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Eleven Short Plays by William Inge

One Acts, Short Play Collection
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-0569-2

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $40 per performance for each play; $55 each for THE BOY IN THE BASEMENT and THE TINY CLOSET.
THE STORIES: To Bobolink, for Her Spirit. A short play about the dedicated autograph hunters who lie in wait for celebrities outside one of New York's famous restaurants. (1 man, 2 women, 2 boys, 2 girls.)

People in the Wind. Midnight, a bus station in rural Kansas, and a mixed bag of passengers—all victims of their differing fates. (3 men, 5 women.)

A Social Event. A brief but revealing study of two young Hollywood hopefuls. (1 man, 2 women.)

The Boy in the Basement. A gripping play about a middle-aged man who still lives with his parents and suffers the misery of a terrible and secret shame. (3 men, 1 woman.)

The Tiny Closet. A fussy, middle-aged bachelor is upset to find that someone has been tampering with the lock on his closet—and has discovered a strange secret hidden there. (1 man, 3 women.)

Memory of Summer. A touching story of a woman who has lost her youth and replaced it with the questionable comfort of delusion. (1 man, 2 women.)

Bus Riley's Back in Town. Two young former lovers meet again, and they reach out to each other over the pain and bitterness of the intervening years. (4 men, 2 women.)

The Rainy Afternoon. Two little girls and a boy "play house," emulating their parents with a completeness that both alarms and reveals. (1 boy, 2 girls.)

The Mall. The mall of an out-of-season amusement park becomes the setting for a series of separate encounters, all interwoven into a totality of meaning. (4 men, 6 women.)

An Incident at the Standish Arms. A wealthy young woman and the man she has picked up reveal an inner squalor that their luxurious surroundings cannot hide. (1 man, 1 woman, 1 girl.)

The Strains of Triumph. Tom is courting Ann on a hillside, and the two young lovers are overheard by Tom’s best friend, who is the rival for the Ann’s affections. (5 men, 1 woman.)