Prefacing

Jane has an unconscious verbal tic that drives her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend, Mort, over the edge. Way, way over the edge. Length: 7 pages Cast size: 1M, 1W Production History: “Prefacing” w...

Building Blocks

Abe and Maude have broken up, gotten back together, and now aren’t sure where they stand. Over a game of Jenga, they discover a new way forward. Length: 7 pages Cast size: 1M, 1W Production Hist...

Family Hardware

Finalist, 2019 New Comedy Festival, B Street Theatre, Sacramento, CA Willy is a man of a certain age, who has largely lost interest in sex. His younger wife Katherine’s appetite is as voracious ...

Let’s make Umpqua the last one.

Heartbreaking. Sickening. Twisted. Sad. Another mass shooting – this one, close to home. A shooter has killed at least seven and wounded another 20 or so at Umpqua Community College in southern ...

Pride goeth before the curtain

Tonight I’m attending a read-thru of my new (draft) play for Fertile Ground. It’s the second time in less than a week, and if this one goes like the first, a talented, experienced group of...

The City Club’s Street Fee Report

A committee of the City Club of Portland has released a report outlining the City of Portland’s dire need for street maintenance and repair funding, with funding recommendations that include a g...

Lessons 14 and 15: Keep telling your story

I’ve spent a good part of the last decade or two helping people improve the technical quality of their writing, be it a novel, memoir, technical document or even just a chart or graph. Elsewhere...

Welcome to my new site!

Welcome to Gary Corbin Writing! On this site, I’ll post articles, news and updates about my writing endeavors, be they of a technical, stage, narrative or other form. I’ll also post occasi...

KleptoFamilia

This family will steal your heart – and maybe your wallet. Cate, a divorced middle-aged woman, is in desperate financial straits – not only from her divorce, but from bailing herself and her d...

Happy Anniversary

Robert and Beth meet for dinner on the first, fifth, and tenth anniversaries – of their divorce. Still civil – though just barely – the couple tries to salvage a friendship from the ...

Threshold, by Redmond Reams

Exploring the world outside the safety of our families is one of the most exciting and scary activities we do. Threshold explores how it is for Mark, a five year-old boy previously abused as a baby in...

Papacino’s

What if family planning clinics were run like coffee shops? When a young woman finds an unusual clinic on the internet, she discovers that counselors act like baristas, her boyfriend is a regular cust...

Lady .38

Veronica Dupree (Alyssa Roehrenbeck) is a down on her luck female detective in the 1940s. Will she sink or swim with the help of her long-time beau Eddie (Philip De Lorenzo), and friends, Dutch (John ...

The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa

An immigrant family struggles with assimilation and cultural identity in a California border town. “Gary Corbin’s cameo as a police officer makes the humor in this 45-year-old play seem fresh....

Wit

In this Pulitzer-prize willing play, Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., expert on the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. During the course...

The Seven Year Itch

While his wife and son escape the brutal New York summer heat, Richard just might have to scratch that Seven Year Itch when a beautiful young girl moves into the apartment upstairs. But what is wife H...