short writing


Body Pillows

Three enthusiasts throughout history attempt to normalize the romantic love of body pillows: a U.S. Representative with an anime body pillow, a 1970s businessman with a Raquel Welch pillow, and an ancient Japanese rice farmer with a bamboo wife.

Directed by Yvonne Hartung
Produced by New York Madness in Love and Sex Madness
June 2017


Body Hacking Dispensary

A woman tries to implant a computer into her baby.

Directed by Taylor Reynolds
Produced by New York Madness in Future Baby Madness
April 2017


Atheist Ghost Party

Two dead scientists haunt their lab, and prove to two living scientists that ghosts are real, and not religion-related in any way.

Directed by Hannah Greene
Produced by Rule of 7x7 at The Tank
October 2016

More info here.


RAD ENOUGH DUDE??? (Yes.)

Captain N meets Glengarry Glen Ross (sort of) when a cool teen is sucked into a video game to save Ronald Reagan from copyrighted ninjas.

Directed by Ben Ferber
Produced by UglyRhino at TinyRhino Loves the 80s at Littlefield
September 2016

Shown: Nora Sørena Casey, Madison Fae, Shane Moran, Emma Orme, Alison Schilling


A Reception for Time Travellers

A huge immersive theater piece centering on a party being thrown to attract time travellers. The event led audience members through a cabaret party and 5 10-minute romps (in random order), and culminated at a huge rave.

a multi-part immersive piece by Garrett Allen, Ben Ferber, Kate Hopkins, J. Mehr Kaur, Seonjae Kim, Jason McDowell-Green Lily Riopelle; individual pieces directed by Allen, Hopkins, Kaur, Kim, and Riopelle, and a central event and the entire night directed and guided by Ferber and McDowell-Green
Produced by Williamstown Theatre Festival and presented throughout the campus of Williams College
July 2016


Surf Seance

A semi-improvised immersive piece; my section was about a grill master who is haunted by the ghosts of all the animals he ever grilled.

Directed by Rachel Kerry
Produced by BrainMelt Consortium at Catland
June 2016

More info here.

Shown: K. Burrell, Allyson Elliott, Ben Ferber, Bianca Kenna, Rachel Kerry, Connor Prickett, Ian Prince, Jonathan Rentler, Erin Soler, Olivia Wardell, Sarah Wilhelm


Illuminati Confirmed

Several professors try to prove, and disprove, that a modern-day Illuminati is real. Their research is specious.

Directed by Ben Ferber
Produced by BrainMelt Consortium in
An Evening of Secrecy and Cults You Like at Jimmy's No. 43
November 2015


I Was a Teenage Cyborg Assassin

At a school full of robots where nerds bully jocks, one cyborg tries to change the status quo.

Directed by Susannah Wolk
Produced by UglyRhino at TinyRhino: Teen Movie at Littlefield
September 2015


Andy Warhol Was Actually Part of a Real Reverse Heist that Really Happened on the Actual Moon, and Related Conspiracies Ranging from Totally True to Semi-Factual to Definitely False, as Propagated by Reddit.com and the Rest of the Internet

A play about Internet conspiracy theorists discovering how Andy Warhol smuggled art onto the moon.

Directed by Ben Ferber
Produced by Williamstown Theatre Festival at the Williams College Museum of Art
August 2015

Pictured: Joe Huffman, Jake Lozano, Maggie McDowell, Naomi Lorrain, Lindsay Rico, Ned Riseley
Photo by Danny Sharron


Keynote Speech

A parody of Apple product launches in which a CEO announces a teleporter toilet.

Directed by Ben Ferber, in collaboration with Blaze Ferrer
Produced by BrainMelt Consortium in An Exhibition of Intimate Objects at the Butt Museum at Lovecraft
May 2015

Full video of play, featuring Blaze Ferrer.


Well, This Escalated Quickly

An outsider artist ensnares an old friend into a horrifying trap.

Co-written with Donald McEwan
Accepted into the Network One Act Festival
February 2014


How to Eat

The Re-Death of a Salesman

Very short companion pieces for a competition: a husband-wife mime-based cooking show goes awry; and a door-to-door agnostic.

Co-written with Donald McEwan
Directed by Ken Wolpert
Produced by The ArtsCenter at PlaySlam

November 2013

Finalists at The ArtsCenter’s PlaySlam competition in November 2013.


A Celebration of Halloween

Curation of horror stories, poetry, creepypasta, and other related spooky texts, with a bit of original content.

Directed by Casey Oakes
Produced by Cape May Stage in their Danger! reading series
October 2013


Coin

Neo-Futurist-style sketch about a supposedly magic coin that I own.

Produced by PowerOut at Portland Stage Company as part of Candy Hearts: Sometimes Sour, Sometimes Sweet
February 2012


Everything Seems So Plausible At 1 A.M.!

Several people call their lawyer at 1 a.m. for legal advice. Some of them kill each other.

Co-written with Donald McEwan

Second Production

Directed by Jason Bailey
Produced by Common Ground Theatre as part of One Night of Absolute Dismay
February 2012
More info here.

Shown: Jeff Buckner, Patrick Campbell, Joanna Herath, and Chuck Keith

First Production

Directed by Hallie Haas
Produced by the Oberlin Student Theater Association in their Fall Showcase
September 2010


Shut Down

A Turing test is administered on a person who is not a computer. Or is she?

Directed by Nora Sørena Casey
Produced by PowerOut at the Portland Stage Company Theater for Kids
October 2011


juvenilia


It Happens Nevery Day, starring Professor Graubert

Satire of Isabel Gillies’s tell-all Happens Every Day.

Co-written with Donald McEwan
Directed by Evan Sachs
Produced by the Oberlin Student Theater Association in their 24-Hour Theater Competition

May 2011


The Failman

Two office employees' job is to figure out what their job is.

Co-written with Donald McEwan
Directed by Ben Ferber
Produced by the Oberlin Theater Department in the Kander Theatre
August 2010

Shown: Nick Elitzik, Sarah Rosengarten, Genevieve Senechal


2 Soldiers 1 Ball

A surreal (and now, fortunately, dated) farce about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Co-written with Donald McEwan

Second Production

Directed by Mora Harris
Produced by the Oberlin Student Theater Association in their Fall Showcase

September 2010

First Production

Directed by Carter Sligh
Produced by the Oberlin Student Theater Association in their 24-Hour Theater Competition

May 2010

Winner, 2010 Oberlin Student Theater Association 24-Hour Theater Competition


The OC 2010

A health and wellness presentation for college students, in theater form. Like D.A.R.E., but less in-your-face. I heavily edited and rewrote long-used, long-neglected scripts to update them for 2010s audiences.

Directed by Kyla Moore
Presented by Oberlin Center for Leadership in Health Promotion in Hall Auditorium

August 2010


In an Orbit Coterminous with Longing

Two doomed women on a lifeboat argue over their lover, a watering can.

Co-written with Donald McEwan
Directed by Carter Sligh
Produced by the Oberlin Student Theater Association in their 24-Hour Theater Competition

April 2009

Winner, 2009 Oberlin Student Theater Association 24-Hour Theater Competition