James Van Oort
Mankato, MN

Plays

by James C. Van Oort

This ten-minute play joins brothers Patrick and Zane as they take a nighttime car ride through a nostalgic $50 bet, doubts about life and perspective, and the traumatic suicide of their younger brother.  Ultimately, they conclude they have nothing if they don't have each other, and the sacred $50 bet from decades ago keeps the brothers tethered to their past. 

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by James C. Van Oort

The daughters of Sig Anderson have been called home by their regretful father with the hope of reconciling with the family's abusive, dark past.  One by one, they reveal the reasons behind their contempt for Sig in the face of his attempt to atone for his mistakes. 

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Sig Anderson Antonia Anderson Virginia Munn Samantha Patel J.R. Munn
by James C. Van Oort

Mortician Bertrand Strand discovers that the life of his family is more important than his work with the dead as his alcoholic wife Cynthia embarks on an extra-marital affair and his daughter LeighAnna faces a terrible struggle with osteosarcoma.  Discoveries on mortality and the pains of life are revealed behind every closed door and velvet drape of the funeral home, and Bert must make a choice between the family struggling to survive and the noble calling he has served all of his life. 

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by James C. Van Oort

Funded by the South Dakota Arts Council in 2017, this comedy shows the antics of the disfunctional Appel-Paiye-Baker family.  Half siblings Georgia Paiye and Michael Appel struggle to come of age in a home their mother shares with both a husband and an ex-husband.  As Georgia seeks her place in the world, Michael seems bent on tearing everything down. 

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