One-Act Plays

One-Act Plays

  INVISIBLE, Fly Center New Works Festival, TN. (Andy Landis, Arabelle Pollick, dir. Shannon Graves Rossi)

INVISIBLE, Fly Center New Works Festival, TN. (Andy Landis, Arabelle Pollick, dir. Shannon Graves Rossi)

INVISIBLE (30 minutes/dramedy)
3 w

When a woman of a certain age starts to lose her looks and can't find work, her younger selves know exactly what she should do about it.

Selected production history/honors:

  • Staged Reading, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK. June 2018
  • Staged Reading, Fly Center New Works Festival, Shelbyville, TN. August 2017
  • Finalist, Warner International Playwrights Festival, Torrington, CT. August 2017
  • Selected for production, 2015 Shoebox Theatre Festival of Magical Realism, EagerRisk Theater, New York, NY. September 2015 

 

SHELL COLLECTION (45 minutes/dramedy)
4w/1 either

Sandy and her sisters have only two days in Florida to divide up their mother Louisa's possessions, including her remarkable shell collection, and close on the condo. Then they'll release Louisa's ashes at the beach. But first, they need to unpack their baggage about each other, Louisa's death, and Louisa herself. Moreover, Sandy knows her mother does NOT want to be buried at that beach, -- because Louisa keeps showing up to tell her so.  A play about the persistence of family roles long into adulthood; grief; and whether it really pays to hold on to the family silver.

 

 

FAR NORTH (15-minute monologue/dramedy)
1 w
At a cocktail party, urbane Phyllis speaks into a cell phone camera as she gives advice to a newborn on living a civilized life.  But, as the party progresses, her proper veneer begins to crack, revealing a secret long ago buried in the Far North.

Selected production history/honors:

  • Staged Reading, Fly Center New Works Festival, Shelbyville, TN. August 2017
  • Production, Berrie Center New Play Festival at Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ.  April-May 2014
  • Production, Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn, NJ. February 2013. 
    • Nominated for the 2013 Perry Award for Best Production of an Original Play by the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters. 
  • Winner/Production,  Warner International Playwrights Festival, Torrington, CT. July 2012
  • Production, Gallery Players Black Box New Play Festival,  Brooklyn, NY. June 2012  

 

BOTTOM OF THE ORDER (13-minute drama)
(formerly entitled BreakFast)
2 m

In a 1970’s kitchen, the morning after a violent family fight, a 15-year-old boy engages in an almost silent battle of wills with his unpredictable and dangerous father. Can the kid get out the door before the next round begins?

Selected production history:

  • Production, Berrie Center New Play Festival at Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ. April-May 2014
  • Semi-Finalist, Warner International Playwrights Festival, Torrington, CT. July 2013  
  • Selected for production, Live a Little One-Act Series, Palace Theater, Seguin, TX. June 2012

 

ROCKAWAY PARK (15 minutes, interactive)
2 w/2 m.  One audience member (the protagonist) and three "inter-actors" (trained in acting, improvisation and psychology) work their way through this interactive story.  

In the Rockaways, ten days after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, neighbors Helen and Roxanne wait for the Red Cross and FEMA to help them clean up their basements and resume a normal life.

  • Presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference, Orlando, FLA. Directed by Jeff Wirth. August  2013

 

QUARRY HEIGHTS (45 minutes/comedy)

2w/2m

Sam, a doctor, and Renee, a secretary, meet on a blind date on a beach in Westchester County, N.Y.. But where are the other guests, and who, exactly, is doing the social climbing?

Staged readings:

  • (Excerpt:) HB Playwrights Foundation Theater, New York, NY. April 2006
  • (Excerpt:) Red Room, New York, NY. May 2005.
  • WLRT, Goshen, CT. July 2004.