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Martha Patterson

MARTHA PATTERSON

  (1956 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Martha Patterson has written over 50 plays and has been published in four anthologies by the International Centre for Women Playwrights as well as in collections from JAC Publishing. Her work has been produced Off-Off-Broadway and in Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Ohio, and FloridA. She has also been produced overseas in Korea and AustraliA. Shoestring Radio Theatre in San Francisco produced a half-hour mystery of hers in 2010. She earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. from Emerson College, both degrees in Theatre. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, Screen Actors Guild, and Actors' Equity Association.

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        Age & Duty         Alison - A Monologue for a Teenaged Girl         Artful Marriage, An         Cookin' With Gas         Food for Thought         Girl Before a Mirror         Going Green         Going Overboard         Hamlet's Revenge         Harry's Monologue from Talking to Strangers         Isadora and the Apocalypse of 2010         Jack & His Mother's Ghost         Jean's Monologue from What Remains         Kiss from Rome, A         Late Night With Mu Shu Pork         Lies         Life On Mars         Little Doll, The         Marcie - A Monologue About Being Homeless         Marnie's Monologue from the Big Hat         Monologue of Mrs. Evans from Family Affairs         New York's Finest         Simone - A Monologue         Talking to Strangers         Time For Everything, A         Veronique         What Remains



Age & Duty

Synopsis:
A play about friendship. What does young Karla do when an older friend continually offers unwanted advice?

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1st Produced:
Staged reading at Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts    Feb 2010

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Genre:
15-Minute Seriocomic

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Alison - A Monologue for a Teenaged Girl

Synopsis:
Alison is a 14-year old girl who is talking to herself into the mirror in her bedroom while putting on mascara.

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Genre:
Comedy, 3 minutes

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Artful Marriage, An

Synopsis:
Jake, a businessman, and his wife live in a high-rise apartment. As they drink cocktails together one night, and listen to their neighbors making love, they engage in monologues to the audience about how dissatisfied they are with their marriage. their son wants to study art in Egypt, and it seems to both that this might be a good idea. By the end of the play, Jake and his wife are addressing each other. Has each made a good choice in a spouse, after all?

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1st Produced:
the Off Broadway Theatre, Milwaukee, WI    May 2010

Organisations:
the Pink Banana Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy, Short Play (10-15 min.)

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Cookin' With Gas

Synopsis:
Wanda thinks she might like to buy a car that uses alternative fuel.

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1st Produced:
We Mean to Be Green One Act Showcase Theatre, Ft. Myers, FL    Apr 2010

Organisations:
thespian Prod.

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Comedy, Short Play (10-15 min.)

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Food for Thought

Synopsis:
What does a loving husband do when his wife continually talks about her need to lose weight?

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1st Produced:
Semi-finalist at Heartland Theatre Company, Central Illinois    Feb 2011

Organisations:
Heartland Theatre Company

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
10-Minute Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Girl Before a Mirror

Synopsis:
Pablo Picasso paints a portrait of his mistress, Marie-therese Walter, in Paris in 1932.

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1st Produced:
Short + Sweet Festival, Sydney, Australia    Feb 2011

Organisations:
Short + Sweet Festival

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Music:
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Genre:
15-Minute Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Going Green

Synopsis:
Ben wants a burger for dinner, but all Lucy has is salad fixin's. Meanwhile, we get a few clues about their marriage.

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1st Produced:
Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, Bremerton, WA    Sep 2010

Organisations:
Changing Scene Theatre Northwest

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
10-Minute Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Going Overboard

Synopsis:
Depressed Miranda and easygoing Arthur meet by accident on the Staten Island Ferry.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Staged reading at Swan Day, Boston    May 2011

Organisations:
SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now)

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
10-Minute Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Hamlet's Revenge

Synopsis:
Hamlet's father's Ghost wants Hamlet to avenge his murder, but Hamlet is young and foolish and says his Father never paid much attention to him, anyway.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Roofers, Itaewon, Korea (to an English-speaking audience)    Oct 2010

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
3-Minute Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Harry's Monologue from Talking to Strangers

Synopsis:
On a bench in Central Park, Harry recalls losing his virginity.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Roofers Theatre, Itaewon, Seoul, Korea (in English for an English-speaking audience)    Dec 2009

Organisations:
Seoul Players "Night of 1000 Plays"

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Isadora and the Apocalypse of 2010

Synopsis:
At first, Isadora is not sure she wants to become a vampire.

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Genre:
Comedy, Short Play (15 min.)

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Jack & His Mother's Ghost

Synopsis:
Jack's Mother's Ghost appears to him one night while he is trying to go to sleep and gives him advice on his love life.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Finalist at Vittum Awards, USA    2011

Organisations:
Vittum Awards

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
10-Minute Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Jean's Monologue from What Remains

Synopsis:
At their vacation home in coastal Maine, Jean reminds her daughter that marriage is not all it may seem to be.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Roofers Theatre, Itaewon, Seoul, Korea (in English for an English-speaking audience)    Oct 2009

Organisations:
Seoul Players "Night of 1000 Plays"

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Kiss from Rome, A

Synopsis:
What happens when an Agnostic American woman has a date with a very religious man from Rome?

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Finalist at Cluj Theatre, Romania    2011

Organisations:
Cluj Theatre, Romania

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
10-Minute Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Late Night With Mu Shu Pork

Synopsis:
Over Chinese food, Eleni wonders if Willow is gay.

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Genre:
Comedy, 10 minutes. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Lies

Synopsis:
Lourdes and Simon, a young married couple, are lying to each other. But how much - and why?

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Image Theatre, the Old Court Pub, Lowell, Mass    19 Nov 2011

Organisations:
Image Theatre's "Naughty Readings"

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy, 10 minutes

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Life On Mars

Synopsis:
Angie, a bored Humanoid, meets a nervous extraterrestrial waiter in a bar on Mars.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, Bremerton, WA    Summer 2011

Organisations:
Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, Bremerton, WA and Seoul Players, Korea (to an English-speaking audience)

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
10-Minute Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Little Doll, The

Synopsis:
A little girl thinks her doll is messing with her, but her Father doesn't believe her.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Spare Change Theatre, "In A New York Minute Festival," NYC    Apr 2011

Organisations:
Spare Change Theatre, NYC

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
60-second Horror

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Marcie - A Monologue About Being Homeless

Synopsis:
A woman, 40, is recounting a bad time in her life to a co-worker. She is sitting at a table, making a flower out of tissue paper with scissors and glue.

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Genre:
Drama, 7-10 minutes

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Marnie's Monologue from the Big Hat

Synopsis:
Marnie, a young woman from the South, has one ambition - to be a slut. Well, not exactly. She really wants to be like her sexy long-lost aunt.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Roofers Theatre, Itaewon, Seoul, Korea (in English for an English-speaking audience)    Oct 2009

Organisations:
Seoul Players "Night of 1000 Plays"

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Monologue of Mrs. Evans from Family Affairs

Synopsis:
Mrs. Evans tries to rescue her daughter Susan from a debilitating depression by drilling a hole through Susan's door, so she can see her daughter who has locked herself in her room.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Int'l. Centre for Women Playwrights    2009

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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New York's Finest

Synopsis:
NEW YORK's FINEST is a one act comedy, taking place in New York City, about a young secretary who is living alone in Alphabet City, whose mother comes down from Boston frequently to visit her. the mother listens to all of Fiona's complaints about her life on the Lower East Side, and tries to offer comfort, but it is the appearance of Steven, a police officer investigating a murder in Fiona's building, that really excites sparks in Fiona. After they date for a while, and Steven solves the murder, and after a frustrating encounter Fiona has with her ex-boyfriend Derek, Fiona accepts Steven's proposal to get married, and Fiona, her mother, and Steven go out for a drink to celebrate the happy occasion.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
the Creative Place Theatre, NY, NY    1998

Organisations:
Love Creek Prods.

1st Published:
Int'l. Centre for Women Playwrights (Fiona's monologue only), 2009   978-0-557-09422-6

Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy Drama One Act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Simone - A Monologue

Synopsis:
SIMONE, an actress aged 50s-early 60s, hears from her ex after 20 years of silence.

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Genre:
Comedy, 3-5 minutes

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Talking to Strangers

Synopsis:
TALKING TO STRANGERS is a one act comedy set in New York City, about a young man and woman who meet by accident on a bench in Central Park. Anne's boyfriend has just knocked her into a fountain and she enters dripping wet. At first put off by her openness, Harry, a friendly but quiet graphic artist, seeks to end the conversation quickly, but then finds Anne more interesting as she reveals her insecurities to him, and they develop a friendship through a long conversation about their jobs, love lives, dates with celebrity look-alikes, and loss of virginity. At the end of the play Harry invites Anne to spend the night on a sofa in his apartment, just to get away from her boyfriend - but will Anne accept his invitation?

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Organisations:
Love Creek Prods.

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
comedy One Act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Time For Everything, A

Synopsis:
Boston 2011. Samantha has lost her job. Olive is a pregnant housewife. They open an antique shop together. Dean, Olive's husband looses his job. Samantha despite having no acting talents decides to audition for a play

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Veronique

Synopsis:
When Veronique, an actress, witnesses her lover Anton's murder, she becomes a suspect herself and quickly becomes involved in the world of pimping and prostitution.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Shoestring Radio Theatre, San Francisco, CA    May 2010

Organisations:
Shoestring Radio Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy/Murder Mystery Radio Play, Half-Hour Length

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  doubling possible

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What Remains

Synopsis:
At their summer cottage in coastal Maine, Jean tells her grown daughter Madeleine about an affair Madeleine's proud, deceased, Irish-born Father had, as Jean agonizes over the affair and the business of selling their vacation home. Through flashbacks, we see the disastrous result the affair had on Jean and Emlyn's marriage. Meanwhile, the daughter, Madeleine, is trying to resolve her relationship with a young man she may marry. Will Jean and her daughter reconcile themselves to their sad past, and keep their beloved summer home?

Notes:
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1st Produced:
the Creative Place Theatre, NY, NY    1998

Organisations:
Love Creek Prods.

1st Published:
Int'l. Centre for Women Playwrights (Jean's monologue only), 2009   978-0-557-09310-6

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama One Act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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