Saturday, December 3, 2016

Four One-Page Holiday Plays by Martha Patterson

FAMILY ACTS - a very short 2-character play. Synopsis: During the holidays, a mother and daughter argue about competition in the family.

A CHRISTMAS GOTH - a short monologue. Synopsis: Tallulah, a hip, 20-something fashionista, records a YouTube video with which she hopes to make herself famous.    

SANTA'S TOAST - a short holiday monologue.  Synopsis: Just before Christmas, Santa has a night out at a saloon and reveals that he is bald.

THE ELF'S PROMOTION - a short holiday monologue. Synopsis: Macadamia, one of Santa’s elves, addresses fellow elves at a saloon with the hope he'll be promoted in the workshop.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

New short play - MARCIE, A Monologue about Homelessness

Cast is 1 woman.

SYNOPSIS:  At a YMCA crafts class, Marcie remembers a time when she was on the streets.

(Written for a public Chicago performance of plays to benefit the homeless.)


Cast is 1 woman.    

SYNOPSIS:  Sue, an incensed woman, addresses her local political group about the recent 2016 Presidential election.  

(This play was written specifically for a New York City competition for short pieces about Women vs. Trump.)  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A TIME FOR EVERYTHING - Two-Act Play by Martha Patterson

Cast: 3 women, 2 men.

SYNOPSIS:  A serio-comedy that takes place while Trump and Hillary are running for President.  Samantha, unemployed, and Olive, a housewife, are best friends.  While preparing for the Boston Marathon, Samantha becomes a surrogate mother for Olive and her husband Dean.  Dean loses his job and Olive opens an antique shop with Samantha. Olive occupies her free time waiting for the baby’s arrival by rehearsing for an audition with the renowned Huntington Theatre, dreaming of becoming an actress despite having no signs of talent whatsoever. Meanwhile, as the 2016 Presidential race is moving forward, Olive and Dean’s friend Steve breaks up with an unsuitable woman and takes a sudden interest in Sam.  With desires of being a life coach, and despite his inexperience, Steve coaches Olive with her audition, and Sam with the LaMaze method of giving birth. When the baby is born, who will win the election, and will these four pals remain fast friends?

Friday, November 11, 2016

New 10-minute play: THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE


On Valentine's Day, a geometry professor overly invested in his students seems reluctant to make love to his new wife.  What is it that makes them finally connect - the possibility of having a baby named Euclid?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

New one-act play by Martha Patterson - GOING OVERBOARD

Just completed writing a new one-act romantic comedy (revised and developed from a much shorter version I wrote a few years ago) - GOING OVERBOARD.  I'm always nostalgic for New York and this is a very New York-centric story.

SYNOPSIS: Depressed Miranda and easygoing Arthur, two middle-aged people dumped by their exes, meet by accident on the Staten Island Ferry.

Friday, September 9, 2016

New "Brexit" monologue - LEAVING THE E.U.

Written specifically for English theatres on the theme of Britain's political separation from the rest of Europe, LEAVING THE E.U. is a short comic monologue, spoken by a 20-something British girl who has just been woken up by her nagging vegan sister.  While brushing her teeth, she wonders what good will come of the Brexit.