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And Vaster

By Skye Robinson Hillis

In their fifteen years together, married actors Michael and Corinne have stood by their decision to focus on their respective careers and each other, and to not have children. When Michael is suddenly confronted…

Sarah Mitchell Artichoke Hearts

Artichoke Hearts

By Sarah Mitchell

Artichoke Hearts cuts into the strange, sadistic state of being in love. Written and performed by Sarah Mitchell in a series of embodied interviews, the show investigates why we bother…

Brilliant Works of Art

Brilliant Works of Art

By Donna Hoke

Law student Abby Gates has no qualms about becoming a sugar baby to get her tuition bills paid…until it means keeping a secret from the man she loves, an artist…

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Butterflies and Margarine

By Oded Gross

Hazel has fallen in love with John. She met John three months prior when she found him naked in a field, unable to remember anything, not who he is, how…

Dance of the Fluxons

By Drew Katzman

Is there one defining principle that underlies the behavior of all physical matter? Does it also underlie the behavior of emotional matter? Will Rainbow get to the pre-party? Should dinner…

Donna Orbits the Moon

By Ian August

Something is not quite right with Donna: She’s a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a minor celebrity to all the bake sale planners in town, but something is making…

Elevator Girl

By Donna Hoke

Elevator Girl was never meant to be more than an urban legend, a sexual revenge fantasy created by Vanessa and her graphic illustrator boyfriend. But when the comic superhero unleashes…

Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes

By Franky D. Gonzalez

Synopsis An examination of the inmates within a system trying to discover meaning in the face of isolation and doubt in one’s own worth over a 25-year bid. The play…

Fernando

By Steven Haworth

The play is a farce about tragic people. Zacharia Smythe, assistant professor of art, has come to Madrid to take a short sabbatical and study a painting by Fernando Rafael…

Flowers in the Desert

By Donna Hoke

After 14 years of marriage, Britt and Joe called it quits, so Joe is surprised when three years later, Britt asks him to try again. Cheater Joe still loves his…

For Nina

By Robert Emmet Lunney

Nina Dalton is a major movie star performing in a new play by her older, Pulitzer Prize-winning husband, Brian Bartov. Their world is shaken by the return of Gar Jackson,…

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Front Room

By Richard Kalinoski

Sandra, a middle-aged woman who is a professor of theater at a small college, attempts to safeguard her irascible mother, who is a desperate hoarder. While Sandra begins preparations to…

Fugitive Colors

By Barbara V. Anderson

Every second Sunday of the month, four women meet at Marge’s Santa Cruz Mountain cabin for a hike and lunch. Today is different, very different. Marge has asked to paint…

In Ways Both Frivolous and Deep

By Marin Gazzaniga

When Millicent needs a time-out from her life, she ends up subletting Sparky’s grunge-infested apartment while he’s out on the road. She organizes his home and puts his life under…

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Knockout Mouse

By Gabriel Neustadt

A lab assistant discovers that the prominent neurobiologist he works for has fudged data on a major scientific paper. As Peter contemplates his next move, he seeks the advice of…

Mrs. Harrison

By R. Eric Thomas

Mrs. Harrison is about two women and one story. At their 10-year college reunion, Aisha and Holly meet by chance. Is this the first time or has it just been…

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Naming True

By Natalie Symons

Amy, a transgender teenage girl, shows up unannounced in the Florida motel room of Nell, a dying woman who’s lived much of her life on the streets of Detroit and…

Pankhurst: Freedom or Death

By Jeannine Grizzard

British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst championed the fight for women’s right to vote as the most important of all causes, declaring: “We are on the greatest mission the world has ever…

Science Night Stephanie Neuerburg

Science Night

By Stephanie Neuerburg

While serving detention for something she may or may not have done, Lauren and her science teacher realize they might be more similar than they think. Playwright Perspective I wrote…

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Silueta

By Chris Shelton, Diana Burbano, and Tom Shelton

Silueta is a two-person play inspired by the true story of Ana Mendieta, a Cuban-American performance artist and sculptor, whose life ended in a harrowing 34-story fall from the SoHo apartment…

Southbridge

By Reginald Edmund

A white widow has been assaulted and an angry mob is at the jailhouse door demanding the sheriff lynch the accused. The only way to untangle the truth is for…

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Tail of the Bell

By Gabriel Neustadt

Eric is a recent college graduate working as an SAT tutor to pay the bills. Tonight he arrives at the Tarzana home of one of his wealthy students but finds…

The Exceptionals

By Bob Clyman

For the past five years, a team of highly regarded scientists has been studying the development of “exceptional” children. To create these children, the team selected a small group of…

The Good Bet

By Bob Clyman

Mark, a respected moral philosopher, is convinced that people are fundamentally good. Ben, who investigates intellectual property theft, is equally convinced that every seeming act of kindness is simply a…

The Harder Courage

By Leslie Slape

Sheriff Ben Holmes arrests and ultimately hangs Robert Day for first-degree murder in this drama based on actual events of 1891-92. During eight months in jail, the talkative, emotional prisoner…

The Screenwriter Dies of His Own Free Will

By Jim Shankman

Willy Shotz is a brilliant and successful Hollywood screenwriter. Producers kill for his stylish violence and ironic sci-fi. But late-stage cancer has graced him with a new vision of art…

The Second Coming of Klaus Kinski

By Andrew Perez

Klaus Kinski is one of the most celebrated and controversial actors in the history of world cinema. The reckless abandon with which he approached both life and art left him…

The Worst Mother in the World

By Kari Bentley-Quinn

New mom Nina has a healthy baby boy, a loving husband… and is struggling with terrifying nightmares and anxiety attacks. Her therapist, Bonnie, is trying to help her discover how…

Water Made to Rise

By Barret O'Brien

Three men are caught in a crisis of torrential proportions, trapped in a taproom in a city that has been decimated by flooding. Who Guard Rodney Gardiner Captain Barret O’Brien…

What We Were

What We Were

By Blake Hackler

Synopsis What We Were is set in East Texas and spans two decades. Sisters Nell, Tessa, and Carlin are now adults whose lives have been impacted by a childhood of abuse. After…