2 w / 1 act / 10 minutes

Two teenage girls await the births of their babies. Paulette cannot sleep and questions her roommate, Tonya, about her life and why she sleeps with her head under the covers. Tonya tells Paulette, who has never seen the ocean, that she believes it can make any child believe there was "something else out there...something bigger and cleaner and more wonderful than anything they saw in this life." As they share their fears and their dreams about birth, death and the meaning of their short lives, they also create a friendship and exact a promise for their future.
Paulette – a pregnant teenager
Tonya – a pregnant teenager

Minimal. Two beds with a night stand and light between them is sufficient.


1996 Actors & Playwrights Initiative, MI (staged reading)
1994 Cleveland Play House (Lab Company)
1994 Finalist, Actors Theatre of Louisville Ten-Minute Play Contest
1992 Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY), Finalist National Ten Minute Play competition
2000 Collaboration Theatre, Chicago, Il
Published, 25 in 10, Dramatic Publishing

  • The 10-minute play is a failed form, " a friend said to me during intermission at 'Ten by Ten' an evening of 10 10-minute plays presented by the Lab Company in the Brooks Theatre at the Cleveland Play House last weekend. That's an overstatement of course, because a couple of the plays -­ especially Sandra Perlman's Covers -- felt like complete little works, the theatrical equivalent of short-short stories...Perlman's "Covers" is a nicely made little play about a couple of pregnant teens, waiting for their babies in an institution and hoping for a better life for them.
    Marianne Evett, Cleveland Plain Dealer
COVERS is included in an anthology 25 in 10: Twenty-Five Ten-Minute Plays Compiled and edited by Kent R Brown. ISBN: 1583420991

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Dramatic Publishing
Covers | Sandra Perlman

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