SYNOPSES 

A DAY IN THE LIFE

Synopsis: Brianna, a ten-year-old girl, captures a mayfly in a glass jar and plans to keep it as a summer pet.

Genre: Drama/Comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (1M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

ALL MY STUFF

Synopsis: Having received some distressing news, Rich is worried about what will happen to "all my stuff."

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: 10-12 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (1M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

BLESSED THORN

Synopsis: In 1656, 23 year-old Baruch Spinoza was excommunicated for life by the Jewish congregation in Amsterdam, the harshest punishment ever meted at that time. He is confronted by his half-sister, Rebekah, and his younger brother, Gabriel, who, by the terms of the edict, will never again be able to speak with him. The basis for Spinoza’s unprecedented exile remains unknown, but he went on to become one of the major philosophers of the Enlightenment and one of history’s greatest champions of religious freedom.

Genre: Historical drama

Running Time: Approximately 15-20 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 5

Minimum number of performers required: 4 (3M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

DAVID AND GOLIATH RETOLD

A FAIRYTALE

Synopsis: David and Goliath meet on the battlefield of the Valley of Elah.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 3 (3M or 2M/1F or 1M/2F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

DOWNSIZING

Synopsis: Arthur and Ellen, a married couple in their 70’s, are cleaning out their closets in an effort to begin “downsizing.”

Genre: Drama

Running Time: Approximately 10-12 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 3 (2M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

FATHER'S DAY

Synopsis: A man completes a Father's Day questionnaire

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 1 (M)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

FIN

Synopsis: Via a Zoom-call, a Madagascar oryx addresses the Uppsala Wildlife Preservation Institute on the subject of species survival.

Genre: Monologue

Running Time: Approximately 5-6 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 1 (M or F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

FRANKLY, MY DEAR

Synopsis: Two married couples plan a vacation. The play incorporates all 100 iconic movie quotes from the American Film Institute

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10-12 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 4 (2M/2F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

GLOBAL ENTRY

Synopsis: An alien lands at San Francisco International Airport, but is held up by Customs as he tries to pass through Global Entry.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (M/F flexible)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

GOOD NEWS

Synopsis: Simon, much to the annoyance of his girlfriend, Laura, is obsessed with the news, both bad and good.

Genre: Drama

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (1M/1F}

Ethnicity: irrelevant

GRAVITY

Synopsis: Seventeen year-old Emma refuses to go back to high school and speaks to her father about suicide.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 3 (1M/2F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

HERE TODAY...

Synopsis: A rotary telephone, a copy of the Yellow Pages and an address book find themselves in a closet.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 3 (2M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

HOUSE OF BRICKS

Synopsis: A middle-aged Practical Pig visits Fiddler Pig with some disturbing news.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 3 (2M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

IMMUNITY

Synopsis: Two scientists are testing COVID-19 antibodies.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (1M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

LET THE WATERS RISE

Synopsis: Nora and Larry discuss a cruise.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: 10-12 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (1M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

LULU VISITS THE VETERINARIAN

Synopsis: Lulu, a twelve-year old Springer Spaniel is brought to a veterinarian. In private, Lulu asks the veterinarian to not send her back home with her master.

Genre: Drama

Running Time: Approximately 10-12 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 4 (2M/2F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant​

MAMA, LOOK A BOO-BOO

Synopsis: Dr. Ann Faultless from the CDC and King Edward III of England have a Zoom call concerning the bubonic plague.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 12 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 3 (2M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

Special Requirements: If feasible, a large screen should stand behind the set, so that Zoom-style images can be projected

NOWHERE TO RUN

Synopsis: King William and his knights appear to be defeated in a battle with life and death consequences.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: 15 minutes

Cast: 6 (4M/2F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

ON THE BEACH, LONG AGO

Synopsis: Hector (a fish) and Helen (a crustacean) find themselves washed up on the beach and discuss their predicament.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (1M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

ORIGIN

Synopsis: Two pigs, Victor and Esther, discuss their perfect lives in a perfect world.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (1M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

OUR LADY

Synopsis: Etienne and Geoffroi are laborers, building a cathedral.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10-12 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 3 (2M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

O.U.T.

Synopsis: David, a middle-aged man, visits O.U.T., the federally-mandated Office of Unfortunate Termination, to make arrangements for his scheduled death.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (1M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

PRESSING MATTERS

Synopsis: The curator of a world-class rare book collection, housed in a seminary, discovers that the Church plans to auction off the entire collection, including the world’s finest copy of a “perfect” Gutenberg Bible.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10-12 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 4 (2M/2F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

PUSHBACK

Synopsis: When an airplane passenger reclines his seat, a heated argument occurs.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (1M/1F) + off-stage intercom voice

Ethnicity: irrelevant

RULES OF THE GAME

Synopsis: During a friendly poker game, Ben gets upset that the rules of the game seem to be constantly changing.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 12-15 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 4 (3M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

SO HELP ME GOD

Synopsis: An expanded, one-act version of THOU SHALT SURELY in which Adam and Eve sue God in court.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 45 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 6

Minimum number of performers required: 4 (2M/2F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

SUPERHERO

Synopsis: Superman, Spiderman and Wonder Woman have a Zoom call about the pandemic.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 3 (2M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

Special Requirements: If feasible, a large screen should stand behind the set, so that Zoom-style images can be projected

TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT

Synopsis: Disgruntled employees confront their boss..

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: 12-14 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 3 (1M/1F/1M or F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

THE WALL

Synopsis: A man and a woman are building a wall.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 12-15 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (1M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

THOU SHALT SURELY

Synopsis: Adam and Eve speak about death with God in the Garden of Eden.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 12-15 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 4

Minimum number of performers required: 4 (2M/2F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

YOU BET YOUR LIFE

Synopsis: Ed, a 68 year-old retired insurance salesman, is visited by the Angel of Death, who makes him an unusual offer.

Genre: Black comedy

Running Time: Approximately 20 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 3

Minimum number of performers required: 3 (2M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant

YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS

Synopsis: Former lovers, Rick and Sophie, meet again after fifty years.

Genre: Drama/Comedy

Running Time: Approximately 10-12 minutes

Cast: Number of characters: 2 (1M/1F)

Ethnicity: irrelevant