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Call for Plays, Stories and Poems: "By Popular Demand" - Deadline July 1

One Night Stand Theater is looking for short plays, short stories, and poems for our August 11, one-night-only evening of staged readings called “By Popular Demand.” We’re looking for pieces that fit ANY of the following 34 themes, solicited from our One Night Stand Theater audiences over the past few years:


Adopting/fostering dogs; Amusement parks; Babysitters from heaven; Babysitters from hell; Beatles songs; Buddy Holly; Colors (especially orange); Cookies; Cooking shows; Dancers, gymnasts, or cheerleaders; Denver International Airport (DIA); Fandom; Fruits; Grocery store meetings; Hot air balloons; How Hamlet COULD have ended; Live theatre vs. cinema; Mail order brides; Newly discovered books of the Bible; Pet owners; Powerful women; Robots; Rock paper scissors; Rubik's cube; Senior citizens in love; Skiing joys and mishaps; Snow sports and vacations; Snowmen; Soap operas; Talking cats explain their perspective on life; Thrill rides (motorcycles, sky diving, hang gliding, etc.); Utopias; Video games; and Weird keepsakes.


The DEADLINE for submissions is Monday, July 1; send them to If we feature your play, story, or poem in the show, we offer a small honorarium and two comp tickets for the performance (at Vintage Theatre in Aurora, Colorado). Plays can be new or old; there are no restrictions on whether the pieces have been previously produced.



Congratulations to the playwrights of our next production, “By Popular Demand”! Thank you to everyone who sent in their plays, stories, and poems on unusual and eclectic themes suggested by our One Night Stand Theater audiences. Our August 11 show features eight of those themes: powerful women, senior citizens in love, grocery store meetings, robots, soap operas, talking cats explain their perspective on life, rock paper scissors, and how Hamlet could have ended:


  • Amnesia is no match for romantic passion in “A Real Soap Opera” by Tami Canaday.

  • Two elderly strangers connect on a city bus in “Next Stop” by Robert Weibezahl.

  • A family pet’s faith in human beings is shaken in “The Gospel According to Bowser” by Dan Borengasser.

  • The local children’s theater does Hamlet in “Perchance to Act” by V.B. Rankin.

  • The tables are turned when women run Hollywood in “Take Down” by Judy Klass.

  • The game of rock, paper, scissors takes on its greatest challenge in “Moment of Meaning” by Leroy Leonard.

  • Two mothers clash in the grocery store in “I Saw What You Said” by Steven Korbar.

  • An artificial life form sizes up the competition in “Man’s Next Friend” by John Busser.

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