The Heliotrope List
Screenplays, plays, and teleplays written by students in the Playwriting & Screenwriting program are selected by faculty for inclusion in the Heliotrope List.
Works are of varying lengths - from short to full length. Teleplays are generally pilot episodes. Professional and student film and theater makers, directors, producers, and agents are encouraged to browse the List. The List contains loglines and a pdf file* of the scripts’ first pages. If interested, please contact the author directly to obtain the full script.
All rights to the works are reserved by the authors and any production rights must be negotiated with the author or their representative. Low-budget and no-budget projects are welcome.
Written by: Claire Giegerich
Logline: When a college student studying abroad receives a Zoom Call from his best friend, her big news might just tear their friendship apart.
Page Count: 25
Written by: Joann Maxwell
Logline: How far can you really move on if you don’t stop to process what happened to you first? A play of reflection and all the stages that come with that when you relive something traumatic, this is an excerpt on that…on that pain, on that fight. Keep going.
Genre: Melancholy, reflective, drama, poetic
Page count: 17
Written by: Lenore Mardas
Logline: 7 sisters wait for their father to come home.
Genre: Surreal, Thriller
Page Count: 18
written by - Calista Janicki
After a six year relationship, girlfriends Tanya and Erica have finally decided to take their long-term relationship to the next level: Erica has proposed. The two begin to plan for their exciting future ahead; from their fairytale wedding to their future move and for Tanya, everything just seems so… crystal clear. However, one day Tanya runs into her former college boyfriend, Austin. Upon their reunion and the shocking news of Tanya’s engagement to Erica, Austin assimilates back into Tanya’s life along with her estranged and pregnant sister, Kiara. As the situation grows more complicated and unravels, Tanya will come to realize things she never has before and life as she knows it will change forever.
Genre: Musical, Love Story
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by: Esther Heller
Logline: Newly single mother, Shana Lieberman, struggles to keep her family together as they deal with relationship issues, work, and the expectations set for them.
Written by: Carmine Acierno
Logline: Drunk William confesses to his local bartender his plan to drink himself to death. Bartender Ronald intends to intervene until he sees a unique opportunity.
Genre: Dark comedy
Sample Pages: 10
Written by: Sophia Dimopoulos
Logline: A woman in her young twenties is working a closing shift in the small gas station in the middle of nowhere when a young boy shows up alone.”
Genre: Rescue Drama
Page Count: 13
Written by: Michael Terranova
Logline: A professional juggler, struggling to keep afloat, begins to experience uncontrollable hand shakes that challenge his ability to perform.
Page Count: 30
Written by: Emmett Engarde
Logline: For two years, a gang of four wacky high schoolers have been involved in hijinks, solving local mysteries with the help of their pet cat. But when they find out that their previously closed cases have been adapted into a Saturday morning cartoon show, they embark on a mission to solve their latest mystery - Who sold them out?
Genre: Mystery/Comedy/Coming of Age
Written by: Jaime Lazaar
Logline: Miguel Garcia is no stranger to tragedy. For 10 years, funerals were a yearly occurrence for the Garcia family, this sorrowful pattern only coming to an end with the deaths of Miguel’s parents. Nine years later, Miguel, along with his teenage sister Marisol and his aunt Maya, are the only Garcias left. It had seemed that the Garcias had finally put their tragic past behind them. And Miguel had hoped to keep it that way. But when a curious Marisol decides to unearth the Garcia family’s history of devastating losses, Miguel is forced to confront his unresolved grief, or risk destroying his relationship with his sister.
Total Pages: 54 pages
Written: Spencer Scalamoni
Logline: A college senior with no prospect post-graduation seeks solace in a mysterious filmmaker who promises to change her life.
Genre: Comedy Thriller
Sample Pages: 10
Written by Maxime Birebent
Logline: Terry gets revenge on his highschool bully and current business partner, Patrick, but goes too far and attempts to ruin his life.
Written by: Owen Kerner
Logline: In this short film, a homeless drug addict hits rock bottom and encounters a mysterious figure from his past. Is this the end of the road, or could it be a new beginning?
Genre: Supernatural Drama
Written by: Alexander George
Logline: A man whose relationship holds him together discovers his wife has been cheating on him and sets out to kill the man she’s having an affair with. After meeting this man and learning about him, he struggles to follow through with this goal.
Page Count: 12