One-Act Play Festival Celebrating Playwright David Ives
April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An Evening of David Ives (4/8)
Ives is known for his snappy dialogue and incredibly clever scenarios. This is a playwright who has something to say and you’ll want to hear it.
One-Acts to be Performed:
Description: A cautionary fable tells how Rob and Laura face a menace in their living room: a television that talks back to them and threatens to swallow them whole.
Description: Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.
English Made Simple
Description: A young man and woman meet at a party, and their immediate romantic attraction is translated into comically unromantic grammar lessons as they struggle to free themselves from the banal constrictions of party talk.
Long Ago & far Away
Description: A domestic drama of a troubled young wife who finds herself crossing through time—and identities—on a fateful winter evening in an empty apartment.
Description: A woman’s world threatens to come apart in the middle of the night, when she and her husband hear strange sounds and voices coming through their bedroom wall.
Fun Facts About David Ives:
- The New York Times in 1997 referred to him as the “maestro of the short form.
- Ives has also written dramatic plays, narrative stories, and screenplays, has adapted French 17th and 18th-century classical comedies, and adapted 33 musicals for New York City’s Encores!
- Author of the popular full length plays Venus in Fur and The Liar.
DON’T MISS An Afternoon of Rich Orloff (one day earlier – 4/7)
The relationship between man and woman is explored in a highly comedic and whimsical afternoon.
One-Acts to be Performed:
Eve and Adam: The Untold Story
Description: God is a woman, and Eve is made first, in this rib-tickling comedy.
Off The Map
Description: In a very cold place, a penguin helps a lost couple find direction.
Can This Marriage Be Saved
Description: Such a trial! The human being wants a divorce from God and takes Him to court.
Description: This farcical retelling of the Oedipus Rex story confronts the overlooked fact that if Oedipus married his mother, she had to be old enough to be his mother. When Oedipus’ two advisors first explain to him that he married his mother, he’s distraught. But Jocasta and the advisors only want to find a way to spin the story so that Oedipus looks good…
Fun Facts About Rich Orloff:
- Rich Orloff is one of the most popular unknown playwrights in the country. His plays have received over 1500 productions, numerous awards, and oodles of laughter.
- Orloff’s one-acts have had over 700 productions on six of the seven continents, plus a staged reading in Antarctica. Five of his one-acts have been published in the annual Best American Short Playsseries, and two have been included in annual Best Ten-Minute Plays
- Rich is the author of over sixty short plays, mostly comedies.
- He has taught playwriting at his alma mater Oberlin College, at Miami’s City Theater, and for the Connecticut Young Playwrights program.