plays for the stage
Below is a complete listing of plays, broken down by cast and length. Click on a title for a scene sample.
The Wonder Wheel - A diner in New York. A son meets his mother for soup, and argument. 1 act. 40 mins. 5 men, 3 women. (can be staged with 2 men/2 women playing multiples). Unproduced.
Elysium Nevada - A retirement community near Las Vegas. Memories and endless sunshine. 1 act. 45 mins. 2 men, 1 woman. Previously produced. -- Dedicated to the memory of Seamus O'Rourke.
Small Box Psychosis- A stalled elevator. A lawyer, a cross-dresser, and a psychopath. 1 act. 40 mins. 3 men. Previously produced.
The Lithium Waltz - A psychiatric ward. A new arrival meets the other patients, and the staff. 1 act. 40 mins. 4 men, 2 women. Previously produced.
The Wounded Heart Mission - A closed-down restaurant in Los Angeles. A suicide or murder? Full length. 90 mins. 5 men, 3 women. Workshopped, NYC.
A Beginner's Guide To Madness - New York City. A woman tries to dispose of a dead cat. 1 act. 40 mins. 5 men, 2 women (can be staged with 2 men/2 women playing multiples). Unproduced.
London - An Irish squat in London, 1982. Two bombs. Apathy and reggae. Full length. 65 mins. 5 men, 2 women. Unproduced.
The Last Crusader - A prison cell in the USSR, two priests, sometime in the remembered 70's. Full length. 80 mins. 4 men. Previously produced.
El Muerto (the dead man) - From a street corner in Spanish Harlem to the dark corners of South Armagh. 1 act. 30 mins. 1 man.
The Lost City - The jungles of South America, imagined in a broken-down irish shed. 1 act. 30 mins. 1 man
We Three Kings - A prison exercise yard in Montana. Three convicts plan an escape involving a Christmas tree. 1 act. 40 mins. 3 men.
Mustang - The open prairie, Montana. Alien abduction, Lolita car thieves, psychotic preachers. 1 act. 55 mins. Two men, one woman.
Barry McKinley | Writer