Published Plays: For rights inquiries, please follow the link to the publisher's website. Most of these plays may be read online by clicking on "read free sample."
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The Birds: A Modern Adaptation
(comedy, 16-26 characters, gender flexible)
A Bright Swarm of Beetles
(drama, 5 M, 5 F, 10-40 actors possible)
The SeussOdyssey (full-length) - 50 productions!
(comedy, 8-50+ actors, gender flexible)
Spy School - 50 productions!
(comedy, 12 M, 10 F, 3 either, 18+ actors possible)
The World's Largest Rodent
(comedy, 3 men, 3 women)
Unpublished Plays: To read these plays, please contact me directly. There are more, there are so many more, but I've been putting them up on the National New Play Exchange. You can check them out there too.
(4 men, 2 women)
--Winner of the 2002 New Voices Fellowship Through Ensemble Studio Theatre
Growing up in a depressed auto town in Wisconsin, Brandon Taylor has had a rough life. His penchant for stealing cars and attempting to flip them over hasn't helped much. Brothers begins after Brandon's latest stunt lands him in jail, not the hospital, and he is sentenced to parole and ordered to return home to live with his parents.
Brandon's re-entry into the home exacerbates the already frayed emotions of his disintegrating family: his mother, a recovering or non-recovering alcoholic, his father, a struggling auto worker, and his older brother, who was just as bad as him, but has somehow managed to escape the dangerous consequences of Brandon's behavior. Brandon acts as a polarizing force on the family members, as the parents attempt to save him from his behavior and their past mistakes.
Giving up on his chance at redemption, the GED, Brandon embarks on a risky plan to steal one last truck. In order for it to have any chance of success, however, he must enlist the aid of his older brother, Evan, who works as a security guard at the local GM plant. Brandon's desperate scheme brings up long-buried resentment between the brothers, and culminates in the unearthing of a vicious struggle that has been going on for years.
At what point do we cease being a collection of our parents' mistakes? Do parents share the blame for the sins of their children? Brothers explores this question as Brandon tries to navigate the difficult world of parole while spiraling into an increasingly self-destructive abyss.
A Night Near the Sun
(4 men, 3 women)
--Premiered at the Tinfish Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on May 6-24, 2000, under the direction of Rick FonteAn emotionally disturbed girl disappears for three days before waking up alongside the side of the interstate, setting off a series of events that culminates in the brutal murder of a small-time drug dealer. A Night Near the Sun explores the consequences of alienation, alien abduction, and obsession in a small town.