One Acts

  • In Case of Emergency, Strike Glass
    • This place brings to life the early women's labor movement in NYC, highlighting the Kosher Meat Strikes in 1902-4, the Rent Strike of 1906, and the General Strike of 1910, culminating in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911. Characters include Frances Perkins, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Rose Schneiderman, Pauline Newman, and Clara Lemlich. Famous speeches by Schneiderman, Lemlich, Perkins, and the first AFL-CIO president, Samuel Gompers are excerpted. Far from being a dry history lesson, this play will create vivid awareness of the sacrifices young immigrant women made to change the labor laws that we take for granted today.
    • CAST: 6 women, 1 male (or voice over)
    • RUNNING TIME:40 mins.
    • SET: minimalistic will work best, perhaps a few platforms, informational slides to SET the date
    • NOTES: Premiered at the historic Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks, ND in September 2011 and commissioned by the Northern Valley Labor Council to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the AFL-CIO in MN/ND.
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  • Look Away
    • Date rape. Often seen as a "he said"/"she said" debate. This play takes the audience on a date with a couple and lets them see for themselves just what happened that night when the narrators press "rewind," and then press "rewind" again.
    • CAST: Requires 2 women , late teens/early 20s; and 2 men, same ages
    • RUNNING TIME: 30 minutes.
    • SET: living room
    • NOTES: Commissioned by Lake Tahoe Women's Services; STRONG SEXUAL CONENT
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  • My Name Ain't Betty Crocker,
    But My Best Friend's Sara Lee
    • Originally commissioned for October's Awareness of Violence Against Women at the University of North Dakota, this play tells the story of how one woman came to be a survivor of domestic abuse. Some of the characters she speaks to are her mother, best friend, and priest.
    • CAST: It can be performed as a one-woman show, or with multiple actors.
    • RUNNING TIME: approx. 50 minutes.
    • SET: Simple SET pieces required.
    • NOTES: Originally commissioned for October's Awareness of Domestic Violence performance at the University of North Dakota.
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  • Women with Wrinkles
    • Explores the relationship between a black woman and a white woman in a nursing home. Their racism is at first a hindrance to their friendship, but over time they realize they have more in common as women than they ever imagined.
    • CAST: 3 Actors: 1 black, 1 white, both to play women in their late 70s and 80s. 1 additional actor, any age, any gender.
    • RUNNING TIME: approx. 65 mins.
    • SET: Single-SET, nursing home.
    • NOTES: Commissioned for UND's celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Performed at the University of North Dakota, at the Grand Forks Air Force Base for Black History Month, and for the North Dakota League of Women Voters.
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  • Ralph's Ark
    • The play deals with the impact of the farm crisis on a family in North Dakota. The mother's way of dealing with the crisis and her shell-shocked family is both humorous and poignant.
    • CAST: Requires 1 Woman, 2 Men, 1 Teenage Girl, and 1 Teenage Boy.
    • RUNNING TIME: approx. 60 mins.
    • SET: Single SET, the kitchen and adjoining living room of a farm house.
    • NOTES: Originally comissioned for a conference on rural mental health held in Bismarck,ND in 1995. This play was developed through a generous grant from Land O'Lakes.
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  • Bedside Manners
    • Explores a woman's relationship with her ob/gyn and nurse practitioner over a period of five years. The play wrestles with numerous questions, including should one expect a different kind of care from a woman physician than from a man, and how much input do women really have when it comes to their medical care?
    • CAST: Requires 4 Women.
    • RUNNING TIME: approx. 75 minutes.
    • SET: Single SET, the examining room of a gynecologist's office.
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  • Milk Dreams
    • Follow the hilarious and touching journey of Marie and Joey as they navigate what is for them the new waters of parenting for the first time.
    • CAST: Requires 1 man, 1 woman, 1 woman at least 20 years older than the first, and 6-10 extras, all women.
    • RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes.
    • SET: Simple , representative pieces for nursery, bench at mall, doctor's office, meeting room.
    • NOTES: Commissioned by the GF Breastfeeding Coalition and produced a their regional conference, the national conference in Phoenix, and the International Lactation Association conference in Chicago.
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  • Ghost Town
    • Drama. When a woman closes up the last business in a small North Dakota town that has died, she and her old friend reflect back on their own encounters there from their late teens up until the present. CAST: Requires 1 man, 1 woman, or 3 women and 3 men.
    • RUNNING TIME: 30 mnutes.
    • SET: takes place in a cafe SETting.
    • NOTES: Be the first to produce this charming play about a reality in rural America.
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  • The Immaculate Deception
    • Comedy. When 3 down on their luck shepherds get wind from the 3 wisemen that a King is about to be born they SET off to run a scam in a manger to grab the gifts the new King is about to receive. Plans go screwy in this perfect Christmas season piece.
    • CAST: Requires 6 men, and 1 man or woman to play an angel.
    • RUNNING TIME: approx 30 minutes
    • SET: "field" and "manger"
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  • Cane & Freida
    • Comedy. Freida Finklestein retells the story of her ancestors who were purposely left out of Genesis because of their scandalous involvement with Cane and Abel.
    • CAST: Requires 2 women, 4 men.
    • RUNNING TIME: approx 30 minutes.
    • SET: backyard and a live chicken.
    • NOTES: Premiered at New York Univeristy's Dramatic Writing Program "Cabaret"
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  • Playwrights in Purgatory
    • 5 Playwrights suffer together in purgatory until they are able to write their way out. When David Mamet arrives, things really get heated.
    • CAST: Requires 4 men and 1 woman.
    • RUNNING TIME: approx 30 minutes.
    • SET: conference room table and the VOICE OF GOD.
    • NOTES: Premiered at New York University's Dramatic Writing Program "Cabaret"
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