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Short Plays and Monologues (David Mamet)

Short Plays and Monologues (David Mamet)
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: David Mamet
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 84
Pub. Date: 1981
ISBN-10: 0822207206
ISBN-13: 9780822207207

About the Play:

Short Plays and Monologues contains 7 short plays by David Mamet. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author explains that: "These pieces were written variously as curtain raisers for other plays of mine, cabaret pieces, and experiments. They are written to be performed on a bare stage, using only a chair or two, and without props or special costuming." These short theatre pieces range widely in content, mood and style. They offer a stimulating challenge in terms of selecting, arranging, and mounting the diverse components into programs of varying length and theme, which is a major part of their appeal to actors, who cannot resist filling up the huge spaces between David Mamet's wonderful language with something of their own creation.

Prairie du Chien is an Edgar Allan Poe-ish tale of the unexpected set on a railroad car speeding through the Wisconsin night. As his fellow passengers gamble over an increasingly fraught game of cards, a travelling salesman recounts a violent story of obsessive jealousy, murder, and suicide with a paranormal twist, told within shooting distance of a card-hustler and his victim exploding into a moment of menace. Written so that it can be performed either onstage or on the radio, it premiered on Earplay, a National Public Radio (NPR) show in 1979. It was first performed in the UK at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1986. (Cast: 6 male)

What people say:

"A short poignant study in violence and the twin drives of love and money, told with hypnotic power through a travelling raconteur." — City Limits

A Sermon is a deliciously absurdist piece written as curtain-raiser to introduce David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago. In this monologue, a clergyman delivers a Sunday sermon made up of bizarre metaphors and analogies that lead to and result from wild digressions about human insensitivity and aggression. (Produced by Ensemble Studio Theater (E.S.T.) Off-Off-Broadway in 1981; Cast: 1 male)

In Shoeshine two advertising men exchange office chatter while a third customer accuses the shoeshine men of stealing his wallet. (Produced by Ensemble Studio Theater (E.S.T.) Off-Off-Broadway in 1979; Cast: 6 male)

Litko: A Dramatic Monologue was written as curtain-raiser to introduce David Mamet's The Duck Variations in its Chicago premiere at the Body Politic Theatre in 1972. This monologue shows the actor doing everything from everything from directing to barking out stage directions, running the light board, setting up props, and creating sound effects. (Cast: 1 male)

In Old Vermont is a sketch that captures the natural qualities of Vermont that most appeal to David Mamet: the sky, the cold, the elemental exposure to the changes in nature. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)

All Men Are Whores: An Inquiry portrays a haunting image of sexuality and violence in America. A trio of actors sit upon the stage and talk, relating their unsettling experiences and feelings of sexual rejection, violence and death. (First presented as a cabaret offering at Yale University in 1977; Cast: 1 female, 2 male)

The Blue Hour: City Sketches is a series of urban encounters dealing with alienation and loneliness in big cities, alternately featuring 10 actors and all marked by angst, anger, or melancholy. It contains: Prologue: American Twilight (Cast: 1 male); Doctor (Cast: 1 female, 1 male); The Hat (Cast: 2 female); Businessmen (Cast: 2 male); Cold (Cast: 2 male); Epilogue (Cast: 1 male). (First performed as a workshop at New York's Public Theater in 1979)

About the Playwright:

David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter as well as a director, novelist, poet, and essayist. He has written the screenplays for more than twenty films, including the Oscar-nominated The Verdict. His more than twenty plays include the Pulitzer Prizewinning Glengarry Glen Ross. His other awards include a Tony Award, an Academy Award, two OBIE Awards, two NYDCC Awards, and Outer Circle, Society of West End Theatre, and Dramatists Guild Hall-Warriner Awards.

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