TWO ACT PLAYS MORGANA'S HEART/SAVING THE PANDA. Winner Theatre on the Ridge/ California Arts Council competition. Morgana got a new heart from Gabriel. Now she can't get him out of her life.
GEOGRAPHY -- When Hurricane Katrina separates Hannah and Lisa, Hannah desperately seeks help in finding her mother. Finalist, Contra Costa Times New Play Competition. Winner, Solano Repertory Company's New Play Competition. Produced by Solano Repertory. Nominated for Arty Award and Elly Awards. Scene from Geography read by the Hill-Murray Young Performer's Workshop, Maplewood, MN.
DOOR TO DOOR -- A day for celebration in Murlock until suddenly everything falls apart. If the groom ends up in jail, what will happen to Murlock's wedding of the year? Produced by Southeastern Ohio Regional Theater Guild.
PELICANS --Beth hopes to help legendary actors Arthur and Jessica Borden revive their careers with a low-budget production titled PELICANS, in which everything that could possibly go wrong does – in a big way.
ONE ACT PLAYS GROOMZILLA -- What will happen when the groom insists on being the wedding planner? Performed for F.A.C.T.'s WORDS AND WINE event NYC, February 22, 2014. NEVER ON SUNDAY -- performed as a reading April 8, 2014 by City Lights Theater Company, San Jose, CA. Finalist for Pigs Do Fly Productions, FLA.
NAME GAME -- Finalist, Heideman Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville. Christmas can be stressful for a couple and their adopted toddler. This play was performed for SHE SPEAKS, an International Women's Day celebration in Kitchener, Ontario. "It was just great to read such a thoughtful and human consideration of questions of family and legacy and belonging." Adrien-Alice Hansel, Directory of New Play Development, Actors Theatre of Louisville.
BLINKING IN TREETOPS -- Fireflies who live only a fortnight dare not waste time finding love. Produced by Thespian Production FLA, Produced by Iowa's City Circle Acting Company, Spring, 2011. Performed as a podcast by Tin Can Podcast 2012. Thespian Production produced BLINKING IN TREETOPS July 17, 18, 19 2014 for its annual "Limelight: Go Green" play festival at Joria Mainstage Theater and the Langston Hughes Library theater center, NYC. Also performed by Spokane Radio Theater 9-8-2013.
FIREFLIES -- Produced by Menagerie Theater, UK. FORTNIGHT -- Produced by Seoul Players. Produced May 2011 by Wayne Theatre Alliance for The River City Radio Hour. FORTNIGHT was performed April 27-28 2013 by Driven Theater Company, Texas.
CHASING THE ELEPHANT/ CHASING ELLA -- What’s really at stake for one student trying to pass Traffic School? And what about the elephant in the room? CHASING THE ELEPHANT was produced by Words Players 10-2014
* NEW* KARMA -- Will financial freedom for Kate, Jessica and Carla change their reunion plans?
*NEW* FLOATING THE FOOD CHAIN -- Saving the ecosystem is Sherman’s mission in life, but his mother doesn’t agree. She wants him to stop building dams and start searching for a proper mate before it’s too late.
THE TEA PARTY --How will the Mad Hatter and March Hare persuade Alice to join the party of NO? Writing the Election 2012. Selected by Twinbiz and hosted by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre, NYC. THE KINDLE PLAY -- Will Caitlyn and Duck Man defeat an insidious mob determined to destroy books? Produced May 29/June 7, 2014 by Theatre Inspirato, Toronto.
SCARIMONIOUS -- Sue has a scarimonious problem for Detective Britney and her assistants to solve. Produced by Youth Education on Stage JUNE 30, JULY 1-2, 2014.
LOST -- Joe is always helpful to people adrift in a strange city. Produced twice for Asphalt Jungle Shorts.
LIONS & TIGERS & BEARS, OH MY! Produced by Youth Education On Stage, 2012 Summer Shorts, Williston North Dakota.
TINY BUBBLES -- What happens when Frequent Flyer Miles aren’t honored?
VICTORY -- Generations collide when Emily tells her parents she’s acting as a surrogate for a childless couple. Performed as a reading by OdysseyStage Theatre, North Carolina.
THE TEA PARTY, A PERSON OF INTEREST, SARAH HITS THE ROAD and GOING TO THE DOGS selected by Tom Kelly, Political Action Comedy, TD Theater, Sacramento, CA. A PERSON OF INTEREST was performed by KTDT Digital Radio Theatre 9-2013.
STREET HAMLET/THE DIE IS CAST -- workshopped by Penobscot Theatre Company. Hamlet seeks to dethrone his uncle Claudius, whose motto is “All war, all the time.” Thanks for submitting STREET HAMLET and I'm thrilled we presented it." Scott RC Levy, Producing Artistic Director. STREET HAMLET performed as a staged reading in the Three Wise Monkey's Short Leaps Festival, Eureka Theater, San Francisco. THE DIE IS CAST -- produced by Love Creek Productions at Beckman Theatre, New York.
DONNY'S DINER -- performed as part of Azuza Pacific University's HOLLYWOOD SHOWCASE 2013.
SEPTEMBER TWELVE/MARKERS -- On September 12, 2001 two sisters try to keep a promise to their mother. (1) Performed at the University of North Dakota (2) Stockyards Theatre Project, Chicago. (3) Finalist, Nancy Weil New Play Search. (4) Read for International Women's Day, Mesa, Arizona. (5) Read for International Women's Day, Women's Theater Project, Florida. (6) Produced for the University of Maryland at Baltimore's IN10 Play Festival along with newly commissioned plays by Naomi Wallace and Tina Howe.
HOLLYWOOD CONFIDENTIAL -- When Duck Man shows up, Gloria's mission seems doomed. Produced by The North Canton Playhouse; by Love Creek Productions, NY, Piney Fork Press, NY and by The Fringe of Marin.
THE CHRISTMAS FRUITCAKE CAPER -- a Dragnet parody, produced by OnStage Atlanta.
THE GLASS SLIPPER -- What happens when the glass slipper fits more than one sister? Produced by YOUTH EDUCATION ON STAGE, Williston, North Dakota 2011. Selected for Harper College's Summer InZone program. Instructor, Paul Barile. THE GLASS SLIPPER received a second production by YES Summer Shorts, June 2013.
MAJOR ISSUES -- The clock is ticking, the minister's waiting –- will Wanda abandon her obsession with Mars and actually get married? This play was selected for a workshop by the Chicago Women's Theatre Alliance and was performed as a reading by Portland's Radiant Theatre. MAJOR ISSUES was also a finalist in the Nancy Weil New Play Search.
SCRAMBLE TIME/AIR RAGE -- When a flight attendant hates her job it's time to scramble. AIR RAGE was produced by Seoul Players and for Chicago’s Ritalin Fest. SCRAMBLE TIME was performed by the theater department of Somerset Community College, KY. A two-character version was produced by More Theatre, Scotland. This play was also produced by Marin Fringe Festival, San Rafael, California.
BLAME IT ON THE BOSSA NOVA -- Lizzie and Jackson are imaginative and colorful. They dress things up a bit while touching base with the truth now and then. How often? Well, who’s counting? Published by Art Age.
SUPER MOM, AIR RAGE, GROOVY, HAPPY HALLOWEEN, DOLL FACE and LOST produced by Seoul Players, Korea.
DATING ELVIS -- In this short comedy Lulu has a dream and the courage to go after it. Dana doesn’t but that’s about to change if Lulu has anything to say about it. Under the title PERFECTAMENTO, this play was produced by the Blue Rose Moon Theatre Company for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. A monologue from this play was performed as a reading for PICKING UP THE PIECES, a Dating Issues theater event presented by the University of North Dakota.
RACING WITH THE MOONS -- When Dale turns up for a race on the wrong day, Fred has a few tricks up his sleeve. Performed as a reading by AgeQuake Theatre.
PAC BELL PARK -- A grandmother and grandson bond over baseball. Instant Theatre, Columbus Ohio. Voted Best Celebration of Life.
WATER ON MARS/NO RUSSIAN DRESSING -- wedding plans are in jeopardy unless a planetary scheme is abandoned. (1) Staged reading for Ashland (Oregon) Ten Minute Play Competition. (2) Finalist, Maxim Mazumdar award, Alleyway Theatre, Buffalo, NY. (3) Finalist, Drury University Play Competition. (4) Produced by Big Idea Theater, Roseville, California. (5) Short list, Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, Australia (6) Produced by Two Chairs Theater Company, Colorado.
BORN IN A TRUNK -- When Sara agrees to promote her latest book a crisis involving a young woman and a birth certificate will change her life forever. Performed as a reading by Between Us Productions, New York. Produced by Three Roses Players, Hollywood.
NIGHTMARE CAMP -- Can a camp counselor really help campers purge their worst nightmares? Staged reading, Ashland (Oregon) Ten Minute Play Competition.
THE ORANGE WHISTLE -- produced by Asphalt Jungle Shorts, Kitchener, Ontario. Review quote: The first play, The Orange Whistle by California playwright Shirley King, is about a man stranded in a parking garage -- hence the setting. When it concludes with a hilarious twist, the audience follows the leader to the next location.
THE TRUTH MACHINE -- Joey can't help clicking and buzzing people when they lie. Being a human lie detector cost him his job. Produced by Another Country Productions, Boston Playwrights Theatre.
BLING BLING/BINGO. The clock is ticking for fashion photographer Liz as she tries to help Carl and Jenny find romance and still get to her photo shoot on time. Performed for Ohio State's Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute's Limbo Project.
SWEEPLESS IN SPOMONIA -- Tracking down Spomonia’s broom thief sends Princess Ella and her loyal subjects on a perilous journey. Fifty minutes.
SWEEPLESS -- WINNER Prince George's Theatre Competition. Tracking down Spomonia’s broom thief sends Princess Ella and her loyal subjects on a perilous journey. Thirty minutes. Produced with music by Jason Wilson by the Teen Performance Ensemble of Prince George's County, Maryland. A STITCH IN TIME -- 55 minutes. How will Prince Winsome find a bride if the glass slipper is missing?
NO DICE -- Can beggars be choosers? Produced by Seoul Players, 10-2009. Produced for Asphalt Jungle Shorts and Ah Ha Moments, Kitchener, Ontario.
THE GOOD SHIP STORMALONG -- when Samantha signs on as a cabin girl, the wind and rolling sea tell her she’d better think again, but not before she helps rescue a pirate who would rather sing than plunder. Selected for YES Summer Shorts.
NO SOCKS GANG -- selected for Gone In Sixty Seconds, Brooklyn College, University of Leeds,UK. LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS, a three-character version, was produced by Youth Education on Stage, Williston, North Dakota, 6-2012. "THE NO SOCKS GANG by Shirley K. This delightful little play belongs in an anthology for the classroom where it would be an instant hit. It speaks of uniformity, strict nonsensical rules and how friendship and logic can rise above a system that exists just to exist. It speaks to my heart and perhaps it will speak to yours. Throw away those socks and inch forward—one foot at a time." Edward Crosby Wells -- Playwrights Forum.
COMING HOME TO ROOST/CHICKENS -- When Homeland Security interferes with Larry’s chickens and Bev’s personal life it’s time to fight back. Produced for Gone In Sixty Seconds, Brooklyn College and FACT, NY.
THE GARDEN DRAGON/AWESOME -- When a dragon is needed, wishing may help but believing is what really matters. Produced in the 2nd Annual NFA New Works Festival. This play was also produced for the Open Space Arts Summer Playwrights Festival.
HOLD TIGHT -- Would Kelli prefer (1) seeing a doctor for cosmetic enhancement or (2) hooking up with Mervyn, a time-traveler eager to transport her back to the Forties? Performed at Muskigum College, New Concord, Ohio for Ohio State's Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute Project.
THE RIGHT TO DRY -- based on a folktale. Shana is shocked when her sister Abby destroys her neighbor's clothesline. Performed for Tribal Humor 5 - The Temple Players, Stratford, Conn. Performed by City Lights, San Jose CA. Produced by Love Creek Productions NYC January/February 2014.
THE WAY BACK MACHINE -- weary of traveling, Sharon hopes to sell her mother’s house -- until she starts having mixed feelings. Will an earthquake help Sharon make her decision? Or is the earthquake only in her mind?
PELICAN ROCK-- two sisters receive a quick education in one country’s solution for healing the scars of war. It’s called forgiveness.
CUT AND CURL -- performed by Wayne Theater Alliance 8-2013. Produced by Ann Clemmensen Hermes and Lakes Area Theater April 4 & 20, 2014.
WAITING FOR JOANIE -- Winner, Carlton E Spitzer Excellence in Writing competition. On a day of change and sorrow, there’s still room for humor and hope at The Meadows. Produced by Motivational Theater, November 2014.
KEEPING PROMISES -- on a day of national mourning, promises must be kept. Produced by Brown University 2-20-2103.
CANDY GRAMS -- selected by Cross/Royal Shakespeare Company 2013.
FLY THE UNFRIENDLY SKIES and CANDYGRAMS were produced by Mind the Gap Theater Company NYC for World Theater Day, 3-26-2013.
FIRE! FIRE! -- Can cats talk? Of course not -- except in emergencies. Produced by GI6O UK 6-8-2013.
LOCOMOTION -- When Jenny goes to the school cafeteria for lunch, she hopes dancing will be on the menu. Performed as a reading for Ohio State University’s Limbo Plays Festival produced by Dr. Alan Woods. Selected for Harper College's Summer InZone program. Instructor, Paul Barile.
DONKEY DAN TO THE RESCUE -- selected for Harper College's Summer InZone program. Instructor, Paul Barile. Princess Gloria, Tall Tom and Donkey Dan place themselves in mortal danger when they wander into the vampire’s lair.
*NEW* BUMPER STICKER -- Carla, an army veteran, is being tried for killing an unarmed intruder. *NEW* THE AMERICAN DREAM -- what happens when the new neighbor shows up with a lawn jockey and a gun? ELEVATOR PLAYS GOING UP? -- Jack finds himself in big trouble when a Homeland Security Agent can't decide whether to free him from an elevator. Winner, Playwrights Forum Contest.
"Shirley King's GOING UP? What can I say about GOING UP? Well, it's clever, laugh out loud funny, and a marvelous indictment of the times in which we live. The winner of this month's challenge is GOING UP? by Shirley King." Edward Crosby Wells.
DOWN? -- Picture this: It's the turbulent Eighties when nothing goes right, not even the elevators. Produced June 2010 for n.u.f.a.n. Ensemble's Eight Minutes in the 80s.
MONOLOGUES MOLLY -- To Sara a dachshund's still a dachshund, even if she does look more like a collie. To be produced by Rutgers University 2015. EGGS BENEDICT and POPCORN performed for the KTDT Digital Radio Competition 8 -2014. HI THERE, ARIZONA! Sarah strikes out again. Selected for production by Abingdon Theatre Company.
YES, MOM DID KNOW BEST -- produced and directed by Marj O'Neill-Butler. Performed as a reading for MEMORIES OF MY MOTHER at Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
SAINTS AND ANGELS -- Joan of Arc returns in this century as a hospital worker in Afghanistan. Performed for International Women's Day -- Stockyards Theatre Project, Chicago. Published by Meriwether Publishing:New Audition Scenes and Monologs from Contemporary Playwrights, edited by Roger Ellis.
KELLY -- Flight attendant who has logged way too many air miles. Produced at HENLEY College, Deanfield Avenue, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Produced for Gone In Sixty Seconds, Brooklyn College. To be produced by the Arkansas State Thespian Festival 2015.
MURLOCK, USA -- Betty isn’t thrilled about her daughter’s decision to marry a lounge singer. Produced by Universal Theater and Riverside Theatre for WALKING THE WIRE. Performed for SWAN Day at Grace Church in Georgetown and in Alexandria, Louisiana. Performed February 2013 by Piney Fork, NYC. Produced for Key City Theater's International Women's Day event March 8, 14, 15 2014.
DEAR CONNIE – mom who puts her daughter first, last and always. Performed for Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Letters on Motherhood, Performance and Advocacy Event, Ohio.
SARAH OPTS OUT – Palin’s resignation speech. Winner American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco's Write Like Mamet Contest. Produced by New York Artists Unlimited.
JUST ADD CATS -- performed 8-2013 by KTDT Digital Radio Theatre.
SANDBAGS AND SANDWICHES – a flood in Iowa helps Sue gets her priorities straight. Produced by Riverside Theatre.
TAG AND BAG -- Carla comes home from the war.
Scene from GEOGRAPHY published in More Scenes and Monologs From the Best New Plays, a 2007 Meriwether anthology edited by Roger Ellis, Ph.D.
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