Short Plays

One Minute To Twenty Minutes

I FEEL GOOD!

Sharon Jones, aged forty, desperately wants to have a singing career but record companies won’t give her a break despite her obvious talent. She is forced to deal with the tough realities of guarding prisoners at Rikers Island. But then, she gets a call.

IN ALABAMA

Juliette  Hampton Morgan  struggles to overcome her own fears as she finds a way to  transcend the narrow restrictions of her family and  Alabama community  to become a major  Civil Rights Activist. Inspired by this real life heroine.

Was produced as part of The Voire Dire Project 1.5 in The Dream Up Festival at Theater for The New City, September 7-16  2017

Was produced as part of The Voire Dire Project  2016, Cap  21 and Westbeth, NYC

THE UNDERCURRENT

Detective Rodney thinks it will be another run-of-the-mill case when he meets Betsey, who takes him to places he’d thought were long dead and buried. An aquatic crime comedy.

Was produced as part of Plays and Prestidigitation at Polaris North (by invitation only) July 2017

PALAK PANEER

Joe has just returned from serving in Afghanistan, and looks forward to a romantic Indian dinner with his wife Diane. Two loud older ladies enter the restaurant and abruptly alter the mood. A black comedy which explores how strangers are often forced to deal with one another in the city.

was produced as part of The Big Apple Theater Festival, June 2017

THE QUIET CAR

Dr. Shmuck tries to inform his patient discreetly about some embarrassing lab results while aboard a New Jersey transit train . He is  unprepared for her reaction as well as the conductor’s rigid enforcement of train etiquette. An absurdist comedy which examines the boundaries of what is public and what is private.

was produced as part of Plays and Prestidigitation (by invitation only) at Polaris North March  2017.

RIDE TO THE BRIDGE

When Missy steps into Lou’s cab, she is intent on freeing herself in the only way she can imagine. But Lou has other plans. A black comedy which explores the desperation which drives people in the current economy.

Had a workshop production (by invitation only) at Polaris North Sept 2016.

MOUNTAIN DEW

Tanya, a modern teen, enters into a mystical bond with the ghost of Hannah Reynolds, a slave and the only civilian casualty of the Battle of Appomattox.

Written for 365 Women A Year

Had a reading at the Winter 2017 Equity Library Theater Play Festival at the NYPL 53rd Street Branch on January 28th, 2017.
Had a reading as part of  HERSTORY NOPlays Festival of 365 Women a Year Project  at The Silk Road Art Gallery, New Haven, Ct. April 29-30, 2016.

Had a workshop production (by invitation only)  at Polaris North September  2015.

GROWL

Poet Simin Behbahani is being interrogated by a Revolutionary Guard at the Tehran airport. Old and almost blind, she knows he could easily imprison or kill her. Will her principals prove to be stronger than her fears?

FRIGHT OR FLIGHT

When Nancy first boards her plane her, eager to prepare for her court case, her only distraction is Kevin, the needy undertaker sitting next to her, but she soon discovers that the plane is defective, the pilot’s drunk and the stewardess is a religious fanatic with little concern for the passengers on board. A wild farce that will have you reaching for your call button.

Produced as part of The Women’s Playwriting Festival, Two Muses Theatre, West Bloomfield, Michigan,  2015.

A SIRI-OUS SITUATION

In order to sort out his troubled life, REGGIE turns to SIRI (on his I-Phone), but she only compounds his problems and their bizarre relationship explodes. A mad romp.

Produced at the 9th annual Theatre InspiraTO Festival, Canada’s largest ten minute play festival, Toronto 2014.

PICK AND PRICK

Roberta has recently fled the Apple Store, with acute vertigo as a result of the bright lights and video screens therein. Desperate to get relief from her symptoms, she arrives at Andrew’s acupuncture office. She is in for a rude awakening in this zany comedy as she discovers that Andrew is not quite the healer she had in mind.

THE BOOSTERS

Marcy drags her kid sister Nanette along on her shoplifting spree. Beneath the swagger is a vulnerable teenager. Will they be able to pull it off?

THE PET SITTERS

Two teenagers, Esther and Artie are hired to take care of a hamster but they are not quite up to the challenge. A wild and crazy black comedy.

ON THE TURNPIKE

Jerry and Denise are stuck on the New Jersey Turnpike during one of the worst Nor’easters on record. Their relationship is tested as they navigate this difficult terrain to often hilarious results

studio production, (by invitation only)  at Polaris North, 2014

THE SAME FREQUENCY

A  monologue.  Peggy sits at the bar swilling Bourbon, as she fantasizes about her idol arriving and sweeping her off her feet, but will he even show up?

TIT FOR TSA-T

Marsha, a TSA agent at the Detroit Metro Airport thinks it is just another day screening passengers when the over sexed cult member Fifi arrives and takes her on a journey she’ll never forget. A zany comedy which asks the question, “Who is really in control?”

studio production, (by invitation only)  at Polaris North, 2013. staged readings, One-Acts and Snacks, Casa Beverly  February 2017  and The Lower East Side Festival, 2011.

BURNING MAN

Yoko is being schooled on how to make a hard sell from her boss, Boris. He’s only too happy to show her how it’s all done but her grasp of the English language comes from a radically different source. A zany adventure in miscommunication.

THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY

Sam and Rita’s marriage is going stale when Rick and his fiance Elise show up to celebrate their engagement. The guests’ aberrant behavior pushes everything to the surface in this steamy romantic entanglement.

 THE CLEARING

A satire. Danny expects it will be smooth sailing when he moves in with his Aunt Risa. They soon discover that neither of their lives will ever be the same!

staged reading The Lower East Side Festival, 2013.

THE TRANSFER STUDENT

Tony is very relieved to find a place to stay when he transfers to an out of state school. Then he arrives at the home of his hostess Helen, who gives him a lot to swallow in this wacky comedy.

staged reading The Lower East Side Festival, 2012

HIGH COLONIC MOUNTAIN

Tessie escapes to  a New Age center, desperate to relax by the lake and express herself in the class she’s taking. The people are nuts and she almost drowns, but discovers some inner resources along the way. A  satiric social commentary.

staged reading Lower East Side Festival, 2010

THE WORLD TRADE CENTER MEDICAL MORONIC PROGRAM

Joe, a first responder, is desperate to get relief from his World Trade Center related illnesses but finds his doctor to be a far cry from Marcus Welby. A satiric depiction of a government agency which is nothing short of  travesty.

staged reading, Lower East Side Festival,  2007.

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An Interview with J. Lois Diamond

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