THE STORIES: In ALMOST DONE, a young mother-to-be reflects on the stories she will pass down to her child. (1 woman.) In MONOLOGUE (FEBRUARY 1990), the speaker runs a gamut of thoughts leading up to the condemnation of self and questions over the perception of God. (1 man or woman.). TWO ENTHUSIASTS. By ridiculing someone else’s story, two friends dissect life, death, God, baseball and aliens. (1 man, 1 man or woman.). SUNDAY AFTERNOON. Two men try to understand their place among the planets when a woman friend enters, having accidentally cut her hand with a carving knife. Will she be all right, and did she bleed on the ham? (2 men, 1 woman.) THE JOKE CODE. Looking for “wisdom,” two friends find their paths lead them to “sadness.” (2 men or women.) A SCENE—AUSTRALIA. When relating the story of how an acquaintance was killed by her husband, the speaker ponders her fate had she accepted a date long ago with the same man. (2 women.) In FISH, two friends try to remember the story of the fish who traded wishes for the immortal soul. (2 men.) A PERFECT MERMAID. Imagine meeting the perfect mermaid: the body of a fish and the head of a fish. Was she real? (2 men or women.) DODGE. In Dodge city there was a man named Keystone. How he got his name and how he died is now passed on to the next generation, though the story has changed. (2 men.) L.A. SKETCHES (5 scenes). A series of scenes which may no, probably, take place in the industry town of L.A. (2 men.) A LIFE WITH NO JOY IN IT. A man and a woman relive the times when the joy in each of their lives died away. (1 man, 1 woman.) JOSEPH DINTENFASS. An older man and younger woman meet and reflect on the small and constant things in life that loom large. (1 man, 1 woman.) In NO ONE WILL BE IMMUNE, one friend tries to explain to the other why he stopped a flight from taking off, claiming he left his baby behind. (2 men.)
Pulitzer Prize–winning author of OLEANNA, PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, and many other brilliant plays brings us thirteen short pieces, sketches and plays opening worlds of discourse, mystery, nostalgia and love.