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Lives of the Saints: Seven One-Act Plays

Lives of the Saints: Seven One-Act Plays
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: David Ives
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 2000
ISBN-10: 0822217465
ISBN-13: 9780822217466

About the Play:

Lives Of The Saints contains seven one-act plays by David Ives, one of the contemporary theatre's brightest comic playwrights. Generally quirky comedies, ranging from a little weird to ridiculous to sublime, they use clever language twists and situations to always amuse and occasionally enlighten. These plays may be performed separately or as an evening of entertainment.

Enigma Variations: Zany hijinks as a pair of lookalikes named Bebe W.W. Doppel-gängler solve an identity crisis with the help of Dr. William W. Williams and his nurse Fifi, who may or may not be Aphrodite the Goddess of Love. Or is she a male gym-teacher in a dress? (Cast: 2 women, 3 men)

The Mystery At Twicknam Vicarage: A body on the carpet, three ridiculous Masterpiece Theatre-style suspects and a bumbling Scotland Yard detective solve philosophical quandaries as they investigate: Who killed Jeremy Thumpington-Fffienes? (Cast: 2 women, 3 men)

Babel's In Arms: Two blue-collar Mesopotamian construction workers are handed a provocative task: Build the Tower of Babel—or else. How many stones does it take to get to heaven, anyway? (Cast: 2 women, 3 men)

Soap Opera: A washing-machine repairman falls in love with a picture-perfect washer. Should he tell his girlfriend Mabel? Is the washer two-timing him with a dryer? Stay tuned. (Cast: 2 women, 3 men)

Lives Of The Saints: A tender and gently comic meditation. Two women preparing a funeral breakfast in a church basement muse on life, death, and the meaning of Polish jokes — and along the way achieve a kind of sanctity. (Cast: 2 women, 3 men)

Arabian Nights: Utterly normal Norman walks into utterly ordinary Flora's shop looking for a souvenir of his travels and together they find whirlwind romance, spurred on by a wacky translator. (Cast: 1 man and either 2 women or 2 men)

Captive Audience: A cautionary fable tells how Rob and Laura face a menace in their living room: a television that talks back to them and threatens to swallow them whole. (Cast: 2 women, 2 men)

Lives Of The Saints premiered in 1999 at Philadelphia Theatre Company and was subsequently performed at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

What people say:

"Sometimes it's nice to go out for an evening of tapas rather than a big three-course meal. In that spirit, David Ives has served up some scrumptious theatrical morsels with Lives of the Saints... Much like a tasting menu, there's something in this collection of one-acts to satisfy every theatergoing palate." — TheaterMania

About the Playwright:

David Ives is an American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist who was born in Chicago and educated at Northwestern University and Yale School of Drama. He is perhaps best known for his evenings of comic one-act comedies, a reputation which resulted in the The New York Times referring to him as the "maestro of the short form". A former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting, he has also written dramatic plays, narrative stories, and screenplays. He lives in New York City.

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