Speed of lighT
Full Length, (4M, 3F)
While the System is being invaded by mindless alien beings, Mayra Ecazin, a brilliant physicist, has discovered the secret to traveling at the speed of light. The race to get the machine made, however, proves more difficult than anticipated. Suddenly, everyone is interested in Mayra and her achievements, but their intentions are, perhaps, less genuine. The clock is ticking, and all involved are working as fast as possible--but is it fast enough?
Full Length (1M, 4F)
A theatrical retelling of the little known Medusa origin story. Before she was one of the greatest mythical monsters of all time, Medusa was a kind, beautiful sea-nymph in Athena’s service. Unparalleled in both her beauty and devotion to the Gods, Medusa catches the eye of the charming but narcissistic Poseidon. Interested only in the passions of the spirit, and not the flesh, Medusa feels she has no choice but to reject the greedy God. She not only suffers violence at the hand of Poseidon, but also incites a deep seated jealousy in Athena, with horrific and disturbing consequences. Medusa Undone explores how rape culture reverberates through the ages, and calls attention to the great injustice suffered by female victims of abuse.
Fat Girls in Space
Full Length (3f, 2m)
Julie, an obese girl, finds herself thrown into a filthy trash dumpster after a wild party at her Boston apartment. Unfortunately, she is unable to climb out of the dumpster due to her size. Meanwhile, Luke, a neighbor from one of the nearby frat houses is witness to Julie's misfortune... but he seems suspiciously eager to help. Does Luke have an ulterior motive? Or is he actually interested in helping out of the kindness of his heart? As Julie and Luke's relationship continues to grow, her roommates warn her that Luke's interest is nothing but a sham, but why shouldn't Julie believe a cute boy would want to be with her? Maybe her roommates just jealous... or is there truth in their suspicion?
vicka and the visionaries
Full Length (3M, 3F)
On June 24th, 1981, six Bosnian teenagers claimed to see an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the small Croatian town of Medjugorje. However, unlike other supposed apparitions of the Virgin, these children continued to see her, each and every day, for more than 20 years. During the political upheaval in Yugoslavia in the early 1980’s, when religion of any kind was a dangerous undertaking, the visionaries Vicka, Marija and Jacov stood by their word, even as they were poked, prodded, and endlessly questioned by local and national officials. Are their visions real proof of the existence of God? But what exactly is proof, and how much of it is necessary in order for the interrogators to believe for themselves?
a house full of dust
Full Length (4M, 3F)
Set in rural Kansas in the early 20th century, the Cleves house is full of ghosts, both real and metaphoric. Abusive Ramsey forces his wife, Gretta, to take medication to make her stop talking to "herself". The medication, however, is making her gravely ill. Gretta, who is denied access to anything outside the household wait anxiously awaits the arrival of her beloved son RJ, who is studying to be a priest. RJ knows the truth; at least part of the truth. He has been sensitive to the apparition who calls herself Christine since childhood , but is unaware of the second ghostly force in the household, David, who has never revealed himself to any member of the family for unspoken reasons. As the hatred between RJ and Ramsey builds, David realizes his time to intervene has finally come. The family can no longer keep the ghosts of the past a bay, and the dust of the house slowly engulfs the family with dramatic consequences that alter the futures of each and every member of the household.
*This play is published through Heartland Plays. To purchase, please visit: www.heartlandplays.com*
Ten Minute (1M, 1F)
Rose was one of NASA's premiere engineers... until they fired 30,000 of their most talented employees in 2009. Now, Rose has been mysteriously called back into the office of her former boss, Roger Hunter, at Kepler Headquarters. Will Roger give Rose her old job back? Or is NASA planning something a bit more exciting than asking her to tinker with old shuttle parts for the rest of her life.
advanced programs system
One Act (2m, 1f)
Clara is the unassuming wife of Dr. Blake, an inventor from 17th century England. Walter is Dr. Blake’s creation—both robot and time machine in one! When Walter malfunctions, he and Clara are accidentally flung more than 20,000 years into the future, with no changes of a safe return. But Walter is not discouraged. He has a few tricks up his sleeve--and a few programs so advanced that even Clara won’t mind being so far from home!
Chloe needs help. Her SAT scores are low and she just can’t seem to get them up to where they need to be… but why should a single test dictate the rest of her life? Fortunately, Astrid just happens to run an operation that can help Chloe reach her goals, but when faced with the solution to her problem, will her honesty and morality get the better of her?
The Aurora Project
Full Length (3M, 2F)
The Aurora Project follows Constantine—a humanoid robot, or ‘intelligent design'--and Nora, a genetically enhanced female explorer, as they begin their voyage across the uncharted universe. When Nora unexpectedly contracts an incurable illness, Constantine decides to subject them both to the phenomenon of cryo-freeze. Thus, the pair begins a kind of chemical induced time warp, spanning millions of years as they wait for the universe to get smarter, and a cure to Nora’s illness to be found.
The Annunciation Play
Full Length (3M, 3F)
The Annunciation Play is a re-imagination of the well-known Bible story concerning Gabriel's great announcement to Mary of Nazareth. Forced to remain in the realm of men for the duration of her pregnancy, the play explores Gabriel's strange and otherworldly relationship with the Virgin. But, as the months pass by, Gabriel's concern for Mary becomes obsession, and causes deep jealousy in Mary's husband, Joseph. Despite this, Gabriel no longer cares to return home to the heavens--but only yearns to understand more about the complexity of the human world with each passing day.
Fat Actress/Ugly Model: And Other Destructive Labels for Women
Full Length (3f, 2m)
When ex-binger Daphne realizes she's put on a few pounds, her horror is only further perpetuated when she is offered a well-paying acting job as a fat character! Meanwhile, her friend Jess struggles with overcoming the emotional baggage of anorexia and a similar casting situation. Daphne must come face to face with the reality that she may never be the perfect ingenue. Will she choose to boost her career, and her pocket book, or denounce the commercially minded world all together?
Full Length (1M, 4F)
Paula, or “P”, is a 17 year old girl, already married, and dealing with a newly discovered pregnancy. As each of her friends find out about the big news, P has to deal with a host of passers through in her apartment, including her cruel hearted sister, Lizzy, her frienemy, Karen, and their 12 year old friend, Stanley Jean (who really just wants her ears pierced.) All four women are terrified of what will happen when Ronny , P’s abusive husband hears he's gonna be a daddy and comes knocking! His arrival, however, is anything but predictable... Is Ronny really all that bad a guy? Or has he been driven to his actions by the cruelty of the girls
Full Length (4M, 2F)
A retelling of the 9th century Germanic legend of the brilliant young woman who steals her brothers identity in order to follow a spiritual vocation in the Catholic Church. In Rome, Joan is hailed a genius. She climbs through the Vatican ranks, and rules over the Christian world for two years, making some of the most politically groundbreaking decisions of the era. Told through the eyes of her lover, a gentle hearted librarian, Pope Joan tells a story of absolution, legitimacy of purpose, and the importance of finding our own spiritual identities.
the girl in the washroom
One Act (2f, 1m)
Set in 1961 after an unfortunate event in a New York City alleyway, Daisy and Stanley decide to spend the evening recovering in a nearby hotel. The evening quickly becomes one of confessions and realizations as the two women discover that they’re situation is much more dire than they originally suspected. The women are forced to come face to face with the great failures in their lives, their constant state of unhappiness, and the still present social class structure of the United States in the early 1960s.
The Mighty Maisie
Full-Length (4f, 2m)
Something strange is happening to Maisie Clark—but instead of being afraid, she’s using her new power to protect close friends from their abusive partners. When a young woman named Penny stumbles onto Maisie’s porch after a difficult night at a local bar, Maisie’s powers not only come in handy to help, but also set off a chain reaction of events that will forever alter Maisie’s life, and the lives of her closest friends. The play raises the questions about the reductive views of women’s roles still within our current cultural climate and how, if at all, advocates can combat these views with support and advocacy.