Craig Lucas and Craig Carnelia
2 men, 3 women: 5 total
Successfully produced in New York (by Playwrights Horizons), Los Angeles and Chicago, this offbeat and uniquely imaginative "free form" musical play, explores the ups and downs in the lives of three woman friends who meet for dinner and revealing conversation in a chic Manhattan restaurant. Understated and minimalist in style, the play blends seemingly casual dialogue, cleverly appropriate lyrics, and warmly melodic music to explore the inner thoughts and tensions of its characters. "THREE POSTCARDS is a funny and touching evening." —NY Daily News. "Lucas has set out to explore just how uncommon everyday life is when our dreams, memories, fantasies and true feelings are brought to the surface." —Hollywood Reporter. "…a handsome piece of work." —Drama-Logue. "Gertrude Stein would have enjoyed this one." —The New Yorker.
Book/Item: THREE POSTCARDS
Book Type: DPS
FEE: Quoted upon application. INSTRUMENTATION: Onstage piano.
THE STORY: The place is a trendy restaurant in Greenwich Village, empty except for Bill (the pianist) and Walter (the waiter). Three young women, Big Jane, Little Jane and K.C., arrive for dinner, and for the conversation, daydreams and memories which then engage them. Deceptively simple and often very funny their table talk is mostly about everyday things, but in the fantasies to which they escape the veneers of their lives are peeled back as they regress to childhood, take an imagined trip to outer space, or reveal the problems besetting their marriages and careers. Punctuated by songs, accompanied (and sometimes joined in) by Bill, and with Walter (the waiter) assuming a variety of roles as the action requires, the play probes deftly and surely ever deeper until (in the words of Edith Oliver) "At the end, when Little Jane hands her credit card to Walter, there is little we do not know about the inner and outer lives of these three women over the years."