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The Bullying Collection
E. M. Bell and 9 others
We asked ten talented playwrights to write a 10-minute play based on his or her unique take on bullying. The result is a collection of plays that range from the tragic to the comedic, but in all, works to reveal a new perspective on a common problem...
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100 - 105 minutes
10 f, 5 m, 15 either (13-95 actors possible: 5-86 f, 5-67 m)
Lynn Nottage
When a housewife comes to the end of her rope with her abusive husband, she doesn't expect him to spontaneously combust. Now she has a pile of ashes on the floor, and a life to reclaim...
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15 - 20 minutes
2 f
Snow Angel
David Lindsay-Abaire
When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 15 confused teenagers who are asked to help her in her search...
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60 - 80 minutes
8 f, 8 m
truth: The Testimonial of Sojourner Truth
Eric Coble
A powerful drama exploring the life of Sojourner Truth, a woman searching for her identity in a country ripped apart by Civil War...
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90 minutes
1 f, 2 m (1-10 actors possible: 1-10 f, 0-9 m)
And in This Corner: Cassius Clay
Idris Goodwin
At the sound of the bell, young Cassius Clay Jr. takes his first step into the ring and starts becoming the man the world would know as Muhammad Ali. This swift, vibrant historical drama bobs and weaves through the iconic boxer's early life in Jim Crow-era Louisville...
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60 - 80 minutes
2 f, 7 m
Lisa D'Amour
On a chilly night in Duluth, Minnesota, with nothing much to do, Sheila, Kira, and Matt head to a clearing in the woods in search of any kind of excitement. In place of partygoers they find a scrawny, shivering kid who claims to be more than 100 years old...
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25 - 35 minutes
4 f, 3 m, 4 either (7-15 actors possible: 4-8 f, 3-7 m)
I and You
Lauren Gunderson
I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness...
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90 - 100 minutes
1 f, 1 m
Cave Dream
Alan Haehnel
Five spelunkers find themselves trapped in an invisible cage within a cavern. Suddenly, mysterious creatures emerge from the rocks and require the captors to state one absolute truth in order to free themselves and make it out alive. With each wrong answer, the invisible cage shrinks...
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35 - 45 minutes
15 either (10-15 actors possible: 0-15 f, 0-15 m)
Brief Interviews with Internet Cats
Patrick Greene
Celebrity interviewer Ian McWorthy has a dream line-up for tonight's episode of the World Wide Window: a veritable litterful of felines whose internet antics have catapulted them to fame...
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25 - 45 minutes
9 f, 7 m, 6 either (8-30 actors possible: 1-30 f, 1-30 m)
The Locker Next 2 Mine
Jonathan Dorf
For Alisa, it's already tough being a mid-year arrival in her junior year. To make matters worse, her locker is next to a sprawling shrine for Beth Turner, a lacrosse player who died a year earlier...
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35 - 45 minutes
13 f, 7 m, 7 either (14-40 actors possible: 8-25 f, 5-20 m)
Making God Laugh
Sean Grennan
Making God Laugh follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years' worth of holidays. Starting in 1980...
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120 - 130 minutes
2 f, 3 m (5-20 actors possible: 2-8 f, 3-12 m)
Now Let Me Fly
Marcia Cebulska
It is 1950 and Thurgood Marshall wants to fly in the face of tradition and overthrow the Supreme Court doctrine of "Separate But Equal." But when the ghost of his mentor, Charles Houston, visits him, he is stricken with doubt...
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Historical drama
80 - 90 minutes
3 f, 8 m (7-33 actors possible: 2-7 f, 5-26 m)
Wilde Tales
Jeremy Bloom
Come through the garden gate to a world where swallows, statues, and fireworks speak with all the wit of Oscar Wilde. Five stories of love and loss from Wilde's collection of stories for young people...
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70 - 90 minutes
8 either (8-40 actors possible: 0-40 f, 0-40 m)
The Victorian
Marcus Gardley
A newlywed interracial couple moves into an old Victorian home in the San Francisco Bay Area, but an act of violence leaves young Adeline a widow. Troubled with grief and struggling to raise her daughter alone, Adeline reaches out to the community and learns of the long, tumultuous history of the house and the people who have lived there...
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30 - 40 minutes
7 f, 6 m (13-15 actors possible: 7-9 f, 6-8 m)
Finger Foods: An Evening of Short Plays
Nina Shengold
Together these seven short plays serve up a satisfying assortment of life experiences that are sometimes mysterious, sometimes hilarious, and always surprising...
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100 - 120 minutes
5 f, 3 m (8-45 actors possible: 4-22 f, 4-24 m)
Things Fall (Meanwhile)
Barton Bishop
When musical prodigy Meg Meadows accidentally drops an air-conditioning unit out of her window, crushing someone on the street below, she loses the ability to hear music. Meanwhile, after Keb's brother is killed by a falling air-conditioner in the middle of their street-dance routine, Keb loses his grasp of language and begins speaking gibberish. Meanwhile...
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30 - 35 minutes
3 f, 5 m, 8 either (7-30 actors possible: 3-25 f, 3-25 m)
Relative Strangers
Sheri Wilner
A young airline passenger decides that the woman seated next to her might be the mother she never had. She finds an ally in a wacky stewardess who, unlike the reluctant mother figure, believes these two passengers are a match made in heaven...
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25 - 35 minutes
3 f
The Tree
Bradley Walton
ive teenagers on a hiking trip discover a blackened, twisted tree in the forest. They think little of it until night begins to fall and they find it in their path again...and again...and again...
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35 - 40 minutes
3 f, 2 m, 5 either (10 actors possible: 3-8 f, 2-7 m)
Going to School
Ed Monk
Nick is going off to college for the first time. The only problem is, his family is taking him -- his mother worries he will starve to death, his father forgot his tuition check, his teenage sister doesn't see why she has to go,
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32 - 35 minutes
4 f, 4 m, 3 either (10-11 actors possible: 4-7 f, 4-7 m)
Mother Goosed
Jason Pizzarello
Something unprecedented is happening in Fairytale Land -- all the nursery rhyme characters are revolting against their own stories...
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25 - 35 minutes
6 f, 8 m, 6 either (10-30 actors possible: 5-25 f, 5-25 m)