortlisted for the International Talent Club Balkan Regional Playwrights Childrens Drama category in July 2017.
  • Friday Nights at the Food Court
    YA ONE-ACT: Selected for Gallery Players Black Box New Play Festival June 2017, in Brooklyn, NY.

    Kent Rowan and brother Bobby are at the food court of their local mall, getting dinner after buying shoes for Bobby.

    Cheryl Jarvis, the girl Kent likes, is at another table with friends Brandy and Madison. Her overbearing boyfriend, Keith, crashes the party to check in on his girlfriend...
    YA ONE-ACT: Selected for Gallery Players Black Box New Play Festival June 2017, in Brooklyn, NY.

    Kent Rowan and brother Bobby are at the food court of their local mall, getting dinner after buying shoes for Bobby.

    Cheryl Jarvis, the girl Kent likes, is at another table with friends Brandy and Madison. Her overbearing boyfriend, Keith, crashes the party to check in on his girlfriend.

    Love and hate, betrayal and woe all play out among the teen scene at a local mall on a Friday night.
  • X
    ONE-MINUTE: A very short play only using words that begin with the letter X for dialogue.

    Xerxes comes upon the mysterious Mr. X in a park, looking to make a sale. But Xerxes has his own agenda ...
  • The Embrace
    TEN-MINUTE: Written in an hour Jan. 21, 2018, for the Nugget Fringe Festival Three-Hour Plays in Grass Valley, CA.

    Judith is quietly crying on a park bench when Claudette and her boyfriend pass through.

    The prompt we were given was the quote by Rumi, "The hurt we embrace becomes joy. Call it to your arms where it can change."
  • Second Kisses
    TEN-MINUTE: It's Ian's eighteenth birthday. He and Portia can't seem to stop kissing about it.
  • Operation Keep the Kitten Alive
    TEN-MINUTE: Lifelong friends Seabone and Ogden are high schoolers recovering from recent appendectomies. Bad things happen when they're bored. Zelda Zwieback is tasked with keeping them occupied and from popping their stitches.

    Written and performed as part of Stage Left Theater's 24-hour play festival, Left Overs, in Spokane, Wash. As part of the festival, writers were required to use...
    TEN-MINUTE: Lifelong friends Seabone and Ogden are high schoolers recovering from recent appendectomies. Bad things happen when they're bored. Zelda Zwieback is tasked with keeping them occupied and from popping their stitches.

    Written and performed as part of Stage Left Theater's 24-hour play festival, Left Overs, in Spokane, Wash. As part of the festival, writers were required to use a particular prop; in this instance, a ceramic kitten.

    Directed by Jessica Rempel. Starred Ezra Way as Seabone, Jacob Carruthers as Ogden and Joni Elizabeth as Zelda. Edited to add: I have to say, total credit for Zelda's history as a thumb wrestler came from Joni. When I asked the performers their comfort zones, and if they had any special abilities, Joni - independent of anything - proceeded to tell me how she had been a champion thumb wrestler in school, so good her thumb had its own name: Hank. It was a gift.
  • Quite
    One-minute play. Uses only words that begin with the letter "Q" for dialogue.

    Performed in January 2016 during the Fast and Furious one-minute play festival at Stage Left Theater in Spokane, Wash.
  • Feminine Care
    10- to 15-MINUTE: Three guys find themselves in the feminine care aisle, having to pick out a product for the important ladies in their lives.

    Key dialogue written by Emily Wagnitz.

    Originally performed June 2012 by Ignite! Community Theatre in Spokane, Wash., directed by Will Gilman. Also performed on Spokane community radio the same year.
  • Arguing With Toasters
    TEN-MINUTEISH: Four women argue with toasters.

    Selected for University of St. Thomas' Ampersand 2.0 Festival April 2017 in Houston, Texas.
  • The Girl Wore Red Licorice
    ONE-ACT: Produced as part of Spokane Civic Theatre's Playwrights Forum Festival in summer of 2014.

    A psychic comes up to Peter Hopewell and tells him when and where to meet the love of his life ... and what she'll be wearing.
  • Under an Iguana Moon
    TEN-MINUTE: Written and performed in 24 hours as part of Stage Left Theater's Left Overs Festival in Spokane, Wash., in March 2015. Directed by Juan Mas, starring Aubrey Shimek Davis and Jordan Lannen.

    Avery and Zoey both find Iggy, a stuffed iguana, for the important little girls in their lives, but there's only one. And neither woman is going to let him go.
  • The Fluidity of Truth
    TEN-MINUTE: Gina accuses Donnie of being inappropriate.

    Semifinalist in NYC Playwrights' Women in the Age of Trump project.
  • Velociraptors in the Garden
    "Downton Abbey" meets "Jurassic Park."

    A ten-minute comedy. Absolutely no redeeming value whatsoever.

    Performed April 2018 as part of Cupcake Lady Productions' Another Taste of Rotten Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Bed Ride
    FULL-LENGTH: 2016 finalist in the Rover Dramawerks play contest in Plano, Texas.
    Directed by Beverly Hasper at Masquers Theater in Soap Lake, Wash., in the summer of 2013.

    Bob and Agatha Outhaus are confined to their bed for medical reasons. Agatha is eight months and three weeks pregnant and just about to give birth, and Bob broke both of his legs. Bob is an outdoors newspaper columnist,...
    FULL-LENGTH: 2016 finalist in the Rover Dramawerks play contest in Plano, Texas.
    Directed by Beverly Hasper at Masquers Theater in Soap Lake, Wash., in the summer of 2013.

    Bob and Agatha Outhaus are confined to their bed for medical reasons. Agatha is eight months and three weeks pregnant and just about to give birth, and Bob broke both of his legs. Bob is an outdoors newspaper columnist, but hasn't wanted to tell his bosses about his injuries, so he's still been writing his column like he's getting out and about.
    Their nurse, Joan, has a thing for bad boys. Bob's ne'er-do-well brother, Simon, arrives to help out and brings his girlfriend, Twinkie, with him. But trouble tends to follow Simon around ... unless it's already on the Outhaus doorstep!
  • Asterisk Kisses
    TEN-MINUTE-PLUS: Performed by Fearless Productions, Kicking and Screaming Festival in Rahway, N.J., February 2016

    Logan asks Jessica to be his first kiss.
  • Gluttony & Lust Are Friends
    FULL-LENGTH: Read as part of the WILDSound Festival in Canada in August 2015.

    At the annual gathering of the Seven Deadly Sins, Gluttony and Lust begin commiserating about the monotony of their routines. Apparently even having sex all the time and eating as much as you could ever want eventually gets really boring.

    So Gluttony and Lust swap, and are so reinvigorated and energized...
    FULL-LENGTH: Read as part of the WILDSound Festival in Canada in August 2015.

    At the annual gathering of the Seven Deadly Sins, Gluttony and Lust begin commiserating about the monotony of their routines. Apparently even having sex all the time and eating as much as you could ever want eventually gets really boring.

    So Gluttony and Lust swap, and are so reinvigorated and energized that they convince the other deadly sins to follow suit. Meanwhile, the world falls into chaos, with erotic bakeries taking the place of Starbucks on every street corner and a sumo wrestler being named the Sexiest Person Currently Breathing.

    Eventually the Virtues get involved, as all the changes threaten to bring about the apocalypse.

    Set entirely in a Chinese buffet restaurant.
  • Cashmere Woods
    FULL-LENGTH: A group of friends gathers for their semi-regular "Guy's Night Out" poker game. All of them are at various stages of life - Teddy and his wife just had a baby. Hank just started dating again. Clint is suspicious of his wife. John is embarking on a new business venture. Pierce is distracted by worry.

    They're all starving, because it's The Stooge's night...
    FULL-LENGTH: A group of friends gathers for their semi-regular "Guy's Night Out" poker game. All of them are at various stages of life - Teddy and his wife just had a baby. Hank just started dating again. Clint is suspicious of his wife. John is embarking on a new business venture. Pierce is distracted by worry.

    They're all starving, because it's The Stooge's night to bring food. Only The Stooge apparently met a girl ...

    All characters are male, but are to be played by female performers.