Plays in Search of an Ending: Provocative and Funny Sociodramas on Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas

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iUniverse, Mar 20, 2009 - Drama - 324 pages
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Award-winning playwright and distinguished psychologist, Rabbi Milton Matz, Ph.D., explores a new direction for American theatre in his recently published, Plays in Search of an Ending. His theme is clear: every life is a play, and we— all playwrights searching for good endings.

Matz has heard thousands of dilemmas. He explores the most challenging ones by writing eleven fictional plays, three full plays with controversial endings and eight short plays with no endings at all. Each play focuses on a provocative issue.

Reading a play puts us in each character’s shoes and enables us to see through their eyes endings we never imagined. If we choose to share our endings with others, our supply of practical solutions to personal dilemmas increase. This process of search for mutually satisfying solutions is the heart of social/moral intelligence. Frequently more important than intellectual intelligence, it enables us to live productive and harmonious lives.

The book includes guidelines for discussion and an easy to follow inventory of communication behaviors for dealing with complex moral dilemmas.

This collection of plays introduces an exciting new dramatic form, designed for living room, classroom, meeting room or Broadway: “Plays In Search Theatre.”

 

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Contents

FULLLENGTH PLAYS
2
Aff airs Of State
4
Breakfast At The Regency
64
Spinoza Maria and Excommunication
126
SHORT PLAYS THAT NEED ENDINGS
210
Dual Relations
212
Generals and Rabbis
220
I Spoke With God Again
230
Doubly Blessed
274
APPENDIX
282
Sharingdiscussion and performance guidelines
284
Negotiation and Communication Skills Bibliography
286
Psychodrama and Role Theory Bibliography
288
Spinoza Bibliography
292
Social and Moral Intelligence SelfAssessment Inventory
294
Dedication
302

Seduction
238
Unintended Consequences
248
Why Knot?
256
Freddy
266
Acknowledgment
304
About the Author
306
Authors Notes
308
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Rabbi Milton Matz, Ph.D. Nine Plays in Search of an Ending introduces an important new literary voice. Award-winning playwright Milton Matz, a retired Reform rabbi and clinical psychologist, sees humans through many colored lenses. Unerringly hone

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