The Chump Button

What happens when the one who writes your dreams gets writer's block? You're in for a nightmare.

Dreamwriter 724 has, in his opinion, the most boring woman in the world as his client. Unable to take inspiration from her repetitive life, he is scolded by his boss for not coming up with interesting dreams for her. To save himself from getting fired, he hits the red button- a random circumstance generator- which is an embarrassing last resort for Dreamwriters who are out of ideas. But after hitting the button too many times, he makes a huge mess- and he has enter the dream himself to fix it! 


2016 Performance at Brelby Theatre Company

Break Down

Cast/Set Requirements and Production Details

The Chump Button is a comedy with a running time of approximately 15 minutes.



DREAMWRITER 724: Just your average cubicle worker, frustrated with a current client.

DAWN: A plain, simple woman with a monotonous life.

7TH FLOOR SUPERVISOR: The emotionless, by-the-book boss of all the dreamwriters on the 7th floor.

ENSEMBLE: Other Dreamwriters, vampires

SETTING: 7th Floor of the Dreamwriter Office, then a small, plain wooden shack.


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Jamie Elizabeth Maletz is a composer/lyricist, bookwriter, and producer of new works of musical theater. In New York, her works have been featured at Lincoln Center, Feinstein's/54 Below, NYU, Dixon Place, Under St Marks Theater, and Broadway Night at Prohibition. She received her MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. Maletz has written 12 full-length original musicals, most of which have received workshops/readings or productions in New York and Arizona. As a composer/lyricist, Jamie has studied with Mindi Dickstein, William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin, Michael John LaChiusa, Steven Lutvak and Sybille Pearson. Jamie is the Administrative Assistant for Maestra Music Organization, and she writes the Women Who Wow Us series for the Maestra blog. She is also the Events Coordinator for Ring of Keys and the Technical Director for the American Popular Song Society. Jamie has worked as an intern with Tom Viertel/The Commercial Theater Institute and Ken Davenport.

She is a member of The Off-Broadway League, Maestra, ASCAP, 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 a photographer/videographer whose favorite models are her two cats, Artemis and Batman. 



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