Relieve your isolation with this spoken word activity: The Coronavirus Plays

I answered a challenge from the 2020 One-Minute Play Festival to write a micro-play about human response to the “crisis.” (We might as well call it a “plague.”) You can access all 620+ plays submitted to that challenge here.

It is a lot of plays! But each is 1-2 pages, typically with two characters. You and a partner can browse, and if something strikes your fancy you can perform it for each other. People used to read poetry to each other; the spoken word is powerful and entertaining. If you’ve ever been in a play you know the experience of engaging with another player as nemesis, lover, frustrated parent, or many other roles. Whether serious or silly, nothing beats a play.

Liberate yourself from your constricted environment from time to time. Share these plays with your housemate or over the telephone. I guarantee it’s better than quizzing each other about obscure words in the dictionary.

More characters walk into a bar… (Some are alive, some not so much.)

This is the premise of Mythburgh, a short-theatre series that features the outrageous legends, zany characters and eerie locales that make Pittsburgh fun. I’m thrilled to be included again! (See previous post.)

On November 10, 8pm at Brillobox, “Murder Discorporated” sets Addison (Lydia McShane) of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on a new investigation of the skeletons in her closet. Mob hitman Johnny “The Knife” Bazzano wanders into what he hopes is the Lepus Literary and Social Association, looking for some action. What he finds is plenty of admirers– death-dealing being a popular pastime Sunday nights at Brillobox. The last seating at the Lepus Club was decades ago, but Addison and the gang still have uses for Johnny!


Mythburgh is a production of 12 Peers Theatre. The performance is pay-what-you-can, but be sure to come early and grab something from the bar (pay-what-they-say, capish?). Google map…

Some characters walk into a bar…

This is the highly generic premise of Mythburgh, a short theatre series that features the outrageous legends, zany characters and eerie locales that make Pittsburgh fun. An Air Force bomber that disappears in the Monongahela River; a flying saucer crashing a Super Bowl party; Pig Hill, the steepest street in the Burgh. Got the idea?

On September 23, 8pm at Brillobox, “Bone Wars” explores the karmic burden of a dinosaur-sized ego. Written by yours truly, and starring my friend Lydia McShane, it’s my Pittsburgh playwright debut. Please come by early for a drink and enjoy the fun.

If you can’t make it there, catch it on Facebook Live by visiting just before showtime. Cheers!apatosaurus-on-right_wide-a8aa5eeeca8bee1bd94b19d7a6ad3048a421c407-s1400-c85