Lives of the Saints: Nine One-Act Plays

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Dramatists Play Service Inc, 2000 - Drama - 96 pages
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THE STORIES: THE GOODNESS OF YOUR HEART. If a friend’s in need, friends help friends, no questions asked—right? But then, what does “need,” mean, really? Does it extend to a $900 4-D surround sound television? (2 men.) SOAP OPERA. A washing-machine repairman falls in love with a picture-perfect washer. How can he tell his girlfriend, Mabel? Is the washer two-timing him with a dryer? Stay tuned. (3 men, 2 women.) ENIGMA VARIATIONS. Zany hijinks as a pair of lookalikes named Bebe W.W. Doppel-gängler solve an identity crisis with the help of Dr. William W. Williams and his nurse Fifi, who may or may not be Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Or is she a male gym-teacher in a dress? (3 men, 2 women.) LIFE SIGNS. Helen, Toby’s mother, has just passed. An aloof woman in life, Toby feels he never truly knew the woman who birthed him, and now that she’s gone, he’ll never get the chance. Or will he? And will he regret it for the rest of his life? (2 men, 2 women.) IT’S ALL GOOD. Stephen got out of his hometown Chicago suburb, went to college, became a successful New York City writer, and has the girlfriend of his dreams. But a trip back to the old nabe offers an all-too-vivid portrait of what his life could have been if he’d stayed. (2 men, 2 women.) LIVES OF THE SAINTS. Two women preparing a funeral breakfast in a church basement muse on life, death, and the meaning of Polish jokes—and along the way achieve a kind of sanctity. (3 men, 2 women.) THE MYSTERY AT TWICKNAM VICARAGE. There’s a body on the carpet. Three ridiculous Masterpiece Theatre-style suspects and a bumbling Scotland Yard detective solve philosophical quandaries as they investigate: Who killed Jeremy Thumpington-Fffienes? (3 men, 2 women.) BABEL’S IN ARMS. Two blue-collar Mesopotamian construction workers are handed a provocative task: Build the Tower of Babel—or else. How many stones does it take to get to heaven, anyway? (2 men, 1 woman.) THE END OF TRAVEL. A woman looking to make the trip of a lifetime talks to her travel agent, only to realize her destination—and the journey—might be beyond what she imagined. (2 women.)

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David Ives is perhaps best known for his evening of one-act plays, ALL IN THE TIMING (he has been included in the “Best Short Plays” series seven times), and for his drama VENUS IN FUR, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. His plays include NEW JERUSALEM: THE INTERROGATION OF BARUCH DE SPINOZA; THE SCHOOL FOR LIES (adapted from Molière’s THE MISANTHROPE); THE LIAR (adapted from Corneille); TIME FLIES; and IS HE DEAD? (adapted from Mark Twain). He has also translated Feydeau’s A FLEA IN HER EAR and Yasmina Reza’s A SPANISH PLAY. A former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and a graduate of The Yale School of Drama, he lives in New York City.

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