Josh Schell, Kathleen McHatton, and Ben Elie in  Kill the Editor  at Exit Studio Theatre. Photo by Julie Schuchard.

Josh Schell, Kathleen McHatton, and Ben Elie in Kill the Editor at Exit Studio Theatre. Photo by Julie Schuchard.

Full-Length Plays

Full versions of plays available to read in the members section of the New Play Exchange (NPX).


Big Dreams in a Tiny Apartment (2m,2f) 106 pages, comedy/drama. Script sample.

Alan and Lisa are a married couple in their late 30s, living in a tiny Brooklyn apartment, terrified their lives are passing them by.  One day, Alan thinks he’s caught his big break when a producer becomes interested in his screenplay.  Alan soon realizes, however, that the biggest thing standing between himself and success is … himself.


Chelsea Perkins (2m,3f) 90 pages, drama/comedy. Script sample.

After completing her magnum opus – an angsty, bitter novel about life’s inherent unfairness – Emma writes a second book for her own amusement, a send-up of the “chick-lit” genre entitled Chelsea Perkins.  After the book is published, her new fairy-tale life begins to resemble the same fantasy world she only previously imagined.

Convictions (3m,5f)  100 pages, comedy.  Script sample.

Victoria’s life is catapulted into chaos when she falls in love with her client, a man on death row. Her family and friends believe she’s lost her mind, but she is determined to follow both her heart and convictions, whatever the cost.


Kill the Editor (2m,1f)  99 pages, comedy.  Published script (and sample).

Ben, a young editor, has just landed his dream job to edit a documentary film at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.  The catch is: he only has one week to cut the previous five-hour version down to size and the egomaniacal, obsessive filmmaker, Cameron, doesn’t want to touch a frame.  


The Mating Instinct (3m,4f)  101 pages, dramatic comedy.  Script sample.

Carl, a teacher in an elite private high school, is about to publish his third YA novel, The Mating Instinct, depicting a romantic relationship between a teacher and a student, which everyone, including his wife, believes is based on actual affair. Rather than hide the misunderstanding, Carl escalates the conflict by making the accusation public.


Parallax (2m,1f) 75 pages, drama. Script sample.

Vincent and Joe are con artists, working together at the racetrack, living only for the next score and the next race.  Against his better judgment, Vincent agrees to do one last job, targeting a young actress named Erin.  At first, Erin seems like an innocent victim, but as she and Vincent grow closer, her own agenda is slowly revealed. 


Too Good to Be True (8m,5f)  93 pages, comedy.  Script sample.

A new play written in 1928, billed as a “true story,” has been playing to sold-out audiences out of town and is just about to make its New York debut. Now, with two days before the New York opening, it is discovered that the facts depicted in the play never actually took place.