What Women Want, a
collection of short plays by Martha Patterson
Included in this collection
Food for Thought — A short play. What does a loving
husband do when his wife talks obsessively about her need to lose
Letters to an Ex — A monologue. A woman gets back to
the man who took her virginity twenty years earlier.
— A short play. Ben wants a burger for dinner, but all Lucy has is salad
fixin’s. Meanwhile, we get a few clues about their marriage.
A Match Made in
Heaven — A short play. What happens to Heaven when a man
doesn’t like his girlfriend’s new hairstyle? Maybe something good...
Cookin’ With Gas
— A short play. Wanda thinks she might want to buy a car that uses
Anniversaire — A short play. When they are interviewed by a
newspaper reporter about their sex lives, college-aged Florence and
Millie butt heads.
A Christmas Kiss
— A short play. What happens when two old, platonic friends meet just
before the holidays in New York City?
Marriage — A short play. Jake, a businessman, and his wife live
in a high-rise apartment. As they drink cocktails together one night,
and listen to their neighbors making love, they engage in monologues to
the audience about how dissatisfied they are with their marriage. Their
son wants to study art in Egypt, and it seems to both that this might be
a good idea. By the end of the play, Jake and his wife are addressing
each other. Has each made a good choice in a spouse, after all?
Girl Before a
Mirror — A short play. Pablo Picasso paints a portrait of his
mistress, Marie-Therese Walter, in Paris in 1932.
MARTHA PATTERSON has written more than 80 plays and has
been published in four anthologies by the International Centre for Women
Playwrights, as well as in several collections from JAC. Her work has been
produced Off-Off-Broadway and in Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Michigan,
North Dakota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Ohio, upstate New York and Florida.
She has also been produced overseas in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Korea
and Australia. Shoestring Radio Theatre in San Francisco produced a
half-hour mystery of hers in 2010. Martha earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke
College and an M.A. from Emerson College— both degrees in Theatre. She is a
member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the International Centre for
Women Playwrights, Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity Association.
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