an evenings worth full-length pieces
Witch Play, 4f, 70 min
Three ageless, timeless, deathless sisters weave together the strands of fate in a basement in Bushwick. One of them falls in love. Another falls in hate. The third tries to keep the other two from falling. The City is in a heat wave, and a war is coming.
some pictures of the floating world
Cult Play, 3f/2m (probably)
Shiloh is happy. She and her friends in the Word of Joy do nothing but love each other, tell jubilant truths to one another, and think of the day when they will be called up to the Floating World. But when a stranger turns up on their doorstep, full of words from a world they’ve tried to forget, Shiloh and her friends must consider for the first time if they’re as happy as they seem, and if the truths they tell are really true.
1-Room Drama, 5f
Four women on fire come together for an act of rebellion against the world that forgot them. When their plan miscarries they find themselves pent up with a prisoner, whose presence could ruin their cause or raise it to new heights. Forced to confront their doubts anew, the Lost Girls must face down a transgression that could destroy them.
Tragedy, 2m, 4f
A sad young prince arrives at the Oracle, because that's where he's supposed to be. A priestess rummages through his past and plunges headlong into his future. The young prince faces three riddles: a dark stranger in the desert, a man-devouring monster, and a widowed Queen. The priestess tries to help the prince find a happy ending to his tale. The prince's name is Oedipus.
troy is burning (a goat-song)
Post-Modern Greek Epic, various, originally 8m/6f
The Trojan War enters its tenth year. Helen of Troy is no longer welcome in the Trojan Women's Sewing Circle. Achilles lies dead, an arrow through his heel, leaving only his troubled teenage son Pyrrhus to take his place. The famished Greeks wait for the war to end. Helen decides to take matters into her own hands, forging a path down the aisle and through the gates of madness.
friend of the people
Historiography in Three Acts, 4m/1f
On July 13, 1793, a twenty-four year old girl stabs a man through the heart as he soaks in his bathtub, and watches him bleed to death. The man is Jean-Paul Marat, Hero of the French Revolution, Friend of the People. She believes she is a saint. For France, and her interrogators, the jury is out. A twisted time-bending chamber dream about Charlotte Corday, the Angel of Assassination.
An Illuminated Tale, Young Audiences, 2f/4m
Verbatim, an orphan boy left on the steps of the Abbey at Clonmacnoise, climbs an anchor that fell from the sky and finds himself in a dream he’s been waiting for all his life, and meets the girl who’s been popping up in it. A mystical, mythical, meta-fictional manuscript to illuminate the fine art of growing up, imagining things, and telling stories about them—with shadow puppets.
birdland (a tragedy)
Jacobean Tragedy (with Music), 4f/3m
In the smoke of a music hall, the three best-beloved songbirds in all of Italy take their final bow. Two of them fettered to fine-feathered husbands, and the third flung back to their father's nest in a castle far away, the sisters try to forget the world that made them. A sultry song in a minor key about old wounds, new worlds, cages, rages, music, marriage, forbidding, forgiving, and the songs we sing to hold ourselves together.
Cruel Experimentation, 10m/f, 90 min
Antonin Artaud, theatrical sensation, finds himself locked in an insane asylum in France with His Double, a Doctor who worships him, and an ensemble of lunatics. A spurt of blood.
a thing i cannot name / funny voices
Experimental Something, 1m/1f, 15 or 60 min
Lee and Leo are trying. They want This Thing To Work Out, they swear. Watch them test every conceivable answer to the equation: him + her + x = Love [solve for x] -- or die trying. A slice of meta-theatre featuring both the Martial and Performance Arts, Naughty Language, Silly Voices, and Love Triumphant (maybe). [available in two sizes: short and less short]
stolen out of holy writ adaptations
that sister play
Once upon a time three sisters lived with their brother in a little house in a little town and had very big, incredibly big, impossibly big lives. Will they ever get to Moscow? Will we still be talking about them a hundred years later? Will they find love? No, yes, and maybe.
antigone / we are the rebels asking for the storm
A body rots in the sun. A girl takes a stand against the new regime. What is she fighting for? How far can she go? A Past meets Present collision of Sophocles' masterpiece and modern America.
children of the sun
In Moscow, the people are rioting. Soldiers fire into the crowd. In the village, protestors march against the injustice of the Tsar, and there's something in the water making everyone sick. But Yelena and Pavel Protasov are going to stop all that, with science, art, and hope. Probably.
Hedda Tesman (née Gabler) has everything, but wants none of it. But when an old flame flickers back under her palm, her hungry heart ignites a blaze of lust, deceit, and manipulation that could consume more lives than just her own. A shaved, shattered translation-adaptation of Ibsen's timeless conflagration.
Moliere, 2f/3m with doubling
less a translation than a distillation / of Moliere's classic tale of the stagnation / of a society weighed down by flattery / and the one man who best know what's the matter, he / whose quips equip him more than all the rest / to diss dishonor: venom-tongued Alceste. / A play precocious, prating, and perverse, / and 95% in rhyming verse.
Agnes, Daughter of God, decides to give being human a go. What could go wrong? A weird, wooly roller-coaster of colorful characters, nocturnal absurdities, delusions of divinity, puppets, and a Dance Number.
a sea gull
Chekhov, various, 4f/7m
If an actress, her lover (a writer), the lover's mother (an actress), and the lover's mother's lover (a writer) fall in a forest, do they make a sound?
hors d'oeuvres short plays & fragments
rotenberg - two women devour each other, literally and metaphorically
if you want my heart (come and take it) - Grusha loves Masha. Masha loves sadness. They are both vampires.
the naming of things - Adam and Eve have an awkward moment
the last blockbuster in the whole entire world in bend, oregon - it's the last day and everyone gets one free DVD but Beth doesn't want one
the vvoke - socially conscious John Proctologer decides to ask the local ladies what's afoot
the shade - a white girl takes her black girlfriend to a civil war battlefield, and they meet a ghost
birth of tragedy - the greek gods are annoyed at humans, why are they so sad
the genuine article non-fiction publications
Boy Writes Girl for HowlRound: multi-part article series on female characters in the male theatrical canon (Introduction | He That Plays The King | What's Hecuba To Him)
How To Cure a Plague for HowlRound (article)
Sam Shepard Series for Gathering of Tribes: an obituary/retrospective for the late, great American myth (article) and a review of his final work, Spy of the First Person (article)
Interview with Lisa d'Amour for The Dramatist (article)
The (W)right Stuff for Audition Rep Matchmaker (article)