All of the plays listed below are available for production, and all have been previously produced--they're audience-tested and ready for you!

For plays pulished by Heuer, please contact the publisher directly.

For all other plays, e-mail me at playwrightj@yahoo.com.

Please note: Smith & Kraus publishing announced in early 2013 that they would not be licensing 10-minute
plays any more. For plays noted below as being published by Smith & Kraus, or if you've already seen them
in one of the anthologies, you may contact me directly regarding licensing.

Thank you for your interest in my work! Comments are always welcome.

Where have I been produced? Click here for a partial list.



The Full-Lengths

Walpole Footlighters, 2008


Dinner for Several
A canceled dinner date turns into a night of love, longing and a lot of laughs.
A funny look at love and relationships.
4 women, 3 men. Full unit set. 2 hours.


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Winner of the 2004 James Sunwall New Play Award.

"...quick, comic and perfectly plotted. A thinking person's Friends."
--Sidney Homan, Acrosstown Rep

"...a laugh-filled take on singlehood and coupling."--Jim Dorman, Patriot Ledger

"Riotous and clever...an original show that will have you laughing and thinking all night long."
--Tony Annicone, Little Rhody Theatre


Curtain Call Theatre, 2006

One Before Forty
Kevin Gable gave himself until 40 to find true love. With his deadline rapidly approaching,
the woman he's always waited for has walked into his life...why is that such a bad thing?
A full-length romantic comedy.
3 men, 2 women. Simple set. 90 minutes.

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>see production photos
    
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One-Act & 10-Minute Plays

Curtain Call Theatre, 2004


Bob's Date
Bob is going on his first date in two years. In his head, Nerves, Logic, Libido, Confidence, and Bull work out a plan for the night.
But then Emotion wakes up--and that definitely wasn't in the plan.
5 men, 2 women. Minimal set. 40 minutes.

PUBLISHED BY
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"For a comedy, it's a lot more touching than you think you're going to get."
--Richard Carey, director, Peabody Veterans Memorial High

"The plot is very funny, the characters are dynamic...Cast members loved the play and were very passionate about their roles."
--Ellen Coryat, director, Creeekside High School

"The characters are all very powerful in their own way and blended together to make an outstanding ensemble. The fact that Mr. Shanahan leaves the set design completely
open lets you make it a unique show. A truly great show for director and cast."
--Palmer Huff, director, Paradise Community Theater


Hot Water

Premiered at the 2012 Boston Theater Marathon!

Jack and Rico haven't seen each other for about 26 years, mostly because Rico's been in prison...thanks to Jack.
Now Rico shows up at Jack's seafood shack, looking for the lobster dinner he was promised all those years ago.

2 men, 1 woman. 10 minutes.

E-mail me for an excerpt.


The 10-Minute Play Guide to Life

Premiered at Acme Theatre's 2013 New Works Festival!

If you've never been to a 10-minute play festival, you may not know that every problem
you may ever face can be resolved in just . . . well, you know.

A public service announcement in short play form.

3 actors; at least 1 woman. 10 minutes.

E-mail me for an excerpt.


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Brushstroke
An artist is one brushstroke away from completing a brilliant painting. But he can't--or won't--take the final step.
2 men, simple set. Drama. 10
minutes.

Available in the Smith & Kraus anthology,
Best 10-minute Plays of 200
7, 2 Actors.

PUBLISHED BY
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That Thing
Carl remembers it. Linda does, too. Problem is, only one of them enjoyed it--and the other's never bothered to mention that they didn't.
1 man, 1 woman. 10 minutes.

Available in the Smith & Kraus anthology,
Best 10-minute Plays of 2008, 2 Actors.

PUBLISHED BY
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"...age and sex, lovingly and wittily discussed!"--Larry Stark, Theater Mirror.


Mansfield Music & Arts Society, 2008

The Worst Possible Time for Writer's Block
Peter is dying. All he wants to do is write one more poem. But the clock is ticking, and it doesn't help that a Minion of Death
is in the corner, being a smartass. Will Peter find one last poem? Can his sister bargain with death for more time?
2 men, 1 woman. Minimal set. 10 minutes.

PUBLISHED BY
1

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"The moment I started reading it, I started laughing. It's simply perfect."
--Mary Locker, Heartlande Theatre Co.

"...makes a major, if comedic, statement about perception and value and treasure versus trash."
--Kathleen Kirby, Flint Journal


Paw Paw Village Players, 2007

Dance in Venice
Every vacation has to end sometime, right? Rachel doesn't think so. Now all she needs to do is convince her husband
to not return to their old life back home.
1 man, 1 woman. 15 minutes.

PUBLISHED BY
1

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Voted audience favorite, Paw Paw Village Players' ONE-ACTS 10.5 FESTIVAL, 2007



Curtain Call Theatre, 2008

First Time for Everything
Ben and Dorie did it for the first time last night--and their waitress knows it.
A 10-minute laugh-out-loud comedy for 1 man and 3 women.

Available in the Smith & Kraus anthology,
Best 10-Minute Plays of 2009, 2 or More Actors.

PUBLISHED BY
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Voted audience favorite,
Rapscallions Theatre Collective Salute UR Shorts 2008.

"Very funny, with a blackout ending that took me completely by surprise."
--Mike Folie, playwright

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Attleboro Community Theatre, 2005

Waiting for the End of the World
In a small city park, three of the Four Horsemen gather for the start of the Apocalypse.
But Famine is running late and isn't answering his cell phone. Should they get on with Armageddon anyway?
2 men, 1 woman. Simple set. 20 minutes.

>read an excerpt      
>see production photos
    
>request a free perusal copy
>read the backstory


Camelot Players of Lowell, 2005

Owen & George Play Chess
Owen and George are playing chess in a park when George announces that he could kill Owen.
Right now.
A dark, quirky comedy.
2 men. Simple set. 12-15 minutes.

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>see production photos
     
>request a free perusal copy

>read the backstory


Still Life with Elephant
Problems don't go away if you ignore them. Instead, they wait in the living room for you to get home. Hope you brought food.
2 men, 1 woman. 10 minutes.

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Medway Players, 2007

Grievance
Dennis Kavanaugh won the lottery and then was shot dead. Obviously, God is to blame, so it's time for a little
head-to-head chat with Him.
2 men or 1 man and 1 woman. Simple set. 15 minutes.

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"...marvelously intimate and monumentally important at the same time."
--Judd Lear Silverman, playwright.


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Tall Order
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day--even moreso when it's New Years' Day and your menu choice
will determine the outcome of your whole year.
2 men, 1 woman. 10 minutes.

Winner of "The Charlie" Audience Choice Award, Acme New Works Winter Fest 2008

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One Last Thing
Alex got hit by a bus and died...more or less. Now he's "looping," and it's going to keep happening until he figures out why.
2 men, 1 woman. Simple set. 15 minutes.

Winner of "Outstanding Author" honors at the 2nd Annual
Chester Horn Short Play Fest, NYC.

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