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Glenn Alterman

10 Minute Plays

BENCHMARKS (1M 1F)

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Telly is sitting alone on a bench at a bus stop near a highway. She is lost in thought. Next to her is a half filled trash bag. After a few moments Ted enters.  He is all smiles and good humor. He is carrying a trash bag too, but his is filled. He asks if he can join her, she agrees.  Within moments the two start talking and sharing private parts of their lives. As the play progresses we see their relationship evolve into something very meaningful.

Glenn Alterman’s “Benchmarks” …Very, very impressive writing. …Extremely moving. …A beautiful play. 

- Broadway Radio/ Michael Portantiere 

Just wanted you to know our Nantucket audiences 'loved" Benchmarks.

                                                        It’s really a great play.”

               Christopher Kickham, Artistic Director, Nantucket Short Play Festival

 

"You've written an exquisite play, an "instant classic". I hope this play gets many, many productions"
- Steven Elwood, Producer

 

 

"A beautiful play;  very moving"
- Terry Schreiber, Director, acting teacher

 

 

"Really loved your lovely play last night.
Both actors were dear and true and the writing carried me along and teased out my spiritual sensitivity.  Splendid!"

- Rob McCaskill, Director, Acting Teacher

 

"Mr. Alterman, I was the woman who spoke to you on opening night of your play Benchmarks, about how powerful and touching your play was. Last Saturday I brought my friend to see it. She’s not in good health. We were both so moved by your play, I thought they were going to throw us out we cried and applauded so loud. That night for the first time in nearly a year my friend said she slept like a baby. Something in your play gave her some kind of peace- Thank you."

- Andrea Levenstein

 

"It was AMAZING! I'm startstruck that I know you Glenn Alterman! Your play was thought provoking, inspiring and witty. Huge congrats!”
-
Andrea Sooch

"Very few plays have had an effect on me as your play, Benchmarks. It was provocative, touching, and I might even say profound. Thank you so very much!"
- Edna Livingston,  audience member

 

“‘Kudos! ’ ...Glenn Alterman, who's play ‘Benchmarks'
was the standout of the evening for me.”

Cat Parker, Founder/Artistic Director at Articulate Theatre Company

 

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

SHE  (TELLY)  She can seem a bit rough, always speaks her mind.

 

HE  (TED)  He is a kind, caring man

 

SCENE

A bench at a bus stop on a busy highway.

 

SETTING

 

A bus stop bench on a highway

 

BACKGROUND

 

Developed at the Miramax Playwrights Group, The Workshop Theater Company, New Circle Theater Company

Production 8 Tens In Tucson Play festival

Production- New Circle Theater Company= The Inferno Project- Limbo

 

Production- T. Schreiber Shorts 2016, “Transitions”

 

Production- Short Play Festival, Paris, France- “Repere”

 

Production- Nantucket Short Play Festival 

Finalist- 3rd Annual Gary Garrison Playwriting Contest,  Baumont Community Players

 

TIME WOUNDS ALL HEELS (AKA NOWHERE MAN) (2M)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Tom and his boss Ted are sitting on a bench in a remote area of a park waiting for their “assignment”. As they pass the time talking, secrets are slowly revealed and  they both come to realize the real reason that they’re there..

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

TED A powerful man who speaks his mind. He has a caring, mentor-like relationship to TOM. 

 

TOM A bit rough around the edges, he is a gentle man. He has a great deal of respect for TED.

 

(NOTE- TED should be at least 10 to 15 years older than TOM)

 

SETTING

 

A bench in a remote area of a park

BACKGROUND

 

Developed at The Miramax Playwrights Group and The Workshop Theater Company

 Published in THE BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS OF 2016 (Smith and Kraus)

PRODUCTION

Gallery Players, Brooklyn, NY

 

 

SORRY DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN GOOD BYE-BYE (1 M 1 F)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Sam has just revealed to Sue that he wants top end their long  term relationship. Sue is enraged. She attempts to salvage their relationship , but Sam is resistant. Soon both of them take desperate measures to win the argument, and we discover the true nature of their relationship.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

SAM  He is soft spoken, a bit timid, and sometimes stutters just a bit.

 

SUE is older than SAM. She is more assertive and not soft spoken.

 

SETTING:

 

The set consists of a room with 2 chairs next too each other. If you wish you can add a picture or two on the wall.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Developed at the Miramax Playwrights Group, The Workshop Theater Company

 

PRODUCTION

 

Gypsy Rep Theater (Tampa, Florida)

 

 

THE KINDNESS OF ENEMIES  (1M 1F, or 2M, or 2F)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

1 and 2 met at a bar, had a few drinks, went back to 2’s place and had sex.  The play begins after they’ve had sex and are talking about what each expected to happen next in their relationship. They realize that their expectations are very different (and subject to change).

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

1 and 2

 

Can be played by two actors in their mid twenties up to their early 40’s. They should both be around the same age (give or take a few years).  Casting of these roles can vary.

 

1 and 2 can be played by:

 

A male and a female actor--- In this case the female role should be played by 1 and the male role should by 2.

 

Two male actors.  The director can decide who plays 1 and who plays 2

 

Two female actors. Again, the director can decide who play 1 and who plays 2.

 

SCENE

 

A dimly lit bedroom.  Scenery wise, all that’s really needed is a bed.

 

SETTING

 

A bedroom

 

BACKGROUND

 

Developed at The Miramax Playwrights and Circle East

 

PRODUCTION

Schonfeld Theater, Berlin, Germany (Die Gute der Feinde)

 

Lama Theater Company, New York  (Staged Reading)

 

 

SECOND TIERS 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Jimmy and Robin, two gay, middle aged lovers own a bar in Key West Florida.  Jimmy is upset. Robin is desperately trying to calm him down so that they can attend the Fantasy Fest celebration that’s about to begin in town. Soon we learn the reason for Jimmy’s unhappines. A former "very well known" lover is coming to town. As they talk we realize who these two really are.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

Jimmy- A nice looking middle aged man

 

Robin- Jimmy’s nice looking gay lover

 

SETTING

 

A bar in Key West, Florida

 

BACKGROUND

 

Developed at the Miramax Playwright Group and The Workshop Theater Company.

 

PRODUCTION

Staged Reading  (THIS IS WHERE I LIVE NOW) in The HEROES AND VILLAINS PLAY FESTIVAL at URBAN STAGES inNYC

 

The Workshop Theater Company, New York

 

PUBLICATION
Published in 2012 The BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS FOR TWO OR THREE ACTORS (Smith and Kraus)

 

 

AND THEN (1M, 1 F)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Terry’s husband has recently died. She is at the funeral home. After the memorial she stops Tom in the lobby to tell him how moved she was by what he had to say at the memorial. As they talk we discover how much these two really have in common. 

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

TERRY is a middle aged woman. She is down to earth, good hearted, and full of life .

 

TOM is attractive, in his thirties or forties, polite, reserved, sensitive and soft-spoken.

 

SETTING:

 

A small family room, right outside the funeral parlor in a Jewish synagogue. 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Developed at The Miramax Playwrights Group 

 

PRODUCTION

 

Gallery Players, Brooklyn, NY (June 16-19)- Gallery Players Black Box Festival 2016

 

 

GOIN’ ROUND ON ROCK SOLID GROUND (2M)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Mort and Harry are waiting for a drug dealer to being drugs to them so they can sell them. As they wait they reminisce about their friendship and their families. Secrets are revealed that unsettles both of them= to the core.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

   MORT- , Brooklyn, Jewish
   HARRY-  Brooklyn, Jewish

 

SETTING
A furnished basement in a home in Brooklyn. 2 chairs and a table are all that is required.

 

DEVELOPMENT

 

Developed at Circle Rep. Theater Company.

 

PRODUCTIONS

 

Circle Rep Theater Company

 

West Bank Cafe Theater.

 

Part of Down Dark, Deceptive, Streets, New York  (Love Creek Productions) 

 

Finalist:  Actor’s Theater of Louisville, (Heideman)

 

PUBLICATION

 

Published by Indie Theater Now

 

"A powerful play about friendship, family and betrayal. The characters are well drawn.  ...Funny, disturbing, and touching"
-Leona Hutchinson, Theater and Dance, Reviews

 

 

UNFAMILIAR FACES

 

SYNOPSIS

 

It is a cold winter night in an apartment in Greenwich Village in 1985. It’s 3 in the morning. Nat is awake looking out the living room window, lost in thought. Joe enters from the bedroom to ask him what’s wrong. As the two talk we discover the painful events that are keeping Nat up.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

NAT- in his 40’s or 50’s (perhaps a few years younger than JOE)

 

JOE- in his 40’s or 50’s

 

SETTING

 

An apartment on the 15th floor overlooking Christopher Street in New York City.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Developed at Circle Rep Theater, Workshop Theater

 

PRODUCTIONS

 

Production at Circle East (West Bank Café), Workshop Theater Company,

 

Winner, "Best Play" After Folsom Short Play Festival, Berlin, Germany, "Honorable Mention", Trinity Church Playwriting Competition

 

Finalist: Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Heideman playwriting competition. Performed at Circle Rep., Part of the Articulate Theater Company event, “Circling Back, A Celebration of Circle Rep” (Directed by Amy Saltz, Starring Jonathan Hadary, Lou Liberatore)

Christopher Hewitt Award, First runner up

 

"Glenn Alterman's play breaks your heart. ...You really care about these characters. ...Touching and funny."
-Leonard Neils, theater critic

 

COULDA-WOULDA-SHOULDA (1F, 2 M)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Once again Yetta and Cy are having their morning argument about their son, Marty. This time it seems Marty has locked himself in his bedroom after his morning bath. As they argue we learn the reason  Marty has locked himself in the bathroom, Their relationship with themselves and Marty reveal what this play is really about.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

CY- Yetta’s husband, Marty’s father

 

YETTA- Cy’s wife, Marty’s mother

 

MARTY- Yetta and Cy’s son

 

SETTING

 

A kitchen

 

BACKGROUND

 

Developed at Circle Rep Theater Company. Winner (twice) in The Three Genres Playwriting Competition. 

 

PRODUCTIONS

Circle Rep, Turnip Theater Festival (winner)

 

Workshop Theater Company

PUBLICATION

 

Published by Playscripts,

 

Published in THE THREE GENRES- THE WRITING OF POETRY, FICTION AND DRAMA (widely used Prentice Hall college textbook, 7th, 8th, and 9th, and 10th edition.)

 

“Alterman is doing in dramatic terms what PABLO PICASSO did in art”. 

 

“The play is a brilliantly inventive mix of realistic and non-realistic elements”.

-Stephen Minot, Editor, Three Genres, The Writing of Literary Prose, Poems and Plays 

 

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON (2M)

 

SYNOPSIS

Harold frequents truck stop rest areas to have sex with men. One night he meets Harold, a married man. The two reveal why they are both at the truck stop on this cold winter night and many other things about their lives.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

STEVEN A lonely man

 

HAROLD is younger than Steven, 

 

DEVELOPMENT

 

Developed at Circle Rep Theater

 

PRODUCTIONS

 

Productions at Circle Rep (Lab Theater Company)

 

HERE Theater

 

West Bank Café Theater

 

Part of Down Dark, Deceptive Streets (Love Creek Productions) 

 

Finalist, Actors Theater of Louisville (Heideman)

A DOUBT MY PLAY (5 actors, 1 F, 1M, 3 either)

SYNOPSIS

A playwrights group. The PLAYWRIGHT is seated in the center with his mouth duct taped as the sometimes harsh comments about his new play fly by. What's he thinking as they criticize his play. We go inside his mind to find out. 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

PLAYWRIGHT male, any age

MODERATOR- female, at least 20 years older than the playwright

WRITERS 1, 2, and 3- mal or female, any age

BACKGROUND

Originally developed at New Circle Theater Company and The Miramax Films Playwright Group

 

FIFTY, WITH MICKEY (1M, 1F)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

It’s Rob’s fiftieth birthday. He's decided to spend it with his partner at Disneyland. While sitting outside on the patio of his hotel room, alone,  watching fireworks something terrifying happens that shakes him to the core. When his partner, Mike, comes out, he shares the frightening story

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

ROB Fifty years old

 

MIKE Rob’s partner. Not quite fifty years old

 

SETTING

 

The patio of a hotel in Disneyland

 

BACKGROUND

 

Originally developed at Circle Rep Theater Company.

 

PRODUCTIONS

 

Primary Stages (The American Myth Project),

 

Circle Rep

 

West Bank Café Theater.

 

 

THE PAIN IN THE POETRY  (1M 1F)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

While Pam is quietly knitting on her rocking chair, her husband Sheridan sheepishly enters the room. Slowly he confesses a secret  to her- for quite a while he’s been writing a play. Pam is shocked. As they talk, Pam finally reveals a secret that she has that is equally disturbing to him.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

SHERIDAN- Meek. 

 

PAM- Sheridan’s wife.  A stronger personality.

 

SETTING

 

Anyplace, anytime, America.)

 

BACKGROUND

 

Developed at Circle Rep Theater.

 

PRODUCTIONS

 

Circle Rep Theater

 

 West Bank Café Downstairs Theater

The Turnip Festival (finalist),

 

The Workshop Theater Company,

 

Part of Curly Tales Short Play Festival- Pigs Do Fly Productions (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

 

 

 

PUBLICATION

 

Published in “2009- THE BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS FOR 2 OR THREE ACTORS” (Smith and Kraus)

 

Published by Playscripts

 

Review

 

“Yours and Mine, by Glenn Alterman, directed by Gail S. Garrisan, is a very cute number in which a long-married couple (Carol Sussman and Kerry Sensenbach), whose relationship has been going stale with both pursuing their own interests, suddenly finds that their secret pursuits of artistic expression may hold their future.”- Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater on Stage

 

 

DITMAS (1F 1M)

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SYNOPSIS

 

Sharon has drunkenly fallen off her bar stool. She is rescued by Mel, who saw her as she fell to the ground.  Sharon is immediately attracted to Mel. As they talk we learn a great deal about them and a connection that they both share.
 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

SHARON- Abit ballsy, somewhat drunk. 

 

MEL- He’s the same age at SHARON. He wears glasses, may have some facial hair, is nice looking, soft spoken, a bit of a nerd.

 

SETTING

 

A rear table in a small bar, mid town, New York.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Developed at the Workshop Theater Company, Circle East Theater Company, Miramax Playwrights

PRODUCTIONS

Pick of the Vine 2018 (Little Fish theater Company)

Le Theatre de rue Grignon, Marseilles, France

AND (Artistic New Directions) An Eclectic Evening of Shorts X: Boxers and Shorts)

Nylon Fusion Theater Company

Part of the Village Playwrights "Gay Pride and Prejudice" festival (Staged reading) 

Published in "THE BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS OF 2017" (Smith and Kraus Publishers) 

“Your beautiful play is unquestionably the best of the festival. The audiences love it! Standing ovations, Glenn! The theme of Ditmas, the casualties of bullying, and how we must rescue each other, resonates powerfully these days in France (and many other countries, I’m sure). Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to present this lovely play.--- Mathieu Duris, producer, Le Theatre de rue Grignon, Marseilles, France

 “Really a lovely play. It is a smart, beautifully crafted two hander. Congrats on all the success.”


Tony Phelan--  Executive Producer (Director and Writer)- Grey’s Anatomy, Madame Secretary, Law and Order (Trial By Jury) and (Creator) of  Doubt

 

“The two of them connect in an unexpected bittersweet way that leaves the audience touched and thoughtful”-Paul Myrvold’s Theater Notes

An instant classic, a gem. You say more in 10 pages than many playwrights say in an entire full length. Beautifully drawn characters."
Rick Howard, Literary manager, Dramaturge 

 

 

UNHEARD (2M)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Sam is visiting his very ill father in a hospital. The two men are obviously uncomfortable with each other. But something happens during that visit that frees both of them, if only momentarily.

 

SETTING

 

A hospital room

 

DEVELOPMENT

 

Originally this was a scene from the play Solace, which was produced by Circle East. It was eventually turned into a 10-minute play.

 

Developed at The Workshop Theater

 

 

LOVE ME, LOVE MY WORK (1M 1F)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Jane is furious at Ned for telling their friend Sarah how much he hates her latest work. He denies this. As the two argue we realize the truth about what actually happened and their relationship. 

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

JANE- A strong woman.  
NED- A loving, caring man

 

SETTING

 

A room with a chair

 


DEVELOPMENT

 

Originally developed at the Miramax Playwrights and at The Workshop Theater

 

 

TENDER IS THE GYM (2M 1F)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

It is 4 A.M. Joe and John are working out in an all night gym. As the two men talk we learn why they are both really there at that time. Soon Trish joins them and we discover that they all have similar motives for being there at that hour.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

JOE- A writer

 

JOHN- A little older than Joe.

 

TRISH- Around the same age as Joe

 

 

SETTING

 

A small weight room at an all night gym

 

DEVELOPMENT

 

Originally developed at The Miramax Playwrights Group.

 

Later developed at the Workshop Theater Company

 

 

VISITS  (2F 1M)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Marge is very upset about her grandfathers health. Fran tries to comfort her as best she can. When grandpa arrives we notice that he seems totally fine. As the play progresses we discover the truth about the relationships of these three people.

 

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

MARGE- can be in her 20’s or 30’s childlike, emotionally fragile

 

FRAN- can be in her 30’s to early 50’s very caring

 

GRANDPA- 50’s to 60's, robust, loving. Must be believable as MARGE’S grandfather

 

SETTING

 

A room with two chairs. Bright sunlight shines in through the window.

 

DEVELOPMENT

 

Originally developed at The Miramax Playwrights Group. Later developed at the Workshop Theater Company

 

(Presently Finalist- City Theatre of Independence Playwright Festival.                 Winners Announced, Summer, 2016)

 

 

RED BIKE BIRTHDAY BOY (1F 1M)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Mom and Pop are rushing around, getting ready for family to arrive for their son Gary’s Bar Mitzvah. Mom seems to be unusually anxious and Pop keeps trying to calm her down. When he can no longer deal with her hysteria, Pop reveals a secret that both of them know to be true and yet have been trying to deny.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

MOM can be played by an actress in her 40’s to late 50’s

 

POP can be played by an actor in his 40’s to late 50’s

 

SETTING

 

The kitchen of Mom and Pops home

 

DEVELOMENT

 

Developed at the Miramax Playwrights Group and the Workshop Theater Company

 

 INSIDE (2M)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Jacob and John are two extras on a movie set having a bite to eat. The subject of bitterness in life comes up. Both men tell their personal stories about how bitterness has played a crucial role in who they've become. As they reveal their life-changing stories they get to know each other in a way they had never imagined.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

JACOB a middle aged man

 

JOHN a middle aged man

 

SETTING

 

An small eating area

 

DEVELOPMENT

 

Developed at The Miramax Paywrights Group and at The Workshop Theater Company.

 

 

AFTER (1M1F)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Helen is suffering from a serious loss in her life. She meets John and is very taken with him. The two seem to have a lot in common. As they talk we find out they are kindred spirits.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

HELEN- A bubbly middle aged lady

JOHN-  A kind, gentle man in his 30's

 

SETTING

 

A hallway

 

DEVELOPMENT

Developed at the Miramax Playwrights Group and The Workshop Theater Company

 

PRODUCTION

 

Village PLaywrights- Reinventing Family (Staged Reading) 

Production at the Workshop Theater Company (Cold Snaps, 2011)

 

PUBLICATION

 

Published in 2011- Best 10-inute Plays For 2 or 3 Actors (Smith and Kraus

 

 

Kate Whitney and Steve Jones
(photographer- Tim Monahan)

Gallery Players Production, starring fCarlos Angulo and Rachel Marcus. Directed by Blayze Teicher,

Michael Gnat and Dustye Winniford in The Workshop Theater production. Photographer: Ahvi Spindell

Carol Sussman and Kerry Sensenbach in Yours and Mine, directed by Gail S. Garrison, Empire Stage, part of Curly Tales- Pigs Do Fly Productions