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Monologues

Dramatic Comedy

Looking for the perfect monologue? Actor's Choice: Monologues for Teens is here to help. From hilarious comedy to cutting-edge drama and everything in between, an exciting selection of monologues is at your fingertips. Unlike other monologue books, the source of every monologue is easily accessible -- each play is available through one website (www.playscripts.com), where you can read nearly the entire published script online for free. From classwork to competitions to auditions, this book has you covered!
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Matthew Freeman

Matthew Freeman

Matthew Freeman's plays have been seen on stages throughout New York City: at the Access Theater, The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; HERE Arts Center; The Metropolitan Playhouse, Fourth Street Theater and at the Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark’s Church. His work has been published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, the New York Theatre Experience and Playscripts, Inc. His plays include ... view full profile

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Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. The play had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons and its Chicago premiere at Writers Theatre after premiering at the Mark Taper Forum/CTG in Los Angeles. His play Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and went on to productions at American Conservatory Theatre and ... view full profile

Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeckis a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts at the Music Box Theatre; Seminar at the Golden Theatre; Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates, The Butterfly ... view full profile

Adam Bock

Adam Bock

Adam Bock’s plays include Phaedra (Shotgun Players), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination), book for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, with music by Todd Almond (Yale Rep), The Flowers (About Face Theatre), The Receptionist (MTC, 2008 Outer Critics nomination, Best Plays of 2007-2008, The Evidence Room with Megan Mullally), The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons, 2008 Outer ... view full profile

Sheila Callaghan

Sheila Callaghan

Sheila Callaghan's plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizons, Yale Rep, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the ... view full profile

Eric Coble

Eric Coble

People find this hard to believe, but Eric Coble was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado, playing with rocks, sticks, seeing 1940′s serials at the movie theatre thirty miles away, and wandering the desert with his friends trying to avoid cactus until he was 15 years old.Much of that time was spent writing/drawing comics and rigging ... view full profile

William Missouri  Downs

William Missouri Downs

www.williammissouridowns.com/   William Missouri Downs has won two Rolling Premieres from the National New Play Network (The Exit Interview and Women Playing Hamlet). He has also won numerous playwriting awards, twice been a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill and published four books on the art of theatre including Naked Playwriting a popular guide to writing plays and Screenplay: Writing the ... view full profile

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Tom Dudzick

Tom Dudzick

Tom Dudzick had his first play, Greetings! produced off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre, starring Darren McGavin; it is now a holiday favorite all across the country. Mr. Dudzick went on to write a comedic semi-autobiographical series of plays about growing up Catholic in Buffalo called the Over the Tavern Trilogy, which has been one of the biggest grass roots successes in American regional ... view full profile

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Allison Moore

Allison Moore

Allison Moore is a displaced Texan based in Minneapolis. Her play, Slasher, premiered at the 2009 Humana Festival and has been produced at theaters around the country. Other plays include: My Antonia (2010 Illusion Theater), End Times (Kitchen Dog Theater), American Klepto (2006 Illusion Theater), Hazard County (2005 Humana Festival), Split (2005 Guthrie Theater commission), Urgent Fury (2003 ... view full profile

Jon Jory

Jon Jory

Jon Jory. As the Producing Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Jon Jory directed over 125 plays and produced over 1,000 during his 32-year tenure. He conceived the internationally lauded Humana Festival of New American Plays, the SHORTS Festival, and the Brown-Forman Classics-in-Context Festival. He was also the Artistic Founding Director of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, and ... view full profile

Kirsten Greenidge

Kirsten Greenidge

Kirsten Greenidge has had commissions from Magic Theatre, McCarter Theatre and Guthrie Theatre. Her play Sans-Culottes in the Promised Land was produced at the 2004 Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. The play has also been at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Madison Repertory Theatre’s Fall Festival of the Future, and Playtime Writer’s Retreat at New Dramatists. Other presentations ... view full profile

Jesse Kellerman

Jesse Kellerman

Jesse Kellerman received his BA in psychology from Harvard University and a Master's of Fine Arts in playwriting from Brandeis University. His plays have won several awards, including the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Prize for Best New Play (Fafrotskies, 2003), the Princess Grace Foundation Award (Things Beyond Our Control, 2003), and the Best of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Very, Very Small Things ... view full profile

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Jeffrey Sweet

Jeffrey Sweet. Though produced on stages around the world, Jeffrey Sweet is most closely associated with Chicago theater. He has premiered plays at the Victory Gardens Theatre since the late seventies and is a member of its Playwrights Ensemble. Among his plays are Flyovers (Joseph Jefferson Award, best script), The Action Against Sol Schumann and American Enterprise (both American Theatre Critics ... view full profile

David Riedy

David Riedy

David Riedy's plays have been seen all over New York City, most recently at The Neighborhood Playhouse in theAtrainplays and The Staten Island Ferry Plays, of which he is Head Writer. As a founding member of The Lexington Group, Mr. Riedy directed and was Head Writer of The Ballad of Larry the Flyer, which enjoyed critically acclaimed runs at the 2001 Piccolo Spoleto Festival and the 2001 New York ... view full profile

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Elaine Romero

Elaine Romero

Elaine Romero’s plays (Barrio Hollywood, iCuranderas! Serpents of the Clouds, Walk into the Sea, Something Rare and Wonderful, Alicia, Undocumented, Secret Things, The Fat-Free Chicana and the Snow Cap Queen, Undercurrents, Day of Our Dead, If Susan Smith Could Talk) have been developed and produced at such theatres as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Playwrights’ ... view full profile

Kathleen Tolan

Kathleen Tolan

Kathleen Tolan worked for years as an actor. Her plays includeA Weekend Near Madison, Kate's Diary, Approximating Mother, A Girl's Life and The Wax. They have been produced in regional theatres (including Trinity Repertory Theatre and the Actors Theatre of Louisville), in New York (including Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre and the Women's Project) and in Europe. She has received various ... view full profile

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Mac Wellman

Mac Wellman

Mac Wellman's recent work includes Muazzez at The Chocolate Factory as part of the 2014 PS 122 COIL Festival; 3 2's; or AFAR at Dixon Place in October 2011. His books of poetry include Miniature (2002), Strange Elegies (2006), Split the Stick (2012) from Roof Books, and Left Glove (2011), from Solid Objects Press. His novel Linda Perdido won the 2011 FC2 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Innovative ... view full profile

Rich Orloff

Rich Orloff

Rich Orloff is the author of a dozen award-winning full-length comedies, three comic revues, oodles of short plays (60 of which have been published by Playscripts, Inc. in eight collections), and the documentary-style play Vietnam 101: The War on Campus, which has had over 30 productions at theaters and schools around the country. His two-person comedy Romantic Fools has had 60 productions around ... view full profile

Jeffrey Hatcher

Jeffrey Hatcher

Jeffrey Hatcher. Broadway: Never Gonna Dance (book). Off-Broadway: Three Viewings and A Picasso at Manhattan Theatre Club; Scotland Road and The Turn of the Screw at Primary Stages; Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom) at The Minetta Lane; Murder by Poe, The Turn of the Screw, and The Spy at The Acting Company; Neddy at American Place; and Fellow Travelers at Manhattan Punchline. Other ... view full profile

James Christy

James Christy's full-length play Never Tell was produced by Broken Watch Theatre Company in August 2006, starring Drama Desk nominee Mark Setlock. The play's premiere at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival had an extended, sold-out run. Its Los Angeles premiere in May 2005 at Elephant Stageworks also had an extended run. He was the co-winner of the 2001 Heideman Award for Creep, ... view full profile

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Craig Wright

Craig Wright

Craig Wright. Recent productions: Mistakes Were Made at A Red Orchid Theatre, Hartford Stage and the Barrow Street Theater; Blind at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; The Gray Sisters at Third Rail Rep; The Unseen at Actors Theater of Louisville and upcoming at Stages Rep with Lady, which was commissioned by and received its world premiere from the Northlight Theatre and was subsequently produced ... view full profile

Bill Corbett

Bill Corbett

Bill Corbett's play The Stuff of Dreams recently toured the country, produced by the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. His play The Big Slam has been produced at numerous theaters across the U.S., including Woolly Mammoth in Washington, D.C.; ACT in Seattle; and actor Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan.For four years Mr. Corbett was a writer for Mystery Science Theater 3000 on ... view full profile

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David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang’s plays include M. Butterfly (1988 Tony Award, 1989 Pulitzer Finalist), Golden Child (1998 Tony nomination, 1997 OBIE Award), Yellow Face (2008 OBIE Award, 2008 Pulitzer Finalist), Fob (1981 OBIE Award), The Dance And The Railroad (1982 Drama Desk nomination), Family Devotions (1982 Drama Desk Nomination), and Bondage. He wrote the books for the Broadway musicals Elton John and ... view full profile

J.T. Rogers

J.T. Rogers

J.T. Rogers is the author of The Overwhelming, Madagascar, White People, and Murmuring in a Dead Tongue. His works have been produced in London by the National Theatre; the Tricycle Theatre, where he was one of the 2010 Oliver Award-nominated writers of The Great Game; Theatre 503; and have toured the UK with Out of Joint and been heard on BBC radio. In New York City his plays have been seen at ... view full profile

Paul Grellong

Paul Grellong

Paul Grellong studied playwriting at Brown University. His play Manuscript opened at the Daryl Roth Theatre (New York City) in June 2005. His play Warfare was part of the inaugural season of Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep (Providence, RI) in July 2005; Power of Sail appeared there in June 2006. Radio Free Emerson (Winner: 2008 Elliot Norton Award from the Boston Theater Critics Association for ... view full profile

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Quincy Long

Quincy Long's The Only Child, a musical play for families, was produced by South Coast Repertory Theater in June 2008. The Only Child was commissioned by SCR, and was the first such commission produced by the theater. People Be Heard, a play with songs, was produced in 2004 by Playwrights Horizons and published by Dramatists Play Service. Mr. Long recently completed the book for Horse Opera, a ... view full profile

Rinne Groff

Rinne Groff

Rinne Groff is a playwright and performer. Her plays, including Jimmy Carter was a Democrat, Orange Lemon Egg Canary, Inky, The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem, and The Ruby Sunrise, have been produced by the Public Theater, Trinity Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PS122, Target Margin, Clubbed Thumb, and Andy's Summer Playhouse, among others. Ms. Groff is a founding member of Elevator Repair ... view full profile

Stephen Belber

Stephen Belber's plays include Geomtery of Fire, (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Fault Lines, (Naked Angels/Cherry Lane); A Small, Melodramatic Story, (LAByrinth Theater Company); McReele, (Roundabout); Match, (Broadway, Tony nomination for Frank Langella); Tape, (Naked Angels, NYC/LA/London); The Laramie Project, (Associate Writer); Carol Mulroney, (Huntington Theater); One Million Butterflies ... view full profile

Tanya Barfield

Tanya Barfield's plays include: Of Equal Measure (Center Theatre Group), Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Repertory; Seattle Repertory, Berkeley Repertory and additional theaters), Dent, The Quick, The Houdini Act and 121 Degrees WEST. She wrote the book for the Theatreworks/USA children's musical: Civil War: The First Black Regiment. Ms. Barfield was a recipient of the 2003 Helen ... view full profile

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Carson Kreitzer

Carson Kreitzer

Carson Kreitzer's The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer won the Lois and Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize, the American Theatre Critics' Steinberg New Play Citation, the Barrie Stavis Award, and is published in Smith and Kraus' New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2004 and by Dramatic Publishing. Self Defense, or death of some salesmen has been produced in Providence, Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, ... view full profile

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Kira Obolensky

Kira Obolensky

Kira Obolensky's plays include Hate Mail, written with Bill Corbett; Lobster Alice (Jungle Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Stages Theater); and The Adventures of Herculina (Next Theater, Frank Theater). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as the Kesselring Prize (for Lobster Alice). New work in progress includes Quicksilver (produced in 2003) and A Modern Home. A graduate of ... view full profile

Lucinda McDermott

Lucinda McDermott

Lucinda McDermott is the author of over a dozen produced and published plays including Feeding On Mulberry Leaves which had its world premiere at Barter Theatre (winner of the Appalachian Playwrights Festival 2005), and which has been produced at a number of regional and community theatres and universities. O'Keeffe!, her critically acclaimed one-woman play celebrating the life of artist Georgia ... view full profile

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Naomi Iizuka

Naomi Iizuka

Naomi Iizuka's most recent play, 17 Reasons (Why), was produced at Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts and published by Stage and Screen in the anthology Breaking Ground: Adventurous Plays By Adventurous Theatres, edited by Kent Nicholson. Her other plays include 36 Views; Polaroid Stories; Language of Angels; War of the Worlds (written in collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company); ... view full profile

Seth Kramer

Seth Kramer

Since moving to New York City over ten years ago, Seth Kramer has been honored to receive such playwriting awards as the George R. Kernodle Award, the Kennedy Center's Award for Playwriting Excellence, the New York Thespian Award, and the Iowa Writers Alliance Prize; he has also been a three-time finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award. In 1999, Mr. Kramer was one of three ... view full profile

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Werner Trieschmann

Werner Trieschmann's numerous plays -- including Dog Star, Wrought Iron, and Killers -- have been staged by Moving Arts in Los Angeles, Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, The New Theatre in Boston, Mobtown Players in Baltimore, and Red Octopus Productions in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Trieschmann was a resident at the Mount Sequoyah New Play Retreat in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His play Lawn ... view full profile

Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander is the author of 29 plays, including Servant of the People, I Ain't Yo' Uncle, A Preface to the Alien Garden, and The Last Orbit of Billy Mars. His plays have been produced by Trinity Rep, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Mark Taper Forum, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Hartford Stage, San Diego Repertory Company, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Actors ... view full profile

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Keith Aisner

Keith Aisner

Though he has been involved with theater for the past few years as an actor, Asylum is Keith Aisner's first play. He currently lives on a small island in Maine with his wife and son. He has recently completed writing a book called Unopened Book. view full profile

Cathy Caplan

Cathy Caplan's plays include Lapis Blue Blood Red, about the 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, and Silver Nitrate, which recreates photographs from 1930s Berlin. She received a new play commission from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture for Silver Nitrate. She co-authored hair, blood, vinyl with Rinde Eckert and the Juggernaut Theatre ... view full profile

Christopher Cartmill

Christopher Cartmill

Christopher Cartmill received a B.A. in Chinese and East Asian Studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Virginia. He also did graduate work in Chinese at Fu Ren University in Taipei, R.O.C., and was accepted to the Royal Scottish Academy for Dramatic Arts in Glasgow. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity ... view full profile

Erin Detrick

Erin Detrick has served as dramaturg and assistant-dramaturg on a wide range of projects during literary internships at New Dramatists, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Freelance dramaturgy credits include The Glass Menagerie at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and A Bright Room Called Day at the Cleveland Public Theatre, as well as a variety of workshop ... view full profile

Stephanie Fleischmann

Stephanie Fleischmann

Stephanie Fleischmann is a playwright and librettist/lyricist whose texts serve as blueprints for intricate three-dimensional sonic and visual worlds. Her works have been developed and performed internationally and across the U.S. and include: Red Fly/Blue Bottle, with music by Christina Campanella (Latitude 14: HERE Arts Center; Noorderzon Festival, NL; EMPAC), Tinder (Exit Festival, Creteil, ... view full profile

Thomas Gibbons

Thomas Gibbons

Thomas Gibbons is playwright-in-residence at InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, which has produced eight of his plays: Pretending to America, 6221, Axis Sally, Black Russian, Bee-luther-hatchee, Permanent Collection, A House With No Walls, and Silverhill. His plays have been seen at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, off-off-Broadway at Blue Heron Theatre, ... view full profile

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Steven Gridley

Steven Gridley

After moving to New York in 2000, Steven Gridley formed up with Spring Theatreworks and began writing and directing for the company. Spring developed his plays Albatross at Sea, Echo's Longing and Sun, Stand Thou Still. Echo's Longing won the Nancy Weil New Play search in 2003 and Sun, Stand Thou Still was selected for publication in Plays and Playwrights 2004 anthology. Other published works ... view full profile

J. Holtham

J. Holtham plays include: January 2nd, Creative Writing, Lovers to Bed, 11th Hour, Race Music, Household Name, Splendid, and Daylight Savings (What Happens Now). His work has been seen and developed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (Posterity, Thicker Than Water 2001), BE Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Magic Theatre (San Francisco), Clubbed Thumb, the Vital Theatre, New Dramatists, ... view full profile

Lew Holton

Lew Holton

Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Lew Holton lived for a number of years in Brooklyn, but recently moved to the seaside community of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, where he continues to write and to teach part-time at Coastal Carolina University. His plays -- including Hand Jive, The Rapid Decline of Billy Ray Bouton, Gauguin Painting Paradise, Tomato Sandwich Simple, The Early Miracle, ... view full profile

Robert Kerr

Robert Kerr's produced plays include The End of the Road (The Juilliard School; also finalist for the Abingdon Theater's Christopher Brian Wolk Award), The Potato Creek Chair of Death (Ensemble Studio Theatre, published by Playscripts Inc.), The Sticky-Fingered Fiancé (with composer Mat Eisenstein, Raw Impressions Musical Theatre and Bedlam Theatre) and To Whom (Brick Theater, Brooklyn). His play ... view full profile

Richard Kramer

Richard Kramer

Richard Kramer grew up in New York, was educated at Yale College, and began his career writing for The New Yorker. While working as a singles host on a cruise ship he wrote, from ignorance and passion, a script for the TV series Family, sent it to the producers, and a year later learned they wanted to buy it and bring him to California; had this not happened Theater District might be his tenth ... view full profile

Cybele May

Cybele May's most recent collection of one-act plays, The Parking Lot Plays, was produced at Theatre/Theater in Hollywood and was heralded by the Los Angeles Times in 2003 as "A refreshing authorial voice ... an epic survivor's monologue recalling Jean Cocteau ... a sardonic attack worthy of Shirley Jackson ... industry headhunters should scope out the inhabitants therein." Her one-acts have been ... view full profile

Robert Myers

Robert Myers

Robert Myers (www.robert-myers.com) is the author of more than a dozen stage plays, many of which deal with history and politics. His works include Atwater: Fixin' to Die, about George H. W. Bush's principal political advisor, Lee Atwater; The Lynching of Leo Frank (winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, 1998-99), based on the case of a Jewish engineer from Brooklyn accused of ... view full profile

Peter Papadopoulos

Peter Papadopoulos

The plays of Peter Papadopoulos have been produced and published in the United States, Australia, and China. The works are part of a movement known as "Mojo Theatre," which blends strong socio-political themes, expressionism, absurdism, and epic staging into a thought-provoking theatricality that aims to merge the raw power of Oedipus Rex with the raucous wit of Saturday Night Live.His short ... view full profile

Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is a playwright, novelist and journalist. Her plays include Carson McCullers (2002) and Manic Flight Reaction (2005), both produced at Playwrights Horizons, and the theatrical adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer's Enemies, A Love Story. She has written the novels The Child (2007), Shimmer (1998), Rat Bohemia (1995), Empathy (1992), People in Trouble (1990), After Delores (1988), ... view full profile

Edward Seymour

Edward Seymour

Edward Seymour's admiration for Goethe's Iphigenia began at Oxford in the 1960s. He has been a translator at the European Parliament in Luxembourg since 1977, dividing his leisure time between music and the theatre. view full profile

Alexander Thomas

Alexander Thomas was born and raised in Albany, New York. He studied acting at New York City studios such as the Stella Adler Studio and others. He originated his solo play Throw Pitchfork at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California, and premiered it Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2002. Later that same year the play premiered regionally in upstate New York at The ... view full profile

Bill Warnock

Bill Warnock was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on April 25, 1934, and came out to Perth, Western Australia with his parents in May of 1948. After a very successful career in advertising, a kidney transplant in 1975 triggered him to abandon the business and return to his childhood ambition of being a writer. He wrote poetry, six novels (three published), short stories, plays and screenplays. His play, ... view full profile

Jeanmarie Williams

Jeanmarie Williams (a.k.a. Jeanmarie Higgins) holds an MFA in playwriting from the University of Virginia and a PhD in theatre history from the University of Washington. Productions of her work include: Slide Show for the Virtual Performance Factory at UNC-Chapel Hill; Vanishing Marion at StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance in Chapel Hill, NC; Science Fair for PS/NBC at HERE Arts ... view full profile

Sheri Wilner

Sheri Wilner's plays include Father Joy, Hunger, Bake Off, Labor Day, Relative Strangers, Moving Shortly, Little Death of a Salesman, The Unknown Part of the Ocean, Hell and Back, The Bushesteia, Equilibrium, The First Night of Chanukah, The End and Joan of Arkansas.Her work has been performed at major regional and national theatres including the Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, ... view full profile

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