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Originally posted on GARDNER SPEAKS:
?   A senior in college, I needed to pass freshman elementary math. All winter and spring I stayed away from the class. For one thing, nothing made sense. For another, it met at 9 in the morning, and I was busy with other things,   so at semester’s end…


Here are descriptions of several plays, full-length and one-act, that I will send to anyone who requests them. Most have been published or performed, but I retain all rights for further performance. Although written for the stage, most could be adapted relatively easily for film. If you would like to receive an electronic copy of […]


Send me a message if you would like to read, at no cost, THE LIGHT IN YOUR HEART, a comedy-mystery-romance, which was described by one scholar as “Shakespearean in scope,” but at the same time is funny and unpretentious. The action follows Susan in the noir world of a 1950s small city, escaping murderous parents […]


It was something you knew if you lived in the town. At a certain age you knew about the Champfleurs. Children didn’t know, and they didn’t ask about Mr. Champfleur when they saw him, the thin silent man in the cold winter light, stopping his wagon in town. When he called at the post office, […]

Free Short Scripts to Read

Send me a message if you would like to receive a free copy of my SMOOTHIES AND 19 OTHER 10-MINUTE-AND-UNDER PLAYS. These are scripts, mostly comedies, that can be filmed or staged. Several have been staged, filmed, or published, but I retain all rights. Cast size (speaking roles) varies from 1 to 4. I have […]

EYES ON STAGE – Acting Lessons

A Russian director I once worked with, who’d been with the Moscow Art Theater, told me he could teach the “true Stanislavsky method,” not the false U.S. version being taught by Stella Adler and others. “It’s all in the eyes,” the director told me. “Acting is done with the eyes.” You can see it in […]


There are two tables in this gas station to drink your coffee at. Misjudging the time needed to drop stuff off at the landfill’s dumpsters, I have an hour till my next appointment. Time to waste, to fill, to kill. If I were a meditator, my extra time could be deployed spiritually. If I had […]