Saturday, December 1, 2018

New interview with me - MARTHA PATTERSON


Here's a just-published interview with me, plus a summary of some of my work, on the "Unknown Playwrights" blog written and edited by Bryan Stubbles:

unknownplaywrights.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/martha-patterson/

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

New essay about my father

MY SOUTHERN DAD
It was 1963, the dawn of the Beatles.  My family lived in West Newton, a suburb of Boston known as “The Garden City.”  I was the third of four children born to middle-class parents... 

Friday, November 2, 2018

New short plays - CROSS-COUNTRY and LATE NIGHT WITH MU SHU PORK


CROSS-COUNTRY - A play about millennials.  Tiffany and
Travis wonder if they should still be together while driving
cross-country.


LATE NIGHT WITH MU SHU PORK - A short play written
for an LGBTQ theatre.  Over Chinese food, four friends get a
little drunk and do some talking about “stuff.”

Thursday, October 18, 2018

New short drama - LEAVING

A drama about mental illness, written for a theatre producing plays about disability.

SYNOPSIS: A schizophrenic woman can't handle her husband's wish for divorce.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

2 new productions this fall - THE LONELY MONSTER and HAMLET'S REVENGE

Two new productions in the fall of 2018:

Short monologue THE LONELY MONSTER (comic piece about the monster known as Frankenstein) to be produced at the end of October by the Samuel French Green Room reading series, Hollywood, California;

Short parody HAMLET'S REVENGE (based on the opening scene with Hamlet's father's Ghost) to be produced Dec. 7th, 8th, & 9th by the Laughing Pig Theatre, Mesa, Arizona.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SOD OFF, A Short Play for Youth

For kids ages 12-16. This is a play with a theme that is commonplace today.

SYNOPSIS: Wendy saves Alex from a school bully.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

TWO-TIMING, A New Short Play

SYNOPSIS: A roadie for a band and the woman he meets argue about sex and fidelity on a fall day in New York City.

New short play - OFFICE POLITICS

A 10-minute play about the workplace.

SYNOPSIS: Tempers flare in a chiropractic office where no one is happy.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

New full-length serio-comedy, WITH EYES CLOSED

SYNOPSIS: Full-length one-act. Jane is a political person and also a bit of a crank. What happens to her relationship with the math-loving cab driver she marries?  Through the course of a year, we follow their fraught relationship.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A STEADY DRIP, A New Work of Flash Fiction


Despite a possible new boyfriend and treatment for her auto-immune disorder, everything seems to go wrong for an older woman.

New Work of Flash Fiction - TWO MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENTS


How much does a young woman's loss of virginity cost?  ...Maybe a lot.

New Short Comedy - HAMLET'S REVENGE


SYNOPSIS:  A parody.  Hamlet's father's Ghost wants Hamlet to avenge his murder, but Hamlet is young and foolish and says his father never paid much attention to him, anyway.

New Short Essay - LEARNING FRENCH


"Most people don't listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." - Stephen R. Covey

An essay defending the reply.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

BROCCOLI FOR DINNER - A New Short Comedy


Written for older actors.

SYNOPSIS: What happens when a wife serves her husband a green vegetable for dinner?  ...Maybe something good.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New Short Comedy - ORPH & EURI IN HELL


SYNOPSIS:  A brief comic play.  Based on the classic myth of Orpheus and Euridice, the two protagonists find themselves unable to change their fate, despite encouragement from God.

Friday, September 7, 2018

AT THE LIBRARY, A New Short Play

SYNOPSIS:  A cranky librarian gives a customer a hard time, but he makes things “right” with her.

Monday, August 27, 2018

New Short Play - RONALD'S HOUSE

A satire about a man like Donald Trump.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

ALMOST GRADUATED, New Short Play

Synopsis: Students Rose and Stan try to talk their way out of their debt crisis.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

UGLY AS A BEAR, A Short Monologue

Based on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, this is a short monologue spoken by Helen, a woman in her 20s who, while roaming through the forest, thinks she can win her would-be lover over.

Friday, July 6, 2018

DISABILITY, A New Short Play

A dysfunctional couple argue about money and decide to have a baby.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

New monologue - TIME FLIES

A monologue on grief.  An older woman reminisces to her rosebush-tending neighbor about her deceased mother on the anniversary of her mother's death.

"People say time flies, and it does.  Like a seagull speeding its way from the shore to the ocean."

New Short Comedy - A THIRD SEX


One-minute comedy written for a competition.  While drinking shots of vodka, two young women share their disenchantment with men and wonder about the possibility of a third sex.

Revision of Comic Monologue - THOUGHTS OVER A GLASS OF BEER


A monologue.  Eccentric Rupert entertains his new neighbor with thoughts on astrology, the sun, and the planets.

New comedy for Elementary School Kids - MRS. HURLBUT ON HEALTH & HYGIENE


SYNOPSIS: Comedy.  Incompetent Mrs. Hurlbut tries to rein in her 11-year-old students while teaching them about the birds and the bees.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

LEADING LADY - A new monologue

Written for an opportunity for "Me Too" plays, a theme that has gotten lots of press...

A short monologue set in the present.  A young actress recalls being taken advantage of by her leading man in a play when she was in college.

Monday, January 15, 2018

New monologue - BAD MOTHER

Written for a Canadian competition...

In a small public park, young Jamie abandons her cat and then regrets it. 

New monologue - THE LONELY MONSTER

The monster known as Frankenstein bemoans his ugly fate as he takes a selfie with his cell phone.

New flash fiction - THE PRIVILEGE OF TRAVEL

A New York woman and an Englishman have a contretemps aboard a ship over her announcement that she's always been lucky to be thin.

New work of flash fiction - VALENTINE'S DAY

A short work of under 1000 words...

Impatient Sally and mostly silent Muggeridge have long-standing lunch dates on breaks from their dull jobs, but will Valentine's Day be their catalyst for a real romance?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New 10-minute Celtic play - MILES FROM DUBLIN AND GALWAY

Just wrote this short play for a competition for Celtic-themed scripts...
SYNOPSIS:  A leprechaun and a young woman meet by accident and argue about prejudice.

Another new monologue - WITH DEEP REGRETS

SYNOPSIS: Rowena, daughter of a serial murderer, explains her life to a journalist.

New monologue - THOUGHTS OVER A GLASS OF BEER

Finished a new short monologue...
SYNOPSIS:  Rupert, something of an eccentric, entertains his neighbor with thoughts about the enormous force of the Sun.