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April 3, 2020

One-Person Shows


One may be the loneliest number, but it doesn’t have to be, especially if you’re putting on your own solo show in your bedroom!

Whether you’re performing to your devoted pet or your numerous cacti, our selection of one-person shows is sure to keep you going.

A Prayer by Selma Dimitrijevic
(Short Play / 1m or f)
In this fun and witty one-hour play, an atheist named M and God get to know each other very well, whilst trying to find answers to some large and small life questions along the way. (US / UK)

Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 1f)
“And then I realise, in this sort of strange, hallucinatory moment, that the bug guy is looking kind of good, and the things he’s saying about bugs are really kind of fascinating and it is then that I realised that maybe it has been too long since I’ve been on a date.” – So confesses a single mother and self-described restaurant idiot-savant in this thoroughly charming and slyly sweet one-woman play. (US / UK)

Burgoo! by William Schreiber
(Full-Length Play, Comedy / 1m)
Alben Barkley, Truman’s “Veep,” uses folk humour and cracker barrel philosophy to tell his life story. It begins in rural Kentucky and runs through over 40 years in Washington. Using hilarious one liners and anecdotes, Barkley skewers presidents, preachers and politicians without sparing himself. (US)

Clarence Darrow by David Rintels (US/UK)
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 1m)
In this dynamic one-man Broadway show, the groundbreaking attorney addresses his personal life and contemporary events, reviewing much of America’s legal history with salty humor, courtroom gusto, and human relish.

Clarity by Kord Arrington Tuttle
(Short Play, Drama / 1m)
Cameron enjoys rough sex. Which is fine. However, in the final moments leading up to his picturesque wedding on the Georgia state coastline, one particular sexual encounter with his fiancé demands that he question his marriage, racial identity, and sexual preferences altogether. (US)

Cul De Sac by Jane Martin
(Short Play, Drama / 1f)
Trapped by an assailant in a secluded alleyway, a woman manages to outwit them, turning the tables and exacting her grisly revenge. (US)

Extinguished Things by Molly Taylor
(Monologues / 1f)

Molly’s neighbours haven’t come home. The spare keys are in the lock. She’s over the threshold. In a house that will never be lived in the same way again, Molly looks under the rock of a marriage, a family, an existence and brings to light what has been left in the dark. The voices of a past echoed in belongings. Items left behind. Extinguished things. (UK)

Funeral Flowers by Emma Dennis-Edwards
(Monologues, Drama / 1f)
Funeral Flowers follows the story of Angelique, a seventeen-year-old whose dreams of being a florist are a refuge from a complicated adolescence. With her mum in prison, Angelique faces bullying, abuse and growing up in the care system, but is pushing through to change her path. (UK)

Half Breed by Natasha Marshall
(Monologues, Drama / 1f)
Jazmin feels different.
She doesn’t want to stay in the village.
She doesn’t want to have a baby.
She doesn’t want to laugh at racist jokes in the local pub.
She’s got to get out.
So, when her Gran signs her up for a drama school audition in London without telling her, she thinks: “my brain is just as confused as my skin. Should I stay here? Or should I try move to London. Stay. Go. Stay. Go. Stay. Go. Stay…” (UK)

Harry Clarke by David Cale
(Full-Length Play, Dark Comedy / 1m)
The story of a shy midwestern man who feels more himself when adopting the persona of a cocky Londoner, Harry Clarke. Moving to New York and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family’s life, romancing two family members as the seductive and sexually precocious Harry, with more on his mind than just love. (US / UK)

I Love You St. Petersburg! by Bixby Elliot
(Monologues, Comedy / 1f)
Career day can be daunting, especially for musical theatre lovers… and moms. Part of the Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 44th Series. (US / UK)

Lillian by David Cale
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 1f)
Lillian, a bookish middle-aged British woman, falls for Jimmy, a man half her age. Promptly divorcing her husband, she marries the young man and buys a flower shop to support his desire to be a gardener. Unbeknownst to Lillian, however, Jimmy has a terminal heart condition, and his anticipation of the end fills him with a restless energy. (US / UK)

Love, Linda (The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter) by Cole Porter, Stevie Holland and Gary William Friedman
(Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 1f)
In this tour-de-force one-woman show, Linda Lee Thomas (Mrs. Cole Porter), candidly recounts, through song and story, her life’s journey with Cole Porter. Though Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and a spectacular, glamour-filled life. (US / UK)

Monsoon Season by Lizzie Vieh
(Short Play, Drama / 1m)
It’s monsoon season in Phoenix, and Danny hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks. Between his recent divorce, his mind-numbing job in technical support, and the neon sign from the strip club that glows through his window all night, his grasp of reality is slipping. And things only get weirder when a decapitated body is found near Danny’s job and Danny develops a fascination with circles. (US)

My Left Nut by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney
(Monologues / 1m)
400 millilitres. That’s how much liquid was drained from Michael’s left testicle when he was a teenager. That’s more than a can of coke. He should have told someone sooner, but who could he turn to? His dad died ten years ago and besides, school is full of rumours about what the giant bulge in his trousers actually is. Who wants to stop that? (UK)

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Rona Munro, based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout
(Full-Length Play, Drama / 1f)
Lucy Barton wakes after an operation to discover – much to her surprise – her mother at the foot of her bed. They haven’t seen each other in years. During their days-long visit, Lucy tries to understand her past, works to come to terms with her family, and begins to find herself as a writer. (US / UK)

Shasta Rue by Jane Martin
(Short Play, Drama / 1f)
A middle aged African American woman wearing a beauty contest swag reading “Miss Prettybelle Kentucky” tells how she and her daughter Shasta Rue crashed the beauty pageant. (US)

Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class by Dan Goggin
(Full-Length Musical, Comedy / 1f)
Sister Robert Anne is feisty, street-smart, hilarious and immensely talented. As she ‘teaches’ us how to put together a cabaret act, she also takes us on a journey of some of the most memorable numbers from the Nunsense series by award-winning composer Dan Goggin. (US / UK)

Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall
(Monologues, Drama / 1f)
An extraordinary award-winning play about faith, love and the meaning of life following an autistic eight-year-old girl who is dying of cancer, Spoonface Steinberg is at turns funny, intensely moving and profound. (UK)

The B*easts by Monica Dolan
(Monologues, Drama / 1f)
Tessa is a psychotherapist who has been instructed to provide a medical report on one of her patients for the criminal court. This has been Tessa’s most exceptional case in all her twenty years of practice. As treatment progresses she finds herself asking deeper, more far-reaching questions, not just about her patient, but about the world and its motives. (UK)

Tell Me on a Sunday by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Don Black
(Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 1f)
Tell Me on a Sunday follows a young English girl who has recently landed in New York. Brimming with optimism, she sets out to seek success, companionship and, of course, love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches, she begins to wonder whether—in fact—she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places. The show contains some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most treasured songs, including “Tell Me on a Sunday,” “Come Back with the Same Look in Your Eyes” and “Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known.” (US)

Title and Deed by Will Eno
(Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 1m)
Behold the newest nobody of the funniest century yet. He’s almost Christ-like, from a distance, in terms of height and weight. Listen closely or drift off uncontrollably, as he speaks to you directly about the notion of home and the world. All of it delivered with the authority that is the special province of the unsure and the un-homed, which is a word he made up accidentally. (US / UK)

Travellin’ Show by Jane Martin
(Short Play, Drama / 1m)
Cairo, Tennessee was a quiet, safe town until Leda Phoenix arrived to put on her outdoor show in her school bus, with a bird in flames painted on one side and a woman making love to a swan on the other. Cairo ain’t been the same since. (US)

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