THEN WE STAYED HOME by Robert Weibezahl


Two short plays and two monologues that explore the pandemic experience — before, during, and after. Fear, change, nostalgia, adapting, death, remorse … many realities play out as very different characters–but very recognizable humans–navigate the new normal, The pieces could be performed individually, in tandem with other short plays and monologues, or together as one.

Essentials (a short play) – During a perceived crisis, a calm character is infected by another character’s panic.

Viva (a monologue) – Joni, an elderly woman, recalls aspects of her life as she waits for her daughter to come take her to the doctor.

Recipe (a short play) – During a family’s weekly virtual check-in, old habits die hard and new changes weigh heavily.

Partita (a solo piece) – A violinist visits the grave of an old friend and colleague who died during the pandemic. Role is gender and race neutral





Q – any age, gender, or race

Z – any age, gender, or race



Joni – female, 90, but looks ten to fifteen years younger. Very conscious of her appearance



Deborah – 59, female. The mother.

Jerry – early sixties, male. The father.

Courtney – late twenties, female. The oldest sibling.

C.J. – mid-twenties, male. The middle sibling.

Dylan – early twenties, transgender, male identifying. The youngest sibling.



TERRY – male or female, 55-75. A classical violinist.



ESSENTIALS was written for The One-Minute Play Festival, Coronavirus Play Project, and performed via Zoom by students in the Macalester College theatre department, St. Paul, MN in 2020

VIVA was written for the Covid Monologues project and performed by Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, Santa Ana, CA, online in 2021.

RECIPE was first performed online by Theatre Three, Port Jefferson, NY (via YouTube) in 2020. Subsequent productions by Kentwood Players, Los Angeles, CA (via YouTube), 2020 West Valley Playhouse, Los Angeles. CA (via Zoom), 2020 Winding Road Theatre, Tucson, AZ (via YouTube), 2021


“A beautiful play — very honest and very real . . . RECIPE was one of the most important (and beautifully written) of all the pieces in the series.” — Jeffrey Sanzel, Executive Artistic Director, Theatre Three Productions


If performed together approximately 40 minutes



Preview available here

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