A struggling writer wishes for a muse. And he gets visited by ALL OF THEM.

In this short play (18 pages), Garret Garvey is a modern-day young author struggling with writer's block. In desperate need of inspiration, he jokingly calls out for a muse, and he gets what he asked for...and then some! He is visited by all Nine Muses of Greek Mythology, and they bring him a lot more than just inspiration.


Performance at The Broke People Play Festival at NYU Tisch in 2018

Break Down

Cast/Set Requirements and Production Details

Musing is a comedy with a running time of approximately 20 minutes.



GARRETT GARVEY: A young, frustrated writer struggling to write a short story.

CLIO: The bookish, nerdy muse of history.

MELPOMENE: The optimistic, cheerful muse of tragedy.

THALIA: The pessimistic, gloomy muse of comedy.

TERPSICHORE: The forceful yet graceful muse of dance.

OURANIA: The muse of astronomy, in desperate need of some attention.

EUTERPE: The artsy muse of lyric poetry. 

CALLIOPE: The over-the-top muse of epic poetry. 

POLYMNIA: The strict and matronly muse of sacred poetry and hymns. 

ERATO: The loud, blunt muse of love poetry.

HANNAH: Garrett's sweet ex-girlfriend. 

JACK: Offstage only, can be pre-recorded. Garrett's no-nonsense writing agent.

NOTE: The same actor(s) can play more than one muse. The only muses that appear onstage at the same time are Melpomene/Thalia and Euterpe/Calliope/Polymnia. Hannah can also be played by the same actress that plays any of the muses other than Erato.

SETTING: Garrett's apartment.

TIME: Present day






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Jamie Elizabeth Maletz is a composer/lyricist, bookwriter and producer. In New York, her works have been featured at Feinstein's/54 Below, NYU, Dixon Place, Under St Marks Theater, and Broadway Night at Prohibition. She recently received her MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. Maletz has written 12 full-length original musicals, and she runs a choir for new works of musical theater with writing partner Eric Fegan (New Work City). She is a member of ASCAP, Maestra, The Dramatists Guild of America, and Fractured Atlas.

Maletz received her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011, where she designed her own major: Creative Writing and Composition for the Performing Arts. She spent her high school years at Boston Arts Academy, a performing arts high school from which she graduated as Valedictorian.

She is a monster enthusiast & mythology nerd, she loves board games, and she is an amateur photographer/videographer whose favorite models are her two cats, Artemis and Batman. 




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