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PLAYS

 

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT

Drama
4 F & 4 M; with doubling 6

Harrisson Morriss has Alzheimer’s disease, and Boats Against the Current shows how a modern family struggles to deal with this life-changing situation, with gentle humor, quiet fear, and an optimistic yet realistic outlook. The play takes place in the mind, memory, and reality of Harrisson—if Harrisson doesn’t experience it, it isn’t seen—as the Morriss family offers loving support and encouragement through a wedding, a midnight game of flashlight tag, and the celebration of events both large and small, traditional and personal. Boats Against the Current is a full-length play that runs about 90 minutes. Utilizing a single unit set, the briskly moving play flows easily from scene to scene.

Development History: 

• *August 2012 Production | Kentucky State Fair

• November 2012 Reading | Temple Adath Israel in Lexington, Kentucky

• May 2013 Reading | University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky

• *February 2018 Reading | Flashback Theatre in Somerset, Kentucky

• *July 2018 Workshop Production | Flashback Theatre in Somerset, Kentucky

• August 2018 Reading | Flashback Theatre in Somerset, Kentucky

• *February & March 2019 Premiere | in Flashback Theatre at Somerset, Kentucky

*The August 2012 Production was of "Three O’clock," a 10-minute play produced at the Kentucky State Fair was part of the Kentucky New Play Series. Afterward, the play was re-developed into a full-length play, "Boats Against the Current."

*The February 2018 Reading covered the first 10 pages of "Boats Against the Current."

*The July 2018 Workshop Production included five days of rehearsal and rewrites of "Boats Against the Current."

*The February & March 2019 Premiere included 8 non-equity performances of "Boats Against the Current," directed by Sommer Schoch.

Reviews: 

• Commonwealth Journal | Somerset, Kentucky

 

10-MINUTE PLAYS

STRAINED PEARS

Comedy
2 F (1 50's to 70's, 1 30's to 50's) & 1 M (60's to 80s)

When her husband, Herbert, becomes more focused on his phone than on her, Mildred uses a life-sized doll baby to get his attention.

Awards: 

• November 2020: Second place, Kentucky Theatre Association's Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest, 10-Minute division.

THERE IS NO WRIGLEY FIELD

Drama
1 F (late 20's to 40's) & 1 M (late 20's to 40's)

A couple's relationship is revealed to be troubled in the length of time it takes to bake dinner rolls.

Development History:

• March 2019 Performance | Short Play Festival Spotlight Theatre in Berea, Kentucky

• March 2011 Staged Reading | Mid-America Theatre Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota

 November 2010 Reading | UK Department of Theatre and Dance in Lexington, Kentucky

THREE O'CLOCK

Drama
2 F (1 60s, 1 40s) & 1 M (60's)

Though his wife, Eleanor, attempts to help him as he undergoes diagnostic testing for dementia Harrisson Morriss still struggles.

Development History: 

• *August 2012 Production | Kentucky State Fair

*The play premiered at the Kentucky State Fair in August 2012 as part of the Kentucky New Play Series. It was later incorporated into the play Boats Against the Current.

 

ONE-MINUTE PLAYS

SATAN'S SECOND CHANCE: A ONE MINUTE PLAY

Comedy
Traditional casting: 2 M; Nontraditional casting: any way you like

When Satan sees a descendant of Job, he asks God for a second chance.

 

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