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    Andy Accioli
      51 Bright Water Drive, Warwick, RI
      401-447-7031; andyaccioli.com

        Plays include:

  • Half-Mile Project
    In a New York City brownstone, during the late 80s, life partners Fred and Rocco are entertained daily by their eccentric neighbors. They include: Margo, who has her husband’s classic car torched; combat-boot Cindy, who sports taffeta dresses; and the two know-it-all “rodents” who live downstairs. The play exemplifies the power of how humor, love and tender compassion binds people together for life, even after loved ones pass on.
    The “Half-Mile Project” is based on the book “The Half-Mile Miracle” by Rocco Piacente, Pamele Inzerillo.
    halfmileproject.com
        Three-act: 2 hours - one apartment set
        3M: mid-20s
        5F: 4 mid-20s, 1 early 70s

    A. Giovanni Affinito
      576 Forest Rd. West Haven, CT 06516
      203-397-8966; gioman2@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • Dinner at Dario’s
    Two male ex-lovers bicker over past events before a farewell dinner at Dario’s bistro in Greenwich, Connecticut Frank has been dating two men who briefly appear at different times when they are intimidated by Mark, who hopes to reunite with Frank. They lose their reservation at Dario’s and Mark attempts to seduce Frank who confesses guilt about his problem with intimacy and which is the centerpiece of their parting. Mark initiates a wrestling match and it engenders overwhelming physical and emotional reactions. It has a happy ending. No suicides. No AIDS.
        One-act: 40 min. - one set, one sound cue
        4M: 20s, 30s
  • Agrippina
    Rome’s most powerful woman was emperor Nero’s mother Agrippina. As he ascends to power, can he keep all the power and not share with his lovers, his “boy slaves,” and, especially, keep power from the woman with whom he also had a sexual relationship — his mother. The play blends elements of classical tragedy, contemporary satire, music, and dance.
        Two-act
        6M: 20s-40s
        3F: 20s-40s
  • Yesterday’s Cakes
    Long time partners, Troy and Jerry, are in an experimental, open relationship. It is altered, abused, and triggers revelations with the arrival of Jerry’s ex-lover and Troy’s twink, boy-toy.
        Two-act? - 90 min.
        4M: 19, 50, 58, 60

    Michael Aman
      45 UpperWhitfield Road, Accord, NY 12404
      917-805-7654; iffmax@aol.com
      BarbaraHogenson at The Barbara Hogenson Agency: 212-874-8084; bhogenson@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • + (pronounced POZ)
    In 2003, a young man with tuberculosis discovers that if he was HIV+, he would be covered by insurance for chemo treatments. With the idea of being infected, he meets an HIV+ man.
    An examination of an unconventional love between the two men, and an odd family of characters: an aging actress who struggles with asthma; an eccentric woman who speaks with angels; a middle-aged, flamboyant queen; and a young man who died of AIDS early in the health crisis.
    Originally commissioned by [Your Name Here] A Queer Theatre Company
        One-act: 1 hour 45 min. - minimal set
        4M: 20s, 30s, 50s
        2F: 50s, 60-70s
  • Step Three
    In a typical AA meeting, a middle-aged gay man addresses his sobriety for the first time. In so doing, he confronts his long latent faith in the form of an eccentric woman who may, or may not, be God.
    An examination of faith and sobriety in a respectful, yet comic way, while using a non-linear chronology.
    Finalist for The O’Neill Playwrights Conference and NuVoices Theatre Festival
        One-act: 90 min. - one simple set
        3M: 20s, 50s
        2F: 50s, 60s
  • Feeding the Bear
    A middle-aged gay man with body dismorphia (perpetual negative thoughts about one’s appearance) is required to care for his father, who has Alzheimer’s disease. After watching a reality show hosted by a drag queen, the father desides to wear the clothes of his departed wife. Miss Martini, the fabulous African American drag queen and hostess for “Cooking is a Drag,” becomes his dad’s home care worker. The son’s sister becomes dad’s departed wife. And the son deals with all of it.
    An exploration of acceptance and self-acceptance. A comedy based on a true story.
        One-act: 90 min.
        3M: 40-50s white, 30-40s black, 70+ white
        1F: 40s white
  • Looking for Dick / Finding Jane
    “Looking for Dick” - A woman seeks her estranged brother, Dick, and encounters several people who know him intimately. Dick, apparently, is addicted to porn, a male prostitute, and a good friend.
    “Finding Jane” - A murder mystery occurs at an LGBT adult summer camp. Very campy indeed. The owner, a former man, who is now named Jane, is hunted by her former wife.
    Each play is one act, making a full evening.
        Two-act: 90 min.
        2M: 20s, 50s
        3F: 20s, 30s, 50s

    Kathy Anderson
      New Jersey
      kathyandersonwriter@earthlink.net
      kathyandersonwriter.com

      Plays include:

  • Incoming
    Sally and Liz, a lesbian couple, are having a baby in a most unusual way, involving an inverse gravity board, a game of “Red Rover,” and an ex-lover trapped under a hospital bed.
    “Incoming” was selected for the International Centre for Women Playwrights Chicago “Her-Rah: A Festival of the World’s Best Women Playwrights and Their New Plays” (June 2007).
    It also won the 2007 Queer Women’s Play Contest and was produced by Bloody Unicorn Theater Company in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona (September 2007).

        Two-act: 2 hours - 1 set, minimal technical requirements
        3M: one is 40-50s, others of any age
        3F: 20s-30s

    Ken Anderson
      608 Wendan Dr., Decatur GA 30033-5530
      404-929-9006; islandhouse@netzero.net
            Ken’s play “Mattie Cushman: A Psychodrama” was produced twice and aired on cable.
            It won First Place and Grand Prize in the Louisiana College Writers’ Contest.
            He has published many short stories, poems, and the book “The Statue of Pan.”

      Plays include:

  • Someone Bought the House on the Island: A Dream in Two Acts
    A young man, Kevin Green, overcomes obstacles during his pursuit of a not-so-unusual romantic ideal. Though a serious drama, which explores Kevin’s moral and psychological growth, the play is also a great Halloween spectacle, with atmospheric lighting and a vampire motif. An adaptation of Anderson’s novel of the same name.
    Won the 2008 Saints & Sinners Playwriting Contest, and was a finalist in the Independent Publishers Book Awards.
    Premiere: May 9, 2008, at the Marigny Theater, New Orleans.
        Two acts: 2 hours - 1 set
        7M: two 18, four 20s, one 38

    Lawrence Aronovitch
      Ottawa, Canada
      aronovitch.ca
            Lawrence’s works have been performed in theaters in Canada and Ireland.

      Plays include:

  • Galatea
    Harry, a painter, invites a young model, Eli, to pose for him. Harry’s attraction to Eli disturbs both Harry’s longtime partner Georgie and Eli’s boyfriend Freddie. Shared concerns spark a friendship between Georgie and Freddie. The play is a comedy which draws on the parallels and contrasts between the older, intellectual, academic, artistic couple, and the young, working class couple.
    A modern, gay re-telling of the Pygmalion story that explores the dynamics of relationships, and touches on themes such as love, loyalty, infidelity, marriage, class and art.
        One act: 110 minutes
        4M: two early 20s, two middle-age
  • The Lavender Railroad
    The play — in two parts — is set in a dystopian world in which homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death. The parts mirror each other (science and faith; male and female) as they address common themes of hope and redemption in the face of impossible moral choices.
        Part 1 - “Safe House”
    A gay fugitive, Sebastian, has been rescued by a mysterious older man who calls himself “Mother Courage.” Sebastian is a brilliant mathematician whose research holds the key to topple the totalitarian government. Mother Courage offers him passage on a “Lavender Railroad,” if he shares his knowledge with the government opposition, but Sebastian fears betrayal.
        Part 2 - “Ex Cathedra”
    A nun working for the Papal Nuncio in Japan is called to meet with a security commander and is surprised to find she is a former lover. The commander claims she is seeking refuge from her own government via the “Lavender Railroad,” which she suspects is operated by the Catholic Church. As they reflect on their shared past, and choices made since then, the nun must trust the commander’s sincerity, or be ensnared in a disastrous trap.
        Two one-acts: each 40 min.
        2M: 20s, 50s
        2F: middle-age

    Frank J. Avella
      537 Harrison Ave., Garfield, NJ 07026
      cel 973-715-2356; home 973-478-7040; faj@aol.com
      www.newcockpitensemble.com

      Plays include:

  • M4M4NOW
    An honest peek into the lives of eight gay boys from Chelsea, NY, as they frantically search to “connect.” Computer chat room talk becomes the springboard for a look at their bizarre sexual couplings. The characters intersect at various points, culminating in an evening of cyber-sexual madness.
    Nudity.
        Two-act: 2 hr. 15 min. - minimal or elaborate sets
        8M: six in 20s, two in 30s
  • About Christine
    Unknown playwright, Tony Scarpellini, is desperate to interest 40-year old soap opera veteran Jeanetta Jamison in his new play. So he kidnaps her and cuffs her to his coffee table. She frees herself, and turns the tables on the tortured writer. Meanwhile, Tony’s best friend Nando, who secretly longs for him, wages battle with Tony’s ex fiancé and Jeanetta’s mean, manipulative mother.
    Workshop presentation at the Ground Floor Theatre in Greenwich Village, NYC in December 2002.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 45 min. - two sets
        2M: 20s
        3F: 20s, 40, 60s
  • Lexy
    Lexy is a lesbian therapist whose sexy significant other, Miriam, inexplicably leaves her to bear a child. Lexy’s girlfriends, the bumbling Jag and militant Alana, help her re-enter the world of dating. Upon meeting a high school acquaintance, Adam, she has an affair with a male for the first time in her life. Miriam returns and wants Lexy back.
    Premiered at the Producers’ Club II Theatre, NYC, in February 2002.
        Two-act: 2 hr. 15 min. - simple sets
        2M: a teen, 30s.
        4F: 20s, two in 30s, 40s
  • Michael’s #1 Fan
    Robert is a shaken and shattered gay man on the verge of suicide. Through him we meet the inhabitants of his small home town, which includes: his best friend Lily, his ace reporter boyfriend Don, his dead Aunt Bonnie, a few living family members, and an octogenarian serial killer known as Monstrous Molly. Robert eventually unearths shocking revelations about his lineage, and experiences unthinkable betrayals by his trusted inner circle.
    Nudity (two men, one woman).
    Premiered at the Producers’ Club II Theatre, NYC, in November 2000.
        Two-act: 2 hr. 15 min. - minimal sets
        3M: 20s, two in 30s
        5F: two in 20s, 30s, 40s, 80
  • Unhinging
    At a New York city bistro, neurotic gay schoolteacher Andy is cruised by Phil, the spunky waiter, while waiting for Chris, his attractive, abrasive, female blind date. Evelyn arrives; she is Phil’s understanding and odd mother. Denny arrives; he is Phil’s ex-beau. Then there is Dan, a kooky, kinky boy from the south. Amidst all the battling for attention, Phil and Andy bond via a love of 70s disaster movies, but their new friendship is soon threatened.
    Workshop presentation at the Sanford Meisner Theatre in 1993, and premiered at the Judith Anderson Theater, NYC, in 1994. It has since been updated with a radical altered ending.
    Nudity.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 45 min. - minimal or elaborate sets
        5M: three in 20s, 30s, 50s
        2F: 20s, 50s

    Allan Baker
      4711 Spicewood Springs Rd., #159, Austin, TX 78759
      512-345-4437; abbyproductionsaustx@yahoo.com
      For read-only versions of these plays, see: abbyproductions.com

      Plays include:

  • Five Minutes
    Two friends and co-workers find comfort in their family and faith. Two strangers face death by remembering what made life worth living. A gay couple on the phone — one in the tower, the other at home — find that love can take you to a safe place when nothing else can. These three couples find these truths during a critical, devastating five minutes in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
    “Best of the Fest,” 2006, Austin FronteraFest fringe festival.
    Emerging Artists Theatre’s Fall Festival of Short Plays, New York City, 2006
    Samuel French Festival of Off Off-Broadway One Act Plays, June 2007.

          One act: 19 min. - no set
          4M: 20s-30s
          2F: Afro-Am late 30s, early 60s
  • … last and always
    A gay couple, one partner in the World Trade Center Building, the other at their home in the city, must say goodbye. Based on the last scene of “Five Minutes” this play is set on the events of September 11, 2001.
    Produced by NativeAliens Theatre Collective, as part of New York City’s Pride Festival, 2009.
    Produced by Turtle Shell Productions, New York City, as part of their “Ninth Annual 8 Minute Madness Playwright’s Festival, 2011.”
    Produced by Blue Slipper Theatre, Livingston, Montana, as part of their first “10-Minute Play Festival,” May 2012.
    Produced by Buffalo United Artists Theatre, Buffalo, NY, as part of their annual “Takes Ten: GLBT Short Plays” festival, June 2012.

        One-act: 10 min. - bare stage
        2M: 20s
  • Voices
    Born in the 1860s, Martha is the tyrannical 97-year-old matriarch of a Texas family. Peggy is her 75-year-old, oft-married, spirited, bohemian granddaughter. Cole is a young, gay man with AIDS. The family holds a conversation across four generations. They happen to reside in a cemetery.
    Produced at the Off Centre Theatre, Austin, TX, April 2010.
    Encored at the Rollins Theatre as part of Austin Pride, June, 2010.

          One act: 32 min. - 5 chairs
          2M: mid-teen, late 30s
          3F: early 20s, mid 70s, mid 90s
  • Click
    Saturday night and two gay guys are online trying to hook up. Jason sees quick and easy sex as a way to avoid emotional intimacy. Michael sees it as a way to more quickly get emotionally intimate.
    Produced at the Off Centre Theatre, Austin, TX, April 2010, and in June 2010 as part of Austin Pride.
    Produced by Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theatre, Dallas, TX, as part of “Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival,” September 2011.
    “Click” won first place in July 2012 when produced by the Eclectic Company Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, as part of “9th Annual Hurricane Season New Play Festival and Playwriting Competition.”

          One act: 26 min. - minimal set
          2M: early-to-late 20s
  • A Midsummer Night’s Conversation
    Four months into their relationship and Colin and Ben face a critical moment. It is a time for honesty, intimacy and total self-exposure. One of the two is an actor; a very good actor.
    Nudity (both men).
    Produced at the Off Centre Theatre in Austin, TX, April 2010, and encored June 2010, as part of Austin Pride.
    Produced by Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theatre in Dallas, TX as part of “Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival,” September 2011.

          One act: 28 min. - a bed
          2M: early-late 20s
  • All the Saints
    Alex, a very successful model/escort/circuit party boy, and AJ, a U.S. Navy pilot stationed in San Diego fall in love. For the sake of his beloved, Alex renounces this love and leaves AJ.
    A modern re-telling of Dumas’ “Lady of the Camellias” and Verdi’s “La Traviata,” with gay characters. A timeless love story, faithfully translated from 19th century Paris into a modern gay setting in San Diego, the White Party in Miami, Baja, and San Francisco.
    Nudity.
          Three act: 2 hours 15 min. - minimal set
          12-17M: three mid-late 20s, two late 30s, mid 50s, one non-speaking late teen-early 20s, five-to-ten non-speaking early-to-late 20s
  • Eskandar
    Eskandar is the 18-year-old “kept boy” of an Afghan warlord. Joe is a gay, Afghan/American who has returned to the country of his birth as part of a clandestine military operation.
    Inspired by the Carmen of both Mérimée and Bizet and set in today’s Afghanistan.
        One-act: 1 hr. 15 min. - minimal set
        10-12M: late teen, four in 30s, 40s, four-to-six non-speaking of any age
  • Beauty
    A great work of art changes hands, and a tale of true beauty is told: by the Dealer, the Collector and the Buyer. A character portrait of a compassionate woman is described, one who cared for the victims of a plague, when most others refused to help.
    An audience-selected finalist when Produced by Valley Repertory Company, Enfield, CT, in February 2012, as part of their “LabWorks 15 Minute New Play Contest.”
    In July 2012, “Beauty” was produced by Salem Theatre Company, Salem, MA, as part of their annual “Moments of Play” short play festival.

        One-act: 15 min. - bare stage with one chair
        3M: 30s, 50s, 70s
  • Dex & Abby
    A gay couple, Jim and Sean, are in love and beginning their relationship in their new home. Their dogs, Dex and Abby, don’t get along at all. Fortunately, the characters are able to communicate in unexpected and lovely ways.
    Produced as a fully staged reading at Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Austin, TX, March 2013.
        Two-act: 1 hour, 45 min.
        3M: 2 in 20s, 1 in 60s (plays the 15-year-old dog)
        2F: two in 20s (one plays the 5-year-old dog)

    David Barber
      Sacramento, CA
      db10_30@hotmail.com

      Plays include:

  • Harvey & Company
    A male couple take a female roommate, due to a rent increase on their San Francisco apartment, with hilarious results.
    The play has had a workshop and a staged reading, meeting with favorable reviews. The script is also available (based on acts 1 and 2, respectively) as the pilot first two episodes for a teleplay.
          Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - one set
          5M: 30-50s
          7F: 30s-70s

    Craig Barron
      PO Box 93523 Nelson Park, Vancouver, V6E 4L7, Canada
      604-339-2649; barroncraig@yahoo.ca

      Plays include:

  • Men Like Trees
    During 24 hours, in the heart of the city, six gay men find a tricky landscape after 25 years of HIV. Dawn in the park, who is under the tree?
    “Lean, witty dialogue … and a committment to the concrete lives of the play’s characters.” - Xtra West, December 7, 2006
    Produced at AIDS2006, Toronto, and at the Gay Men’s Summit in Vancouver, December 1, 2006.
          One-act: 1 hr. 10 min. - minimal sets
          6M: 25-50
  • Mustang
    In the fall of 1968, two sisters, in an ossified, English-speaking ghetto in Montreal, receive a taste of changing realities. Mustang revisits the old, linguistically divided Montreal; a pre-Stonewall world of gay men.
          One-act: 30 min. - minimal sets
          2M: 20s
          2F: 29, 40

    Eric Lane Barnes
      9908 - 32nd Ave., SW, Seattle, WA 98126
      206-325-2021; elb@ericlanebarnes.com
      ericlanebarnes.com
      Agent: Ron Gwiazda
            Rosenstone/Wender, 38 East 29th St., New York, NY 10016; 212-725-9445; rosenstone@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • The Stops - book by Eric Lane Barnes and Drew Emery
    Three lady organists — new-age pagan, devout Nazarene, and boozy Baptist — put an act together and take it on the road. They sing material by Christian songwriter, and church organist, Dale Meadows. When the ladies discover that Dale is gay, and being ousted from his post as music minister, all hell breaks loose.
    “A fiendishly clever cabaret event … a gleeful send-up of all things holy and good” - Chris Jensen, Seattle Weekly
    “The brisk two-act piece has a clever concept, amusing songs … and consistently funny dialogue … The Stops works so well because much of the humor is character-based and its endearing plea for love and mutual understanding isn’t preachy.” - Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch
    Won “Best Musical,” “Best Ensemble Show” and “Best Actor in an Ensemble” at the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival, 2006.
          Two-act: minimal set
          3M: mid 30s-late 50s, 1 baritone, 2 medium-range tenors
          1 or two accompanists (non-speaking)
  • Vitamin Q
    A musical review, comprised of 24 gay-themed songs from the ridiculous (“Drama Queen,” “Pansies Everywhere,” “For the Straight Guys,” “Vitamin Q”) to the sublime (“My Evil Twin,” “Who’s Your Superman?,” “Available”). Q contains social commentary, sweet ballads, and several poignant moments that were developed during 10 years of performing with the vocal groups Windy City Slickers and Seattle’s Captain Smartypants.
          Two-act: minimal set
          6M: 20s-50s, low baritone to medium-high tenor
          1 pianist, bass/drums optional

    Jefferson Charles Beeker
      10153 ½ Riverside Drive, #150, Toluca Lake, CA 91602
      jefferson@jeffersonbeeker.com
      jeffersonbeeker.com
            Jefferson is a playwright and screenwriter. More information available on his Web site.

      Plays include:

  • First Couple
    Before congressman Blair Tyler and his partner, Jason Lawrence, a free-lance journalist, have time to adjust to Blair’s new, very public role as vice president of the United States, the president resigns, propelling Blair and Jason into the White House.
    First Couple premiered at the Tiffany Theatre, Los Angeles, September 1995.
        Two-act - two sets
        4M: 20s, 30s, two in 40s
        1F: early 20s
  • Expressions of Life
    Perry Green (AKA Greenblat) is a young man desperately looking to find out who he is and what life is really all about, in this present-day comedy set in New York City. Complications arrive in the form of his neighbor Jonelle, (a black, wannabe singer and who thinks she has all the answers), Perry’s new, about-to-move-in boyfriend, (who is not what he appears to be), and his mother who pays a surprise visit with some startling revelations of her own. In the process, Perry discovers some of the answers he has been seeking.
        Two act: one apartment set
        2M: one in 20s
        3F

    Andrew Black
      584 Castro St., #129, San Francisco, CA 94114
      415-516-8760; andrewblacksf@gmail.com
      bendoverproductions.zoomshare.com

      Plays include:

  • Porn Yesterday (co-written with Pat Milton)
    A young, male porno star decides to get out of the porno business. After his wealthy, much older, lover makes a contribution to a legitimate theatre’s building fund, he is cast in “Edward II.” Too late, he realizes he is going to have to learn how to act. A Catholic university theatre professor is pressed into service to teach him the actor’s trade. In this Pygmalion-inspired story, both teacher and student end up learning more than they planned.
    Productions: Fritz Theatre Company (San Diego), Alternative Theatre Company (Phoenix), Curan Repertory Theatre (NY)
        Two-act - 2 hours, one set in hotel room
        5M: (20s-50s)
  • Strange Bedfellows (co-written with Pat Milton)
    Disillusioned campaign manager Antonio has his cynicism challenged when he works for Nathan, the first gay candidate for Orange County District Attorney. The idealistic candidate deplores the pragmatic approach of the campaign professional. Their disputes cause Antonio to consider leaving the campaign. Clashes also occur when, into the fray, appear an opportunistic office intern, a right-wing political columnist, and an escaped death row inmate. Politics makes strange bedfellows in more ways than one in this wacky comedy.
    Absolute Time Festival winner (staged reading, San Francisco), City Lights Theatre New Play Development Series winner (staged reading, San Jose)
        Two-act, 2 hours, one set in campaign office
        6M: 20s-50s (possibility for doubling two of the males)
        2F: 30s-50s
  • Another Man’s Slingbacks
    The outlook is promising for “Killer” Kerrigan, the star quarterback for the Lincoln High Gladiators. He is handsome and athletic, his dad runs the most successful car dealership in town, and all the girls are crazy about him. He is also extremely homophobic. Ricky, a classmate, is subjected to Killer’s taunts and jeers and makes a wish. The wish is granted by his Fairy Godmother, and Killer is magically transformed, overnight, into a homosexual. Killer learns what life is like on the other side of the pom-poms, and Ricky also learns a few lessons.
    Winner, New Works of Merit Contest, 2008.
    First produced at the 13th Street Repertory Theater, 2010.
        Two-act, 2 hours, simple sets in and around a high school
        7M: teens, early 20s (Godmother, Coach, Father, Miss Bibza played by one mature man)
        2F: teens, early 20s
  • The Second Weekend in September
    In 1982, in a remote country inn east of Seattle, David has a simple, one-night stand with Michael, a married man on a business trip. However, a strong connection is forged, and Michael convinces David to meet him again in the same hotel the following year. For the following 25 years, the two men meet annually, every second weekend in September. In the course of these meetings, the cultural and socio-political elements of the times are revealed, as are the fragile nature of human connection.
    World premiere: City Lights Theater, San Jose, California, May, 2010.
        Two-act, 2 hours 15 min, one set in hotel room
        3M: 18-40, 30-50, 35
        1N:> hotel maid

    Gregory Blair
      Los Angeles, CA
      purple@2writers.com
      2writers.com/gregorylinks.htm

      Plays include:

  • Arbitrary Lives
    Three siblings struggle with ageism, monogamy, and homophobia, as they each begin a journey that results in breaking rules society has created. The trials they endure provide an amusing, poignant, and provocative look at the rules we choose — or choose not — to live by. Witty, sobering, and, ultimately, heartwarming.
        Two-act, 2 hours, 10 sets (can be just furniture)
        4M: one is 18+ (to play 16), 25-35s
        3F: 25-35s
        1N: male or female for all supporting roles
  • It’s a Holiday Thing
    A family holiday gathering brings laughter, surprises, and conflict, when a certain secret, a case of mistaken identity, and a little too much egg nog create a Christmas which will never be forgotten. Out of the closet and into the flurries! Perfect for making the yuletide gay. Hilarious and heartwarming.
        One-act, 45 minutes, 1 set
        3M: 20s, 40s
        2F: 20-30, 40s
  • An American Family
    Each member of one family is a victim of bigotry in a land where supposedly “all men are created equal.” Revealing, riveting and raw; an eye opener about our county’s history of ignobility. An exploration of the history of civil rights in America.
        One-act, 30 minutes, no set
        2M: 15-25, 40s
        2F: 40s

    Kevin Bofsky
      536 West 47th St., #3, New York, NY 10036
      646-234-8137; kevinbroadway@nyc.rr.com

      Plays include:

  • Albee Damned
    College music professor Bill and his wife Hilary, invite a sweet, innocent male couple home for drinks after a cocktail party. A parady of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” But this time, the visitors are gay, and the games Bill and Hilary play may, or may not, include a kid (as in, a goat).
        One-act: 20 min. - one set
        3M: two in 30s, one 40 or older
        1F: 40 or older

    Paul Bonin-Rodgriguez
      110 Blue Star, San Antonio TX 78204
      210-737-0793; pbonrod@aol.com
            Paul is available to solo perform and for residencies and workshops including
            “Cooling off the Melting Pot,” a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic workshop.

      Plays include:

  • Memory’s Caretaker
    A uniquely South Texas tale of multi-generational border crossings.
        One-act
        1M

    Julia Britton
      3 Tiuna Grove, Elwood, Victoria, Australia 3184
      +61-3-95319395; juliabritton@hotmail.com

      Plays include:

  • Internet Baby
    A gay media personality and his handsome partner, a talented and successful graphic artist, have a happy and stable relationship. Failing to adopt a baby through legitimate means, a third world country and various subterfuges, they find an internet ad that leads them to an attractive, pregnant street girl — and her bisexual heroin addicted boyfriend — who is only too ready to assist them. This leads to more difficulties than they anticipate.
        Two-act
        5M
        3F (doubling possible)
  • The Lost
    In l939, on the eve of the Second World II, the gay writers Christopher Isherwood and W.H. Auden left England for America. During this dreary winter voyage, Isherwood relives incidents from his life. In the isolation and limbo of the ocean, he feels alienated from his life in Europe, and unsure what the future in America may hold for him. He is writing a book called “The Lost” that reflects the lives of the emotionally bankrupt folk, the lost generation which has lost its way — the victims of the Nazis, the survivors of the Spanish Civil War, the desperate and the confused. On this journey he feels he has joined their ranks. This one-man play begins as the ship leaves England and ends as the towers of Manhattan loom out of the fog.
        Two-act
        1M
  • Fresh Pleasures
    Duncan Grant was beautiful, charming, talented, loving, and promiscuous. Some called the artist a “darling of the gods,” and he endeared everyone he knew. Men and women fought for his personal and professional favours, among them essayist Lytton Strachey, artist Vanessa Bell, economist Maynard Keynes, and novelist David Garnett. A one-man performance about a brilliant and talented man, an artist who dared to be different without trying.
        Two-act
        1M

    Aaron Brown
      2115 West 10th St., Austin, Texas 78703
      512-296-5276; aaron.brown@mindspring.com

      Plays include:

  • The M.O. of M.I. (the Modus Operandi of Male Intimacy) © 1995
    A thriller about a gay couple who’s lives are ruined when a performance artist comes into their life. But he is more than a random drop in their bucket, and blackmail never looked so good.
    The play was produced as a feature movie - rent via Blockbuster/Netflix or purchase on amazon.
        Two-act - 1 set
        3M
  • Norm L. © 1998
    Computer programmer, Norman Laithum, relocates from the big city to a rural, religious southern town for work. Unfortunately, the townspeople don’t take kindly to his being gay, and kidnap him for orientation brainwashing. Each stage of brainwashing deconstructs his sense of self, and survival instincts. It becomes clear in this thriller that there is nothing about religion, humanity, or life that is normal. And there is no love greater than that of a mother for their child.
    Awarded Vortex Theater “Fire and Brimstone” award for Excellent in Playwrighting, 1999.
        Three-act
        7M
        4F
  • The Bridge Burner © 2000
    A gay couple has their lives turned upside down when a drug abusing brother, fresh from a failed suicide attempt, comes to them for help. This play examines drug addiction, enabling, the family and the inefficacy of the establishment to help such people. Ultimately it asks: “Who really has the problem.”
        Two-act
        5M
        3F
  • Hysteria © 2005
    On February 18, 1820, 27-year-old Lavinia Fisher was hanged in South Carolina for murder, alongside her husband. For her execution, she wore her white wedding dress. They were executed for the robbery and murders of guests at their inn, the Six Mile House, in Charleston, SC. This thriller explores subjugation of women, the couple’s descent into black horror, and exposes the madness that comes from climbing into bed with the Devil.
    Winner of Steppin’ Stones One Act Play Competition, 2007.
    Winner of the Vortex Excellence in Playwrighting Award

        One-act
        2M
        4F
  • Where There’s a Will © 1993
    In the 50s, William Winston the 3rd dies while invalidating his will. A con team trying to rob him is devastated by his passing, and abandons the idea. Later, they individually decide to get the money, and mischief ensues. However, would-be thieves are confounded when they discover that the now-deceased William had a little secret.
        Two-act
        6M
        4F
        Chorus and orchestra

    Matthew Burlingame
      theaterdragon@aol.com
      matthew.has.it

      Plays include:

  • Paperclip Messiah
    A priest finds himself in the middle of a forbidden love story hidden in a Catholic Parish. Shocking comedy mixed with stirring drama; psychologically disturbing as well as moving.
    One of Burlingame’s most controversial works. Voted top play at the Sacramento Playwright Festival and became most sought after script by GLBT theatrical companies around the region.
        Two-act: three locations (compatible with limited stage space)
        11M: 17-60
        3F: 30-50
        (several actors may play multiple parts)
  • Nine Eleven
    A comedy-drama set in the lobby of a community college theater. Seven diverse-minded students and their ultraconservative theater instructor face life before and after the Sept. 11 tragedy. One of the first theatrical productions to deal openly and sensitively with this difficult topic. Strong gay characters.
        Premiered in Sacramento, April 2002.
        Two-act: one two-part set
        4M: 19-22, 35
        4F: 18-21
  • A Mooving (sic) Experience
    A series of sharp-witted, touching monologues brings to life five very different, yet interconnected characters. From a young, Asian immigrant to a gay Mormon — from an aging southern belle to an elderly African-American woman and her rebellious granddaughter — their gripping, powerful stories are sure to delight and entertain audiences.
        Two-act: no set
        1M
        4F
        (can be done as a one-person character piece)

    Gabino “Gabi” Cabanilla
      15300 Palm Drive, #83; Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
      213-590-2569; gabicab5@yahoo.com

      Plays include:

  • The Adventures of Galian Prime
    Gay, comic book nerd, Scott, was a loner and had few friends. He creates an imaginary super-buffed hero, Galian, to be his friend and companion. Galian counsels Scott on life’s decisions regarding love, friendships and living, while Scott seeks the perfect OZ, to which he desires to belong. Scott begins as a shy loner, moves to being an assertive stud, and finally becoming a loving partner.
        Two-act: 94 min. - 3 sets: living room, café table, single gravestone
        6M: 30-50s

    Christopher Calcara
      c.calcara@yahoo.com

      Plays include:

  • Brothers’ Boys © 2011
    During the 60s, with the Vietnam War and domestic civil unrest as dramatic backdrops, a Midwest Catholic high school staffed by the order of De La Salle Brothers has two men who are lovers, one of whom is a sexual abuser of youth. The play contains humor as well as pathos, and ends on both tragic and uplifting notes.
    The play will resonate with educators, Catholics, gays, and anyone who has ever suffered at the hands of someone bigger, stronger or meaner. There is no overt sexual activity portrayed, however, it is clearly suggested.
        Four-act - 2 hours: 9 minimal sets
        5 or 6M - 14-17, late 20s, mid 40s
        1 or 2F - 17, 50s
  • For the Love of Mike
    Based on a true story, this three-act play with music and song takes a gay man on a lengthy and problematic journey through a flawed social service system and an overburdened Midwestern juvenile court to gain legal custody of his mentally ill sister’s child. Toxic, conflicted familial relationships underscore a genuine but gossamer bond between mother and son, the unexpected joy of fatherhood for a man unrehearsed but born to parent. Over a period of nine years, this man and this boy successfully nurture a family of two at the bitter expense and sabotage of a chronically unfit mother. A bewildering but appropriate twist brings the play to a poignant conclusion.
        6M - ages 4, 8, 12, 30s
        3F - 20s, 40s

    Lawson H. Caldwell
      lcald56333@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • New England Lodge © 2001
    During the winter of 1939, seven people become snowbound in a beautiful New England lodge. Friendships and relationships evolve that will forever change their lives.
        Two-act: set can be simple or elaborate
        3M: 20s
        4F: 20, 30s, 50s
  • The Debutante © 2000
    During the summer of 1964, Catherine Anderson prepares for her debut at the Magnolia Ball. Field, Catherine’s brother, makes important life decisions the week of the ball. This play is not only about Catherine’s coming out to society, but also about Field’s coming out.
        Two-act: set can be simple or elaborate
        4M: 20s, 50s
        4F: 20s, 40, 60
  • Cakewalk © 2001
    Timothy and Glenn are leaving for a well-deserved vacation when they discover a baby on their doorstep. The baby’s arrival completely changes their lives.
        Two-act: set can be simple or elaborate
        4M: 20, 30s
        2F: 30s, 60s
  • The Wisdom Channel © 1999
    A secret about a famous actor and his novelist wife is about to be published. To counter the news article, they ask a well-known journalist to write their own revealing article.
        Two-act: set can be simple or elaborate
        4M: 20s, 30s
        3F: 30s
  • Triple Knot © 2000
    A group of friends spends Christmas together in New York. They learn that relationships can evolve at any age, and often by way of unpredictable partners.
        Two-act: set can be simple or elaborate
        5M: 30s, 40s
        1F: 60s
  • Trophy Husbands © 2002
    Field, Alex, John and Clifford are 45-year-olds who have been friends for more than 20 years. Through a series of events and relationships, they discover the strength and importance of their bond.
        Two-act: set can be simple or elaborate
        8M: 20s, 40s
  • Gentleman’s Wish © 2002
    United States Senator Hanford Hanover and his staff have returned to his family estate to work on damage control. His wife, Sarah, has just discovered the senator’s 20-year affair with his best friend, Lake. Like Hanford, Lake is married with grown children. Hanford, Lake and the staff must figure a way for the Senator to publicly establish his new gay image, as well as win re-election to the Senate.
        Two-act: set can be simple or elaborate
        4M: 30s, 40s
        4F: 30, 45, 60-70
  • Prince Charming © 2002
    Catherine and flirtatious husband Trevor host a wedding for their famous friend, actress Barbara Edwards, on their resort island. Barbara’s first ex-husband and daughter Sylvia also attend the wedding. Plans unravel when Trevor flirts with Sylvia … and the groom.
        Two-act: set can be simple or elaborate
        3M: 20, 40s
        3F: 20, 40s
  • Soldiers of Love © 2003
    After an 11-year relationship, Tyler and Bart are in the process of breaking up because of Bart’s affair. At Tyler’s grandfather’s request, they arrive at his private mountain house for five days to try and mend their bitter feelings. Their good friend Field joins them. As they try to work things out, the play incorporates flashbacks of the grandfather as a young man and his relationship with a boyfriend.
        Two-act: set can be simple or elaborate
        5M: 20-30s
  • Lavender Shore © 2003
    New York socialites Harrison and Daffney Anderson are hosting a party in 1931. A month later, Harrison and his valet, Gerald, disappear at sea. Five years later, Daffney has married Harrison’s best friend. When Harrison and Gerald are found, Daffney must decide between the two husbands. And Harrison struggles with his strong feelings for Gerald.
        Two-act
        4M: 25-45
        4F: 21-55

    Chuck Cannon
      13A Meadow Road, Christiana Acres, New Castle, DE 19720
      302-325-0329; chuckcan@hotmail.com

      Plays include:

  • Fantasy Men with music by Zack Emton
    A musical comedy revue about the icons of gay male fantasy. Nine songs, including: “1-900-HOT-STUD,” “All Greased Up,” “The Same Old Bump and Grind,” “Gunfight at the J/O Corral,” and “The Penis Monologues.”
    Nudity.
        Two-act: 1 hr., 40 min. - single, flexible set
        4-10M: variety of ages and types
  • The Satyricon: a Queer Odyssey
    A surreal comedy loosely adapted from “The Satyricon” by Petronius. The play follows the picaresque exploits of three young men: Encolpius (a gladiator turned scholar), Ascyltus (his best friend), and Giton (the young boy who comes between them). The play is narrated by Petronius (as an author/god figure), and the seven deadly sins.
        Three-act: 130 min. - a seven platform set
        12-or more M: as in the Greco-Roman theater, 4 female roles are played by men

    Jacob Chaos
      335 Spruce Ave., Gabriola, BC, V0R 1X1, Canada
      fingal@shaw.ca

      Plays include:

  • Robbie Ross or the Man with One Idea
    No one fought harder to restore Oscar Wilde’s legacy than his best friend Robbie Ross. His fiercest opponent was Bosie Douglas, Wilde’s Narcissus and lover, and who became his nemesis. R. Ross: “One brazen vibrating thought sparkled in the fetid courtroom air. I too was seized by the sweeping clarity of it; the sick and twisted soul of Oscar Wilde must be excised from the British body politic, like the virulent cancer that it is, or England will lose this Holy War and be destroyed.” “Robbie Ross” is like a Wilde biography written over much sherry and cigars, torn from the pages of Vanity Fair.
    “The irony captured in Chaos’ script is breathtaking. … A witty, thoughtful, civilized play.” - MoMagazine, Nanaimo
        One-act: 1 hr., 30 min.
        1M

    Steve Cirrone
      1544 48th St., Sacramento, CA 95819
      916-833-9994; sfcnmn@yahoo.com

      Plays include:

  • Who Killed Martini Olive?
    San Francisco tranny star Martini Olive is found dead in Belinda Buxom’s Upper Castro apartment. There are three suspects and a number of audience participants vote to help Inspector Bottom uncover the real murderer. A raunchy, semi-musical, who-dun-it comedy, with sharp wit, drag, and memorable characters.
    Written in 2008.
        Three-act: 2 hrs., 15 min. - 4 sets
        6(or 7)M: many in drag
        2(or 3)F: various ages
  • Thin Walls: A comparative drama in three short acts
    Three couples at bedtime experience relationship trouble. Each couple has more bizarre problems than the last. Their apartments share walls, so they can hear what goes on next door. Couple one: two gay men pretending to have sex, which goes badly. Couple two: the wife decides to poison her husband. Couple three: a voyeuristic lesbian couple seem to escape the night unscathed, or do they?
    Written in 2006.
        Three-act: 1 hr. - 1 set
        3M
        3F
  • Still the Parade
    Two men, Leon Hanson and Nicholas Bell leave Virginia for Boston to marry each other. Nicholas’ parents — a blow-hard Senator (secretly a leather daddy) and manipulative mother, Gessi Bell — are very upset. They fly in Leah, Nicholas’ high school sweetheart, to help Nicholas “come to his senses.” However, Leah arrives with Nicholas’ illegitimate child, and everyone suddenly has a lot more to deal with. A thought-provoking, political comedy, which is a contemporary version of Webster’s “Duchess of Malfi.”
    Written in 2004.
        Three-act; 2 hrs., 15 min. - 6-8 sets
        5-6M: 26, 29, various ages
        5-6F: all ages
  • The Tragedy of Doctor Gnosis
    Leonard Gnosis gives up his promising academic career and moves to London for a young lover, Nicholas Bell. Once there, Gnosis realizes that by chasing after an unattainable ghost, he has damned himself forever. A tragic drama, contemporary version of Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus.”
    Published by iUniverse, 2002.
        Five-act; 2 hrs., 15 min. - 8 minimal sets
        3-7M: 25, 39, various ages
        3F
  • The Date: A play in one act
    Susan, a drug rehab counselor, gets ready for a date with “Beautiful Bill,” the first date she has had in a long time. As she prepares for the date, her best friend, Phillip, finds cocaine in her purse, and tries to get her to admit she has an addiction. When Phillip answers the phone for Susan while she is in the bathroom, Phillip recognizes Bill’s voice as the man with whom he had sex last week. A melodrama.
    Performed in Claremont, Calif., 1997.
        One-act; 1 hr., 10 min. - 1 set
        2M: 22, 38
        1F: 43

    Marjorie Conn
      476 Commercial St., Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
      617-512-6066; connartists@yahoo.com
      connartists.org, ptownfringe.org

      Plays include:

  • Miss Lizzie A. Borden Invites You to Tea
    On August 4th, 1892, Andrew Jackson Borden and his wife, Abby, were brutally axed to death in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. While their daughter Lizzie was accused and acquitted of the crime, she was jailed 10 months awaiting trial. Remaining in Fall River, she and her sister, Emma, inherited almost a million dollars. Lizzie talks about her love affair with one of the great Shakespearean actresses, Nance O’Neil, and reveals many family secrets such as father’s penny-pinching habits, Emma’s death bed promise to their real mother, a house with no hallways, and bedrooms that open into each other. Lizzie holds a party on every anniversary of her parent’s murder — and you are invited.
        One or Two-act: 1 hr. 10 min. - one set
        1F: any age - can be played by a male drag
  • The Honeymoon Years of Eleanor Roosevelt & Lorena Hickok
    Lorena Hickok details her passionate friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt. She reveals what Eleanor’s husband — president Franklin D. Roosevelt — thought about their relationship, stories about her travels with Eleanor in Canada and San Francisco, the Lindbergh kidnapping, what it was like living in the White House, as well as the changes there after Pearl Harbor. The play’s text comes directly from Lorena’s books and material she donated to the FDR library in Hyde Park, N.Y.
        One- or Two-act: 1 hr. 10 min. - one set
        1F: any age

    Daniel Curzon
      Production rights: 415-297-9220; curzon@pacbell.net
      Many of the Curzon’s plays are contained in the “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,”
      a set of eight volumes published by IGNA Books, 2004-07. They are available via amazon.com
      Click here for a list of all Daniel Curzon books carried by Amazon.

      Plays include:

  • One Damned Thing after Another, or Oops, That Must Have Hurt
    A gay man and the two women who love him exchange e-mails as their lives’ vicissitudes ebb and flow. A realistic drama with some comedy. All three actors read the e-mails, memorizing not required.
        Two-act: 2 hours - no set
        1M: 45-60 American accent.
        2F: 45-60 British and Brooklyn accents.
  • Despicable Daughter - or - Shed No Tears for April
    A sociopath daughter and a gay man fight for the love, and estate, of a woman dying of cancer. A realistic drama with comedy elements - characters move in slow motion between scenes.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. VIII
        Two-act: 2 hours, plus intermission - modern day, minimal sets; few props, pools of light
        2M: 30-40s
        2F: 20-30s, 45-50s
  • Bless Me Father. I Have Sinned
    Sebastian, a Southern young gentleman out of a Tennessee Williams play, goes to confession and gives the Catholic priest an earful, in 1957. Meanwhile, Marilyn Monroe shows up in the adjoining confessional. A biting comedy.
    Semi-finalist, Reverie Theater, Next Generation Contest, 2006
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. VIII
        One-act: 1 hour, 30 min.
        2M: 30-40, 50
        2F: early 30s blonde, 50+ (walk-on)
  • My Unknown Son
    A man who has donated his sperm to a lesbian couple - at the same time he is writing a history of the theater - encounters various versions of his son, from Greek tragedy to Shakespearean comedy, Oscar Wilde farce, and Sam Shepard. A comedy, with powerful and touching scenes. Video available.
    Premiere at Marin Theater, Marin County, California, summer 1987. Performed at Circle Rep Lab, NYC, October 1987, and off-Broadway Equity production at Kaufman Theater, NYC, October 1988.
    Published by Dialogus - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. III
        One-act: 1 hour, 18 min.
        2M: 20s, 40s
        1F: any age
  • When Bertha Was a Pretty Name
    Several couples and family members are down for the weekend. The hosts, two male lovers, are worried about Ma Mere, who does not approve of their love. Suzette is not happy with her wooden-legged stuffy lover. A Noel Coward and Somerset Maugham sort of drawing-room high comedy, with style and some farce; set in the present, with modern issues.
    Workshopped at West Coast Playwrights, Marin County, CA, 1988.
    Published by Dialogus - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. IV
        Two-act: 2 hours
        5M: 20-40s
        3F: 20-50s
  • Cinderella II
    What happens after you live happily ever after? Cinderella finds Prince Charming too "perfect." She’s is falling in love with his less-than-charming brother, Prince Moe, and she’s even homesick for her awful stepsisters. Meanwhile, the evil court jester is plotting to overthrow the prince. Cinderella winds up in Charming male clothes and Charming in Cinderella’s dress. A musical comedy; music by Dan Turner, book and lyrics by Curzon. Tape of music available.
    Winner of three Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards.
    First produced by the Angels of Light, S.F., 1984.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. III
        Two-act: 2 hours, 5 min.
        8M: various ages
        8F: various ages, some in drag
  • Pixies in Peril
    A wimp sets off against his will on a quest for the dragon’s gold through the intervention of some pixies and a meddling magician. There are funny S&M spiders, hillbilly gremlins, a campy Ice Queen, who changes clothes every 15 minutes. A broad comedy, fairy tale parody.
    Published by Dialogus - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. III
        Two-act: 2 hours
        7M: various ages, with doubling
        7F: various ages, with doubling
  • Don’t Rub Me the Wrong Way
    Four bisexuals answer an ad by mistake when a man advertises his furniture as "a good bi." Also, a dangerous genie is released from a magic lantern, and he is not happy with the human race he is forced to serve, and determines to do something about it. A comedy with satirical bite. Staged readings at Gay Performance Company, New York, 1991, and Phoenix Theater, San Francisco, 1996.
    Published by Dialogus - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. V
        Two-act: 2 hours
        4M: various ages
        2F: various ages
  • I’m Glad I’m Me and Not You, or Avatars
    Four people appear in various versions of themselves from 1893 to 1953, 1973, 1993, and 2093, revealing the way sexual taboos change and re-assert themselves in expansive and repressive times. A serious comedy.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. IV
        Two-act: 2 hours
        2M: various ages
        2F: various ages
  • Beer and Rhubarb Pie
    A sexy, homophobic, macho Cuban repairman with marital trouble encounters a gentlemanly gay man, who also has sexual problems with his ex-lover. A drama with some humor. Video of one-act version is available.
    A one-act version was produced at Theater Rhinoceros, San Francisco, 1979 and 1980. The 3-act version had a staged reading at Gay Performances, NYC, May 1990.
    One-act version Published by Dialogus - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. I
        Three-act: 1 hour, 45 min.
        3M: 20-30s
        1F: 30s
  • The Birthday Boy
    A middle class, male drug addict hates life. His long-suffering partner discovers that he is addicted to his lover’s addiction. A drama.
    Premiered as a one-act at One Act Theater, San Francisco. 1982.
    Published by Dialogus - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. I
        Two-act: 2 hours
        4M: 20-40s
        2F: 1 teen, other in 50s
  • Please, Not to Us
    The lesbian version of The Birthday Boy.
        Two-act: 2 hours
        2M: various ages
        3F: 1 teen, 1 20s, 1 50s
  • Beneath the Surface
    Representative members of various prevailing minorities, from the handicapped to Native American, are trapped in a subway train that is losing its air; their real feelings for each other come out. A Biting, politically incorrect, unsentimental view of self-interest and bigotry.
    Performed in a shorter version at Earnest Players, San Francisco, 1979.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. I
        One-act: 1 hour, 15 min.
        7M: various age
        5F: various age
  • Sex Show: Comedy Madness
    15 satirical skits on various aspects of sex, from the ways men are allowed to touch, to a man having a dialogue with his penis about masturbation. A comedy.
    Premiere at Gay Community Center, San Francisco, 1977. Performed at the Leavenworth YMCA, San Francisco, 1977, and at Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, 1977.
    Nominated “Best Script” by San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, 1977.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. I
        Two-act: 2 hours
        5M: various ages
  • Demons
    A gay man is visited by the spirits of three women in his life: a grade school nun, his mother, and his ex-wife. A drama with laughs.
    Staged reading at Julian Theater, San Francisco, 1983.
    Published by Dialogus - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. II
        Two-act: 2 hours
        1M: 20-30s
        3F: 30-50s
  • Comeback
    A male cabaret singer is making a comeback as a female after a sex change. Personal and career challenges follow. A musical drama, with music by Dan Turner, and Lyrics by Curzon. Tape of music available.
    Staged Reading at Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, 1987.
    Published by Dialogus - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. I
        Two-act: 2 hours
        2M: 30-40s
  • Hugely Entertaining
    A group of “seminarians” takes a theater course in London. Conflicts ensue because a purse has been stolen; a transsexual hopes to be a clairvoyant; an old Shakespearean actor is going blind; and a countess has bed-wetting concerns. A realistic comedy-drama.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. V
        Three-act: 3 hours
        6M: various ages, 1 cross-dresser
        4F: various ages
  • Heaven: The Musical
    A hot new dance club just opened, and rumors persist that all types of sex take place in secret “closets” throughout the building. People clamor to get in, and they’ll pay whatever is asked. However, the doorman is very fussy. An engaged young couple, out on the town, decide to have a bachelor party, together. They stop to see the commotion outside the club. They shouldn’t have. A musical Drama. Currently does not have music written.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. VII
        Two-act: 3 hours
        5M: 20s, 40s, 20-60s, part doubling
        5F: 20s, 40s, 20-60s, part doubling
  • Reality Check
    Two male roommates watch a TV reality program, during which household tensions and larger frictions emerge, especially concerning the incessant obsession with a put-down of homosexuality in the straight world. A realistic dramedy.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. VIII
        One-act: 10 min.
        2M: 20s
  • Liars
    A lie-detector has finally been invented that gives absolutely reliable results. Oh, no! Where can we hide? An absurdest dramedy about a man who may have killed his male lover.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. VIII
        One-act: 10 min.
        2M: any age
  • A Streetcar Named Viagra
    It’s 1946 and a playwright named Tennessee encounters a drag queen named Desiree in auditions for the out-of-town workshop of his Broadway-bound play. She inspires him to make certain alterations in the role of the original Lance DuBois. A comedy satire/revisionist history.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. VIII
        One-act: 30 min.
        3M: 30s, any age for the other two, one a drag role
  • Batman and Robin: Cute Meat
    Batman and Robin meet on an airplane and develop a rapport. A comedy. Also available as “Batperson and Robbie.” Video available.
    Staged reading at the Actors Theatre of Santa Cruz, April 2002, and at First Stage, Los Angeles, June 2002.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. VII
        One-act: 15 min. - set: two chairs
        2M: early 20s, 30s
  • Peni
    Two guys (played by women with three-foot-long penises) have big needs. What if women had penises? A comedy.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. VII
        One-act: 25 min. - props: two three-foot-long strap-on styrofoam penises.
        2F: any age
  • So Middle Class
    A middle-class man, who merely wants to read a book on a park bench, winds up having a tension-filled afternoon with a “homeless” person. A lot gets said, and done, that has been bottled up for too long, as insinuations about one man’s sexaulity surface. A serious drama; an answer to “Zoo Story.”
    First Prize, in Attic Theatre One-Act Contest.
    Performed at The Marsh, San Francisco, 1994, the Attic Theatre, Los Angeles, June-July, 1998, and by the California Travel Troupe, San Francisco, February 2001.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. V
        One-act: 35 min.
        2M: 35-70; any age
  • The Hit
    Four producer/playwrights (one a gay man) have their bill of short plays picked up by an outside producer, at which time the power plays (to say nothing of the slashing and burning) begin. Satirical comedy. Winner of the Attic Theatre Play Contest, 1997.
    Produced by the Attic Theatre, Los Angeles, February 1997, and by the California Travel Troupe, San Francisco, summer 2004.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. VI
        One-act: 20 min.
        2M: various ages
        2F: various ages
  • The Murder of Gonzago - a Comedy
    A group of eccentric playwrights (inluding — gasp! — a gay man) meet for their regular play reading session. One of them has connived to win their support, however, she goes berserk when critiqued and reveals “horrible” secrets about the others. Backstage dirt and a play-within-a-play-within-a-play! A comedy. One-act version, also available in longer version.
    Produced by Theatre Rhinoceros, 1986, and by Above Board Theatre, San Francisco, May, 1993.
    Published by Dialogus - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. III
        One-act: 45 min.
        3M: various ages
        2F: 20-30s
  • Your Town
    A journey through life with a typical couple; from courtship to marriage; from kids to caring for aging parents; to old age. A biting satire on traditional “family values,” revealing that, by contrast, the gay “lifestyle” isn’t so bad.
    Produced by Earnest Players, San Fran, 1978.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. I
        One-act: 18 min.
        3M: various ages
        2F: various ages
  • Last Call
    In a gay bar, a handsome man and an un-handsome man cruise each other but barely speak. What they are thinking becomes clear in its ironies and disappointments. An amusing and touching tale.
    First produced by the One-Act Theater Company, San Francisco, 1980. Radio adaptation via an NEA grant, 1982; broadcast KQED and KPFA radio.
    Published by Dialogus in “Homosexual Acts” - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. I
        One-act: 20 min.
    3M,     3M: 2 in 20s; 40-50s
  • One Man’s Opinion
    A killer of homosexuals explains himself in hate-filled terms. Based on Curzon’s short story in “The Revolt of the Perverts” (1978). A drama.
    Performed in “Homosexual Acts,” Theater Off Square, NYC, 1991.
    Published by Dialogus in “Homosexual Acts” - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. I
        One-act: 12 min.
        1-3M: 20-30s
  • S & M
    A male sadist does a heavy “scene” with a male masochist, who turns out to be Jesus. Savage satire.
    Performed in “Homosexual Acts,” Theater Off Square, NYC, 1991
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. IV
        One-act: 5 min.
        2M: any age
  • Immortality
    A gay man meets with his lesbian friend to discuss the baby they are planning, only to learn she has changed her mind about him as a donor because of AIDS. Drama.
    Produced in bill of one-acts by Theater Rhinoceros, 1986.
    Published by Dialogus in “Homosexual Acts” - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. IV
        One-act: 11 min.
        1M: 20-30s
        1F: 20-30s
  • Rev. What’s His Name
    A Christian minister, full of Christian love, teaches a Bible study class of children about AIDS as a punishment from God. Satirical comedy.
    Winner of special award from Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, 1984.
    First performed as part of “The AIDS Show,” Theater Rhinoceros, San Francisco, 1984. Also part of a national tour of the United States. Performed in acting class of American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, 1986.
    Published in West Coast Plays as part of “The AIDS Show,” 1985.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. III
        One-act: 5 min.
        1-6M: 30-60s
  • The Tasteful Transvestite and the Three Bullies
    Claudette Camembert is a straight man who simply wants to wear tasteful frocks, but three bullies don’t want him to do this. So what is one to do but teach such bullies a lesson, no? A comedy.
    First produced by the Absolute Theatre Company, San Francisco, February 1994. Also produced by the New Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, Spring 1994.
    Published by Dialogus in “Homosexual Acts” - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. V
        One-act: 10 min.
        3M: 20-40s
  • A Christmas Miracle at the Open Mess
    In an officers club on Christmas Eve., two gay soldiers, who recently became lovers, decide to risk the military’s wrath by slow dancing together. A touching drama.
    First produced by the Absolute Theatre Company, San Francisco, February 1994. Also produced by The New Conservatory Theatre, spring 1994, and by Frank Calo in “Men In and Out of Clothes: Four One-Act Plays,” in The Raw Space, NYC, winter 2000.
    “A very fine play.” - Andrés J. Wrath, off-off-broadway review (oobr.com)
    Published by Dialogus in “Homosexual Acts” - out of print.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. V
        One-act: 10 min.
        3M: 20s, 30s, 40s
  • In a Five-and-Ten-Cent Store
    A lonely man and a sex doll. A touching drama.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. V
        One-act: 10 min. - prop: “Sweetie,” the sex doll, male or female
        1M: any age
  • Body and Soul
    A man argues with his penis, which argues back. A comedy, from the “Sex Show.”
    Included in “Sexy Shorts,” produced by the New Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, May 1996.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. I
        One-act: 6 min.
        2M: any age
  • Celebrities in Hell
    Notorious homophobe Eddie Murphy and the Pope in Hell with AIDS. A satire.
    Broadcast on KPFA radio, 1982; included in Homosexual Acts, NYC, 1991.
    Contained in “Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon,” Vol. IV
        One-act: 10 min.
        3M: various ages
  • I Married the Nightstalker
    A woman wants the notorious serial murderer for her husband. Go figure. Marriage must be sacred, with one man, one woman. Biting comedy.
        One-act: 7 min.
        2M: any age
        1F: any age

    Jim Dalglish
      Provincetown, Massachusetts
      617-308-0788; jimdalglish@mac.com
      jimdalglish.com

      Plays include:

  • The Black Eye
    When an aging gay man asks a street-wise kid if he needs a lift home, is he prepared to go where the dangerous young man is about to take him? Narrator: “He’s seeing himself for the first time. Look at him. Nothing on this earth is more beautiful.”
    Winner: “Best Short Play” - 2001 Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Festival.
        One-act: 18 min. - three chairs
        2M: early 20s, late 40s
  • Daughter of the Regiment
    Its Billy’s first day at a new school. Now if only his mother could get him out of the limousine. Mother: “It’s called ‘Ritalin.’ But you don’t have to tell that to your new friends. Just say it’s a special vitamin.”
    Panelists’ Choice Winner, 2002 Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Festival.
        One-act: 18 min. - three chairs
        1F: early 30s
  • The Shaving Lesson
    An emotionally damaged father teaches his son the art of shaving. Father: “You don’t want me to start that … some old boring war story … that was 10 years ago. No one wants to hear those stories now … no one ever did.”
    Chosen “Best Play” - 2002 Eventide Arts Festival.
        One-act: 17 min. - no set
        1M: late 30s
  • Cavalier
    A blizzard, a mysterious pregnancy, and an emotionally fragile high school quarterback take a small North Dakota town by storm. Billy: “It was like something wild came over me and made me strong, and brave, and invincible. I was wild and couldn’t be stopped … not by anyone.”
        Two-act: 2 hours - diner
        5M: late teens-70s
        3W: late teens-40s
  • Starkweather
    Forced out of his childhood home by a rapacious traveling saleswoman, a young man is torn between returning to the man who betrayed him and settling for life in a dying town on the wind-swept plains of North Dakota. Mrs. Cook: “Nothing’s more dangerous than a man with nowhere to go and an eternity to get there.”
    Finalist - Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Competition
        Three-act: 2 hr., 20 min. - set: farmhouse, gas station
        3M: late teens-40s
        2W: 40s and 70s
  • A Little Off the Top and Sides
    When an eight-year-old brat, a middle-aged man, and a retired professor visit the barber shop, they get more than just haircuts. George: “If you and your friends stick together, you’ll beat David Osowski no matter how scared of him you are.”
        One-act
        6M: 7-75
        1W: 30s
  • Love and Death and Isabella Stewart Gardner
    Three former college roommates are re-united in this romantic comedy about a museum tour gone terribly astray. Alex: “Each year at za stroke von midnight on za anniversary of St. Isabellas death … You can hear za moans and groans from deep within zeez werry valls.”
    Honorable Mention - Ten Best Plays; Cape Cod Times, 2001
        One-act: 45 min. - set: picture frames
        3M: early 30s
        1W: early 30s
  • The Brave
    The telling of an Indian legend helps two men express their love for each other as they face a terminal illness. Jack: “The brave was the only one in the hunting party who saw the white buffalo.”
    Selected for the 1999 Boston Theatre Marathon.
        One-act: 18 min. - set: bedroom
        2M: early 30s
  • Consequences and Their Side Effects
    Could a relationship that begins in the shower room of an ivy-league gym have any chance of succeeding? Jack: “That evening I felt like I had peered over the edge and into something … immense. Something real. I had never felt that in my entire life.”
    [This is the title play appearing in a collection of seven short plays.]
        One-act: 30 min. - no set
        3M: early 30s
  • Three Pillows
    Howard’s very non-traditional wedding is just a week away. Everything is ready … except the bed. Veronica: “I believe in equal rights on this earth. The afterlife is a different story, though.”
        One-act: 15 min. - furniture store bed
        2M: 20s, 30s
        2F: 20s, 30s
  • Professionals
    Billions of dollars are at stake and Victoria’s job is on the line. But is that more important than an inconvenient fire on the 60th floor of a rather tall office building in downtown Manhattan? Victoria: “The mission of this company is bigger than us … much, much bigger than us.”
        One-act: 15 min. - NYC financial district board room
        1M: 30s
        2W: 20s, 40s
  • Like Father, Like Son
    Louis is taking his father to his first Gay Pride Parade. But will he be proud when he discovers what’s really on his dad’s mind? Louis: “And look at this. Poppers! Poppers, Dad, poppers! My old man uses poppers! Great!”
        One-act: 15 min. - attic apartment in Boston’s South End
        2M: 20, 52

    Matthew Ethan Davis
      266 W. 73rd St. Apt. B, New York, NY 10023
      212-721-4870; mednyc@aol.com
      Jerome Rudes Fifi Oscard Agency, 110 West 40th St., New York, NY 10018; 212-764-1100; jhr2001@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • All Tied Up in Love
    An hilarious, gay, romantic comedy about people who are so heart-over-head in love with each other that they just can’t get it straight. Kenny falls wildly in love with straight Paul, who falls for Kenny anyway. Just as Kenny’s best friend Curtis, is about to take the leap with his boyfriend, Kenny falls for Curtis. Just as Kenny finally works everything out, Kenny’s suicidal mother calls to move in. In the end, it’s old-fashioned love that saves the day, and Kenny.
    “Outstanding Writing. An enjoyable new play about blossoming gay love, full of snappy dialogue, that explores the development of love beyond sex and how a new relationship can change older ones. Fun and engaging, the playwright clearly knows his craft.” - Off-Off Broadway Review
    Played at Expanded Arts Theatre Company, NYC.

        ?-act: full-length play
        3M: late-early 20s
        1F: 50s
  • A Little Class
    A gay graduate student is so obsessed with his Marxist journalism teacher that he jeopardizes his relationship with his own lover. The student, convinced that the teacher is the answer to his life, tracks the teacher down in a bar where they engage in a battle of wills about Marxism and the meaning of love.
    “Finely wrought, slick, nicely paced and stocked with talent.” — New Haven Advocate
    Played at The Long Wharf Theatre. A Samuel French Semi-Finalist.

        One-act
        3M: two are 30s, one 40
  • Within Touching Distance
    Going backwards in time, to the beginning.
        One-act: a trilogy
        4-9M: 20-30s
    • Salty Tears
      A comedy about what might have happened if Christopher Columbus’s map maker had been gay.
    • Prometheus All Bound
      An exploration of the current-day political meaning of the mythic characters Prometheus and Zeus.
    • Garden Street
      A highly stylized play about Adam and Steve, black and white, in the Garden of Eden.

    Steven Dawson
      Melbourne, Australia
      stevend@sub.net.au
      sub.net.au/~stevend
            Besides writing more than 21 performed plys, Steven is an actor, director, and
            co-artistic director of Out Cast Theatre, Melbourne’s the gay and lesbian theatre.
            The following plays are available to download from Steven’s Web site:

      Plays include:

  • Brad Pitt, Why Haven’t You Called?
    Looking for love in all the wrong places. A man’s search for Mr. Right and how his best friends and his big mouth keep getting in the way.
  • Betty Jo Bullthwaite’s Country Calamity
    A bad taste country/western cabaret for two.
  • Big Dicks on Stage
    Selling out just to sell out. A comedy about a playwright who has trouble getting his message across.
  • Get Away from Me, Bitch!
    A gay wedding table at a straight wedding and it seems everyone knows the groom … intimately.
  • Puss in Pumps
    A very bent panto with kings, queens, ogres and pussy!
  • Rust in the Dust
    Sicko country/western singer Betty Jo and friends return for a wake. Some of the vilest numbers you’ll even sing along with.
  • Sometimes My Friend
    A theatre-in-education play about young people and HIV/AIDS.
  • The Art of Being Still
    A serious comedy. Seven friends living and loving in the time of AIDS.
  • The Gathering of Vampires
    The sequel to “The Art of Being Still.” A story of friendship, love and moving on.
  • The Ladies Choice
    Three women from different parts of this century, each with her own story to tell. A play with songs.
  • The Night My Boyfriend Turned into an Idiot
    Sometimes love means shutting the hell up! Two men fall in love and build a relationship then do battle to keep it going.
  • The Realm of Wasps
    Based on the life of playwright Joe Orton and his relationship with Ken Halliwell.
  • The White Rose
    A gay Greek farce. Getting married just for some white goods with a little bit of Nana Mouskouri thrown in.
  • Greetings from a Small Planet
    Monologues. A one man show about hope, love, desire, passion and memory.

    Gary L. Day
      1214 Titan St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
      215-336-1482; dayzonepa@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • Behind These Eyes
    Psychological drama. An emotionally crippled public defender tries to help a gay man who has admitted to a brutal double murder. Her efforts lead her toward a shattering emotional realization.
    Premiered at Philadelphia’ Daylight Zone Theater. Winner of the East Central Theater Conference Award for Best Play of 1998. Staged readings in NYC.
        Two-act: 2 hours - minimalist set
        8M: 20s-40s, doubling possible
        1F: 30s
  • Preserved in Amber
    Family drama. A straight and a gay brother, along with their spouses, bury their abusive father when a stranger appears at the funeral. It is the brother’s mother, who abandoned them 25 years ago. As the mother tries to reconcile with her sons, secrets are revealed that ultimately help begin a healing process.
    Premiered at the Daylight Zone.
        Two-act: 2 hour - adaptable unit set
        3M: 20s-40s
        3F: 20s-50s
  • Bend Over, Straight Boy!
    Comedy/drama. A gay man and straight woman are best friends. Both seem to have found the man of their dreams. The gay man discovers they have been seeing the same man.
    Premiered in Philadelphia by ErotiZone Theatricks.
        One or Two-act: 75 min. - three-scene set, adaptable to small stages
        2M: 20s, 40s
        1F: 40s
  • Sacrilegious Sequels
    Comedy/satire/drama. An episodic exploration of various figures from Christian mythology, and what they’re up to today. Lucifer approaches the gates of Heaven, intent on resigning his post as the Devil. He discovers that Yahweh has already resigned as the Lord. It is revealed the big fight between Yahweh and Lucifer was really all about. Other characters include: Eve, Cain, Gabriel, Jesus and Mephistopheles.
        One or Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - unit set
        8M: all ages
        1F: changes if director casts women in angel/demon roles

    Demian
      Sweet Corn Productions
      Box 9685, Seattle, WA 98106
      206-935-1206; demian@buddybuddy.com
            Demian is a Scriptwriter, Script Doctor, Videographer, Director, and Actor.

      Plays and videos include:

  • Scaredy-Kate & the Monsters - or - How to Pay the Rent
    (A marionette opera, with music by Josef Haydn)
    Skittish and fearful Kate must take a long, dangerous journey to Foggy Mountain in hopes of finding a treasure which would enable her and her mother to pay the overdue rent. During her travels, three monsters attempt to enslave or destroy her. This feminist piece was well received at its premiere at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival in 1982.
        One-act: 25 min. - six sets, backdrops, or plain curtain
        1M: 40
        2F: 12, 30s
        1 Feline: 2 (in kitty years)
        3 Monsters: any age
  • Our Old Gang Grows Up - A Vaudeville Romp
    A sweet and silly piece of vaudeville based on the childhood gang, now matured into their teens. Hanky and Alf confess they love each other. Karla runs into her screen idol, Betty Boo, and the two women consider getting romantically involved. The discomfort of shifting allegiances provokes a battle between the males and females.
    Commissioned by, and premiered at, the Gay Theater Festival in Seattle in June 1985. Re-written in October 2001.
        One-act: 30 min. - one set - five 20s and 30s songs
        3M: 2 teens, any age
        2F: teen, 20s
  • The Fight Before Christmas (video, 1993)
    A video musical comedy about a same-sex couple and family values.
    This video tells the heart-warming story of Bruce and Bill, a male couple, which is loosely based on Clement Moore’s familiar poem, “The Night Before Christmas.” In this version, Bruce pretends his mom is Santa and she pretends that Bruce and Bill are just roommates. But it’s Bill, not Santa, who hits the roof.
    Won runner-up in the comedy category in a national, independent video contest in 1993.
        Run time: 7:30 min. excerpt (original 20 min. version no longer available)
  • Gilgamesh & Enkidu — The Oldest Love Story Ever Written
    A feature film speculation script.
    An arrogant ruler is transformed by love — transformed, once again, by its loss — and thereby becomes a legend. A very personal story, showing a physical and mental journey that begins with greed and abuse of power. A retelling of the 4,600-year-old poem, the Epic of Gilgamesh.
    This project received a seed production grant from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation on November 10, 2001.
  • The Right to Marry (video, 1996)
    A documentary about a basic human freedom. It spells out why this right is so important to the community, and what we can do to win and preserve it.
        Run time: 7:30 min. excerpt (original 72 min. version out-of-print)

    Mike Dempsey
      P.O. Box 1242, Bandon, OR 97411
      mikewrites@att.net

      Plays include:

  • Handsome Men
    Four different generations of gay men with nothing in common — except for one little thing — they all were very naughty.
    “A play that deftly communicates the notion that sex can be used as a pathway to a greater human understanding.” - Back Stage West
    “Fluid use of subtle metaphors enriches the tapestry of the characters that weave throughout the story … At times, the script shines like a beacon in the night.” - After Dark
    Produced at the Saint Genesius Theatre in Los Angeles and the Diversionary Theatre in San Diego.
        Two-act
        5M: early 20s-75
  • Versions of Lust & Disgust
    What happens when love and lust cross the fine line?
    “A clever look at the everyday life and intimate relationships.” - Update
    “Funny, poignant, and provocative.” - Unzipped
    Produced at the 6th @ Penn Studio in San Diego, and in Los Angeles at the Saint Genesius Theatre in 1998, and at the Gardner Stages in 2001.
        One or Two-act (depending on the direction)
        2M: early-mid 30s
        2F: early-mid 30s
  • Miss MacInernie’s Acquaintances
    A thirty-something nerd battles his inner demons and finds self-discovery during a job interview.
    “A comedy you’ll want to become acquainted with! Miss MacInernie’s Acquaintances will tickle your fanciest bone and you’ll feel good all week long.” - Gay & Lesbian Times
    Produced at 6th @ Penn Studio in San Diego, California, October 2002.
        One-act
        1M: 30s
        2-5F: depending on casting
  • Outside The Box
    A series of monologues of women who define what family means to them. Views from a gay teen, female impersonator, Texas Housewife, and former beauty queen battle their inner thoughts.
    Staged reading at Sprague Theatre (Bandon Playhouse Production), Bandon, Oregon, February 2006.
        One-act
        6F: early teen-early 70s

    K.J. Dwyer
      Av. Rivadavia 3230, Apto. 2 Buenos Aires C.P. 1203 Argentina
      +54-11-4867-2199; kjdenba@gmail.com

      Plays include:

  • Long Division
    Argentine-American architect, Marc Sumariva, lost custody of his partner’s six-year-old daughter, Eva, when Elliot died in a 1996 car accident. Eva’s maternal grandparents gained custody and refused Marc access to Eva. Elliot’s will dictates that Eva is to inherit half ownership of the home that Elliot and Marc shared in Tamalpais Valley, California, when she becomes 18. Now, in 2008, Eva wants to live in the home with her ill and destitute grandfather. Marc agrees to the arrangement, in spite of major conflicts with Henry. He calls his mother, Norma, to be there for their arrival, just to “even the playing field.”
    “ ‘Long Division’ deftly frames inner worlds and outer geographies, cultural betrayals and personal delusions, and a country’s jilted expectations as catalyst to individuality and redemption. Long after reading KJ’s play, his characters come frequently to mind. His play is a vivid telling, worthy of your consideration.” - Pema Teeter, writer and editor
    Finalist for the Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, 2014 MetLife Foundation.
        Two-act - 1 hr. 45 min. - one set
        3M: 30-40, 40, 75
        3F: 17-18, 27, 72

    Arnold Dobrin
      3780 Noyoc Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
      631-725-2515; fax 310-915-7686 or 323-461-9787

      Plays include:

  • Curacao Chris
    A biographical memory play about the life of Christopher Isherwood. The story takes place in 40s Los Angeles during the end of the film studio’s golden years. The drama centers on Isherwood’s striving for enlightenment, and the relentless pull of sensual life.
        One-act: 1 hr. 20 min. - no set
        3M: 20s American, 30s British, 40s Indian
        1F: 20s British

    Tom Ecobelli
      New York/Los Angeles
      518-879-9885
      aquabelll@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • The Grandma Show co-written with Peter Marino
    Logline: “Despite the better efforts of his 93-year-old Italian grandmother, Anthony Deficiente, 38, gay, and a virgin, tries to find love.”
    Anthony Deficiente tries to find his niche in life, but opportunities don’t come easy in the dying industrial city of Gloversville, New York. Chronically unemployed, he struggles to make ends meet. All his relatives are dead and he’s the only one left to care for Grandma, who refuses to share him with anyone. The insanity of his past, and the strong, freakish bond that holds him and Grandma together is revealed. When Anthony meets Doug, a fellow Linda Ronstadt nut with a secret, Grandma and Anthony must learn how to maintain their relationship, while allowing Anthony a little freedom.
        Two-act: 85 min.
        6M/F: cast plays 13 characters

    Linda Eisenstein
      Cleveland, Ohio
      herone@en.com
      lindaeisenstein.com
            See web site for reviews, excerpts, and production history of these and other plays.

      Plays include:

  • Rehearsing Cyrano
    Students at a women’s college stage their own version of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” experimenting with men’s roles and power. Full of poetry, song, improv comedy, sword fights, as well as explorations of gender roles, body image, and homophobia.
    Finalist, 2001 Jane Chambers Award.
        Two-act: 95 min.
        11-13F ensemble cast     1M: 20s
  • Three the Hard Way
    Three unconventional sisters meet in a Reno motel after the sudden death of their colorful, gambler father, Albert. As they go through his effects and make funeral arrangements, they also try to make sense of their past and their own spiky relationships — with the kibitzing ghost of Albert looking on.
    Winner, Gilmore Creek Playwriting Competition, Ohio Arts Council Artists Fellowship.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 50 min.
        3F: 20-30s
        1M: 50s
  • Marla’s Devotion
    Lesbian couple Marla and Joey have hit a bad patch. Marla begins an intense Buddhist meditation practice that soon has her living half-time on her knees. An off-beat comedy about relationships and change.
    Winner, Festival Prize, All-England Theatre Festival.
        One-act: 55 min.
        2F: 20-40s
  • The Names of the Beast
    A feminist writers circle is thrown into crisis when Alicia, exhausted and blocked, asks for help with a “ritual of transformation,” burning all her manuscripts. Alternately furious, supportive, silly, and sad, four diverse artists struggle together with the limits of creativity, friendship, and the special obstacles they face as women.
    Winner, Sappho’s Symposium.
    Honors, Jane Chambers Award.
        One-act: 55 min.
        4F, diverse age/ethnicity preferred
  • Gentrification
    A young, lesbian couple defends their urban home purchase to a brother from the ’burbs.
        One-act: 10 min.
        2F
        1M
  • Running from the Red Girl
    Continually consumed with anger, Jackie gets a startling diagnosis from her therapist-shaman, Doctor Yin-Yang: her aura indicates she has been inadvertently feeding an ancient vampire goddess. A poetic comedy.
        One-act: 20 min.
        2-4F
  • A Rustle of Wings
    A smoky, lesbian bar. A mysterious noir angel. When Mira meets Jewell, her matchmaking friends can’t understand the heart-pounding attraction. And can those be real wings on her black leather jacket? A poetic comedy.
        One-act: 10-min.
        4F - or - 3F, 1M
  • That Was No Lady from the Sea
    Lust and laughter on the fjords: a married woman pines for her long-lost, lesbian sailor in this campy parody of Ibsen’s classic.
        One-act: 20 min.
        5F
        1M (cross-gender possible)
  • Acme Temporary Services
    An offbeat personnel recruiter enumerates the benefits of signing with an outrageous temp agency for artists, queers, and misfits whose motto is “Acme … if I care?”
    Published in Even More Monologues for Women by Women.
        One-act: 15 min.
        1F or 1M
  • At the Root
    A lesbian mother faces the literally unspeakable: shall she give up her tongue, in new transplant surgery, to her son, who is losing his?
    Published in The Actor’s Book of Gay & Lesbian Plays.
        One-act: 15 min.
        1F
  • The Club
    Charlie, a bisexual poet, recounts her nightmare: standing outside a women’s club, awaiting interrogation by threatening bouncers on her sexual preferences and loyalties. A dark comic look at our slippery identities.
    Published in Anything That Moves.
        One-act: 10 min.
        1F
  • F2F
    A middle-aged woman’s first face-to-face meeting with a female cyber-colleague brings rueful surprises.
    Published in Blithe House Quarterly.
        One-act: 15 min.
        1F
  • Pretzels and Longing
    Maddie wants to meet women in the worst way; the oh-so-political Rina insists that the very worst way is in a bar. But are the “Good Lesbian Seal of Approval” alternatives any better? A comic rant.
    Published in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues of 1998.
        One-act: 10 min.
        1F
  • Ungrateful
    Stood up by her lover in a theatre lobby, a woman suddenly comes to grips with the relative privileges in her life.
    Published in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues of 1997.
        One-act: 10 min.
        1F
  • Zombie Grrrls from the Crypt
    Magda, a goth style performance poet, explains her obsessive attraction to zombie grrrls.
    Published in Even More Monologues for Women by Women.
        One-act: 10 min.
        1F

    Rich Espey
      204 E. Joppa Road, #916, Baltimore, MD 21286
      410-825-4353; richespey@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • Fifty-Fifty
    A fast-paced comedy centering on the hidden life of Scott Wheeler, young headmaster of Thwaite Academy, the oldest continuously operating girls boarding school southwest of the Connecticut River. Scott appears to have everything in his conventional married life until his old flame Nick turns up, partnered to David, the new English teacher who is determined to convince the world that the founder of Thwaite was a “ninety-five percent lesbian.”
    Winner of the Carol Weinberg Award for Best Play at the 2003 Baltimore Playwright’s Festival. “A sparkling traipse through the prickly politics of bisexuality.” - Baltimore City Paper. “Rich Espey’s Fifty-Fifty examines hypocrisy, sexual orientation and appearances versus reality, and it tackles these weighty themes with wit and humor” - Baltimore Sun
        Two-act: 105 min. - one simple set
        3M: 30s
        2F: 30s, 50s
  • Hope’s Arbor
    Hope, seventeen, a student at Thwaite Academy, comes of age while dealing with parental confrontation, fat camp, a college essay seminar, various on-line acquaintances, a true friend, and, ultimately, autonomy and self acceptance.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 40 min. - one set
        2M: 20s, 40s
        4F: 16-24, one is in 40s
  • Near and Far
    A ten-minute version of Hope’s Arbor [see above], focusing on the most pivotal incident in which Hope is the victim of a cruel prank at her school.
        One-act: 10-12 min. - one set
        3F: 16-24

    Marc Estes
      171 Durham Rd., Dover, NH 03820
      603-742-7714; estesmarcw@gmail.com

      Plays include:

  • Glass Closets
    Playwright Alexander “Zander” Caswell has a big secret, and the only person he hasn’t told is own mother. Zander moves to New York City, and shares an apartment with his lesbian friend Lizzie, while neighbor Patrick has a never-ending crush on him. When Lizzie invites Zander’s Mom, Esther, for a surprise visit, Zander is told he will be receiving a major award for writing a play with gay content. Of course, the award ceremony is scheduled for the same weekend as Esther’s visit. Naturally, Lizzie convinces Zander that, with a little planning, secrets can be kept.
    “Glass Closets” takes exciting, hilarious, suspenseful and touching turns to bring audiences on a journey of hope, compassion and love.
    Winner of the 2011 Vermont Playwrights Award.
    Won the Robert Chesley Award (2013).
    Won the Helene Wurlitzer Grant for Artists (2014).

        Two-act: 1 hour 40 min. - two sets
        4M: all in 30s - one in drag
        2F: 30s, one is 70-ish
  • What Would Dicken Do?
    An aspiring writer, Eric, enters Purgatory and meets the not-so-cordial Pearly Gates. She helps Eric get settled by bringing him to the “Writer’s Block” where he meets Truman Capote, Charles Dickens, George Orwell, William Faulkner, and Samuel Clemens. In celebration of Dickens’ last night before moving on to heaven, the group presses Dickens about his unfinished “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” hoping to learn his intentions for the ending. Capote shines, bringing his gay wit and humor to the group. The play explores the individuality of mankind and the realization that the most interesting parts of a life are often those which remain secret.
    Winner of the 2010 Vermont Playwrights Award and 2012 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence.
        One-act: 2 hour 15 min. - 1 large set made up of 3 rooms
        14M: 20-60s
        5F: 20-60s - one has been around for thousands of years

    Adam Matthew Feldman
      410 West 23rd St., #6H, New York, NY 10001
      646-526-5546; adam1020000@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • A Mind of Its Own
    A surrealist comedy. Even when family and friends insist that he come out, Danny Rosenberg seems oblivious to his own obvious homosexuality. One night, Danny is paid a visit by his own penis, who — fed up with Danny’s denial — insists on outing him at any cost.
        One-act: 45 min.
        4M: 2 early 20s, mid 30s, late 40s
        2F: early 20s, late 40s

    David Gaard (David Lostegaard - April 4, 1941–March 29, 2012)
      (contacts may not work) 77 East 12th St., #17-H, New York, NY 10003
      212-886-9850; nynitehouse@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • About Bernard Carlton
    Bernard Carlton wrestles with his wealthy controlling parents, the marriage they forced him into, his own political ambitions, and his obsessive erotic relationship with Wayne Hochner, a free wheeling, easy-going, blue collar laborer. The tragic results of his duplicitous life force him to face himself. The highly-charged sexual relationship of two very different men, set against the changing culture and attitudes of the last half of the 20th century, shows their lust and love for each other, and their final redemption.
    About Bernard Carlton played a highly successful six-month run at Here in New York City and was the closing night attraction at the 1999 Queer at Here Gay Arts Festival.
        One or Two-act: 95 min. total - unit set
        2M: comfortably act adolescence-middle age
  • And Puppy Dogs Tails
    Set just weeks before the Stonewall riot in New York, 22-year-old Bud visits his high school best friend John. As their closeness re-establishes itself, Bud’s sexual and intellectual ambivalence is brought to question as he faces John’s gay life and the period’s counter-culture. Bud’s questioning of a world with more possibilities than he had anticipated, causes John, his lover and their outrageous best friend, Tommy, to examine their moral values and emotional state.
    For years considered a “lost” gay play from the Stonewall era, this seminal work of contemporary gay theater had a seven-month run Off Broadway in 1969-70. Many additional production were staged in the United States and Europe in the early 70s.
        One-act: 1 hr. 50 min. - one interior
        4M: early-mid 20s
  • Befriending Beau
    Seventeen-year-old Tash lives with his single mother in suburban L.A. She plans to send Tash to live with his father, a fundamentalist Christian in San Diego. As Tash tries to help his friend Beau kick heroin, their friend Chili plots to find shelter for Tash. In their adolescent confusion, the three work to create a family unit, while struggling with their mutual sexual attractions and the siren call of drugs.
    Befriending Beau premiered in 2000 and played to sell-out audiences in the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival.
        One-act: 60 min.
        2M: 16, 19
        1F: 17
  • eXs
    After three years of a joyous sexual and emotionally fulfilling relationship, Ted and Lane find that their casual promiscuity has destroyed their romantic and physical chemistry. Separating, they find themselves adrift in San Francisco’s fast lane where sexual gratification is swift and easy, but emotional contact remains elusive. As they define their emotional needs and values, they are surprised to find they may have placed themselves on the road to reconciliation.
    eXs enjoyed a successful run from Jan.-Mar. 2002 at C.S.V. Theater, New York.
        One-act: 1 hr. 30 min.
        6M: early 20s-mid 30s
  • Shadow Boy
    In 1927, Lyle, a young factory worker, frustrated by the limits his world offers, strikes out for Manhattan where he soon is kept by politically ambitious Wall Street lawyer Allen Steele. When Lyle learns Steele’s political rival, Burt Kirkland, plans a smear campaign, he uncovers an even bigger scandal on Kirkland. Lyle’s confronting Kirkland stops the impending smear scandal, and gives him a more central role in Steele’s life. The play is a realistic, well-researched portrait of gay life in New York during the 20s-30s. It includes authentic comic drag routines of the era, as well as appearances by gay film stars and sports figures of the times.
    SHADOW BOY was first produced by C.S.V. Theater in New York in 2001.
        One-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - unit set
        8-12M

    Carolyn Gage
      Portland, ME
      carolyn@carolyngage.com
      carolyngage.com
            Carolyn Gage is author of “Take Stage! How to Direct and Produce a Lesbian Play,”
      a complete manual, and “Scenes and Monologues for Lesbian Actors.”

      Plays include:

  • The Second Coming of Joan of Arc
    A lesbian Joan returns with an impassioned message for contemporary audiences.
        One-woman show
  • The Last Reading of Charlotte Cushman
    One of the greatest actresses of the nineteenth century, Charlotte Cushman, a large butch lesbian, treats the audience to excerpts from her Hamlet, Romeo, and Cardinal Wolsey, as well as scenes and other monologues from her repertoire.
        One-woman show
  • Amy Lowell: in Her Own Words
    A platform reading by the famous Imagist herself, including the erotic love poems written for her beloved partner Ada Dwyer.
        One-woman show
  • Extravagant Love: the Life of Violette LeDuc
    An avant garde odyssey into the vivid and often terrifying world of lesbian Parisian author Violette LeDuc.
        One-woman show
  • The Amazon All-stars
    Musical comedy about a lesbian softball team with a player who is really out in left field.
    Show has broken box office records in three theatres!
        Musical
  • Leading Ladies
    Six leading ladies take stage with musical numbers celebrating the turning points in their respective careers. Characters include: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleanora Duse, and Laurette Taylor.
        Musical
  • Sappho in Love
    A Lesbian midsummer night’s dream with the goddesses of celibacy, love, and marriage competing for Sappho’s attention amid poetry contests, meteor showers, lessons on lesbian love-making, romantic trysting, mix-ups and disguises.
        Full-length play
  • The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women
    Engrossing, controversial courtroom drama, where the audience must serve as judge and jury, deciding motions and verdict, in a case against the five women who betrayed the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov.
        Full-length play
  • The Spindle
    A lesbian reworking of the fable of Sleeping Beauty. Children’s theatre for adults!
        Full-length play
  • Ugly Ducklings
    Gothic lesbian drama. Two counselors at a summer camp struggle with their love against a backdrop of homophobia. Scenes with the campers depict with chilling accuracy the cruelty of girls towards those they perceive as outsiders.
        Full-length play
  • Thanatron
    Over-the-top comedy about a dysfunctional nuclear family. A depressed, middle-aged woman plans a going-away party for her suicide. It is sabotaged by her lesbian housekeeper.
        Full-length play
  • Esther and Vashti
    An epic lesbian “Midrash,” or retelling of the traditional Purim story, with an emphasis on the liberation struggle of Jewish women living in exile and Persian women sexually enslaved in the harem.
        Full-length play
  • Coming About
    A wedding in the country is hit by a hurricane — figuratively and literally — and the guests undergo a sea change. Disintegration of the traditional roles in marriage between men and women.
    Award-winning drama.
        Full-length play
  • Mason-Dixon
    Separated for thirty years, a white woman attempts to recruit her former slave to return to the South and work as a Union spy in the Confederate White House. Issues of race, class, and gender explode as the women confront their lesbian girlhood and shared history of sexual abuse.
        One-act
  • Jane Addams and the Devil Baby
    Lesbian reformer Jane Addams locks horns with an elderly Irish woman, in an attempt to understand the strange obsession that has gripped Chicago.
        One-act
  • Louisa May Incest
    The writing of Little Women is interrupted when the character Jo March and her famous creator cannot agree on the ending. The struggle for control of the book becomes deadly when Jo accuses Louisa of repressed lesbian desires and incest memories.
        One-act
  • Battered on Broadway
    A farcical, retrospective look at the misogyny of Broadway’s musicals through the eyes of the characters themselves.
        One-act
  • Calamity Jane Sends a Message to Her Daughter
    Comic monologue by the real Calamity Jane, an alcoholic butch; spittoon, whiskey, and all!
        One-act: 15 min.
  • Cookin’ with Typhoid Mary
    Dramatic monologue by the notorious typhoid carrier who refused to admit the existence of germs. Her side of the story.
        One-act: 30 min.
  • Artemisia and Hildegarde
    Two of the most powerful and radical artists in history discuss their work on an explosive arts panel about survival strategies for women artists.
        One-act
  • Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist
    Harriet Tubman, suspected of planning an escape, has been sent to the therapist, an African-American woman, for an evaluation. Radical activism meets one-day-at-a-time therapism.
        One-act
  • Entr’acte, or The Night Eva Le Gallienne Was Raped
    Eva Le Gallienne has checked herself into a private hospital the night she was raped backstage during her Broadway run of Liliom. She sends for her former lover, Mimsey, who left her for a husband.
        One-act
  • Parmachene Belle
    “Fly Rod” Crosby, a lesbian Maine hunting guide from the late 19th century, shares secrets about fly-fishing as she indulges in her romantic fantasies about her friend Annie Oakley.
        One-act
  • The Pele Chant
    A 92-year-old Native Hawaiian woman struggles with the last request of her adoptive mother, Queen Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawai’i.
        One-act
  • The Drum Lesson
        One-act
        5F drummers
  • The Evil That Men Do: the Story of Thalidomide
    The conspiracy of the German drug manufacturers and the FDA unfolds like a murder mystery, as one woman stalls for time. Fast-paced radio drama, suitable for stage production.
        One-act
  • A Labor Play
    Kafka-esque play about a multi-national corporation in the business of selling babies.
        One-act
  • Heterosexuals Anonymous
    A playful send-up of the 12-step movement. Five women in recovery from their addictions to men, convene at their weekly meeting.
        One-act
  • Radicals
    Women in the anti-war movement of the Sixties. Sexual tensions fuse with political agendas, as the women cross mine fields of repressed emotion, and the action builds to a violent climax, as the war comes home.
        One-act
  • The Boundary Trial of John Proctor
    John Proctor, finding himself in the boundary lands of patriarchy after his execution, encounters a second trial, this time by the women. Features the notorious anti-hero of Arthur Miller’s Crucible, and the women he exploited.
        One-act
  • Patricide: A Play in One Minute
    A woman confronts her father on incest.
        One-act: one min.
        1F: any age, ethnicity, race, orientation, physical ability, or class
  • The P.E. Teacher
    A new teacher is hired to replace a lesbian teacher who resigned under suspicious circumstances. Misogyny, racism, and homophobia in the schools.

    Anthony Garcia-Copian
      819 Wilkerson Ave., Durham, North Carolina 27701
      919-667-4169; playwright1010@yahoo.com

      Plays include:

  • Book of Revolutions
    Four pieces about various revolutions, and a moment in the lives of each character who fears what the new government would do if it finds out that they are homosexual.
        One-act: 45 Min.
        6M: 18-35
        3F: 18-35
  • Killing of Karma
    Three stories about the lives of four people who will eventually blow up on a train in London unless one teen-aged boy convinces another teen-aged boy (and future terrorist) that if he kisses him in the mouth everyone will be saved.
        One-act: 45 min.
        5M: 18-25
        1F: 18-25
  • Nijinska/Nijinsky
    The great choreographer Bronislava Nijinska is going to do one last show, and her gay brother, Nijinsky’s ghost, decides to come out and tell her a few things.
        One-act: 45 min.
        2F: 21-40
        1M: 21-40
  • A Cheating Nirvana
    Two gay, best friends, approaching middle age, decide to go to one last gay dance to see if their luck has changed, and if they can, perhaps, still meet the man of their dreams.
        One-act: 45 min.
        2M
        1F: 45

    Elana Gartner
      582 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11238
      917-584-7503; elana@elanagartner.com
      elanagartner.com

      Plays include:

  • Pilar’s Brother
    In 1968, Julian’s mother has returned to Chile to care for his dying grandmother, leaving obedient Julian to juggle his temporary responsibility for his mentally ill sister, studies, and job. He also must juggle his American lifestyle: the one that his family knows about, as well as the one that his strong, Catholic, Chilean immigrant family, doesn’t know about — that of being a closeted gay man, and aspiring actor. What choices will Julian make when a big opportunity arises, one complicated by his volatile sister? Inspired by a true story.
    Finalist in Repertorio Español's 2010 Met Life Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition.
        Two-Act - 2 hours - one simple set 
        2M: early 20s     2F: late teens, early 40s Spanish-speaking

    Joe Godfrey
      127 Cross Brook Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798
      203-263-0949; fax 203-263-6231; josephfgodfrey@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • A Queer Carol
    Ben Scrooge lost his partner and lover Jake Marley twelve years ago on this very Christmas Eve. In the sumptuous town house office of “Scrooge & Marley, Interior Design,” Ben’s assistant, Robert Cratchit, awaits permission to close shop, and join his lover, Tim, who is HIV+, and their friends Carol and Maria. The wheels are in motion for a “very bumpy night.” While faithful to the Dickens original, this comedy offers an honest look at gay relationships, with Marilyn Monroe as the “Ghost of Christmas Past,” and “Christmas Present” portrayed as a drag queen.
    “Very funny and unexpectedly touching” - Backstage
    Available in the anthology, “Plays and Playwrights 2003”, edited by Martin Denton, from The New York Theatre Experience, Inc..
        Two act: 1 hr. 30 min. (intermission optional) - simple set
        7M: all ages
        2F: 30s or 40s
  • Bed & Breakfast
    Five guests arrive at a Provincetown Bed and Breakfast for a June weekend. The new owner and his attentive “houseboy” have eagerly prepared for the guests, which include an older actor and his boy-toy, a cross-dressing cop, a personal trainer, and the owner’s widowed mother. By Sunday afternoon, things have changed for everyone, as issues are confronted, fears voiced, and hurdles overcome. While a comedy, this play also explores issues of love, loss, self-worth, and desires.
    “Clever and witty. Plenty of punch. A delight.” - The Citizen
        Two act: 1 hr. 30 min. - one set.
        6M
        1F
  • Massage Therapy
    Over the course of eleven consecutive sessions, a gay massage therapist and his female client grow to form an unusually strong bond. At first skeptical of each other, the two develop trust, and come to treasure their time together. When the client needs extraordinary support from the therapist, their bond is put to a huge test. This serious drama also provides surprises, and lots of humor.
    “Best new play in the Key West Festival. Plays gingerly on the heart.” - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
        One-act: 1 hr. 20 min. - simple set
        1M: 40s
        1F: late 30s
  • Claptrapp or the Sound of Musicals
    The travails of Maria and the Von Krapps. Within this comedy spoof excerpts of lyrics from 40 musicals constitutes the dialogue of the play.     One-act: 50 min. - simple set
        3M: one in 40s
        4F: 40s
  • Child Support
    A gay male couple announce to their two best friends that they are adopting a child from a Roumanian orphanage. One friend’s reaction is not at all what they expect.     One-act: 20 min. - simple set
        3M: one 60s, rest 30-40s
        1F: 30s

    Gary Goldstein
      Los Angeles, CA 90039
      323-654-8654; garygo@earthlink.net
      Agent: Paul Weitzman, Preferred Artists, 818-990-0305

      Plays include:

  • Just Men
    A TV writer and his bigoted father must come to terms over one combustible weekend, with the help of the son's lover and their best friend, a gorgeous African-American woman. Produced at the Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood, spring 1996; three extensions.
    “Funny and touching … A show with comic appeal for anyone who's ever faced a difficult confession.” - Los Angeles Times (Critic’s Choice).
    “Howlingly funny … A real side-splitter.” - Santa Monica Outlook
        Two-act: 1 hr. 55 minutes - one set
        3M: two 30s, one 60
        1F: late 20-30s
  • Parental Discretion
    A gay couple decide whether or not to have a child. Just at that time, one of their narrow-minded fathers is forced to move in with them. A follow-up piece to “Just Men.”
    Produced at the Coast Playhouse, West Hollywood, spring-summer 1999, and The Little Room Downstairs, Houston, fall 1999.
    “Skillfully crafted and clever!” - LA Weekly
    “Floor-stompingly funny. A must-see!” - KXLU-FM
    Developed as a half-hour pilot for Warner Bros. TV, and executive producer Jennifer Aniston.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 50 minutes - one set
        3M: two 30s, one 60s
        4F: three late 20-30s, one 50-60s
  • Three Grooms and a Bride
    A gay male couple and their straight best friends plan a double wedding, with unexpected complications.
    Produced at the Coast Playhouse, West Hollywood, Summer 2002.
    “Uproariously funny! Recommended!” LA Weekly.
    “Non-stop guffaws! A wonderful piece of entertainment” - Orange County Blade
    The subsequent “Three Grooms” screenplay adaptation won the 2003 One In Ten Screenwriting Contest, which rewards excellence in gay-themed material.
        Two act: 2 hrs. - various locations, one multi-use set
        3M: late 20-30s
        2F: one late 20-30s, one 50s

    Larry Dean Harris
      3124 Silverado Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90039
      larrydeanharris@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • Like an Old Song
    Secrets are spilled as seven older gay men meet a handsome young member of the “new” gay generation and find their beloved nightclub under siege by a gay-bashing gang of high-schoolers.
    Named “Best Gay-Themed Play” of 2000 by Backstage West and Frontiers Newsmagazine. The original production of this play starred Tony winner Sammy “A Chorus Line” Williams.
        One-act: 1 hr. 30 min.
        8M: 20s, 40s-70s
  • Inverted Pyramid
    Gay man meets Jewish woman in this dramatic comedy that neatly wraps up themes of homosexuality, Judaism, AIDS, cancer and religion in a story about an unusual friendship in a New York ad agency.
    Winner of the Midwest Playwrights Festival, and named “Best Play of the Year” by the Ann Arbor News.
    Originally produced at the Performance Network.
        One-act: 1 hr. 40 min.
        4M
        4W
  • When Harry Met Harry
    This comedy tells the story of what happens when two perfect strangers meet briefly, connect and then must break “the rules” or forever wonder if they missed their “mister right.”
    Critically acclaimed by the LA Times and LA Weekly. Originally produced at the 2100 Square Feet Theatre.
        One-act: 15 min. - airport gate
        3M
  • Bible Stories
    This 12-monologue (one or two characters are gay) play deals with issues of contemporary morality through comedic and dramatic character studies.
    Critically acclaimed in the LA Times. Nominated for three LA Weekly Theatre Awards including “Best Playwriting.”
        1 hr. 30 min.
        12M (parts can be doubled, if necessary)

    Paul Harris
      2243 NE 9th Ave., Wilton Manors, FL 33305
      754-281-7392; pharris825@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • To Have and to Hold
    Two gay, HIV+ men, who are aspiring performers, meet online and attempt to have a relationship.
    The play has had six different productions. In 1998, it was nominated for the George Oppenheimer Award as the best NYC stage debut by a playwright.
        One-act? - one set
        2M: 30s
  • You Look For Me
    Two men meet in the Peace Corps, in 1964, have a relationship and then go their very different ways. Their ongoing relationship is told in letters and e-mails.
    Produced in NYC in 2000, and will be performed in the Summer of 2001 on Fire Island, NY.
        2M: the same age (25-60)
  • Flowers for Terry
    In the District of Columbia Mall, the straight brother of a deceased man due to AIDS meets two of his brother’s gay friends at a showing of the AIDS Quilt.
        One-act: 15 min.
        3M: 20s-30s
  • Breakfast with Maria
    A monologue by gay man who talks to his cat over breakfast before going to the hospital for a hernia operation. It is the same hospital where his partner of almost forty years dies a year earlier.
    Broadcast on NPR.
        One-act: 30 min.
        1M: 60s

    Jack Heifner
      Elaine Devlin Literary, c/o Prius Entertainment, 20 West 23rd St., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10010
      212-206-8160; edevlinbei@aol.com
            Non gay-theme plays include, “Vanities,” “Leader of the Pack” (Samuel French),
            “Patio/Porch,” “Bargains,” “Tropical Depression” (Dramatists Play Service),
            “Home Fires” (Dramatic Publishing). Newer plays include:
            “Earth to Bucky” (played at Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY, 2003), and
            “Lucky” (played at Phoenix New Work Festival, 2004).

      Plays include:

  • Running on Empty (Dramatists Play Service)
    This comedy/drama takes place at a cocktail party set in the future, where America has run out of just about everything. Five people discuss their love for one bisexual man.
    Premiered at the Stages Theatre (Houston, Texas).
        Two-act: 2 hours - 1 set
        3M: 20s, two in 40s
        2F: 20s, 40s)
  • Comfort and Joy (Dramatic Publishing)
    A Christmas comedy about a gay couple whose relatives suddenly arrive for the holidays.
    Played at Portland Center Stage (Oregon), New Conservatory Theatre Center (San Francisco), and elsewhere.
        Two-Act: 2 hours - 1 set
        4M: three 30s, one any age
        2F: 20s, 50s
  • Boys’ Play (Dramatic Publishing)
    Two teenagers have a night camping out that changes their lives forever.
    Premiered at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and played at New Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco), Hudson Theatre (Los Angeles), and elsewhere.
        One-act: 1 hour - 1 set
        2M: teens
  • Heartbreak (Dramatic Publishing)
    In this comedic drama, a man dies and leaves behind a “tell all” book about his friends and lovers.
    Winner of five L.A. Dramalogue Awards including “Best Play.” Presented at World Theatre (Los Angeles), New Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco), and Lark Theatre (New York).
        Two-act: 2 hours - 1 set
        3M: 20s, two in 30s
        2F: 30s
  • Key West (contact: Elaine Devlin)
    A comedy about life and love at a guest house in Key West.
    Premiered at New Conervatory Theatre Center (San Francisco), also in Richmond and Houston.
    Nudity.
        Two-act: 2 hours - 1 set
        6M: three 20s, 30s, two 40-50s
  • Seduction (contact: Elaine Devlin)
    A comedic, gay interpretation of La Ronde.
    Premiered at New Conservatory Theatre Center (San Francisco), 2004, and opens in London, November 2004.
    Nudity.
        One-act: 1 hr. 15 min. - 1 set
        5M: two 20s, two 30s, 40s
  • Dwarf Tossing (contact: Elaine Devlin)
    A political comedy about a dwarf, the gay giant who loves him, and the sport of tossing little people.
    Played at Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York), and New Works Festival (Phoenix).
        One-act: 45 min. - No set
        2M: 20-30s
        1F: 30s

    Sandra de Helen
      writer@portland.quik.com
            See Sandra’s Web site for more information and many more plays.

      Plays include:

  • Witch!
    A drama with comedy. Vi, a career-minded professor is accused of being a witch. Will she choose her growing family, including her lesbian partner? A secret shared by her son and the priest brings further complications and shocking results. A newborn child leads her to clarity.
        8F
        2M
  • No on 9: Queer Family Values
    A comedy with drama, taking place during an anti-gay ballot measure. Serena and Annie’s household is disrupted when Serena realizes that all she’s ever wanted is a (straight) family. She questions her own sexuality when she becomes attracted to co-worker Marcus. Serena announces that she will marry Marcus, only to later be dump by him. Will Annie take Serena back? Do two lesbians and a cat make a family?
        5F
  • The Clue in the Old Birdbath co-author, Kate Kasten
    An affectionate, musical comedy satire about Tansy True (rhymes with Nancy Drew) and her cohorts.
    The Clue has been produced nearly every year since 1978.
        7F
  • Common as a Loaf of Bread
    A coming-out monologue.
        1F: a grandmother

    Matthew Crehan Higgins
      716-881-2082; matthewcrehanhiggins@hotmail.com
      Playwright-in-Residence with Buffalo United Artists.

      Plays include:

  • Confessions
    A no-holds-barred look at coming of age, and the coming out of young gay men. A series of monologues — some sad and some uproariously funny — that examine life’s trials and tribulations.
    Winner of four awards at the Columbus National Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival including “Best Original Play Scrip” and “Best of the Festival!” First produced in Buffalo and Rochester, NY.
        One-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - 1 simple set
        3M: 18-30, various types
  • Christmas Confessions
    The companion piece to “Confessions” looks at the holiday season through the eyes of young gay men. Nothing is sacred in this holiday treat: from the candy cane condom, to internet hookups on Christmas Day; from bottoming by the Christmas tree, to Christmas in the seminary.
    First produced in Buffalo, NY.
        One-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - 1 simple set
        3-5M: 18-30, various types
  • Making Gay History Unforgettable stories of people who caused profound change in a short period are told in this intimate examination of the human spirit. Content includes clandestine basements meetings, bar room raids, AIDS, protests, and legislative gains. A compelling journey through the first half-century of the gay civil rights movement.
    Adapted from the Eric Marcus book of the same title. The script draws from the interviews of more than 60 people who achieved extraordinary things. First produced in Buffalo, NY, January 2005.
        Two acts: 135 min. - technical/set needs vary by production
        3M; varying ages
        5F; varying ages

    Stefan M. Hogan
      501 West 110 St., #3F, New York, NY 10025-2019
      212-280-0990; timo5@hotmail.com

      Plays include:

  • Reflections of Desire
    After a hurtful breakup and a year apart, Peter and Radek decide to spend a weekend together. Questions of love and regret are soon raised, and quickly escalate when Peter’s friend Tomáš enters the picture, setting the stage for a competition for Peter’s affection.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - 3 sets
        3M: 20s, one with some dance experience

    Donna Hoke
      71 Towhee Court, East Amherst, NY 14051
      973-919-2038; donna@donnahoke.com, dhkwriter@gmail.com
      donnahoke.com
      Agent: Tonda Marton, 1 Union Square W, New York, NY 10003, 212-255-1908; tonda@martonagency.com
      Donna’s plays have been produced in 24 states and four foreign countries. She is the Western New York representative for the Dramatists Guild.

      Plays include:

  • Safe
    In 1986, Nancy Everett is a sheltered high school girl and if her best friend, Brett, is gay, well, she’d rather not know about it. When Brett disappears, Nancy swallows her guilt at being unable to stand up for him in the face of her controlling father and the school bullies. In 2011, Nancy is married to the controlling Kirk, and is mother to an infant and a teenage son, who takes his cues from his father and bullies not only his mother, but Todd, a gay classmate. When Todd commits suicide, Nancy is tormented by her culpability, which compels her to face her fears.
        Two acts: 2 hr. 15 min. - Nancy’s living room in 1986 and 2011
        3M; varying ages (with cast doubling)
        2F; varying ages (with cast doubling)
  • Write This Way
    A writer allows characters — a young woman, and a young, gay man — to take the lead and, in doing so, not only breaks through writer’s block, but learns a thing or two.
    Winner: Producers’ Choice, 2011 Briefs, Theatre Out
    “Donna tackles the subject of transgenderism with such ease and care that the audience relates to the characters in a meaningful way.” - David Carnevale, Theatre Out managing director
    “Highly amusing!” - Jordan Young, Los Angeles/Orange County Arts Examiner
        One act: 13 min. - writer’s office
        1M; young man
        1F; young woman
        1M or F; any age
  • Cake Top This
    Rhonda and Juliette agree they want to get married, but don’t realize they have different reasons for doing so.
        One act: 10 min. - home interior
        2F; any age
  • Best Interests
    A mutual attraction between a waiter and Bill develops, while he is dining with his mother. Because of their attraction, almost out-of-the-closet Bill, is forced to comes to terms with his mother.
    Fourth place, LW Thomas Award 2013
        One act: 10 min. - restaurant dining area
        2M; mid-20s, mid-30s
        1F; 50s
  • Quick and Dirty
    Andrew is taken aback by Bob’s unusual safe sex request.
        One act: 10 min. - apartment
        2M; 25, 50
  • Kissing 101 (co-written with Matthew Crehan Higgins)
    When Kayla decides bad kissing is affecting her love life, she turns for help to Brian, her gay, best friend.
        One act: 10 min. - home interior
        1M; any age
        1F; any age
  • Sharp Corner
    Straight Ellie and her gay, best friend Vincent sleep together out of curiosity, then face the morning after.
        One act: 10 min. - home interior
        1M; 20s
        1F; 20s
  • A Mother’s Privilege
    Jennifer and and Kate announce their pregnancy to Kate’s parents.
        One act: 10 min. - home interior
        1M; 40-50s
        3F; two are 20-30s, 40-50s

    George Holets
      226 S. Geneva #2, Ithaca, NY 14950
      607-592-0396; gholets@gmail.com or george@georgeholets.com
      georgeholets.com

      Plays include:

  • Three Dykes, One of Whom Is a Man
    At a family run, plastic surgery clinic, Thea and Ford’s marital dissatisfaction derives from Ford’s unexpressed desire to become Frieda. They fight over Squeeze, a young man on the run who seeks a new face. While Squeeze thinks through his gonads, he inspires Ford to be his own person. Lorraine, lonely from the recent break up of her long-term, lesbian relationship, seeks a new lover. Helga (a nurse), and Tuk (a sex reassignment plastic surgeon, cross dresser, bisexual), spice up the works with sexual high-jinks. A darkly comic farce about relationships, gender, and orientation. For mature audiences.
        Two act: 2 hours - 1 set (clinic)
        3M: 20s, 40s Asian, 53
        3F: 30, 48, 51

    Jesse N. Holmes
      520 S. Mariposa Ave. #406, Los Angeles, CA 90020
      323-481-1996; jessnatenough@yahoo.com

      Plays include:

  • Purple Hearts -or- I Did Not Catch the Football Player’s Pass
    Two combative, African-American, gay half-brothers find their lives forever changed at a party as they fight over their late father’s Purple Heart. A mystery surrounds the medal, which is revealed by an uninvited guest. A bold, slice-of-life comedy which celebrates a rare portrayal of intelligent, complex, and loving African-American gay men supporting each other.
        Two act: 1 hr. 50 min. - 1 set (two story home)
        7M: mid 30-early 40s African-American
        1F: 55 African-American

    Mark Hooker
      638 West 160th St., #3E, New York, New York 10032
      markhooker1@mac.com; facebook.com/markhookeractor
      Agent: Dave Berg, daveberg99@hotmail.com

      Plays include:

  • The Miss Longview Texas Drag Pageant
    A gay Thanksgiving celebration at the Longview East Texas Victorian home of former drag performer, Dinky, and his partner, Renny, replete with pinecone turkeys and apple martinis. Everyone anticipates an evening Drag Contest at the local high school, to be judged by, none other than, hometown boy and film star, Matthew McConaughey. The gathering is complicated by the unwelcome arrival of a saucy high school teacher, and her sexually ambiguous former husband, the town sheriff, who expose secrets and deceptions of invited guests. Further mayhem ensues when an escaped convict takes the group hostage, and a mysterious light from the sky conjures thoughts of unwelcome alien guests, forcing everyone to ask the question, “Are we alone in the universe?” This wild comedy promises outrageous fun, and an amusing homage to vintage television.
    “I didn’t expect to laugh so loudly … admirable and hysterical, reminiscent of all those theater of the ridiculous and absurd type comedies in the West Village decades ago.” - Diana Prince
    “A nice message about homophobia.” - Stephen Willems, Literary Manager

    Royalties: $75/night (as of Dec 2013).
        One act: 70 min. - 1 set (porch)
        7M: 25-30s
        2F: 20-30s

    Reed Hortie
      #405-655 Moberly Rd., Vancouver B.C., Canada V5Z-4B2
      hortie@shaw.ca
      members.shaw.ca/hortie

      Plays include:

  • B-Average book & lyrics by Reed Hortie, music by Avi Gross
    A musical comedy about a school where lesbians teach gay men how to act straight. Intrigue ensues when one student turns out to be a spy from “Shoutweek” and one of the teachers an operative from “Real Women.”
    Presented at the 1994 gay games and copied ever since.
  • Queer Foetus
    A dark comedy about in-utero testing for homosexuality. A Christian wrestles with the question of which is worse: homosexuality or abortion.
  • The Hairy Palms Apartment/Hotel book & lyrics by Reed Hortie, music by Avi Gross
    A musical cabaret devoted to the wacky world of masturbation.

    Michael D. Jackson
      2840 - 36th St., Astoria, NY 11103
      718-204-0560; michaeldj@verizon.net

      Plays include:

  • Coffeehouse
    In late 1999, a lesbian coffeehouse owner struggles to keep her little business going as chain coffeehouses open all around her. The coffeehouse is the meeting place of an assortment of regulars who rally to help keep the establishment open. Conflicts become apparent — older versus younger generation, bisexuals versus gay, men versus women, drag queens versus each other — revealing a true, gay community-themed play.
    First produced by the Lambda Players, Sacramento, Calif. October 1999.
        Two-act: 2 hours - one set
        5M: 19, 21, elder, and unspecified
        5F: 40s, and unspecified
  • People Like Us
    The gay son of a prominent, 50s Hollywood family, fights to save his relationship under impossible social intolerance. The Black civil rights campaign serves as his inspiration to stand up for his own rights.
        Two-act: 2 interiors
        5M: 20s-50s
        3F: 30s-50s (one black 40s)
  • A Taste of Heaven
    Two university men explore and intimate relationship in Victorian New York. Based on the diary of F.S. Ryman (c. 1885).
    Winner of the “Excellence in Playwriting” honor at FringeNYC 2003.
        One-act: one simple set
        2M: early 20s
  • Old Soul
    A gay, Columbia University student in the 20s meets his reincarnated self from the present day. He is given a chance to get his relationships, career, and self-confidence back on track in a second life.
        One-act - simple park bench set
        3M: 20s - one man plays the love interest in both eras
  • A Marriage Act
    A contemporary gay couple negotiates romance and the right to marry. Companion play to “A Taste of Heaven.”
        One-act: one simple set
        2M:
  • Armistice
    A newlywed couple devises a way to manage their gay affairs under one roof. The play follows the emergence of New York gay life during the dramatic political and social changes following WWI. Two acts, 2 men, 2 women, one set.
        Two-act: one set
        2M:
        2F:
  • Chorus Boy
    Written in the style of a 30s comedy, a band of chorus boys on a musical comedy tour share one dressing room, which turns out to be a haven for showing their true colors.
        Two-act: one unit set
        5M:
        1F:
  • The WAC
    A pair of gay siblings enter the U.S. Army in the middle of WWII. As the brother is persecuted for being gay, his sister fights the Army’s discriminatory policy. After the war, the two reside in San Francisco, where an emerging gay community is developed by the gay veterans of WWII.
        Two-act: one simple set
        5M:
        3F:
  • Revolution
    Docu-drama about the events leading up to the Stonewall riots of 1969 as they happened in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
        One-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - one simple set
        4M:
        3F:
        1F or M who plays Judy Garland
  • San Francisco Days
    A lesbian couple and their gay roommate help Harvey Milk become City Supervisor. This comedy/drama, set in the 70s Castro district, explores parent relations and religious issues when the roommates help a young, Mormon man to come out.
        Two-act: one simple set
        3M:
        3F:
  • Happy Hour
    This serio-comic play investigates a group of friends created in the gay bar culture of the mid 80s. All are devoured by the AIDS crisis. They reconnect in limbo and explore their contributions to society and friendships as moderated by the eclectic Florence Flemming before she assigns the group to their new “jobs” in the universe.
        Two-act: two simple sets
        5M:
        1F:

    Steve James
      stevejameswriter@hotmail.com
      Participant in Kennedy Center Playwrights Intensive and Great Plains Theater Conference.

      Plays include:

  • The Other Hollywood
    An over-the-top look at four queens barely surviving in 1980s Hollywood. This camp comedy flashback tells the story of those who still wait for their star to rise.
        Two act: 1-½ hrs. - sets simple or elaborate
        7M: various ages
        1F or M: various ages
  • The Other Hollywood (one act version)
    An over-the-top look at four queens barely surviving in 1980s Hollywood. This camp comedy flashback tells the story of those who still wait for their star to rise.
        One act: 15 min. - sets simple or elaborate
        6M: various ages
        1F: various ages
  • A Campaign of Hate
    Three stories unfold in the 80s, each seemingly provoked by the other: the beginning of a “gay cancer,” the senatorial election of Jesse Helms, and a series of hate crimes where victims were lured into the wilderness and fought for their lives against what a district attorney referred to as a “pack of wolves.” At the trial, the victums had to face a jury as hostile as the assailants. Inspired by real events.
    Had a reading at Great Plains Theater Conference.
        Two act: 1 hr. 30 min. - sets simple or elaborate
        5M: play various agesand characters
        2F: play various agesand characters

    David Paul Jobling
      7/163 Devonshire St., Surry Hills, 2010 NSW Australia
      +6 2 83990540; qstage@ozemail.com.au
      Daniel Lucas Management, daniel_lucas@bigpond.com
            The five short works listed here concern a range of issues including
            censorship, HIV/AIDS, discrimination and incest.

      Plays include:

  • Filling In
    First performance: “cLUB bENT” Performance Space, Sydney, 24 February 1998.
    This script may be read at David’s Web site.
  • Out on a Night
    Co-written by Roxxy Bent and David Paul Jobling.
    First performance: UpFront Gay & Lesbian Community Theatre, 17 June 1990.
  • Reggie Spiccs Tonight!
    First performance: 28 June 1996 at PRIDE Gay & Lesbian Community Centre, PRIDE week. The first of a series of events called “Performance Positive” made possible with assistance from the NSW Health Department and Queer Arts.
  • Cum See Cum Sour
    First performance: June 1997, as part of “Performance Positive (Fear).” Created as part of PRIDE HIV+ Gay Men’s Workshop.
  • The Grip
    First performance: South Australian Writer’s Centre Theatre, Adelaide South Australia, 19 November 1992.

    Llywelyn Jones
      15507 Moorpark St., Los Angeles, California 91436
      941-586-3515; ltjones57@aol.com
      Agent: Golan Ramras; 310-365-9492; golongprod@hotmail.com

      Plays include:

  • Blackout
    Zack Davis, a respected, loved and admired college professor, has a secret habit of drinking and going online looking for male company. After an online chat with one of his students, he has a black out. The student goes to the professor’s home to make sure he was well. Zack remembers nothing. Zack’s fiancee arrives to find the student in the living room, and Zack must decide whether to marry to be like everyone else, or follow his true desire.
    The play won a staged reading competition “The Play’s The Thing” in Sarasota, Florida in 2005. In 2006, it was awarded a full production at the Players Theater, and also produced by the Suncoast Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida, where it had a successful six-week run. The play was instrumental in securing an Artist Fellowship Grant in 2006 from the Division of Cultural Affairs, Tallahasse, Florida, for excellence in the field of playwriting.
        Two-act: 1 set.
        2M: 40s, 20s
        1F: 40s

    Tom W. Kelly
      writeguy.tom@gmail.com

      Plays include:

  • The Virgin Tango
    Young love boldly goes where brave hearts fear to tread. Two gay teens celebrate a romantic night at the senior prom in a storeroom just off the dance floor. By candlelight they flirt, kiss, and exchange vows of love to the romantic melodies from outside. With courage born of passion, they conclude that their dusty haven is not good enough and they valiantly resolve to join the dance, facing an unpredictable world.
    Produced by SourceWorks at The Duplex, NYC (2001); New Conservatory Theatre, SF (1996).
        One-act: 15 min.
        2M: late teens
  • Temporarily Yours
    Intermixing elements of light and darker comedies. Joey, a feisty PWA with six months to live, acquires a book of white magic. When his ex’s religious and unbelieving mother reads aloud a spell, her personality, as well as those of Joey and a healthy young gay visitor, all switch bodies. While attempting to reverse the spell, the multiple identity crises of these three disparate, and desperate, characters give way to more compassionate perspectives.
    Produced at various venues since 1995.
        One-act: 75 min.
        3M
        1F
  • Paradise Divided
    A light-hearted romp, exploring romance, survival, and identity through diversity. Two shipwrecked men: one gay and the other straight. Self-made barriers prove hard to break, as the latter is shocked and somewhat intimidated when the former confides seductively, “I’m horny.” Flirtation is met with anger.
    Produced at various venues since 1986.
        One-act: 35 min.
        2M
  • Last Call for Murder
    A comic murder mystery. Artie and Tony’s anniversary celebration is interrupted by a midnight call from frightened, ex-lover Corey. When Corey turns up dead, Artie resolves to find out “who done it.” Was it the Reverend Darke at the church, Smith at the office, Lou at the leather bar, Michael at the park, or the Jehovah’s Witnesses on a house call?
    Produced at Theatre Rhino, SF (1987).
        Two-act: 105 min.
        8M
        1F
  • Without a Prayer
    Confusion at heaven’s gate! Homophobic Preacher Bob is poised at the brink of his eternal pay-off, but heaven is not what he expected. What a nice surprise when Saint Peter offers him the chance to torture a gay man — it is heaven! But, doesn’t it seem a bit hot? Here, the self-righteous get exactly what they deserve!
        One-act: 25 min.
        4M - 1M
        1F - 4F
  • Hotel Bethlehem
    Inspired by the violent and sexual texts of the Old Testament; an irreverent, full-length Bible farce chronicling the divine retribution imposed on the Inn that turned away Mary and Joseph on that not-so-silent night of the Nativity. The Inn was overflowing with greed and hypocrisy as a greedy innkeeper joins forces with religious con man to deceive a coin-counting tax collector. Complicating matters are a muscle-bound centurion bodyguard, two irrepressible she-twins, and a near-sighted angel.
    Produced at EXIT Theatre, SF (2001).
        Two-act: 120 min.
        4M
        4F
  • Love in Ruins
    A lyric comedy that is tempered by truths about the vagaries of love in a dramatization of the Zeus-Ganymede myth. Ganymede, Medea, Jason, Oedipus, and Jocasta converge at the Hotel Pompeii, run by a frantically lonely innkeeper. Thanks to overflowing grails of Dionysian wine, passionate people battle and ultimately learn far too much about themselves and each other. Though Love dubiously prevails — in all its chaotic power — only Zeus clearly triumphs as he departs with a willing new cup bearer.
        Two-act: 105 min.
        4M
        3F
  • Points of View
    A comic, inward look at the theatre experience, slyly giving voice to all participants during the performance of an oddball play-with-the-play. Humorously and lovingly verbalizes the tensions between actors, director, critic, and audience members.
    Produced at EXIT Theatre, SF (2001).
        One-act: 30 min.
        1M - 4M
        4F - 1F (genders may vary)
  • Hotel Europa
    This comedy pits husband against wife, and declares war on religion, politics, and human foibles. In the decaying Hotel Europa, capitalistic opportunist Reginald LeGrand and his staid yet ruthless wife, Britannia Gallsbreath, use and abuse all in their path as each contrives to end their mutually miserable marriage. As Britannia plots divorce from Reginald, he leisurely arranges her murder at the hands of a dim-witted American “killing machine.” Reginald juggles infidelity with business transactions while Britannia enlists the aid of various “have-nots” including a tabloid reporter, a young bellboy, and Reginald’s unwitting secretary. Also joining the fray is the overly ambitious, fund-seeking Brother Angelo. Everything spirals into a happy, albeit darkly askew, ending.
    Produced at EXIT Theatre, SF (1988).
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min.
        4M
        3F

    Jeffery Kin
      2602 Sunnyside St., Sarasota, FL 34239
      941-957-1959; jeffnik@comcast.net

      Plays include:

  • Always a Part of Me
    A “comedy with issues.” A group of men are summoned to the reading of their former lovers’ will. There are issues with money, ashes, alcohol, spousal abuse, AIDS, and, most of all, issues with each other!
        Two-act: 95 min. - single set
        6M: one is 20, the rest 45-70
  • Apples and Oranges
    In this comedy with heart, a group therapy session gets revitalized with the addition of a new member. Does one bad apple spoil the whole bunch? Is it possible that we can learn something about ourselves by thinking about fruit? Has this group stumbled onto the key to happiness?
        One-act: 14 min. (10 minute version also available) - single set
        4M: 20-50s
        3F: 20-50s
  • Gramma’s Little Helper
    A commentary on how we treat the elderly through an unconventional glimpse of life (and death) in a retirement facility. A grandmother asks her young grandson to help her escape from her nursing home.
        One-act: 10 min. - single set
        1M: 13-15
        1F: 60-70s
  • A Prior Engagement
    It’s 2069, and corporate America has taken over everything from coffee to cloning. We see Miss Prior, a crisp and corporate woman, and Edna, who has just turned 100, and find out what happens when one woman decides to break the mold.
        One-act: 10 min. - single set
        2F: 20s, 100

    Gene David Kirk
      07711 315992; genedavidkirk@hotmail.com
      gdkirk.co.uk
      Agent: Giles Smart, PFD - The Peters Fraser and Dunlop Group Limited
            Drury House, 34-43 Russell St., London WC2B 5HA
            020 73441000; fax: 020 78369539; gsmart@pfd.co.uk

      Plays include:

  • All Alone
    A man uses the anonymity of internet chat rooms to feed his perversion and sexual inadequacies, exposing the deepest horrors of a debauched mind. He lures innocence, having lost his own to his father. Will the internet advance or halt his catastrophic intent?
    Premiered at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, receiving The Stage: “Best of the Fest,” and Attitude: “Pick of the Fringe,” plus “5 Stars” from the UK Theatre Web.
        One-act: 1 hr.
        2M: 20s, 30s
        1F: 20s
  • Snowdrop
    Two Bosnian men fight their feelings for one another, as they fight to keep the world around them a safe place. Repressed love and anger ultimately dooms everyone on every side, good, bad and innocent. When all one has to look for is a way out, why is it we do not take the chance when it comes along? Always trying to do the right thing is not necessarily the right thing to do.
        One-act: 1 hr. 20 min.
        5M: late 20s-late 30s, one at 50
        Also various male and female non-speaking parts
  • Where & When
    Using the lift journey as a metaphor for life, Iain remembers his journey of love from Belinda to John. Once love is found, it is so easily lost.
    Staged at London’s Cockpit Theatre in 2002 as part of their Laboratory Theatre work called “Theatre in the £.”
        One-act: 20 min.
        2M: 30s
        1F: 30s

    Jonathan Kronenberger
      597 Tenth Ave., #4-S, New York, NY 10036
      212-947-3369; kronenj@verizon.net

      Plays include:

  • looking4sex
    The lives of a group of gay men are followed in detail. Among them, one man accidentally invites his boss over for a tryst, while another tries to convince his roommate that it would be very handy to have a sex slave. A contemporary comedy of manners, the play explores, through six interrelated vignettes, a candid look at the pursuit of sex in the age of Internet chat rooms and hook-ups, while also examining the human heart that beats beneath our sexual desires.
    Original production Web site: wingstheatre.com/looking4sex.html
        Two Acts: 1 hr. 45 min. - 5 simple, implied location sets
        7M: 20-40s
        1F: mid-20-30s

    Kenneth N. Kurtz
      305-255-9705; kenart40@bellsouth.net

      Plays include:

  • Merde de Canard - A Comedy of Seven Doors and Eight Automatons
    The focus is on Jacques de Vaucanson, whose wondrous mechanical creations — especially the famous shitting duck — delighted Parisians of the mid-eighteenth century, and foreshadowed the workings of modern computers. There are mistaken identities, lovelorn chases, sex desired but never obtained, and a randy robot running amuck. A farce-comedy, based on the unflappable yet unpredictable logic of automatons.
    Merde de Canard won the second place award in the 2006 Arkansas Rep. Kaufman and Hart New Comedy Competition.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 45 min. - One set. Period costumes (including ladies’ panniers)
        4M
        4F
        2N: mime-puppeteer automatons.
  • Lost Portraits
    Linked one-acts about the loveliest portraitist of 18th Century France.
    - En Grisaille - A study in Gray, 45 min.
    Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun is commissioned by Marie Antoinette to paint her as a shepherdess. However, she will only paint her if the queen abandons her elegant costume for the genuine, and repellent, peasant rags the artist provides, thereby experiencing the miseries of her lowest subjects.
    - En plaine Air - A study in Nature’s Light, 30 min.
    Playwright Beaumarchais and painter Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun have very different suggestions for newly arrived diplomat, Ben Franklin, on how to seduce France.
        Two One-Acts: 1 hr, 15 min. - Bare stage with furniture groupings.
        3M
        2F
  • Chiaroscuro - A Study in Shadow
    Caravaggio finds a young man on the streets of Renaissance Rome and hires him to pose for a painting of The Flaying of Marsyas. Here the coercing of proper expression is more extreme. Poetry, memory, torture and lust all come into play. What happens when a model has too little imagination and an artist has too much?
    First produced by Chicago’s Bailiwick Rep. on September 24, 2008.
    Nudity, simulated sex.
        One-act: 1 hr. 10 min. - One set, a tree. Renaissance period costumes.
        3M
  • Panegyric
    In 1905, three men, who never really grew up, find their shades delivered to the perfect purgatory. Oscar Wilde dallies (quite innocently) with a beautiful boy, Lewis Carroll flounders with a young and fetching mermaid, and Paul Gauguin chases after a nubile native princess. They all learn to fear the ticking sound of the crocodile. A romantic comedy.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - One set, a luscious tropical island. Edwardian costumes. Fly rigging.
        6M: one boy
        2F
  • Versailles: a Ballet of Baroque Perspective.
    Louis XIV spars with the three men who made his dreams come true: painter Charles Le Brun, garden designer Andre Le Notre, and military engineer Sebastien de Vauban, whose wondrous forts protected the frontiers of France. He also spars with the three women who delighted his private life: comely Louise de la Valliere, voluptuous Madame de Montespan, and puritanical Madame de Maintenon. All seven create a glorious edifice, but with dangerous cracks in its foundation. Magic Realism meets the 17th century, utilizing very free verse.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - One set with numerous pasteboard cut-outs, period costumes.
        2M
        1F
        Chorus: 6M 3F voices
  • A Mammoth Enterprise
    An 80-year-old Charles Wilson Peale shows a 12-year-old boy, Phineas Taylor Barnum, through the world’s first public natural history museum. The year is 1822 in Peale’s Museum, Philadelphia, and the two have a lot to teach each other.
        Two-act: One set
        3M: 12 yr old
        1F woman

    Simon Levy
      5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles CA 90029
      323-663-1542; slevymuse@aol.com
      simonlevy.com
      Agent: Ron Gwiazda, Rosenstone/Wender, rosenstone@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • She-Who-is-Made-of-Clay
    She-Who-is-Made-of-Clay is the last of the Yokuts Indians in San Joaquin Valley, California, in the early 1800s. In his culture she is a homosexual (or what we would call a homosexual) and a revered shaman who straddles the world between man and woman. Only he can bury the dead of her people, and on his last day, she prepares to save the souls of her people by summoning the Great Rattlesnake God who will take them, and her, to Tihpiknits Pahn (heaven). This is an epic adventure of a shaman and savior, an astonishingly unique individual and a People who are extinct.
    Winner, George Houston Bass Award (Brown University), Cleveland Public Theatre New Works Festival, and 2001 Mind’s Ear Radio Play Competition. Broadcast on WFHB, Indiana (2002), WBAI-FM, NYC (2000). Published in the Alabama Literary Review, Black Hat Press, and American Writing Magazine.
        One-act: 20-30 min. - single set
        1M: 30-40s (Native American or Hispanic)

    Robin Rice Lichtig
      780 West End Ave., #6-F, New York, NY 10025
      dramamama@nyc.rr.com
      dramamama.net

      Plays include:

  • Saint Anthony and the Appendix
    A young man on the cusp of 21 checks into a hospital to have an appendectomy. A nun at the admitting desk informs him that he has to separate from more than his appendix in order to grow up. He has to separate from his mother by telling her that he is gay. In this bizarro hospital, a statue of Saint Anthony comes alive to help confront Mother, who shows up loaded for bear. The young man’s out-there lover also shows up and the stage is set for crazy, laugh-filled but touching conflict with a surprising resolution.
    First run: December, 2001, Unity Fest, NYC (The Fourth Unity, producer).
    Winner: Drury University competition. Finalist: Perishable Theatre.
        One-act: 50 min. single set
        3M: 36, 20s
        2F: 40s, 21-ancient (additional female, any age, may be added)
  • Embracing the Undertoad
    A waitress expects an unwelcome guest: her tuned-into-the-aura-of-the-universe sister. She definitely doesn’t want her lover, a blocked novelist, to meet gorgeous and manipulative sister. In a clash of personalities, desires and dreams, their lives are rearranged and even the cosmos is shifted a bit.
    First run: Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Chicago, September-November 2002.
    Winner: Lesbian Arts Festival Playwriting Contest (2002) Bailiwick Rep.
        One-act: 50 min. - single set
        3F: probably 20s (any age within 10 years of each other)

    Debbra Liverman
      358 West 44 St./9th Ave., New York, NY 10036
      347-334-3470; livermanmarie@yahoo.com

      Plays include:

  • Chick to Chick
    The play revolves around Peaches, a gay male trans club owner, who wants sexual reassignment surgery, Tracy, a play girl who agressively chases women, and Denise, a straight female plagued with failed heterosexual relationships.
        Three-act: 2 hr. 30 min. - three sets
        2M: mid 30s
        8F: mid 30s (3 dancers, 3 drag kings who lip sync)

    Patricia Loughrey
      5757 College Ave., #uu, San Diego, CA 92120
      619-286-7232; plwho2002@yahoo.com

      Plays include:

  • The Daddy Machine
    Adventure ensues for two kids, their two moms and their dog named Stonewall, when the kids invent a machine that fills the house with 62 Dads.
    Music and Lyrics by Rayme Sciaroni. Based on the children’s book by Johnny Valentine.
    Selected on-board entertainment for Rosie O’Donnell’s “R Family Vacation” cruise to Mexico, 2008.
        One-act: 60 min. - single set, piano
        3M: 1 kid, 2 fathers
        3F: 1 kid, 2 mothers
        1Neuter: the dog

    Steve Lovett
      3003B Mahanna Springs, Dallas, TX 75235
      214-526-0155; steve@stevelovettplays.com
      stevelovettplays.com

      Plays include:

  • Unrequited Love’s a Bore
    Jim is a romance writer who refuses to believe in love. When Mr. Perfect answers a roommate wanted plea, opposites don’t attract … at first. It doesn’t help that Jim sometimes loses himself in elaborate fantasies, which include his mother popping out of the furniture. But love conquers all, in this romantic comedy, just like it should in the real world.
    1999 premiere, Pegasus Theatre, Dallas.
    1999 awards: Dallas Theatre League “Best New Play,” Texas Triangle “Best Dallas Theatre Production.”
        Two-act - 90 min. - 1 interior set
        4M (with doubling)
        1F (with doubling)
  • And You Sang to Me
    In this romantic comedy, three male couples gather during a weekend for their mutual friend’s nuptials. The couples — each in a different stage of their relationship — deal with their feelings toward their friend and each other.
    2001 premiere, Bailiwick Theatre, Chicago.
        Three-act (recommend no intermission) - 90 min. - 1 interior set with modifications
        6M
  • Refutable Truths About Love
    Newly in love Nelson and Beau unexpectedly host Nelson’s old college roommate and his 18-year-old nephew when hit by a blizzard. In this romantic comedy, old habits and new secrets surface, and the four are challenged to sort out what they can, and can not, change in each other.
        Two-act - 90 min. - 1 interior set
        4M
  • Drac in the Saddle Again
    Dracula goes west posing as the uncle of the unsuspecting Fannie Farmer. More trouble brews from Fannie’s new maid, the mysterious Consuela Del Frankenstein. Add in a mute houseboy, a jealous farmhand, and “The Guy with No Name” for a mad romp in the wild, wild, west. Has over-the-top “diva” roles for guys in frocks.
    1995 premiere, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas.
    1995 nomination, Dallas Theatre League’s “Best New Play.”
        Three-act (can be one or two) - 90 min. - unit set
        5M (with doubling)
        3F (with doubling)
  • The Mambo Girl
    As governess, Paola must deal with the dark family secrets of the Casa DeLagrimas before becoming the mysterious “Mambo Girl,” and finally finding true happiness. A comic South American soap opera of passion, betrayal, earthquakes, and a striptease in a wheelchair in the 1940s. Has over-the-top “diva” roles for guys in frocks.
    1993 premiere, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas.
        Three-act (can be one or two) - 90 min. - unit set
        3M (with doubling)
        6F (with doubling)
  • Babes in Outer Space
    In the near future of 1960, Earth is terrorized by unknown powers, and three astronauts crash on a planet ruled by men-hating vixens. Like any red-blooded American male, they must restore the natural order between the sexes, before they can find their way home. One of a 4-part series of sci-fi film spoofs. Has over-the-top “diva” roles for guys in frocks.
    2003 premiere, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas.
        Three-act (can be one or two) - 90 min. - unit set
        4M (with doubling)
        7F (with doubling)
  • Attack of the Zombie Moonmaids
    In the near future of December 1963, a group of travelers are stranded by the strangely inclement weather at a remote truck stop in New Mexico. Together they must battle for survival against the Queen of the Zombie Moon who has come to earth for world domination, and the White Sale at Bloomingdales. Second of a 4-part series of sci-fi film spoofs. Has over-the-top “diva” roles for guys in frocks.
    1992 premiere, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas.
        Three-act (can be one or two) - 90 min. - unit set
        5M (with doubling)
        5F (with doubling)
  • Atomic Cavegirls of Island Zero
    Three astronauts find themselves stranded on an uncharted island, cut off from the rest of the world by atomic mists. Captured by a tribe of delectable cavegirls, they must overcome passions and jealousies to survive this savage world. Third of a 4-part series of sci-fi film spoofs.
    Premiere, 1996, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas. Has over-the-top “diva” roles for guys in frocks.
    1996 award: Dallas Theatre League “Best New Play.”
        Three-act (can be one or two) - 90 min. - unit set
        5M (with doubling)
        5F (with doubling)
  • 20,000 Babes Beneath the Sea
    Three astronauts must search the depths, of Earth’s oceans to discover why giant mutant crustaceans are attacking mankind. They find a race of beautiful women whose existence is threatened by toxic waste from above. Together they must try to save the worlds above and below the sea. Fourth of a 4-part series of sci-fi film spoofs. Has over-the-top “diva” roles for guys in frocks.
    1991 premiere, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas.
        Three-act (can be one or two) - 90 min. - unit set
        4M (with doubling)
        5F (with doubling)

    John W. Lowell
      61 Horatio St., #3A, New York, NY 10014
      212-691-4120; jwl5303@aol.com
      johnwlowell.com
      Agent: edevlinbei@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • Sheridan Square
    Cal, a shy heir, is swept off his feet by Maurizio, a beautiful, life-embracing model. While Cal’s cautious, domineering father, Dr. Sloper, attempts to stop his son from marrying Maurizio, Cal’s Uncle Lawrence works to bring the young lovers together. Can love survive a battle of wits and wills? A modern adaptation of Henry James’ “Washington Square.”
        One-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - unit set, with two additional small sets
        4M: 20, 25, 35-40, 40-45
  • Autumn Canticle
    David Williams, opera and recital singer, enjoys a remarkable personal and professional collaboration with composer Peter Billings. They have achieved fame and success. But as they enter their middle fifties, Peter is diagnosed with a life-threatening heart ailment, and the strands of their perfect life unravel. When a young man enters their lives, long-ignored problems surface. The older men experience a fragmentation as they face frightening, uncertain futures. A play about art, artists, love, courage, and spiritual renewal, in the world of American music during its extraordinary blossoming during the mid-20th century.
    “Lowell’s script juggles sharp, unusually literate dialogue with penetrating, nuanced psychological portraits that eschew campy stereotypes.” - Paul Birchall, L.A. Weekly
    “It’s an intense, eloquent exploration of self-understanding, devotion, infidelity, coming to terms with mortality and — above all — the abiding love of a committed relationship. The poignant, satisfying conclusion is reached through mature and realistic discussion.” - Douglas J. Keating, Philadelphia Inquirer
    Produced by the Celebration Theatre, October 2003, The Walnut Street Theatre, February 1997, and the Eureka Theatre, October 1995.
    Nominated for a GLAAD Media Award 2003
        Three-act: 2 hr. 15 min. - one set
        3M: two mid-50s, one late-20s
  • Taken In
    Danny, a funny, sharp, self-reliant, very sexy street hustler, challenges Marc’s ordered existence. Marc, a careful, reticent man, is drawn to Danny’s sexual and spiritual power. They flirt and spar, vying for acceptance of each other. As they reach mutual trust, and Marc offers Danny shelter in his apartment, their journey has only just begun.
    “Lowell offers some yummy brain candy here in a poignant, illuminating script that asks questions yet doesn’t mind not providing all the answers. Lowell’s words — fun, fresh — also capture the universality of relationships and the co-dependency that often sprouts from well-watered neurotic soil.” - Greg Archer, Good Times Weekly, Santa Cruz, California
    “The emotional complexities of the plot are explosive, and the play moves through these with care and poignancy, exploring the men’s individual motivations and the intricacies of their relationship with fine balance.” - Ann Bennett, Santa Cruz Sentinel, California
    “His dialogue between the actors is so believable and realistic that you leave the theater wondering which character really has a fear of intimacy.” - Steve Moore, Style Weekly, Richmond, Virginia
    Produced by Shamlessboyz Productions (London), and by S.E.E. Theatre (Santa Cruz) in February 2006. Produced by the Richmond Triangle Players in September 2001.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - flexible sets
        2M: 20, late-30s
  • A Carol Christmas by John W. Lowell and Robert Lee
    A musical holiday tale for all seasons. Imagine that a great Broadway diva — someone like, say, Carol C. — enacted the timeless, deathless story of Scrooge and Christmas and redemption. Imagine that Scrooge’s (Carol’s) nephew resembled a famous Broadway composer named Jerry H., that her Bob Cratchit bore some connection to a diminutive former Cabaret star named Joel G. (whose charge is none other than that lovable moppet, Tiny Liza (with a “Z”)), and so on. Imagine our heroine is visited by ghosts of Broadway past, including a King named Yul, and one or two spare Dollys. And thereby hangs a funny, rude, irreverent musical tale!
        One-act: 1 hr. 20 min. - flexible sets
        8 cast minimum, flexible as to sex and orientation of cast

    Raymond Luczak
      NYC
      rl@raymondluczak.com
      raymondluczak.com
            E-mail is the best way to reach me. I am fluent in American
            Sign Language (ASL), can speak on the phone, and lip-read.

      Plays include:

  • Among Fathers
    When Harry Bowman, Jr., the hard-of-hearing son of the renowned Senator, decides to run for Congress, he must deal with familial obligations, especially his wife’s pregnancy. Harry’s best friend, who is both deaf and gay, falls for a hearing black man.
    Workshops: The Mark Taper Forum, Other Voices (June 1997), and the 2 Diamonds and a Blur (October 1997-April 1998) in NYC.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 40 min. - single set
        3M: 30s (white hard-of-hearing), 30s (white deaf) 40s (black hearing)
        3F: 30s (white deaf), 30s (black deaf), 60s (white hearing)
  • Darkest Room in the House
    Framed for the accidental death of a priest, a construction foreman returns to his family after 10 years in prison. During his absence, his gay son has become a militant activist.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 40 min. - single set
        3M: 20s, two in 40s
        2F: 20s, 40s
  • Gambit
    Two deaf women use bizarre mind games to seduce each other … and the audience.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - single set
        2F: 20s (deaf), 40s (deaf)
  • Hippos & Giraffes
    A straight woman shares her infatuation with a deaf gay woodcarver in 1979.
    Produced at the Queer@HERE Theater Festival (June 2002), NYC.
    View a short performance clip: raymondluczak.com/films/hippos.html
        One-act: 20 min. single set
        2F: one is 30s (deaf)
  • Interpretations
    A sign language interpreter feels increasingly detached while watching the impact of AIDS affecting his deaf gay friends in 1983.
    Produced at the Illuminations Theater with the Deaf (December 2001) Houston, TX, and at the Queer@HERE Theater Festival (June 2002), NYC.
        One-act: 30 min. single set
        1M: (fluent in ASL)
  • The Lifeguard
    Three people catch sight of a male L.A. beach lifeguard. His heart-stopping beauty changes their lives.
        One-act: 75 min. single set
        3M: 20s, 20s, 30s
        1F: 40s
  • Pete Linden, etc.
    While writing a new monologue for Pete, his deaf-blind lover/actor, a deaf playwright attempts to salvage their deteriorating relationship amidst a tangle of memories and fantasies.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 40 min. single set
        3M: 20s (hearing, fluent ASL), 30s (deaf), 40s (deaf)
        2F: 30s (deaf)
  • This
    A deaf, black dancer remembers his turbulent relationship with a late-deafened black dancer who taught him how to be a star.
    Performed by Invisible Hands, Inc., Washington, DC, January 2003.
        One-act: 75 min. single set - requires choreography
        2M: 30s (hearing), 30s (deaf)

    Dan Martin & Michael Biello
      148 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
      215-923-8009; danandmike@earthlink.net
      biellomartin.com

      Plays include:

  • Breathe
    Seven, short musical stories celebrate gay and lesbian life. Ranging from hilarious to moving, the stories address themes of love, identity, family, and spirituality.
    Breathe has been hailed by critics for “celebrating the human spirit.” It was originally produced in 1996 as “Fairytales” in Provincetown Mass. Breathe officially premiered at the Bailiwick Rep in Chicago, where it ran for 10 weeks, and won the 1999 After Dark Award for “Outstanding New Work.”
    Nudity - one scene honoring the human body and spirit.
        Two-act: 2 hr. - piano accompaniment     3M: color-blind, multicultural casting encouraged     2F:: color-blind, multicultural casting encouraged
  • Q - The Songs of Martin & Biello
    Q is a loving, sexy, irreverent musical revue, and deeply joyous expression of life from an LGBT perspective. It features the recurring character of Tipsy, a self-described “transgoddess” who dispenses advice with humor and attitude from her Web site.
    Q premiered in 2000 at the Bailiwick Rep in Chicago, where it ran for 9 weeks. It was also produced at the 2002 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
    It was a winner of Philadelphia Weekly’s annual theater award for “Best Original Music.”
    Nudity - one scene honoring the human body and spirit.
        One-act: 1 hr. 20 min. - piano accompaniment
        3M: color-blind, multicultural casting encouraged
        2F:: color-blind, multicultural casting encouraged

    Tony McDonald
      15466 Gallow Lane, Noblesville, IN 46060
      317-908-8245; inplaywright@hotmail.com
      facebook.com/people/Tony_McDonald/613938530
      profile, blog: myspace.com/inplaywright

      Plays include:

  • Catch
    How far would you go for your lover? Using the ball game “catch” as a metaphor, the play views the struggles of a serodiscordant gay male couple. This dark comedy explores the gay-underground scene of viral “bug chasers” and “gift givers.”
    “Catch” premiered at Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis (winter 2005), and was produced by The Lambda Players in Sacramento (July 2005).
        Two-act: 1.5 hours
        6M: 21-45
  • latitude
    Two men on a beach in ancient Greece declare love everlasting, and end up reconnecting during the Spanish Inquisition, the art world of the 20s in England, and, finally, in contemporary America. The play examines the societal view of homosexuality during these periods. This is a story of three souls, caught spiraling through time and space, until they finally “get it right.”
    “latitude” premiered at The Bailiwick in Chicago (summer 1998), as part of their Pride series, and was the 1998 winner of the Festival of Emerging American Theatre when it played at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis (1998).
        Two-act: 2 hr. 10 min.
        2M: late 20s, mid 40s
        1F: mid 30s
  • Lies My Parents Told Me
    An autobiographical one-man show on growing up gay in a small Indiana town, dealing with homophobia, the military, rape, substance abuse, recovery, religion, and politics. The show is augmented by projected digital images that are personal as well as political.
    Premiered at the Alley Theater, Indiana (September 2007).
    “The voyeur in you will appreciate Tony’s willingness to share; the thinker in you will appreciate the opportunity to see how another person looks at experiences that you did not realize you share.” - Joe Boling on indianaauditions.com
    “Lies” won 2nd place in the IndyFringe Playwriting Contest, June 2007.
        One-act: 1 hr. 20 min.
        1M: mid 40s

    Terry McFadden
      PO Box 461917, Los Angeles, CA 90046
      terrintoit@att.net

      Plays include:

  • Switching Sides
    Freddy Fielder wants to re-live the high school glory days he feels he was robbed of by pushing his athletically gifted son, Mikey, into college baseball. When Mikey tells the overly nostalgic, and self-serving, Freddy that he is gay, Freddy’s sensitive side surfaces, and he makes it known that he, too, had a homosexual experience. Even though this unites the two more intimately, Mikey still maintains that he wants to make life choices of his own.
    Published in the LGBT anthology “Off The Rocks," Volume 15, published by Newtown Writers, Chicago (July 2011). Available in bookstores and on LULU.
        One-act: 10 min. 1 set
        2M: teenage son, father

    Tony Morinelli
      tonymorinelli@yahoo.com

      Plays include:

  • When Lilacs Last
    Two young men confront their sexuality. Brendan, school athlete and sports champion is the son of an abusive alcoholic father. Jackie, an intellect, losses himself to the poetry of Walt Whitman, which is not lost to his father, a blue collar bridge worker who protect his family from the "commies, coloreds, queers and Jews" by keeping a gun.
    Written in blank verse. Each scene is introduced by excepts from the poetry of Walt Whitman.
    theaterwords.com/when-lilacs-last-ny-fringe-act-one.html
        Two-act and One-act versions
        4M: 2 fathers, 2 teen sons
        1M: mother
        4M and 4F: chorus

    Sidney Morris
      Sidney died on November 7, 2002.
      Francine L. Trevens, TnTClassic Books, 350 West 36 St., #2NW, NY, NY 10018-6412
      fax 212-695-3219; tntclassics@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • Oh, Danny Boy
    Some people are doomed to love the wrong guy. A sexy young hustler appears to make each man’s dreams come true as he moves from one “love” to another. A fast-paced gay drawing-room comedy with terrific character roles.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 20 min. - one interior set
        6M: 20s, 30s, 50s, 70s
  • The Demolition of Harry Fay
    In this witty play, an effeminate author is captive to an idol-worshipping fan. Through his own camp and wit and with the help of a homophobic niece, the author frees himself for a surprising ending. A real comic romp.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - one interior set
        2M: 20s, 30s
        2F: 20s, 60s
  • The Fairy Teller -or- the secret life of Hans Christian Andersen
    70-year-old virgin Hans recreates three fairy tales in today’s idiom — The Snow Queen (drug dealer), The Match Girl (corner pick up attempts), The Ugly Duckling (plight of the misfit.) Incredibly creative, offbeat look at famous fairy tales and their author, filled with the humor and pathos of a creative life.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - one composite set
        5M: 20s, 40s - some doubling
  • Good Time Boys
    Super sexy porno theater backstage mystery overflowing with bitchy wisecracks and laughter that catches in your throat by play’s end. The campy characters, whose jealousy keeps them from sympathizing with a porn actor dying before their eyes, turn into the real human beings they are.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - one set on theatre stage
        5M: 20s, 30s
  • If This isn’t Love
    Depicts with humor and passion the enduring love of two men. A tender romance.
        Three-act
        2M: 20s
  • The Twilight Ladies
    The depression has destroyed the lives of a hopeful group of young women, gay and straight. How they face and combat their disillusionment, poverty, illness, impending war, and disloyal lovers. Portrays deep parallels with today’s problems. Only then, tuberculosis, not AIDS, was the big health scourge.
        Two-act: 2 hours - one set
        3M: 20s, 30s
        5F: 20s, 50s
        1 child
  • Uncle Yossil, a Mystery
    A middle-aged modern Jewish man searches his past and finds his future when he sets out to uncover the mystery of his uncle’s life and death. Through a series of interviews, he learns not only his uncle’s secrets, but also his own. Sure to appeal to anyone who ever had a skeleton in the family closet — or out of it.
    Won the Jewish Community Center playwriting award.
        Two-act: 2 hours - five partial or one composite set
        3M: 20s, 50s, 80s
        3F: 50s, 60s
  • Video’S Child — cyberpunk futuristic SciFi adventure
    A highly comic and original gay play set in the 21st Century after NYC was destroyed by civil war and a total ecological breakdown. Three gay survivors Break into a theater where they are threatened by a RAMBO type character. Tragedy and true love provide them with courage to re-enter their world.     Two-act: 1 hr. 20 min. - one interior set
        5M: teens-20s
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings
    A generation gap battle over AIDS by two angry and grieving characters, will have you taking sides through a mist of tears. Should an earlier generation be blamed, hated or envied for having been free to sleep around without fear? How does one channel anger and grief at the loss of a loved one and manage to move on? A sensitive and thought provoking play, the author calls his “favorite.”
        Two-act: 1 hr. 35 min. - one interior set
        2M: 20s 40s
  • With a Cast of Thousands
    Desperate middle-aged con man with a wild moneymaking scheme takes a small inheritance from his only friend, destroying a lifetime relationship, then ruins his devoted wife’s dream of entertaining a former film star, because he won’t forgo his crazy schemes. Marvelous characterizations. Funny and bitter-sweet.
        Three-act: 1 hr. 20 min. hours - two interior sets
        3M: 20s 40s
        3F: teen, 40s, 70s
  • Last Chance at the Brass Ring
    A young male orderly suffers love for the husband of a woman the orderly helped to a dignified death. He battles a pretty girl, and homophobic denial, for the widower’s true love — earning a mother’s help and the audience’s affectionate glee.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 40 min. - one interior set
        2M: 20s, 30s
        2F: 20s 50s
  • The Magic Formula
    A love affair in 1949 between the disturbed son of a Holocaust survivor and a fresh young Midwestern lad is full of surprises and a touching and sexy denouement. Gives actors lots of opportunity to show their abilities.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 20 min. - one interior
        3M: late teens, 40s
  • A Pocket Full of Posies - An absurd fantasy
    Four destitute characters are “saved” by a young black man who enables them to face their fears and their pasts. With touches of The Lower Depths and the power of an O’Neill opus, this brilliant play explores the powers of faith, the loss of hope and the complexity of human desires.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 15 min. - one set
        5M: 20s,30s,40s
        5F: 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s
  • Six O’Clock Boys
    In this touching tapestry of human need and manipulation, Gabriella, a lonely, old, New York woman, entertains a series of equally lonely boys each week precisely at 6PM. The off-beat, melodramatic comic youngsters must come only on their designated nights, no matter how needy they feel. Not until the end of this juicy, tour de force do we learn the heart-wrenching reason.
    Won a Dramalogue Critics Award.
        One-act: 1 hr. 10 min. - 1 interior set
        3M: 20s, 30s
        2W: one off-stage, 50s
  • So in Love - A gay revue
    Through 10 playlets, a panache of films and plays are spoofed in an irrepressible work dramatizing gay love from the 15th century-to-the-present. Humor abounds, but so do wrenching truths about ourselves and our lives today.
        One-act: 1 hr. 10 min. - composite set
        4M: teens-60s - all play multiple roles

    Rebecca L. Nesvet
      13 Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AZ, U.K.
      upstart_crow2@yahoo.com

      Plays include:

  • The Shape Shifter
    Dr. Gilbert Chesnet “diagnoses” 18-year-old Alice Barbin (played by a woman) as a biological male, triggering for both of them a strange journey through the labyrinth of their gender-segregated, name-obsessed society. While Barbin embarks upon a Kafkaesque new life as a man without a past, Chesnet unexpectedly finds himself attracted to the “man” Barbin. Barbin's former lover, Agathe, searches for the woman she has lost. When the assumed boundaries between female and male, medicine and religion, “the love of enigma and the enigma of love” erode, Chesnet, Barbin, and Agathe all face the disintegration of their most fiercely defended certainties.
    This play was inspired by the 1868 memoirs of H.A. Barbin, and won an Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation 2002 Playwriting Grant, and first place in the ATHE PlayWorks 2002 awards.
        Three-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - abstract, minimal sets
        3M: 20, late 30s, 40-55
        6F: four are 16-25, two are 40s (one may be F2M or woman-born-woman)
  • The Offensive
    Venice, 1355. When the Senate refuses to punish a graffiti artist with the death penalty, Doge Marino Faliero — an aging war hero — decides to murder the Senators and establish a dictatorship in the interests of national security. Can he accomplish “regime change, leader stabilization” without setting off the jewel of the Republic’s defense system — the mysterious Ratapult?
    A genre-bending satirical variation on (George Gordon) Lord Byron’s “closet drama” “Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice” (1823).
        Two-act - 75 min. - minimal set
        #M: 4 - playing ages: 70, 40s, 30s, 25-30
        F: 2 - playing ages 30 and 25-35
  • The Diamond Net
    London, 1918. Noel Pemberton-Billing, M.P. claims that Toronto-born Maud Allan (AKA “the Salome Dancer”) is one of 47,000 spies recruited by the Germans from Britain’s lesbian, gay, “enemy alien” and Jewish populations. As Allan fights to save her career and her closeted relationship with a politician’s wife, Billing’s accusations dragnet an expanding blacklist — including her lover. When distinctions between fantasy and reality, entertainment and terror collapse, Allan must rethink her escapism, in life and art, into the network of self-reflecting illusions she calls the “diamond net.” Based on a true story.
        Three-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - abstract, minimal sets
        6M
        4F

    Gordon Osmond
      684 Ayamonte Way, Rancho del Rey, Chula Vista, CA 91910-7840
      619-216-8077; fertile1@aol.com
      The Fertavalon Group, Inc., P.O.Box 828, Bonita, CA 91908-0828; 619-216-1391; avalonl747@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • The Scales
    A contemporary drama drawn from today’s headlines about personal and professional struggles within the legal profession.
    “The Scales offers some of the best writing heard in any performing medium in years.” - Brad Bradley, Manhattan Mirror (NYC)
    Grand Prize Winner, John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Competition (New England Theatre Conference).
        Two-act: 2 hours - single-set
        5M
        2W
  • Fertile Deception
    A serious comedy dealing with gay incest, euthanasia and other frivolities.
    “I kept thinking, ‘Wouldn’t Noel Coward have loved to have been able to write something this open and unashamed in his time?’” - Harry Hargrave, Raleigh News and Observer.
    “Neil Simon, eat your heart out!” - Charles Pierce (NYC)
        Two-act: 2 hours - single-set
        4M
        2W
  • What’s It All About, Albee?
    A comic nightmare about the life of two lovers in a totalitarian futuristic state.
    “This play is mind-enhancing. It is thoughtful yet entertaining, an excellent combination bound to bring it recognition.” - Joan McCray, Telegram Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
    “An avant-garde play that mocks avant-garde plays.” - Billy Houck, New Times (Grover Beach, Calif.)
        Two-act: 2 hours - single-set
        5M
        1W
  • Patient Target
    A melodrama set in the AIDS crisis.
    Produced in New York and Memphis, TN
        Two-act: 1.5 hours - single-set
        2M
        1W
  • First Family
    A drama exploring the conflicts presented when the black lover of a deceased son visits the son’s socially prominent parents with revelations about the daughter the lovers adopted after the son was disowned.
    Chosen by Stella Adler Theatre in competition sponsored by the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.
        Two-act: 1.5 hours - single-set
        3M
        2W

    Robert Patrick
      1837 N. Alexander Ave., #211, Los Angeles, CA 90027
      rbrtptrck@aol.com
      Robert Patrick, Playwright - plus links to 12 on-line play scripts
      Robert Patrick’s Personal Blog - plus links to 23 on-line plays; many are gay-themed
      Robert Patrick (playwright) on Wikipedia
            Winner of Robert Chesley Lifetime Award for Gay Playwrighting, and author of
            “Temple Slave,” the only book about the origins of gay theatre by a participant.

      Plays include:

  • Bread Alone
    In a tiny trailer house in the isolated temporary mining-town of Mammoth Foot, Montana, sophisticated schoolteacher Daryl only means to give bright student Gary dinner and sympathy. But Gary wants love, and adroitly overcomes Daryl’s defenses to get his own sweet way.
        One-act: 1 hour
        2M: 17 and 20s
  • Hollywood at Sunset
    Penn is an ambitious, closeted L.A. TV writer who lives in movie memories. His devoted lover, Aaron, wants a more open and abundant life. They quarrel endlessly and wittily, break up and get back together, but it looks as if the strife will last as long as their love — forever.
    Copies avaialble from Drama Book Shop.
        One-act: 1 hr. 30 min. in three scenes
        2M: mid-to-late 20s
  • The Idol
    Opening night of The Idol, the greatest gay disco ever, in 1976. Bob, a “leftover hippie” in his 40s, introduces new-boy-in-town Claude (20s) to Charles (30s) the disco’s designer. Charles used to believe in Bob’s “peace and love” philosophy, but now he’s a plaid-shirted, mustached “macho man.” Charles intimidates innocent Claude into stripping and offering himself to the men having sex on the upper floor. (alternate 70s play for “Untold Decades” below)
        One-act: 20 min.
        3M: 20s, 30s, 40s
  • Let Me Not Mar that Perfect Dream
    Backstage at a Gay Plays festival, famous screenwriter Jonas (60s) and pioneer gay playwright Raeburn (40s) struggle for the soul of frightened Carroll (20s). Should young Carroll produce a gay play to please Raeburn, or change one character to a girl and let Jonas produce it on Broadway?
        One-act: 1 hour
        3M: 20s, 40s, 60s
  • Michelangelo’s Models
    Michelangelo, 33, the most sought-after artist in Europe, must choose among three possible ways of life, represented by three beauties — a prince, a hustler, and a servant. Leonardo, Raphael, Pope Julius II, Simonetta de Vespucci (the model for “The Birth of Venus”) and other Renaissance greats appear.
        Two-act: 2 hours
        9M: 20s-60s
        1W of mysterious age
  • Sit-Com
    Businessmen lovers Ron and Doug want to be monogamous, but they both long for other men. Ron brings romantic hustler Ezra to their apartment, causing a chaotic evening of slamming doors and silly lies that brings out all the truths about their relationship. They settle into a secure permanent trio. (alternate 70s play for “Untold Decades” below)
        One-act: 30 min.
        3M: 20s
  • The Trial of Socrates
    In the Golden Age of Athens, the Elders attempt to woo the youthful Alkibiades, the fairest of youths. They make assurances that this is a worthy Athenian tradition. However, Alkibiades is expecting Socrates, the great philosopher. The Elders expect a seduction, but even Alkibiades cannot break Socrates’ vow to love only spiritually. Disappointed, Alkibiades goes on a needless military expedition, ruining Athens. The Elders condemn Socrates for offending Eros, the god of sex, and destroying their city.
        One-act: 1 hour
        5M: 1 teen, 4 40-or-older
        chorus of Elders
  • T Shirts
    Greenwich Village roommates Marvin and Kink return unexpectedly to their shared flat. Marvin, 40, is a famous playwright. Kink, 30, is a skilled mechanic. They are joined by Tom, 20, a neighbor’s steady squeeze. Tom seeks an education about the wild 70s Manhattan gay life he’s been thrown into. Both men want Tom, and could get him, but friendship and neuroses interfere.
        One-act: 1 hr. 30 min.
        3M: 20, 30, 40
  • Untold Decades
    Seven one-act plays of private gay male life in America from the 1920s through the 1980s. Can be mounted separately or in any combination.
    Includes:
    • One of Those People (1920s)
      A world-famed sophisticated playwright revisits his Midwest home town and encounters an ambitious young man. On a balcony the older man teaches the younger the kind of strength and courage it takes to be gay.
          One-act: 20 min.
          2M: 20, 40
    • The River Jordan (1930s)
      In a low dive in Depression, Texas, two unfeeling, predatory men lose a straight hustler to a more compassionate friend, who finds that although he can possess the boy, the boy can never return his love.
          Three scenes: 20 min.
          4M: 20s-30s
    • Bill Batchelor Road (1940s)
      In World War II in rural California, schoolteacher Bill and State Patrolmen Bob have played host to hundreds of horny servicemen on their way to the South Pacific. The preacher father of one boy arrives and gets the same tender treatment his son got.
          One-act: 30 min.
          3M: 30s-40s
    • Odd Number (1950s)
      In an obscure New Mexican town, Airman Brad and town-boy Edgar have fallen in love after a weekend of sex — first love for both of them. Captain Curtis, a closeted Yalie, finds them out, and from envy and lust draws all three of them into an ugly web of paranoia.
          One-act: 30 min.
          3M: 17-20s
    • Fog (1960s)
      In a freak, thick fog in New York’s Central Park, Stud and Fag encounter one another. Stud, weary of being loved for his good looks, pretends to be a skinny fag. Fag, longing to be loved, pretends to be a beautiful stud. But Fag secretly knows who he’s trapped, and cruelly convinces Stud he’s “loved for his mind” to get him into the bushes.
          One-act: 30 min.
          2M: 20s
    • Fairy Tale (1970s)
      Backstage at Amos’s first solo concert, his former partner and lover, Sphinx, returns, wanting to get back together personally and professionally. Amos rejects him. Sphinx ended their boyhood romance by leaving with a movie director. But Sphinx forces Amos to accept the complexities and contradictions of adult love.
          One-act: 20 min.
          3M: 20s (See also “The Idol” and “Sit-Com,” alternative 70s plays.)
    • Pouf Positive (80s)
      In a Manhattan flat across the street from the former famous sex-bar, the International Stud, gallant Robin faces inevitable death from AIDS. His former lover phones and wants to be sad and sentimental, but Robin insists on dying as he has lived, with wit and courage.
          One-act; 20 min.
          1M: mature

    Nick Pelino, Jr.
      1619 Beach Blvd., Forked River, NJ 08731
      609-971-6648; pelinoprods@aol.com
      Seth Farber, agent, 14 East 75th St., New York, NY 10019; 212-861-7075

      Plays include:

  • Lizbeth of Maplecroft, The Later Life of Lizzie Borden
    The famous woman acquitted of killing her father and stepmother, has taken a new name, a new home, and now lives in seclusion with her spinster sister Emma and the many secrets shared between them. Their idyllic world is shattered when Lizbeth begins a scandalous, sapphic relationship with stage actress Nance O’Neil.
    “Critic’s Pick of the Week,” Show Biz, 2000, NYC.
        Two-act - minimal set
        3F: 40-50s

    Joey Pelletier
      448 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141
      617-888-0728; joeycpelletier@gmail.com

      Plays include:

  • Where Moments Hung Before
    When Jasper Kelly, a gay man in his early 30s, died, Morgan has her brother’s memorial service on the same night as her daughter Lucy’s birthday party. While she hopes to fill everyone with a sense of happiness, Lucy thinks it a crummy idea. As the night passes, Jasper’s friends and family grapple with the ever-changing landscape of AIDS, their own personal and sexual identities, and their understanding of a friend gone.
        Two-acts; 2 hours
        5M: early 20s, 3 in late 20s/early 30s, 40s
        5F: 12, early 20s, mid 20s, 2 in early 30s

    Duncan Pflaster
      duncanpflaster.com

      Plays include:

  • Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants: A Big Epic Naked Shakespearean Fairy Tale Play
    Good King Kartoffelpuffen gives his kingdom to his oldest son Tater, and marries off his other children for peace and political gain. However, his youngest son, Prince Trevor, trades places with his manservant Grumbelino in order to escape this fate, and find his true love, Toby the stable boy. Pastiche Shakespearean style, with poetry, comedy, romance, and sword fighting.
    Won three MITF Awards: Outstanding Playwriting for a New Play; Outstanding Overall Production of a New Comedy Play; and Outstanding Leading Actor (Carlos Rafael Fernandez).
        Two-act - unit set
        8M: 20-50s
        4F: 20-40s
  • Eternity: Time without End
    Eleven diverse people separately search for a rumored fountain of youth on a secluded beach. They find more than they expected. An exploration of topical issues of community, homosexuality, childhood, innocence, and sacrifice. A fascinating trip through the evolution of language.
    Winner of Four 2005 Spotlight on Awards: Best Writing (Full Length), Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Featured Actor.
        Two-act - one beach scape set
        8M: one 8-year-old, 20-30s
        4F: 20-40s
  • Sleeping in Tomorrow
    Berenice is dissatisfied with her life and seeks answers in mysticism. When she has out-of-body experiences at a cocktail party hosted by her husband’s gay brother and his lover, she takes the opportunity to explore several parallel universes, encountering all of her friends in wildly different worlds and circumstances.
    Nominated for a 2004 Spotlight on Award for Best Writing (Long Form).
        Two-act - two sets
        4M: 30s
        5F: 20-40s
  • Amazing Dædalus
    Andrew the Minotaur, is not a monster, but rather an over-grown child. He lives in the labyrinth with Dædalus and his son, Icarus. They encounter Andrew’s Mother Pasiphæ, the dethroned Queen of Crete, and Dædalus’ scientific creation, Flutterby. It falls to Theseus, son of the King of Athens, the heroic and noble task of killing the Minotaur. A dark, humorous homage to ancient Greek mythology.
        Two-act - one set
        3M: 18-50s (transgender casting encouraged)
        3F: 18-50s (transgender casting encouraged)
  • The Empress of Sex: An Erotic Romantic Comedy
    A woman, spurned in love, finds a deserted island and sets herself up as The Empress Salacia, decreeing that there shall be no love allowed in her domain, only sex. She gathers some pansexual sybaritic acolytes, and all is frolicsome mindless fun until Salacia’s ex-lover, Agis, comes to the island in disguise as a woman, to attempt to win her back.
    Won the Audience Favorite Award in the MTWorks 2011 NewBorn Festival of New Work. And was a semi-finalist in About Face Theatre’s 2010 XYZ Festival of New Work.
        Four-act, 90 minutes - one set
        10M: 20s-40s
        7F: 20s-40s
        a non-speaking chorus is encouraged
  • The Thyme of the Season
    It’s Hallowe’en, three months after Midsummer: Titania and Oberon must pay their 7-yearly tithe to hell, and they need to find a human soul to sacrifice. Puck has been ensorcelled by a witch, which prevents him from sleeping, and there is a new autumn fairy, Pumpkinseed, who is in love with that merry wanderer of the night. Meanwhile, Helena is pregnant, Demetrius thinks she’s cheating, Lysander is exploring his feminine side, and Hermia is unsatisfied. Bottom has become a huge, famous, rich ass. Everyone goes into the forest, but will they all come back out? A new sequel to Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
    Winner of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards: Outstanding Playwriting for an Adaptation, Revival, or Sequel; and Outstanding Costumes (Mark Richard Caswell).
        Five-act - 2 hours - one set
        4M: 20s-40s
        3F: 20s-30s
        2N: any age
  • The Starship Astrov
    On the Starship Astrov, in the year 3047, a diplomatic mission brings a professor and his lovely, alien wife, as well as his faithful doctor on a flight where unspoken love and misunderstandings abound between the ship’s crew and the guests. Will the future change us, or will humanity remain the same at heart? A play written in the style of Anton Chekov.
    Winner MITF Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Jennifer Gawlik.
        4M: 30s-40s
        3F: 20s-40s
  • Suckers: A Vampire Play
    When Romaine and Jeff meet the folks who run a late night coffee house, they never suspect that these fun and crazy folks are actually vampires. Rather than being devoured, Romaine’s cunning captures the imagination of Elvis, the gay leader of the group. Will they be the victims of the political schemes of the undead, or will Romaine become their Vampire Queen?
        Five-act - 2 hours - one set
        5M: 18-40s
        3F: 20s-30s
  • Ore, or Or
    A zen exploration of the gap between truth and convenient fictions that employs the known facts about General Tomoyuki Yamashita and his legendary gold to illuminate the tangled love lives of four disaffected New Yorkers: Calvin Kanayama, a Japanese-American man with a passion for Star Trek; his girlfriend Debbie Goldberg, a Jewish woman who loves to taunt her family by dating the goyim; her roommate Sean O’Connell, a homo who's trying not to date straight men anymore; and his “fag hag” Tara Eaton, a WASP model who sporadically studies astrology and Buddhism.
        3M: 20s-40s
        3F: 20s-30s
  • The Wastes of Time
    A love affair between a 20-year-old and a 30-year old man is complicated by the younger man’s overprotective mother, whose best friend died of AIDS in the 80s.
        One-act - 90 min.
        3M: 20s & 30s
        1F: 40s

    Frank Anthony Polito
      Brooklyn, NY
      212-604-4641; frankanthonypolito@yahoo.com
            Frank is a playwright and actor. He has appeared in Fourth Unity’s “Unity Fest”
            (NYC), Doric Wilson’s A Perfect Relationship (NYC), and corpus christi (D.C.).

      Plays include:

  • Like That
    Just days before his 30th birthday, John reunites with Bradley. They were best friends since seventh grade, however, they have not seen each other for more than five years. We see them when they were teens, growing up gay in suburban Detroit during the 80s, as they recall the events that shaped their friendship. There are many references to 80s popular culture in this bitter-sweet comedy.
        Two-act: 2 hours - one set (teenage boy’s bedroom, w/bunk beds)
        2M: 29-30 (need to also play the characters as 14-18-year-olds)
  • Menage a Troy
    During the summer of 1999, John and Steve bring Troy into their previously monogamous relationship. A fresh insight into the ramifications of an open relationship. A sort of sequel to “Like That.”
        One-act: 35 min. - one set (“railroad” apartment living room)
        3M: 29

    Roy Proctor
      1602 Wilmington Ave., Richmond, VA 23227
      804-358-4090; royproctor@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • The Hollow
    Two 73-year-old gay men – one out of the closet in West Hollywood, California, the other closeted in a small town in North Carolina, are reunited at their 55th high school reunion. It has been more than 50 years since they last saw each other. They recall their teen years when they were forcibly separated. Their love story is revealed as they read the 18 letters they exchanged after they were parted.
    Premiered June 7, 2012, at the Senior Theatre USA Festival & Conference in New Orleans.
    Presented June 17, 2012, in a staged reading at the Richmond Triangle Players Theatre, Richmond, VA.
    Published August 2012 by ArtAge Publications, Portland, Oregon.
    Opened Jan. 27, 2013, as the first production of the Readers Theatre of Wales at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales.
        One act: 40 minutes - minimal set and tech requirements
        2M: 60-80s
  • Fabulous Water Sports
    Christopher Hiney, an earnest young water-aerobics instructor, does his best as he leads a pool full of elders through their paces, on his first day on the job in the gym at a gay retirement community. The question in this seriocomic monologue: Is Christopher’s well-meaning but inept leadership good enough?
    Premiered May 18, 2012, at the first annual DC Queer Theatre Festival at the DC Center in Washington.
    Presented June 17, 2012, in a staged reading at the Richmond Triangle Players Theatre, Richmond, Va.
        One-act: 10 minute monologue – minimal set and technical requirements
        2M: 20s (one is offstage and can be pre-recorded)
  • The Oldest Living Homosexual
    Nothing seems to go right when a new gay community center seeks to bestow its first lifetime achievement award on what it believes to be the tri-county area’s oldest gay man. A dark comedy.
    Presented June 17, 2012, in a staged reading at the Richmond Triangle Players Theatre, Richmond, Va.
        One-act: 10 minutes – bare stage with lectern; minimal tech requirements
        3M: one 70-80s, two 40s
        1F: 40s
  • Rub a Dub Dub
    Nick, a young baker, and Dom, a young butcher, have no idea what they’re letting themselves in for when Nick invites Larry, a young, recently arrived in town, candlestick maker, to luxuriate in their new hot tub.
    Presented June 17, 2012, in a staged reading at the Richmond Triangle Players Theatre, Richmond, Va.
        One-act: 15 minutes – patio setting with table, four chairs; minimal tech requirements
        3M: 20s
        1F: 30s
  • Camerados
    This drama, created solely out of historical documents, details the relationship between poet Walt Whitman and Peter Doyle, the Irish immigrant who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and later became the love of Whitman’s life.
        One-act: 50 minutes – bare stage, minimal furniture, tech requirements
        5M: 20-50s
        2N: adults
  • Sunflower
    When a young newspaper reporter interviews the 27-year-old Oscar Wilde in his hotel suite during Wilde’s first American lecture tour in 1880, it turns into an encounter that will inform the rest of the young man’s life. A seriocomedy.
        One-act: 15 minutes – sofa, chair, table
        3M: two 20s; one 30s-40s
  • Weather Report
    Three men discuss the weather as they stand at urinals in the men’s room in a department store. Or are they really discussing the weather? A comedy. The actors have their backs to the audience.
        One-act: 1 minute - bare stage, no tech requirements
        3M: 30s-50s
  • Table for Four
    Two same-sex American married couples — one male, one female — bounce against each other as they struggle to be friends while sharing a table on the people-watching Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain.
        One-act: 15 minutes – table and four chairs; minimal tech requirements
        7M: 20s-30s
        3F: 20s-30s

    Jerrold Rabushka
      P.O. Box 221012, St. Louis, MO 63122
      314-276-8693; ragdblade@aol.com, chawlyder@aol.com
      raggedblade.com
            For a more complete synopsis of the plays below, as well as a look at other
            available plays, visit his Web site and click on “Plays For Rent.”

      Plays include:

  • Empty Closets
    A comedy about a coming out workshop where five participants and a moderator share their stories. Among them: Joey comes out and nobody cares; Cheyenne comes out as a straight woman to her lesbian parents; and Claire looks for love at the lesbian owned coffee house.
    Produced at St. Louis Pride in 1998, and at Omaha’s Snap! Fest in 1999, where it was nominated by the city’s Theater Arts Guild as “Outstanding One-Act.”
        One-act: 40-45 min.
        3M
        3F
  • No AIDS, No Alcohol, No Sex, No Stonewall A comedy about a gay writer and his lover who hash out ideas for a gay TV series when all sorts of characters materialize and try to bully their way onto the show. Do they all deserve a spot, or are they just stereotypes?
    Produced at St. Louis Pride, 1997.
        One-act: 45 min.
        6M
        1F
  • Ship In A Bottle A poetic musical about obsessive love, alcoholism, and bondage. Donny doesn’t believe true love can happen naturally, so he auctions himself off as a slave. What is, in the end, the ultimate sacrifice for love? Haunting songs, minimal set, bizarre and unique.
    Originally produced April, 1999. The song “I’m Coming Home” can be retrieved from our Web site.
        Two-act: under 2 hours
        3M
        1F
  • rulalenska.com A gay couple in Anchorage invite another couple over for dinner. Cody wants to have sex before hand so they’ll have something to talk about over dinner. Bailey rejects the offer in favor of watching a TV bio or Rula Lenska. Bailey’s always rejecting Cody, but one of their slutty dinner guests finds Cody all too attractive. It gets raunchy, but it just might not be what you think.
        Two-act: under 2 hours
        4M
  • Rich White Trash Chet, a lonely closeted gay man in Johnson City, Tennessee tries     to navigate his way through a controlling wealthy mother, a secretary that doesn’t know the meaning of the word work, and a straight best friend who’s tapping into Chet’s love for him for money, and perhaps a bit more. Funny at times, and creepy.
        Two-act
        2M
        4F
  • They Came From Times Beach A politically altered America where all folks are treated equally because they have to behave equally — as straight white protestant males. What happens when the gay son of a prominent government official gets swept up into an anti-establishment underground? And who, indeed, are the mutants from Times Beach?
    This play was a finalist in two St. Louis contests. Produced November, 1998.
        Two-act
        4M
        4F

    Mark A. Ridge
      Chicago, IL
      mark@markridge.net

      Plays include:

  • Killing Kittens
    A gay man who has lost his partner, a fag hag who truly loves him, and the upstairs hustler in need of an escape from an abusive relationship, join for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve. A story of unlikely, yet lasting friendships, of loss and love, and the need for emotional and physical human interaction.
    Killing Kittens opened in March 2013, at Theatre on the Square, Indianapolis, Indiana.
        Two-act: 1 Hour, 40 Min. - 1 unit set
        2M: early 20s, 35-45
        1F: 30-45

    James Rosenfield
      Box 2705, Arnold, CA 95223
      209-795-8187; rosenfieldjimmy2@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • Michelangelo and Tommaso
    The romance and relationship of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti (sculptor, painter, architect, poet), and Tommaso de Cavalieri (Roman nobleman), is told by Tommaso’s best friend, the Papal bastard Enrico Farnese. Tommaso inspired 200 magnificent sonnets and love letters, and was the model for the “Victory” statue and for Christ in the “Last Judgment.” The Catholic Church ruthlessly suppresses all nonconformists, freethinkers, heretics, and homosexuals — all of which describe the aging Michelangelo. Even Michelangelo’s genius could not prevent the desecration of his mighty “Last Judgment” painting, nor the persecution of Tommaso, his 32-year lover and protector.
        Two-act: 2 hours - one set, 3 areas
        7M: 25-30, 40+
        3F: 20-35, 40+

    Edwin Sánchez
      P.O. Box 280, Claryville, NY 12725
      845-399-7221; edwinplaywright@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • Trafficking in Broken Hearts
    A hustler’s life unravels as he finds himself falling in love with a young delusional runaway and a virginal business man.
    Outstanding Achievement in play writing - New York State Arts Foundation Fellowship in Play-writing, 1989.
        One-act: 90 minutes - 1 multipurpose set
        3M: 16-28
  • Clean
    Unlikely couples face impossible love as an underage youth falls in love with a priest, and a drag queen forces the boy’s family to re-examine who they really love and why.
    Award for contribution made to contemporary American theater, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, Washington, DC, 1994.
        Two-act: 2 hours - 1 multipurpose set
        5M: the youth is played by an adult
        1F: open age

    Nathan Sanders
      103 Noe St., San Francisco, CA 94114
      415-861-2209; orbit@peoplepc.com
      nathansanders.net
      Jerome Henry Rudes, Fifi Oscard Agency, 110 West 40th St., #1601, New York, NY 10018
            212-764-1100, fax 212-840-5019; jhr2001@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • The Amazing Adventures of Della, The Dwarf
    Della Mae Harrison is a vibrant and charismatic little person from Christmas, Florida. Living in emotional bondage with her overbearing Aunt, Della’s life dramatically changes with the arrival of Mavis Sue Blanton, a new border in Aunt Cora Jean's home. Della and Mavis Sue begin an adventure that takes them from Christmas to New York City during the AIDS-ravaged 80s. Along this incredible journey, Della discovers not only herself, but also the true nature of family and friendship.
        Two-act: 2½ hours - one unit set
        1M: multiple roles 30-60s
        4F: three 20-70s, one little person 20-30
  • The Sugar Bean Sisters
    Mormon sisters, Faye and Willie Mae Nettles, return home to their ramshackle swamp dwelling in Sugar Bean, Florida after a disastrous day-trip to Disney World. Willie Mae is distressed after having lost her prized Eva Gabor wig on Space Mountain, and places the blame squarely on her sister’s shoulders. For her part, Faye prepares for the expected landing of an alien spacecraft in the family’s mystical sugar cane field. A strange, bird-like woman arrives, which provokes a series of unstoppable events. A shocking truth is revealed as the “Sugar Bean sisters” hatch a diabolical plot to ensure that the aliens return, and that Faye escapes from Sugar Bean forever.
        Two-act: 2 hr. 15 min. - one unit set
        1M: 30s
        4F: 40-70s

    Jeff Scott
      Mayday Productions, PO Box 461425, Los Angeles, CA 90046-9425
      323-375-7029; info@maydayproductions.biz
      maydayproductions.biz
      Agent: A. Chandler Warren, Esq. Production rights info: achandlerwarren@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • I Was A Teenage Homo! A Scary Fairy Tale
        Book and lyrics by Bill Fagan; music, additional book and lyrics by Jeff Scott.
    A troubled teen, Rock Dale, always fights other boys, and never pays attention to his girlfriend in the town of Straightville, USA, 1978. Eventually sentenced to therapy with Dr. Rorschach and his life partner Nurse Treacher, Rock is encouraged to come out. A musical homage to the Michael Landon classic movie, “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” (1957), using an original disco score. For fans of musical theater, B-movies, disco, gay history and, of course, Judy Garland.
    Pre-recorded instrumentals for all songs, as well as sheet music for piano and vocals are available for production use.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - 6 sets.
        7M: 3 teens, 4 adults, all sing
        6F: 3 teens, 3 adults, all sing
  • P.M.S. Pinafore: A Period Piece     Book and lyrics by Bill Fagan; music, by Jeff Scott.
    An number of women are trapped at sea, for no apparent reason, for an indeterminate number of years, until they crash-land on an unknown island. It is a tale of forbidden love, a fast-paced, comedic musical of eight songs, sung back-to-back, in 10 minutes.
    Complete piano and vocal scores, and lead sheets available.
        Musical: 10 min. - no set required.     3M: all sing     3F:  all sing

    Robert Shaffron
      21 Liberty Place, Weehawken, NJ 07087
      shaffron@mindspring.com
            Numerous gay-theme plays available, including two full-length,
            as well as numerous 10-minute and one-act pieces.

      Plays include:

  • Endless Air, Endless Water
    Romantic comedy/satire. Veteran astronaut Fred, and hunky fledgling Ditch, fall in love in the space capsule during a vital moon mission. All hell breaks loose when the two are caught kissing during a live CNN broadcast.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 45 min.
        3M: mid 30s, early 40s, late 40s
        1F: mid 40s
  • Menage à Deux
    Paul continues to mourn his lover, Eugene, two years after his death. With the assistance of psychic Marta, who channels Eugene’s spirit, Paul and Eugene resume their love affair — in Marta’s body. Things only get weirder when Marta falls in love with Paul.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 40 min.
        5M: from mid 20s-late 30s
        1F: early 30s
  • The Doris Day Collection
    Hank is the world’s most avid Doris Day fan, with the world’s most extensive collection of Doris memorabilia; enlisting his friend, Stone, he goes to a cafe Doris frequents in order to add the “pièce de résistance” to his collection: Doris Day herself. Hank’s abduction plans go awry, however, when Miss Day shows up.
        One-act: 20 min.
        2M: late 20s-late 30s

    Del Shores
      Delane Entertainment
      818-995-0256; delaneent@aol.com
      Innovative Artists, Kimberly Carver, 1505 - 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310-656-5131

      Plays include:

  • Southern Baptist Sissies
    The journey of four gay boys in the Baptist Church. A tragi-comedy.
    GLAAD winner 2001 for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre Production.
        Two-act: 2 hours - one set
        7M: 4 play 8-late 20s, 50+, 40-60; pianist plays for and in the show
        2F: 40-60, 30-50
  • Sordid Lives
    When Peggy trips on her lover’s wooden legs, all hell breaks loose in the small town of Winters, Texas.
    The cult movie is based on this hysterical play. Available through Samuel French.
        Two-act: 2 hours - 4 sets
        5M: 20-50s
        6F: 40s, 50s

    Scott C. Sickles
      104-20 Queens Blvd., #7-V, Forest Hills, NY 11375
      646-256-6641; sickles.scott@gmail.com
      Agent: Barbara Hogenson, 165 West End Ave., #19-C, New York, NY 10023; 212-875-8084

      Plays include:

  • From the Top
    Aspiring actor Edmund brings his new beau to meet his friends: an established playwright-and-actress straight couple, and his mentor, the gay director Brandon. The welcome Edmound expects is not forthcoming. The same half-hour period is examined from three separate points of view. Secrets are revealed and hearts are both mended, and broken, in this contemporary comedy of manners about the things we keep from the people we love.
        Three-act: no intermission - 1 hr. 30 min. - unit set
        4M: 2 in early 20s, 2 in 40s
        1F: 40, but looks 30s
  • Intellectuals
    Psychologist Margot Wells has decided to leave her philosophy professor husband Philip Embers to explore her feminine potential by becoming a lesbian. Their friend and confidante Brighton Galloway attempts to support both Margot’s journey, as well as Philip’s attempts to get her back.
        Two-act: 2 hours, 15 min. - unit set
        3M: early 20s, 40s, 50s
        4F: 20s, 30-40s-African-American, 50s, 60
  • Perfecting the Kiss
    A former stage manager mounts a horrible gay play as a form of self-therapy. During rehearsals, she shows how she fell in love with the playwright, who she swears is not gay despite his crush on a very handsome young actor. The actor has a crush on the female director, who is only doing the play to prove that the other actor in the show really is gay, so she can live with object of his desires. A backstage comedy.
        One-act: 75 min. - unit set
        3M: 20-30s
        2F: 20-30s
  • Shepherd’s Bush
    English man-of-letters E. M. Forster fell in love, during his early 50s, with 28-year-old policeman Bob Buckingham. A year into their courtship, Bob succumbed to societal pressures and married a young female nurse. Although greatly upset, Forster must accept the situation, or expose the truth, in this unique tale of romance, friendship, and betrayal.
        Two-act: 2 hours - unit set
        3M: late 20s, 2 in 50s
        2F: 20s, late 60s-early 70s

    Jacqui Singleton
      4725 Cronin Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23234
      eves 804-279-9639, day 804-788-4600; jshug8@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • The Crazy Man
    Nicki Fairfield struggles with a defiant younger brother, an uncle who believes he is God, and a shaky relationship with her partner Diana. All of which leaves Nicki even more afraid of her deep feelings for Diana — a prescription for losing her.
    Produced: off-off-Broadway in 1983, by the Richmond Triangle Players in 1992, and by Longwood College in 1985.
        Three-act: 2 hours - one interior set
        3F
        2M
        1 Child
  • Therapy - A Play in 8 Sessions
    Selene, who has a record of violence toward her lovers, has been required by the courts to seek therapy. Her therapist, Clare, is understanding, intrigued by her new client, and has a hard time keeping the relationship professional.
        One-act?: 1 hr. 25 min. - one interior set
        3F
  • The Island
    Two women, complete opposites, are stranded on a deserted island after an ill-fated Olivia cruise.
        One-act?: 1 hr. 15 min. - one exterior set
        2F
  • The Bet
    An arrogant playgirl bets a friend that she can “get” the straight woman her roommate is falling for. (Audiences love this one. Surprise ending)
        One-act?: 1 hr. 15 min. - one interior set
        4F
  • The Women’s Tale
    Choreo-ensemble piece, variety of characters and situations about what makes lesbians lesbians. While not a musical, the music that introduces each scene is very important.
        One-act?: 1 hour - five stools, assorted props
        5F
  • Off Season
    A famous writer’s mountain vacation is interrupted when she has to share her cabin with a young woman who is the daughter she gave up to be with her lover.
        One-act?: 2 hours - one interior cabin setting
        2F

    Timothy Jay Smith
      9 rue Flatters, 75005 Paris, France
      011-33-1-47 07 38 52; timothy.smith@wanadoo.fr
      Agent: Emily Hayward
            Sheil Land Associates, 52 Doughty St., London WC1N 2LH, England; 011-44-20-7405-9351; ehayward@sheilland.co.uk

      Plays include:

  • How High the Moon
    A Polish youth falls in love with a German soldier during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, and a half century later, a college student comes out to his best friend during Gay Pride Week in a small Midwestern town.
    “[The] dialogue is smooth and his style tasteful. His scenes had sensitivity and took on a life of their own.” - Detroit Repertory Theatre
    “How High the Moon is incredibly brave - in many ways. The structure you’ve used - your willingness to write a German soldier with such heart - your refusal to soft pedal the subject - your willingness to show what everyone should know is the real, dangerous ugliness of the homophobia in the U.S. I hope the play gets produced hundreds of times.” - Toni Press-Coffman, playwright (“Touch,” “Trucker Rhapsody”) - from personal correspondence.
    Won the 2002 Stanley Drama Award.
        Two-act: 2 hours - minimalist set
        4M: late teens-50
        2F: 25-35

    Tom Smith
      1303 Monte Vista, #8, Las Cruces, NM 88001
      505-521-4389; kirbysr@hotmail.com
      tomsmithplaywright.com

      Plays include:

  • Dangerous
    Emotional and sexual infidelity and betrayal are played out when Marcus manipulates his friends and sexual companions. Eventually, his corrosive behavior alienates his entire social circle. A contemporary gay adaptation of the novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (Dangerous Liaisons) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 40 min. - 5 simple sets
        7M: 20s-40s+
  • Gray
    Laura and Matt’s relationship is threatened when a street youth, Pack, interrupts their comfortable lives. Laura meets Pack through her job reporting on street culture and fashion trends to corporations. Matt becomes fascinated with Pack’s youth, strength, bravado, and freedom from adult responsibility, and soon finds himself attracted to Pack. However, Pack pits Laura and Matt against each other, eventually raising doubts about their relationship.
        One-act: 1 hr. 10 min. - optional intermission
        2M: late teens and early 30s
        1F: early 30s

    Jon Spano
      305 W. 45th St., #2B, New York, New York 10036
      212-582-3623; jonspanonyc@gmail.com
      Agent: Susan Schulman

      Plays include:

  • Joey Variations
    Young, world-weary dancer Joey is forced into a rehab clinic — after collapsing on-stage from a methamphetamine overdose — by Rita, his transgendered substance abuse counselor. When the bipolar Peltan and the over-sexed Dylan befriend him, Joey discovers that rehab is not a safe haven. Rebuking the psychological clichés of therapy, Joey embarks on a tortourous inner journey. Rita’s questionable approach to counseling, as well as his own need for atonement, forces him to reveal his devastating secret.
        Two-act - 2 hours - simple set
        4M: 3 mid-to-late 20s, mid-30s
        1F: 75
        1T: male-to-female transgendered 40ish
  • Rule for Everything
    Terry and Caryn prepare to host a gathering to celebrate their recent engagement. They live with Terry’s sharp-tongued mother Miranda. Terry’s sexy college roommate, Bryant, arrives early and chills the festivities. Caryn already knew of the relationship between the men, and chalked it up to frat-boy experimentation. But more than their sexual history, Bryant keeps a more shocking secret, of which even Terry is unaware. Miranda, who adores Bryant and is aware and supportive of the men's history, knows the men will be happier with each other and wishes that her son would marry him. With her influence, Bryant reveals his long-kept secret which will alter the future for them all.
        One-act - 90 min. - one set
        2M: mid-to-late 20s
        2F: mid-to-late 20s, mid 50s
  • The Poetry of Cars
    Azwell Dove, an accomplished, middle-aged, Detroit car designer, makes a last-ditch effort to mend his ruptured family. His lesbian, poet daughter appears to succumb to the same madness that drove her mother to suicide. She “summons” Anne Sexton, to help regain custody of her daughter, who lives with her former partner. Azwell's rebellious, heroin-addicted son rants against the American economy. Azwell’s girlfriend tries to be the mother his children never had. And Azwell’s down-and-out-brother reignites tensions and secrets that not even the rediscovery of a prized family heirloom, a 1966 Buick Electra, can smother. For it is the iconic antique automobile itself that offers a glimmer of hope that the idealized happiness of the past can be restored.
        One-act - 1 hr. 30 min. - minimal set
        3M: 2 middle-aged, mid 20s
        4F: 2 mid-20s, 2 middle-aged
  • Real Smiles
    While vacationing in Provincetown, best friends Zed and Matt confront their shared history with the glamorous Elliot. The men are forced to confront their loneliness and angst, as well as address the difficulty of forming intimate relationships within an image-based community. When Elliot re-enters their lives, both men realize that “damaged goods” lie beneath his glossy exterior. Zed and Matt examine the nature of artifice versus authenticity, sex versus love, loyalty versus betrayal, and fear of aging. Will the awareness inspire inner transformation?
        One-act - 1 hr. 5 min. - simple set
        3M: 2 mid-30s, mid 20s
  • Labor Day Weekend
    Jason, a transgendered male, is cuffed to the bedposts by his wife Andrea, who intends on torturing Jason until he reveals the truth about his extramarital affairs. But in this comedy, Jason’s big surprise proves that love has no constraints.
        One-act - 11 min. - set with 1 four-post bed
        1F: early 30s
        1T: female-to-male transgendered early 30s
  • Odd Hamlet
    When Hamlet’s dialogue is reassigned and reassembled among the classic play’s characters, Shakespeare’s tragedy is re-written as a male-on-male, happy-ending romance between Hamlet and Horatio. As Hamlet and Horatio fight off the macho gay menace, Claudius, and pursue their music with the tone-deaf Ophelia, not even the drug-addicted Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, or the face-lifted Gertrude, can prevent the two young heroes from their transcendent passion.
        One-act - minimal set
        6M: 4 early 20s, late 40s; 70s
        2F: early 20s, late 40s

    Michael Patrick Spillers
      821 S. Stoneman Ave., #E, Alhambra, CA 91801
      626-293-3334; mspillers@msn.com

      Plays include:

  • White Boy
    Hip, urban drama with a timely Latino twist! What happens when a mild-mannered Missouri boy falls head over heels in love with a surly Chicano gang-banger from East Los Angeles? The possibilities may surprise you in this colorful romantic comedy. Peppered with hot dance breaks and featuring a supporting cast of compelling Hispanic characters, “White Boy” dramatizes the lives and dreams of a diverse group of young men from Mexico to Puerto Rico, and beyond. All woven into a tender love story that explores race, religion, music, machismo, and the tricky politics of cross-cultural desire. Gay Pride meets Brown Pride in “White Boy,” a sexy hip-hop fable that the Los Angeles Times calls “funny, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting.”
        Two-act: 2 hr. - bare stage
        5M: 20s, 30s - 1 White, 4 Latino

    Michael Sutton
      437 S. Cochran #5, Los Angeles, CA 90036
      mrwrite@ca.rr.com

      Plays include:

  • The Saving of Billy B.
    A gay lawyer represents a conservative Christian couple suing a religious “reparative therapy” clinic after their gay teenage son commits suicide.
  • Over My Dead Body (co-author: Anthony Fingleton)
    Three elderly British mystery writers plot a real murder to vindicate their fading careers, but find the execution more difficult than they bargained on. Originally produced at the Savoy Theatre, London, starring Donald Sinden and June Whitfield. Available from Dramatists Play Service.
  • Looking Glass (co-author: Cynthia Whitcomb)
    The fanciful writings of Lewis Carroll interweave with events from his life, including his meeting the real Alice, subsequent scandal, and ultimate rejection of his creative alter-ego.
    Original produced off-Broadway at the Entermedia Theater, NYC, starring Jon Vickery. First L.A. production at the Colony Theater; director: Todd Nielsen. Available from Broadway Plays.
  • Bondage
    In West Hollywood, a failed screenwriter, turned med student, becomes obsessed with a attractive but serially unfaithful waiter. A contemporary gay take on “Of Human Bondage” by W. Somerset Maugham, who was himself gay, and based the character played by Bette Davis in the film version of his autobiographical novel on a male lover.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 45 min. - various fantasy sets
        8M: 3 20s, 2 30s, 1 50-60s, 2 60-80s - plus 2-3 non-speaking bit parts
        1F: 40-50s
  • A Paine in the Arse
    On the last day of his life, “Common Sense” author Tom Paine is visited by a priest hired to persuade him to renounce his views on organized religion. Instead, he gets more than he bargained for, as the “conversion” doesn’t go quite as planned.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - run-down Greenwich Village, New York City bedroom, 1809
        2M: 40s, 72
        1F: 40-50s

    Tom Swanner
      Sacramento, CA
      52ndst@msn.com

      Plays include:

  • Opening Lines
    A romantic comedy. Two gay men, Chris and Richard, are brought together on a blind date. They face the daunting prospects of dating, love, and finally moving in together. If they can survive the first date, having their best friends meet, a surprise visit from the folks, and a misplaced couch — maybe their relationship has a chance.
    First run 2001, Sacramento Lambda Players. Sold out run, audience favorite.
        Two-act: two sets (compatible for smaller stages)
        4M: 2-30s, 1-40s, 1-60s
        2F: 1-30s, 1-60s
  • Trolling
    An aging comedy. When a group of friends gathering for a monthly event, they get some unexpected news. Ted’s grandson is about to enter his life. The dilemma is that during their 22 years together, Ted never told his lover, Jim, about the child. Trolling presents a humorous look at getting older, being gay, and taking responsibility for one’s past. A great ensemble piece for older actors.
    First reading, February 2003, Sacramento Lambda Players.
        Two-act: one set (compatible for smaller stages)
        7M: 5-50+, 1-late teens, 1-early 20s
        2F: 2-50+

    Buddy Thomas
      Mitch Douglas, c/o International Creative Management, 40 West 57th St., NY, NY 10019
      212-556-5720; bthomas@icmtalent.com
      Published by Samuel French, Inc., 212-206-8990

      Plays include:

  • The Crumple Zone
    A comedy set in a run-down apartment on Staten Island, with three gay roommates, in crisis, during one frantic Christmas weekend. One of them, Terry, an out-of-work actor who can’t get a job or a date, spends his days drinking and refereeing a messy love triangle. Extremely funny, and deeply moving, The Crumple Zone is about staying together, breaking apart, and the things we lose along the way.
    Winner: 1998 New Voices Play Award. “The kind of domestic comedy that might have been written by Neil Simon if he were gay and 40 years younger!” - Bruce Weber, N.Y. Times. Produced Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Theatre Company, NYC. West Coast Premiere: New Conservatory Theatre Center.
        Two-act: 2 hours - one set
        5M: mid 20s-mid 30s

    Brian J. Tognotti
      325 Lenox Ave. #304, Oakland, CA 94610
      510-219-5099; bjtognotti@comcast.net

      Plays include:

  • In the Family
    Gay college student Garrett Scott is the fifth generation of a family of Methodist ministers. He discovers his Great-Great-Grandfather Sebastian’s diary hidden in an attic for more than 150 years. The secret diary raises the question: “where does religious fervor end, and hypocrisy begin?” Will Garrett find love with his best friend, Pete, or a lifetime of torture in the family closet? A comic drama with an historical twist.
        Two-act: 2 hr. - 1 set
        4M: 2-20s, 40s, 50s
        2F: teen, 40s
  • Sense Memory
    Shane and J.D. are straight actors playing gay lovers in a play. Shane suggests an experiment to get J.D. more “into” his role, with unexpected results. J.D.’s girlfriend, Val, senses something is amiss. Can method acting cross personal boundaries, or intimacy be manufactured? How far will Shane and J.D. go for art, or for life?
        One-act: 20 min. - no set
        2M: 20s-30s
        1F: 30s
  • Three Corners
    Tory and Kevin, two friends from the sticks, go to San Francisco in search of husbands. A barfly, Phillip, introduces them to his odd set of friends. Who will end up with whom; and is everyone who they appear to be? A comedy about expectations. and why we lower them.
        One-act: 40 min. - 1 set
        3M: 20s-30s
        1F: 20s-30s
  • Make Love Not War
    Through time travel, Nicky, a present-day, anti-war activist, and Marcellus, a Roman soldier in Caesar’s time, meet and become lovers. Now that Marcellus is called to war, Nicky has other plans.
        One-act: 10 min. - 1 set
        2M: 20s-30s

    Michael Thomas Tower
      San Diego, California
      619-957-3396; mttower@aol.com
      michaelthomastower.com
            Full texts of the following plays are available at the author’s Web site.

      Plays include:

  • Fall Seasons
    James struggles not to be pulled back into the disastrous world of booze by his former lover, Ken. James’ current partner, Daniel, reveals a hidden past, which complicates all decisions. Troubled relationships, addiction, and co-addiction are presented with humor and poignant drama.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 50 min. - 1 set (a messy room)
        3M: 25+
  • The Natural Flights
    A story of San Francisco friendships that survive homosexuality, bisexuality, inter-generational relationships, fear of coming out, and bigotry. These people share their love and strength in the face of harsh forces. Anchored in triumph and tragedy; marked with laughter and tears.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 50 min. - 1 set (apartment living room)
        8M: 20-55+
        1F: 55+
  • A Certain Unsoundness of Mind
    A college professor discovers the true talents of one of his students, and attempts to set the course for the student’s future. The student has a very different set of priorities. A common love of poetry binds them together, and their sexual orientation strengthens their association, however, these are the very elements that fuel their war. Without providing specific answers, this story asks: What is the value of art? What is an artist’s obligation?
        One-act: 30 min. - 1 set (park bench)
        2M: 20s, 60+
  • The Pull of Paradise
    Myrna Jean and Freddie Mae are on the verge of a breakup. They’ve lived in their home at Paradise Point Trailer Park for many, very happy years. Even though Myrna still loves Freddie Mae, she claims that Freddie Mae has done her a grievous wrong, and insists they go their separate ways. Mama, with more wiliness than wisdom, comes up with the solution that may just keep them all together. Comedy.
        One-act: 17 min. - 1 set (rundown trailer house living room)
        3F: 30ish, 60+

    John Patrick Trapper
      P.O. Box 3604 Long Beach, CA 90803
      310-213-8727; playrite2000@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • The Cell Phone Funeral
    A farce about a gay man who dies in Los Angeles, and his dysfunctional family must finalize his affairs using only his cell phone to puzzle together the pieces of his life — pieces which they find difficulty understanding.
    To be presented in Los Angeles in April 2008.
        One-act: 1 hr. 10 min. - 1 convertible set (apartment-funeral home)
        5M: 22-34 (1 is a drag queen)
        2F: 50-70
  • Inside Andrew’s Head
    Serial killer Andrew Cunanan is picked up at a bar by an obsessed gay man who is fully aware of Cunanan’s identity. This man forces Cunanan to confront his past, with the help of media clips showing the family members of Cunanan’s victims.
    Written in 1997, it ran three weeks at the Boston Center for the Arts, generating controversy due to the proximity of Versace’s death by Cunanan. Not a glorification of the killer, but an exploration of dualities.
    “Unadulterated drama that aggressively unravels Cunanan’s disturbing extremes of duality, charm, and psychosis.” - South End News, Boston
        One-act: 1 hr. 10 min. - 1 set
        3M: 2 in upper 20s, 60
        5F: 2 are 30, 50, 65, 80s
  • How To Be A Fairy (The Guide to Gayness for Wannabees)
    A comedic history of gay life: from the banishing of Steve from the Garden of Eden; to the coming out experiences in various ethnicities; to vacationing in Provincetown. A pre-recorded voice-over guides the audience through 16-odd vignettes about gay life. The play includes lyrics to four original songs.
    Produced in Boston in 1996. The playwright will write — or allow written — new scenes to be added.
    “A zany treat.” - Bay Windows, Boston
        One-act: multiple scenes, time variable - 1 set
        4M:
        2F:

    Michael Van Kerckhove
      Chicago, Illinois
      michaelavk@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • Whatever Notions
    Evelyn is a former child beauty queen who longs to be Miss America. Her husband, Victor, is a butcher who hunts for Communists and Nazis in the backyard. Evelyn’s younger sister, Rue, is a third grade teacher who yearns to ride the rhythms of the Beat Generation. Grandma, has an affinity for matchmaking and pink flamingo lawn ornaments. Evelyn and Victor’s ten-year-old son, Eddie, has a fondness for tin cans and finding sanctuary in his tree house. Victor’s eccentric, closeted older brother, Jake, visits the household. Below the surface of these humorous quirks and peculiarities lie secrets and unspoken truths. Another surprise visitor takes the family on a journey blurring the line between reality and impossibility.
        Two-act: ? min.
        4M: one 10-year-old
        3F:
  • Losing Lulu Drayton
    Eric, a gay white man, receives messages on his answering machine from Reginald, a member of the African American Mt. Zion First Holy Miracle Baptist Church on Chicago’s South Side. At first annoyed by the calls, Eric becomes fascinated, as well as unsure why he receives them. After a year, he hears about the death of church member, Lulu Drayton. Thrown into a whirlwind of sadness, he also wonders why he cares so much for this woman he never knew. Through Reginald’s messages, Eric finds a spiritual and cultural connection to the Black church, as he searches for his own gay identity. At the same time, Eric’s sensitive, quiet boyfriend, Scott, has become emotionally and physically distant since the death of his mother. Scott befriends Tamron, an African American homeless woman, who has been searching the city for her old phone number, which she feels will lead her back to the man whose calls she misses. The lives of Eric, Scott, Tamron, and Reginald all intersect at Lulu Drayton’s funeral service, where they all learn how one woman’s sin tore people apart, and brought them back together.
        Two-act: ? min.
        3M:
        1F:
  • The Melted Lampshade
    Bitchina (William), is a New York drag queen/performance artist who as a child first met an imaginary friend, Frederick, immediately following his mother’s funeral. One day, his friend became real. Then Frederick ran away. At last, while doing his show in a New York club, Bitchina meets his friend again. Frederick confronts the meaning of his existence, and Bitchina relives the drama that shaped his sensitive gay being. An exploration of fantasy, magic, realism and surrealism, which asks “What do we do with something that’s no longer needed?”
    First produced by The House of Bü at The Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, June 2002.
    Recipient of a 2001 Finalist Grant from the Illinois Arts Council
        One-act: ? min.
        3M:
        1F:

    Jeffrey Vause
      720 Fort Washington Ave., #3E, New York, NY 10040
      jeffrey.vause@gmail.com

      Plays include:

  • Aloha Oy!
    Actor Joey Lange just moved to New York City from Hawaii, when his agent got him the audition of the year: a new Broadway play about an actor from Hawaii who has moved to New York. Perfect casting? At the audition, there is no script. The director only wants Joey to talk about his life, to know all about Joey, and what makes him tick. A semi-autobiographical, multi-character, one-man show about the life of a gay performer just trying to find his way in the world.
        One-act: minimal set
        1M: 30s-mid 40s

    Scott Patrick Wagner
      1613 Chelsea Rd., #325, San Marino, CA 91108
      646-434-5858; writer@scottpatrickwagner.com
            Information and excerpts: scottpatrickwagner.com/samples

      Plays include:

  • Dissociated States
    Set against a backdrop of two opposing Americas, a man with multiple personalities affects the lives of a gay minister and his partner, and a straight minister with an ugly secret. Actors appearing in multiple roles underscores the dissociation that touches all their lives.
        Two-act
        5M: 20s-50s doubled-up casting
        2F: 30s, 50s doubled-up casting
  • Father Figures
    A dance/theater play, told half with dialogue and half with 14 dance sequences, about a half-Latino choreographer’s struggles with spirituality, sexuality, and ethnicity. As the play opens, he lives with his “grounded” psychotherapist girlfriend, but becomes involved with a charismatic and spiritual gay man.
        Two-act
        5-7M: 2 actors, 3-5 dancers
        3-4F: 1 actress, 2-3 dancers
  • Lust Angeles
    A sexually bold, runaway-train comedy-satire about gay men in West Hollywood in the pre-cocktail 90s. An homage to Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City,” the play sprawls out, in soap opera style, across 180 pages, 3 major storylines, and 32 speaking roles. Valium and neck massages are available to any producer ready to mount this project.
        Three-act
        12 or more M: teens-50s, doubled-up casting (one transvestite)
        4F: 20s-70s, doubled-up casting
  • The Mama Rose Pool
    A comedy about a group of middle-aged women who spend their lives playing the central role in Gypsy anywhere they can, and the lengths to which they will go to keep working. Unexpected plot twists abound.
        Two-act
        2M: 25, 25-50 chameleon who plays multiple M and F roles
        5F: like Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, and Susan Lucci
  • Under My Skin: Cole Porter in Review
    An unblinking, irreverent musical review featuring 37 Cole Porter popular and obscure songs, narrated by Mr. Porter himself, and assisted by his wife Linda and various male “companions.”
        Two-act
        3M: Cole plus, at least 2 males (featured roles)
        3F: Linda Porter, plus at least 2 females (featured roles)

    Scot Walker
      2805 Bolling Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
      703-534-3230; scotwalker2002@hotmail.com
            Walker is author of “Winston Churchill’s American Cousin and Other Tales”
            and “These Forty Years Have Flown So Fast: Poetry by Scot Walker.” Available at iuniverse.com

      Plays include:

  • Eternal Bliss
    Because he had sex outside the relationship, a gay man has been dumped by his partner. A handsome young man he had sex with steals everything including his clothes. The police are after him, and he has lost his law practice. He now considers suicide. After making a list of the reasons to live, versus those reasons to die, he takes a gun from his pocket.
    Nudity - during final seconds.
        One-act: 10 min. - one set
        1M: 25-40
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
    In today’s army, all men are gay. A lecherous captain kidnaps Kim and attempts seduction. Kim’s former lover effects a rescue, humiliating the captain in the process. A modern version of Plaustus’s “Swaggering Soldier” in which the roles have been reversed.
        Two acts: 2 hours - one set
        10M: plus extras, if desired

    Bruce Ward
      331 W. 43 St., #5-D, New York, NY 10036
      917-864-6932; bdwardbos@aol.com
      brucewardnyc.com
            For more information on all plays, please visit website.

      Plays include:

  • Fabulous Ride into the Unknown
    80-minute solo monologue that chronicles the lives of 10 men as they experience the emergence of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Accompanied by music and images of the decade.
    “An extraordinary series of character sketches created with remarkable skill … A gallery of human faces through which our collective anxieties and fears are refracted and, finally, purged. A striking, angry, funny, touching, satiric and political work that puts the first decade of AIDS into a startling dramatic context.” - Bay Windows
    Bruce Ward continues to perform this piece at theaters, universities and conferences across the U.S., and is available for bookings.
        One-act: 1 hr. 20 min.
        1M - or multiple men, any age
  • Lazarus Syndrome
    Elliott, a long-term HIV survivor, has not left his Manhattan apartment for 13 days. His self-imposed isolation is shattered when his father, his younger brother, and his partner unexpectedly arrive to coax him into leaving the cocoon of his apartment. During an evening when time and place appear “out-of-joint,” apparitions appear, dreams manifest as reality, soup is poured, prayers are spoken and truths are revealed. Lazarus Syndrome is a comedy and a drama about family, heritage, resilience, and the healing power of acceptance.
    2nd Place Winner - Jean Kennedy Smith Award, American College Theater Festival, Kennedy Center, Washington DC, April 2007
    Premiere: August 2007, Theatre Alliance, Washington, D.C.
        One-act: 1 hr. 40 min.
        4M: 3 - 30s-40s, 1 in 70s
  • Paint by Numbers
    Max, a Scorpio actor, and Lance, a Pisces copywriter, live together in an apartment in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. As Lance parks himself on the sofa and drinks himself into oblivion, Max coerces him into playing “therapy games” to explore and deepen their relationship. One of the earliest plays to deal with emerging anxiety over the AIDS crisis.
    Produced by the 78th Street Theatre Lab in NYC and the Celebration Theatre in L.A. in the early 80s, and later by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Boston Theater for the Arts.
        One-act: 40 min.
        2M: 20-30s
  • Alternatives
    A young, sexually confused playwright breaks the third wall, with his literary allusions to Wilder, Chekhov, Miller, and Kerouac. In relationships with both sensible Sara and spontaneous Dean, Jack explores the various alternative possibilities to his life, and, in the process, discovers himself.
        One-act: 1 hr.
        3M: 20s
        2W: 20s
  • Room 69
    During a Homosexuals Anonymous meeting, everyone desperately tries to hide his or her true sexual orientation. A spoof on the gay “recovery” movement.
    Produced at Boston Theater Marathon, and at the “Drop Your Shorts” festival, NYC.
    Published by Bakers Plays.
        One-act: 10 min.
        2M: 20s-40s
        2W: 20s-40s
  • Bourbon and Cheesecake
    Kathy and Dorothy are old friends who have not seen each other in years. They meet again at an anti-abortion rally, at which they are on opposite sides of the issue. Following the rally, the two women dine and find that their commonalities may be just as strong as their differences. The conservative Dorothy has a gay son, whom she has come to accept, and their waiter just happens to be gay.
    Produced at the Boston Theater Marathon.
        One-act: 10 min.
        2W: 40s-50s
        1M: 20s
  • Roger G. Asmas
    A cockroach has inadvertently turned into an all-consuming human being, much to the dismay of his loving cockroach family. The story is about being different, and perceptions towards those differences. A re-telling of Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.”
    Produced at the Boston Theater Marathon.
    Published by Bakers Plays.
        One-act: 10 min.
        2M: 20-50s
        2W: 20-50s
  • Temporary Insanity
    The boss has disappeared, the bills are overdue, and the public relations firm of Haksley, Beskam and Lanskin is in danger of shutting down. When the firm considers accepting client Kenley Schmenkin, a mild-mannered momma’s boy who has been released on a murder charge due to the “Twinkie defense,” a battle of morals ensues. However, Kenley, fueled with chocolate, holds the office — including the gay office manager — hostage. Then Kenley falls in love with the meek secretary in this fast-paced comedy.
    Staged readings at Ensemble Studio Theater, Manhattan Punchline, 23rd Street YMCA, NYC, Newburyport Firehouse Theater.
        Two-act: 2 hrs.
        4M: 20-60s
        4W: 20-60s
  • A Long Fall to the Crystal Sand
    Althea lives in a large, decaying house on Cape Cod, in the summer of 1976, with her elderly father. She is the caretaker for Irene, who has Alzheimer’s disease. College students Jack and Lou board for the summer, during which time Jack come to terms with his homosexuality. An exploration of the choices people make between living in reality or in fantasy. It is also a coming-of-age story, as Jack transitions from adolescence to young adulthood.
    Produced at the Studio, Northwestern University.
        Two-act: 2 hrs.
        3M; 2 late teens, 1 late 70s
        2W: 1 60s, 1 80

    Tom Wilson Weinberg
      Aboveground Records, P.O. Box 2233, Philadelphia PA 19103
      215-732-7494; tww10@hotmail.com
      tomwilsonweinberg.com
      Agent: Broadway Play Publishing Co., broadwaypl@aol.com
            Scripts available through Broadway Play Publishing Company.
            Tom’s song “Lesbian Seagull,” was used in the film “Beavis and Butt-head Do America”
            and in the platinum-selling film’s soundtrack. Tom wrote “The Teachings of Chairman Rick”
            for Philly Fringe 2005, and “After Guantánamo,” for Philly Fringe 2006.
            His 2006 musical “Eleanor and Hick” is in development in New York.

      Plays include:

  • Ten Percent Revue - music and lyrics by Tom Wilson Weinberg
    A humorous, musical satire addressing life in the closet, gay marriage, personal ads, the lesbian baby boom, and AIDS. There are spoofs on the Supreme Court, summer camps, as well as the anthem “Flaunting It.” The 16 musical numbers include: “Gay Name Game,” “Safe Sex Slut,” and a song in which a gay man and a lesbian yearn to trade places.
    Opened in Boston in 1985, and has since been produced in more than 50 cities. Ten Percent Revue earned two Drama-Logue Awards (Los Angeles), a Bessie Smith Award (Boston), and three Golden Gull Awards (Provincetown).
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min.
        2M, any age
        2F, any age
  • Get Used to It!
    Serious and substantial musical treatment, that is humorous and satirical, concerning sodomy laws, the religious right-wing, closeted celebrities, gay bashing, and AIDS.
    “A joyous statement for all generations of gay culture.” - Terry Helbing, New York Native
    “The romantic songs are every bit as uplifting as the satirical songs are bitingly funny.” - Gary L. Day, Philadelphia Gay News
    “A humorous look at serious gay issues.” - Bob Harrington, New York Post
    “Get Used To It” was produced by The Glines at the Grove Street Playhouse and has been produced by many gay and gay-friendly theater companies.

        Two-act: 1 hr. 15 min.
        3-6 of any combination of M and F - or an all same-sex cast
  • Bruhs and Gean - music and lyrics by Tom Wilson Weinberg
    This original musical follows the 66-year love affair of Bruhs Mero and Gean Harwood through the Depression, World War II, the McCarthy era and the post-Stonewall years.
    Written with Gean’s cooperation and based on his book “The Oldest Gay Couple in America.” Bruhs died in 1995 at age 85, and Gean in 2006 at 97.
        One-act: 60 min. - simple, suggestive sets
        3M - 2 of whom “age” from 20-80s - 1 plays multiple roles
      Audio recordings include:
  • Gay Name Game
  • All-American Boy
  • Ten Percent Revue
  • Get Used To It
  • Don’t Mess With Mary.

    Edward Crosby Wells
      12023 East Harvard Ave., #14-204, Aurora, CO 80014
      303-750-5466; edd@edwardcrosbywells.com
      edwardcrosbywells.com

      Plays include:

  • 3 Guys in Drag Selling Their Stuff
    A comedy that features three drag queeens, Diva, Lillian, and Tink, who have a yard sale to raise funds for a Faberge egg in which they hope to place the ashes of Diva’s dead husband. The miscommunications of this misfit trio cause mayhem, during the course of which we meet an entire neighborhood of odd characters. A raucous, raunchy, pee-in your-pants, more than a laugh-a-minute play.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - minimal set
        3M: any ages
  • Leaving Tampa Roy sits with his lover in an airport restaurant on the way home from the funeral of Roy’s father. Roy is bitter about the childhood abuse he experienced from his father. Roy is the only one who can see the ghost of his father at a nearby table. Talking simultaneously with his lover and his father brings an unexpected, emotional climax.
        One-act, 45 Min. - minimal set
        3M: any ages
  • Pink Gin for the Blues
    Monologue for a mature drag queen. Trick, a sadder-but-wiser drag queen in her cups, sits at a bar where she pours her heart out about lost love, and lost innocence.
        One-act: 20 Min. - minimal set
        1M: any ages
  • The Moon Away
    Joe, a southern New Mexico photographer, grapples with his identity as a gay man. He has been wrongly accused of sexual contact with a minor. The story encompasses seven months of his life through dreams and flashbacks, taking us on a surreal journey through the nightmare world of his hostile environment, and of his inner-self. Based on a true story, this powerful and intense drama takes place during 1984-5.
        Two-act: 120 min. - one abstract set
        3M: any ages
        1F: any age
  • Thor’s Day
    A middle-aged insurance salesman, Philip, brings home a gorgeous young man, Buck, for an afternoon tryst. The (perhaps supernatural) Buck takes Philip on a breathtaking, life-altering journey into long-suppressed and hidden desires. Intelligent, erotic, powerful, provocative, and terrifying.
        One-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - one set
        2M: any ages
  • The Proctologist’s Daughter
    A wildly comedic send-up of the Hollywood noir of the 40s. Baroness Von Cobra, epitome of the “Dragon Lady,” works for the Third Reich. Otto Papschmier is her ever-faithful henchman, and Frau Schnapps, her deviously clever housekeeper. Dick Palmer is the cool secret agent for the Allied Secret Submarine Service (ASSS), and his girlfriend, Velma Lombard is a Woolworth’s saleslady and wannabe movie star. Rounding off the group is Adolph, the temperamental cobra. Gender-bending and designer body parts — courtesy of good, old-fashioned German engineering — add to the hilarity.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - one set
        2M: any ages
        3F: any ages
        1 gorilla: any age
        1 cobra: any age

    Michael Whistler
      212 East Sydney St, Philadelphia, PA 19119
      215-753-7040; mwhistler@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • The Faggot Museum: An evening of gay men who talk too much
    Monologues, objects and sounds comprise a gallery of faggots, representing a time and an attitude that existed before “queer,” “outing,” and the International Male Catalogue. The play displays the men that society stereotypes as faggots: from the hyper-dramatic musical comedy queen, to the effete collector of antique earthenware; from the opera buff, to the man who lives by affirmations. Each of these faggots comes out through humor, sympathy and honesty.
        Two-act: 1 hr. 30 min. - unit set
        2M: 30-45
  • phidias8
    During his late night journeys on the Web, Erik becomes “phidias8,” a keyboard chameleon who adapts his persona in response to the desires of the men he meets on line. With little effort and less thought, he changes several lives from the comfort of his home computer in this darkly comic look into the world of gay chat rooms on the Internet.
        Two-act: 2 ¼ hours
        4M: 30-Senior
  • Little Lamb
    Partners Denny, who is white, and Jose, who is Hispanic, want to be daddies and adopt an African-American baby girl. Their adoption agent, Cathy, receives an unexpected visit from the birth mother, which forces Cathy to choose between her progressive values, her African-American heritage, and her devout Christian beliefs.
    Recipient of 20/20 New Play Develpment Grant, InterAct Theatre Company, 2009.

        Two-act: 2 ¼ hours
        2M: one Hispanic and one white in 40s
        3F: African Americans in 20s, 40s, 50s


    Elizabeth Whitney
      melismo@msn.com
      elizabethwhitney.com
            Elizabeth is a solo performer and writer.

      Plays include:

  • Pop Culture Princess
    Campy characters, performance poetry, and personal narrative explore popular culture, adolescence, and compulsory heterosexuality.
        One-act
        1F

    Ted Williams
      4830 NE 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
      954-491-6122; teejis8@aol.com

      Plays include:

  • Milton’s Way
    Milton’s search for his identity — from 17-40 — mirrors the American urban gay experience of 1970s and 80s.
        Two-act: unit set
        7M: 1 teen, 2 20s, 4 30-40s
        1F: 50-60
  • And Moran Makes 3
    Three one-act plays which chronicle a gay couple, Matthew and Charles, negotiating the struggles of establishing a relationship, growing apart, and death; all of which their love survives.
        Three-act: one set
        6M
  • The Wisdom of Age
    The situation of Spencer’s sudden death, and the young lover who survives him, provoke three friends to evaluate their lives, dreams, and relationships.
        One-act: one set
        4M: 23, three in 50s
  • Measure My Measure
    Shakespeare’s exploration of hypocrisy reflects the hypocrisy of the Bush Administration. A young man must choose between his virture and his brother’s life. A modern day farce utilizing faux Shakespearean language.
        One-act: one set
        2M: 22, 30-40s (one can be either sex)

    Doric Wilson
      506 Ninth Ave., #3FN, New York, NY 10018
      212-563-2218; doricw@nyc.rr.com
      doricwilson.com
            Wilson (1939–2011) was involved in the development of gay
             theater since 1961, and was artistic director of TOSOS too in NYC. He received the
            Robert Chesley Award for Lifetime Contribution to Gay Theater in 1994.
            He conducted private and classroom workshops in playwrighting.
            All of Wilson’s plays are available for free download from his Web site.
                        Click here to see an obituary of his life and works: Doric Wilson: February 24, 1939–May 7, 2011

      Plays include:

  • A Perfect Relationship
    Romantic comedy. Roommates find their friendship, not to mention apartment, is up for grabs thanks to a trick with a penchant for plants and bedtime stories.
        Two-act: 2 hours - NYC apartment
        4M: 1 late 20s; 2 mid 30s; 1 any age
        1F: 30s-any age (Tour de force woman’s role)
  • Forever After
    Romantic satire. The transvestite muses of comedy and tragedy climb down from the proscenium to interrupt the happy forever after ending of a pair of hapless lovers.
        One-act: 1 hour - urban apartment
        4M: 2 mid 20s-mid 30s; 2 ageless transvestites
  • Now She Dances!
    Social satire. The characters from “The Importance of Being Earnest” act out “Salome” in a nightmare metaphor for trial of Oscar Wilde in a subtle scrutiny of homophobia.
        Two-act: 2 hours - bare stage on which an old-fashioned garden set is constructed
        4M: 1 late 20s; 1 mid 30s; 2 character
        3F: 1 late 20s; 1 mid 30s; 1 character
  • Street Theater
    Political satire. Drags, dykes, leather men, flower children, cruisers and vice cops on Christopher Street in the hours leading up to the Stonewall riot.
        Two-act: 2 hours - Christopher Street
        12M: 10 various; 2 street transvestites
        2F: 1 early 20s; 1 mid 30s
  • The West Street Gang
    Political satire. Patrons of a gay bar band together to protect themselves from a variety of fag bashers — from street punks to political opportunists (including Anita Bryant).
        Two-act: 2 hours - gay bar
        13M: 12 various; 1 transvestite
        1F: doubles

    G. William Zorn
      1520 West Sunnyside Ave., #2, Chicago, IL 60640
      773-841-2327; bzorn@yahoo.com
      freewebs.com/gwzorn

      Plays include:

  • Connecting
    Davis is in love with his best friend, Sam. But Davis isn’t Sam’s type, so he invents an internet persona to woo him in secret.
        One-act - unit set
        2M: 20s
        2F: any age
  • Sick Day
    After a night of drinking and debauchery, courtesy of their friend Peter, Will and Rob decide to call in sick. As we go through the day with them, we realize something is horribly wrong. It’s about the love the endures and the power of the human heart to heal itself.
        Two-act - unit set, three locales
        3M: 30s
  • Poetry
    An aspiring poet, forced to write porn to make a living, falls in and out of love with a male model.
        One-act - unit set
        2M: 20s
  • Life On Uranus
    What if Uranus was the opposite of Earth? A straight man comes out to his two dads.
        One-act - no set
        1M: teens-20s
  • Murray and Liz
    A struggling actor runs into the Queen of England in a movie theater.
        One-act - unit set
        3M: 30s
        1F: 60s
  • Straight Girls … Are A Fag’s Best Friend
    Will and Grace way before Will and Grace. The gay man/straight woman relationship gets turned on its ear, thanks to their neighbor, America’s oldest living stripper, Dory Plotkin.
        Two-act - unit set
        3M: 30s
        2F: 30s, 60s
  • Sins of the Father
    Retelling of the Jesus/Judas dynamic set in Death Valley. Will it have the same outcome? Or can Judas change the ending this time?
        One-act - unit set
        2M: 30s

If you would like your gay/lesbian feminist plays to be listed in this “Playwright Listings”
article, please send the following in a plain text e-mail to: Demian
Playwright’s data:

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For each play, include the following:

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