Play Synopses/Rights


PLAY SYNOPSES AND PERFORMANCE RIGHTS INFORMATION

10-Minute Plays


2 B or Nah 2 B: Sexting Hamlet (comedy, 2f, 2m)

You think your family’s crazy? Mine uncle boinks Mom with a hulking dad-bod. And sexts me. Oh woe, vile video! 

(For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


Another Round o’ Proverbs (comedy, 4f)

Ach! There’s nothing so bad it couldn’t be worse. A red-hot nail on the tongue that said it. When Fiona kicks out her cheating partner, she seeks proverbial wisdom at the pub.

(For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


Bad Fit (comedy, 1f, 1m)

Andrea has had it up to her ears with Rocco’s new sidepiece, a fitness gizmo. 

(For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


The Blouse That Swallowed Roma's Head (comedy, 2m, 2f)

After dieting and exercising herself into a frenzy, Roma's ready to rock her new bod. She squeezes into a too-too-tight top in a fitting room and launches a rescue attempt.

(For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


Do These Jeans Make My Butt Look Massive? (comedy, 2f)

Frantic Serafina hasn’t been on a date in ages. Just minutes before the doorbell rings, wise Coco rustles up a head-to-toe makeover.

(For scripts and performance rights, contact YouthPlays, www.youthplays.com info@youthplays.com 424-703-5315.)


Ethnically Ambiguous (drama, 3f)

Not White enough! Not Brown enough! Not Black enough! Ethnically ambiguous Maria battles discrimination because of her appearance. 

(For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


Glacial Decline (drama, 2f)

Recovering in the hospital from a C-section and the death of her firstborn child, academic Chiara is unable to access her emotions, until nurse Venus reveals her own loss.

(For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

Gonna Need to See Some ID (comedy, 1m, 1f, 2 either)

Sizzurup? Bombs? A suspicious cashier interrogates customers as they attempt to make purchases. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


Hairy Toe (dramedy/horror/suspense, 1m, 1f, 1 either)

After yet another battle with hard-ass Grandma Min, reprobate Malachy high-tails it outside and unearths a bloody severed toe. Cool, right? Until the Beast hunts for its lost digit. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

He Said/She Said (monologue)

A rape survivor shares her reluctance in reporting her rape.


Proverbs (comedy, 2m, 2f)

Hah! If you want praise, die. If you want blame, marry. If it’s drowning you’re after, don’t trouble yourself with shallow water. When grieving Fiona kicks out her cheating husband, she seeks proverbial wisdom at the pub. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

Puck, oh, Puck! WTF? (comedy, 1 either)

You snort, "What fools these mortals be," but dudes! These were your schemes. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


Santa Cos (comedy, 3m, 2f)

Santa and his head elf crash a cosplay Christmas party to the horror of geekdom. Sweet and generous Santa’s packing more than presents in his sack. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

Skullduggery (dramedy/horror/suspense, 2m, 1 either)

Mason, a treasure seeking ex-con, surreptitiously digs at the site of an ancient burial ground, intending to sell the artifacts he unearths. He bamboozles his easygoing acquaintance Dwayne into assisting in the nefarious deed. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

'Twas the Christmas Rebellion (comedy, 3m, 2f, 1 either)

So, Orange Wizard Herr Grumpf captures Santa and unleashes the evil devil Krampus to show Americans the new Christmas boss? The hell! Not if the Claus Rebellion has anything to say about it.  (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


Woo Her Like A Badass  (3m, 1f)

Ralphie can’t get the hang of wooing his ladylove beneath her balcony. Good thing Romeo and Cyrano show up.  (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


Your Lion Ass (comedy, 2m, 2f)

Layla is scared to death! She’s terrified that mountain lions stalk her as she hikes with macho Carmine, who shows her a chest-thumping thing or two about standing up to hairy beasts. A prowling mountain lion couple consider such human antics most amusing. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

You’re Hired! (comedy, 1m, 3f)

In a joint interview for a single position, a surprise interviewee pulls out all the stops to snag the job.  (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

One-Acts

Be Bold, Be Bold (drama, horror, suspense, 5m, 4)

Be bold, be bold, but not too bold, lest that your own heart’s blood run cold. Embracing her boldness, young Lady Mary visits her mysterious lover’s home while he is away. There, she discovers a deadly secret. A creepy spine-tingler!  (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

Grope-a-Dope (comedy 2m, 3f)

Skeevy TSA agents Lumpy and Denali treat themselves to recreational pat-downs while innocent canoodlers Esperanza and Regina thwart them and snobby Tiggy oozes distaste. When the agents pounce on a suspect, the women form an unlikely alliance. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

My Face (comedy, 1m, 5f)

Sassy senior Loretta succumbs to plastic surgery pressure and prepares to smooch her old face au revoir. Will she be a whole new older woman? (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


Put the Fun in Funeral  (comedy, 19 minutes, 2f, 1m)

Jen and her daughter DeeDee shop for future funeral arrangements with the ghoulish Mr. Jewel, determined to make it all a laff riot.  (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


Sack of Grievances (drama, 3f)

When Mary Claire visits her parents after a lengthy absence, she lugs her ever-present Sack of Grievances. Mary Claire confronts stuffed emotions when her abusive father threatens her daughter, Knife. For full-length play with expanded cast and arc, see Grievances and Whirligigs. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

Full-Length Plays

A Midnight Clear: The Christmas Truce of 1914 (drama, ensemble, 9m, 5f)

*Semi-finalist, Dionysus Cup Festival of New Plays; Polarity Ensemble Theatre Company, Chicago

It is 1914, during the early months of WWI. Percy, promised he would be home for Christmas, wrestles with his religious beliefs in the face of war’s new rules. With her loved ones entrenched in a war of attrition in No Man’s Land, Eugenie is entrenched in London’s home front. When the historic Christmas Truce of 1914 sweeps across the Western Front, peace reverberates in extraordinary ways. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

Grievances and Whirligigs (dramedy, 2m, 6f, 2 either)

*Developed with Accidental Theatre, Belfast

Like love, empathy, and compassion, violence begins at home. When Mary Claire visits her parents after a lengthy absence, she lugs her ever-present Sack of Grievances. Attempted murder, stuffed emotions, and toxic chili roil to the surface when Mary Claire’s abusive father threatens her daughter, Knife. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

The Haunted Widow Lincoln (drama, ghost story, 6m, 5f)

In 1875, ten years after the assassination of her husband, Mary Todd Lincoln’s increasingly bizarre public behavior rankles her sole surviving son Robert. In Chicago, he orchestrates an insanity hearing in which Mary is not permitted to speak. Pronounced insane by a “Sea of Men,” Mrs. Lincoln receives a court-ordered commitment to Bellevue Place, a posh, private sanitarium in Illinois’ Fox River Valley. There, Mary hoards trunks of her possessions and vials of poison. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Chicago Drama Works here.)

Most Wretched Deathbed Fever Dreams of Edgar Allan Poe (drama, 3f, 2m, 1either)

After a violent squall ushers in a sweltering heat wave, Annabelle stumbles upon a delirious man in the gutter. He is unable to recall his name, Edgar Allan Poe, or how he arrived in his hallucinatory state. Annabelle drags him to her lover Lucretia’s Memento Mori Shoppe, where Lucretia creates photographs of the dead—and which Annabelle haunts. With his acuteness of the senses, Poe is aware of Annabelle, although Lucretia is not. Lucretia vows to provide the mysterious stranger a safe place to peacefully pass from the earthly realm. She promises to create a proper post-mortem mourning daguerreotype in his memory, although Poe is utterly alone in the world. But first Lucretia must photograph putrefying bodies before the heat has their way with them, as Death threatens to take Poe to the bowels of hell. Ghosts of his past combine with characters and images from his literary works to torment Poe in his terror of premature burial. Can Poe make peace with his untimely demise and find solace in death? And what solace can he offer grieving Lucretia?  (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)


TYA: Shows for Teens and Kids

And We Will Share the Sky (1-hour dramedy, 4m, 4f, extras)

*Kennedy Center Finalist, David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award

*National Theatre for Young Audiences Playwriting Award, University of Central Missouri

Long, long ago, when the world is fresh and new, Brother Sun and Sister Moon live on land. They are different as, well, as day and night. Gadabout Sun shines a dazzling personality over endless friends. Contemplative Moon finds inspiration within. The two struggle with their differences and try to find their places in the world. Inspired by traditional tales of Nigeria and Senegal, including “How the Sun and Moon Came to Be” and “How the Sun and Moon Came to Live in the Sky.” (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

Corner Critics (one-act dramedy, 2m, 2f, walk-ons)

As bully Bree waits for her meet-up, her snarky ongoing critique of female passers-by annoys the bejeezus out of her karma-concerned friend Jessica. Does karma really reign? (For scripts and performance rights, contact YouthPlays, www.youthplays.com info@youthplays.com 424-703-5315.)

 

Coyote’s Moon (10-minute comedy, folk tale, trickster tale, 1m, 2f)

Little Rabbit relies on her wits when that lowdown galoot Coyote slinks up to gobble her down. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

Dreary to Cheery (10-minute comedy, 2m, 5f, extras)

Is it that lack of creepy things that makes Ghost Girl’s house so dreary? Beat-boxing Monster, motherly Mummy, a classic Transylvanian, and other ghouls urge the lonely spirit not to give up the ghost. (For scripts and performance rights, contact Donna Latham, donnamlatham@comcast.net)

 

Grappling With Grammar, a collection of ten-minute plays. (Comedy, 3M, 3F)

Synopsis: 'Twould be folly to start a unit on sentence structure without this innovation collection of 10-minute plays to help you effectively teach adjectives, idioms, pronouns, and much more to students who would rather toss grammar--and the teacher--out the window. Instead, toss that "drill and kill" method, and explore these plays in the classroom.

The series is available in script, audio, and paperback forms. For scripts, audio, and rights, visit Heuer Publishing.


Three by the Sea (full-length comedy, ensemble, 13m, 15f, extras)

*Paddy and the Mermaid received an Honorable Mention Award from the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild. Surfer dudes, pirates, and mermaids, oh, my! Three sea-faring yarns with something for everyone. Desperately seeking his lost treasure, Buccaneer Bochephus Q. Fizziwater summons three sea yarns, “Paddy and the Mermaid,” “Coyote’s Moon,” and “Foghorn Franny.” (For scripts and performance rights, contact Brooklyn Publishers, brookpub.com, toll-free: 888-473-8521.

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