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Unpublished plays in development:


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. 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; Please contact for script and permission to perform.)










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; Please contact for script and permission to perform.)







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; 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?
(Public staged reading at the Fifth Third Bank Theater at the Aronoff Center; Please contact for script and permission to perform.)