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A Spot on the Wall

Author: Temar Underwood
Aiden, a white man, and Ezra, a black man, are forced to share a bleak cell, having both committed heinous crimes.
Content Advisory: Strong Language. Violence
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 10/25/2015

Animals

Author: Sam Byron
Three friends, reunited in their old hometown, must face the realities of growing up and growing apart when an "unofficial" high school reunion party awakens an unexpected violence that lives in each of them.
Content Advisory: strong language and situations of a sexual and violent nature
2 Acts, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/30/2012

Ascension

Author: Cynthia G. Robinson
Two slaves' impending marriage is haunted by the woman's sexual relationship with the master of the plantation.
Content Advisory: Rape, abortion, mild violence
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 3/9/2014

Awkward Levity

Author: Richard Hinojosa
Three short dark comedies that look at inappropriate humor from three viewpoints.
Content Advisory: Strong language, Adult themes (Rape, Suicide)
1 Act, 75 Minutes
5 Females, 6 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 6/1/2012

Baby Plays the Banjo

Author: Kimberly Pau
A play about a teenage girl who is convinced that she is having Justin Bieber's baby; and her family.
Content Advisory: Strong language and sexual situations
1 Act, 65 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 6/21/2012

Barn

Author: Charlotte Miller
Three friends travel upstate for some rest and relaxation, but as the underpinnings of their relationships fly apart, they find themselves more tightly wound then when they arrived.
Content Advisory: Violence, strong language, sexual violence, drug use
1 Act, 55 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/19/2014

Bonedive Scrounger

Author: Fred Backus
Set in a dive bar built on an ancient burial ground, Bonedive Scrounger is a modern medieval morality play where Bronco - the "Writer Who Writes Nothing for Nobody" - finds his way through a tale of objectification, urban menace, and Darwinian Gentrification.
Content Advisory: Explicit situations
1 Act, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 3/21/2015

Bring us the Head of Your Daughter

Author: Derek Ahonen
A story of interracial lesbians, false flags, and angry America.
Content Advisory: There is adult content in this play. Strong language.
1 Act, 110 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 12/1/2014

C.O.A.L. (confessions of a liar)

Author: David Brian Colbert
A charming and witty liar named Coal, comes to us in the form of Man, Woman, Girl and Boy, and together, they revisit a small West Virginia town, taking on the colorful and unsavory characters of their past, to try to come to terms with the lies they've told to change their truth.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Adult situations, Violence
1 Act, 90 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 5/29/2016

Cairo Stories

Author: Tom Coash
Cairo Stories is a trilogy of one-act plays, all set in present day Cairo, addressing controversial issues such as veiling, Palestine, and AIDS with humor and humanity and a love of Egypt.
Content Advisory: Some strong language
1 Act, 85 Minutes
4 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 6/15/2015

Commedia dell'Artemisia

Author: Kiran Rikhye
A masked sex farce in rhyming couplets satirizing the rape of Italian Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi.
Content Advisory: Adult themes
1 Act, 55 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 1/31/2012

Detention #14: Detention The Musical!

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Lyrics to nine songs based on major events in 2012.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
10 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 10/10/2013

Detention #4: Punk Rock Star

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Five 10-minute plays that are extremely dark and twisted in nature.
Content Advisory: Nudity, strong language, graphic violence
1 Act, 60 Minutes
8 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/19/2013

Detention #9: Seven Deadly Sins

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Four 10-minute plays inspired by one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
9 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/8/2013

Eaten Voices

Author: Lavinia Roberts
Leona, a brash and bright young girl, finds herself trapped in night, a place of stories, dance, and music, followed by strange creatures.
Content Advisory: Discusses sexual violence, PTSD. 
1 Act, 60 Minutes
3 Females, 1 Male, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/25/2016

Erosion: Life on Life's Terms

Author: Nicholas Linnehan
A compelling story about one man's path down the horrific path of drug and love addiction. Much like Dorothy in Oz, he meets friends on his way that help him find recovery.
Content Advisory: Contains strong language, violence, and drug abuse
2 Acts, 100 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 3/24/2012

Failure to Thrive (We Small Hours)

Author: Jeff McMahon
Roping together political/sexual violation with moments of redemption and epiphany, this solo leaps from fascist apologists to terrorists to pedophiles grooming their victims "in the wee small hours of the morning."
Content Advisory: language and subject
1 Act, 24 Minutes
1 Gender Neutral Character
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 6/1/2012

Final Countdown

Author: Saviana Stanescu
A torrid Balkan Americanized absurdist comic adventurette about balloons, children and deviant parents.
Content Advisory: some adult content, graphic sexual elements, a rape
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 6/15/2011

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Author: Jeffrey Stingerstein
A woman seeks forgiveness for identifying the wrong man as her attacker, but he is no innocent victim.
Content Advisory:
2 Acts, 100 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 8/12/2015

Immaculate (or)The Son

Author: Nicholas Priore
The untold story of Jesus Christ…the greatest story never told.
Content Advisory: Sexual content, drug use
1 Act, 80 Minutes
3 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 9/28/2016

Join the Circus: A Collection of Short Plays

Author: Stacy Davidowitz
Experience the consequences of puberty, the afterlife of a runner, a nightmarish audition, a psychotic Craigslist couple, and competing spermatozoa as you ride this collection of serious and not so serious short plays.
Content Advisory: Strong language, adult themes
1 Act, 60 Minutes
4 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 8/25/2012

Landscape With Missing Person

Author: John Crutchfield
A teenage railroad-punk, a strange middle-aged man, and a road-trip across America: what begins as a chance encounter turns into a wild and unpredictable quest in search of True Love.
Content Advisory: The play does contain strong language. Although there is adult content (sexuality, prostitution, mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse), these themes are implied rather than explicitly represented.
2 Acts, 110 Minutes
7 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 10/8/2013

Laughing Man

Author: Nicholas Priore
The origin story of our favorite villain.
Content Advisory: Disturbing and gruesome content
1 Act, 20 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/4/2016

Light of Night

Author: Cecilia Copeland
A modern Latina retelling of the Persephone myth where Stephanie must find her way back from the underworld into the realm of the light and freedom.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Adult Themes.
2 Acts, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 2/12/2014

Miracle Village

Author: Stacy Davidowitz
The harmony of a self-sufficient Christian community of sex offenders in rural Florida is shattered by their newest arrival.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexually explicit, sexual content, violence
1 Act, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 4 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 11/14/2015

NY/XY

Author: William LoCasto
Two young gay men are asked questions about their sexual choices and preferences by an anonymous, off-stage voice.
Content Advisory: Contains graphic descriptions of sexual acts by its two male leads.
1 Act, 60 Minutes
0 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 4/12/2013

or what she will

Author: Charly E. Simpson
The story of Willa and Faulkner, adolescent twins whose literature-filled lives are changed forever in an instant by a traumatic event.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual & gun violence
1 Act, 70 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 10/4/2012

Passion: Reincarnation of the Martyr

Author: Nicholas Priore
Renee Falconetti gave the greatest performance ever recorded in The Passion of Joan of Arc, but in doing so, became a martyr in her own right, driven mad by her director, Carl Dreyer, who would stop at nothing to push her into character.
Content Advisory: Brief nudity, disturbing images
4 Acts, 240 Minutes
10 Females, 18 Males, 12 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/3/2016

Pink!

Author: Stacy Davidowitz
Left to their own devices, the 12 year-old campers of Bunk 14 navigate a strict social caste system with hilarious and increasingly terrifying results.
Content Advisory: Strong language, adult themes. Recommended for audiences 16+
1 Act, 90 Minutes
5 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 11/1/2011

Pirira

Author: J.Stephen Brantley
As the African nation Malawi erupts in riots, American aid workers Jack and Ericka take shelter in the storage room of a struggling NGO while, half a world away, Malawian student Gilbert and his gay co-worker Chad begin another day in the back room of a Manhattan florist.
Content Advisory: Violence, mature themes
1 Act, 80 Minutes
1 Female, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 10/20/2013

Planting the Seed

Author: Little Black Dress INK's ONSTAGE Project
Winning collection of 10-minute plays and short monologues on the theme: Planting the Seed
Content Advisory: Some strong language
1 Act, 120 Minutes
13 Females, 12 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 4/8/2015

Please Lock Me Away

Author: Andrew R. Heinze
A 66 year-old woman takes revenge on two adolescent males who had cruelly and publicly humiliated her, but now that she has her teenage oppressors in her control, she doesn't know what to do with them.
Content Advisory: No nudity, but provocative content and language.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 5/23/2016

Polanski Polanski

Author: Saviana Stanescu
A poetic monodrama imagining/exploring three threshold moments in the life of famed film director Roman Polanski; a fictionalized tale of desire, escape and punishment blending elements of film and theater as it delves into the brilliant mind of the controversial figure.
Content Advisory: Erotic language
1 Act, 70 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 9/11/2013

Queers For Fears

Author: Ed Malin
Two short plays about the dangers of coming out and of not coming out.
Content Advisory: Some topless male scenes and strong language.
1 Act, 45 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 8/2/2015

Quiet Peninsula

Author: Brandon Ferraro
Three darks stories of guilt and justice unexpectedly intertwine in this timely, twisted suspenseful drama.
Content Advisory: Adult language, mature themes
1 Act, 85 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 10/7/2014

Reproductive Freedom Festival Plays

Author: Reproductive Freedom Festival
30 writers share short original works recognizing and celebrating reproductive freedom, health, rights and justice, including comedic and dramatic plays, as well as poetry, spoken word, lyrics and essays, divided into sections on: Heroines, Next Generations, Conflicts, Body Politics, Discoveries, and What We Know, plus special sections on Ireland and song lyrics.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 130 Minutes
43 Females, 9 Males, 11 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 9/19/2016

Rocks

Author: Charlotte Miller
Emmi and Emmet want to open a rock shop on the banks of their home-town lake, their daily life is interrupted when a beautiful woman comes between them.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 35 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/11/2014

Sacred Water

Author: Stacy Davidowitz
Amidst the Miami Race Riots of 1980, Sacred Water is a darkly comic manifestation of psychosis for two would-be parents.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Violence
1 Act, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 8/27/2013

Sam and Gus

Author: Daniel Talbott
When Sam woke up today, she didn’t expect the world to be covered in darkness and snow, or to be visiting her long deceased and beloved brother. Whether a nightmare or a new reality, the opportunity to slaughter their past and move forward together comes knocking on their door.
Content Advisory: Adult content: strong language, extreme violence, nudity, and sexual content
1 Act, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 1/25/2012

Sneaky Johnny

Author: Nicholas Priore
When a recently deceased studio head leaves all of his estate to the church instead of his son, Caleb, and wife, Nicole, they hatch a plan to change his will by having the butler, Gianni, pose as the old man.
Content Advisory: Sexual content, drug use, consistent obscenity, brief but graphic nudity
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/4/2016

Stavrogin's Confession

Author: John Regis
A tormented nihilist visits a Russian Orthodox Bishop in order to confess real and imagined sins, and, in doing so, reveals more than he intended.
Content Advisory: Strong language; implied sexual relations between an adult and a minor
1 Act, 80 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1998
Date Added: 7/2/2011

Stealing Season

Author: Topher Cusumano
A contemporary retelling of the Greek’s Abduction of Persephone myth, about a mother and daughter who go to hell and back again.
Content Advisory: Warning: This play contains strong language, violence, and depictions of physical/mental abuse.
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/24/2014

The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret

Author: Mariah MacCarthy
A playful yet poignant play-within-a-cabaret wherein we learn that love, joy, and awesome know no gender.
Content Advisory: stylized sexual violence, strong language
2 Acts, 150 Minutes
4 Females, 4 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 2/15/2012

The Danger of Strangers

Author: Glenn Alterman
A woman looking out her window sees a man on a pay phone and decides to invite him up for some coffee or perhaps something more; much more.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 25 Minutes
1 Female, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 6/23/2014

The Director

Author: Barbara Cassidy
A woman is approached on the streets of NY by a film director, and having been affected by the experience, decides to interview other women who have had similar contacts.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual situations, some nudity
1 Act, 75 Minutes
8 Females, 2 Males, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 2/25/2014

The Eyes of Love

Author: Ken Wolf
The story of therapist Mark Ryan, who himself suffers from conversion hysteria and PTSD, who falls in love with one of his patients.
Content Advisory: Strong Language and talk about sexual abuse.
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 7/5/2014

The Feast of the Flying Cow...and other stories of war

Author: Jeni Mahoney
Audrey, a socialite turned relief worker, finds herself in a war-torn nation awarding a free feast and celebrity-style photo shoot to the besieged family of Anya Andonov; trapped in a world that is as absurd, as it is brutal, Anya and Audrey struggle to salvage their feast as the world around them spirals into collapse.
Content Advisory: Adult situation (War)
1 Act, 100 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 10/9/2011

The Gin Baby

Author: Sarah Shaefer
A contemporary play about a young alcoholic whose life falls apart after getting sober.
Content Advisory: language, sexual violence
1 Act, 100 Minutes
4 Females, 3 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/29/2014

The Hostess

Author: Gary Ray
It’s 1959 and Jesse Rawlings' days as a shameless Hollywood starlet are over; now she’s settled into her new role as the hostess of Greenwich Village.
Content Advisory: Strong language, explicit sexual situations, drug & alcohol use. Nudity not required.
1 Act, 75 Minutes
2 Females, 5 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 5/27/2016

The Jocker

Author: Clint Jefferies
Based on historical fact, The Jocker explores relationships between men riding the rails during the great depression.
Content Advisory: Nudity, Violence, Strong Language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
0 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1998
Date Added: 8/24/2013

The Life

Author: Tammy McNeill
Rebecca has the perfect life, a loving husband and a beautiful son, but when the secrets of her past are revealed, she is forced to confront the person she has been, and try to make amends to those she left behind.
Content Advisory: Nudity, strong language, drug use, sexual situations.
2 Acts, 80 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 10/19/2014

The Maiden

Author: Chance Muehleck
A contemporary reboot of the myth of Persephone featuring found text, live music, and choreographed movement.
Content Advisory: Adult situations.
1 Act, 55 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 8/23/2014

The Tragedy of Dandelion

Author: Duncan Pflaster
A five-act Shakespearean-styled play entirely in iambic pentameter, written for a cast of eight women to play all the roles, it follows the Princess Dandelion on an epic journey as she dresses as a boy to evade her rapist.
Content Advisory: LGBT characters, sexual situations, rape
5 Acts, 150 Minutes
25 Females, 0 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 6/19/2014

The Vampyres

Author: David Hansen
Witness as a young doctor enters a mysterious coffee house, encountering an old flame, two musicians with a taste for blood, and the seeds of his own destruction. Sex, blood and rock n' roll.
Content Advisory: strong language, violence, drug use, sexual acts, cutting, vampirism, Goth music, teenage poetry
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 1997
Date Added: 6/14/2014

The Vigil or The Guided Cradle

Author: Crystal Skillman
Linked tales of a young American woman on vacation in contemporary Prague and the creation of a legendary torture device in Prague 500 years ago; both contemplate the nature of control over another human, for good and evil.
Content Advisory: Frank depictions of torture, rape, and other brutality
1 Act, 75 Minutes
1 Female, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 10/4/2013

Time and the Beast

Author: Marina Shron
Inspired by the biblical story of Jacob and his two wives, the sisters Rachel and Leah, the play follows their love triangle as it keeps spinning in time: the three characters mature in history -- as history itself comes of age.
Content Advisory: NA
4 Acts, 135 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 5/9/2013

Time's Scream and Hurry

Author: Paul Hoan Zeidler
Three searing single actor dramas linked by anger, violence, recovery and the ineffable moments that live above time’s scream and hurry.
Content Advisory: Explicit language, sexual situations. Sexual assault and bondage/S&M are described, but not dramatized.
2 Acts, 115 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 2/5/2015

Trio with Flute

Author: Richard Warren
A poignant story of loss, hope and determination involving a war crime survivor, a developmentally disabled man and the wife of an MIA.
Content Advisory: Adult content and language
2 Acts, 100 Minutes
2 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 12/22/2011

True Believers

Author: Thom Dunn
A tale of star-crossed lovers, aspiring comic book creators, psychotic fanboys, cybernetically enhanced humans, and girls who dress like Princess Leia as their lives intertwine over a whirlwind weekend at a comic book convention.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual topics addressed
1 Act, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 5 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 11/24/2014

What Happened When

Author: Daniel Talbott
Two young men, brothers who have recently been separated, reunite for a night of reminiscence and truth telling.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexual content, and adult themes
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 9/19/2011

Women’s Work Short Play Festival: Group D

Author: New Perspectives Theatre Company
Three short plays from the annual festival of new works by women playwrights.
Content Advisory: Violent and sexual situations.
1 Act, 60 Minutes
7 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 4/15/2016

You're a Good Boy, Abercorn

Author: Topher Cusumano
The play explores a grotesque landscape of ritual, sexual violence, and survivor’s guilt, through the eyes of a young man who was kidnapped by a sadistic monster.
Content Advisory: Strong Language, Physical & Mental Violence, Simulated sexual activity
1 Act, 30 Minutes
0 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 4/24/2013