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7th and 11th Dimensions

Author: Brian Luna
One man’s tale of poverty, shame, and self-discovery as seen from the bottom of a Slurpee cup.
Content Advisory: A few cases of strong language
1 Act, 50 Minutes
1 Female, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 2/11/2014

Alceste

Author: B. Walker Sampson
A free adaptation from Euripides that pits together gods, ghosts, and superheroes with ordinary so-and-sos who make extraordinary sacrifices to try to tell the Future to reconsider itself.
Content Advisory: Salty language, adult situations
1 Act, 135 Minutes
4 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 4/3/2012

Cowl Girl

Author: Anna Capunay
One fangirl’s mission to complete her classic Star Trek villain display and go to San Diego Comic Con to get her Pee-wee Herman doll signed, if she can only overcome her acute form of agoraphobia that has kept her from the world outside.
Content Advisory: Some adult language and suggestive sexual content.
1 Act, 80 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 5/14/2015

Detention #11: End of Days

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Twenty 2-minute monologues exploring the possibility of the Mayan Apocalypse.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
8 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 10/10/2013

Detention #13: Scrabbopolyland

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Five 10-minute plays adapted from classic board games.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
7 Females, 10 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/8/2013

Detention #2: A Grimm La Ronde

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
A full play based on a Grimm Fairy Tale with each scene written by a different writer.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
3 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/19/2013

Dream Walker

Author: August Schulenburg
Two brothers and the woman they both love are transformed when one of them learns how to walk into the dreams of others.
Content Advisory: Strong language, adult situations
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 11/6/2011

Farewell to Sanity and Other Irrational Constructs

Author: Tom Slot
Burnt-out psychologist Dr. Henley knows crazy, but when he’s confronted by the ghost of a whaling ship captain from 1863, Henley embarks on an insane adventure that could cost him his license to practice, his sanity, and his life.
Content Advisory: The play contains profanity and sexual language.
2 Acts, 135 Minutes
4 Females, 7 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 7/29/2014

Gotham Standards

Author: Chris Harcum
In a series of eight monologues, Chris Harcum goes in the minds of several men and looks at life in relation to two icons, his grandmother and Batman.
Content Advisory: Adult language and strong content
1 Act, 60 Minutes
0 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2003
Date Added: 6/15/2011

how i learned to become a SUPERHERO

Author: Dennis Flanagan
The play follows the stories of three people who have taken action against the losses they have suffered in their lives by turning themselves into real life "Superheroes"; the heroes have to face the consequences of playing make believe in a world that is all too real, where consequences of the past are always present and the future uncertain.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 90 Minutes
4 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/29/2013

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

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

Mahamudra

Author: Chris Harcum
Roy, an unmerciful theatre critic on a major power trip, must atone for his misdeeds in front of a live audience. When he turns his razor-sharp analysis on himself, he unlocks an imaginative world full of suspense and wonder.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 30 Minutes
0 Females, 1 Male
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 2/15/2012

Motherboard

Author: Adam Scott Mazer
A lone nannybot journeys through the post-technological wasteland of the far future in search of purpose and connection.
Content Advisory: Violence, strong language, nudity (optional)
1 Act, 105 Minutes
4 Females, 4 Males, 4 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 3/30/2014

My Soul, The Pavement and Other Plays

Author: Michael Puzzo
Four short comedies by Michael Puzzo about young love, missed opportunities, misunderstood monsters and refrigerators.
Content Advisory: strong language, adult themes
1 Act, 65 Minutes
4 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 1/15/2013

OD (or) Vice Versa

Author: Nicholas Priore
Nick Jr wakes up in a hospital bed after an overdose, trying to convince the sitter that he is not suicidal.
Content Advisory: Strong language
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/11/2016

Quest of the Hero

Author: Michael Hagins
A young hero quests to save a princess, be a hero, and get laid.
Content Advisory: Some language, sexual content
2 Acts, 105 Minutes
7 Females, 13 Males, 6 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 7/11/2015

Short Plays by Sheri Wilner, Volume Two: Trios and Large Casts

Author: Sheri Wilner
Five funny yet poignant one-act plays ranging in length from 10-60 minutes and featuring fledgling superheroes, an interfering flight attendant, and even the Pillsbury Doughboy.
Content Advisory: Some plays contain adult language. If there are any words that prohibit your theatre or school from performing the play, please contact the author for possible word substitutions.
1 Act, 130 Minutes
11 Females, 7 Males, 5 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 1/8/2014

Spacemen from Space!

Author: Ian W. Hill
A loving pastiche of 1930s-40s b-movie serials that combines as many elements as possible of that straight-faced, sincerely-played genre into one big mashup of fast-moving fun — a single play made up of 6 episodes played one right after another (with cliffhanger endings, of course).
Content Advisory: no warnings - very innocent show
2 Acts, 180 Minutes
5 Females, 16 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 1/4/2012

Suki Livingston Opens Like a Parachute

Author: Robin Rice
A woman artist who has lost the ability to create travels back in time and relives important moments in her life hand-in-hand with her younger self, in order to face a devastating choice once again and hopefully emerge guilt-free so her creativity can flow once again.
Content Advisory: adult language, sexual situations, insanity.
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 2 Males, 24 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 7/12/2014

The Butterfield Tones

Author: Robert Attenweiler
The Butterfield Tones expected their first tour to bring them fame and fortune, but what it brought them was thin crowds, Ike’s aggressive womanizing and Tina’s insistence that when she sings she is visited by the ghost of a masked professional wrestler, who, she’s convinced, has come to save her.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 30 Minutes
1 Female, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2007
Date Added: 2/12/2012

The Chess Lesson

Author: Sari Caine
Three drastically different parents arrive to take a chess class with their children’s teacher and despite everyone’s best intentions, the adults devolve into children, the class slips out of control, and the teacher is one romance novel away from a nervous breakdown.
Content Advisory: One woman character appears in a bra, one male character undresses to his boxers. There is a small amount of strong language.
1 Act, 65 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 1/21/2013

The Fire This Time Festival Season One

Author: The Fire This Time Festival
Four short plays from the first season of the Fire This Time Festival
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
5 Females, 6 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 1/18/2014

The Further Adventures Of...

Author: Kathleen Warnock
Tune in as Maggie Day uncovers the story behind the story of a classic sci-fi series and follows its players from the ‘50s to the age of the internet, revealing secrets, lost loves, and things people couldn’t say then…or now.
Content Advisory: A few f*cks, fight scenes, same sex kissing.
1 Act, 75 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 10/10/2016

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

When Half the Sphere is Visible

Author: The Drafts
Can there be a perfect kiss? Will a wall of water burst a burden of guilt? Can a belt buckle baffle the TSA? An escapade forking in unexpected places, this genre-bending blend of storytelling explores the dichotomies we live with (and often choose to ignore).
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexually suggestive language
1 Act, 60 Minutes
5 Females, 5 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 1/16/2014

William and Judith

Author: Cody Daigle
Inspired by Virginia Woolf's “A Room of One's Own,” the play imagines a William Shakespeare at the end of his career in desperate need of a new play, a sister, Judith, who is equally talented as a writer and the act of creative thievery that tears their relationship apart.
Content Advisory:
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/1/2014