Open Wardrobes: The Theater and Writing of T. James Belich
For more details on any play please click on its title.  The full script of most plays is available as a PDF.  If you have questions about any of the plays below, or are interested in obtaining performance rights, please contact me at James@playwrighting.org.

For published plays please contact the specified publisher for performance rights.  For unpublished plays please email me with the details of your planned production and we can work out a fair and affordable rate.  I am interested first and foremost in seeing these works performed and enjoyed by audiences everywhere.


Full-Length Plays

AGATHA CHRISTIE'S THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES
The murder of a rich old woman at a country estate in England brings Hercule Poirot and Hastings together for their first case. Adapted from the novel by Agatha Christie.
Mystery; 90 minutes; Total Cast: 12 (5 women, 7 men)

WHY PENGUINS CAN'T FLY, AND OTHER TALES OF ANTARCTICA
Join Lori the penguin and all the creatures of the South Pole as they share their favorite tales.
Comedy; 75 minutes; Total Cast: 20 (4 women, 3 men, 13 men or women; extras and some doubling possible)

THE CAPTAIN'S TREASURE: A COMMEDIA
Love, greed, and mistaken identity abound in this new tale inspired by the original Italian commedia dell'arte.
Comedy; 80 minutes; Total Cast: 7 (3 women, 4 men)

THE PRINCESS AND THE MOON: A FAIRYTALE
In her quest to reach the moon Princess Lizzy faces trolls, giants, and her own Herald-turned-Villain.
Comedy; About 75 minutes; Total Cast: 23 (9 women, 4 men, 10 men or women; extras and some doubling possible)

MASTERMINDS
A comedic collision between three writers and their living creations.
Comedy; 75 minutes; Total Cast: 5 (1 woman, 5 men)

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
The adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad are brought to life in this new adaptation of the children's classic.
Drama; 90 minutes; Total Cast: 21 (2 women, 1 man, 18 men or women; extras and doubling possible)

ACE OF DIAMONDS
The theft of the mysterious Bloodstone ruby brings six guilty strangers together in murder.
Mystery; 75 minutes; Total Cast: 6 (3 women, 3 men)

A SLIP IN TIME
Detective Datch Hudson receives a warning from the future, but will it be enough to prevent murder?
Mystery; 90 minutes; Total Cast: 14 (4 women, 7 men, 3 men or women; doubling possible)

REXQUE FUTURUS
King Arthur wakes for one day to determine if the world is ready for his return.
Drama; 100 minutes; Total Cast: 18 (4 women, 2 men, 12 men or women; doubling possible)

ReFUSION: TALE OF THE ORACLE
Three traveling players share a fantastical tale brought to a startling conclusion by an unexpected visitor.
Fantasy; 85 minutes; Total Cast: 4 (1 woman, 2 men, 1 man or woman)

LIGHT NEVER DIES
A terrifying enemy descends upon the kingdom of Alterra and sparks a cataclysmic war between good and evil.
Fantasy; 150 minutes; Total Cast: 25 (8 women, 11 men, 6 men or women; doubling possible)

WORLD THAT NEVER WAS
Two scientists struggle to prevent a new discovery from becoming the instrument of Earth's destruction.
Science-fiction; 90 minutes; Total Cast: 21 (2 men, 19 men or women)



One-Act Plays

ILLINOIS JANE AND THE PYRAMID OF PERIL
Adventure heroine Illinois Jane embarks on an epic journey to find the Elixir of Life!
Comedy; 55 minutes; Total Cast: 8 (1 woman, 3 men, 4 men or women)

ILLINOIS JANE AND THE RAINFOREST OF RETRIBUTION
Illinois Jane returns to face crocodiles, an erupting volcano and more in her search for the Oracle of Pachacamac.
Comedy; 50 minutes; Total Cast: 7 (3 women, 3 men, 1 man or woman; plus possible extras)

THE TIGER, THE BRAHMAN, AND THE JACKAL
An act of compassion sends a poor Brahman on a journey to escape becoming a tiger's next dinner.
Folk tale; 35 minutes; Total Cast: 8 (2 women, 6 men or women; doubling possible)

TWILIGHT OF THE KING
Stationed in Bethlehem on the night of Christ's birth, two Roman guards find themselves immersed in events they barely comprehend.
Comedy; 35 minutes; Total Cast: 6 (1 woman, 1 man, 4 men or women)

EPONINE
A stranger grants a homeless girl's greatest wish.
Drama; 40 minutes; Total Cast: 2 (1 woman, 1 man)

FORGOTTEN FIRE: TALE OF THE BURNING SWORD
In a fantastical world two rivals struggle for possession of a fabled sword and the fate of a kingdom.
Fantasy; 30 minutes; Total Cast: 3 (2 women, 1 man)



10-Minute Plays

LOOK MOM, I GOT A JOB!
Devoted jogger Kari discovers the unusual job held by her actor-neighbor Gus at the local zoo.
Comedy; 10 minutes; Total Cast: 4 (1 woman, 2 men, 1 man or women)

THE LAST ANNIVERSARY
George and Ellen meet for what is to be their last anniversary.
Drama; 10 minutes; Total Cast: 2 (1 woman, 1 man)

NUTS!
Three squirrels decide the time has come to exact their revenge upon the backyard dog.
Comedy; 10 minutes; Total Cast: 4 (men or women)

STALLED KISS
A stalled elevator leads to an awkward confrontation between Deborah and her ex-boyfriend Joe.
Comedy; 10 minutes; Total Cast: 3 (1 woman, 2 men)

CIRCUS OF FATE
Diana learns a lesson about fate from a very peculiar prophet.
Dark comedy; 10 minutes; Total Cast: 3 women