A WOMAN
Kim's church doesn't allow women to be elders. For nine years she's tried to get a woman eldership, and for nine years she's failed. This year, though, she's not taking "no" for an answer - regardless of the cost. But when the newly appointed pastor decides to call her bluff, Kim must decide what's most important to her as a Christian, as a progressive, and as a woman. 2W, 1M
Developmental History:
Summer Shorts 2017 at 59E59 (one-act version)
The Sheen Center reading 2018 (full-length version)
Bridge Rep, Boston reading August 2018 (full-length)
"Explores the cross section of religion, politics, and feminism." The New Yorker

FOSTER MOM
Leslie’s decision to adopt a child is complicated by two factors: a skeptical mother and an unexpected romance. As the relationship with the new man intensifies, so does her conviction about foster parenting. In the end, Leslie must choose between two things she wants desperately: the love of her life and the foster child she's never met. 3W, 1M
Developmental History:
Premiere Stages New Plays Festival Winner
Premiere Stages production September 2017
"A story that will touch the hearts and minds of all who see it." Broadway World

THE RARE BIOSPHERE
Sophie returns home from an ordinary day at high school to discover that her parents have been deported. Her plans to lay low, take care of her younger siblings, and try to go unnoticed are thwarted when a well-meaning church youth group friend stumbles upon her secret. 1W, 1M
Developmental History:
Luna Stage New Moon Festival December 11, 2017
The Sheen Center reading, 2018
Baylor University reading, 2018
Sea Dog Theater, NYC production April 2019

MARTIN LUTHER ON TRIAL
Commissioned by and developed with Max McLean, this 6 actor play presents a re-trial of Martin Luther's soul with the Devil standing as prosecution, Katie Luther standing as defense, and Saint Peter presiding as judge. Witnesses include Adolf Hitler, MLK, Freud, and Pope Francis, among others. As the witnesses speak to the impact of Luther's life, the play transitions between the trial and glimpses of the events that shaped him.
Production History:
Lansburgh Theater, Washington DC, Summer 2016,  produced by Fellowship for the Performing Arts
Off-Broadway, NYC Dec 2016- Jan 2017, Produced by Fellowship for the Performing Arts
National Tour fall 2017
2nd National Tour summer 2018
Press/Reviews:
"Offers sensitive insight into Martin Luther's tussles with authority and scripture." The New Yorker
"A surprisingly watchable contest." The Village Voice
“Martin Luther on Trial joins the canon of great theatrical works about religious figures such as T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral about Thomas Becket and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. Like those formidable forerunners, Martin Luther on Trial wrestles dramatically with heady matters of faith and ethics, of God and conscience. But this play goes them one better. Martin Luther on Trial is quite the divine comedy and it’s funny as hell. The compelling performance [of Martin Luther] captures each nuance and epic passion in a way that scales the character’s convictions and contradictions to Shakespearean dimensions. The scene when Luther comes upon the concept of grace and falls to his knees humbled and overcome was as powerful an epiphany as I’ve seen played onstage.”
John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts
“The script is amusing and, to the extent you can say this about a play which has Hitler, Freud, Lucifer and Pope Francis talking to each other, historically accurate. The writing is good, too. All of this is tremendously dramatic stuff.” Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene

EMILY, An Amethyst Remembrance
This play tells the story of Emily Dickinson's journey into a mysterious world of isolation in reverse time, beginning with her life boarded up inside the New England Dickinson home and working backwards to her return home from Mt. Holyoke College. It incorporates many of her poems. (3W 3M)
DEVELOPMENTAL HISTORY:
Firebone Theatre (NYC)—Showcase Production (Elizabeth Davis, won the Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role New York Innovative Theater Award for her performance of Emily.)
Acacia Theater—Production
Reviews/Awards:
"Deeply moving...lyrical script...captures the essence of the artist via her work...We witness poetry as biography, charting the trajectory of Dickinson's momentary joys, as well as the themes that occupied much of her work: immortality and death. ..She is an intriguing, albeit troubled character, and this marvelously spare effort, thanks to a beautifully calibrated cast, makes audiences want to read her anew. Emily gives us a rare treat: It lets us peak behind the door." The Huffington Post

THE RIVER NUN
While the entire village attends a masquerade, Lysa, a Niger Delta fisherwoman, sits alone in her boat, determined to catch a fish. But the loud rumble of the gas flaring and the toxic fumes from the oil-polluted water have left the water barren.  Enraged and reckless, Lysa abruptly ends the music and dancing by donning the mask of her dead father and, in disguise, cursing the villagers for celebrating while the oil company continues to devastate their livelihood. She returns home to find two women prepared to stand against the oil giant, once and for all.(4W 2M)
DEVELOPMENTAL HISTORY:
The Public Theater NYC—Spotlight Series Reading (directed by Tea Alagic)
Burning Coal Theater—Reading (directed by Tea Alagic)

TORNADO
Tornado is a 3 woman play set in the aftermath of the devastating 2012 Oklahoma tornado. Jade, a college student at Oklahoma Baptist University, and Becca, a NYC corporate lawyer, have come to volunteer in the clean up efforts.  When a Chick-fil-A lunch truck arrives to offer free lunch to the volunteers, their vastly different cultural perspectives clash head on, and they must struggle to set aside their differences for the good of the tornado victim they hope to serve. 
Developmental History:
Luna Stage workshop production summer 2018

A WAR IN A MANGER
Inspired by the real historical siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, 2002, A WAR IN A MANGER explores what might have gone on inside that church during the thirty day standoff between two hundred Palestian gunmen trapped inside and the Israeli military outside. How would a single Palestinian Christian Priest, a secular Palestinian diplomat, and a secular American Jew work together to save the lives of hundreds of extremist Palestinian terrorists? Or would they even want to? (5M 1W)
DEVELOPMENTAL HISTORY:
Art Within Theater (Atlanta)workshop production

DEADHEADING ROSES
The story of a rose gardener's search for healing after she is abandoned by her meth addicted husband, inspired by both the biblical story of Hagar and the true story of a dear friend. (3W 1M) 
DEVELOPMENTAL HISTORY:
Firebone Theatre at The Lamb’s Little Theater (NYC)Production
Acacia Theater--Production
Published by Original Works Publications (OWP)

LADY OF THE DUNES
Jen returns from Iraq to grieve the recent death of her grandfather, a WWII hero and fighter pilot. She journeys to her grandpa's Colorado cabin hoping to find closure, but is instead exposed to another grandpa she did not know, and a secret someone he left behind. (2W, 2M)

LOVE AND MONEY
A comedy about two guys living in Manhattan who both lose their jobs on the same day and in a desperate act to make fast money, start a love advice hotline for women. (2M 2W)
DEVELOPMENTAL HISTORY:
Excerpt Performed at the Nuyorican Poets Café (NYC)

DEBUTANTES ANONYMOUS (Play)
A comedy about a present day debutante ball in nowhere Texas. Inspired by many true stories. (6W 1M)
DEVELOPMENTAL HISTORY:
The Lamb’s Theater, NYC—reading

ONE-ACT PLAYS:
Sister Rosetta (play with music)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, "god-mother of Rock'n'Roll", returns from the afterlife to prep Elvis to meet his maker. (1W, 1M)
Productions:
Starlight Art Night, The King's College

They Know Something We Don’t
A young single mother goes to a gun store to buy mace, and keeps getting up-sold by the gun store owner until she realizes that the only thing that will allow her to protect herself and her child from an aggressive attacker is an oozie. (1M 1W) 
Productions:
No Passport Gun Control Festival, Washington DC and Balitmore
Azusa Pacific University

Port Authority
Romance happens even in the most unromantic places. (1M 2W comedy) 
Productions/Presentations:
Nuyorican Poets Café Ghostlights
The Public Theater Emerging Writer's Group Retreat

Milking Success
Once you've tasted success, how can you be sure you'll ever eat it again? (2M comedy) 
Productions:
Keller Theater, Germany
Gardner Web University New Plays Festival

Dig
Based on a Russian Folk Tale, and woman returns to help her fragile but stubborn husband bury her body. (1M 1W fairy tale) 
Productions
The Public Theater EWG retreat

Peanut Butter or Soy
Two young college students get lost back-packing through Europe, Comedy (2W)
Productions
ATWAS Theater (NYC)
Baylor University

Pankhurst
Inspired by the historical Pankhurst sisters of the Suffrage Movement, drama (3W) 
Productions
Baylor University

To request scripts for any of the above, please contact Elaine Devlin: edevlinlit@aol.com, 212-842-9030