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The Last Touchy-Feely Drama on the American Stage (and Other Plays)
The Last Touchy-Feely Drama on the American Stage (and Other Plays)
By Lee Howard and Greg Gamble.

Cast: 5m., 4w., expandable to 9m., 4w., 3 either gender The Last Touchy-Feely Drama on the American Stage: 5m. (3 roles may be played by women). A ludicrously slow-moving father and son reconciliation theatre piece is broken down and overanalyzed by a trio of cruelly detached sportscasters. Every cross, pause and pretentious utterance is cause for an exuberant shout and a lengthy dissection. Even the characters' gray hair paint and bedroom slippers are chatted over excitedly. Brimming over with rapid-fire monologues, the satire rests on exposing America's fascination with victim-glorification and the theatre community's preoccupation with emotional pain as a dramatic punctuation mark. This rollicking comedy reaches a pinnacle as the announcers wait breathlessly to see if the playwright will "Go for the Tony Award." Minimal set.

Deliver Us Not! (or Birth, Where Is Thy Sting?): 3 actors (m. or w.) Three fetuses sharing a womb debate the possibilities of life-after-birth, trying to come to terms with their impending due-date. This festival-winning, easy-to-stage crowd-pleaser combines witty palaver and thought-provoking banter to form a marriage of mirth and meaning. The characters represent a trio of philosophies, including an atheist fetus who is convinced that "you're conceived, you live, you're born and that's it! There's nothing after birth!" Another fetus, seeing his time in the womb as a cosmic deception, propounds the notion that once he passes through the birth canal he'll be at one with the universe and free of all pain, discomfort and fear. Of course, we know better. And so does the last fetus, who takes a sane, sober, wait-and-see approach to the next world. Taking to task such topics as atheism, warm-fuzzy-new-age sophisms, and pompous poetry, Deliver Us Not! juggles it all with impudent wit and subtle subtext. Minimal set.

It's Tough to Be Somebody!: (4m., 4w.) An apathetic high school "Fame Awareness Education" class learns a hard lesson from a washed-up, wet-brained silver screen maven. This in-your-face hoot is a brashly insensitive look at sensitivity that touches on modern tolerance-mania with all the politeness of a cattle prod. The script swaggers with every insolent line, mocking without remorse as the overly caring teacher apologizes profusely for uttering such a bigoted and insensitive phrase as "Good morning, students." An intimidating, blustering traffic cop is brought in to scare the kids away from fame with a monologue on the evaporation of the soul under the limelight. Minimal set.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Anthology*One-Act
Catalog Code:  L97
Cast Size:  9
No. of Act(s):  3
Pages:  67
Royalty:  $100.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 0871298961
Biographies
Greg Gamble and Lee Howard began their playwriting efforts during the salad days of their youth at Decatur High School in Federal Way, Washington. They spent the '80s crafting many Pythonesque versions of classic fairy tales for colleges and children's theatre companies, and also founded their own comedy troupe, The Outpatient Theatre. For a short time they flirted with Hollywood, ...More
Greg Gamble and Lee Howard began their playwriting efforts during the salad days of their youth at Decatur High School in Federal Way, Washington. They spent the '80s crafting many Pythonesque versions of classic fairy tales for colleges and children's theatre companies, and also founded their own comedy troupe, The Outpatient Theatre. For a short time they flirted with Hollywood, ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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