1-2 Character Plays

ARCHIPELAGO by Caridad Svich

Cast Size: 1M 1W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

A love story. A memory play. A dream play. One person meets another across borders and languages, across time and space. A day in a lifetime.

A vaudeville-style comedy straight out of Saturday morning cartoons. This play has 18 characters and is intended to be performed by only 2 women. Captain Cobalt is an up-and-coming superhero trying to balance her heroic deeds with her secret identity, Cyanna Conda, the lowly pet store clerk. She battles everything from giant squid monsters to cheese-themed supervillains, encountering any number of bystanders (and a love interest) along the way. The final showdown, however, is with Captain Cobalt’s nemesis, the nefarious Dr. Killington, the mad scientist who insists that SHE is the hero of the story. Captain Cobalt et. al. encourage lots of audience interaction (cheering and booing especially) along the way. The set can be as stripped-down or elaborate as the production pleases, but the most important part…all the props are bananas. (Yes, actual literal bananas. The kind that pop when you throw them.)

  • CAST SIZE: 2W
  • RUNNING TIME: 90+ minutes
  • ROYALTY RATE: $75 per performance

FIVE SQUARE by Mark Ogle

Cast Size: 1M 1W
Running Time: under an hour
Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

Five Square takes place in a society where multiple personalities are considered normal. It is traditionally expected that each “human” will have developed into two diverse, separately-named individuals inside of them by adulthood. Each traditional relationship, therefore, is a merging and collaboration between four personalities. Five Square tells the story of a relationship between males, Victor and Steven, and females, Emily and Lenore. All of the personalities in Five Square are played by two performers.

FleshEating Tiger by Amy Tofte

FleshEatingTiger chronicles a tumultuous affair between a married woman and an alcoholic man, both performing artists. As they struggle to stage a play, their personal lives intertwine with the action of the play. The man struggles to maintain his sobriety while the woman becomes increasingly addicted to his affection. The action unravels in a whirlwind of fragmented scenes portrayed with varying degrees of realism, absurdism and symbolism. Intended to be every bit as fun and heartbreaking as a toxic relationship.

  • Cast Size: 1M 1W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

THE HOUND by Greg Oliver Bodine

Cast Size: 1-2M

Running Time: Under an Hour

Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

Midnight.  Late December, 1937.  Reed, a disgraced archeologist and aesthete, is running for his life.  Having stolen an ancient amulet from the fetid grave of a neglected Holland churchyard, he locks himself in the library of his London townhouse in order to evade the pursuit of some “malign being.”  In shocking detail, he recounts a gruesome testimony of unnatural occurrences surrounding the totem’s theft… and the appalling consequences for all who come to possess it.

INNOCENT THOUGHTS by William Missouri Downs

Cast Size: 2M
Running Time: 1 hr 40 minutes
Royalty: $60 per performance

Arlen Weinberg, a Jewish anthropologist, is called to be an expert witness in a murder trial. The accused: a white police officer. His alleged crime: murdering a black man twenty years ago and burying the bones in the dirt floor beneath his brownstone. When Arlen arrives, he is shocked to find the defense lawyer is black. Ira Altridge is that black lawyer and he is not having a good day. His first expert witness has suddenly resigned from the case giving him only one thin lunch hour to get his new anthropologist up to speed. Soon, the two men discover that they know each other, having both grown up in the same suburb of Chicago. Ira was a gang member who often preyed on Jewish boys, and Arlen was the perfect target. Soon, their childhoods, cultures, and convictions come into conflict. Arlen’s namby pamby liberalism drives Ira nuts, while Arlen begins to question if Ira’s true purpose is to defend his white client. 

KITTY AND LINA by Manuel Igrejas

Cast Size: 2W
Running Time: 90 minutes
Royalty: $60 per performance

Kitty takes the stage in a smashing red dress. She is having a “pretty” day and wants to share it with the audience. Kitty came to New York fueled by fantasies of a Manhattan created by Woody Allen. Her day job pays the rent but her evenings are reserved for The Inwood Merry Players, of which she is a charter member. She’s still finding her way in the big, grimy playground and sometimes, being a pretty girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Lina, a self-possessed woman in her later years, follows her. Lina is on the other end of Kitty’s ride. An immi-grant from Portugal, she escaped her arranged marriage and through pluck, luck and a little on the side, had a career in publishing in New York City. Now retired, she still loves New York but finds there are new challenges for women of a certain age. Two vibrant, intelligent women bare their souls directly to the audience. 

LINER NOTES by John Patrick Bray

Cast Size: 1M 1W
Running Time: 90 minutes
Royalty: $60 per performance

Alice, the daughter of a rock-and-roll legend, finds George, her father’s first guitarist and the one man noticeably absent from his funeral, in order to bring him to visit her father’s grave. Liner Notes reminds us that the past is only as amazing as the one who gets to write it down.

  • THE LOVE SONG OF SIDNEY J. STEIN by Brian C. Petti
  • Cast Size: 2M
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

The Love Song of Sidney J. Stein follows the relationship of Sidney, a 45-year-old man who works at an NYC half-way house, and Dennis, an 17-year-old streetwalker. Sidney is a snide, funny and guarded former prostitute who tries to set Dennis straight, despite Dennis’ immaturity and indoctrination into the street life. They begin tenuously living together, though Dennis is not quite willing to give up his past. Both end up bringing out something in the other that is revealing and unexpected. With humor and pathos, Love Song explores the struggle to truly connect with another human being, and the role one’s past has in dictating one’s future.

A MOVING EXPERIENCE by Ken Pruess

Cast Size: 1M 1W
Running Time: 45 minutes
Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

On the final night of spring semester, a newly-dating college couple meets in a dorm to prepare for a move. She is packing for a summer in Spain. He is trying to find out where things stand. Their rapid-paced banter tackles everything from Shakespearean quotes to sexy state capitals, from the rules of wishing to the perils of romance, from teddy bear voodoo dolls to the dreaded energy drink of death. As they fill up the boxes and open up about the relationship, their comical conversations, confrontations, and confessions explore past loves, present feelings, and future plans. 

My Dinner With Mary by Coni Koepfinger

Broadway veterans, Mary Ellen and Mary both have  had quite successful and satisfying careers. Now in their golden years, Mary invites Mary Ellen to dinner to question why they didn’t stay close. What caused them to become estranged for decades? Was it guilt from an illicit affair? Or envy that caused betrayal? After sorting through some cloudy memories, the truth comes out. Or does it? When they start sharing moment-to-moment intimacies, Mary proposes that they collaborate on a play about their lives to perhaps find the truth of their existence. Mary Ellen agrees and in the process of building their legacy project, their bonds begin to grow even stronger. Fact, fiction, fantasy and frustration all blend together in a bittersweet tale of trying to find meaning at this stage of their lives. What results is touching and totally unpredictable.

  • Cast Size: 2W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

NIGHT AND SILENCE by Bret Jones

Cast Size: 2M
Running Time: 1hr 45min
Royalty: $60 per performance

Night and Silence is the story of two professors who spend one evening battling over the ownership of art, literature, and death–all spurned by the discovery (by one of them) of Shakespeare’s missing play Love’s Labour’s Wonne. As the evening rolls onward, the stakes get higher and higher as violence erupts between the two–leaving only one left standing. 

One Time by Richard Lyons Conlon

Sometimes it takes a lifetime of stories to tell the story of a lifetime.

Sonia and Mason meet weekly to share stories from their individual lives. They tell each other just about everything – tales of unrequited love, an accidental shooting, posing in the nude, an abusive marriage, religious epiphanies, and nuns miniaturizing first-graders. Among many others. Tension mounts as each story reveals more about these two appealing individuals and the unexpected circumstances that led to their separation three decades before . . . and as Sonia begins missing their meetings without explanation. “One Time” uses humor to explore how social and religious constraints impact our most personal decisions . . . and how those decisions affect the lives of others and of ourselves. 

  • Cast Size: 1M 1F
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

PERFECT, MOTHER by Bradley Nies

Cast Size: 1M 1W
Running Time: 40 minutes
Royalty: $40 per performance 

Caroline Nobles in a single mother living in the small Texas town of Horsenettle with her eight year-old daughter. At first glance, we think Caroline to be the epitome of the perfect mother. As the story unfolds, however, we find that Caroline will do anything to keep her daughter happy…including blackmail, lying, causing personal injury, and even murder!

RED & SCOOTER by William Ludel

RED & SCOOTER is a Hollywood story of the meeting of a woman with a dream of stardom and an old timer who’s seen almost all of it and doesn’t care much anymore. RED, who is no longer in her 20’s, has come to Hollywood to escape Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She pays a visit to SCOOTER, a film director with little to do but drink and play with his electric trains. She’s got an audition the next day for a big television show and is desperate for help. SCOOTER thinks she’s cute, so despite his better judgment, he decides to give her a hand. They end up singing, dancing, performing magic, eating Chinese food, and falling in love…if only for a little while. When the night ends, RED goes off for her big chance and SCOOTER returns to his trains. It’s New Year’s Eve: December 31, 1949.

  • Cast Size: 1M 1W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate $75 per performance

SUNSET POINT by Arlene Hutton

  • Cast Size: 1M 1W
  • Running Time: 40 minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

Henson, an aging best-selling author with writer’s block wearily returns home after speaking at a conference, looking forward to quality time with Rachel, his much younger fiancé who has herself just arrived from taking care of her elderly mother. Rachel discovers a real estate contract has arrived; without asking her, Henson has bought back his old family home, in a restricted community. If the past represents a haven to one and anguish to another, can a couple find common ground in the present?

TRASH by Arthur M. Jolly

Cast Size: 2W
Running Time: 90 minutes
Royalty: $60 per performance

TRASH takes place entirely in a dump – a municipal landfill, where two estranged sisters have come to look for a letter from their mother. They’ve come from their mother’s funeral – the first time they’ve seen each other in years, and as they dig through the literal and metaphorical trash heap, they get further and further into their complicated relationship – and with the lives they led under the shadow of a domineering mother who still controls and influences them even after her death.

TYPE O NEGATIVE by Bret Jones

Cast Size: 2M

Running Time: 2 hrs

Royalty Rate: $60 per performance

Type O Negative is a mystery/thriller with two women vying for the affections of a philandering opera producer. When the producer’s ex-wife hires the new girlfriend for some secretarial work, it sets in motion a complicated web of deceit, betrayal, and revenge. With their passions for the same man driving them, the women devise dangerous schemes to eliminate the other from the love triangle. Who will survive their confrontation?

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER by Greg Oliver Bodine

  • Cast Size: 1W
  • Running Time: Under an Hour
  • Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

New England, 1891.  Jane, a sensitive and imaginative young woman, finds herself sequestered on a remote estate that her husband, a physician, has rented for the summer.  She is forbidden to write, and must hide her journal entries as she recuperates from what he has diagnosed as a “temporary nervous depression” following the birth of their baby.  Without anything or anyone to stimulate her, Jane becomes obsessed with the wallpaper in her bedroom as the effect of her domestic oppression and stifled creativity begins to take a toll on her sanity.

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