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Accidental Discharge Impossible

Author: The Drafts
Sex, guns, cigarettes and senile agitation, this short play festival is inspired by classic print ads that are actually a bit shocking.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexually suggestive language and sensuality
1 Act, 60 Minutes
7 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/16/2014

Detention #1: What About Bob?

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Five 10-minute plays based on five constraints.
Content Advisory: Strong language.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
6 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/7/2013

Detention #10: All the Single Ladies

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Four 10-minute plays honoring Women's History Month.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
8 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/8/2013

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 #12: Detention, Interrupted

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Five 10-minute plays exploring the exact moment an artist was inspired to create one of the great artistic works in history.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
5 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 8/8/2013

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 #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 #15: Dear Jane

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
A full-length play about the life and death of Jane. Each scene is written by a different writer.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
6 Females, 3 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

Detention #3: Blind Date

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Four 10-minute plays examining the trials and tribulations of blind dating.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
4 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/19/2013

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 #6: Who’s Afraid of Lear’s War Horse

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Three 10-minute plays that parody great works of theater.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
7 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 6/19/2013

Detention #7: One Minute Plays

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Thirty one-minute plays grouped into five clumps based loosely on a common theme.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
12 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 10/10/2013

Detention #8: WHAM!

Author: Primary Stages ESPA
Four 10-minute plays inspired by classic songs from the 1980s.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
4 Females, 8 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

Here and Now Project: August

Author: HowlRound
Four short plays set in Ohio, Hawaii, Arizona, and Florida, about events happening in those places at the time the plays were written.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 50 Minutes
5 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/30/2013

Here and Now Project: July

Author: HowlRound
Four short plays set in Ohio, Hawaii, Arizona, and Florida, about events happening in those places at the time the plays were written.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 60 Minutes
1 Female, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/30/2013

Here and Now Project: June

Author: HowlRound
Four short plays set in Ohio, Hawaii, Arizona, and Florida, about events happening in those places at the time the plays were written.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/30/2013

Human 2.0 Part 1

Author: Flux Theatre Ensemble
Short plays by Johnna Adams, Erin Browne, Larry Kunofsky, and Fengar Gael that consider how humankind's senses might evolve and change in the future.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 50 Minutes
5 Females, 6 Males, 4 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 4/27/2012

Human 2.0 Part 2

Author: Flux Theatre Ensemble
Short plays by David Ian Lee, David Stallings, Lauren Ferebee, and Nat Cassidy that consider how humankind's senses might evolve and change in the future.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 50 Minutes
8 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 5/12/2012

Human 2.0 Part 3

Author: Flux Theatre Ensemble
Short plays by Sol Crespo, Aja Houston, Jeff Lewonczyk, Kristen Palmer, and Isaiah Tanenbaum that consider how humankind's senses might evolve and change in the future.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 50 Minutes
9 Females, 9 Males, 6 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 5/12/2012

Nosedive Red Ribbon Gala 2011

Author: Nosedive Productions
Five original short plays by Jeff Lewonczyk, Qui Nguyen, Mac Rogers, August Schulenburg, and Crystal Skillman, written for Nosedive's annual fundraising gala.
Content Advisory: Strong language.
1 Act, 50 Minutes
8 Females, 14 Males, 4 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 3/14/2012

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

Pre-Existing Condition

Author: The Drafts
Seven 10 minute plays around the theme of pre-existing conditions.
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexually suggestive language, urination on stage
1 Act, 70 Minutes
6 Females, 6 Males, 1 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 1/16/2014

Rising Sun Short Plays

Author: Rising Sun Performance Company
Three short plays involving unconventional couplings: a man and his just-released-from-a-mental-hospital wife; an older man and a teenage girl; and a woman, her boyfriend, and his id.
Content Advisory: Sexual situations, graphic violence
1 Act, 45 Minutes
3 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 2/18/2016

Rough Writers Short Plays 2013

Author: Rough Writers: New Play Fest
Four short plays inspired by one of three works of art, created for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's first-ever play festival.
Content Advisory: Adult themes, strong language
1 Act, 75 Minutes
7 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 1/1/2014

Six Plays About Hope

Author: The Drafts
Six short plays on the theme "about hope".
Content Advisory: Strong language, sexually suggestive language, violence
1 Act, 60 Minutes
8 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 1/15/2014

Standards of Decency Series 1

Author: Blue Coyote Theater Group
Seven short plays that explore what it means (or what it takes) to offend, to be obscene, and/or to be transgressive.
Content Advisory: All of the plays were required to include nudity, blasphemy, and/or violence; all contain strong language and adult material.
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
11 Females, 12 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2006
Date Added: 1/9/2013

Standards of Decency Series 2: Blue Coyote's Happy Endings

Author: Blue Coyote Theater Group
A collection of six short plays about the lives of sex workers.
Content Advisory: All of the plays are about sex workers; lots of frank talk and language.
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
3 Females, 11 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2008
Date Added: 1/9/2013

Standards of Decency Series 3: 300 Vaginas Before Breakfast

Author: Blue Coyote Theater Group
A program of eight short plays that explore how the internet has changed the nature of pornography and sex.
Content Advisory: All of the plays are about sex and feature frank language and situations.
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
11 Females, 12 Males, 4 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 1/10/2013

TechnoPlays Part A

Author: Project Y Playwrights Group
Six ten-minute plays about science, technology, and human connection. In these plays, a robot and a human have a love affair, a precocious young man invents a home-made time machine, a young playwright reflects on his 15 minutes of YouTube fame, a married couple have a deep dinner conversation, a boy scout gets in trouble for texting (and more), and a woman brings her MacBook to a computer store in the year 2048.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 75 Minutes
4 Females, 10 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 8/23/2015

TechnoPlays Part B

Author: Project Y Playwrights Group
Five ten-minute plays about science, technology, and human connection. In these plays, a mother, grandmother, and daughter find themselves in a generation gap based on technology; a pair of friends try out the Next Big Thing; a young man gets more than he bargained for when he puts an ad on Craigslist; a young actor decides to write a very "meta" solo show; and a married couple try to understand what it means when their phone keeps ringing in the middle of the night.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 60 Minutes
6 Females, 3 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 8/23/2015

The Beach Plays

Author: Rising Phoenix Rep
The plays feature inhabitants of five alternate realities where the land meets the sea: mermaids in human form, Vietnam War soldiers and their families, a ghostly sibling reunion, a decidedly strange hotelier, and a wedding with an unexpected guest.
Content Advisory: Strong language, adult themes, sexuality, sexual simulation.
1 Act, 80 Minutes
10 Females, 8 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 9/24/2013

The Fire This Time Festival Season Five

Author: The Fire This Time Festival
Six short plays from the 2014 Fire This Time Festival.
Content Advisory:
1 Act
9 Females, 6 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2014
Date Added: 1/18/2014

The Fire This Time Festival Season Four

Author: The Fire This Time Festival
Seven short plays from the 2013 Fire This Time festival.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 120 Minutes
8 Females, 10 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 1/18/2014

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 Fire This Time Festival Season Three

Author: The Fire This Time Festival
Five short plays from the 2012 Fire This Time Festival.
Content Advisory:
1 Act
9 Females, 7 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 1/15/2014

The Unchained Collection

Author: Variations Theatre Group
Plays from the finals of the 2013 Unchained Festival, presented by Variations Theatre Group.
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 120 Minutes
10 Females, 5 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 10/23/2013

The Wickapogue Plays

Author: Hard Sparks
A trio of short plays written specifically for the space in which they are performed - the backyard of a beachfront home in the Hamptons
Content Advisory: Violence, strong language, sexual references
1 Act, 45 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 9/8/2012

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

Women’s Work Short Play Festival: Group A

Author: New Perspectives Theatre Company
Selected plays from the annual festival of new plays by women.
Content Advisory: Strong language; sexual situations.
1 Act, 90 Minutes
10 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 4/14/2016

Women’s Work Short Play Festival: Group B

Author: New Perspectives Theatre Company
Three short plays from this annual festival of works by women playwrights.
Content Advisory: NA
1 Act, 90 Minutes
8 Females, 3 Males, 2 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 4/15/2016

Women’s Work Short Play Festival: Group C

Author: New Perspectives Theatre Company
Three short plays from this annual festival of new plays by women playwrights.
Content Advisory: Sexuality is discussed in one of the plays.
1 Act, 80 Minutes
5 Females, 4 Males
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2016
Date Added: 4/15/2016

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

Writopia Lab Play Collection

Author: Writopia Play Lab NYC
Five short plays and one short musical by NYC’s teenage, up and coming playwrights.
Content Advisory: death, strong language
1 Act, 120 Minutes
13 Females, 14 Males, 3 Gender Neutral
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 4/14/2016