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2016

Full-Length Plays

BURIED CITIES
By Jennifer Fawcett
Directed by Ryan Maxwell
Dramaturgy by Mark Routhier
One night, Maya and Louis are held up at gunpoint in their home. Even though they are supposedly unharmed, their marriage begins to fall apart as each tries to find safety in the world again. Brandon, their nephew, is mourning a father who was lost to war and feels more real in the imaginary world of violent video games than in the world where he is trying to learn how to be a man. Leah, who has spent her life hiding the two small horns on her forehead, begins to gain power as she learns about her mysterious conception in a labyrinth in Crete. A play about getting lost in hiding spaces, Buried Cities explores having the courage to be found.

STATIC
Tom Horan
Directed by Bridget Grace Sheaff
Dramaturgy by Maegan Clearwood
Since Emma was a little girl she heard the ghost stories told about her neighbors Walter and Millie Burke - how the couple filled their home with strange things, which drove them mad. Years have passed and Emma finds herself the owner of this house that has sat abandoned for years. She discovers, among the jars of buttons and tubs of forks, a box full of cassette tapes filled with secrets of Walter and Millie. This magical play follows Emma’s journey as she uncovers truths about the people she thought she knew.

BALLAST
By Georgette Kelly
Directed by Margot Manburg
Dramaturgy by Aria Velz
What does it mean to love someone in a moment of great transition? Zoe dreams of flying—of escaping to new heights—while her wife, Grace, dreams of standing in a pulpit before a religious community that accepts her recent transition from male to female. 16-year-old Savannah dreams only of her first love, Xavier, who is coping with becoming a man. Meanwhile, Xavier is haunted by the nightmares he sees staring back at him from the mirror. Ballast tells the story of two relationships between transgender and cisgender partners, exploring not only the way gender influences our relationships, but also how gender seeps into our spirituality, our dreams, and even our ability to take flight.

10-Minute Plays

HEROES & HOME GROUP

A WHIFF OF HUMANITY
By Mark Eisman
Directed by Rachael Murray
A human being with an exceptional sense of smell applies for a job with the TSA previously reserved for canines.

LOVE AND MINOR DESTRUCTION
By Maximillian Gill
Directed by Kristen Pilgrim
A young Indian woman makes a meaningful change in her relationship with her family with the inspiration of a totemic Hindu goddess.

WE COULD BE HEROES
By David MacGregor
Directed by Anna Lathrop
Who are our heroes? And how do we decide who’s worthy of the title?

HAROLD EVENTUALLY RECONCILES WITH HIS SISTER IN ONE SECOND.
By Jason Pizzarello
Directed by Anna Lathrop
Harold and his sister experience reconciliation through a metaphysical exploration of time.

THAT KID
By Jane Willis
Directed by Rachael Murray
When her grandson starts throwing rocks at the deer in their yard, Evelyn tries to find a window into the young boy’s mind.

MAN IN PERIL
By Alex Dremann
Directed by Kristen Pilgrim
The proverbial "damsel in distress" must save the hero if they’re both going to make it back home safe and sound.

SECRETS & SOUND GROUP

THE FERBERIZING OF CORAL
By Patrick Flynn
Directed by Anne Donnelly
Kevin and Karen Montgomery are vexed by their child and their parents through their baby monitor as they try to teach their infant daughter to soothe herself.

IN BETWEEN THE DROPS
By Elayne Heilveil
Directed by Kevin Place
When an aspiring actress comes to reveal a secret crime, a tough cop questions her authenticity.

KYLIE AND JANET AND ROBYN AND CHER
By John Bavoso
Directed by Matt Ripa
Curtis has only just met Everett, but he learns a lot about his new booty call — and his past — by snooping though the music on his computer.

ADAM’S TEMPTATION
By Jack Piland
Directed by Kevin Place
In an underground facility, Maria and Harvey await instructions while listening to a mysterious and monotone voice as it rattles off countless ones and zeros.

SIGN LANGUAGE
By Joshua E. Reinhardt
Directed by Matt Ripa
Through both ASL and verbal communication, Benny and Liam team up to explore what it means to find your own voice.

I DON’T KNOW …
By James McLindon
Directed by Anne Donnelly
A drill sergeant takes his new recruits for a run … straight into a brave new world.

DREAMS & DISCORD GROUP

HANS & ELSIE
By Alyssa Wilden
Directed by Gus Heagerty
Elsie is so busy imagining the worst that she misses the best.

RIDING LESSONS
By Brett Hursey
Directed by Lex Davis
Girl meets boy … and his clown.

EVERLAST
By Francesca Pazniokas
Directed by Sarah Scafidi
Two ambitious young adventurers must decide what they are willing to sacrifice to achieve their goal of climbing Mt. Everest.

THE RED LIGHT
By David L. Williams
Directed by Gus Heagert
In a country under constant surveillance, Eva and Charly have entered an illegal relationship, and today they must decide whether to escape as planned or give up their dreams forever.

CHOOSING YOU
By Rachel Lynett
Directed by Lex Davis
As Aurora moves through her day, she considers the two very different lives she might have lived.

THE METH IN METHOD
By Tommy Partl
Directed by Sarah Scafidi
A typical 9 to 5 corporate office. That sells meth.


2015

Full-Length Plays

BLUE STRAGGLER
By Rebecca Bossen
Directed by Patrick Pearson
A gifted astrophysicist and a rebellious chocolatier fall in love — only to be torn apart by a senseless tragedy. Lisa abandons her astrophysics dissertation to solve an even larger problem: finding the mathematical formula that will bring Clarissa back to her. Lisa’s world of numbers and equations is increasingly intruded upon by Clarissa’s world of fairytales, magic, and dreams. In their desperate search to find each other, are they willing to rip apart the fabric of the universe itself?

THE WORD AND THE WASTELAND
By Timothy Guillot
Directed by Joshua W. Kelley
Benjamin Harding has just committed the most devastating act of terrorism on American soil since 9/11. Sitting in custody, he makes a strange request — he wants to write poetry. Desperate for information, the FBI permits it, and soon, Benjamin's work becomes a national sensation and obsession, leading every news broadcast all over the world. Caught in the middle is Elizabeth Martes-Coffey, a young poet and performer from the Bronx whom Benjamin requested specifically to perform his work. As Lizzy attempts to cope with her sudden celebrity, the FBI begins to slowly realize that a second attack may be imminent. Part mystery, part drama, part indictment of modern media, The Word and the Wasteland is a play for our time.

(A LOVE STORY)
By Kelly Lusk
Directed by Jess Jung
It starts off as a completely normal day in this small town. Then somebody falls in love. And everything falls apart. (a love story) tells the story of three couples set out determined to love each other in ways they’ve never dreamed of. But can you fall in love if you don’t even know what love is? We’re told everyday in songs and movies and books what it means to be in love, but it’s not until you are in the depths of it that you realize that maybe this isn’t what you wanted. And you want out. Or perhaps it is exactly what you wanted. And you want more. But what happens when you love that person more than they love you … or they love you more than you love them …

10-Minute Plays

MISTAKES & MEDIA GROUP

CONNECTED
By Christopher Holbrook
Directed by Quill Nebeker
Annbjorg has just moved to NYC and is desperate for an apartment. Or so we think. When she meets two prospective roommates, it soon becomes clear that she — and them — are looking for something else.

PALM
By Graziella Jackson
Directed by Ty Hallmark
On the thirty-year anniversary of her family's murder, a young woman must decide whether to honor her only living relative’s wishes — to be removed from life support.

PRINCE AND RAPUNZEL
By Alyssa Wilden
Directed by Quill Nebeker
Rapunzel finds her #prince.

THE SALES RANK ALSO RISES
By John Yunker
Directed by Ty Hallmark
It's not easy being an author or spouse in the age of Amazon.com.

THE DEATH OF A STUPID MAN OR HOW I BECAME AN INTERNET SENSATION
By RN Healey
Directed by Sun King Davis
When Dawn films her boyfriend's death the video goes viral, and makes him an instant online celebrity.

THE SAD FUNERAL
By Lucas Kruger
Directed by Sun King Davis
At his friend Bradley’s funeral, Tate struggles to face his friend’s family, while at the same time, he confronts Rosie, who seems to be using Bradley's death to further her television career.

LOVE & BOTANY GROUP

TREE DANGLINGS
By Kristy Simmons
Directed by Joan Cummins
Me improvises a tale to You about a Lumberjack who reconciles with his wife after an unusual encounter with a tree.

A BOUQUET A DAY
By Madeline Dennis-Yates
Directed by Lila Rachel Becker
An unwilling deliveryman must help an artist who believes she could die at any moment.

THE TOMATO AND THE ONION
By Simon Henriques
Directed by Joan Cummins
When George innocently takes a bite out of a tomato Marie gives him, the metaphorical ramifications stand to doom their budding romance.

DIOECIOUS
By Kristen Davis-Coelho
Directed by Lila Rachel Becker
A couple silently lives out discrete moments of a life touched by loss, while three beings clash over their responsibility to intervene, at great personal risk to themselves.

ALLERGY
By Erica Smith
Directed by Brandon Butts
Len has just about given up any hope of surviving on his new homeworld, but Elshe — and a few plants — might just make him change his mind.

MANUS DEI
By Jeffrey Strausser
Directed by Brandon Butts
Manus Dei shows us that love can be based upon the flightiest of things.

SCIENCE & SOULMATES GROUP

LIMIT: A FUNCTION OF WORD AND THOUGHT
By Alison Donnelly
Directed by Nick Martin
A couple in a car crash experience past moments of their relationship, observing how they came infinitely close to love, validation and balance.

DISSECTION
By Stephen Spotswood
Directed by Jenna Duncan
Maggie puts her relationship with her estranged wife Jennifer on the dissection table to discover where Jennifer's love for her ever really existed at all.

MATH
By T. Adamson
Directed by Nick Martin
A bear attempts to learn math for love.

BALL DROP
By Rich Espey
Directed by Bridget Grace Sheaff
An astronomer tries to prove to his soulmate that the sun will return, despite its six-month retreat, and that looming eternal darkness is not on the horizon.

THE PHYSICS OF NOW
By Alex Dremann
Directed by Bridget Grace Sheaff
On the cusp of discovering the key to time travel, Jake and Dagney are confronted with their future selves.

BOTH SIDES, NOW
By Elizabeth Archer
Directed by Jenna Duncan
A couple tries to separate and untangle their lives from each other, despite their medical team's wishes.


2014

Full-Length Plays

A BID TO SAVE THE WORLD
By Erin Bregman
Directed by Elena Velasco
In a world without death a pair of students study how it used to happen, one woman longs for a beloved brother and a song of great sorrow and beauty is sung and sung again by a singer out of place and time. Death peels oranges that whittle away her thumbs, bargaining and bartering with the lost and bereaved. A rich man seeks to buy world peace. Librarians stack cards recording death. And while we watch the normality of their immortality, we may find ourselves asking, 'what is living without death?'

DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA
By Nathan Alan Davis
Directed by Mark Hairston
Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history’s wrongs.

THE THRUSH & THE WOODPECKER
By Steve Yockey
Directed by Cara Gabriel
Brenda Hendricks has her hands full dealing with her son Noah after he is expelled from a prestigious college and unexpectedly returns to their isolated Northern California home. When an elegant and mysterious woman arrives on their doorstep dragging along buried secrets and stories about mysterious birds, Brenda and Noah find their world turned upside down in ways both intimate and epic.

10-Minute Plays

MORTALITY GROUP

DUST TO DUST TO DUST
By Aaron Weissman
Directed by Annalisa Dias
A boy mourning the loss of his father uses his ashes to create a universe in a box.

DRESSING BOBBY STRONG
By Stephen Spotswood*
Directed by Annalisa Dias
When Constance discovers the first person she'll be dressing as part of her position as funeral director's assistant is an unrequited love, it sparks a cascade of memories and regret.

THE NARROW GATE
By Sarah Bernstein
Directed by Angela Pirko
A man and woman weigh the pleasures and heartaches of life against the possibility of living forever in the Exoverse with their spiritual leader, Zed.

PAINTED
By Mariah MacCarthy
Directed by Angela Pirko
Michelle, with the help of a paintbrush and her girlfriend Lola, finds a way to make peace with her dying mother.

NASTY, BRUTISH AND SHORT
By Jonathan Spector
Directed by Nick Vargas
It's the end of the world as we know it. Or not. But as long as we're waiting we better get this thing figured out.

THE AURORA MAINFRAME
By Timothy Guillot
Directed by Nick Vargas
Cody copes with his father's absence by acting out his very own interstellar space saga.

QUESTS GROUP

OLD GRAY DEVIL
By Elizabeth Archer
Directed by Mark Kamie
A group of circus artists bury one of their co-workers.

THE WILD ONES
By Molly Hagan
Directed by Mark Kamie
A couple hopes that a drastic transformation will change their life.

AFTER UNLOCKING THE UNIVERSE
By Susan Goodell
By Orion Jones
A woman seeking to change her life learns there’s such a thing as too much success.

THE RELUCTANT GENIE OF NIAMEY
By Marine Gassier*
Directed by Orion Jones
An aging man seeks the Genie who has once granted him three poisoned wishes.

LOCAL PILGRIMAGE
By Philip Kaplan
Directed by Maryam Foye
Peter's dream is to see the house where Abraham Lincoln grew up. So why is he in Brooklyn?

CORN BREAD WITH RAISINS AND ALMONDS
By Benjamin Marshall
Directed by Maryam Foye
A young woman goes on a quest to find a recipe that will connect her to a lost love.

REVENGE GROUP

COLLECT EVERYTHING
By Vincent Delaney
Directed by Jarrod Jabre
Amira's work as an NSA operative exposes her to secrets about her own life that she might be better off not knowing.

WHAT REMAINS OF YOUTH
Erik Gernand
Directed by Jarrod Jabre
A college student suspects her boyfriend may be planning something violent.

COLLATERAL DAMAGE AND OTHER COSMIC CONSEQUENCES
By A.K. Forbes
Directed by Adi Stein
Karma, a woman scorned, seeks vengeance against a ruling class of aliens while Bill, an eternal optimist, attempts to save the status quo… and their lives.

FREDDY AND CATHY
By Alyssa Wilden
Directed by Adi Stein
A 50’s housewife attempts to break free from her repressive world.

PICNIC ON THE LAKE
By CJ Ehrlich
Directed by Jennifer Mendenhall
A couple climbs a mountain for a romantic idyll by a glacial mountain lake. But all is not what it seems, as romance gives way to recriminations and a thirst for revenge.

WE ARE NOT ANIMALS
By John Kelly
Directed by Jennifer Mendenhall
Three women take prisoner an operator of American military drones.


2013

Full-Length Plays

A FRONTIER, AS TOLD BY THE FRONTIER
By Jason Gray Platt
Directed by Lee Liebeskind
Living in an abandoned amusement park, four children enact the origin myths that founded their society and begin to wonder whether they have been led astray.

LAKE UNTERSEE
By Joe Waechter
Directed by Rick Hammerly
A teenager longs to leave his parents and their twisted relationships behind to find Antarctica's Lake Untersee — where someone is trapped beneath layers and layers of ice.

PERFECT ARRANGEMENT
By Topher Payne
Directed by Linda Lombardi
Two gay couples marry other's partners and live next door to each other in a seemingly perfect picture of 1950's domestic bliss. But when the US government focuses on a new "threat" to national security, their perfect arrangement is in jeopardy.

10-Minute Plays

IN THE MIDST GROUP

THE RETURN OF THE LIVING
By Eric Appleton
Directed by Joel David Santner
As a mummy rampages through their home, Devon and Audrey realize that the mummy might not be the only one who has come to visit them from the afterlife.

REFLECTIONS
By Jonathon Cook
Directed by Kelsey Mesa
A young girl with a supernatural power has disappeared, and it's not just her parents who are left to wonder what might have happened.

FROSTY: A CHILLY TRAGEDY WITH SEXY BITS
By Krista Knight
Directed by Kelsey Mesa
music by Barry Brinegar
He melted her heart, and then he melted.

PIONEERS
By Molly Hagan
Directed by Joel David Santner
A young couple imagines the world beyond the hospital walls as they pass the time in a hospital waiting room.

FIRST STOP: NIAGARA FALLS
By Renee Calarco
Directed by Jeremy Skidmore
All Amy has ever wanted to do is go to Ibiza and have fun. Instead she has a baby. At the office.

PAS DE DEUX FOR A MICROWAVE NIGHT
By Steve Lewis
Directed by Joel David Santner
Two lonely souls find deceit, hope, Mongolian barbecue and ballet on an online dating site.

ON THE CUSP GROUP

A UNICORN ON 7TH AND NICOLLET
By Jessica Huang
Directed By Maureen Monterubio
Just what does it take to turn the world on with a smile?

CAKE
By Sherry Kramer
Directed by Maureen Monterubio
A man, a woman and their two Chihuahuas debate the scent of love.

WITH HER OLD BOYFRIEND THERE WERE PATTERNS
By Eric Pfeffinger
Directed by Kate Bryer
Jenna discovers how a previous boyfriend lays emotional land mines for her future boyfriends to find.

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
By Peter J Roth
Directed by Jacob Janssen
Two train passengers play a game of love, betrayal, espionage and murder.

SUPPLICATION
By David Mitchell Robinson
Directed by Jacob Janssen
In an attempt to figure out where his life went wrong, a man moves back into his mother's uterus where he finds more than what he bargained for.

BACK STOCK
By Jami Brandli
Directed by Maureen Monterubio
As a hurricane approaches a small coastal town, a young man discovers a mermaid in a kiddy pool in the back of his late father's supermarket.

AFTERWARD GROUP

EDWARD CULLEN RUINED MY MOTHER'S LOVE LIFE
By Stephanie Alison Walker
Directed by Megan Behm
The only thing scarier to 16 year old Lily than her mother's obsession with a fictional teenage vampire is getting her drivers license.

THE MAN IN THE POWDER-BLUE SUIT
By Stephen Spotswood
Directed by Renana Fox
A young woman remembers the moment her fractured family ran headlong into a man hoping to save them from the end of the world.

50 GUNS
by Alex Broun
Directed by Ali Miller
50 lives. 50 stories. And one red gun.

MINUS YOU
By Jennifer Barclay
Directed by Megan Behm
Lennox can't find his wife Gracie in the neighboring burial plot, so he tries to reach her through the crossed wires of the afterlife.

LOST IN THOUGHT
By Christopher Lockheardt
Directed by Ali Miller
A man imagines the past, present and future of a former lover.

RIOT GRRRL REUNION
By Darin J. Dunston
Directed by Renana Fox
When a team of unruly roller derby girls arrive for the First Annual Riot Grrrl Rally, they discover a boys basketball game in progress;and an unexpected opponent.


2012

Full-Length Plays

QUALITIES OF STARLIGHT
By Gabriel Jason Dean
Directed by Sasha Bratt
Theo Turner is a young cosmologist on the verge. But Theo's "big bang" isn't theoretical. His universe explodes when he and his wife travel to the Appalachian South to deliver news about an impending adoption and discover that Theo's aging parents are meth addicts. The author talks about what influenced him to write this play.

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Gabriel Jason Dean on QUALITIES OF STARLIGHT:

I began writing this script in 2008 after randomly hearing a recording of comedian, Steven Wright. He made a joke about dead starlight. Even though I couldn’t remember the specifics of the joke, I couldn’t get the idea — dead starlight traveling light years to meet our small eyes — out of my mind. I was aware of the phenomena, but for some reason when quirky scientific truths were grumbled from Steven Wright, they hit me in a very different way — a deeply personal way. While this play takes a lot of artistic license, the germ of it is tenderly true.

On Mother’s Day in 2007, I discovered that my mom and dad were addicted to crystal meth. It wasn’t as shocking as it sounds. My parents have both struggled throughout their lives with various addictions — but nothing ever as serious as meth. At the time, much like Theo, I was furious and struggled to comprehend this drastic reversal of roles. But through the course of their on-going recovery, I started to understand that my parents — particularly my mother — were using meth to cope with something different, something silent. Nothing makes you more introspective than seeing your parents (your origin) revert to the most basic levels of human existence. I’ve never been an addict. But because I love my parents deeply, I wanted to understand why. This play became my quest to shed light on what I think is silent root of parents' addiction: suppressed grief.

It's kind of a big deal to write a play that outs your parents as addicts. I mean, O'Neill waited till long after his folks were dead to write LONG DAY'S JOURNEY. Admittedly, O'Neill was much smarter than me. My mom wasn't too pleased when she read the first draft of QUALITIES OF STARLIGHT. So, I told her that if she preferred, I wouldn't show it to anyone. She told me to keep writing — that my draft needed some work, but that she thought the characters were vivid and real and it was a story that other people might need to hear and maybe even enjoy. She understood that I needed to process everything through writing this play and she believed in me enough to give me permission to share it with you. Addictions and all, she's the best mom a playwright could want.

Clearly, I'm not a cosmologist. Somehow along the way, I decided to tie crystal meth and astronomy together. I discovered Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok’s Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang. I completely geeked out at the huge and revolutionary thoughts in their book. Their theory resonated with a fundamental question I wanted to explore in Starlight. It was a question that haunted me as I processed my parents' addictions. How did we begin and how does it relate to where we are now?

For me — and consequently the characters in this play — returning home, though sometimes heartbreaking, is always filled with laughter. And like my parents, it’s their strong sense of humor that ultimately redeems the Turners. I worried a lot about writing Rose and Junior as caricatures. When you put comedy right on top of tragedy, you either illuminate the humanity in the middle or you write cliche. Too often I see slow talking hillbillies stereotyped as dumbass, white trash ne’er-do-wells who can’t spell their own names. As with most stereotypes, there’s truth in it. But, even though the Turners might exist in certain tropes related to the rural South, I've tried to carefully exploit those cliches and emerge with something original, specific and, yes, well-made. I hope the cosmopolitan audiences of DC will lend the Turners a sympathetic ear, come to understand them, so the comedy of Starlight can transcend easy caricature and hopefully illuminate the silent tragedies that plagues this family.

We live in the midst of forever, always being on the verge of something ending. And for some of us, that’s just too much to handle. We can only hope or pray that there’s more than dirty diapers, sour muscadines and sentimental Elvis songs. But who really knows? Wanting so much to be caught wholehearted in grace while we’re here, we’re foolish enough to think the starlight shines only for us. Maybe it does. It’s the mystery of history.


THE HOUSE HALFWAY
By Norman Allen
Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell
Guests gather at Dandle House, overlooking the Caribbean, to partake in its unique service—to assist its guests in their suicides.

THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT
By Gregory Moss
Directed by Amber Jackson
Jenny Stone is struggling—with a new school, a new town, her mother's departure and a secret tragedy. When she's exposed to the tropes of fairy tales, she uncovers a way to deal with the tragedy that haunts her.

10-Minute Plays

Redeeming Demons Group

NORTHERN INDIANA WILDLIFE PRESERVE
By Lee August Praley
Directed by Jennifer Harris
Ranger Sandy is haunted by guilt and the ghosts of her past on her first day at the Northern Indiana Wildlife Preserve.

COLLATERAL DAMAGE
By Sarah Kellogg and Cynthia Wilcox
Directed by Tyler Budde
When Mom and Dad sit down with 11-year-old Madeline for some tough talk about divorce, it's Madeline who turns out to be the adult in the room.

NATIONAL SMOKE SIGNAL DAY
By Billy Finn
Directed by Jennifer Harris
Two kids skipping school on a Long Island beach the morning of September 11, 2001 notice a large black cloud rising from the New York City skyline and wonder what it could be.

CARBON CREDIT
By Joni McGary
Directed by Tyler Budde
In a lively exchange between a widow and her dead husband, Carbon Credit explores just how far a parent will go to do right by their child.

THE SEESAW
By Drew Hampton
Directed by Randy Baker
A parable examining the ups and downs (and the physics) of love.

TRASH TV
By Tommy Trull
Directed by Tyler Budde
A mother and son struggle to make do on a much-decayed Sesame Street.

Rites of Passage Group

PHONE TREE
By Daniel Heath
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
A man calls tech support for his phone and encounters a sentient phone tree algorithm; they try to help each other but only one of them succeeds.

CYANOCITTA
By Jason Gray Platt
Directed by Ryan Maxwell
A return to his high school football field leads one man into a mysterious encounter with the school's avian mascot.

BE WHAT YOU WISH TO SEEM
By Jonathan Spector
Directed by Debbi Arseneaux
Three people look for meaning in their lives—or anywhere else they can find it.

EXPOSURE
By Walt McGough
Directed by Ryan Maxwell
The boy is adrift on an ice floe to prove he's a man; the polar bear has other ideas.

THE CLIFF
By Nelson Diaz-Marcano
Directed by Debbi Arseneaux
Two men on a precipice examine the astonishing world unfurled before them.

COLLIDER
By Cullen T. M. McGough
Directed by Ryan Maxwell
Two scientists grapple with the implications of asymmetrical quantum breaking. And love.

Ethereal Encounters Group

ANSWERS
By Edgar Martinez Schulz
Directed by Doug Eacho
Four buddies find a box that gives them the answers to any question—at a high price.

JINSHIN JIKO
By Bridgette Dutta Portman
Directed by Jason Loewith
An American businesswoman in Japan comes face-to-face with her deepest anxieties while riding the metro.

LOST AND FOUND AT THE HOTEL MOGADOR
By James Hesla
Directed by Rick Hammerly
An American traveler loses his memory while backpacking in Morocco and a local police officer tries to help him piece together his identity. They both discover more than they bargained for.

F2F
By Jennifer Barclay
Directed by Doug Eacho
A sext has 5 teenagers in a texting tizzy. A blogger tries to make an example of them, but no one countson the entrance of the Great Monster of Coltan.

WARM BODIES
By M Pepper Langlinais
Directed by Rick Hammerly
Four people in a hotel room ... but only two are breathing.

LISA FRANK VIRGINITY CLUB
By Christin Siems
Directed by Doug Eacho
Greg's uncle died and left him his unicorn. Was it an apology? A sick joke? Or something more?


2011

Full-Length Plays

SPACEBAR: A BROADWAY PLAY BY KYLE SUGARMAN
By Michael Mitnick
Directed by Jason Schlafstein
Kyle is 15 and on a mission: he is convinced he has written the single best play in the history of the Universe — and he won't stop until Broadway realizes it.

THE MAKING OF A MODERN FOLK HERO
By Martín Zimmerman
Directed by Catherine Tripp
A congressman entices a friend (and washed-up actor) to portray a superhero in a stunt designed to save a public housing complex. But what happens when the superhero goes rogue?

VOLCANIC IN ORIGIN
By Gregory Hischak
Directed by Sonya Robbins
Seven scenes of emotional, marital and spiritual tectonics at play, an exploration of the shifting landscape beneath and between us.

10-Minute Plays

Lost & Found Group

PRINCIPLES OF DRAMATIC WRITING
By Steve Moulds
Directed by Andrew Hawkins
When an undergraduate writing student comes face to face with her literary idol, she discovers reality can be much harsher than fiction.

JOU EAT VHAT JOU ARE
By Matthew Ivan Bennett
Directed by Natsu Onoda Power
A pig's foot, a hungry archetype and Dr. Carl Jung take an existential journey through the lower impulses of human behavior.

LANGUAGE MONKEY
By Juanita Rockwell
Directed by Carmen C. Wong
Mom's dead, but it looks good on her: she and her three adult children gather at the coffin to say their goodbyes.

THE TWO UFOLOGISTS
By Nicholas Gray
Directed by Timm y Metzner
Two amateur scientists look for love in a galaxy far, far away.

SASQUATCH AND THE MAN
By Eric Appleton
Directed by Jessica Lefkow
Jon, pursued through the suburbs by Sasquatch, guides his family through the mysteries of Buffalo, NY and learns the value of movement.

THE TRUTH ABOUT TINY TIM
By Eric Pfeffinger
Directed by David A. Snider
A man approaches Charles Dickens with a modest business proposal: writing the most famous work of fiction in history.

Lovers & Friends Group

LOVE, DEATH AND LATEX
By Jeffrey Mosser
Directed by Matt Ripa
Two balloons dream of bluer skies, but instead find themselves surrounded by the perils of an eight-year-old's birthday party.

DANCE WITH THE DEVIL
By Christine Hodak
Directed by Hannah Todd
The wife of a philandering state senator decides to take the lead once and for all.

FEEL YOUR BREATH
By B. Walker Sampson
Directed by Hannah Todd
Nameless lovers search for connection beyond the digital world.

FUGUE FOR AMOROUS TORNADOES
By Gabriel Jason Dean
Directed by Randy Baker
When two forces of nature collide, who will be left standing?

DRIVING HOME
By Margaret Hoffman
Directed by Amber Jackson
Two outlaws make a pit stop and realize that going home is never easy.

A DISTURBING ENCOUNTER AT THE CALHOUN RESIDENCE INVOLVING SEX, MARRIAGE AND THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE
By William Cameron
Directed by Hannah Todd
Roger and Charlotte Calhoun's dysfunctional marriage is thrown into even greater disarray when their son Billy brings home an attractive mathematically-deficient classmate.

Heroes & Villains Group

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10450
By Hal Corley
Directed by Ryan S. Taylor
When a disillusioned man confronts his father about his role in a government cover-up, what secrets will be revealed?

OSCAR GRANT IS DEAD AND I'M TERRIFIED
By Michael Salomon
Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell
It's January 1, 2009, and a city is in turmoil after the shooting death of Oscar Grant. When the authority is to blame, who's in charge of keeping the peace?

THE PEACH
By Alex Dreamann
Directed by Ryan S. Taylor
Jake is a simple man. Karwacki is his partner in crime. But when the Boss changes the rules, are they still willing to play the game?

ICE HOLES
By Greg Romero
Directed by Ryan S. Taylor
What is the true meaning of discovery? Erik the Red leads some of history's greatest explorers in a dangerous game of chance while an Inuit person skates on thin ice.

PARK PLACE OR MONOPOLY BECOMES ELECTRA
By Lee August Praley
Directed by Colin A. Grube
Tragedy reigns for Electra and Orestes during a rousing game of Monopoly. And there will be blood.

TRUE NAILS
By Chris Van Strander
Directed by Alexander Strain
A hard-boiled priest must defend the sins of his Church to two thieves that hold the Crucifixion nails hostage.


2010

Full-Length Plays

THIS IS NOT A TIME BOMB
By Aaron Wigdor Levy
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
One night in the basement of a Brooklyn brownstone, three prep school boys tackle life's biggest questions about race, wealth, weed and who really owns hip-hop. Sharp, witty and honest, Aaron Wigdor Levy's play leaves no easy answers.

IT'S LONELY OUT IN SPACE
By Sean Graney
Directed by Patrick Torres
On a rainy night in a spaceship bar, Rocketman buys drinks from an astronaut and contemplates making a phone call that could change the fate of the universe. Sean Graney, Founder and Artistic Director of Chicago's The Hypocrites, takes us on a beautiful journey to a lonely place.

SPLINTERS
By Emily Schwend
Directed by Clementine Thomas
When her younger sister goes missing, Sam's family falls apart. Emily Schwend invites us into a world where soap bubbles overflow the sink, a yellow raincoat is spotted in the most unlikely of places and the whole world has to be re-assembled, one toothpick at a time.

10-Minute Plays

Group A

THE NETWORK
By Nathaniel Kressen
Directed by Abel Lopez
It's an ordinary writing session in the local café—until the writer accesses the network.

SEVEN SECONDS BEFORE THE CONFLAGRATION
By Jen Silverman
Directed by Akiva Fox
Uncle Brim is in love with a painting; Carmen is in love with her Uncle Brim; and it is all about to go up in flames.

MIO CUORE—MY HEART
By Kate Sullivan Gibbens
Directed by Craig Wallace
A woman is irreparably changed by her heart transplant.

IN THE RIVER
By Ken Robbins
Directed by Melissa-Leigh Bustamante
and Kjerstin Lysne
Everyone has a different idea about what is floating down the river.

IN THE FORT
By Michael Bettencourt
Directed by Emily Levin
Where can you find protection against schoolyard cruelties?

SOMETHING LIKE LONELINESS
By Ryan Dowler
Directed by Randy Baker
A man asks his neighbor for an unlikely gift ... in Tupperware.

Group B

THEN AND AGAIN
By Sharon Auerbach
Directed by Bill Largess
Alice's family gathers to bury her first husband—again.

J.A.P.
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Tiffany Ford
Adopted, Chinese, Jewish and 13 ... Oy and aiya.

FOREIGN TONGUE
By Martín Zimmerman
Directed by John Moletress
Sometimes it's hard to find the right words.

GIRLS PLAY
By Masha Obolensky
Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer
Practice makes perfect.

SADDAM'S LIONS
By Jacob Juntunen
Directed by Danielle Drakes
Some things just have to be lived to be understood.

AMENITIES
By Gregory Hischak
Directed by Jason Schlafstein
Art. Land use. Gentrification to the extreme.

Group C

JACQMIN FAMILY IN THE PETRIFIED FOREST
By Laura Jacqmin
Directed by Lorraine Ressegger
Dad may have more in common with the forest than anyone realized.

THE SHELF LIFE OF SUSHI
By William Downs
Directed by Gabrielle Randle
A comedy about the dead and where they should be buried.

HE IS HEAVY
By Genevieve Jessee
Directed by Bryan Joseph Lee
What does it mean to be a man in the face of tragedy?

RICE FUTURES
By Rich Espey
Directed by Jessica Burgess
Miss LaCoeur wants red beans and rice, but trans-fat-laden french fries are what she needs.

LOVE DRUNK
By James L. Rogers III
Directed by Daniel Pruksarnukul
Cupid walks into a bar ...

THERE ARE SHAPES ON THE CEILING THAT LOOK LIKE BATS
By B. Walker Sampson
Directed by Ali Walton
Girl meets boy—and his unusual companion.


2009

One Act Plays

THE MATING OF ANGELA WEISS
By Renee Calarco
Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick

HER LOVE WAS VERTIGO
(A workshop production commissioned by the Source Festival)
By Estep Nagy
Directed by David Dower

THE ARMCHAIR TRAVELER
By Libby Leonard
Directed by Michael Baron

THE RELATIONSHIP OF ARCHIBALD AND AMITY AS LIVED INSIDE OF AN ELEVATOR
By Eric Kalman Levitz
Directed by Michael Dove

BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN SOLDIER
By Dano Madden
Directed by Mark Ramont

10-Minute Plays

Group A

SEVEN LIES OF AN UNBELIEVER
By J.T. Rogers
Directed by Chris Gallu

THE CRAVING
By David L. Williams
Directed by Mitchell Hébert

WAS
By Jami Brandli
Directed by Patrick Torres

EXTREMES
By C.S. Hanson
Directed by Derek Goldman

GAME/OVER
By Michael Elyanow
Directed by Michael Kramer

THE CRUCIFIXION OF MOE AND IRA
By Lynn-Steven Johanson
Directed by Shirley Serotsky

Group B

THE SHORE
By Daniel Talbott
Directed by Jessica Lefkow

STEVE
By Elizabeth Bartucci
Directed by Gregg Henry

AIRBORNE
By Laura Jacqmin
Directed by Rahaleh Nassri

INHERITING CLEO
By Stephen Faria
Directed by Kenyatta Rogers

ARMED WITH PEANUT BUTTER
By Dana Lynn Formby
Directed by Colin Hovde

TABLE FOR FOUR
By Steven Korbar
Directed by Alexander Strain

Group C

NIGHT SONG
By Raymond Werner
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson

X-RAY VISION AT THE MOTEL 9
By Ian August
Directed by Alan Paul

BLOOD AND MENTHOL
By Christopher Lockheardt
Directed by Rachel Grossman

PLEASE REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
By Rick Park
Directed by Mary Hall Surface

SUGAR GLIDER
(Co-Production with Boston Theater Marathon)
By William Donnelly
Directed by Jennifer John

FEET
By Kathleen Akerley
Directed by Leslie Felbain

Full-Length Play Readings

THE AMAZON (An Adventure Story for Men)
By Gregory S. Moss
Directed by David Muse

TILT ANGEL
By Dan Dietz
Directed by Blake Robison

NIGHT SURF
By Dan LeFranc
Directed by Jim Petosa


2008

10-Minute Plays

Group A

THE GREAT WHITE UNDULATING ORB IN THE BED BETWEEN US
By Ari Roth
Directed by Deborah Kirby
Has the world online become more fascinating than the one found in your own home?

MAINTENANCE
By Nathan McGaughey
Directed by Blake Robison
A poignant family discussion between father and son.

NOLA
By Rick Park
Directed by Michael Bobbitt
Ruminations on life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

A TASTE OF HEAVEN
By Estep Nagy
Directed by Kathleen Akerley
A horseback ride through the desert of Afghanistan.

URASHIMA TARO
By Francesca Sanders
Directed by Chrisopher Gallu
A memoir on Japanese internment camps.

URBAN LEGEND
By Mike Batistick
Directed by Gregg Henry
A trip to the zoo.

THE WILD LIFE
By Thomas Higgins
Directed by Mark Rhea
A camping trip gone awry.

YES TO EVERYTHING: SON OF EVERYTHING
By Phillip Dawkins
Directed by Linda Murray
A play of one-liners and the name game.

Group B

EMPTIES
By Matt Mayerchak
Directed by Howard Shalwitz
A 3 a.m. dare at a 24-hour restaurant.

FIRST/LAST
By Aaron Levy
Directed by Robert McNamara
How do you know when a relationship has failed?

HOW MUCH FOR THIS
By Keith Bridges
Directed by Karen Berman
A daughter fighting for her own way, a father trying to hold his life together—or not

LITTLE GIRLS
By Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Scott Fortier
A haunting look into a soldier's memories.

MAGNOLIA DAY
By Sheri Graubert
Directed by Jeffery Johnson
A bride and her battle with cupcakes.

RUNNING IN CIRCLES SCREAMING
By Jeni Mahoney
Directed by Paul Douglas Michnewicz
A local playground and a lie.

TAMED
By Foster Solomon
Directed by Eric Schaeffer
One couple's adventures in the bedroom.

WITHOUT PARACHUTES
By Eric Levitz
Directed by Jack Marshall
An airplane ride brings out the truth.

Group C

DATED: A CAUTIONARY TALE
By Ira Gamerman
Directed by Michael Dove
Love and relationships in the Facebook and MySpace era.

THE DOWNTOWN DAYLIGHT PROJECT
By Daniel McCoy
Directed by Michael Kahn
What's it really like to be in a relationship with an artist?

PAINTING A ROOM
By Dano Madden
Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick
An entire apartment painted puke green.

PENTIMENTO
By Jon Haller
Directed by Michael Baron
A guard and sixteen-year old museum visitor strike up a conversation.

THE RABBIT AND THE SNAKE
By Randy Baker
Directed by Mark Ramont

THE TWO MARYS
By Heather McDonald
Directed by Joy Zinoman
Art, war and a determined young woman.

WHAT REMAINS
By Libby Leonard
Directed by John MacDonald
Siblings reflect on their childhood after the funeral of their father.

WARRIORS
By Renee Calarco
Directed by Christopher Henley
A Wal-Mart parking lot and a decision that stands in time.

WRITER'S BLOCK
By John-Paul Nickel
Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili
A play with little for its characters to say.

One Act Plays

Group F

MURMURING IN A DEAD TONGUE
By J.T. Rogers
Directed by Jennifer Nelson
A stream of conscious about racism, stereotypes and the elusiveness of redemption.

SUNDAY NIGHT
By Julian Sheppard
Directed by Dorothy Neumann
A series of wedding night conversations.

THE MNEMONIST
By Julia Cho
Directed by David Muse
A fascination with a woman who remembers everything.

Group G

THIS PERFECT WORLD
By Chris Stezin
Directed by John Vreeke
A man who cannot find the truth.

CATCH
By Graeme Gillis
Directed by Steven Mazzola
A trip back to a childhood haunt.

TUMOR
By Shelia Callaghan
Directed by Kasi Campbell
The realities of pregnancy and parenthood through an off-kilter lens.



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