Leslie Sanderson
BRISTOL, NH
A playwright, actor & director. Contest winning comic, satirical plays include themes of sexism, environment, ageism, wage equality, diversity.
Biography

Leslie Sanderson began writing plays in 2018. Since then, her plays have been produced in the USA and abroad and have won and been short listed in play contests, including New Works Festival, WI; King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays, Nova Scotia; STAGE IT!, Center for the Performing Arts, FL; Chameleon Theatre Circle, MN; JL Smith New Play Festival, PA; Short+Sweet Theatre Festivals in Dubai, U.A.E., and in Perth, Illawara and Sydney, Australia; Tiger’s Heart Players in NYC; Remarkable Theatre's Pint Sized Plays in New Zealand; and Broward College Take Ten Florida Playwrights competition in which her play was the "audience favorite."  Sanderson appears in and directs plays, musicals and staged readings in community theaters in New Hampshire and Southwest Florida.  An avid tennis player, swimmer, and traveler (not so much since C19), she shares her life with her husband and BFF Bob Ziegel, and their Standard Poodle Ivy.  

Plays

by Leslie Sanderson

SHORT PLAY 10 MINUTES

THEMES:  AUTOMATIC WEAPONS CONTROL, LACK OF MORAL WILL.

SYNOPSIS:  A terrifying look, at the kitchen table, at what we have wrought in our failure to exert gun control and put the onus on school kids to be safe.

SHORT LISTED / SEMIFINALIST

  • 2020 THE CHAMELEON THEATRE CIRCLES 21ST ANNUAL NEW PLAY CONTEST, MINNESOTA
  • 2020 STAGE IT! 10 MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL, CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA
  • 2021 SHORT+SWEET PERTH INTERNATIONAL CONTEST, PERTH, AUSTRALIA
  • 2021 SHORT+SWEET DUBAI INTERNATIONAL CONTEST, DUBAI, UAE
  • 2021 BROWARD UNIVERSITY "BE THE CHANGE" FLORIDA PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION, FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Cast:
3 any gender; 1 middle school child, 2 parents
by Leslie Sanderson

COMEDY, 10 MINUTES

FINALIST 2019 NEW WORKS FESTIVAL, VITERBO UNIVERSITY, WISCONSIN

PRODUCED:

  • 2019 CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, BONITA SPRINGS FL
  • 2020 SOCIAL DISTANCED PLAY FESTIVAL, ZOOM & YOUTUBE
  • 2022 TIGER'S PLAYERS THEATRE, NY, NY

 

Every flier’s nightmare seat mate, an economy airplane passenger and her service dog test another flier’s good will, the airline’s rules, and a flight attendant’s patience. She almost gets away with her rude behavior, but the flight attendant has the last word.

Cast:
4 any gender: pilot; flight attendant; 2 passengers
by Leslie Sanderson

COMEDY/SATIRE - 12 MINUTES

THEMES: LIVING WAGE; TAX EVASION; WHITE PRIVILEGE; DNA TESTING 

A hoity-toity couple figure their application to the country club is in the bag. But they deny their overworked housekeeper a promised raise, so she pairs up with the family dog to spoil the deal.

 

Cast:
4 any gender: chairman of country club board; husband; wife; housekeeper
by Leslie Sanderson

COMEDY, 10 MINUTES

THEMES: ENVIRONMENT; AGEISM; GLOBAL WARMING

SYNOPSIS: To solve the problem of mounting solid waste, the Government implements a macabre, but practical, solution that transfers “disposables” to the Soylent Green Plant.   

FINALIST: 2021 BROWARD COLLEGE "TAKE TEN" FLORIDA PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION (Audience Favorite)

EXTINCTION REBELLION (UK) CREATIVE HUB

 

Cast:
2 any gender; one older; one younger
by Leslie Sanderson

COMEDY Running 12 minutes

THEMES: AGEISM; INFIDELITY; VANITY

SYNOPSIS: Laura kvetches about aging and ageism.  Her complaining drives Jeff to audition and cast a replacement wife which blind sides their son and enacts Laura's melodramatic death wish. 

SHORT LISTED:

  • 2019 KING'S SHORTS FESTIVAL OF TEN MINUTE PLAYS, KING'S THEATRE, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
  • 2021 SHORT+SWEET PERTH 
  • 2021 SHORT+SWEET DUBAI

PRODUCED 2019, CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA

 

 

Cast:
3: 1 male husband older; 1 female older; 1 adult child any gender
by Leslie Sanderson and Deborah Williams

COMEDY, 10 MINUTES

THEMES:  DIVERSITY, WHITE PRIVILEGE, JUNETEENTH

SYNOPSIS: A committee of three White men plan a Diversity Day celebration at D’Nile’s warehouse.  A 4th committee member, alien Bobbye who is inscrutable and androgynous, challenges their assumptions as a foil for the men’s cluelessness and beliefs about race, disabilities, sexual preference and gender. 

STAGE READ 2020 CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, BONITA SPRINGS, FL

Cast:
3 white men (or white women disguised as white men) 1 any gender
by Leslie Sanderson

COMEDY 10 MINUTES

THEMES: AGEISM, HEALTH CARE, MARIJUANA LAWS

Seniors experience the pitfalls of medical marajuana.

Cast:
4 any gender: husband 60+; wife 60+, 2 Emergency Medical Technicians

Successes

Infrequent Fliers is a Finalist in New Zealand's Remarkable Theatre's Pint Sized Plays.  Playing in N pubs May 5 - 8, 2022

DISPOSABLES was selected by EXTINCTION REBELLION (UK) and is posted on its CREATIVE HUB. January 2022

https://xrcreative.org/

Extinction Rebellion is a global environmental movement with the stated aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. Extinction Rebellion was established in the United Kingdom in May 2018 by Gail Bradbrook, Simon Bramwell and Roger Hallam, along with 8 other co-founders from the campaign group Rising Up!

TIGER'S HEART THEATRE (NYC) PRODUCED INFREQUENT FLIERS January, 2022

Blood Lines premiered at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs in February, 2021 to cheers and acclaim.  Very funny play!

Several of my short plays have won and placed in national and international play competitions, including

2019 New Works Festival, Viterbo University, WI;

2020 King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays, Kings Theater, Nova Scotia;

2020 STAGE IT! 10-minute play competition;

2020 Chameleon Theatre Circle's 21st Annual New Play Contest;

2021 Short+Sweet Theatre Festivals in Dubai and Perth;

2021 Broward College Take Ten Florida Playwrights competition.

See individual plays for more information.