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Moment of Evolution
total of 6m, 7f but designed for double casting 4m, 3 f
Six scenes, which take place at a lone diner in the middle of nowhere, are strangely connected to a larger story about a fat woman in a watermelon print dress who is murdered and lies dead in an outside restroom. The odd murder prompts unexpected encounters between the play’s characters. As the scenes unfold in reverse chronological order, the audience becomes aware of the cause of the fat woman’s death and the unusual relationships between those involved.
Winner of the Maxim Mazumdar New Play award for 2011
"Playwright Howes does skilled work at connecting the dots. The plot thickens, and we learn the why of things . . . It's cagey, tantalizing writing." --
Ted Hadley, Life and Arts (Buffalo)
"If these people are truly out there on the highway, looking for sanctuary or a ham on rye, God help us . . . The people we meet at Joe's are literally going to be killed there or flattened, or squashed by events unfolding." -- Buffalo News
Last Flight of The Mercenary
romantic comedy of science and love
At a bed and breakfast perched above the Saanich Inlet in British Columbia, a young woman’s plan to marry the perfect man is thrown off course when a young physics professor constructs a time machine so that she may alter the circumstances of her future and discover what went wrong in her life.
This is a play of science and love, embroiling the two in a witty comedy about how our perceptions are responsible for the choices we make and the relationships that befall.
BAD MOON RISING
5m, 4 female,
It’s 1974 in a small Mississippi town not far from where R&B got its start. It’s a town with a history of plantations and segregation. It’s where the Devil bought souls and where Biblical scripture is part of everyday speech.
It's where a blues musician is accused of a murder he didn't commit. Those to blame include the woman who loves him, a corrupt politician, an unprincipled journalist, and a guitar player on his way to California.
This is a play about culture and time and being connected to a way of life that we are born into and that is part of who we are.
Best Science Driven Plays Award
From The Subduction Zone
A third world country ravaged by a decade long earthquake is the backdrop for a family damaged by failed expecatations and lost dreams.
A dark comedy about an earthquake in Peru and a family in Iowa at a time when satellite communications and cellular technology were beginning to make inroads. This play shows how 1994 wasn't too unlike 2014, and it illuminates the effects of communication technology on the relationships in a family, in a community and with God
3m, 5 female, 1 voice
6 short plays with a common theme
flexible casting with at most 10m and 7f. Doubling brings the cast to 4m and 3f.
This play is perfect for universities, high schools, community and regional theaters who have unique casting requirments. Constructed like "Feiffer's People" and "Almost Maine," this play takes the audience into several different stories where the hero isn't the one who makes the difference.
Night of The Dragon Fire
4m, 5w (and 5 children)
dark and mysterious tragi-comedy set in the Caribbean
A woman is forced to discover the world around her after she loses her husband to a strange archeology project in Indonesia.