10-minute plays

Rat-tat-tat (comedy, 2M,1F)

Three lab rats ponder the meaning of their maze–and the cosmos.  (Excerpt)

“Shalom Auslander by way of Edward Albee…. a festival finale that’s worth waiting for” — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Shared jury prize, SUNY Brockport Festival of 10, 2003
  • Runner-up, “Stage This!” contest, 2005 (Buy the festival volume.)
  • Heartlande Theatre Company Play-by-Play Festival, 2006
  • Fresh Fish 2.0 Festival, 2009 (Read a not too cringe-making interview.)
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville One-act Play Festival, May 2012
  • Included in “The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2013” Smith & Kraus, pub. Dec. 2013
  • Ithaca Fringe Festival (part of Four Easy Pieces), April 2014
  • Univ. of Western Montana 10-minute Play Festival, Oct. 2014

Glove Story (comedy, 2M,1F)

Percival studies, classifies, and catalogs solitary gloves found in the streets of New York. Kitty is searching for gloves, and men, she has lost. Do they match?  (Excerpt)

  • Staged reading, Makor 10-minute Play Festival, 2005
  • Heideman Award Finalist, 2006

Roger and Juliet (comedy, 1M,1F)

While Juliet sits peacefully on a the ledge of a tall building, Roger appears on the ledge of the building across the street. He: financial irregularities, falll guy. She: learning how to fly.  (Excerpt)

  • Staged reading, Wolf’s Mouth Theatre Company 10-minute play festival, 2008.
  • Staged reading, Last Frontier Theatre Conference 10-minute play slam, May 2010.
  • Staged reading, CSMA Arts Marathon, Oct 2010.
  • Majestic Theatre New Works Cabaret, Corvallis Oregon, June 2012.
  • Ithaca Fringe Festival (part of Four Easy Pieces), April 2014
  • Echo 10 Short Play Festival, Provo Utah, Nov. 2014

Speed Mating (comedy, 2M,2F)

Chick, Sam, Patty, and Francis emerge after 17 years underground. Chick and Patty have just one thing in mind—to do what comes naturally. But Sam and Francis are all too aware that their lives will be just 60 minutes long.  (Excerpt)

“endearingly goofy” — The Independent Weekly

  • 10 by 10 in the Triangle, 2008
  • North Park Playwrights Festival, Oct. 2009
  • Sex/Death XXX, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Dec. 2009
  • Sixth Annual Wolf’s Mouth short play festival, Sept. 2012
  • Parish Players 10-minute Play Festival, Feb, 2013
  • Ithaca Fringe Festival (part of Four Easy Pieces), April 2014
  • Playwrights’ Round Table Summer Shorts, Orlando, FL, July 2016
  • To appear in Best 10-Minute Plays of 2017 published by Smith & Kraus.

The 29 Steps (comedy, 1M,3F)

29 Steps is a business that offers to create the New You, who may not always be what you bargained for.  (Excerpt)

  • Kitchen Theatre 48-hour Playwriting Marathon
  • Brief Acts (Love Creek Productions), March 2012

Raging Opera (musical, 2M,1F)

Frank Sonata wants to change his luck by managing the comeback of a one-time heavyweight contender, Alegretto Grazioso. Complicating things, of course, is a dame.  (Excerpt)

  • Wolf’s Mouth Theatre Company, second annual 10-minute play festival, 2009
  • Staged reading, CSMA Arts Marathon, Oct 2010.

Dewey Eyed (musical, 1M, 1F)

A librarian with a questionable past meets a nerd with an implausible future. (Excerpt) (Songs)

  • Staged reading, Spring(W)rites, the Finger Lakes Literary Festival, May 2010.
  • Staged reading, CSMA Arts Marathon, Oct 2010.

Toil and … (2M, 3F)

A production of “Banquo (Exclamation point!)” is plagued by suspicious deaths — is it the curse of the Scottish Musical?

(Excerpt)

  • Wolf’s Mouth 4th Annual 10-minute Play Festival (The T&A Plays), March 2011
  • Staged reading by Ithaca Shakespeare Company, Ithaca Literary Festival, May 2012

It (3M, 1 either)

There’s a right way and a wrong way to everything, even — or especially — in a men’s room. (Excerpt)

  • Staged reading, Ithaca Literary Festival, May 2012
  • Sixth Annual Wolf’s Mouth short play festival, Sept. 2012

Die, Your Heartless, Etc. Etc. (2M, 1F)

To take revenge on a girlfriend who dumped him Joel writes a stupid movie – but it’s not stupid enough. (Excerpt)

  • Staged reading, Ithaca Literary Festival, May 2014
  • North Park Playwrights Festival (Week 2 Audience Favorite), Oct. 2014

Ninety Degrees of Separation (2M, 2F)

Dueling performance artists: could the stakes be any lower?

A Very Schrodinger Christmas (2M, 2F)

The love life of Erwin Schrodinger was as complicated as quantum physics. Could he really be in many contradictory states at the same time?

  • Staged reading, Ithaca Literary Festival, May 2016

Philosophical Investigations (2-4M, 1F)

God is dead? There’s gotta be a dame involved.

  • Staged reading, Ithaca Literary Festival, May 2016

Mortality Play (2M, 1F)

Art Amalato gets the news from his doctor: He has 10 minutes to live.

  • Ithaca Fringe Festival, April 2017 (part of Important Nonsense)

Fritz Merkle, Radio Mathematician (2M)

An homage to Bob & Ray.

  • Ithaca Fringe Festival, April 2017 (part of Important Nonsense)