PLAYS

WELCOME TO LIZ COLEY PLAYS


My goal as a writer is to take people places they never thought to go, to understand the enemy,
to open eyes and hearts, to expose truths both shining and dark, to heal whenever possible.

Unpublished plays (please contact Liz for permission to perform) 
  Link to New Play Exchange


SIX LITTLE LOVE STORIES
Follow love’s course from hello to goodbye,
with occasional detours.


With a run time of 60 minutes, this collection of six 10-min plays may be performed as a whole, with a cast of 2 MF couples (with triple casting) to 6 MF couples, tracing the life cycle of relationships: where we meet, whether and why we stay together; how we say goodbye. Includes: After You, Looking for Mister Swipe Right, Compound Interest, The Wall, The Compliment, One Perfect Day.
Multiple staged readings include the Fifth Third Bank Theater at the Aronoff Center, full production of After You at Northpark Playwrights Festival. Available royalty free on New Play Exchange.




SPROUTS
You never know how they'll turn out.

This 10-minute play for 1M, 1F, + 1 more actor explores the similarities between raising a child and a couple's first attempt at growing sprouts in a jar.
Multiple staged readings. Available royalty free on New Play Exchange.








A LEASE ON LIFE
Although love drives the practice of international
surrogacy, more than one family pays the price.


This 10-minute play for 3 men, one of them Black, places the unlikely trio in a maternity waiting room where a gay Israeli couple and a blind truck driver await the birth of their son.
Multiple staged readings. Available royalty free on New Play Exchange.







PLANTING GRANDMA
Dangerously autobiographical, contains two lies
and a truth.


This 90-minute full-length play requires 1M 2F.
Gathered home to their father’s deathbed vigil, Bran and Roni plan to undertake his last unfinished business, laying Grandma’s long neglected ashes to rest. Taking a shovel to the past creates a deeper hole than they bargained for, unearthing family history and exposing personal fears the siblings and their mother have kept buried.
One public staged reading at University of Cincinnati CCM. Please contact for script and permission to perform.




CASTAWAYS
Gilligan's Island meets Waiting for Godot
in a memory care unit.


This 60-minute one act play for 2F 1M + 1 other actor is an absurdist tragicomedy juxtaposing the grim realities of dementia care with the comic isolation of the shipwrecked crew from the long-running series Gilligan’s Island. The piece explores existential questions: How do we face the coming day when we can’t remember the last one? How do we spend our life while we are waiting to be rescued from it? What hope is there for castaways?
Staged reading at the Fifth Third Bank Theater at the Aronoff Center; San Diego Fringe Festival 2021. Available royalty free on New Play Exchange.


THE TASTE TEST
For a single winery owner, finding the perfect
man is a matter of taste.


In this 10-minute rom-com, two women and a man compare wits, words, and wine.
Scheduled for staged reading 2020--postponed on account of COVID. Available royalty free on New Play Exchange.







THE MONOLOGUE
A budding thespian recounts the audition from heck.

A short monologue for a boy or a man recalling boyhood.
Showcased at University of Cincinnati CCM. Available royalty free on New Play Exchange.









WE HAVE AN OPENING FOR A FURY
Three aggrieved women receive an invitation
of mythic proportions.


A 10-minute play for 3 women, one of them Black. They are Monica Lewinsky, Anita Hill, and Christine Blasey Ford, summoned to a room to interview to become the new Furies, of Greek legend and literature. Monica is not so sure she belongs in this weird sisterhood.
Staged reading as part of The Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's program on Justice. Available royalty free on New Play Exchange.








ITS OWN PLACE
Time dilation presents a critically injured
spaceship pilot with a Hobson's choice.


A 10-minute science fiction play for 2 actors, any gender. Advances in the neurosciences, cybertech, and virtual reality will eventually create not only ethical questions, but philosophical questions about the nature of consciousness and self. As an introduction to the future, this play dips its toe in those shark-infested waters.
Available royalty free on New Play Exchange.








IN LINE
A curmudgeon and an optimist walk into a queue.

A 10-minute science fiction play for 2 men on a bare stage. By some, the idea of a universal basic income is offered as a panacea for society's disequilibrium. By others it as seen as an invitation to dependency and laziness. In this exploration, a different dichotomy is explored. Do "handouts" represent economic freedom or enslavement?
Available royalty free on New Play Exchange.