free short scripts (pdf)

H. R.

Civilization will be undone by the seven most frightening words in the English language: “Human Resources needs to talk to you.”
2 men, 2 women. Premiered at Dobama Theatre, 2009; Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, 2009.

“‘Writing in the style of true farce, Coble penned a hysterically funny script, full of overblown characters, each one with a secret to hide, which are revealed through slips of the tongue and acting double-takes” – Cool Cleveland
“Coble neatly reverses gender roles in this light and tasty play” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

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WAITING  FOR  THE  MATINEE

Two women sit waiting for a matinee of “Waiting for Godot”. How long will a subscriber sit?
2 women. Premiered at The Cleveland PlayHouse, 2005.

“Smart and sharp and gently satiric without ever being nasty. The PlayHouse audience adored it, and rightly so.” – Cool Cleveland

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HAUNTED

An actress prepares to step onstage in a tiny role, only to be visited by four very unfriendly theatrical spectres…
1 woman, 4 actors of either sex. Premiered at Contemporary American Theatre Company, 2006.
Winner, Best of the Fest, 2006.

“In the whimsical, wry ‘Haunted’, Coble has created some long-needed theater ghosts, but to name them would undercut the surprise” – Columbus Dispatch

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QUICK  TRIP

A woman stops in to see her almost comatose mother in a nursing home. A song by Duke Ellington reveals a new opportunity.
2 women. Premiered at Great Lakes Theatre Festival, 2005.

“Truly moving without being saccharine… a beautiful exploration of what we all need at the end of the journey” – Scene Magazine

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TIES  THAT  BIND

BE ASTOUNDED by the Amazing Krispinsky in his ULTIMATE FEAT OF DAREDEVILTRY as he heroically, death-defyingly, mind-numbingly attempts his GREATEST ACT OF ESCAPE EVER! But can even he wriggle free… from… HIS OWN LIFE??
2 actors (male or female)
Premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival 2005. Performed at the New York Fringe Festival, 2005.

WATCH  THE  LIPS

Sammy Fullwood and his dummy Mr. McBuffer are happy to sell you theatre memorabilia from the gift shop… or at least Sammy is.
2 actors (male or female)
Premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival 2005. Performed at the New York Fringe Festival, 2005.

“Smart, funny shows that channel the neurotic anxiety of a culture crumbling onto its own ideals and convert it into humor and laughs” – NYTheatre

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REMOTE

Two haggard businessmen stumble into their hotel room after a disastrous meeting, only to discover they’re in the middle of a televised hostage crisis.
2 men. Premiered at Contemporary American Theatre Company, 2004.
Winner, Best of the Fest, 2004.

“Very funny… a suitable refuge from home life” – Columbus Dispatch

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BAGGAGE  UNATTENDED

A couple. An airport. A suitcase left unattended. What could go wrong?

1 man, 1 woman, 2-3 extras.  Premiered at Contemporary American Theatre Company, 2002.
Winner, Best of the Fest, 2002.

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10  MINUTES  FROM  CLEVELAND

A collection of ten 10-minute plays following a day in the life of a major city – in this case, Cleveland, OH. Each play is set in an iconic area (“the hospital”,”the graveyard”, “the nightclub” etc.), so that dialogue can be changed to fit any city as needed. The pieces can be performed separately or as one full-length play. 3 women, 3 men. Premiered at Dobama Theatre, 2005.

“Delicious, entertaining… Writ larger, this is a play about how we as people get along in the crucible in which we find ourselves: Home.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Giddily invigorating and hilarious” - Scene Magazine

“This inspiring and often mind-altering show takes the audience on a journey of soul-searching and ‘site-seeing’, and the surprising result is a sense of warmth and safety rather than one of cold and continual defeat” – Sun Press

“Enormously entertaining and insightful” – Cleveland Jewish News

“Wildly funny and poetic.” — Akron Beacon Journal

“Coble has the most astonishingly accurate – and wicked – eye and ear on society and it’s foibles of any current writer”
— Cool Cleveland