TRW Presents: Short Plays, Vol. 1

Short Play Collection


TRW is pleased to publish this sparkling new collection of ten short plays – comedies and dramas, absurdist and naturalistic – from a wide-ranging group of exciting playwrights. All of the titles below are included in the collection and are available for licensing worldwide.

Collected Plays

Dummy Dialogue

by David Ives

Max and Norman are ventriloquists’ dummies who’ve been on the road for years. Now they’re backstage before a show venting their frustrations to each other – like the stupid jokes they have to mouth every night. Then Norman starts to have some very large ideas. Maybe a Dummy Revolution is at hand. This is a funny, idea-packed burlesque skit for two good comedians.


MAX – a performer with a whiff of a vaudeville, who has seen it all. Maybe 50 or more.

NORMAN – younger, fresher, instantly appealing in his thoughtful idealism. Maybe 20’s or 30’s.

Setting: Backstage at the Indianapolis World Ventriloquist Convention.

Glenburn 12 WP

by Vickie Ramirez

A Native American woman and a Black man walk into a bar taking refuge from the “die-in” protests at Grand Central over police brutality. With the pub deserted and bartender strangely absent, these two strangers have their run of the place. But as the liquor starts to flow, so do some inconvenient truths.


ROBERTA LAFORME [early 30’s] – Mohawk woman, professional

TROY DAVIS [mid 20’s] – African American man, hipster

Happy Birthday William Abernathy

by Lloyd Suh

On his 100th birthday, William Abernathy has a confession to make. His Korean American great-grandson Albert is the only one available to receive it.


WILLIAM ABERNATHY: white male, 100 years old today.

ALBERT: his great grandson, Korean American (1/8 Abernathy), mid-twenties.

Setting: A residential bedroom in St. Louis, Missouri. 2004.

A Sentiment

by Elaine Romero

Lucretia Mott arrives home late one night in 1848 to find her husband John waiting by the fire. An astonishingly frank conversation ensues as the 55-year-old wife and mother boldly and lovingly explains her co-creation of the Declaration of Sentiments, and her work to create a new future of possibilities for her daughters, their daughters, and all women.



JAMES MOTT, her husband (60)

Time: 1848, the night before Seneca Falls, where they signed the Declaration of Sentiments.
Place: Seneca Falls.

Set: A desk.


by Arlene Hutton

When their daughter was paralyzed after falling off a pony, Margaret and Frank gave birth to a second child in hopes of using her stem cells for an experimental treatment to help her older sister. STEM examines the horrendous cost to a family after a child makes the ultimate sacrifice for her sibling.


EMMA, a child, played by an adult

CECILIA, her older sister, also played by an adult

MARGARET, their mother

FRANK, their father

All the actors are played by adults.

Diversity is encouraged.EMMA and CECILIA could be EMMETT and CECIL, cast with young men. MARGARET and FRANK could also be played by two women, as MARGARET and FRANCES.

Time: Next week.
Place: The family room of an upper middle class family.

The System

by Lynne Halliday

At a surprise 50th birthday/financial intervention for Bob, we learn that assumptions make an ass of you and me.


BOB: 50. Marches to his own drummer.

WALTER: Bob’s older brother. Straight-laced.

JEANINE: Walter’s wife.

HEATHER: 40s. Financial planner.


Bob’s tiny studio apartment. Now.

The Talk

by France-Luce Benson

Manu, a recently widowed, immigrant woman, awakens her estranged daughter, Claire, in the middle of the night to ask a wildly inappropriate question. But what begins as a confrontation between mother and daughter transcends into an honest and open dialogue about intimacy and identity between two women—one who never had the freedom to explore her own sexuality, and the other who, after many long years of ambiguity, has finally embraced her own.


MANU: 54, Haitian; Claire’s mother. She carries herself much older than she actually is; like she’s given up on a part of herself. However, underneath her matronly demeanor, there is curiosity and vibrancy. She is extremely neurotic and needy, which often reveals itself as passive-aggressive and narcissistic.

CLAIRE: 34, Black American woman of Haitian descent. Manu’s daughter. A yoga instructor/trainer. She appears edgy, liberal, and easy-going, but is actually rigid and quite anxious. She works hard to maintain a sense of equilibrium that her mother easily disrupts.

Setting: Claire’s bedroom in Manu’s home in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Time: The middle of the night.