One Act Plays
IRISH AUTHORS HELD HOSTAGE
The title says it all. Authors. Irish ones. Held hostage. Yeats, Wilde, Joyce, Synge, Beckett, all with guns to their heads. For the love of God, come see this show! Have you no feeling heart in your chest?
"If you enrolled a gaggle of 'Saturday Night Live' writers in English 101 as taught by poet Seamus Heaney, they might whip
up a droll spoof like 'Irish Authors Held Hostage.' 'Irish Authors' brims with an erudite postmodern whimsy that, at its
most inspired moments, recalls Tom Stoppard."
—Celia Wren, THE WASHINGTON POST
JACK THE TICKET RIPPER
A comic revenge tragedy about a Ticket Taker who seeks vengeance against those who replaced him with an optical scanner.
“Five stars! Hilariously entertaining! Jack The Ticket Ripper produces laughs with ease, combining farcical elements
of horror films and theatre management. Anyone who’s ever had psychotic thoughts during a shift at a less-than-
glamorous job (come on not, that’s everybody), should exorcise his anger by seeing Jack The Ticket Ripper.”
—Caitlin DeMerlis, DC THEATRE SCENE
THE MATCHMAKER’S GUIDE TO CONTROLLING THE ELEMENTS
An office busybody attempts to get her boss together with a friend, simultaneously explaining the matchmaking process to the audience.
"This is by far the wackiest romp of the evening..."
—Anthony Chas, BUFFALO ARTVOICE
"[The] frequent asides to the audience are hilarious..."
—Michael Groosberg, COLUMBUS DISPATCH
"...a clever treat."
—Richard Ades, THE OTHER PAPER
THE LITTLE FARMER
Adapted from the Grimm's fairy tale about a poor farmer who seeks revenge on the townspeople who mock him.
A menacing comedy/drama that probes the issues of faith, hospitality, American vacillation, and bad toupees.
"This is nicely plotted and well-crafted in its use of actors and staging."
—Arts and Letters Prize for Drama
TEN MINUTE PLAYS
MEN AND PARTS
Two women play a game of “Can You Top This,” relating stories about how they use their bodies to attract and dump famous men.
A wealthy woman buying a blazer has difficulty expressing her desires to the snooty sales manager.
GENERIC PICK-UP #9
A neurotic man follows a woman into church to ask her out for a date while she prays the rosary.
THE PERIODONTAL BLUES
Two losers discuss the futility of existence as it relates to gingivitis.
Strange accidents plague the start of a play. As the stage manager apologizes to the audience, the playwright arrives to inform us that the accidents were scripted.