TICKETS ON SALE NOW!  Come to Hudson Valley Playwrights 1st Annual Short Play Festival at The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck May 8th through 10th. 2015

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Parents please be advised that the Friday, May 8th, and Saturday, May 9th, performances are not suitable for young audiences.


Miss Pudding Doesn’t Work Here Anymore, by Lisa Kimball:  A young dominatrix weakens in her role by the whimpers of man who desires to be a dog.

The Mediator, by Bill Duncan:  A newly trained volunteer court mediator meets with a working-class couple regarding child support. Can their needs and his privileged background find common ground?

Or Any Other Reason Why, by Brian Petti:  A 40-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl document their illicit relationship, going back and forth between a police department and a psychiatrist’s office.

Unbelievable, by Paul Cooper:  A mysterious young woman tries to persuade a failed author to write her a movie script about an innocent young woman pursued by the mob.  It will be for her to star in, if she survives.

The Interview, by James O’Neill:  A detective and suspect during an investigation of a homicide come to grips with real drama involving their lives, and challenge each other in a high stakes search for the truth.


Animal Rescue, by Karen Rich:  Fangs are bared and hair stands on end when a misanthropic animal lover confronts a draconian shelter worker.

Dear Crossing, by Lisa Kimball:  Narrowly escaping a vehicle collision with a deer, an estranged couple examines the life of their marriage while they wait for a state trooper.

Let It Be, by Ellen O’Neill:  This is a story of Mary and Chiara.  Both are mothers who struggle, worry, suffer, and hope.  Chiara cries for help.  Whether she will accept it from Mary or anyone is the heart of this play.

Puppet Disorder, by R.S. Jones:  The dystopian society of Corporatania is the setting for the “treatment” of a wayward puppet seeking urgent medical attention.

Labradors in Heat, by Wally Carbone:  Two dogs try to come to terms with the death of a friend.

Hey, Driver, by Elaine Fernandez:  Malerie Morris, out of work for a year, lands a job bussing schizophrenics.  She discovers that, what at first appears to be easy, is not easy at all.  The job forces her to confront life-changing questions: what is sane, what is honest, what is real, and, ultimately, what is worth doing in life?


Waxer, by Carol Elkins:  A suburban housewife and vacuum salesman embark on an adventure that ends abruptly.

Callista Jumps, by Sharon Breslau:  Callista’s on the ledge about to commit suicide when various people come out to get her.  They all end up on the ledge together, interacting, singing, and talking on a bullhorn to the cop below.

The International Association of Competitive Poets, by Tim Gunther:  A lighter look at poetry, competition and love. It was not written to make fun of love or poetry or sports rules (okay, maybe to make fun of sports rules).  Remember: sometimes weird is good.

Holding Hands at Midnight, by Ellen Clarkson:  The death of a hundred year old woman becomes the catalyst for her two estranged daughters to overcome their separation in this funny, yet deeply moving, one-act.

The Residue, by Richard Landers:  The will of a wealthy man stirs resentment between his two sons, one of whom was cut out of the will without explanation.