Here at the Playwrights' Center, we choose to assume good intent among our members and their work. Yet, we also want to provide a space that allows for constructive feedback from various identities, backgrounds, and experiences. Sometimes, a piece of writing can be unintentionally triggering for a variety of reasons. If you find yourself uncomfortable at any moment, don't feel pressured to continue reading. If you read a play description and are unsure whether it's right for you, please email Alayna Jacqueline Barnes, firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information—including spoilers if that's what you need.
DON'T TRY ANYTHING FUNNY by Jerry Polner
What is the horrible accounting truth and why doesn't anyone want to hear it? Gwen is a mid-career CPA who secretly always wanted to be the class clown, and now she's running out of time. She might be able to make a career transition if only she wasn't the deputy state auditor charged with getting a corrupt state government out of bankruptcy. Gwen gives the authorities her accounting truth, only to find that what they really wanted was the class clown.
Is this script right for you?
This play includes sexual jokes and innuendos.
THE PIANO: A MIDWEST HAUNTING by Heather Meyer
In rural Minnesota in the dustbowl, a young woman tries to become a teacher to her father and her stepmother's chagrin. The tension rises when the piano begins playing itself.
Is this script right for you? This play includes depictions of a mean stepmother and a no longer-alive mother.
JACK KENNEDY WAS A FRIEND OF MINE by Ron Stoltz
Our play is set in the spring of 1972, as Richard Nixon’s first term as President is coming to an end. It examines how a dining set, at one time occupying the family dining room in the JFK White House, became the object of desire by two wealthy and ambitious rivals on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Caught in the middle is a successful American buyer and seller of fine imported goods, who acquires the set under strange circumstances, and must now consider the consequences of releasing it to one or the other of these rivals.