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Technical Difficulties: Plays for Online Theatre

Leah Barker, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Steph Del Rosso, Arlene Hutton, John Cameron Mitchell, Craig Pospisil, Christina Quintana, Elaine Romero, Aurin Squire, Ken Urban
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Collection, One Acts
Flexible Sets
ISBN-13: 9780822241935
FEE: $120 per performance when produced together; $35 per performance when produced individually. Manuscript of the Plays is available in ePub format.
THE STORIES: This collection of socially distant shorts is designed to be performed on the internet as well as the stage. Playful and inventive, TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES taps into the delights and frustrations of staying connected.
HEY STRANGER by Steph Del Rosso. Years after a messy breakup, Eve and Gideon reunite. What could go wrong? Possibly everything. A comedy about mixed signals and bad internet, loneliness and autonomy. And one very precocious high schooler. (1 man, 2 women.)
OYSTER by Elaine Romero. Marisela finds the pearl that is herself as she negotiates a potential opportunity in a border world where kids live in government cages and being bilingual comes at a price. (1 woman.)
INTRO TO FICTION (VIRTUAL) by Ken Urban. During virtual office hours, a professor discusses his student’s latest short story. Her characters feel too close for comfort for the professor. Teacher and student must both reckon with how to write a good ending. (1 man, 1 woman.)
A REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION by Leah Barker. Are you in the market for a new home, and with that home, a new you? Would you like that new home-slash-you to be a charming saltbox Cape? Audience votes guide this interactive tour and auction, complete with special guests, updated appliances, and a realtor’s long-hidden secret. (1 woman, flexible casting.)
BLACK IN BLUE by Aurin Squire. After one act of police brutality too many, one man decides to do something. But in trying to get “street justice,” he threatens his life, his brother, and his job. (2 men.)
LOOKING BACK by Arlene Hutton. Kath was the last visitor to leave a major amusement park before the pandemic lockdown. While reminiscing online about life pre-Covid, two roommates challenge each other’s experiences and ideas of what truly makes a person happy. (2 n/s.)
ARTFUL by Christina Quintana. In the wake of her ex-husband’s departure, Taani logs on to a Metropolitan Museum of Art webinar. Suddenly in conversation with the art itself, the event becomes more personal than she ever could have imagined. (1 man, 3 women.)
BOREDOM, FEAR AND WINE by Craig Pospisil. When you’re stuck at home during a global pandemic, everything happens online—even therapy. Harper is suffering, and can’t reconcile feelings about the terrifying disease with the monotony of lockdown. Jess tries to be a sympathetic ear, but the session goes off the rails. (2 n/s.)
FORCED by John Cameron Mitchell. When John Cameron Mitchell was invited to attend Russia’s first queer film festival, he was prepared for trouble: The hosting cinema had pulled out after a national film figure derided the event as a “festival for child molesters.” Inspired by the courage of the organizers, Mitchell agreed to attend, bringing his Russian friend Sasha along. This monologue is derived from his diary. (1 man.)
TELEPHONES WITH CORDS by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen. Bozz and Banjo, best friends and fellow puppets, are feeling the separation of a Zoom existence. Frustrated, Bozz wants to talk on the telephone—but Banjo senses that the request has more to do with their friend’s growing existential despair. Ever the eternal optimist, even Banjo begins to wonder about the hands at work in their lives. (2 n/s.)