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Funny Shorts
Funny Shorts,
a collection of 15 one-acts,
is now available.

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Free Will

Long short play (4M, 4W).

Eight iconic characters from different Shakespeare plays wind up on an island. Comedy/tragedy/romance ensues.

Published in Best American Short Plays 2012-13.

Published in Funny Shorts.

Performance rights handled by Broadway Play Publishing.

Best American Short Plays 2012-13

First Day of School

Wins Bay Area Critics Award for Outstanding Original Script 2009-2010.

Full-length play (3M, 4W). Surreal farce.

Published and performance rights handled by Broadway Play Publishing.

Monologues featured in Best Men’s Monologues 2012 and Best Women’s Monologues 2012.

Produced in San Francisco by SF Playhouse in fall of ’09.

Produced in Philadelphia by 1812 Productions in fall of ’09.

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Photographs by Mark Gavin. Cast: Karen Peakes, Pete Pryor, Chris Faith, Susan Riley Stevens, Jennifer Childs, Eileen Cella, and Michael Tomasetti.

Produced in Forth Worth by Amphibian Stage Productions in summer of ’10.

Produced in San Jose by City Lights Theater Company in fall of ’10.

Awarded a commission from San Francisco’s Magic Theatre.

Featured in National New Play Network’s showcase ’07.

First Day of School

Little Duck

A children‘s television company blends sweetness with sadism.

One-act play (2M/3W) produced in Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2009.

Published in Funny Shorts.

Performance rights handled by Broadway Play Publishing.

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In the Middle of the Night

One-act play (2 M, 2 W), premiered in Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon 2011.

Reviews.

YouTube interview with director Robert Davenport.

Published in Funny Shorts.

Performance rights handled by Broadway Play Publishing.

In the Middle of the Night

The News

Karen has some really weird news. As people realize what it is they start acting really weird.

One-act play (2M/2W) produced in Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon 2007.

Produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA Project in the West Coast Marathon 2004.

Published in Best American Short Plays 2004-2005.

Published in Funny Shorts.

Performance rights handled by Playscripts, Inc.

The News - Geneva Carr and Grant Shaud photo by Carol Rosegg

Of Two Minds

A mother and her teenage daughter become involved with the same man.

  • One-act play (3M/2W) produced in Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2003.

    Published in Funny Shorts.

    Performance rights handled by Broadway Play Publishing.

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    Reunions

    Graduates return to show off the incredible things they’ve become.

    One-act play (2M/3W) produced in Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2002.

    Published in Best American Short Plays 2002-2003 (Applause Books).

    Monologue selected for publication in Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, volume 2.

    Selected for Vintage Books anthology Shorter, Faster, Funnier by Eric Lane & Nina Shengold.

    Published in Funny Shorts.

    Performance rights handled by Broadway Play Publishing.

    Best American Short Plays 2002-2003

    Light Years

    Four college students improvise identities.

    Full-length play (2M/2W) produced at Playwrights Horizons in the fall of 2001.

    Published in Funny Shorts.

    Published by, and performance rights handled by Playscripts, Inc.

    Scene featured in Best Stage Scenes 2003 (Smith and Kraus).

    Playbill article and photo.

    Opening night photo.

    Light Years photo by Joan Marcus

    Light Years, Part One: Freshman Year

    One-act play (2M/2W) produced in Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2000.

    Published by, and performance rights handled by Playscripts, Inc.

    Published in Best American Short Plays 1999-2000 (Applause Books), and in The Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2000 (Faber and Faber).

    Published in Funny Shorts.

    New York Times review.

    Curtain Up review.

    Photos from Louisiana Tech production (taken by Michael Rasbury).

    Best American Short Plays 1999-2000

    The Art Room

    A Feydeau farce re-imagined in a mental ward.

    Full-length play (3M/3W) first produced at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in the spring of 1999.

    Subsequently produced at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre in the summer of 2003.

    Published in Plays From the Woolly Mammoth (Broadway Play Publishers).

    Published in stand-alone volume, and performance rights handled by Broadway Play Publishing.

    Three monologues featured in Best Men’s Stage Monologues 2013.

    Nominated for Kesselring Award for Best New American Play, 1999.

    Boston Globe review.

    Photos from the Wellfleet production, taken by Ben Arons.

    Playbill announcement

    Harvard Crimson article.

    Program note.

    The Art Room photo by Ben Arons

    Night Rules

    Young parents battle the forces of darkness.

    One-act play (2M/2W) produced in Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2001.

    Village Voice review.

    Published in Funny Shorts.

    Performance rights handled by Broadway Play Publishing.

     

    Guilt

    Someone is guilty of something.

    One-act play (2M/2W) produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Take Ten Festival in the spring of 2003.

    Published in 10 Minute Plays From the Actors Theatre of Louisville: Volume 6 (Samuel French).

    Published in Funny Shorts.

    Performance rights handled by Broadway Play Publishing.

    Actors Theatre of Louisville script

    Little Red Riding Hood

    The classic fairytale, thoroughly bastardized.

    One-act play (2M/3W) published in Best American Short Plays 1992-1993 (Applause Books).

    Monologue selected for publication in Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, volume 1.

    Revised version published in Funny Shorts.

    Also published by, and performance rights handled by Playscripts, Inc.

    Frequently performed across the United States and overseas, the play has been translated into Spanish, Greek, Turkish, and Icelandic.

    The first 50 theater groups to perform Little Red Riding Hood.

    Photo from production of Little Red Riding Hood by The Armadillo Theatre Group, Fournos Theatre, Athens, Greece (2000).

    Little Red Riding Hood

    Negotiation

    An employer and a free-lancer try to settle on a fee, and a job, and a species.

    Short play for 2 humans, premiered in U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado in 1997.

    Featured in Plays for Two (Vintage Press). Jacqueline Lawton interview.

    Performance rights handled by Broadway Play Publishing.

     

    Bleep this Bleep

    Four people who seem to be in a reality show seem to share certain basic values until they seem to start strangling one another.

    One-act play (2M/2W) first performed at Earl Hamner Theater.

    Published in Funny Shorts.

    Performance rights handled by Broadway Play Publishing.