Ben Ribler

Ben Ribler

Ben Ribler is a playwright and actor born in Alexandria, Virginia. His plays have been performed and read in various venues, including with theaters such as Adventure Theatre MTC and 4615 Theatre Company, as well as at universities such as George Mason University and The Catholic University of America. He holds a BFA from George Mason University and continues to write and perform in the Washington, DC area.

Plays

  • Lost Man
    In 1949, Bobby Driscoll became the very first child actor contracted to The Walt Disney Company. He starred in iconic films such as Peter Pan, Treasure Island, and Song Of The South, before a premature fall from stardom at age fifteen. Over the next decade, Bobby goes on a journey to find himself, rubbing elbows with beat poets like Allen Ginsberg, artists like Andy Warhol, and a whole slew of friends, lovers...
    In 1949, Bobby Driscoll became the very first child actor contracted to The Walt Disney Company. He starred in iconic films such as Peter Pan, Treasure Island, and Song Of The South, before a premature fall from stardom at age fifteen. Over the next decade, Bobby goes on a journey to find himself, rubbing elbows with beat poets like Allen Ginsberg, artists like Andy Warhol, and a whole slew of friends, lovers and addictions, all before an early and untimely death at thirty-one. In this play, Bobby finally gets the chance to tell his own story on stage, with the hope of reclaiming his past and coming to terms with his tragic fate, all the while learning that perhaps he wasn't so alone in being lonely.
  • Weeaboo
    Andrew Peters is almost thirty years old, has never held a job, and is living in his mother's basement. He has divorced himself from American culture, opting instead to immerse himself in an alternate Japanese reality of anime, manga, video games and his waifu, Suki. But when a whirlwind of events knock him off his feet- including his best friend abandoning him for a girl, his mother growing increasingly...
    Andrew Peters is almost thirty years old, has never held a job, and is living in his mother's basement. He has divorced himself from American culture, opting instead to immerse himself in an alternate Japanese reality of anime, manga, video games and his waifu, Suki. But when a whirlwind of events knock him off his feet- including his best friend abandoning him for a girl, his mother growing increasingly upset with his presence in the house, and an absentee father making a late appearance, Andrew must decide what's really important to him and where he truly belongs.
  • Turning
    George, a college junior, takes lonely sophomore Carson under his wing. The two become fast friends, but soon Carson begins to worry that George wishes for something more. Do the extra-long hugs hint at something else? How about the late night phone calls? Or his disdain for Carson's girlfriend? Or is Carson just being closed-minded and homophobic? This play explores the ebb and flow of a relationship...
    George, a college junior, takes lonely sophomore Carson under his wing. The two become fast friends, but soon Carson begins to worry that George wishes for something more. Do the extra-long hugs hint at something else? How about the late night phone calls? Or his disdain for Carson's girlfriend? Or is Carson just being closed-minded and homophobic? This play explores the ebb and flow of a relationship between two college men but leaves both of the men's true intentions and desires up for interpretation.
  • Nancy Reagan's Just-Say-No Jamboree
    Grab your sugary cereal, turn on your Saturday morning cartoons and get ready to Just Say No to drugs! First Lady Nancy Reagan has put together a top-notch anti-drug extravaganza for you and your family to enjoy, with catchy songs, super hip raps, important speakers, and even a clown! Meanwhile, her husband, President Ronald Reagan is going to be enacting some legislation to keep the youth of America safe from...
    Grab your sugary cereal, turn on your Saturday morning cartoons and get ready to Just Say No to drugs! First Lady Nancy Reagan has put together a top-notch anti-drug extravaganza for you and your family to enjoy, with catchy songs, super hip raps, important speakers, and even a clown! Meanwhile, her husband, President Ronald Reagan is going to be enacting some legislation to keep the youth of America safe from drug addicts and dirty criminals of the world! This play explores the evils of the war on drugs through its propaganda, juxtaposed with a story of two young lovers who are torn apart by the Reagans' legislative monster.
  • Everybody Scream!
    WFUD News is a reputable news channel, serving clear, unbiased, information. Right? ...right?
    This is what new intern Mia Levine asks herself as she starts her tenure at the network and sees firsthand the cattiness of the reporters offscreen, the smoke and mirrors from the editing room, and the warped effect the broadcasts are having on the public. And when reports on an impending extraterrestrial...
    WFUD News is a reputable news channel, serving clear, unbiased, information. Right? ...right?
    This is what new intern Mia Levine asks herself as she starts her tenure at the network and sees firsthand the cattiness of the reporters offscreen, the smoke and mirrors from the editing room, and the warped effect the broadcasts are having on the public. And when reports on an impending extraterrestrial invasion start to envelop the actual truth, Mia takes it upon herself to right the wrongs and ease the public's fears. A farce about the dangers of sensationalism, mass hysteria and accidentally summoning aliens to your news studio.
  • This Little Piggy
    Seven police officers are trapped inside their own station. The phones are down, the windows are locked, and any attempt to escape will result in their instant death. Their only mode of correspondence comes from a masked Anonymous, who tells them they have an hour to repent for their transgressions or face a bloody demise. Through this ultimatum, the officers show their true colors as human beings, and we see...
    Seven police officers are trapped inside their own station. The phones are down, the windows are locked, and any attempt to escape will result in their instant death. Their only mode of correspondence comes from a masked Anonymous, who tells them they have an hour to repent for their transgressions or face a bloody demise. Through this ultimatum, the officers show their true colors as human beings, and we see deeply hidden prejudices bubble up to the surface, groupthink begin to take over, and the good apples realizing that perhaps they're just as spoiled as all the rest.
  • My Princess
    Jack was raised with fairy tales and romance movies. At the age of five he dreamed about meeting his true love and future wife. And now, at age twenty one, he is an incel, sourly posting on forums that denounce feminism. Through the course of this play, we see what happens to a boy in his formative years who is told that love is all there is and how it colors his treatment of the women he claims to love.
  • Getting Warmer
    A boy and girl meet on a cold winter's night. They fall in love and have a relationship through a temperate spring, a hot summer, and beyond. This short, sweet play follows a couple whose romantic climate mirrors that of our own planet's rising and falling temperatures, and inspires us to discover how to control our own temperatures and finally be stable.
  • The Stallion Express
    Life is great for Wild West outlaw siblings Janes and Hilly McBrillabee. But when Janes finally gets caught and thrown in jail, Hilly's attempt to rescue her doesn't quite go as planned. From a shootout with the local sheriff to moral quandaries about the outlaw life to other unseen twists and turns, this offbeat comedy embraces the Western genre and all of the wacky, wonderful intrigue that comes with it.