Shopping Cart
Your cart is empty.

        We accept PayPal, Visa & Mastercard
        through our secure checkout.




The Last Touchy-Feely Drama on the American Stage (and Other Plays): A Collection of Three Comedies

The Last Touchy-Feely Drama on the American Stage (and Other Plays): A Collection of Three Comedies
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Lee Howard & Greg Gamble
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 92
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0871298961
ISBN-13: 9780871298966

About the Play:

The Last Touchy-Feely Drama on the American Stage (and Other Plays) contains three festival-winning, easy-to-stage one-act comedies by Lee Howard and Greg Gamble.

The Last Touchy-Feely Drama on the American Stage: A ludicrously slow-moving father and son reconciliation theatre piece is broken down and overanalyzed by a trio of cruelly detached sportscasters. Every cross, pause and pretentious utterance is cause for an exuberant shout and a lengthy dissection. Even the characters' gray hair paint and bedroom slippers are chatted over excitedly. Brimming over with rapid-fire monologues, the satire rests on exposing America's fascination with victim-glorification and the theatre community's preoccupation with emotional pain as a dramatic punctuation mark. This rollicking comedy reaches a pinnacle as the announcers wait breathlessly to see if the playwright will "Go for the Tony Award." (Cast: 5 men, 3 roles may be played by women)

Deliver Us Not! (or Birth, Where Is Thy Sting?): The premise of the play is that three full-term fetuses are waiting in a womb to be born and are discussing/arguing whether there is life after birth. This festival-winning, easy-to-stage crowd-pleaser combines witty palaver and thought-provoking banter to form a marriage of mirth and meaning. The characters represent a trio of philosophies, including an atheist fetus who is convinced that "you're conceived, you live, you're born and that's it! There's nothing after birth!" Another fetus, seeing his time in the womb as a cosmic deception, propounds the notion that once he passes through the birth canal he'll be at one with the universe and free of all pain, discomfort and fear. Of course, we know better. And so does the last fetus, who takes a sane, sober, wait-and-see approach to the next world. Taking to task such topics as atheism, warm-fuzzy-new-age sophisms, and pompous poetry, Deliver Us Not! juggles it all with impudent wit and subtle subtext. (Cast: 3 women or men)

It's Tough to Be Somebody!: An apathetic high school "Fame Awareness Education" class learns a hard lesson from a washed-up, wet-brained silver screen maven. This in-your-face hoot is a brashly insensitive look at sensitivity that touches on modern tolerance-mania with all the politeness of a cattle prod. The script swaggers with every insolent line, mocking without remorse as the overly caring teacher apologizes profusely for uttering such a bigoted and insensitive phrase as "Good morning, students." An intimidating, blustering traffic cop is brought in to scare the kids away from fame with a monologue on the evaporation of the soul under the limelight. (Cast: 4 women, 4 men)

About the Playwright:

Greg Gamble and Lee Howard began their playwriting efforts during the salad days of their youth at Decatur High School in Federal Way, Washington. They spent the 1980s crafting many Pythonesque versions of classic fairy tales for colleges and children's theatre companies, and also founded their own comedy troupe, The Outpatient Theatre. For a short time they flirted with Hollywood, but of course, there's a fine line between flirting and harassment. The arrival of the 1990s saw them returning to their theatrical roots by writing and producing one acts for festivals in all corners of Washington state. From political sledgehammer works to the downright silly, their verbose style is instantly recognizable and all their own. Gamble is married, with two children and resides in Federal Way, Washington. Howard is married and resides in Tacoma, Washington.