SHORT PLAYS by LISA BRUNA

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INVASION

INVASION

A tell-it-like-it-is executive on her way to an important meeting is trapped in her worst nightmare when the antiquated elevator she's riding gets stuck between floors, and the only other rider is a meddlesome next-door neighbor she's made a long-time habit of avoiding. AWARDS: NEW YORK INNOVATIVE THEATRE AWARD Outstanding Original Short Script, 2015 BEST PLAYWRIGHT Manhattan Theatre Source Estrogenius Festival, 2014 Contact Lisa for info & licensing. Pictured: Renee Stork, Trey Blackburn

FOG

FOG

A science prodigy living alone with mild Alzheimer’s is visited by his younger brother who struggles to come to terms with the slow demise of the hero he always looked up to. AWARD: FIRST PLACE WINNER Theatre Workshop of Owensboro Summer Shorts Annual New Play Festival (Awarded for Writing Excellence & Artistic Value) Owensboro, KY 2016 SELECT MONOLOGUES Available for download at PerformerStuff.com Contact Lisa Bruna for info and Licensing. Pictured: Michael DeGrotta, Michael Beecher

YELLOW

YELLOW

The curves in the road of life become increasingly tricky to maneuver for a young woman struggling to take the wheel after years of driving under the influence of her outspoken but well-meaning brother. AWARD: THIRD PLACE WINNER Camino Real Playhouse 23rd Annual (ShowOff!) International Playwriting Contest San Juan Capistrano, CA, 2016 SELECT MONOLOGUES Available for download at PerformerStuff.com Contact Lisa Bruna for info & Licensing. Pictured Ian Rattray, Emma Hutchinson, Shawn Miller

REDEMPTION

REDEMPTION

Passions threaten to reignite between two former flames when she boldly crashes his date night six months post-break-up to taunt him with a provocative memento she found tucked in the back of his sock drawer. AWARD: AUDIENCE FAVORITE Manhattan Theatre Source Estrogenius Festival, 2012 Contact Lisa Bruna for Info and licensing. Pictured: Eric Salas, Kari Budyk

KNOCKOUT

KNOCKOUT

While settling into their hotel for a weekend getaway, the wife-half of a lackluster marriage attempts to reconnect with her husband by posing a probing question. PUBLICATION 5-MINUTE PLAYS Anthology Applause Theatre & Cinema Books A Division of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: June Cox, Steve d'Oliveira

CROSS-CHECK

CROSS-CHECK

On a plane preparing for take-off, and while under the influence of William Faulkner’s ghost, a young writer reveals an unexpected link to the life of a fellow passenger as he braces for a transition into the next phase of his life. AWARD: HONORABLE MENTION William Faulkner Literary Competition New Albany, MS, 2017 Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: J. Paul Heiner, Calvin Bankert, Jim McConville

GOLD STANDARD

GOLD STANDARD

When gorgeous-but-gullible Ashley sabotages her own first date by inviting her outspoken life coach along, her unsuspecting suitor soon learns there's more to life (coaching) - and more to Ashley - than meets the eye. AWARD EstroGenius Festival Winner (2017) Published in BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS OF 2018 Smith & Kraus Theatre Book Publishers Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: Kari Budyk, J. Paul Heiner, Dan Thagard

UNDO

UNDO

A pair of Florida condo mates enlist the help of a know-it-all neighbor to undo a low-tech mistake with high-stakes consequences. PRODUCTION LICENSING Available for licensing through ArtAge Senior Theatre Contact: Bonnie Vorenberg bonniev@seniortheatre.com Pictured: Steve d'Oliveira, Angela Piraino, Patt Sessa

MEDIUM RARE

MEDIUM RARE

After a disappointing high school reunion, Normal Ted confronts the psychic medium who led him astray, demanding a refund or at the very least a better outcome. PUBLICATION Typical Tina's monologue from Medium Rare THE BEST WOMEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES OF 2016 Smith & Kraus Theatre Book Publishers Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: John Zambito, Clelia Patrizio

INDELIBLE

INDELIBLE

A father-daughter relationship is tested by life events, prompting each of them to seek guidance from the one woman they trust most. But which one of them is giving her the true account of what’s going on? Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: Ashlee DeGelleke, Patrick James, Sharon Barnert

FAKING IT

FAKING IT

Casey tries to fake her way out of an after-school obligation and, in the process, discovers a genuine bond with someone close to her. PUBLICATION 5-MINUTE PLAYS FOR TEENS Anthology Applause Theatre & Cinema Books A Division of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing.

CHILLERS

CHILLERS

Grocery stock clerk, Conrad, becomes an unwitting human shield for the recently-jilted Barbara, who fears a run-in with her ex-boyfriend during a New Year's Eve shopping errand. But what kind of game is Barbara playing on this day of auld lang syne? Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: Thomas Spencer, Cindy Thagard

SMOOTH MOVE

SMOOTH MOVE

Two 20-something buddies survive an armed intruder, a sassy receptionist, a bagel incident, and a sticky situation during a weekend visit to a hospital emergency room. Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: Jim McConville,Tyler William David Chapman, Calvin Bankert

CUTS

CUTS

With just a few hours left before the holiday hiatus, the slings and arrows are flying fast between a jaded leading lady and her ingénue scene partner, until they discover common ground on the pages of a lackluster script. Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: Isabella Werber, Susan B. Emley

HEAVY LIFTING

HEAVY LIFTING

A tight friendship among three middle-aged women threatens to unravel when an early morning incident sparks a series of accusations, finger-pointing, and cover-ups. Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: Paula Sackett, Victoria Goulet

UPSHOT

UPSHOT

While searching for their misplaced Buick, two university students stumble upon a cantankerous cloaked figure perched on a park bench in the wee hours of an eerie Halloween morning. Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: Michael Beecher (masked), Dan Thagard, Calvin Bankert

EARLY BIRD

EARLY BIRD

A self-absorbed yuppy under the influence of cheap champagne straight from the bottle and free advice straight from her best friend endures a break-up and a break-in all in the same evening. Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: Kari Budyk, Jennifer Genco

ASIDE

ASIDE

An unlikely love triangle results when an unskilled stage director attempts to guide a mismatched pair of thespians through a rehearsal of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing. Pictured: Kari Budyk, J. Paul Heiner, Victoria Goulet

GODWISE

GODWISE

A lonely American housewife on the cusp of the historic women’s movement of the 1960s is dreaming of a better life when she receives divine intervention from an unexpected source. Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing.

SHAMING AVA

SHAMING AVA

A guilt-wracked woman checks herself in to a public shaming center to confess a wicked act, but her attempt is thwarted by an unexpected loophole in the honor system. AWARD: COMMENDATION A.R.T. Vegan Playwriting Contest Almost Random Theatre, Oxford, England (2016) Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing.

HYPNIC JERK

HYPNIC JERK

Ray awakens in the dead of night and is forced to reflect on those 3 a.m. regrets that haunt the back of one’s brain. Contact Lisa Bruna for info and licensing.

© 2014 -2019 by LISA BRUNA  American Playwright, New York, South Florida Theatre