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Pizza Man

Pizza Man
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Author: Darlene Craviotto
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 88
Pub. Date: 1986
ISBN-10: 0573619956
ISBN-13: 9780573619953
Cast Size: 2 female, 1 male

About the Play:

Pizza Man is a full-length comedy by Darlene Craviotto. Two single women are tired of being harassed by men in every way and hatch a plan intended to reverse their power dynamic. After a particularly bad day they decide the best way to get revenge against all men is to take advantage of an unsuspecting pizza delivery man. Pizza Man is an exceptionally dark comedy that explores both sides of a controversial spectrum.

Pizza Man is about two 20-something women who out of necessity attempt to overcome their position of objectification by doing something decidedly aggressive. It's a hot summer evening and Julie Rodgers has had a BAD day. Her boss made a pass at her and she said no so she got a pink slip with her check. Julie's broke and disillusioned, so she drinks and turns on the stereo full blast to make the pain go away. Then her roommate comes home in the midst of an eating frenzy; her boyfriend has gone back to his wife so Alice has turned to food to forget. Julie suggests another way to vent their man caused frustrations by doing something aggressive; "something a man would do." Intending to turn the tables on years of misogyny and sexism, they pick a guy, any guy, to take advantage of. "Men have been doing it for years, why can't a woman try it?" Enter an unsuspecting pizza delivery man. Once Julie and Alice convince him to come in and share a beer with them, the evening gets wild, angry, crazy, very, very funny, and cathartic. Pizza Man has long been a favourite of acting teachers for female monologues, female/female scenes, and even three-person scenes.

Pizza Man premiered in 1982 at West Hollywood's Callboard Theatre and then Hollywood's Richmond Shepard Theatre, winning both the L.A. Dramatist Award and Dramalogue Award as best new play of the season. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is regularly performed in regional repertory and college theatre productions.

Cast: 2 female, 1 male

What people say:

"A darling comedy of the female dilemma that deserves a long life." — Dramalogue

"A gem." — Variety

About the Author:

Darlene Craviotto is an American actor and writer who has worked professionally in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years. Her screenplays have been produced for television and film including Angel Dust for NBC, Squanto, A Warrior's Tale released by Walt Disney Studios and Love Never Silent for NBC which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Special and garnered her an Emmy nomination. Her award-winning play, Pizza Man, has been performed all over the world.