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Almost Holy Picture, An Drama 1 (1m, 0f) View Details Compare
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Samuel Gentle, the groundskeeper for The Church of the Holy Comforter, has heard God's call three times. The first was in a field off the Pamet Roads in Truro while accompanying his father on a walk; the second was in the aftermath of a terrible bus accident with his friend Inez Castillo while he was minister of a small adobe church about forty miles outside of Albuquerque at the foot of the Cebolleta; and the third was the birth of his daughter, Ariel, covered all over in a white-gold swirl of hair. Samuel has heard this voice but struggles to comprehend its mystery and his own rage and bewilderment at loss. He wants to believe that "grace enters the soul through a wound." As Ariel grows into a child of transcendent inner beauty and strength, Samuel regains his own faith and discovers what is most holy.

"Ms. McDonald writes in a confident, hypnotic style, woven from simple, cadenced prose and slightly off-center details…Audience members who are pursuing their own quests for spiritual comfort in the face of loss and destruction will surely find elements here that resonate for them." —NY Times. "It is about God, angels, miracles, and wrestling with one's faith…" —NY Magazine. "[McDonald] spins out some lovely sleights of magical realism…" —NY Newsday. "McDonald writes beautifully…" —NY Post. 

Almost Like Being Drama 5 (3m, 2f) View Details Compare
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A delightfully acerbic spoof of the unreal world of show business and the fraudulent sentiment from which it is contrived. Successfully produced on the National Educational Televison Network.

     

Altar Boy Talks to God, An 2 (2m, 0f) View Details Compare
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Robert, a young man, talks in a friendly way about his days as an altar boy. He then recalls when his nephew got AIDS early in the epidemic and how fundamentalists claimed it was God's punishment. Robert decides to go to heaven and ask God about this. Once there, God seems mean and ornery indeed and professes to give AIDS to homosexuals, hemophiliacs and Haitians in a bizarrely unfocused rage. Leaving heaven, Robert feels that whom he met wasn't God but an impostor. Adapted from the "AIDS Speech" in LAUGHING WILD, and rewritten to be performed by 2 actors, out of context of that play.

     

Altruists, The Comedy/Satire 5 (3m, 2f) View Details Compare
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THE ALTRUISTS revolves around a dedicated, if disorganized and demented, group of young radicals. These are the kids who protest. They protest arts funding and arms funding. They protest school cutbacks and AIDS cutbacks and welfare cutbacks. They march for gay rights and children's rights and Women Against Drunk Drivers. But their morality is put to the test one day when Sydney, a shallow, anorexic soap-opera actress, fires a gun into the hulking body of her sleeping boyfriend. Terrified, she looks to her brother, Ronald, the center of this merry band of radicals, for help. Ronald, a social worker, wants to aid his sister, but at the moment he's consumed with love. The object of his affection? A young runaway prostitute, Lance. It is Ethan, Ronald's cohort, who points out that they need Sydney—without her money they can do no good in the world. After all, "firebombs don't grow on trees." And when Sydney pressures him, revealing her vulnerability and her real affection for the first time, Ronald acquiesces. He makes the ultimate sacrifice, that of his own happiness for the greater good. And this group of altruists frames Lance, never noticing the irony as they head off to protest the unjust outcome of a trial involving a young man who resembles Lance in every way.

"Exhilarating! Exceedingly funny! The playwright wields his wit like a scalpel…written with the florid theatricality and seething emotional adrenaline that are the hallmarks of Silver's unique voice…" —Variety. "Hilarious!…Classic Silver to the core." —Time Out NY. "Hysterical…THE ALTRUISTS revels in political incorrectness. Nicky Silver is the bad-boy playwright of Off-Broadway." —NY Daily News. "Hilarious…the extravagantly amusing Nicky Silver has written one of his most consistent explosions of dark yet good-natured satire…we are carried aloft on the demented joy of [his] hyperarticulate imagination." —NY Newsday.

Always a Bridesmaid Comedy/Satire 6 (0m, 6f) View Details Compare
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In this hilarious comedic romp, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other's weddings…no matter what. More than thirty years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making "the long walk" for each other, determined to honour that vow. Libby Ruth, the hopeful romantic with the perfect marriage, believes—in spite of all evidence to the contrary—that her friends can find the very same happiness. Headstrong Deedra's "rock-solid" union hangs by a thread when she discovers her husband of many years not only has a wandering eye, but the hands to match. Monette, flashy, high-spirited and self-involved, continues to test her friends' love and patience with all-too-frequent trips down the aisle. And salt-of-the-earth, tree-hugging Charlie discovers—the hard way—that marital bliss is not the end of her rainbow and panics in outrageous style when the opportunity presents itself.

Hop on this marriage-go-round for a laugh-out-loud journey with these beleaguered bridesmaids as they navigate the choppy waters of love and matrimony. Libby Ruth, Deedra, Monette and Charlie are committed to the notion that careers, waistlines and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime. Forsaking all others, in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides and the mistaken, and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves on the first day of hunting season. ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitively answer the question, "Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?" If you've ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride's bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying "I do" or been forced to wear the world's ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny JONES HOPE WOOTEN COMEDY is definitely for you…and your dearly beloved! 

Am I Blue Comedy/Satire 7 (3m, 4f) View Details Compare
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The story begins in a seedy New Orleans bar where John Polk Richards, a college freshman whose fraternity brothers have paid his way into a bordello as an eighteenth birthday present, is bolstering his courage with liquor. He is approached by Ashbe, a fey young creature who invites him to the littered apartment that she shares with her absent father. As high strung and flaky as John Polk is nervous and tentative, Ashbe initiates him into her secret fantasy life as she tries to bridge the loneliness that infuses them both. She strings Cheerios to make a necklace and then nibbles at them; puts blue food coloring in John Polk's rum and Coke; lets him hear the sea in her favorite conch shell; and finally, invites him to make love to her—an offer that he politely declines. Sometimes wildly funny, sometimes gently affecting, the play is a wonderfully resourceful study of two young people, both unsure and apprehensive, whose unexpected encounter becomes, for both of them, a valuable lesson in coping with life—now and in the future.

Presented by New York's Circle Repertory Company as part of a triple bill entitled CONFLUENCE. A highly original, offbeat comedy which ranges from hilarity to pathos as it details the chance meeting of a timid college freshman and the precocious teenager who lures him to her ramshackle apartment. "…joyously proves that her great Broadway hit CRIMES OF THE HEART was no happy flash in the pan. There is real gold in that there typewriter." —NY Post. "Along the way we sample Beth Henley's wondrous gift for creating sweet comedy out of Southern eccentricities as well as her ability to reveal the sad loneliness beneath the spunk." —NY Times. "…stamped with the trademark of this fine and vital writer." —Hollywood Reporter.  

Amateurs (Auburn) Comedy/Satire 9 (5m, 4f) View Details Compare
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Amateurs (Griffin) Comedy/Satire 9 (5m, 4f) View Details Compare
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Following the opening night of the Timberly Troupers' musical about undertakers, Dorothy and her slightly daft husband, Charlie, host a gathering of actors and friends. The chic opening night party is in another part of town, but into Dorothy's living room comes a guest list that includes Nathan (a recently divorced high school teacher who is also a very bad ventriloquist), Wayne (better at loving than acting), Jennifer (who has a sure shot at Hollywood stardom), Ernie (one of the Troupers' actors filled with ham and spite), Irene (his out of patience wife), Mona (who was in love with Wayne but has since moved on to someone else) and Paul (a well-known drama critic and friend of Dorothy's who has just broken his rule of never reviewing community theater). When Paul has a heart attack he drops his not-yet-published review before being taken to the hospital. The actors read it and confront the harsh reality of a pan. Dorothy's sweetness and patience rise above Ernie's bitter tirade, and the others trade barbs and insults as they try to control their emotions. The party becomes the setting where the dreams, loves, failures and successes of this group are explored with bittersweet humor and the relationship between risk and need is touchingly depicted.

The tangled desires and hopes of the guests at an opening night party of a New England community theater group are examined in this bittersweet and touching comedy. "…AMATEURS is more than colorful balloons against a tinted sky…[it] is really about how we distance ourselves from the pain of reality…The run-on comedy…is sharp and funny…" —Boston Globe. "AMATEURS…certainly left me laughing…It is fun to hear the sound of laughter once again…" —The Evening Times. "AMATEURS is…winsomely, wildly, wonderfully funny. So ride with the punches and enjoy the literate, charming mayhem…" —East Side Monthly.  

Amazing Activity of Charley Contrare and the Ninety-Eighth Street Gang, The Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure 9 (5m, 4f) View Details Compare
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Is the odyssey of Charley Contrare, who leaves home while still a boy and spends a lifetime seeking to "find" himself, to know who and what he really is. While his mother waits at home, and then eagerly packs her bags hoping to join Charley in Hawaii, we meet Charley at ages sixteen, thirty, sixty and ninety. In this free-flowing fantasy world, filled with theatrically vivid episodes from Charley's various "pasts," each Charley challenges the reality of his alter egos—until, at last, the true Charley arrives, releasing his mother from her long vigil and setting right the kaleidoscope of "amazing activities" that have comprised his multifaceted life.

This ingenious and imaginative comedy-fantasy marked the debut of an exciting and original playwright.

Ambrosio Drama 7 (5m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Freely adapted from Matthew Lewis' eighteenth-century gothic novel, The Monk, AMBROSIO, the play, deftly transposes our own contemporary concerns about sexuality, desire and abstinence on to the original novel's voluptuous setting and atmosphere. As the monk Ambrosio confronts temptation, first in the form of a seductive young male novice, and then in a young woman who begs Ambrosio to be her confessor, as a mysterious fisherman named Don Pedro looks on. Is he, as Ambrosio suspects, really the devil, offering up inducements for Ambrosio to renounce his vows? Is this vision of the devil simply a case of delirium brought on by Ambrosio's life of denial? Is either answer part of a plot by the Inquisition to shore up their own power? Ultimately, the crux of Ambrosio's dilemma lies in the realm of spirituality, where what distinguishes fantasy from reality has yet to be decided.

In a vivid departure from the hypnotic and spiritual folk plays that have confirmed Romulus Linney as one of America's premiere playwrights, comes a work about the Spanish Inquisition's reign of terror and religious persecution, and how it led to the death-by-fire of a fanatical sixteenth-century monk whose vows of celibacy could not hold and instead gave way to rape and murder. "With its intelligence and acuity about crises of faith, AMBROSIO is a play that would honor any of our major theaters." —NY Times.   

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