THEATRE GHOSTS is a collection of plays intended for ‘After-Hours’ theatre.
With so much theatre being created for 90 minutes or less presentations, theatre houses often close their doors by ten at night. Leaving venues dark, yet presumably available to create additional revenue and/or bring in a new audience; one that doesn’t even consider night life starting till after 9:00 pm.
Each THEATRE GHOST piece is a stand-alone one act play, created to be performed on a stage already dressed for another production, regardless whether that production be Noises off, Music Man, As You Like It, or Raisin in the Sun. The Theatre Ghosts plays utilize each venue as a theatre space—generally the same theatre space itself that the audience is attending…any dialogue pertaining to location or venue may and should be adjusted to match the venue.

Each play adheres to the following restrictions:

  • Utilizes the Theatre as its own venue (a theatre)
  • Respects the current set as a Hot Set—not to be disturbed
  • Running time of 45 – 75 minutes (max)
  • Runs without intermission
  • Props and set pieces are a minimum
  • Should not require special lighting
  • 1 to 4 actors (max)


Michael Perlmutter is a playwright, actor, director, screenwriter.
His plays include. Crimson, Severance Play, Three Witches, Polite Conversations and Wine, Directing Hamlet, The Fall of Lady M, Motel Funerals, Glass Houses, 1865 and Random Lives.
His plays have been performed in Los Angeles, New York, London, St. Louis, Israel, Soule, and numerous “where-is-that-again?-cities” throughout the US and UK.

He is a member of Dramatist Guild, ALAP (Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights), Station House, VS. Theatre Companies, and NPX (National Play Exchange). Michael graduated from CalArts back before we had cellphones (so yeah, he’s old). Michael resides in Southern California, minutes from his three grown children and their spouses.

Anton Chekhov said it best in his letter to fellow writer, Alexander Tikhonov,: “All I wanted was to say honestly to people: ‘Have a look at yourselves and see how bad and dreary your lives are!’ The important thing is that people should realize that, for when they do, they will most certainly create another and better life for themselves. I will not live to see it, but I know that it will be quite different, quite unlike our present life. And so long as this different life does not exist, I shall go on saying to people again and again: "’Please, understand that your life is bad and dreary!’"
While first we must be entertaining. That is our job. If we can be funny, even better. But where the rubber meets the road we are holding up the mirror to nature (you know the quote—we all know the quote). And in the telling. If we can help someone—through laughter, escape, intrigue, even spectacle, portraying true human relationships warts and all—rekindle their own desire to change their lives for the better—it was all worth it.

Michael Perlmutter

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