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Ten-Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville Volume 2

Ten-Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville Volume 2
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Edited by Michael Bigelow Dixon
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 290
Pub. Date: 1992
ISBN-10: 0573693072
ISBN-13: 9780573693076

About the Plays:

This is volume 2 of the best-selling Ten-Minute Plays anthology series from the prominent Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL), which has championed the short play with its National Ten Minute Play Contest over the years; winning plays have often been included in ATL's annual Festival of New American Plays, an influential showplace for playwrights. More Ten-Minute Plays contains contemporary plays by some of the world's most important writers. All are perfect for classes and showcases where actors and directors show their stuff without expending the time or money to mount a full-length play.

More Ten-Minute Plays contains:
After You by Steven Dietz. A couple reunites after a year of separation so Ben could not be indebted to Amy any longer. They broach their lingering feelings and the process they had to go through in order to move on. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
American Welcome by Brian Friel. A satiric monologue about a business meeting between a loquacious American director named Bert and a playwright. Friel simply lists the playwright as "foreigner," but Bert calls him everything from John Smith to Tony Brown in a running gag about the know-nothings of North America. (Cast: 1 male)
Arizona Anniversaries by John Bishop. Loneliness and death sure do have a knack for bringing people together. Thirty-something David tells the story of the birthday he spent in Arizona with his mother and a woman he met at the mall, of all places. (Cast: 2 female, 1 male)
Bed and Breakfast by Richard Dresser. Sarah is on her honey-moon with her grouchy, lug of a husband, Chuck, when she meets Alice, a woman who's been visiting for quite some time since her husband, Claude, suffers from memory loss. When the two strike up a conversation, Alice gives Sarah a pill from Claude's medication that will change Chuck entirely. (Cast: 3 female, 2 male)
Confession by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller, founders and directors of The Independent Eye, a professional ensemble that has toured the USA since 1974, presenting over 3,500 performances in every sort of circumstance, from Off-Broadway to high school gyms and prisons. (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)
Eukiah by Lanford Wilson. Butch lures the toddler-like, 16 year-old Eukiah from his hiding spot after he overhears Butch and the other ranchers discuss burning down the horse barns for insurance money. (Cast: 2 male)
Eye to Eye by Chris Graybill. A man and woman finish a dinner and argue over who will have the honor of paying the check. Will this first date be their last? (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)
Goblins Plot to Murder God by Mark O'Donnell. A dark comedy about, well, a Goblin's plot to murder God. Think Shakespeare meets Dr. Seuss, the beloved children's book author. (Cast: 2-6 female or male)
Going Nowhere Apace by Glen Merzer. A satire on health clubs. Jud is a morbid flirt. While out exercising one day he makes attempts to hit on three different women, all of whom he can't help but repel with his morose curiosity. (Cast: 3 female, 1 male)
The Golden Accord by Wole Soyinka. A trio of three very different identities for characters provide an African American perspective about the stress associated with domestic life. (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)
The Interrogation by Murphy Guyer. Two exes meet at a New York bar and question one another about their new and past lovers. By the end of the play the two find that new lovers are not the only thing they have in common and leave the bar together. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Last Day of Camp by Jeffrey Sweet. Three camp counselors relax after the end of the summer. However, when one brings forth an unexpected gift, their conversation reveals repressed feelings at the expense of all. (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)
Lynette at 3:00 by Jane Anderson. When Lynette can't fall asleep at 3 a.m. after hearing a gun shot in the apartment building, she wakes her boyfriend Bobby who ignores the situation. Still unable to sleep, Lynette turns on the T.V. only to be visited by the ghost of  Estaban, the young Puerto Rican man who was shot just a floor below, as he ascends to heaven... stopping long enough to share some "heaven" along the way. (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)
The Man Who Couldn't Dance by Jason Katims. After seeing Gail's newborn, Eric, her ex, comes clean that he can not dance and dancing was just another thing he could never provide her. A romantic comedy about missed opportunities, second chances, and a newborn baby. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Mental Reservations by Roger Cornish. An examination of how little everyday lies affect interactions between two people in a snapshot of their relationship. (Cast: 1 female, 1 man).
Mixed Emotions by Rob Krakower. One night of betrayal... a  drama about relations among longtime friends who question their views of life, love and loyalty. (Cast: 3 female, 3 male)
Out the Window by Neal Bell. Pandora's box is opened when a young man awakens to discover that he is sitting in his wheelchair on top of a kitchen table in an unfamiliar room. A woman enters, and they find themselves discussing the night before. How did he get there? What happened last night? Will she tell him the truth? (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Pillow-Talk by John Pielmeier. Mark Bloomer shows up to his first marriage counseling appointment with wife Jaydeen only to find that the counselors, Tiffany Heaven and Roger Creosote, have more issues than he does! (Cast: 2 female, 2 male)
The Problem-Solver by Michael Bigelow Dixon and Valerie Smith. A weekend getaway runs awry thanks to incomplete lawn furniture set and a some reheated mayonnaise. Can five grown adults survive the chaos and dysfunction surmounting at their beach house? (Cast: 2 female, 3 male)
Procedure by Joyce Carol Oates. Two nurses' aides prep a body for the morgue in this dark comedy. (Cast: 2 female)
Pyramid Effect by Marcia Dixcy. Six college students attempt to beat the Guinness Record for human pyramids. That seems easy enough but some sneezes and hiccups could bring their whole attempt crashing down. (Cast: 3 female, 3 male)
Scruples by Jon Jory. Set in the waiting room of a huge casting office where three young women, Lois, Marti, and Jane anxiously await their final callback for a commercial advertising sexy pantyhose. A tense argument ensues between the women until the extravagant executive, Mrs. Dobbs, strides in and prepares the actresses for their audition. (Cast: 4 female, 1 male)
Sunday Go to Meetin' by Shirley Lauro. A turn of the century play about prejudice, immigration and survival in America. Set on a country road in Iowa on a Sunday morning, the play centres on three adolescent girls. Two are on their way to church when they come into conflict with a newly arrived Jewish girl, selling apples on Sunday by the roadside. (Cast: 4 female).
The Visit by Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, translated. by Steve Jones (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Visiting Dad by Judith Fein. If meeting the parents wasn't awkward enough... A young man is introduced to the father of his fiancé. The only problem is that her father is dead. Will they get her father's blessing … or do the dead know more than we think? (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)
What She Found There by John Glore. When Alice went through the looking-glass, her mirror-image, Celia, entered our world. Now Celia's shacked up with a truck-driver named Lou, and after making love they talk of many things, "of ships – and shoes – and sealing wax" – and new beginnings. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)

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