Ten-Minute Plays

Ten-minute plays by EM Lewis have been produced across the country, and around the world!  They have been part of festivals of short plays, and occasionally they have been grouped together into an evening of their own.

"The Edge of Ross Island," winner of the UMBC IN10 Competition.

“The Edge of Ross Island,” winner of the UMBC IN10 Competition – honoring short plays with strong roles for young women.

Ten-Minute Plays

  • $2,500 OBO  –  (2F/1M)  The things they fail to tell you in the manual.
  • American Family – (2F/1M)  One grave.  Two wives.  When did life get so complicated?
  • Apple Season  –  (1F/1M)  Billy wants to buy Lissie’s family farm, but he didn’t reckon what her asking price would be.
  • Ask Roberto!  –  (1F/2M)  Marital advice from your favorite cooking show host?  Bam!
  • Bohemian. Like You.  –  (2M/1F)  Threesome, anyone?
  • Cat Walk  –  (1F/1M)  When she hires a male escort to go on a (platonic!) hike with her, neither of them realizes what they’re getting into.
  • Dress Black  –  (1M/1F)  All he has to do is get her to the funeral.  Easy, right?
  • Dress Up  –  (1M/1F)  You’re not wearing that, are you?  (Holiday!)
  • Drop-Off Day  –  (2F)  It’s “drop off your kid at college” day, but nobody is ready to say goodbye.
  • The Edge of Ross Island  –  (2F/2M)  A female cop tries to talk a jumper down from the Ross Island Bridge.
  • Glory  –  (5 actors)  My sister’s name is Glory.  Was.  Will always be.
  • If We Kissed  –  (2M)  A stage kiss between a straight actor and a gay actor turns awkward.
  • The Last Four Things My Father Held Against Me  –  (2M)  Frank isn’t Catholic, but when he finds himself in Father Sebastian’s confessional, he finds that he does have a few things he needs to get off his chest.
  • Lend Me a Mentor  –  (2 actors)  This young writer needs a mentor, and isn’t taking no for an answer.
  • Leonard’s Voice  –  (1M/2W)  Leonard is hearing things.  Bad things.
  • The Manuscript  –  (2 actors)  Editing is the hardest thing to do.  (sequel to “Lend Me a Mentor”)
  • Martinis, Potatoes, and Roast Beast  –  (2M/1W)  Meeting family at the holidays; what could go wrong?  (Holiday!)
  • The One Thing I Ask You For  –  (2M)  When do you say enough is enough?  Especially when it’s you’re brother you’re talking to…
  • Partners  –  (2W/1M)  Val brings her macho cop partner home to meet her life partner.
  • Reveille  –  (2M)  Linny signs up for the military in the wake of 9/11; his father has strong feelings about that.
  • Sing Me That Leonard Cohen Song Again  –  (1M/1F)  His sister needs money, but he knows what she’d use it for.
  • Six Bottles of Heineken After the Silverado  –  (1F/1M)  First date after being widowed; they may need more beer.
  • This Isn’t About Love  –  (1M/1F)  A mid-day roll in the hay turns serious.  At least for one of them.
  • This Thing Called Winter  –  (2M)  “You’re so far away, is all I’m saying.”  A father/son play.
  • Waiting for the Skell  –  (1F/1M)  Two cops on stake-out; one secret.
"Drop-Off Day" by EM Lewis at the 2013 Off-Center Festival.

“Drop-Off Day” by EM Lewis at the 2013 Off-Center Festival.  Lewis has written more than half a dozen plays set in cars for Moving Arts’ signature event, The Car Plays; they have been featured at festivals in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Costa Mesa.

"Partners" in the Briefs Festival of LGBT plays in St. Louis, MO.

“Partners” in the Briefs Festival of LGBT plays in St. Louis, MO.

"Dance Me to the End of Love" - an evening of short plays by EM Lewis, produced by the DramaDogs in Santa Barbara, CA in 2014.

“Dance Me to the End of Love” – an evening of short plays by EM Lewis, produced by the DramaDogs in Santa Barbara, CA in 2014.

"Flight - An Evening of short plays by EM Lewis" at Moving Arts.

“Flight – An Evening of short plays by EM Lewis” at Moving Arts.