LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY is 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. (2 men, 2 women.) FOREPLAY OR: THE ART OF THE FUGUE brings us Chuck, a would-be Don Juan, in three rounds of seduction with three different women on a miniature-golf course. (3 men, 3 women.) SEVEN MENUS shows a round-robin of relationships at a restaurant table, as demonstrated by a group of friends that change, couple by couple and course by course, throughout several different meals. (4 men, 4 women.) MERE MORTALS eavesdrops on a lunch hour on a girder fifty stories over the street, as three construction workers share increasingly amazing secrets of their past. (3 men.) SPEED-THE-PLAY is a crash-course send-up of David Mamet, presenting the complete works of the master of scatological dialogue in just under seven male-bonding minutes. (9 men, 2 women, flexible casting).
Comedy and drama come together in this volume of plays by the award-winning playwright. "The best work is SEVEN MENUS…the clever staging and the compression of the one-act form give a biting sense of the instability of contemporary urban existence." —The Record. In FOREPLAY "David Ives has composed an intricate pattern of dialogue, tracing three separate scenes, or are they seductions? It's a well-crafted sextet." —Show Business.