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.

 

LARRY’S RESOLUTION

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.

 

FASHION SPECIFICS

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.

 

PROLOGUE

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.