Five Serious One-Act Comedies
In "Mom's Sweetheart", elderly and infirm Molly, a widow, has invited a stranger to visit her, alarming her daughter Jennifer, who believes he might be just another con artist. He shows up, much to Molly's delight (like her he loves flowers, poetry and travel), but in no way does he pose the dangers Jennifer has imagined. "Ghosts and Other Immigrants" focuses on three desperate Mexican immigrants attempting to make it in New York City. They hire Mama Lucy, a Hatian witch, to conjure up the ghosts of immigrants long gone to advise them how they might improve their lot. "Be Reasonable - Agree!" presents Procrustes, an evil creature who murders his guests who do not fit his special bed either by chopping or stretching them; at least, those guests who don't agree with him on every topic he chooses, or who are not significantly wealthy. Then along comes Prince Theseus with his own ideas about interpersonal dynamics. Needing gold, Clytemnestra in "Homer Should Only Know" cleverly plans to start the Trojan War by using her stupid husband Agamemnon and her luscious kid sister Helen. In "With Gods Like These...", two highly argumentative deities, God and the earth goddess Gaea, badly frighten Chloe and Menander, sweet young lovers who reach their own conclusions after the gods exit.
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Ghosts and Other Immigrants
Homer Should Only Know
With Gods Like These
Acropolis AEGISTHUS AGAMEMNON agree ain’t ALETHEA AMARYLLIS and ARCHIPPOS amigos aren’t Argonauts Athens better’n bore BRENDAN Bronze Age brooch CAST In order CHLOE and MENANDER chopped CLYTEMNESTRA Clytey Corinth Damn dance destroy Troy didn’t Diokles dryad Euxine exactly exit eyes female flagon fool GAEA gazing GHOST VOICE goddamn gods gold Greece Haiti happen He’s hear HELEN here’s Hesiod hunt the boar husband Immigrants JENNIFER JOSE king listen look loved flowers lovers LUIS male MAMA LUCY Mama Lucy’s man’s Menelaus MOLLY Mom’s Sweetheart Mycenae never nice Norman Weinstein CAST offstage order of appearance pauses poor Poseidon Priam Prince THESEUS PROCRUSTES Reasonable—Agree rich sack SANCHEZ shit smiled speak Mexican stranger supreme sure as hell sweet sword SYLEA sylphs talk tell THESEUS enters things THREE VOICES told tomorrow wait What’s wine woman would’ve Yeah you’re Zeus