The subject matter--a bit touchy. The idea was triggered by the Clinton-Lewinsky incident. It, and other things related, are discussed by three older ladies, sitting on a porch across the street from a Catholic church, a Catholic rectory, and Catholc convent and a Catholic school. The play is available here, or in an anthology published by Bakers Plays/Samuel French, Inc.
The ladies' porch-vision detects a young man in the neighborhood who is visited late into the night by two young ladies. Needless to say, Gert, Alma and Marjorie find ten minutes of conversation to contribute to this third installment of the porch ladies series, which eventually became the full-length play, THE PORCH. This script is also available in an anthology published by Baker's Plays/Samuel French, or can be purchased here.
This ten-minute opus finds a couple of young actresses sitting in a movie producer's waiting room, anticipating an audition. Each is up for the part of The Virgin Mary in an upcoming film. Not sure how the film will do, since it will feature Kevin Spacey as a brooding Jesus, but that's not the issue here. The issue here is who is best suited to play the Mother of God. These girls will try to explain it to you, and to each other. This script is also available in an anthology published by Baker's Plays/Samuel French, or here.
It's spring, 2004, and a lunatic barges into Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein's office claiming to have, in his possession (actually in his briefcase) the Curse of the Bambino. He has been responsible for holding the Curse (for reasons explained in the play), and, with 86 years of Red Sox frustration gnawing at him, he can't take it anymore, and wants to hand it over to Epstein who, he believes, can end the Curse by merely taking the briefcase. Now a bit dated, of course, but still funny.
A plea for playwriting originality, with a playwright's dead grandmother making an appearance in a script about herself, begging the audience to knock it off with the dead grandmother stories.
And a new franchise is born. Two actresses of a certain age attend a performance of DEATH OF A SALESMAN, in which another actress, their great rival, is playing Linda Loman. They let us know how they feel about this. This play is available in the Smith and Kraus anthology, "Best Ten-Minute Plays for Two Actors, 2006," or here. A video of a rehearsal of this play is posted on my Video Page.
Bethel and Clarice, my characters from SHE'S FABULOUS, are back again. The rival actress from the first play is their rival no longer. Mainly because she died. This play takes place at her wake, where the discussion is only peripherally about her, and more about who's going to play Fraulein Schnieder in an upcoming production of CABARET. This play is available in the Smith and Kraus anthology, "Best Ten-Minute Plays for Two Actors, 2008," or here.
The rule of threes. Goes for jokes, and for comic ten-minute plays that audiences enjoy. Bethel and Clarice, now without a rival in town, are at an audition for a new play. Each shows the other what she is going to bring into the audition room. The acting is...broad. And the chicanery is in effect. This play is available Smith and Kraus's "Best Ten-Minute Plays for Two or More Actors, 2009," or here.
If you're a playwright, or an actor, or director, you have been subjected, at one time or another, to the dreaded audience Talk Back, during which time audience members are invited to stay after the play and...SAY THINGS to you. And they do. This play will be available in an upcoming Smith and Kraus anthology, and is available now here.
Bethel and Clarice, the actresses from SHE'S FABULOUS, etc., return to find themselves in cell phone negotiations for competing roles. They live for this stuff. Available here.