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Up, Down, Strange, Charmed, Beauty, and Truth; Lila on the Wall; and Mafia on Prozac

three plays by Edward Allan Baker
ISBN: 978-0-8222-3257-5
One Acts, Three Short Plays
Flexible Set


FEE: $100 per performance when produced together; $35 each when produced individually.
THE STORIES: UP, DOWN, STRANGE, CHARMED, BEAUTY, AND TRUTH. A pair of teenage sisters struggle to escape their drug-addled mother with help from their favorite down-on-his-luck uncle. Thanks to a series of wholly organic yet startlingly unexpected plot twists, neither the characters nor their situations are how they seemed when the play began. (1 man, 2 women.) LILA ON THE WALL. Journalist Lila must investigate a three-month-old story about a woman who saw Jesus’ face on a graffiti-laden wall. But the woman who saw it is off on a tour in Italy, and Carl, a young cameraman who prides himself in figuring out “emotional landscapes,” is determined to make Lila believe in something again. (1 man, 1 woman.) MAFIA ON PROZAC. Jay and Tee are a couple of hit-men sitting by the ocean and reflecting on how their lives turned out. Their intended victim, Matt, awaits his fate in a burlap sack. When Al Capone visits in a dream, the outraged and desperate Matt gets dragged into refereeing the hit-men’s argument about the mob’s future. (3 men.)
“Edward Allan Baker tells a wrenching story of loves found and lost, of broken hearts and betrayal. [UP, DOWN, STRANGE, CHARMED, BEAUTY, AND TRUTH] inflames the scarred tissue of family relationships already torn and raw from the chaos of life.” —The New York Times. "…truly inspired moments of comedy…[In] Edward Allan Baker’s MAFIA ON PROZAC, a pair of hit men, owing more to Tom Stoppard than to Mario Puzo, argue over such highfalutin’ issues as fate versus free will.” —The New York Times.“…a stirring little fable. That [LILA ON THE WALL] turns out inspiring rather than maudlin is…due to the strength of the punchy, honest writing.” —