Comedy/Drama. By Jim Gordon
Cast: 11m., 12w. (5m., 3w. with doubling) You're sitting and you're steaming 'cause someone's done you dirt/And in spite of what they tell you, you know they meant to hurt/"Forgive them," say the righteous. "It's a creed you should believe in."/I grin and say "To hell with that—it's more fun getting even!" What do the father of our country, a hit man, and a little old lady have in common? They refuse to turn the other cheek, as demonstrated in these eight short plays. Washington Schlepped Here. Busy retreating from Long Island, Manhattan and White Plains, General Washington is fed up and ready to pack it in when he learns he's been insulted by the British: "Only fairies ride white horses." The rest is history. Drinks With Charles. Investment guru Charles Fleming envisions a profitable evening touting his "can't fail" investment strategies to three unsuspecting women; unfortunately for Mr. Fleming, past success is no guarantee of the future. A Christmas Fantasy. 'twas a week before Christmas and all through the house, a long-suffering wife plans to murder her spouse. The Agreement. Steven Cage wants a divorce but won't agree to his wife's excessive demands until she first sees a psychiatrist. Alas, his wife is about to discover Dr. Foster's unusual method of solving marital problems. The Kindness of Strangers. A con man's once-in-a-lifetime opportunity turns into a nightmare when a little old lady gives him a lesson in Chinese water torture. Nothing. Unable to afford a drug that could prolong his life, Johnny Miller strikes back the only way he can. The Producer. Playwright Floyd Belch tells producer Max Rosenberg that unless he produces his "pro-war, pro-gun, anti-gay" play in New York City, Max will have to jump out his 80th-floor window. Max is trying to decide, when Floyd makes him an offer he can't refuse. The Committee. The Paugatuck Players play-reading committee is meeting to choose next year's plays; "forgiveness" isn't in the running! Minimal set. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes. These plays may also be performed individually or in any combination as an evening of short plays. Approximate running time for each play: 10 to 15 minutes.