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a lovely violent ghost haiku - Short Play, Drama

a lovely violent ghost haiku

Steve Yockey

Short Play, Drama

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573700552

One disaffected young girl's killing spree takes on ghostly undertones when her boyfriend realizes she was her own last victim.

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Description | Characters | Author
: very still & hard to see

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
$75 with other plays in collection


Short Play



30 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - An empty alley at night. 


No intermission

Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Intense Adult Themes




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Winner! 2012 LA Weekly Playwriting Award

One disaffected young girl's killing spree takes on ghostly undertones when her boyfriend realizes she was her own last victim.

From very still & hard to see, a collection of short plays by the acclaimed playwright Steve Yockey – a magical, funny, and occasionally surreal creation that will take you on an exhilarating, visceral journey.

This second collection of short plays from Steve Yockey mixes comedic absurdity with raw heartbreak to unearth worlds populated by desperate people, mythical characters, faceless corporate masters, and at least one Slasher flick heroine. The second half of the collection is comprised of the work very still & hard to see. This short play cycle recounts the history of a cursed hotel and the unfortunate guests who stay there. From riding in an erratic elevator and dealing with possessive ghosts to managing an ever-expanding hole in the floor armed only with gleaning supplies, these encounters with the unkown chillingly collapse the distance between the real and the surreal and remind us that, sometimes, bad things do happen for a reason.

"Steven Yockey's series of haunted tales is strung together with expert eeriness." - LA Weekly, Read More

"Yockey's new play is an eerie excusion into the surreal and supernatural" - Backstage, Read More

"...The theatrical equivalent of Disneyland’s Space Mountain, i.e. equal parts excitement, terror, and glee, Very Still And Hard To See provides thrills galore." -Stage Scene LA, Read More

a lovely violent ghost haiku with gun was commissioned and produced by Southern Rep in New Orleans, Louisiana. It premiered at the Le Chat Noir Theatre as part of GoodNight on October 28, 2012. It was directed by Aimee Hayes.



1m, 1f


Non-Traditional casting

BOY – a teenage boy, a bit of a hooligan
GIRL – a teenage girl, trendy but dark
Steve Yockey

Steve Yockey

Steve Yockey is a Los Angeles based writer with work produced throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His plays Afterlife, Octopus, Large Animal Games, CARTOON, Subculture, Very Still & Hard to See, The Fisherman’s Wife, Wolves, Disassembly, and Niagara Falls & Other Plays are published and available from Samuel French. Additionally, his play Joshua Consumed an Unfortunate Pear was included in the ... view full profile

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