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Five Times in One Night

Five Times in One Night
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Chiara Atik
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 61
Pub. Date: 2020
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822239469
ISBN-13: 9780822239468
Cast Size: 1 female, 1 male

About the Play:

Five Times in One Night is a favourite of acting teachers for female/male scenes.

Five Times in One Night is a full-length comedy by Chiara Atik. From Adam and Eve to the last couple on Earth, Five Times in One Night investigates the lives of five different couples over five different eras with just two actors playing all the parts.

Five Times in One Night is a comic survey of sexual relations throughout human history. In this comedic quintet, five couples explore the delights and disappointments of their sex lives. Whether they are the first two people on Earth or the last two, modern partners with shifting needs, exes on the eve of a life-altering event, or twelfth-century pen pals, following those most natural desires uncovers truths about their humanity. Altogether, Five Times in One Night is a hilarious examination of intimacy through the ages.

Five Times in One Night premiered in 2015 at Ensemble Studio Theatre off-Broadway in New York City. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and been performed in regional theatre productions.

Cast: 1 female, 1 male

What people say:

"…a lewd title and a tender heart…specific and universal, mirthful and agonizing." — New York Times

"[Five Times in One Night] is one of the most highbrow sex comedies I've seen. It's smartly and tightly written…While Five Times in One Night covers a broad swath of history, it's a strikingly contemporary play." —

"…Atik's five self-contained shorts add up to a heartfelt, whimsical look at the reasons we pursue sex and the means we employ in order to have it…this delightful night of one-acts explores the motives and consequences behind the world's simultaneously most revered and most stigmatized pastime." —

About the Playwright:

Chiara Atik is a New York based blogger, author, and playwright. She is a graduate of NYU's Department of Dramatic Writing, where her thesis play, Remains, won the Undergraduate Award. Her plays include Five Times in One Night, BUMP, Poor Clare, and WOMEN, a mashup of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and HBO's Girls. Her writing has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Atlantic, The Hairpin,, and Refinery29.