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WE ARE NOT WELL 

The MS SeaFoam, a failing American cruise ship conglomerate, calls on an Avant-garde theatre director to adapt Ionesco's The Chairs to premiere on board as they launch a new route through The Bahamas. 

*2019 Clifford Odets Commission (Lee Strasberg Institute Theatre + Film)

*sample from the musical finale 'The Welcome Aboard Show' lyrics by Trish Harnetiaux + Riley Thomas / music by Riley Thomas / performed by Lee Strasberg 2019 students

TIN CAT SHOES 

Blessed with the can-do American spirit, a troop of dedicated shoe store workers embark on a madcap odyssey of personal (employer-mandated) expansion. But when "work is your life" and systems breakdown, all that remains is you, some nachos, and the truth.  

*Publication forthcoming by Samuel French

AND SO I DID. 

A play about David Mamet writing a play about Harvey Weinstein. 

 BENDER AND BRIAN 

Not many know the true story of Bender and Brian. Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall were not the first actors cast in John Hughes' iconic movie The Breakfast Club. Initially, two other actors played the roles, but were fired after an altercation that occurred while filming the scene when they go to take their jackets off at the same time. This pivotal day was, well, pivotal for our original Bender and Brian, as they went on to live their lives together. This is their story.

WEREN'T YOU IN MY SCIENCE CLASS?

Remember when you ran into Irene Cunningham? Yeah, from high school. So funny seeing her at the bank all these years later... and during a robbery (what are the odds!). A play about how big things can lurk beneath small talk and how totally awful friendship is when you forget to be friends. Because, let's face it - the past isn't always pretty.

HOW TO GET INTO BUILDINGS

Roger and Lucy meet at a convention. Daphne and Nick break down at a diner. Ethan continues to read compulsively from his new book, The Car Accident. As the Doctor/Waiters spin around us (not to mention the Old Woman on the phone with Lucy) it's soon apparent that reality is slippery, time is shifting, and we join our characters struggle with their own discovery about love, opportunity, and a desire to pause with trepidation as they try to articulate who and what they actually love.

Find the play here.

 
WELCOME TO THE WHITE ROOM

Lost and confused, a trio of strangers attempt to make sense of the escalating mystery behind their surroundings with only their instincts, wit, and sexuality. Escape is futile and Deep Learning is here - Welcome to the White Room. 

Find the play here.

IF YOU CAN GET TO BUFFALO

Few know that way back in the day, 1993 to be exact, a text-based social network "mansion" called LambdaMOO was hijacked by a "Mr. Bungle," who singlehandedly detonated the new world utopia by misbehaving most grievously at a virtual party. Somewhat based on the real story of the first instance of virtual rape, the attempt to deal with the perpetrator and the awkward Charlie Rose episode that followed, Mr. Bungle and the Incident at LambdaMOO explores our fascination with hiding behind a keyboard, the impulse to be bad, and the anonymity that made it all possible.

Find the play here.
STRAIGHT ON TIL MORNING

Straight On Til Morning captures the recklessness of youth, unrequited love, best friends, fierce enemies, loyalty, and commitment as it provocatively deconstructs one young man's zest for life while battling his past, his present, and - god forbid - his future. The play draws inspiration from the life of J. M. Barrie and his fictitious Peter Pan with the life a troubled, modern-day Brooklynite and the youth culture that surrounds him.

Find the play here.
YOUR PRETTY LITTLE WORLD
Adapted from Shirley Jackson's The Bird's Nest

Elizabeth Richmond is led, after a series of disquieting events, to a psychiatrist who discovers that her mind is divided among, and tortured by, four separate and strong-willed personalities. Hers is a story of survival, a young woman's journey into the different parts of her true self - the innocent, the provocateur, the injured, the playful. It's a story of questions - How did her mother die? What is it that Aunt Morgen wants? In whose interest is Dr. Wright's treatment? Can Elizabeth control her personality shifts? What really happened in New York and who in the hell was robin? This is suspenseful and unnerving - a slanted, shifting reality, that places the audience in the center of the swirling kaleidoscope.

 
 
INSIDE A BIGGER BOX

Meet Maud. She is searching for something. For anything. For a... a sign? Inside A Bigger Box peels back the bizarre layers of her reality - which include: a husband obsessed with launching an office art show based on Post-Its®; a sister compulsively reading a romance novel; and her own dangerous fascination with Twinkies. Steeped in black humor, this play narrates Maud's need to escape her stale and shrinking world. 

**This play is no longer available to the world. The author wishes to acknowledge its existence, but would rather focus -ahem- on newer material**

 
THAT LITTLE HAND ON YOUR FACE
Based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark

Aylmer is a mad scientist with a drive toward perfection. His wife, Georgiana, is a great beauty that possesses a small blemish on her cheek - a reddish crimson mark in the shape of a hand. Aminadab is the faithful assistant with an unrequited love for his mater's wife. But Georgiana's birthmark has worn Aylmer down, torturing him upon sight, and he becomes obsessed with its removal, but at what cost?

**This play is no longer available to the world. The author wishes to acknowledge its existence, but would rather focus -ahem- on newer material**

ONE ACT PLAYS

OH, HOW HE LOVED BAKLAVA 

Maria's TED talk is interrupted by Maria as she expertly shares her most intimate expert insights into the power of love.  

 
 
I AM EXCEEDINGLY FOND OF WELSH RABBIT 

Based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story, Some Words With A Mummy

The night they have been waiting for has finally arrived - Ponnonner has received permission to open the mummy. The celebrating begins at first word of the news, Brown Stouts all around! but what would you do if a 4,000 year-old mummy woke up and asked for a phone? Have a Brown Stout I bet...

 
A GOPHER IN THE NINTH WARD 

They arrive in the Ninth Ward after a long drive from Texas. A woman comes to find the perfect place to photograph her stuffed gopher. She can only hope to win the office pool, and she's not about to let her humanity-stricken-silent-screaming husband, Frank, deter her.

 
 
DEVON AND JOSH ARE NEWS ANCHORS: THE DEATH OF JEREMY JEREMYSON 

The Devon and Josh are, well, new anchors. On the virgin broadcast of their new show, Try This On, they naively attempt to bring fashion of The Suicide Bomber into the public eye. But their tru motive has nothing to do with fashion, and everything to do with their producer, Jeremy Jeremyson. 

 
 
THE DORSAL STRIATUM 

Jack with two arms has been jilted. Jack with one arm has only one arm. In a brilliant attempt to make history, thus achieving notoriety and winning back the heart of his lost love, the Jacks spin fantasies of revenge - stimulating the area of the brain known as the Dorsal Striatum, attempting to harness the power and turn it into electricity. Jack with one arm leads the way, or does he...

 
I SWALLOWED A TRIANGLE 

A short mysterious play wherein Cassiopeia has swallowed a triangle and only 911 can help. Or, wait, what's going on?

 
 
THE DRILL 

Life can be dull just waiting around between disasters. A couple of adrenaline junkies wonder if they'll ever feel the secret thrill of near-death again and get their fix in a furious sprint through an imagination-made disaster. Is inducing terror the only way to feel alive? Are we getting off on plans to get out? 

Welcome Aboard Finale
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