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Oct.30.2012
  Sometimes.  4 performances  at Theatre Encino, 2011   To Put Away Childish Things?  14 performances in “From Shelterbelt With Love,”            Shelterbelt Theatre, Omaha, Nebraska, 2010    What?  Semi-finalist for “Love Bites” @ The Elephant Theatre, Los...
Oct.16.2012
CharactersHelene, a woman in her late 20s thirtiesJeff, a man in his early 30s  SettingA city cafe.Late afternoonThe present     When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13, verse 11Brethren, be not children in...
Oct.16.2012
Characters:BobbyLaura  Time:The present.  Dusk.  Place:A park bench, with a tree on either side and a lamppost beside one of the trees. Dusk.  Bobby on a park bench, bent over, head buried in his hands.  The lamp is lit but he sits at the far end, out of the lamplight’s glow.  After a moment he begins to sob.  His sobs get...
Oct.16.2012
CHARACTERSAlan, mid 30sMaria, late 20s SETTINGTime: The presentPlace: An upstairs bedroom  AT RISE: FAINT MUSIC.  A door on one side of the stage.  A bed in the center, covered by a pile of coats. Beside the bed a table and lamp.  On the back wall a sliding door, covered by drapes, leading to a balcony.  The bedroom is...
Oct.16.2012
Characters:Annie, a gregarious, attractive woman in her mid-40sPeter, a shy but good-looking man in his mid-50s Jackie, a bartender  Time:The present. The middle of the afternoon  Place:A sleepy bar somewhere in America   AT RISE: A bar off to one side of the stage.  A few battered tables and chairs, a beer mirror, a sign saying EAT...
Oct.16.2012
CHARACTERSScarlett, a vaguely glamorous woman in her early 50s Jackson, an attractive man in his late 40s Steve, a well-preserved man in his late 60s Allie, a pretty woman in her early 30s SETTINGTime: The PresentPlace: A Sushi Bar in Los Angeles      AT RISE  SCARLETT and JACKSON sit at a sushi counter.  In front of them...
Oct.16.2012
CHARACTERSEleanor, an elderly womanColleen, her daughter, somewhere in her fifties  SETTINGA hospital room.The present.     AT RISE:   An old woman sits up in bed, attached to an IV drip and several monitors. On a chair beside her bed sits a middle-aged woman, her daughter, looking forlorn and a little lost. COLLEENHow...
Oct.16.2012
Characters:Steve, late 40s Andrea, late 20s Time:The present.  Midday.  Place:A back porch, somewhere in suburbia.      AT RISE: Andrea and Steve sit on the back porch steps of a modest ranch style home, with enough space for a third person between them.  Andrea, restless, looks over at Steve, who stares into...
Oct.16.2012
CharactersSean, a very old man Celia, a young nurse SettingThe old man's bedroom. Late one evening.     AT RISE:A bedroom containing a single bed, a dresser, a small but overflowing bookshelf, end table with a pitcher full of water, and an empty glass. SEAN lies propped up in bed, reading Remembrance of Things Past.  After a...
Oct.16.2012
CharactersMelissa, a still pretty but slightly faded beauty in her late 30sPaul, an attractive man in his late 40s SettingThe interior of a plane at an airport gate in Oakland, CA.The present.     AT RISE: A woman sits at a window seat in the last row of a plane.  Beside her is an empty seat, on which she has placed a sweater and her...