CONTAINS: How His Bride Came to Abraham, Truth Takes a Holiday, In a Kingdom by the Sea





Contains: PLEASE GOD NO WEDDING OR SHOOTING AT THE END, ANTON HIMSELF, MASHA TOO

Contains: TRACKING BLOOD WHITE, NATIVE LAND, THIS LAND OF FIRE

E-book - play was The Running of the Deer

Produced in Philadelphia as LA PUCELLE

KABUKI-WEST e-book

E-book. Solo play. Superb reviews

The Sound of Sand, Haiti: A Dream, How His Bride Came To Abraham




Complete List of Plays

All PLAYS are conceived for a bare, or one set, stage.
For more info about a play or screenplay, click hot-LINKS in right column

Published Plays:

THE FASTEST WOMAN ALIVE. Aviatrix Jackie Cochran with buddies Chuck Yeager, Amelia Earhart, Eisenhower, LBJ, the WASP, the Mercury 13 secret astronauts... 2 men, 3 women (or many more).**

KABUKI LADY MACBETH New lyric text, twist on Shakespeare - Lady's metamorphosis, defying Yin and Yang balance, MacDuff gains pure warrior power Macbeth sacrificed - severed heads, dance, demons. 2 men, 2 women, 4 either. **

HOW HIS BRIDE CAME TO ABRAHAM (Tikkun Olam) A boy and girl with every reason to hate find they can't help but love. (Romeo & Juliet) Bomb-wounded Israeli soldier encounters fleeing Palestinian refugee. 1 man, 1 woman (+ 2 off-stage voices).*

KABUKI OTHELLO. Othello, a Caucasian Ainu, becomes a demon of jealousy. Iago's wife Emilia weaves the story of a precious lost fan, winding karma, violent ends. 3 men, 2 women + chorus.**

TRUTH TAKES A HOLIDAY. 1st 24 Hours when a White House sex scandal breaks. 2 men, 2 women.*

IN A KINGDOM BY THE SEA. Kidnapped "cowboy" Marine serving UN (true story) in Lebanon's maze of rival Muslims drags America into the new world as the mystery of his capture unwinds. 6 men, 1 woman.*

BALLOON. Ben Franklin "Papa", departing France and his greatest love, relives his heart-wrenching battles with his bastard son. 5 men, 1 woman.*

HAITI: A DREAM. Starvation flight, voodoo dreams, a young family's wild voyage toward America. 2 men, 2 women. (Stage and radio versions) in FACING FORWARD.*

DARK LADY. Shakespeare's tempestuous, star-crossed affair with Italian composer/​poet, Emilia Bassano--a woman dark, tempestuous, musical. Delicious?" 4 men, 3 women. **

TO MOSCOW. Breathlessly romantic true story of the theatre--Chekhov, Stanislavski, and the amazing women who made them possible. 2 men, 4 women (+ 2 company).**

OH WILD WEST WIND. (10 minutes.) Indian woman with pregnant daughter-in-law forced onto the Trail of Tears. 1 men, 2 women. In ROWING TO AMERICA.**

*Click here to order from Broadway Play Publishing - scroll to Sunde, Karen

**Click here to order from Dramatic Play Publishing

All other works - to acquire or inquire contact ksunde@​thorn.net

E-book plays and collections: LIBERTY, AMERICA FINDING HER WAY, CHEKHOVS AT HOME, ME & JOAN (of Arc), KABUKI-WEST, RADIO PLAYS, WHEN REAL LIFE BEGINS. click link at top to access Free

E-book Plays and Anthologies:

AMERICA FINDING HER WAY - Trilogy, free E-book includes:

# TRACKING BLOOD WHITE. Indian girl healer, vicious bear on mountain vs. red-neck town. A magic tale of America, now. 4 men, 6 women, 1 girl-child.

# NATIVE LAND. Rebirth of a family to serve its crumbling nation via embracing its rebel child's dream. 2 men, 3 women, 1 boy.

# SWEET LAND OF FIRE. (1970) The 24 hours before "the house on 11th street," inhabited by "Weathermen," explodes. 3 men, 3 women.

CHEKHOVS AT HOME - Trilogy - Free E-book includes:

# PLEASE GOD, NO WEDDING OR SHOOTING AT THE END. Chekhov struggling to write The Seagull, while characters from it, his private life, and Hamlet swim in his head. 9 men, 5 women.

# ANTON, HIMSELF. Writing an impotent love story after The Seagull flops, Chekhov’s mind darts between passion, family, art, and disaster. 1 man. (Published in monograph.)

# MASHA, TOO. Irrepressibly seized by love, Chekhov's sister struggles with whether to leave her brother's work and the care of him, to marry. Tender, funny, passionate. 1 woman. (Can serve as Act One before ANTON, HIMSELF.)

KABUKI-WEST Trilogy - Free E-book includes:

# ACHILLES. His war-prize concubine narrates his rage, his sea goddess mother, fighting the river, the flames, and Hector of Troy to find peace in an enemy's embrace. 4 men, 3 women + chorus.

# KABUKI MACBETH. Severed heads, a hanging sword, a temple bell, ghostly spinners of fate. 6 men, 4 women + chorus.

# KABUKI RICHARD. Richard III as Shiva, god of creation and destruction. How all those women turn on him. 5 men, 5 women, + company.

ME & JOAN (of Arc) (produced in Philadelphia as La Pucelle). Burned out female stand-up comic meets Joan of Arc, makes war on "the fathers of the church." 1 men, 2 women + company. Free E-book.

LIBERTY (produced Off-Broadway as The Running of the Deer). Ragged Continental army--chased out of New York, down New Jersey, and vomited half-naked on Pennsylvania bank of the Delaware--turns...and becomes America. 12 men, 3 women. Free E-book.

WHEN REAL LIFE BEGINS. Passionate romance of producer and dying husband whose acting performances become greater as he weakens, until she embraces her calling. 1 woman. Free E-book.


Radio Plays:

RADIO PLAYS Trilogy - Free E-book includes:

# THE SOUND OF SAND The Sound of Sand: A blind boy’s mighty dangerous venture from sand-castle beach out onto the sea. a Bob Hope Award winner.

# HAITI: A DREAM Voodoo to Paradise: Tropical night, starvation voyage when mysterious wooden boat-load casts off for America. An NPR, WNYC, WHYY broadcast of WNYC Radio Stage production.

# HOW HIS BRIDE CAME TO ABRAHAM Enemies trapped in no-man’s land make it their paradise. Adaptation of oft-produced, twice-published play. Full House Productions preview excerpt at www.abrahamfilm.org


One-Person Plays (One Acts):

WHEN REAL LIFE BEGINS. Passionate romance of producer and dying husband whose acting performances become greater as he weakens, until she embraces her calling. 1 woman. Free E-book.

ANTON, HIMSELF. Writing an impotent love story after The Seagull flops, Chekhov’s mind darts between passion, family, art, and disaster. 1 man. (Published in monograph.) In CHEKHOVS AT HOME

# ANTON, HIMSELF: First & Last. A 2nd act for Anton, Himself - 8 years later at a crisis in rehearsals for The Cherry Orchard when Chekhov resolves to refuse to let it be performed. (available from Karen Sunde)

MASHA, TOO. Irrepressibly seized by love, Chekhov's sister struggles with whether to leave her brother's work and the care of him, to marry. Tender, funny, passionate. 1 woman. (Can serve as Act One before ANTON, HIMSELF.) In CHEKHOVS AT HOME

Unpublished Plays:

DEBORAH: THE ADVENTURES OF A SOLDIER (from screenplay Undercover Patriot). 6 men, 6 women, 1 child.

2020 SEXCARE. (10 minutes.) In a better future, star Universal Sexcare worker and boyfriend grilled by psychologist, 1 men, 2 women.

Opera

SPA, A Joy of Woman's Desiring - Love, betrayal and all things male, as revealed at the Spa. All female - 2 Hispanic, 2 non-Hispanic principals, 3+ chorus. (Composer Michael Dilthey)

Translation:

PHILOCTETES by Sophocles. Great wounded archer marooned by Achilles, sought and tricked by Achilles' son. 2 men + chorus. Produced Jean Cocteau Repertory, New York.

Musical:

QUASIMODO.Rock-opera version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 5 men, 3 women + chorus. Co-written with Christopher Martin; Composers Bob Jewett & Jack Maeby; produced Woodstock's Byrdcliffe Festival and Finnish State Theatre at Lahti, Finland.


“...fine Elizabethan juggle of intrigue, betrayal, passion... seethes sexuality... riveting.”
--VARIETY
“One of the most powerful antiwar plays ever penned.”
--Plays International, London
"TOP GUN for women!" - at Edinburgh Festival
A Solo Play in which the world's 2nd most produced playwright finds you in his study & confides in you.
Gold Prize winner, Hollywood Screenplay Contest; "Dazzling" New York Screenplay Contest. U.S. Marine abduction.
Caught 'tween 2 wars. Ben Franklin’s last night where he longed to stay – the salon of Madame Helvetius - conjures war with his bastard son.
Lost treasure, sea adventure, intense love triangle. "I love it!" Consultant to James Cameron.
"delicious... delightfully grand." TIME OUT Outer Critics Circle, VOICE CHOICE
Dramedy. Televangelist's wife teams with hooker to sell sperm. Bill Boyle Coverage: "very talented writer... exceptional"
America's first heroine outfoxes all the guys until they thank her. A finalist at Sundance.
Plays and trilogy collections. Many FREE downloads:
Washington ignites Continental Army.
3 plays: Achilles, Kabuki Macbeth, Kabuki King Richard
Haiti: A Dream (WNYC, NPR) , The Sound of Sand, How His Bride Came to Abraham
Stand-up comic meets Joan of Arc - 'banned in Philadelphia"
Three plays:Please God No Wedding Or Shooting At The End!, Anton Himself, Masha, Too
Three plays :Tracking Blood White, Native Land, Sweet Land of Fire.
three plays ripped from headlines
"haiku-like clarity…hypnotically beautiful, emotionally dizzying." —Chicago Sun-Times
“Unforgettable... You wish it would stop, but know you’d feel robbed if it did.” NEW YORK TIMES E-book available Free
"primal emotions... dazzling... beautifully distilled script" Chicago Sun-Times