10-Minute Plays

    BE MORE FUNNY & OTHER SHORT PLAYS

    This collection of 8 award-winning short plays spans a wide range of stories and emotions for two actors. It can be performed on a single evening with as few as 4 actors (2F/2M) or up to 15 actors (7F/8M). The plays also can be done as stand-alone pieces for an audience, an audition or acting class.

    The stories include a couple converting an abandoned Woolworth’s into a theatre; two teens awkwardly navigating their way into adulthood; a tense reunion in a confessional; two guys dancing together for the first time; and an opera diva answering the age-old question, “What is funny?”

    Plays include: Curtain Raiser, Lady Liberty and the Donut Girl, Sweet Hunk O' Trash, The Adventure, Faith, Oh, Skating, Be More Funny.

    THE ADVENTURE

    Published in Poems & Plays #18 LINK
    Also in Young Women’s Monologues, Vol.3 (Meriwether)
    The journey of a woman who lives by the railroad tracks. (Cast: 1F)

    BE MORE FUNNY

    Independent Play(w)rights - Winner
    An opera diva answers the age-old question: What is funny? (Cast: 2F)

    BEAR ESSENTIALS

    Premiere: The Barrow Group Fast Play Fest
    Four friends encounter a bear in the woods.
    Now, how to make him leave? (Cast: 3F/2M, flexible)

    A BOWL OF SOUP

    Published in An Anthology of Contemporary 
    American Plays (English & Chinese) 
    Premiere: HERE, NYC
    After the loss of Rob’s partner, Rob’s brother, Eddie, tries to get him to talk. (Cast: 2M)

    CATER-WAITER

    (10-minute version)
    Heideman Award Finalist
    Premiere: Westbeth Arts Center, NYC
    The story of two gay waiters at a Republican fundraiser.
    Basis of the short film starring David Drake, Tim Deak, John Kelly and Lisa Kron. (Cast: 2M)

    CITY OF LOST SOULS

    Heideman Award Finalist
    Premiere: Makor Center, NYC
    A mismatched romance strikes up on the subway. (Cast: 1F/1M)

    THE COAT

    A short opera
    Music by Steven Ebel
    Premiere: Cantiamo Opera, NYC
    An older woman and her younger self remember their husband. (Cast: 2F and piano)

    CURTAIN RAISER

    Heideman Award Finalist
    Premiere: Center Stage, NYC
    A young couple transforms an abandoned building into a theater. (Cast: 1F/1M)

    FAITH

    Published in An Anthology of Contemporary American Plays (English & Chinese)
    Heideman Award Finalist
    Premiere: Orange Thoughts, NYC
    A man with a secret confronts a priest in a confessional. (Cast: 2M)

    FLOATING

    (10-minute version) 
    Heideman Award Finalist
    Premiere: Actors & Writers
    A lyrical piece about a young man who visits his parents in Brooklyn. (Cast: 1F/2M)

    LADY LIBERTY AND THE DONUT GIRL

    Heideman Award Finalist
    NYC 15-Minute Play Festival Semi-Finalist
    Premiere: Turnip Theater & Old Globe Theatre
    Two teenagers meet unexpectedly on Main St. (Cast: 1F/1M)

    PERSONAL REFERENCE

    Premiere: The Barrow Group Fast Play Fest
    What if your best friend asks for a life-changing
    recommendation that you can't write? (Cast: 1F/2M)

    RIDE

    (10-minuste version) 
    ‘IN 10’ festival of plays with strong roles for young women - Finalist
    Premiere: Vital Theatre Company, NYC
    Samuel French Best Short Play Festival
    For two high school girls working at a farm stand, things are not as they seem. (Cast: 2F)

    THE STATUE OF BOLIVAR

    Heideman Award Finalist
    Premiere: Makor Center, starring Melissa Leo
    A woman’s worst nightmare is realized when her date sends his surly teenage daughter in his place. (Cast: 2F)

    SWEET HUNK O’TRASH

    Premiere: Circle in the Square Downtown, NYC
    A garbage man and an actor connect more than they imagined. (Cast: 2M)

    THE TABLE

    Heideman Award Finalist
    An old farm table facilitates an unexpected family reunion. (Cast: 3F/1M)