Comedy/Drama. By Jim Gordon.
Cast: 2 to 4m., 2 to 4w., may be expanded. We hope! We dream! Why not, it's free! And in these eight short plays we see that strange and humorous occurrences may even become reality. Cell/Block. In a death-row prison cell, a condemned man's prayers are rewarded when his comically incompetent attorney is finally exposed. The Actress. Sitting on a park bench, a young actress' doubts are turned to thoughts of a brighter future when an elderly lady shares the wisdom of her old friend, Laurence Olivier. They Call Me Louis. On a city street in the early hours of a frigid winter morning, a poor black man's dream for a better life is fulfilled by a most unlikely benefactor. The Good Deed. Alone in a tavern, a young man, grieving over the loss of his father, has his spirits revived when barroom regular, Barney Cahill, surprises him with tales of his dad's not-so-mundane life. Thomas. Mary Worthy struggles to repair her broken marriage and return to a happier time, but now, weakened by illness, she's shown the way back by a mysterious houseguest. Untitled Number Two. An art gallery's quiet is upset by two art critics' contrasting views of a painting. When told of the actual meaning of the work, the embarrassed pundits quickly exit, more tolerant (we hope) of each other's opinions. Vinny's Vision. At the Motor Vehicle Bureau, a bizarre experience gives Vinny and his friends a most unconventional idea for solving their buddy's depression. The Sweet By and By. Mary Fitzgerald has lost a loved one, but through her faith, she's certain they'll "meet again on that beautiful shore." Mary's neighbor, however, is more concerned with how Mary managed to bury her husband in the building's backyard. Minimal set. Approximate running time: 2 hours. These plays may also be performed individually or in any combination as an evening of short plays.