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Ten-Minute Plays: Volume 4 From Actors Theatre of Louisville

Ten-Minute Plays: Volume 4 From Actors Theatre of Louisville
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Edited by: Michael Bigelow Dixon and Liz Engelman
Foreword by: Jon Jory
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 266
Pub. Date: 1998
ISBN-10: 0573633673
ISBN-13: 9780573633676

About the Plays:

This is volume 4 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. Ten-Minute Plays: Volume 4 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.

Ten-Minute Plays: Volume 4 contains:

At Sea by Mayo Smith. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
August Afternoon by Rich Orloff. When a guilty man and a yearning woman meet for a midday fling, the woman gets her needs met not by the man but from a surprising source. Inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Compatible by Anna Li. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Contract with Jackie by Jimmy Breslin. Lampoons Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who enters a hospital room and offers his post operative wife the sort of contract that his party offered the American people. Based on the true story behind the most infamous bedside encounter in the annals of contemporary American political life. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Courting Prometheus by Charles Forbes. After a one night stand, office cubicle partners – Rita and Lou – must learn how to navigate the change in their relationship. While Rita would dismiss their fling, Lou is determined to convince her that last night was only the beginning of their relationship. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Gave Her the Eye by John Sheehy. Dex and Donna's first date turns out differently than she expected, when Dex confesses his fear that he's been turned into a cyborg by invading aliens. (Cast: 2 female, 1 male)
The Guest of Honor by Richard Strand. When Lynn and Jason go out of their way to set Karen up with their friend David, who’s coming to dinner, Karen can't seem to say anything right. Lynn and Jason go out of their way to convince Karen that David, is just a regular guy. The more assurances they offer, the more anxious Karen becomes. A comedy full of the anxieties of meeting someone for the first time. (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)
Head On by Elizabeth Dewberry. Only minutes before an appearance on Oprah Winfrey's TV talk show, a therapist specializing in multi-orgasmic sex must find a common ground with a woman who's witnessed a head-on collision. In this age of sensational media disclosures, it's surprising to watch what can happen off-camera when real intimacy is given a chance. (Cast: 2 female)
If Susan Smith Could Talk by Elaine Romero. The story of a mother appealing her death sentence to a court room after drowning her children in the family car. (Cast: 3 female, 1 male)
Just One Night by Kim Levin. A serious play about three college roommates the morning after a huge party. Two roommates believe that their party the night before was perfect, until their third roommate reveals that she spent the night with their mutual friend, Dave, against her will. They then discuss what happened to her and try to help her make a decision about what to do. They debate the definitions of rape and who is truly at fault. (Cast: 3 female, 1 male)
Keeper by Frederick Bailey. Working a shift at the box office of a Los Angeles theatre should be an easy gig for Mitsuko. But the night takes a strange turn when the mysterious Mr. Wilkinson enters to buy a ticket, followed by the paranoid Mr. Stradling who believes he is being stalked. (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)
The League of Semi-Superheroes by Val Smith and Michael Dixon. As their looming financial problems become a reality, a group of five semi-superheroes must confront their uselessness in the world. Their inherent optimism comes into direct conflict with their obvious lack of skills. Perhaps their only superpower is optimism in the face of failure. (Cast: 2 female, 4 male)
Making the Call by Jane Martin. When a secret serviceman comes to Elizabeth's door, he makes her an offer that she never imagined. Elizabeth, an average citizen, receives a formal request for sexual relations from the (fictional) President of the United States. She debates on her decision and just when she believes she has figured it out, he turns the tables yet again. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Median by John Stinson. (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)
Misreadings by Neena Beber. Personalities collide as Ruth – a professor of nineteenth century literature – attempts to guide Simone – one of her failing students. While Ruth is stuck living in century-old literature, Simone tries to argue that living in the present is the only way to live. Perhaps in this case, the student is teaching the professor. Misreadings has become a favourite of acting teachers for female/female scenes. (2 female)
A New Life by Corinne Jacker. (Cast: 2 male)
Off the Rack by Robert D. Kemnitz and Jennifer McMaster. A dialogue between a woman and a professional closet organizer. (Cast: 2 female)
187 by Jose Rivera. John works with Alejandra an immigrant from Argentina at the factory every day, admiring her beauty in silence. But today, at the No. 187 bus stop, John works up the nerve to speak to his coworker. What begins as an attempt at courtship quickly turns to a hate-filled argument about race and immigration in this play about the insurmountable distance created between two people by cultural differences. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male
Reverse Transcription by Tony Kushner. Six playwrights come together to bury their contemporary and friend, Ding. They discuss and brood on their lives, writings, and loves. (Cast: 2 female, 4 male)
The Sin Eater by Don Nigro. This intense, darkly comic twist on necrophilia and true love tells of an outcast whose life's work is to eat a symbolic meal off the chests of the dead to take their sins upon himself before they are buried. When his sister asks him to perform this ancient Welsh custom for a girl he desperately loved, he can't resist doing a bit more. But his beloved is not really dead and she is equally terrified of being buried alive and of being kissed by the filthy sin eater. (Cast: 2 female, 1 male
Stars by Romulus Linney. At a soiree in Manhattan, on a beautiful penthouse terrace, two strangers strike up a conversation. Inspired by the summer stars, they confide shocking truths – or delectable lies, take your pick. Either way, their road to love is paved with strange intentions. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Token to the Moon by Brian Christopher Williams. A Midwestern woman meets a man who can read minds at a subway stop in New York. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Under Lubianka Square by Constance Congdon. A young American tourist has a run-in with a Russian street vendor. The two are lost in translation when a Russian spy steps in and sways the girl in his favour. (Cast: 2 female, 1 male)
The Unintended Video by Dale Griffiths Stamos. Clarissa, a good-hearted substitute teacher, returns to a park to apologize for mistakenly taking a photo of a burn victim named Samuel. Won ATL's Heideman Award as part of the. National 10-minute play contest. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)
Waterbabies by Adam LerFevre. Pits a young mother against a swim instructor with a knack for teaching infants to swim. (Cast: 2 female)
What I Meant Was by Craig Lucas. In 1968 a family sits down to a seemingly everyday meal, but the conversation that unfolds exposes all the subtext of their family drama. The play illustrates how honesty and forgiveness go hand in hand. (Cast: 2 female, 2 male)

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