31 plays in 31 days

I’ve completed the 31 Plays in 31 Days project, which committed me to daily playwriting throughout the month of August, 2013. (Titles marked with an asterisk have been edited or rewritten since their original posting. For production inquiries, Contact Me).

Day 31: I’LL SEAT
Day 30: I KNOW *
Day 29: ALL ABOARD
Day 28: REHEARSING THE FOUR-THIRTY-THREE
Day 27: CLEAN-UP IN AISLE 8 *
Day 26: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE UNKIND
Day 25: DEEP SUBJECT
Day 24: TWO THUMBS UP, WAY UP
Day 23: WHAT HAPPENS HERE *
Day 22: DOUBLE-BLIND TASTE TEST
Day 21: FOR CRYING OUT LOUD IN SOUTH BELOIT *
Day 20: CASA BOW-WOW
Day 19: THE AIRBAG OF YOUR RESILIENCE
Day 18: CONJUGULAR VISIT
Day 17: ARROZ ES ARROZ ES ARROZ *
Day 16: WAITING ROOM
Day 15: TWO NICKS
Day 14: TO & FRO
Day 13: DELUXE CAB
Day 12: GANZFELD WALKS INTO A BAR
Day 11: ZUGZWANG
Day 10: A PIG’S LIFE
Day 9:   SECRETARY-OF-STATE BARBIE *
Day 8:   L’AFFAIRE EXOTIQUE *
Day 7:   KHRONICLES
Day 6:   COUNTING COUP
Day 5:   TAIL BETWEEN HIS LEGS *
Day 4:   CHIN MUSIC
Day 3:   FELLOW TRAVELERS
Day 2:   CHEF’S SPECIALS
Day 1:   BLASTER *

Is this seat taken

I’ve signed up for the 31 Plays in 31 Days project, committing myself to daily playwriting throughout the month of August. The project includes a pre-challenge warmup of 256-(alpha-numeric)-character plays. Here’s today’s play:

    MAN: Is this seat taken?
    WOMAN 1: (Looks him over, frowns) Yes.
    (Man leaves)
    WOMAN 2: No one’s sitting there. Why’d you send him away?
    W 1: These latecomers need to learn that we who came earlier get to decide.
    (Curtain rises on “Damned Yankees”)

What’ll it be

I’ve signed up for the 31 Plays in 31 Days project, committing myself to daily playwriting throughout the month of August. The project includes a pre-challenge warmup of 256-(alpha-numeric)-character plays. Here’s my play for July 30:

    BARKEEP: What’ll it be?
    PATRON 1: Wry. Make it a double.
    B: (Smirking) “Love makes the world go wrong.” “Jesus saves; Madoff promises triple-digit returns.”
    PATRON 2: I’ll have a white whine.
    B: (Querulous) “Why do I have to be in the minority?”

Up in smoke

I’ve signed up for the 31 Plays in 31 Days project, committing myself to daily playwriting throughout the month of August. The project includes a pre-challenge warmup of 256-(alpha-numeric)-character plays. Here’s today’s play:

    CLERK: What can I get you?
    GUY: Cigarettes. Carton of Marlboros. And a lottery ticket.
    C: Sure. You must be feeling lucky. The odds certainly aren’t in your favor.
    G: It’s a 40-million-dollar jackpot. Why not?
    C: I was referring to the smokes.

Gates of hell

I’ve signed up for the 31 Plays in 31 Days project, committing myself to daily playwriting throughout the month of August. The project includes a pre-challenge warmup of 256-(alpha-numeric)-character plays. Here’s the warmup play for July 28:

    GUY: Hey, are you that philanthropist?
    BILL: Yes.
    G: You know, you’ve caused a lot of misery.
    BILL: Oh?
    G: Yeah, the stress of using your shitty operating system. There’s a
    private room in hell for you, Mr. Gates. And it’s gonna have windows.

Major major

I’ve signed up for the 31 Plays in 31 Days project, committing myself to daily playwriting throughout the month of August. The project includes a five-day warmup of 256-(alpha-numeric)-character plays. Here’s today’s warmup play:

    STUDENT: It’s hopeless. I should never have declared double majors.
    FRIEND: So you have two final papers? Where are you with that?
    S: Stuck. For weeks now, nothing. I swear it’s like a medical condition.
    F: Oh, yeah, what?
    S: Impacted theses.

Afterwrath

I’ve signed up for the 31 Plays in 31 Days project, committing myself to daily playwriting throughout the month of August. The project includes a five-day warmup of 256-(alpha-numeric)-character plays. Here’s today’s warmup play:

    WIFE: Look at this! Just LOOK.
    COP: We’ll need an inventory.
    W: Of stuff I might not remember. Great.
    C: I don’t make the rules.
    W: And why’d they have to make such a mess?
    C: Choosy, I guess.
    W: Oh, and THIS necklace wasn’t good enough for them!

256 characters in search of…

I’ve signed up for the 31 Plays in 31 Days project, committing myself to daily playwriting throughout the month of August. The project includes a five-day warmup of daily 256-character plays (needless to say that’s 256 letters, spaces, etc.). Here’s my warmup play for July 25:

    EVE: Mmm. Try the one with the navel, Adam.
    ADAM: No thanks.
    E: Just a lick.
    A: I said no, Evie.
    E: Sweet and juicy.
    A: No!
    E: What’s with you lately?
    A: I just don’t want more trouble. It’s bad enough.
    E: But you’re comparing oranges to apples!