Lee Nowell

Plays

Full Length Plays

OBSESSION

(2 M, 3 W - drama)

Miranda is a professional actress desperately in need of a break. She gets cast in a play directed by the hottest director in town, and it looks like her dreams have just come true. When a man from the production starts stalking her, she is forced to reconsider if she really knows the people she works with. With Hitchcockian overtones, "Obsession" is an exploration of how easily the lines of propriety become blurred and how dangerously out of balance power dynamics can become.


THE COMMISSION

(9 M, 2 W - drama)

What made Britain’s most notorious king commission a lie from London’s most famous playwright?

Plagued by witches, threatened with assassination, and terrified that everyone will discover he has no true right to the throne of England, King James is on the verge of madness. He establishes witch trials, creates new forms of torture, and executes thousands of women suspected of witchcraft. He commissions Shakespeare to write a propaganda play to rewrite his own ancestry and smear the memory of Scotland's greatest king. Then he tells Shakespeare to include his own research on dark magic in the play. Based entirely on historical fact, this is the reason Shakespeare wrote Macbeth.


BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT:  THE TROY DAVIS PROJECT

(4 M, 4 W – drama)

Alison and Bob are struggling in their marriage when Alison becomes aware of the Troy Davis case. She latches onto it but Bob tries to persuade her away from it.  As Alison works to free Davis, her marriage deteriorates. Bob gets the court transcripts for Alison to read just before he moves out. Alison reads the transcripts and comes to the conclusion that Davis may, in fact, be guilty.

Curtis is with his grandmother Mary for a brief stay before he goes back to college. Mary begins to suspect that there is more to his visit than meets the eye.  Mary attends a rally to free Troy Davis.  She sees Curtis there, yelling that Davis is guilty.  She grabs him and they escape just before the crowd turns violent. Curtis is convinced that Davis is guilty because his own father was killed and he is identifying with the victims.  Mary is convinced that Davis is innocent because the evidence that shows that a man named Redd Coles is actually guilty of the crime.  They square off. Curtis tells Mary he’s dropped out of college.  Mary gives Curtis the evidence pointing to Redd Coles and leaves the house.  Curtis reads the evidence and comes to the conclusion that Davis may, in fact, be innocent.


BLUE ANGELS WEEKEND

(2 M, 3 W - comedy)

What if Hunter S. Thompson told Thelma and Louise to take a vacation?

Odd Couple college roommates Kathleen and Steph reunite to ring in their 40th birthdays.  They head for Florida with completely different objectives in mind. Steph wants to drink too much and end up in bed with a Blue Angels pilot. Kathleen wants a quiet girls’ weekend to figure out how to meet the love of her life.  When they happen upon Jason, a Blue Angels pilot, and Brian, a mild mannered grad student, things really start to heat up.  This hilarious play has been compared to The Odd Couple and Bridesmaids.  If the universe gives you exactly what you want for your 40th birthday, what do you do then?


PAPER HOUSE

(1 M, 3 W – drama)

Lisa and Tommy return to their childhood home to confront their mother's hoarding problem. They find that there are more wounds to address in the family's history than anything piled in the house.


HOW TO SURVIVE BEING HUMAN

(2 M, 1 W – drama / comedy)

Anna, a woman whose anxiety can create lightning storms and stop time, Frog, a man who is struggling with his sudden transition from frog to human, and God on a beach...with a pina colada.

"How to Survive Being Human" is a play about the 21st century. What does it mean to be in a place of forward movement, but not knowing if it is the right direction; of being afraid of changing one's personal course in life amid the expectations we have grown up with? The play is about you, me, and everyone we know, trying to find our way through this new era of careers, communications, and social-dynamics. Comedic and poignant, sad and exhilarating, beautiful and dangerous, "How to Survive Being Human" is an operations manual for a world floating on a sea of constant immediate change, questioning technology, social manners, and individual purpose.

"Your mind will tell you that you're alone. But separation is an illusion. Ask a scientist. Read a book. We're all made of carbon. We're all made of stars. Listen. You want to know what your life is? Your life is Now. That's all you've ever got. So what do you want to do with it?" ~Frog

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ALBATROSS

(1 M, 1 W - drama)

A married couple, Alice and Jim, return home after the funeral of an acquaintance. As they settle in for a quiet Tuesday night dinner, startling confessions threaten to interrupt their humdrum suburban routine. They are thrust into a dangerous game of cat and mouse that tests each one's trust for the other -- and reveals that neither is quite what they seem. Each new revelation launches them both deeper into a mystery that keeps twisting and turning until the very end. This gripping new play by Atlanta playwright Lee Nowell dares to ask if you can ever really outrun your past -- or can you bury it when it finally catches up to you?

 

Short Pieces

I BLAME ANDY WARHOL

(1 M, 1 W – comedy; one-minute play)

Dave blames Andy Warhol for creating the hunger for fame at any cost. He demands that we all turn off the TV and raise the bar.  Suddenly Linda yells that their show is on.  Dave runs gleefully to watch “Jersey Shore.”


MAGICAL CLOAK OF INVISIBILITY

(2 W – drama – one-minute play)

Charisse and Clara are people watching, bemoaning the fact that they’ve become invisible now that they’re over forty. Then they realize that when you’re invisible, you can actually do anything.


A MESSAGE TO OUR SPONSORS

(2 M, 2 W – drama – one-minute play)

When Sara comes to Tom for funding for her next project, he is incredibly insulting and condescending.  Meanwhile, Man and Woman list artists, writers, and musicians who have killed themselves. When artists are insulted and told they are worthless, they often believe it.


HEALTH TIP OF THE DAY

(2 M, 1 W – comedy – one-minute play)

Erin is trying her damndest to keep up with what the American Medical Association tells her is the healthy thing to do.  When the messages start to contradict each other, she decides to take an alternate approach.