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New York Actor

One Act, Short Play
5 men, 3 women
Total Cast: 8, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-1693-3

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $40 per performance.
THE STORY: NEW YORK ACTOR. Several actors are sitting in a theater bar, reveling in success and failure—their own and that of their friends around them. Craig is back in New York after several seasons in Hollywood in a sitcom. So happy to be cast in an upcoming Broadway production, he doesn’t mind revealing that Hollywood was not what he liked. The other stage actors agree, but would have loved the chance to do TV. There is an element of fear—that it all could disappear in a moment—along with the humor of what their lives have been like and the uncertainty of the profession. When one more actor joins them, and tells him of a part he just got, they all realize Craig’s been fired and this guy is taking the role. Instead of rallying around, everyone goes their own way, leaving Craig with his greatest fear of being a has-been. (5 men, 3 women.)
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