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Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Wade Sheeler
Publisher: Samuel French (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 38
Pub. Date: 1997
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0573626065
ISBN-13: 9780573626067
Cast Size: 2 male

About the Play:

Winner of the 1996 Kennedy Center's National One-Act Competition, Winner of the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play

Vortex is a one-act drama by Wade Sheeler. A shaman and a desperate gunman meet on a mountainside in Sedona, Arizona.
 Through the supernatural and metaphysical, a friendship is formed and lives are changed forever.

Vortex takes us Sedona, Arizona. There are places where the fabric of reality is thin, and one of these is a vortex in Sedona, that sacred spot for New Agers, the Hopi, and hosts of other Native Americans. A mysterious shaman and a desperate gunman meet on the top of a mesa in Sedona. Jones, the shaman, arrives first and arranges stones into a prayer circle and, after numerous preliminary rituals and chants, enters within. His meditations barely begin when Mark bursts in, gun in hand, every inch the desperate paranoid fugitive running from the mob. So paranoid that it's a life-and-death struggle for the purifying Jones to calm Mark down. When they learn trust, they reveal secrets that test the power of nature and the human spirit.

Vortex was originally produced by California Institute of the Arts in 1996 as part of the New Plays Festival. The double bill of Vortex and The Dumb Waiter by renowned playwright Harold Pinter has been presented as "Double Take" an evening in the macabre as two men face their existential fate two generations apart.

Cast: 2 male

What people say:

"Wade Sheeler's Vortex qualifies as the genuine article. ...this tidy one-act takes us to Sedona, Arizona, that sacred spot for New Agers, the Hopi, and hosts of other Native Americans." — Creative Loafing Charlotte

About the Playwright:

Wade Sheeler is an EMMY Award Winning American reality TV producer, director, and writer. He received his MFA degree in Film and Theatre from California Institute of the Arts. While there he wrote Vortex.