What Doesn’t Kill Us: A Ten-Minute Play

Time: New Year’s Eve, 2022

Place: downtown Cincinnati, OH

Set: the limited view of a hotel room represented by two adjacent chairs facing the audience. One chair holds the hotel’s festive welcome basket.

Synopsis: A young unmarried couple arrive at their hotel room to continue their New Year’s Eve celebration and end up making memories of the evening’s planned and unplanned surprises.

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Acts of Love


Anton: 22 years old at the start of the script. Ukrainian Jewish American.
A BA/MA student in Columbia University’s Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern
European Studies program. Boyfriend to Winston.

Winston: 23 years old at the start of the script. Taiwanese Indonesian American.
An interior designer in VOCI D’s Los Angeles location. Boyfriend to Anton.

Note from the script writer: Each quote at the beginning of every scene is from a poem in Carl Phillips’ poetry collection The Rest of Love.

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Pamela, Shamela, and Me: A modern take on Richardson’s Pamela and Fielding’s Shamela

Cast of Characters
MR. B., a wealthy local politician who has helped a lot of people in the area and has a sterling reputation; fortyish

PAM, a young woman who worked on Mr. B’s latest reelection campaign




PAM’S MOM (voice)

MARCHERs, four diverse women who join Pam’s protest march

Act I, Scene 1

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The Bard of Frogtown: A Play in One Act

One bedroom apartment in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.

MELVIN, 19, a part-time poet/ part-time window washer. He is wiry in build with mid-length dreads.

DEBRA, 25, homemaker/songwriter. She is slightly heavy set with unruly artist’s hair. This part requires singing and some guitar playing.

RICE STREET MAN, 22, looks haggard and worn. He has been dead for eight years, therefore, he is a ghost figure, functioning more for the audience than to interact with the cast.

(Curtain rises with MELVIN scratching away in a notebook. A kitchen table serving as his desk. He goes through a series of scribbling and scratch outs.)

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