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Two Class Acts

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Collection, Short Comedies
3 men, 2 women
Total Cast: 5, Flexible Sets
ISBN: 978-0-8222-3690-0


FEE: $100 per performance when produced together; $50 each when produced individually.

THE STORIES: SQUASH. A professor of classic literature finds himself questioning his identity when a student presents an intriguing take on Plato’s Symposium. Boundaries are tested and personal lives are upended as teacher and student grapple with sexuality, love, and sport. (2 men, 1 woman.) AJAX. An intrepid student adapts Sophocles’ defining war epic to the amusement of his English professor, a passionate ex-actress, who finds herself entangled with every aspect of the play—including the playwright. (1 man, 1 woman.)
“A tickling breeze of possibilities ripples through TWO CLASS ACTS…That spirit, with its enthusiastic sense of art’s potential to portray and effect transformations, is youthful in nature…these works [are] imbued with a giddy openness to change that seems to be as much a part of Mr. Gurney’s DNA as his anthropological dedication to a vanishing class of patricians…AJAX is best perceived as a happy fantasy, one that bubbles with the belief that borders of all sorts were meant to be leapt over…[SQUASH] emanates a similarly optimistic glow…” —The New York Times. “Sometimes, all the right elements come together to make a production that’s just delightful. In TWO CLASS ACTS, those include forbidden romances, identity questions, academic debates, and an intriguing blend of classical themes in contemporary contexts.” — “…witty, provocative and sophisticated…The playwright continues to demonstrate that he has a wise and discerning view of the human condition.” —