The LIC One Act Play Festival 2018

The Secret Theatre Presents:
The LIC One Act Play Festival 2018
July 11th – August 2nd, 2018
Finals: August 4th, 2018
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The LIC One Act Festival 2018 is a self-producing competition style one-act play festival. This year the festival will run 48 plays (aprrox. 10-20 mins. each) and will be divided into up to six different programs. The Audience will vote for best plays. Those scores will be averaged to insure that everyone has a fair chance regardless of audience size. The top six to ten nominated plays will compete for the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Play. Best Actor wins $50, Actress $50, Director $50 and Best Play $100. As well, those plays in the Finals will be offered a chance to be non-exclusively published in The Secret Theatre’s Anthology of Short Plays.

Break a leg! Equity Showcases permitted but acts will obtain their own code; The Secret Theatre will provide Equity compliant Insurance to the productions.


~Information and order of shows is subject to change.
~Please be forewarned: Some subject matter may be offensive or triggering.

Program A
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 9:00 PM

The Concept of Women
Written by Emily Spence
Directed by Sydney Dennison
Category: Drama
Time Period: 17 Mins.
Women separated from men centuries ago and have been living in peace ever since. But when the beasts with the hairy faces break into their city, even the elite women have to join together to take back their way of life.

College Without Walls
Written by Matt Sanders and Ariel Aliza Sanders
Directed by Eric Leeb
Category: Comedy
Time Period: 10 Mins.
On a park bench, a young fast food worker meets someone who claims to be a college president, and learns a lesson in life.

Written & Directed by Johnny Culver
Category: Comedy
Time Period: 5 Mins.
Two snobby matrons sloppily conspire to have their snippy waitress fired. A comedy for all!

Written by Ben Hatt
Directed by Kari Barclay
Category: Drama
Time Period: 20 Mins.
Sam, a struggling New York Journalist, interviews a conniving short seller about his upcoming exposé to bring down a publicly tradable company. The fallout of his actions unravel and the consequences are devastating.


Afterlife of Brian
Written by Dan Weiss
Directed by Aliza Shane
Category: Comedy/Drama
Time Period: 12 Mins.
Brian Lewkowitsky has moved on to the Afterlife. Unfortunately, due to some woefully outdated technology, no one can figure out his true identity.

Written & Directed by Rae Haas
Category: Drama
Time Period: 10 Mins.
This is the story of two friends with a simple problem– P. J. wants Shawn to shoot him in the chest.

Whistle Stop Romance
Written by Phil Paradis
Directed by Albert Baker
Category: Dramatic Romance
Time Period: 17 Mins.
Time: Afternoon in late. May, 1927. Place: Train station platform Grove City, Iowa. Once jilted, a young schoolteacher returns home only to confront her former fiancé, who tries to win her back.

Written by MP O’Brien
Directed by Sean Meehan
Category: Other
Time Period: 7 Mins.
Two officials deliver an inaugural package to an American mother who would prefer they skip her door all together.

Program B
Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

The Passion of Athena
Written by Steve Mazzoccone
Category: Drama
Time Period: 10 Mins.
Athena, the goddess of wisdom, is experiencing a drought. Doomed and distraught, she has one last chance to save herself.

The Garden of Lies
Written and Directed by Melissa Maney
Category: Satire
Time Period: 12 Mins.
What if science and religion were both right? This satire explores the classic story of Adam and Eve and their interaction with the first homosapien.

The Acrobats
Written by Michael Piatkowski
Category: Dramatic Comedy
Time Period: 15 Mins.
A short play about the creation of Pablo Picasso’s Les Saltimbanques.

At The Mathews’
Written by Skya Theobald
Category: Drama
Time Period: 20 Mins.
Events run amuck during the Mathews’ annual holiday party.


Game Over?
Written by Matt Silver
Directed by Sarah Chichester
Category: Black Comedy
Time Period: 12 Mins.
Can a suicidal CEO be talked off the ledge by a stoner security guard?

Blanche in a Wheelchair
Written by Aaron Leventman
Category: Romantic Comedy
Time Period: 15 Mins.
Will true love heal a bitter man after a recent physical disability?

The Adventurers
Written by Will Hart
Category: Comedy
Time Period: 10 Mins.

Program C
Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 2, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Written by Azariah Coppin
Category: Drama
Time Period: 23 Mins.
Three millennial teenagers get together for a smoke break. A seemingly banal circumstance turns into a frightful encounter with race, identity, and sexual politics.

Written by Jack Rushton
Category: Comedy
Time Period: 12 Mins.
Two women turn to each other in the art of having an affair.

Did You Take Your Bitter Pill Today?
Written by Patricia Fields
Directed by Fredric Michaels
Time Period: 12 Mins.
The challenges of life can sometimes compel us to make choices based on anger or bitterness. But even within the heart of those emotions, we can still find a streak of love.


What Are Friends For
Written by Mark-Eguene Garcia
Category: Comedy
Time Period: 13 Mins.
Three friends will do anything for each other (lies, identity theft, sexting, bodies buried in the desert…). A comedy about taking the phrase to its limit.

Death Wish
Written by Fernando Segall
Category: Other
Time Period: 15 Mins.
A suicidal man is visited by a not very traditional personification of death.

Love Imitates Arts
Written by Ryan Mills
Category: Romance
Time Period: 11 Mins.
Two actors, one straight and one gay, confront their feelings during a rehearsal in regards to their roles as lovers.

Written by Shannon Brady
Category: Drama
Time Period: 12 Mins.
A woman returns to the house of her former foster parents after their death. Can she find peace among the voices in her head?

Program D
Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 22, @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Gentle Warren
Written by Steven Carinci
Category: Drama
Time Period: 15 Mins.
When the truth is revealed about a TV reality show that is used to ensnare sexual predators, what will the world really think?

Rest in Pieces
Written by Lizzie Guest
Category: Comedy
Time Period: 16 Mins.
Two strangers bond at a cemetery after suffering loss. A dark comedy that explores what it means to grieve those we love and those we hate.

Park Place
Written by Lindsay Hope Simo
Category: Horror
Time Period: 20 Mins.
Four teenagers traverse the scariest place on earth – the New York City subway. An homage to both 40s radio plays and 80s horror films, will our heroes get out alive?

Amy’s In The Way
Written by Tanaka Muvavarirwa
Category: Drama
Time Period: 7 Mins.
Jennifer and David make a terrible mistake. And Jennifer can’t afford to betray Amy again.


The Unspeakable Passion of Mitch Devoe
Written by Frank Tangredi
Category: Comedy/Drama
Time Period: 14 Mins.
Mitch comes home to tell his family that he wants to marry a confirmed Republican.

Graveyard Shift
Written by Gwen Orel
Category: Drama
Time Period: 12 Mins.
An orderly and a nurse struggle to move the dead body of an 86-year old Jewish man and face their own mortality in the process.

Sip and Savor
Written by Thavma Phillips
Category: Friendship
Time Period: 11 Mins.
Three best friends hang off of the George Washington Bridge to dissuade one of them from actually jumping.

Program E
Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 29, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, Aug 2, 2018 @ 9:00 PM

Written by Peter Charney
Category: Drama
Time Period: 15 Mins.
An artist and his model attempt to finish their painting.

Written by Rollin Jewett
Category: Supense/Comedy
Time Period: 17 Mins.
An American stoner looking to have a good time in Amsterdam is confronted by a mysterious refugee with a frightful agenda.

What Do You Say at the End of the World
Written by Emily Welty
Category: Comedy
Time Period: 10 Mins.
The world is about to end at any moment. Ian and Larissa haven’t really seen each other since they broke up and run into each other unexpectedly – what do you possibly say?

Written by Taylor Geu
Category: Drama
Time Period: 10 Mins.
Donovan is hoping that a psychiatrist can cure his depression, but instead he’s offered a relapse into bad habits.


“Like” But Dont Touch
Written by James James
Category: Romantic Comedy
Time Period: 12 Mins.
Anne and Drew, two perpetually single co-workers, try to shed light on why Anne didn’t receive a valentine from her crush.

Mrytle Beach Sunrise
Written by Vivian Lermond
Category: Comedy
Time Period: 10 Mins.
Change can be daunting at any age. But sometime, just when you think the sun is setting on life, a new dawn alters your horizon.

Ant In The Sugar Bowl
Written by Jamal Williams
Category: Drama
Time Period: 15 Mins.
An older man is secretly in love with his middle-age best female friend who has an abusive lustful relationship with a much younger man.

The Carpenter, the Flood, and the Fart
Written by Lawrence Rinkel
Category: Comedy
Time Period: 15 Mins.
A simple carpenter is cuckolded by the student boarder who wants to make love to his wife. A farce based on Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale.

Program F
Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 29, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018 @ 9:00 PM

The Story of Us
Written by Jackie Collet
Category: Comedy
Time Period: 13 Mins.
Four young millennials during a night out try to find love in this hookup culture that they live in.

Metonym, Or the Almost Completely False Story Behind the Creation of Roget’s Thesaurus
Written by Ellen Abrams
Category: Comedy
Time Period: 12 Mins.
London, 1840s: Dr. Peter Mark Roget may not be a success in the medical world, but with the insight of his wise wife Mary, he discovers that he possesses an amazing and unexpected linguistic gift.
* NOTE: Metonym will NOT perform on Thurs July 26 @ 7pm.

Razing the Statue
Written by Marilynn Barner Anselmi
Directed by Okema T. Moore
Category: Other
Time Period: 10 Mins.
A city worker is tasked with cutting up a Confederate statue–until it comes alive and begins to spout snippets of famous speeches in a bungled attempt to discover who it was.

When I Fell in Love
Written by Amber Kusching
Category: Drama
Time Period: 10 Mins.
Chronicles of the aftermath of a man’s suicide, told through his perspective, as well as his wife’s and daughter’s.


Written by Nikhil Mahapatra
Category: Drama
Time Period: 16 Mins.
A family is forced to move to a new country to survive. Their grown children wish to return to their home country afterwards.

Forgive Us Those Who Trespass Against Us
Written by Thomas Dane
Category: Romantic Comedy
Time Period: 15 Mins.

I’ve Waited All My Life To Say
Written by Jake Gonnella
Category: Drama
Time Period: 11 Mins.
A short, somewhat absurd play about two old, old friends, reminiscing in their own ways about the lives they led, together and apart. A meditation on aging, dying, and living a life well-lived.

Written by Youlim Nam
Category: Other
Time Period: 18 Mins.
New Year’s Day: April is joined by Dave as they celebrate her 30th Korean birthday at a local restaurant in Brooklyn. April is looking forward to the New Year as a time of personal growth; however, her poor financial condition and ex-boyfriend prove to be difficult obstacles.

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