Plays

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The Last Viking

A Staged Reading (a script-in-hand performance) Of a Play By Duke Ryan In the early 12th century when European monasteries could hold huge territories protected with large armies, a churchman and a pirate plot to seize a small, quiet abbey...
the half smoke

The Half Smoke

A play about love and its torments. It is a half-hour of six interconnected monologues showing five characters struggling with one of life’s most basic emotions. “If you think sex is complicated, love puts it in the shade.” That’s how...
Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Welcome Home is a short comedy about a young woman graduate student who ends up with a baby before a degree. No daddy in sight. What to do? Hey, how about Gramps (always a soft target)? If not, how about...

Madam Ambassador

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Through Blood to Green Pastures

Through Blood to Green Pastures

This full-length play explores the difficulties of containing violence. Focusing on a young Irish pacifist and a British Army captain in the late 1970s, it tells the story of two sides struggling for justice as they see it, and both trying to do what they believe is the Lord’s work....

Cyrano

This is a musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, which is set in 1930s gangster mode in an unnamed American city—think Chicago. The image here of Cyrano comes from the Cambridge program. History: I was asked by Griff Rhys-Jones,...

The R-B Affair

The R-B Affair is a light-hearted, one-act comedy focused on the grandiose dreams of an American ambassador posted to a developing country who aspires to be as renowned as George Kennan or Henry Kissinger. He intends to demonstrate a history-making...
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The Director

The lead, William, is a boy 81/2 who throughout the play fantasizes about all the great questions—life, war, love, sex—while his mother, off-stage, calls to him impatiently to get dressed so they can go out. During the piece, his fantasies are...

Swedes on the Danube

This is a highly-stylized play that focuses on four nuns in an Austrian convent during the Thirty Years War of the 17th century, although audiences need not know any of the history to understand the play perfectly. The women assume...

The Death of Big Momma

A sniper kills people he does not know but not at random. He is very selective, believing that he is an artist, a reformer, and a crusading terrorist. He is clear about his art but not his motives, especially about...

Xingu

This is a comedy about a young British Foreign Service officer (although he could easily be American) who decides to give up his career and live with the aboriginal people deep in the Xingu (pronounced shing-GOO) region of Brazil. There...

Remember Nora?

A 10-minute sequel to Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” the play opens with Nora shouting “Torvald, I’m back!” She has taken a course in assertiveness in New York. Meanwhile, Torvald is in bed with Christine, who mistakenly thinks he got a...

Atoning for Joan

The play presumes that the two characters are America’s first two women fighter pilots to go into combat and that this is their first combat mission. It explores certain issues for women in war, in this case whether the true...