Dead Accounts DEAD ACCOUNTS is the story of a brother, a sister, and a surprise reunion that turns their family upside down. A $27 million secret proves that the truth can be complicated.

Seminar SEMINAR – In SEMINAR, a provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. Purchase/License

Abstract-Expression ABSTRACT EXPRESSION – After a scathing review 15 years ago, a once-celebrated painter faded into impoverished obscurity. Can one chance encounter resurrect this volatile artist from obscurity and re-launch him to overnight success? Theresa Rebeck skillfully compares the gritty urban realities of lives lived on the edge with the capricious intrigues of the uptown gallery scene where fame might just be a matter of who you know and reputations can be bought and sold. Purchase/License

The Understudy THE UNDERSTUDY – Franz Kafka’s undiscovered masterpiece in its Broadway premiere is the hilarious and apropos setting for Theresa Rebeck’s exploration of the existential vagaries of show business and life. Charged with running the understudy rehearsal for the production, Roxanne finds her professional and personal life colliding when Harry, a journeyman actor and her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy. As Harry and Jake find their common ground, Roxanne tries to navigate the rehearsal with a stoned lightboard operator, an omnipresent intercom system, the producers threatening to shutter the show and her own careening feelings about both actors and her past. Will the show go on? THE UNDERSTUDY is a dazzling and humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of obstacles that mount until all anyone can do is dance. Purchase/License

Mauritius MAURITIUS – Stamp collecting is far more risky than you think. After their mother’s death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters’ world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own. Purchase/License

Bad Dates BAD DATES – “And then I realize, in this sort of strange, hallucinatory moment, that the bug guy is looking kind of good, and the things he’s saying about bugs are really kind of fascinating and it is then that I realized that maybe it has been too long since I’ve been on a date.”–So confesses a single mother and self-described restaurant idiot-savant in this thoroughly charming and slyly sweet one-woman play. This idiosyncratic journey of self-discovery involving the Romanian mob, a Buddhist rainstorm, a teenage daughter, shoes, and a few very bad dates enjoyed an extended run Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons starring Julie White. Purchase/License

Loose Knit LOOSE KNIT – Once a week in the heart of New York City five women gather to knit. As the sweaters pile up, their lives fall apart. Liz is having an affair with her sister’s husband, Gina’s lost her job, Paula is having an identity crisis, and Margie just wants a date. Into their lives steps Miles, a cool businessman who made his first million before he was thirty and is now looking for a wife. On a series of hilarious blind dates in a sushi restaurant, Miles and the women go head to head in an attempt to define what it is men and women want these days. As in her previous comedy, Spike Heels, Theresa outlines the battle between the sexes with wit, ferocity and insight in a contemporary comedy of manners. Purchase/License

Spike Heels SPIKE HEELS – Pygmalion goes awry in this contemporary comedy of manners which explores sexual harassment, misplaced amour, and the possibility of a four sided love triangle. The combatants are a sexy, volatile young woman and three Back Bay types a writer, a lawyer and a fiancee in sensible shoes. The setting is Boston, the ending is happy and laughter abounds. Purchase/License

Sunday On The Rocks SUNDAY ON THE ROCKS – On a beautiful Sunday morning in mid October, three house mates decide to have scotch for breakfast. Elly is pregnant and considering an abortion, Jen is being harassed by a co worker who is obsessed with her, and Gayle just feels a bit lost. Their problems are compounded by a fourth roommate, Jessica, a religious young woman who has little compassion for their confused attempts to make sense of life in the nineties. As they drink, joke and argue, it becomes clear how difficult it is to make a moral decision in an increasingly complex world. Purchase/License

Our House OUR HOUSE – Are news and entertainment interchangeable? A cocksure TV bigshot faced with dwindling ratings installs America’s favorite news anchor as host of a popular reality show. Meanwhile, in Middle America, a houseful of roommates bickers over high-stakes real-world conflicts: Merv doesn’t clean the bathroom. Someone ate Alice’s yogurt. And the rent is long past due. When reality collides with reality TV, we find ourselves front and center in a drama that holds the nation riveted. Our House is a deliciously scathing new comedy that takes on a media-obsessed culture intent on turning even the most sobering crisis into sexy entertainment. Purchase/License

The Bells THE BELLS – Theresa Rebeck’s expressionistic melodrama set in the waning years of the Alaskan Gold Rush tracks the intertwined fates of a gregarious innkeeper, Mathias, his rebellious daughter, Annette, and the misfits of a boomtown gone bust. Hard luck and hunger have brought them together, but when a stranger begins asking questions about the mysterious disappearance of a Chinese prospector, Xiufei, he soon learns that it’s every man for himself in this vast, white wilderness, where nothing is quite what it seems, and ghost stories are never taken lightly. Purchase/License

The Butterfly Collection THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTION – This delicious play is an intelligent and funny ensemble drama.  A family of artists are both cruelly destructive and fiercely protective of each other. Paul, a Nobel winning novelist suffering from writer’s block, his elegant but feisty wife, two sons an actor and an antique dealer and the actor’s girlfriend are together for the first time in ages. Enter Paul’s new assistant, a talented and passionate writing student. Bitter, funny chaos ensues. Purchase/License

The Family of Mann THE FAMILY OF MANN – A young writer learns that comedy can be a grim business when she gets a job working on a television sitcom. Her colleagues insist that the show is both decent and real while their world descends into a ferocious madness. The Family of Mann hilariously questions who and what are invited into homes when the television is turned on. Purchase/License

The Scene THE SCENE – A young social climber leads an actor into an extra-marital affair, from which he then creates a full-on downward spiral into alcoholism and bummery. His wife runs off with his best friend, his girlfriend leaves, and he’s left with … nothing. Purchase/License

View of the Dome VIEW OF THE DOME – This humor filled tale of political corruption, ingratitude and revenge concerns an idealistic young Washington attorney who persuades her former law professor, a man of lofty rhetoric, to run for Congress. Ideals shrivel in the Washington air as the professor is swept into an insider’s circle that includes a leering, power drunk senator and a slinky Southern power broker. When the heroine is snubbed by the politically powerful at a fancy restaurant, her hurt feelings precipitate an all out war. She promotes a sex scandal that unexpectedly makes her the darling of the religious right. Purchase/License

The Water's Edge THE WATER’S EDGE – With theatrical imagery and heightened emotions, this profound one act play leaves the impact of a grand Greek Tragedy. A father comes home after a 17 year absence with his new girlfriend in tow. His wife, displeased and scorned, decides to take matters into her own hands. But what happens when people believe that the only way to heal is to hurt? Purchase/License

Omnium Gatherum OMNIUM GATHERUM – Believing that lively, contentious debate is the heart and soul of a dinner party, a domestic artist and perfect hostess has invited an assortment of opinionated personalities to share a surreal meal. The guests at this exquisite feast of food and argument confront the global implications of September 11th and beyond in an urgent, impassioned and hilarious work that was applauded at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival and Off Broadway. Purchase/License

What We're Up Against WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST – What happens when a group of architects are under the gun to design a new mall, but they can’t figure out where to place the air ducts?

Poor Behavior POOR BEHAVIOR – In Poor Behavior, a drunken late night argument careens out of control, leaving two marriages and four lives in its wake. Set over the course of two demented days in a lovely country house, this crisp, acerbic adult comedy is both wickedly funny and genuinely insightful.

O Beautiful O BEAUTIFUL – O Beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves . . . In our age of cyber-bullying and aggressive patriotism remember those lyrics – or else! Theresa Rebeck pens a theatrically inventive mash up of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age. Its fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh in and mix it up. Alternately sweet and fiery, and as topical as tonight’s newscast, O Beautiful lands the complex realities of our culture squarely on the stage deck in an electrifying blend of ancient characters, founding fathers and your neighborhood high school.