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Theatrical Haiku: Seven Short Plays

Theatrical Haiku: Seven Short Plays
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Mary Louise Wilson
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 73
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0822224941
ISBN-13: 9780822224945

About the Play:

Theatrical Haiku: Seven Short Plays is a collection of one-act comedies by Mary Louise Wilson. This series of six playlets under the umbrella title of Theatrical Haiku include characters that range from forgetful ladies "of a certain age" trying to get to a matinee, to a fired, "over prepared" soap actor, to a reigning diva greeting her fans, each portrait hilariously and accurately drawn, providing audiences a laugh-filled evening in the theatre.

Written by Tony Award winning actress, Mary Louise Wilson (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie, Nebraska), these plays will provide audiences with a glimpse into what happens backstage, in the Green Room, dressing room, and other areas privy only to actors and crew.

In Lost two women of "a certain age" prepare for a theatre outing. (Cast: 2 women)

In The Professional, a seasoned actor recalls the two times he's been fired. (Cast:1 man)

Deer Play recounts the strange tale of a woodland creature's reign of terror in an aging actress' garden. (Cast: 2 women, 3 men, flexible casting)

In Tirade an actress finds herself eclipsed by a rival in the confessional. (Cast: 1 woman)

In Laughs, we see just how nasty summer-stock rehearsal can get. (Cast: 1 woman, 2 men)

Road Work presents the whispered conversations of three cast members getting sick of each other during a touring production. (Cast: 2 women, 1 man)

Finally, we learn what chafes and what soothes the delicate ego of a "grande dame" In The Dressing Room. (Cast: 3 women, 7 men)

What people say:

"These pieces – too brief to be considered one-acts, they are more like theatrical haiku – are slices of life and character studies shrewdly observed. In their brevity, they capture grand emotions, establish hilarious situations and offer each actor moments of brilliant delight." — New Orleans Times Picayune

"Sketch comedy that is both sophisticated and daffy." — Gambit (New Orleans)

About the Playwright:

Mary Louise Wilson is an award-winning American stage, film and television actress. She has acted on and off Broadway and in films and TV for nearly fifty years. Roles include Vera Joseph in 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center (Obie Award), Big Edie in Grey Gardens (Tony Award), Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (Tony nomination), and Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop (Drama Desk Award). Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker and The New York Times and she teaches acting at Tulane University. She lives in upstate New York.