Allison Williams

Allison Williams trained in mask and movement theatre and playwriting, and holds an MFA from Western Michigan University. She spent 15 years as the Artistic Director of the circus company Aerial Angels, and has lead the creation of FALLEN (Bible women + circus), SLEEPWALKERS (Grand Guignol + circus) and STAND UP 8 (reality circus). Allison still coaches in the school residency program Starfish Circus, which trains 2000 K-12 students every year in circus arts and 21st-Century Skills.

Her plays include: A musical of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Jenny Wiley Music Theatre, KY), THE TALE OF TSURU (adapted from the Japanese, Western Michigan University and the University of South Florida), as well as commedia dell' arte scripts. Her short play, MISS KENTUCKY was a Heideman award finalist, and HAMLETTE won a Mark Twain Humor Award. Her radio trilogy, DEAD MEN DON'T CARRY HANDBAGS, DEAD MEN DON'T JAYWALK, and DEAD MEN DON'T CATCH BOUQUETS aired on National Public Radio. Her solo show, TRUE STORY, won Best of Show at the London Fringe and is a popular source for female monologues. Allison's most recent play is THE NEXT HORSEMAN, a comedy for Zoom (Coriander Press).

Allison's essays have appeared in The New York Times and Magic Magazine. She has told stories on CBC's Definitely Not The Opera, NPR's The Moth, and PRI's Snap Judgment. Allison's book on writing craft, SEVEN DRAFTS: SELF-EDIT LIKE A PRO FROM BLANK PAGE TO BOOK is forthcoming from Woodhall Press.

Allison is based in Dubai, but at home less than 100 days a year, not all at the same time. Find out where she is by following her on Instagram - if you're doing her play and she's within 200 miles, she'll probably stop by.

 

Plays by Allison Williams

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Dead Men Don't Carry Handbags

by Allison Williams

Real life and fiction collide as radio show detective Steve Powell finds himself in the middle of a hot handbag case in cold blood. Will his fake detective skills win the day?

  • About 25 minutes
  • 9 M + 5 W, Doubling Possible
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

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Dead Men Don't Do Radio Plays

by Allison Williams

Put together a SFX crew and bring the radio sounds to life.

  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 59 pages

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Dead Men Don't Jaywalk

by Allison Williams

A dead body jaywalks in front of radio-star-turned-movie-star detective Steve Powell. When a lady friend gets the blame, Steve puts himself on the case.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 4 M + 5 W, Doubling Possible
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

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Drop Dead, Juliet!

by Allison Williams

Juliet has had enough! No more poison, stabbing, or dying. Romeo and Juliet will never be the same - or will it? Not everyone's so keen on the changes.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 4 M + 13 W + 1 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 30 pages

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Hamlette

by Allison Williams

Hamlet is played by a girl in this twisty-turny comedic interpretation of the classic Danish tale.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 W + 3 Any Gender, Expandable to 13
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 20 pages

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Mmmbeth

by Allison Williams

An hilarious gender-bending take on the Scottish play! Updated Version.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 5 W + 5 Any Gender, Easily Expandable
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 43 pages

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Mmmbeth: Competition Length Version

by Allison Williams

A shorter version of our hilarious gender-bending take on the Scottish play. Updated version.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 5 W + 5 Any Gender, Easily Expandable
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 28 pages

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Postcards from Shakespeare

by Allison Williams

Shakespeare has writer’s block. Nothing inspires him. Queen Elizabeth sends him on a trip around the world to find inspiration.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 6 M + 4 W + 5 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 37 pages

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The Scarlet Heart

by Allison Williams

Join commedia dell'arte characters in a hungry, thirsty, bungling, quest for the Scarlet Heart. An excellent introduction for any student performer.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 4 M + 3 W + 3 Any Gender
  • Unit Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 59 pages

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