TRW PRESENTS: SHORT PLAYS, Volume I


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. 

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. [MORE}

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. [MORE]

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.  [MORE]

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.  [MORE]

STEM

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. [MORE]

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. [MORE]

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. [MORE]

TASTING

by Eric Reyes Loo

Malcolm's presentation of a new tasting menu leads to a personal—and very public—debate about cultural appropriation and stolen family recipes when his ex, Paul, shows up to call him out. [MORE]

A WALRUS IN THE BODY OF A CROCODILE

by MJ Kaufman

A support group for things inside of things. A class for women writers. A raucous frat party. An absurd exploration of language and gender. [MORE]