plays: one-acts

Whale Song

 

(15 min.) 1W

A woman has run away, or, as she puts it, “migrated,” from her abusive husband named Harvey. Following a somewhat cryptic advice from her father – “When in doubt, go North” – she picked Alaska as her destination. Now in Helsinki, she warns us about all the Harveys of this world and encourages us to follow in the footsteps of the whale from 50 million years ago.

Productions

This play was written for Women of the Arctic, a side event of UArctic Congress 2018. It was presented in Helsinki, Finland on September 6, 2018. It is available for download and can be performed royalty-free.

 
 
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Julie Jesneck
The Arctic Cycle in Helsinki, Finland
© Nancy Forde


Homo Sapiens

 
 

(5 min.) 2 actors, any gender
Inspired by Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction.

Did homo sapiens cause their own demise? Or did they evolve into the next species?

Productions

This play was written for Climate Change Theatre Action 2017. It has been performed in over 100 venues in the U.S., Argentina, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, Peru, Romania, U.K., and United Arab Emirates. It is available for download and can be performed royalty-free.

As part of the performance, actors are asked to take a photo of themselves with the homo sapiens in the theatre. On the right are homo sapiens from some of the past performances.


Mother

 
 

(5 min.) 1W

A mother tries to heal her relationship with her offspring.

 

Productions

This play was written for Climate Change Theatre Action 2015. It has been performed in 27 venues in the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Italy, Norway, Lithuania, Saint Lucia and the United Arab Emirates. It is available for download and can be performed royalty-free.

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Esther Sophia Artner
The Box Collective in Brooklyn, NY
© Julia Deffet

 

Green Dating

 

(10 min.) 1W, 1M

A teenage girl, with very specific ideas about what she wants in a man, makes it clear she won't settle for someone who doesn't meet her environmental standards.

 
 

Productions

Manhattan Theatre Source, Best of Estro Festival, 2017
Curtin University (Australia), 2014
Manhattan Theatre Source Estrogenius Festival, 2011
The Movement Theatre Company Go Green Tour, Western Connecticut State University, 2011
 

Green Dating is published in Smith & Kraus's The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012 and in Playwrights Canada Press' Long Story Short: An Anthology of (Mostly) Ten-Minute Plays, 2016.