Plays in Progress

The following scripts are in various states of progress, and I’m looking for developmental opportunities for them — readings, workshops, and full productions.  For additional information, please see the individual page for each play listed, with its link, in the column to the right.  For questions about any of these scripts or a perusal copy, contact me directly at sandyasher@gmail.com.

For young audiences:

CHICKEN STORY TIME  A full-immersion play for the very young, inspired by my picture book of the same name and bringing together stories, children, and chickens.  Requires three actors, any gender, plus puppets.

PRINCESS BEE AND THE ROYAL GOOD-NIGHT STORY, small-cast musical for young audiences and families about a princess whose Mum goes to Goodness-Knows-Where for three whole days and three whole nights, leaving others to tell good-night stories that are simply not good enough – until Bee discovers the power of Mum’s stories within herself.  Music by Richard Biever.  Looking for developmental opportunities and world premiere.

STUFF: A CURIOUS COLLECTION, a one-act for family audiences with a flexible cast of 6 – 10+ actors, young and/or adult.  The mimed character of STUFF is stuff personified, the bits and pieces of our lives.  STUFF calls to us, teases us, tickles us, troubles and inspires us – and, in so doing, realizes its own potential. In this case, the “us” are five unwitting ONES who discover how shared stories, both real and ridiculous, rekindle creativity and build community.  Commissioned by Adventure Stage Chicago. 

WELCOME HOME, BEAR! is a new script for very young audiences about Bear and Mouse, neighbors with very different lifestyles who learn to be friends.  It requires two actors, any gender, who serve as storyteller/puppeteers.  With adjustments, the same script can be performed in front of individual classrooms or in larger venues.  

WIN-OR-LOSE STANLEY, a large cast play for young actors about a runt piglet and his devotion to his beloved melonball team, the Moore Farm Menagerie. Commissioned and given a workshop performance by The Open Eye Theater, Margaretville, NY.  Looking for additional development/production opportunities.

For adult audiences:

DEATH VALLEY:  A LOVE STORY, full-evening script for adult audiences featuring three actresses playing a variety of roles, both male and female, woven through a tale of love, loss, grief, and recovery inspired by the actual journals, photographs, and collages of two therapist/artists who faced a diagnosis of leukemia together.  Following rehearsed readings at Tellus360 in Lancaster, PA, The Open Eye Theater, Margaretville, NY, and Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Frederick, MD, I’m looking for the world-premiere full production.

DINNER IS NOT SERVED, 10-minute comedy for 1 m, 3 w, developed at a recent Lancaster (PA) 24-Hour Plays event, about a shy couple fumbling toward taking their relationship “to the next level.”

THE NURSE’S REBELLION, 10-minute play for 1 m, 3 w, exploring Shakespeare’s struggles with his characters as he creates “Romeo and Juliet.”  Soon to be included in an anthology from Dramatic Publishing Company.


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