Short plays

10 – 15 minute plays:

24th Hour

10 Minute Play

Cast: 1M, 1F

A couple’s “friendly” game of gin has hostile undertones for reasons that only gradually become apparent.

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Annunciation

10 Minute Play

Cast: 1F, 1M

Sarah is surprised by a visit from the Archangel Gabriel, who tells her that she has been given a mission from God. Sarah is less than impressed, especially when she finds out the exact nature of that mission.

Production History

February 2016
Cohasset Dramatic Club: Briefs III
Cohasset, MA
Director: Lisa Pratt

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Bad Girl

10 Minute Play

Cast: 3F, 2M

Emily Frick is a teenage rebel, what with her obsessions with hoop skirts, waltzes, and embroidery. Can her mother make her conform to the 21st Century?

Production History

November 2006
Winnisquam Regional High School Drama Club: A Short Night Out 2006
Tilton, NH
Director: Karen Shepherd

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Banana Therapy

10 Minute Play

Cast: 1F, 1M, 1 Either

Roy and Ellen are a married couple who can’t seem to communicate any more. The therapist will try to solve their problems with the Talking Banana.

Production History

October 2014
Hovey Players: The 3rd Annual 24-Hour Play Festival
Waltham, MA
Director: Vivian Liu-Somers

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Big Eddie

10 Minute Play

Cast: 1M, 1F

A love triangle between a man, a woman, and an inanimate object.

Production History

July 2013
Hovey PlayersSummer Shorts 2013
Waltham, MA
Director: Ronni Marshak

November 2011
Image Theater:  The 7th Annual Naughty Readings
Lowell, MA
Director: Jerry Bisantz

November 2008
Company One: SLAMBoston
Boston, MA
Director: Risher Reddick
Winner, Best Play

November 2006
Image Theater: Naughty Readings
Lowell, MA
Director: Jerry Bisantz

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Buddy and Chester

10 Minute Play

Cast: 1M, 1F

Sandra is in mourning for her beloved Chester when a stranger named Edwin appears, revealing that Chester had a past that Sandra knew nothing about.

Production History

December 2013
Hovey Players: The 2nd Annual 24-Hour Play Festival
Waltham, MA
Director: Nick Martucci

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The Changethe change 1

10 Minute Play

Cast: 1M, 1F

Mr. MacMurray awakens after an operation to discover that, aside from having his appendix removed, he has been given a sex change. For some reason, he finds this objectionable.

Production History

January 2016
Acme Theater ProductionsNew Works Winter Festival 2013
Maynard, MA
Director: Lisa Burdick

July 2012
Hovey PlayersSummer Shorts 2012
Waltham, MA
Director: Ronni Marshak
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November 2007
Image Theater: Naughty Readings
Lowell, MA
Director: Jerry Bisantz

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End of Messages

10 Minute Play

Cast: 1M, 1F (offstage)

Brad is eager to listen to the voice mail left by the woman with whom he spent the previous night, until she lets slip a few details she really ought to have mentioned before. As, for instance, the existence of an insanely jealous husband.

Production History

October 2010
Atlantis PlaymakersThe New England Fringe Festival (segment of A Brush with Death)
Burlington, MA
Director: Ronni Marshak
Winner, Fringe Favorite (as part of A Brush with Death)

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The Evaluation

10 Minute Play

Cast: 1M, 1 Either

Roger is dead, to begin with. Now he is in the afterlife, to have his life evaluated. Is he worthy of spending eternity in the Blessed Kingdom? He thinks so, but the criteria by which he is being judged is not what he was expecting.

Production History

July 2016
Hovey PlayersSummer Shorts 2016
Waltham, MA
Director: Ronni Marshak

November 2015
Arlington Friends of the Drama: ArlingTEN ShortWorks Festival
Arlington, MA
Director: Vivian Liu-Somers

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Evolution

10 Minute Play

Cast: 1F, 2M

Frid and Nella are primitive creatures, low on the food chain. Frid has the brilliant idea of evolving into a larger size, so as to become master of the Earth. But is bigger necessarily better when it comes to world domination? Nella doesn’t think so.

Production History

May 2016
Boston Playwrights’ Theater/Imaginary Beasts: The Boston Theater Marathon XVIII
Boston, MA
Director: Matthew Woods

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Final Project

10 Minute Play

Cast: 2F, 1M

For her final project in her literature class, Tina has created a walking, talking version of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. The results are not to her professor’s liking.

Production History

May 2008
Lasell College/in vivo Productions: The Class Acts Project
Newton, MA
Director: Lisa Hamel

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The Green RoomDSC00099

10 Minute Play

Cast: 2F, 2M, 1 Either

A young actress decides she’s had quite enough of the demeaning roles her director casts her in.

Production History

October 2009
Atlantis PlaymakersThe New England Fringe Festival (segment of In Your Dreams!)
Burlington, MA
Director: Andrew Wetmore
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Winner, Producer’s Award, Best Performance

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Hypothetically

10 Minute Play

Cast: 2F

Sandy wonders why her husband called out her sister Amelia’s name during a moment of intimacy. Does Amelia have any explanation? She has quite of number of them, actually.

Production History

November 2012
Image Theater: Naughty Readings
Lowell, MA
Director: Jerry Bisantz

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The Little DeathIMG_6200

10 Minute Play

Cast: 2M 2F

Paul and Janie are a young couple anticipating their first night together, but events go awry when a mysterious woman appears and announces that this is the night Paul is destined to die.

Production History

June 2006
Playwrights’ Platform 34th Annual Festival of New Plays
Boston, MA
Director: Ronni Marshak
Winner, Audience Choice Award for Best Play, Series B
Runner-Up, Playwrights’ Choice Award for Best Play, Series B
Winner, Audience Choice Award for Best Actor (Todd Radford), Series B

April 2006
Image Theater: Guy Stuff
Lowell, MA
Director: Peter M. Floyd

July 2005
The MIT Community PlayersWhat Can Happen in Ten Minutes?
Cambridge, MA
Director: Peter M. Floyd
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Published by:
Heuer Publishing, Cedar Rapids, IA
2006

Please contact Heuer Publishing for information on production rights and royalties.

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Love, Billy Bunny

10 Minute Play

Cast: 1M, 1F

Jean is convinced that Robert has become obsessed with cute, adorable Billy Bunny… so she’ll just have to blow its little stuffed head off.

Production History

June 2015
Santa Paula Theater Center Backstage Productions: Playzapalooza
Santa Paula, CA

January 2013
Acme Theater ProductionsNew Works Winter Festival 2013
Maynard, MA
Director: Ronni Marshak

May 2012
Boston Playwrights’ Theater/Emerson Stage: The Boston Theater Marathon XIV
Boston, MA
Director: Anna Trachtman

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Michael Isn’t Yours

10 Minute Play

Cast: 2M, 1F

As Steph and Bill watch TV, she casually announces that his son… isn’t really his son.

Production History

November 2016
Image Theater:  Naughty Readings
Lowell, MA
Director: Moira McCarthy

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Objective

10 Minute Play

Cast: 2M, 2F

Suzanne’s husband Robert may have gone off to get a cake. Or he may be lying dead on the floor with a knife in his back. Suzanne’s brother Len chooses to remain neutral about which of these is true.

Production History

July 2015
Hovey Players: Summer Shorts 2015
Waltham, MA
Director: Luke Bruneaux

February 2014
Cohasset Dramatic Club: Briefs
Cohasset, MA
Director: Lisa Rafferty

March 2008
Fort Point Theatre ChannelExclamation Point 3!
Boston, MA
Director: Nick Ronan

May 2007
Devanaughn Theatre: The 5th Annual Dragonfly Festival
Boston, MA
Director: Louisa Richards

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PerspectivePerspective3

10 Minute Play

Cast: 2M, 1F

A man and a woman in a long-term relationship discover that they have, quite literally, been living in two different worlds.

Production History

January 2012
Acme Theater ProductionsNew Works Winter Festival
Maynard, MA
Director: Tom Powers

October 2009
Newton Cable Television: Studio Playhouse
Newton, MA
Director: Louisa Richards

June 2009
Playwrights’ Platform 37th Annual Festival of New Plays
Boston, MA
Director: Louisa Richards
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Winner, Audience Choice Award for Best Play, Series A
Winner, Playwright’s Choice Award for Best Play, Series A

May 2009
Boston Playwrights’ Theater/FortyMagnolias Productions: The Boston Theater Marathon XI
Boston, MA
Director: Anne Gottlieb

Published in:
Boston Theater Marathon XI: 2009 Anthology
Smith and Kraus, Hanover, NH
2010

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PossibilitiesPossibilities Image 2

10 Minute Play

Cast: 2F, 3M

Dragged to a club by her friend Phoebe, Donna is determined to not have a good time. Until she finds out that she might be a great novelist. Or president. Or possibly even queen of the Universe.

Production History

May 2008
Image Theater: Tales From a Tavern
Lowell, MA
Director: Dayle Ballentine

May 2006
Boston Playwrights’ Theater/Foothills Theatre Company: Boston Theater Marathon 2006
Boston, MA
Director: Bob Dolan

December 2005
Winnisquam Regional High School Drama Club: A Short Night Out
Tilton, NH
Director: Karen Shepherd

July 2005
The MIT Community PlayersWhat Can Happen in Ten Minutes?
Cambridge, MA
Director: Ronni Marshak
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The Tell-Tale Heart

Adapted from the story by Edgar Allen Poe

Monologue

Cast: 1F

In this gender-switched version of the classic Poe tale, a woman speaks of how she was compelled to murder her older companion.

Production History

October 2009
Waltham Public Library: An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe
Waltham, MA
Director: Ronni Marshak

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Too, Too Solid FleshToo, Too Solid Flesh

10 Minute Play

Cast: 1M, 2F

Chloe, Isabel and Max are having a drunken conversation about the nature of fiction. Do the characters created by novelists and playwrights really exist? The answer unexpectedly becomes more than academic for Max.

Production History

January 2015
Firehouse Center for the Arts: New Works Festival 2016
Newburyport, MA
Director: Stephen Faria
Winner: Peter Honneger Prize for Best Short Play

July 2014
Hovey PlayersSummer Shorts 2014
Waltham, MA
Director: Michelle Aguillion

May 2014
Boston Playwrights’ Theater/Hovey PlayersThe Boston Theater Marathon XVI
Boston, MA
Director: J. Mark Baumhardt
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Published in:
The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2015
Smith and Kraus, Hanover, NH
2016

The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2015 (excerpt)
Smith and Kraus, Hanover, NH
2015

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Tow Lot

10 Minute Play

Cast: 2M, 1F

In this hymn to sloth, Joe and Dee would really like to assist their friend Brian when he’s getting his car towed, but helping him out would just take so much effort.

Production History

September 2010
Ghostlight Theater Company: The 7 Deadly Sins Festival
Concord, NH
Director: John Kneeland

Published in:
The Seven Deadly Sins: A Collection of New Plays
Ghostlight Theater Publications, Salem, NH
2010

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The Wish

10 Minute Play

Cast: 2M, 1F

Judy and Gavin discover a genie who will grant any wish they want! Almost any wish, that is. Well, any wish that’s feasible. Possibly.

Production History

June 2007
Playwrights’ Platform 35th Annual Festival of New Plays
Boston, MA
Director: Ronni Marshak

May 2007
Devanaughn Theatre: The 5th Annual Dragonfly Festival
Boston, MA
Director: Lau Lapides

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The Yowl of the WildThe Yowl of the Wild photo 2

10 Minute Play

Cast: 2F, 2M

Cleopatra the cat is comfortable living her pampered life, despite the intrusive presence of the household dogs, until the feral feline Scratch shows her a wider world.

Production History

February 2015
Cohasset Dramatic Club: Briefs
Cohasset, MA
Director: Barbara Baumgarten

June 2010
Playwrights’ Platform 38th Annual Festival of New Plays
Boston, MA
Director: Ronni Marshak
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Runner-Up, Audience Choice Award for Best Play, Series B
Runner-Up, Playwrights’ Choice Award for Best Play, Series B
Winner, Playwrights’ Choice for Best Director, Series B
Winner, Audience Choice Award for Best Actor (Brian Wolfe-Leonard), Series B
Runner-Up, Audience Choice Award for Best Actress (Shelley Brown), Series B

February 2010
Centastage/Shadow Boxing: Three Ring Reading Series
Boston, MA
Director: Korinne Ritchey

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One-minute plays:

Arrival

1 Minute Play

Cast: 4 (each can be of either gender)

Sometimes never is better than late.

Production History

January 2012
One Minute Play Festival
Boston, MA
Director:  Benjamin Evett

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Bipartisanship

1 Minute Play

Cast: 3 (each can be of either gender)

Why can’t you get along with the person who’s beating you?

Production History

January 2015
One Minute Play Festival
Boston, MA
Director:  Hatem Adell

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Boston Language

1 Minute Play

Cast: 3 (each can be of either gender)

In the city of the Red Sox, there’s only one way to talk

Production History

January 2015
One Minute Play Festival
Boston, MA
Director:  Anna Trachtman

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The Flaw

1 Minute Play

Cast: 2M or 2W

It’s the end of the world! But our two protagonists can repopulate the planet… Can’t they?

Production History

May 2014
Boston Theater Marathon XVI: The One Minute Sprints
Boston, MA

January 2012
One Minute Play Festival
Boston, MA
Director: Steven Bogart

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I Am a Dog

1 Minute Play

Cast: 1M, 1F

A tale of a woman and her dog. No, her boyfriend. Which is it?

Production History

January 2014
Boston One-Minute Play Festival
Boston, MA
Director: James Peter Sotis

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Ideal

1 Minute Play

Cast: 1M, 1F

A painter claims his portrait is better than reality. Does he really believe it?

Production History

January 2013
One Minute Play Festival
Boston, MA
Director: Corianna Moffatt

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May, Three Years Ago

1 Minute Play

Cast: 1M, 1F

A man tells a woman the story of how they met, which she can’t quite remember.

Production History

January 2014
Boston One-Minute Play Festival
Boston, MA
Director: Anna Trachtman

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Take a Look

1 Minute Play

Cast: 2 (M or F)

B’s got something in his (or her) hands. A knows s/he’ll regret taking a look at it, but can s/he resist temptation?

Production History

January 2013
One Minute Play Festival
Boston, MA
Director: Jeffrey Mosser

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