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My Cup Ranneth Over

My Cup Ranneth Over
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Robert Patrick
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 25
Pub. Date: 1979
ISBN-10: 0822207982
ISBN-13: 9780822207986
Cast Size: 2 female

About the Play:

My Cup Ranneth Over has long been a favourite of acting teachers for Female/Female scene-study showcases.

My Cup Ranneth Over is a one-act comedy by Robert Patrick. Widely produced, including a presentation by New York's Circle Repertory Company, and also selected for inclusion in the "Best Short Plays" series, My Cup Ranneth Over is a perceptive, ironic and very funny short play dealing with the suddenly complicated relationship that develops between two roommates when rock-singer Yucca (while hardly trying) is catapulted to success, while would-be writer Paula (who has been trying very hard) remains unnoticed. Will these artistic roomies survive this overnight success?

My Cup Ranneth Over tells the story of two women who are "best friends" who exist in such close proximity that they struggle to maintain their own sense of individuality. Struggling to succeed as a writer, despite little to show for her efforts but rejection slips, Paula ignores the ringing phone, as she has disciplined herself not to interrupt her work before lunch. Instead her still sleeping roommate, Yucca, a happy-go-lucky rock singer, is roused to answer it – and, as it happens, the call is for her, anyway. So are the many others which follow insistently thereafter, plus the TV crew waiting downstairs, and all because Yucca, who filled in for an ailing performer the night before, has suddenly been "discovered." She couldn't care less, but Paula, while trying to control her anguish, cares a great deal – with results that are funny, ironic, very human and consistently entertaining.

My Cup Ranneth Over premiered in 1977 at the Everyman Company in Brooklyn, New York and had its professional premiere in 1978 at the Oregon Repertory Theatre in Eugene, Oregon. The perceptive and ironically humorous play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and has been very widely performed in regional, high school, and college theatre productions.

Cast: 2 female

What people say:

"…a delightful one-act examination of poetic injustice." — New York Daily News

"Nothing could be simpler than the situation, and nothing could be cleverer than the way Patrick keeps it moving, with an unending flow of reversals and laugh lines, all seeming to tumble quite by accident out of the characters and the event." — Village Voice

About the Playwright:

Robert Patrick is an American playwright and performer who was heavily involved in works at the groundbreaking Caffe Cino in Greenwich Village until it closed in 1968. He went on to have plays produced at the Old Reliable, La MaMa E.T.C., and other Off-Off-Broadway theatres, earning him the title of New York's most performed playwright of the 1960s. His remarkable play Kennedy's Children captured brilliantly the mood and essence of that great decade, went on to be widely produced, translated into 60 languages, and eventually made its way to Broadway.

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