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Playwright-in-Residence, Swedenborg Hall, San Diego

This website contains work by Janet S. Tiger.  This page has information about her one-act BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF, and will eventually include photos from productions and a (somewhat) accurate list of productions. (Updated April 9, 2012- will try to fill in the 6 year gap by the end of decade!)
And now, after many productions, we have a youtube video! For more pix and info on the production in Virginia Mar.2012, click here

BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF has been published by Pioneer Drama Service and is in their fall 2006 catalog.  Click here to purchase BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF through Pioneer Drama Service http://pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=BLINDWOMAN&id=26

First Production  - 1984   Five Flags Theater, Dubuque, Iowa
Winner -                  1984   DFAS National One-Act Playwriting Contest - Third Place

BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF was published in PERSPECTIVES THREE Anthology (Harcourt Brace Canada)  and included in 8th grade curriculum throughout Canada.

Other productions include:

San Francisco, MacAndray Theatre  1986

Recent productions-  in Georgia

Dear Mrs. Tiger, I can't thank you enough for allowing me and my colleagues to make this web page for our One-Act group. Besides helping to create the page, I was also a member of the crew. Blind Woman's Bluff by far was the most hilarious and entertaining productions I've ever been apart of. Here is the link to the completed site. -Hannah Thornton (Student Editor)

November 17, 2006- Performance at WCHS The One Act Play cast and crew hosted this year's production of Blind Woman's Bluff in their own hometown of Alamo, Georgia. The play was performed in the multipurpose room at Wheeler County High School. Students, teachers, and parents came out in droves to see the performance. "Performing at competition is tough," said co-star Cody Thomas "but performing in front of your peers is even tougher." As tough as it might have been, the production was a huge success. Due to the great response from the audience, there will be a benefit production on December 15, 2006.   Click here to see the website   http://www.wchsjab.com/index2.html

November 5, 2006 One Act Competition This year's region 1-A One Act Play competition was held at South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia. The cast and crew worked really hard this past month, and it payed off! Wheeler County High School's production of Blind Woman's Bluff received 3rd place overall at the competition. Cody Thomas received the Best Actor Award, and Shawna Felkel received All Star Cast Member.

October 2, 2006 One Act Starts! This year, under the direction of Mrs. Renae Evans, the One Act play cast and crew will perform Janet S. Tiger's Blind Woman's Bluff. Returning cast members include Seniors Cody Thomas and Hannah Thornton. New members to the One Act Play cast and crew include Seniors Brittany Malott and Eric Kramer, Junior Victor Villegas, and Freshman Shawna Felkel. Starring in the role of Myra Bristol is Shawna Felkel and starring as John is Cody Thomas. "I am confident that this year's cast and crew will experience great success!" says director Renae Evans. Practices for One Act will start next Tuesday afterschool and continue every other day until the competition in November. http://wchsjab.com/index2.html

Upcoming productions -

BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF will be directed by Tricia Stoudt at Mariner High School, Ft. Myers, Florida, starring Krista Wolak as Myra and Dakota Sica as John. (Krista is a senior intending to pursue a major in theatre, and Dakota is a sophomore.) Photos coming soon.

Janet S. Tiger was at  Mariner High in November, 2006 to give playwriting workshops. She started presenting workshops at middle and high schools in 1985 with the California Playwrights Project.  ( A page will be coming shortly on this website which will describe  workshops available for your school or organization.  For immediate information,please call 858-274-9678.)

 If you know of a production of BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF that is not included on this list, please e-mail tigerteam1@gmail.com.
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    Running time – 15 minutes            $6.00/script
    Set – pawnshop 1940’s                                        
    2 characters   1 man – 40s
        1 woman – 25-35   

    A desperate woman brings a cherished family heirloom to a pawnbroker to try and get money to rescue her father from Nazi-occupied Austria.  Will she get the money?  And at what cost?  Fast-paced with a surprising end.

This play has won numerous awards including DFAS National 1-Act Playwriting contest –(First Place)and Gassner Memorial One-Act Playwriting Competition (Honorable Mention.)

THE AFFIDAVIT is published in ONE-ACT PLAYS FOR ACTING STUDENTS edited by Norman A. Bert  (Meriwether Publishing, Colorado)

The productions are too numerous to list at this point, but include New York (Off-off Broadway, New Zealand, Canada, Austria…..if you have had a production in another country and want it listed here, please e-mail tigerteam1@mail.com


Running time – 25 minutes            $8.00/script
    Set – living room, semi-rundown             
    2 characters   1 man – early 20s
        1 woman – late 60s

An old blind woman puts a classified ad in the paper and a young man answers the ad - but is he there to buy or to rip her off?  Quick, funny and a good showcase piece for actors.

Winner  DFAS National One-act Playwriting Contest 3rd Place
                 (HBJ, Canada -8th grade textbook)

Since its first publication, BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF has had numerous productions.  If you would like your production included in the upcoming page 'where in the world have I seen this play?', please e-mail the details to tigerteam1@gmail.com

BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF is available through PIONEER DRAMA SERVICE.  Please click here to purchase via their website. http://pioneerdrama.com/searchdetail.asp?pc=BLINDWOMAN&id=26

Running time – 15 minutes            $8.00/script
    Set –   minimal - chair, table, lamp
                Lighting and sound effects very important                            
    Character - The duchess - in her late 80s, very British

A duchess recounts how a curse changed her life.  Touching- a tour de force for an older actress.

    Winner - DFAS National 1-Act Playwriting Contest 2nd Place
    Produced - Five Flags Theatre, Dubuque, Iowa
    Televised - Public Access Cable Channel Iowa


DAY OF ATONEMENT  (click on DAY OF ATONEMENT button for more info)

Running time – 15 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –  kitchen, living area  middle-class New York late 1970s                             
    2 characters    2  women, both 60s, both with Polish accent

2006 - DFAS National One-Act Playwriting Contest 2nd Place

Finalist - Fritz Blitz Contest for One-Act Plays, San Diego, CA

Produced - August 2006    Dubuque, Iowa
                     December 2006   San Diego, CA  Swedenborg Hall
Two women, lifelong friends, face Yom Kippur (the Jewish New Year also known as the Day of Atonement) with different ideas.  Great showpiece for two older actresses. 


Running time – 35 minutes            $10.00/script
     Time- 1966  Late summer evening of a very hot day, almost dusk  
     Set – Sitting room in a gracoious house in a rural Atlanta suburb                              
     Characters - 2 men, 2 women     all with Southern accents
The death of his father - and an unusual request in the will - leads a young man to deal with major issues in his life, and his family, in a very Southern finale.
 Strong language

Award -Fritz Blitz of New Plays
Produced-   The Seventh Annual Fritz Blitz of New Plays, San Diego, CA

This play is part of the TRANSFUSION trilogy.  (The other is OH, SUSANNAH)  There is a discount if all three plays in the trilogy are purchased at the same time.


Running time – 45 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –    Living room as talk show set                   
    Characters -   2 men, 2 women

     Strong language.

Finalist - 2nd Annual Robert R. Lehan Playwriting Awards,
                                           Westfield State College, Westfield, MASS
Welcome to the Hornet's Nest - a radio talk show that can be very interesting - and dangerous.  When Audrey Hornet hosts a political guest that used to be an old lover, anything can happen.  And it does.  Riveting suspense that build to an explosive climax - keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.


Running time – 15 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set – Midwest middle-class living room                   
    2 characters   1 man – Russian accent, 70s
        1 woman- American, 70s

This play was completed with funds from a COMBO-NEA Grant.

Produced - Vintage Theatre, San Diego, CA  1993

Susannah returns from her husband's funeral to find a suitor at her doorstep.

–   This play is part of the TRANSFUSION trilogy.  (The other is OH, SUSANNAH)There is a discount if all three plays in the trilogy are purchased at the same time.


Running time – 15 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –  Bus stop                     
    Characters -  2 men, 2 women

This play was commissioned by the Aaronson Foundation.



Running time – 45 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –        modern living room                      
    Characters -  5 men –30-s-50-s
                             4 women – 20-40's
Lead female needs British accent

A well-known playwright is found dead at the reading of his newest play - which of his 'friends' didn't like his latest literary offering? 

Mystery with a DEATHTRAP twist - fast and funny with some good chances for stylist characterizations and staging.

***Janet S. Tiger's first full production!   Southwestern College Chula Vista, CA
****Special note
This play was produced by Scripteasers, the well-known  San Diego Writers-Actors group that has helped new playwrights for over 50 years!  Janet S. Tiger had her first play read at Scripteasers in ....well, many years ago.  It was very.......long.  But the Scripteasers helped her improve her writing, and most of her plays had first readings at one of their meetings.  SCRIPTEASE  was written as a 'thank you' , and it was produced by Scripteasers in May 1981.  For more information, you can visit the Scripteasers website www scripteasers . org


Running time – 45 minutes            $10.00/script
    Set –  semi-rundown apartment                  
    Characters -  2 men, 50s, 60s
Winner - 1986 West Coast Ensemble Festival of One-Acts
Produced - Playbill Theatre, Los Angeles, CA  1986 (extended run)

   Strong language


THE WAITING ROOM (also available in full-length)
Running time –    45 minutes        $10.00/script
    Set – living room/dining room European, circa 1938
    Characters   2 men –25-50
      3 women – 25-75

A Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, just before World War II, is faced with crucial decisions about taking the opportunity to leave - or staying behind with an aged and ill relative.  Basic human questions about the value of life and importance of family are confronted.  Poignant drama.

This play has won many awards, including the Gassner Memorial and the DFAS National .  THE WAITING ROOM  has been produced numerous times, from San Diego to New York.  For more details, please e-mail tigerteam1@gmail.com

 For more details, click on PRODUCTIONS button at the top of the page

Plays by Janet S. Tiger have been performed throughout the world including United States, Canada, England, Austria and New Zealand.  If your group has performed a play by Janet S. Tiger and would like to have it listed on the PRODUCTIONS page which will include international productions, please e-mail details of the production to

Unusual facts about some of Janet S. Tiger's productions-
1st Reading - UGANDA  at a Scripteasers meeting in....a long time ago.  (See info about the one-act SCRIPTEASE.)

1st production - SCRIPTEASE (one-act) in 1981 was directed by William Virchis

Janet S. Tiger's plays have won awards five times in the DFAS National One-Act Playwriting Contest -

THE WAITING ROOM -2nd place 1982
THE AFFIDAVIT - 1st place 1983
BLIND WOMAN'S BLUFF - 3rd place 1984
SAVE A PLACE FOR ME - Honorable Mention 1989
CURSE OF THE DUCHESS-  2nd place 1990

The first three prizes were won by Janet Schechter (the 'S' in Janet S. Tiger), the others after she married Stanley Tiger.  Janet traveled to Dubuque, Iowa to watch  the productions in 1982, 1983 and 1984, and made many friends that she still is in touch with today.  For more info on the DFAS Contest, google Dubuque Fine Arts Players One-Act Playwriting Contest