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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Josephson

50 Lines for 50 Produced Plays


BROKE DOWN and CHAD'S ROOM ended UCSD dryly

BLEED INTO THE MIC peaked with “Baba O’Riley”

LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW was my first for Unbound

KING LION IS DEAD broke me into PlayGround

GARDEN PARTY and GIRL WHO OWNED A BEAR traversed the Museum of Histories

HOLMES, SHERLOCK, AND THE CONSULTING DETECTIVE mashed-up three mysteries


BITCHES AND COCKS helped me scratch a deep itch

THE LURKING FEAR was a sonuvabitch

BUBBIE, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE is dark, strange, and weird

A GHOST STORY posits that giants shouldn’t be afeared

CAMP MOUNTAIN VIEW was written in 24 hours

27 WAYS… may be the peak of my playwriting powers

DAVE'S EPIC 40TH BIRTHDAY PARTY featured a cake covered in mess

GIANT AND THE PIXIE is still a work in progress

THE CHIMES: A GOBLIN STORY was written for the chapel

Katy won’t let me end this random stanza with apple

THE LEGEND(S) OF SLEEPY HOLLOW gave voice to my dear Gunpowder

THE TALE OF DAKOTA DAWSON demonstrates how much actions speak louder


THOTH'S LABYRINTH was an exercise in immersive precision

A QUEST FOR THE AGES needed more thoughtful revision

RUNED started as a spoof written only for us

THE COLD DOESN'T INCONVENINECE ME ANYHOW is flat out ridiculous

LAS LLORONAS is my saddest play – it’s truly dark

Though THE GROVE OF RASHOMON is no walk in the park

NEW CATACOMB demands “don’t let go of the string”

JORGE HOSTS CHANUKAH connects generations through their own secret thing

FLASH GORDON: THE MUSICAL - THE PLAY skewers rampant materialism

ANANSI AND THE DEMONS pokes at bombastic Imperialism

TERRORS ACROSS THE UNIVERSE showcases twins and their terrifying dance

CHUBBY BUNNY proves that a campfire can’t stop marshmallow romance

PHONE FRIEND connects strangers in kindness and grace

OF LOVE AND SHAMPOO attests that love is worth the chase

DR. SOULSLAYER, MISTRESS MINDTHEIF, AND THE CAPTOR RAPTOR HAVE A ZOOM

is the longest title I’ve written


BELUGA ROOM brings us to Sea World long after dark

YOUR SON, NORMAN engages the eulogy as no walk in the park TUPPERWARE reveals notes in a freezer that bash like a sledge

TACOMA, TRAINS, AND TOOTHPASTE broadcasts heartbreak pushed to the edge

MAX HANDS and COUNT MAGNUS are concepts I’d love to re-run

LUAUA is only one page but still lots of fun

DOSTOEVSKY is sweet in its gross masculine way

30K ARABIAN NIGHTS shows that gaming truly can pay

GRANDPA AND THE GAY RABBI conjures everyone’s favorite retirement home singer

DOOM TASTES LIKE CRANBERRIES features zinger after zinger THIS HUNGRY CHURCHYARD rhymes through a dozen ghastly deaths

THE CAUTIONARY TALE OF "BIG ED" DELAHANTY ponders a ballplayer’s last breaths

50 plays produced in the past twenty years

And a few dozen more marinating in bile and tears

Dozens of directors, hundreds of actors, thousands of audience – 50k or so

But there’s a lot more to do, back to it – let’s go:

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