Plays by Gabriel
Scroll down to read synopses of Gabriel’s writing for stage and screen.
Dreams in Captivity
Full length, Comedy, 109 pages
2 men, 2 women
After being kicked out of culinary school, aspiring chef Pax returns to his hometown to regroup. There he happens upon an old friend from high school, Livi, who he learns has forgone a promising acting career to work in a retirement home. Meanwhile Livi's sister-in-law Reina enrolls in a class about space at the local community college and, much to her husband Barry's dismay, becomes fixated on the unlikely dream of becoming an astronaut. Pax supports Reina's aspirations and encourages Livi to revive hers - all while pursuing his own far-fetched dream of opening a restaurant for celebrities in LA. Available on Amazon.
In Mad Love with Jill
One Act, Comedy, 48 pages
2 men, 1 woman
Mark and Jill were the best of friends and college roomates. But when Jill lashes out at her inattentive boyfriend Todd by sleeping with Mark, emotions run high and Mark and Jill's friendship hangs in the balance.
Light The Damn Menorah Already!
One Act, Comedy, 40 pages
3 men, 3 women
It's Hanukkah time at Irene's house. Her son Jeremy comes home with his "shiksa" girlfriend, grandpa's not getting any from grandma, and dad - who has been MIA all night - returns very late from work with some bad news. In the midst of the dot com crash of 2000, a family's faith is tested as they struggle to light the menorah and observe the holiday together.
Lacey’s Last Chance
One Act, Comedy, 18 pages
1 woman, 1 man
Lacey yearns for lasting love but has the unfortunate habit of – when the going gets tough – killing her partners. Hoping to attain a more peaceful life, Lacey takes up origami and begins dating Trent who, despite learning of her crimes, adores her and believes she can change. But will his faith in her be enough to keep their love – and him – alive? Available on amazon.
One Act, Comedy, 54 pages
3 women, 2 men
Jill's husband Charles mysteriously disappears after she refuses to grant him a divorce. Concerned something has happened to her husband, Jill follows a string of clues to try and find out the secret Charles was keeping from her. Available on amazon.
One Act, Comedy, 36 Pages
3 women, 3 men
Andrew has thrown a house party in hopes that the girl of his dreams, Marisa, will attend. Once he learns she is somewhere in his home, he becomes set on winning her heart. Matters are complicated when Chuck arrives bent on the same goal, followed by Jill who reveals her ex boyfriend is pursuing Marisa. Beatrice (aka "Benny"), a tom-boy, watches on amused as her peers become more and more frenzied over the unbearably hot object of their affections. When Marisa finally enters, passions run high and Chuck is almost killed! In the end, an unexpected twist unites Marisa with her true love. Available on Amazon.
Hello, Goodbye, Peace
One Act, Comedy.
1 woman, 1 man.
Alina, a barista at a Manhattan coffee shop, has dreams of climbing the economic ladder to change the world. Robert, a former engineer/inventor turned stock broker, gave up on a dream of launching a business around his lifelike robotic puppies for allergic children. From their first "hello" at the coffee shop, sparks fly and not before long they're fully engaged in a relationship that challenges both of their dreams and identities. Will they find peace together or say goodbye? Available on Amazon.
Quiche Isn't Sexy
One Act, Comedy, 26 pages
3 Women, 3 Men.
Jay, a burger addict, joins Meat Eaters Anonymous where he meets and falls for Jackie, a recovering lamb addict. At first, Jay serenades Jackie with vegetarian fare. However, it isn't long before the two backslide into meat addiction and launch a food truck pushing the very product they had sworn off. While they try to hide the truth from their support group, news of their successful business spreads fast, placing the entire group's anti-meat resolve in jeopardy. Available on amazon.
One Act, Comedy
3 women, 1 man
Amy wants her big sis Zelda to have a perfect wedding day. Even after discovering that Zelda slept with her boyfriend, Amy resolves to hold her feelings in until after the wedding is over. To stay calm, Amy throws herself into a series of Yoga classes. Soon, however, the dark clouds brewing within threaten to escape. Will Amy keep it together until the wedding is over, or will she make a stink? Available on amazon.
10 Minute Play, Comedy, 8 pages
1 woman, 1 man
Anne joins Stephen at a hotel suite to celebrate the one year anniversary of their affair. But when Anne discovers Stephen's son and her daughter have been engaged in a twisted game of "concentration camp" during recess at school, she finds herself taking a moral stance on both how their children and they themselves have behaved. Available on amazon in the collection "3-Short: A Trio of Plays"
10 Minute Play, Comedy
2 women, 1 man
Cathy is an extremely shy high school student desperate to break out of her shell and introduce herself to Zachary, who wants to ask her to the spring dance, but is himself too shy. Cathy’s best friend Patsy is a budding filmmaker who decides to film Cathy’s journey to meet Zachary as a reality show called "The Wallflower." Available on amazon in the collection "3-Short: A Trio of Plays"
10 Minute Play, Comedy
1 woman, 1 man
In a packed New York City coffee shop, Jocelyn seats herself beside a stranger who is also reading the book “The Stranger” by Albert Camus. They begin a dialogue dissecting the book and how it does and doesn’t map to a valid philosophy for living their own lives. In the process a romantic connection is nearly made, though they decide it may be best to remain strangers. Available on amazon in the collection "3-Short: A Trio of Plays"
Feature Length Screenplay, 112 pages
Jason is a cardiologist with a terrible beside manner that extends to his dating life, where he effectively sidesteps true intimacy. Nina is a heart patient who is afraid the stress of real love could kill her. When the two meet and discover they’re both looking for the same no-strings attached relationship, it’s a match made in heaven. That is until Jason realizes Nina, against her better judgment, has developed feelings for him. Scared, he withdraws. Distressed, Nina falls ill. In the end, Jason must face the call of his own heart before Nina’s gives out.
Selected Audition Monologues
A collection of comedic monologues for actors seeking audition material. Pieces range from one to two minutes in length. Click here to view audition monologues.