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Play at Home

Three New Short Plays Micro-commissioned by State Theatre New Jersey

State Theatre New Jersey is proud to be part of a new theater project called Play at Home. The project is a collaboration between theaters from across the country as a response to the rapidly changing landscape of the performing arts during this global crisis. The mission of the initiative is simple: to continue to inspire joy and creativity through live theater.

As a part of this collaboration, State Theatre commissioned three playwrights/creators to write a short play (10 minutes or less) which are now available for free download.

All plays are intended for families or small groups of people to perform together at home. We hope that you and your family will pick a play to produce from your living rooms and if you feel so inclined, share it with us at #PlayAtHomePlays.


The Plays

Keli Goff

The Birds and the Bees and Brownies and…Sir Mix-A-Lot?

By Keli Goff
Three parents turn to each other and a life coach to tackle their biggest fear: how to have the sex talk with their teens.
5 people needed including a Stage Manager

Recently nominated for two Emmy® Awards for her work as a producer on the Netflix documentary Reversing Roe, Keli Goff is also a widely published journalist and playwright. A former Emerging Writers Group Fellow with New York’s Public Theater, her plays have been workshopped at Crossroads Theatre and Premiere Stages in New Jersey, LAByrinth Theatre in New York and The Road Theatre Company in Los Angeles. In the world of television, she recently worked on the critically acclaimed comedy Twenties. She is also one of the original writers on the groundbreaking superhero series Black Lightning, and was awarded a 2016 NAACP Image Award for her work on the drama Being Mary Jane.



Madeline Sayet

Pets Need Privacy Too

By Madeline Sayet
This is not a serious play. It should be silly and raucous. The more you play pretend the better it will be. Be wild! Be physical! Have fun! Ideally there will be some children in the cast, or some adults with imaginations as big as children’s.
4 people needed

Madeline Sayet
is the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP). Her directing work has been praised by the Wall Street Journal as "enchanting," and the New York Times admired the "transparent and almost weightless" fluidity of the worlds she builds. Her work promoting Native voices onstage has been featured in National Geographic, Good Magazine, and Mental Floss. For her work as a stage director of new plays, classics, and opera, Sayet has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, a TED Fellow, a MIT Media Lab Directors Fellow, NCAIED Native American 40 Under 40, a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award from President Obama, the National Directors Fellowship, and a National Arts Strategies' Creative Community Fellow. Her solo performance piece Where We Belong recently premiered at Shakespeare's Globe and RichMix in London where it received five stars from London's online magazine, The Upcoming.



Kristoffer Diaz


By Kristoffer Diaz
A bridge is almost completely destroyed. A group of three people (one older, one younger, one somewhere in the middle) work on the bridge, trying to fix it.
3 people needed

Kristoffer Diaz
is a playwright and educator living and working in Brooklyn. Full-length titles include The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Welcome to Arroyo's, The Upstairs Concierge, and The Unfortunates. Awards: 2011 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; winner, 2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play; winner, 2011 OBIE Award, Best New American Play; and the inaugural Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowship from The Public Theater (2011). He is a recipient of the Jerome Fellowship, the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant and the Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists).



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