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Black Widows

You can read the script in the text file attached. Here is a synopsis of my full-length play, Black Widows:

This is a cautionary tale about two Los Angeles women in their 70s who are crooks. The play opens as Vera Krabitz and Gwen Halsted are stealing cash and credit cards from hotel locker rooms. Gwen is afraid of getting caught and suggests they come up with a new scam. Shortly thereafter, Vera and Gwen befriend a couple of homeless men they meet through a church soup kitchen. They give the men a place to live, take out multiple life insurance policies on them and name themselves as beneficiaries, then wait for the men to die. Until one day, Vera becomes impatient.
With doubling, the cast may be reduced to six: 3m, 3w.

Master Theft

full length dramatic comedy

Master Theft is a two-act dramatic comedy about the theft of a painting by Marc Chagall from the home of a Jewish philanthropist and the journey the painting takes before it comes back home. The play shows what happens when a valuable painting falls into the hands of a wide array of characters â?? drug dealers and street punks, a crooked pawn shop owner, a gigolo who thinks heâ??s an artist, a baggage handler at Kennedy Airport, a wealthy New York real estate developer and his estranged wife, and a sexy social climber from the wrong side of the tracks. In some mysterious way, each one of them, including the private detective who is hired to locate the stolen Chagall, is touched by this painting.

The second level of Master Theft reveals how the characters in the play view art and what the painting means to them. The play has a multi-racial cast of 16 characters: 11m, 5w. Some characters may play more than one part; in this way, the cast may be reduced to 8. The author has made some recommendations about how that might work.

Approximate running time: 90 minutes

  • Master Theft

    You can read this full-length play in the first text file on the left. Here is a synopsis: Master Theft is a two-act dramatic comedy about the theft of a painting by Marc Chagall from the home of a Jewish philanthropist and the journey the painting takes before it comes back home. The play shows what happens when a valuable painting falls into the hands of a wide array of characters â?? drug dealers and street punks, a crooked pawn shop owner, a gigolo who thinks heâ??s an artist, a baggage handler at Kennedy Airport, a wealthy New York real estate developer and his estranged wife, and a sexy social climber from the wrong side of the tracks. In some mysterious way, each one of them, including the private detective who is hired to locate the stolen Chagall, is touched by this painting. The second level of Master Theft reveals how the characters in the play view art and what the painting means to them. The play has a multi-racial cast of 16 characters: 11m, 5w. Some characters may play more than one part; in this way, the cast may be reduced to 8. The author has made some recommendations about how that might work. Approximate running time: 90 minutes
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Queen for a Day

10-minute play, 2 characters: 1m, 1w; butler has a British accent

In an auction Holly wins a butler for a day. He starts to serve her breakfast in bed -- until the action veers off in an unexpected direction.

It's My Party!

10-minute play, 3characters, simple set

Connie, a suburban woman, gets picked up for the first time for drug possession. Sharing a room with her at the jail intake center is a prostitute named Crystal. Each woman wants to get out on bail, but only one will. Except for their addiction and a fondness for the same pair of shoes, they appear to be very different. Will they find their common humanity?

  • Synopsis of It's My Party!

    The full script is in the first text file on the left. Connie, a suburban woman, gets picked up for the first time for drug possession. Sharing a room with her at the jail intake center is a prostitute named Crystal. Each woman wants to get out on bail, but only one will. Except for their addiction and a fondness for the same pair of shoes, they appear to be very different. Will they find their common humanity? Cast: 3w
    Microsoft Office document icon Synopsis of It's My Party!

Not in Service

long one act play, dramatic comedy, 5 characters: 3m, 2w
The bus may be simulated by a row of chairs; the other setting is a working-class apartment.

How and where do Americans develop a sense of community? If a community is simply a group of people who learn to care about one another, then that sense of belonging can happen anywhere, even in the most unlikely and humble of places â?? the public bus. Not in Service tells the story of three people of different races and backgrounds who meet as the result of a bus accident during a cold week in January in Baltimore.

It is the story of Theresa Aguilar, a young Filippino American student who is putting herself through college; Donald Green, a 19-year-old African-American who needs to change jobs; and bus driver Henry Maxwell, a widower in his early 60's.

The action of the play centers around Theresaâ??s efforts to help Donald find a job as a way of thanking him for helping her in the aftermath of the accident. It is also about the resistance she receives from Donald and her family.

  • Not in Service, a one act play

    The script for this long one-act play is in the first text file on the left. Here is a synopsis: How and where do Americans develop a sense of community? If a community is simply a group of people who learn to care about one another, then that sense of belonging can happen anywhere, even in the most unlikely and humble of places â?? the public bus. Not in Service tells the story of three people of different races and backgrounds who meet as the result of a bus accident during a cold week in January in Baltimore. It is the story of Theresa Aguilar, a young Filippino American student who is putting herself through college; Donald Green, a 19-year-old African-American who needs to change jobs; and bus driver Henry Maxwell, a widower in his early 60's. The action of the play centers around Theresaâ??s efforts to help Donald find a job as a way of thanking him for helping her in the aftermath of the accident. It is also about the resistance she receives from Donald and her family. 3m, 2w
    Microsoft Office document icon Not in Service, a one act play
  • This flyer promoted the reading of Not in Service in 2005

    The Student Arts Group at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD sponsored the series.

Taking the A Train

10-minute play, drama, set on the NYC subway

Synopsis:
Four passengers and a conductor get trapped in the NYC subway following an accident. A homeless man, who considers the subway his home, doesnâ??t want to escape, but he is the only one who knows the way out.

4m, 1w

  • Taking the A Train

    This is a 10-minute play that had a reading at the Baltimore Book Fair in September 2009. The script is in the text file on the left. Here is a synopsis: Four passengers get trapped in the NYC subway following an accident in the tunnel. A homeless man, who considers the subway his home, doesnâ??t want to escape, but he is the only one who knows the way out. 3m, 1w
    Microsoft Office document icon Taking the A Train

Table for Two

comedy, 10-minute play, minimal set

A middle-aged woman is having a hard time getting a table for one in a crowded restaurant on a Saturday night. While she waits patiently in the queue, a series of couples behind her in line get a table before she does. Frustrated, she resorts to drastic measures.

  • Table for Two, a 10-minute comedy

    The script for this short play is in the first text file on the left. Here is a synopsis: A middle-aged woman is having a hard time getting a table for one in a crowded restaurant on a Saturday night. While she waits patiently in the queue, a series of couples behind her in line get a table before she does. Frustrated, she resorts to drastic measures. 4m, 4w, simple set
    PDF icon Table for Two, a 10-minute comedy

Such Good Neighbors

short play, drama, 10 minutes

An elderly couple are awakened in the middle of the night by their next-door neighbors who are having an argument. The wife becomes intrigued, the husband wants to distract her from listening. This 10-minute play has two characters: 1m, 1f and a simple set.

A Modern Pas De Deux

  • A Modern Pas De Deux

    The script for this full-length dramatic comedy is in the first text file on the left. Here is a synopsis; A Modern Pas de Deux is a dramatic comedy about a middle-aged man and woman who meet by accident at a singlesâ?? dance. Pickles Amalfitano and Paul Quinn's romance reflects man and woman's yearning to find the right partner in life. Paul, a 48-year-old bachelor, has dated many women, but he hasn't loved any of them. Pickles, 50, a self-employed house painter, believes that sculpting will fulfill her. Are they too set in their ways to acknowledge their need for one another? Will an irascible bartender, who considers himself a love coach, have an impact on Paulâ??s decision? Will Picklesâ??s sister Belle persuade her to go out with Paul? What will happen to Pickles when Belle goes to Israel? A Modern Pas De Deux has five characters: 2m, 3w. The settings are a room off a dance floor, a sculptor's studio, and a neighborhood bar. Production History An earlier version of this play was developed at Sewanee Playwrights Conference, University of the South, with Daisy Foote, Summer 2001 Continued to develop this play with director Paul Berman, Baltimore, 2003-2005 Produced by Vagabond Players, Baltimore, MD, Summer 2006, as part of the 25th anniversary of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, six performances. Vagabond Players is a community (non-Equity) theater.
    Microsoft Office document icon A Modern Pas De Deux
  • Flyer promoting production of this play in 2006

    This flyer promoted production of my play by the Vagabond Players as part of the 25th Baltimore Playwrights Festival in the summer of 2006. Directed by Barry Feinstein Cast: Pickles:Peggy Dorsey Paul:Steve Lichtenstein George: Archie Williams Belle: Helenmary Ball Sandy: Adele Russell Stage manager: Donnie Lewis Set Designer: Roger McDonald Choreographer: Carolyn Walter
    PDF icon Flyer promoting production of this play in 2006
  • A review of A Modern Pas De Deux

    This review of my play appeared in the Towson Times in 2006 in conjunction with the production at Vagabond Players in the summer of 2006, the 25th anniversary of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.
    PDF icon A review of A Modern Pas De Deux
  • A reading of A Modern Pas De Deux

    This reading of my play took place on March 18, 2006 at Fells Point Corner Theater in Baltimore. On the basis of this reading, the play qualified for a production that summer at Vagabond Players as part of the 25th Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Director: Harriet Lynn Audio by Terry Kenney

Suite 510

A woman writer is working in her office late at night. An Intruder knocks on her door and insists that she open the door. This man proceeds to terrorize her and accuses her of killing his sister in a hit-and-run accident.

Two characters: 1M, 1F

Set requirements: a desk, a door, and a few simple office props

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About Susan

Susan Middaugh, a member of the Dramatists' Guild, has been writing plays since 1990. Two of her full length plays, Master Theft and Not in Service, have been semi-finalists in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. Her full-length play, A Modern Pas De Deux, was produced in 2006 by Vagabond... more

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