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Your Mother's Butt Comedy/Satire 2 (1m, 1f) View Details Compare
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YOUR MOTHER'S BUTT focuses on a therapist desperately searching for clues to help her seriously disturbed young patient. As the patient rattles on about shoes and belts, he recalls a dream he had about his mother, and the therapist thinks she's got her answer.

"The one act plays by Georgia playwright Alan Ball are comic gems." —Tad Simmons, Twin Cities Reader. "[Ball] demonstrates a painfully lethal awareness of the convoluted games our generation has been consigned to play after we decided 20 years ago that we wouldn't play any more games." —David Kaufman, Downtown.   

Yours Sincerely, Miss Smith 2 (1m, 1f) View Details Compare
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A father writes letters of complaint to his son’s teacher with unexpected results.

Zelda Drama 10 (5m, 5f) View Details Compare
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In a beach cottage on Long Island, the family of Alexander Hartman, a retired Brooklyn druggist, gathers for the Labor Day weekend. They quickly learn that in cahoots with his grandson, Alexander has been stockpiling supplies and has purchased a fishing boat from the man next door. To their consternation, they further discover that Alexander is convinced "this world is not long for this world." He is certain that man's genius for self-destruction, in the form of meddling with his environment, has so disturbed the balance of nature that the world will actually come to an end that very Sunday morning at 10:30—daylight saving time! The deluge will descend on them through a final catastrophic hurricane, to which he has whimsically given the name "Zelda." Convinced that Papa is completely off his rocker, the family sends out an urgent call for a psychiatrist. As Papa's behavior goes from bad to worse (as they see it) , the others are certain that he will have to be committed. Only his wife Rose puts up a valiant but losing battle against this sad inevitability. But meanwhile that weather grows steadily more ominous. Earthquakes, tidal waves, hurricanes and other become so bad that the psychiatrist never does make it to the beach cottage. When hurricane "Zelda" finally strikes, the family concedes that Papa may not be crazy after all. As the play ends, Papa is herding his family out of the cottage to board his boat—as the storm closes in with a roar, and the cottage begins to collapse around them.

     

Zimmer 1 (1m, 0f) View Details Compare
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We meet ZIMMER in the record store where he advises young buyers about the real rock and roll, before their time. He knows it all, and imparts his storehouse of knowledge while relating his experiences growing up: the expectations, his family, the friends who freaked out, the expectations, where he was when Kennedy died, his Bar Mitzvah, his girlfriend, and maybe a few more expectations. Always there is the music to tie it together, and tide him over.

     

Zoo Story, The Drama 2 (2m, 0f) View Details Compare
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A man sits peacefully reading in the sunlight in Central Park. There enters a second man. He is a young, unkempt and undisciplined vagrant where the first is neat, ordered, well-to-do and conventional. The vagrant is a soul in torture and rebellion. He longs to communicate so fiercely that he frightens and repels his listener. He is a man drained of all hope who, in his passion for company, seeks to drain his companion. With provocative humour and unrelenting suspense, the young savage slowly, but relentlessly, brings his victim down to his own atavistic level as he relates a story about his visit to the zoo. Now part of the full length play At Home at the Zoo, THE ZOO STORY may continue to be performed independently.

¡Cuba Si! Comedy/Satire; Drama 4 (1m, 3f) View Details Compare
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Waiting for the revolution that she feels certain is near at hand, Cuba, a supporter of Fidel Castro, has set up camp in New York's Central Park. Having become something of a tourist attraction, she is interviewed by a reporter from the New York Times—who shudders apprehensively as Cuba shoots down the series of "spies" who approach her bastion, and harangues a watching crowd through a bullhorn. Inevitably the interview becomes a confrontation between her left-wing views and his right-wing reactions, with the end result an uneasy standoff. As he leaves the reporter remarks that she has given him no real story to file, as a story must have a beginning, a middle and an end. "But I have indeed given you a beginning," replies Cuba, "and I may yet give you a middle—and perhaps," she adds ominously, "an end as well."

Presented by New York's renowned ANTA Matinee Series, this timely and provocative fantasy makes an amusing, yet disturbing, statement on the nature of revolution. "Bitingly original a chilling comment on the inhumanity of war." —NY Times. "A perfect gem." —Village Voice.  

¿De Donde? Drama 13 (8m, 5f) View Details Compare
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Freely translated as "Where are you from?" the title of the play refers to the increasing tide of illegal aliens who flee north to the United States from the economically and politically oppressed countries of Latin America. Seeking jobs and freedom from persecution, the refugees are, more often than not, met with indifference and even hostility, regardless of their circumstances, and deported back to their home countries—which can often mean certain death. In a series of sharply drawn scenes and monologues, with thirteen actors portraying more than forty characters, the author explores the individual stories of a cross section of refugees and those with whom they come in contact: overworked and increasingly cynical lawyers who try to win amnesty for them; a group of Catholic nuns who risk imprisonment to provide sanctuary; judges and immigration officials who must enforce often antiquated and even inhuman laws; and U.S. citizens of Hispanic descent who are torn between allegiance to their new country and compassion for those fleeing persecution and poverty in their old. A moving plea for understanding and forbearance, the play also becomes, in the end, a searing indictment of this nation's immigration policies and a disturbing reminder of the terrible toll which these can exact, whether intentionally or not.

Comprised of a panoramic series of short scenes and monologues, with thirteen actors playing some forty-three characters, this powerful, moving play examines the plight of illegal aliens fleeing poverty and oppression in Latin America—only to run afoul of hostility and bureaucratic rigidity on the U.S. side of the border. Winner of the Rosenthal New Play Prize in its initial production by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. "…powerful and articulate…ideal fare for colleges and regional groups looking to fill intimate second stages with innovative new writing." —Variety. "…visceral theater…should have a special appeal to other institutional theaters equally interested in provoking audiences into political awareness." —NY Times. 

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