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Metropolitan Operas 27 Short Plays - Collection / Anthology

Metropolitan Operas 27 Short Plays

Joe Pintauro

Collection / Anthology

ISBN: 9780822215080


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PART I: SEYMOUR IN THE VERY HEART OF WINTER. It's Christmas Eve; Viv, a fading actress, is reminiscing about her ex-husband and her life before, to Bob, the man who currently loves her. With a fancy restaurant as her stage, Viv rants about her past, as Bob must find a way to pull her back to reality if he is to save their love. (2 men, 1 woman.) SWANS FLYING. Ben, a patient in a hospital, hears the sound of swans flying, though his nurse hears nothing. When Ben drifts off to sleep, he is visited by Eddie, who holds his hand and waits for any words of hope. (2 men, 1 woman.) ROSEN'S SON. Mr. Rosen unexpectedly shows up at his dead son's lover's home to comfort him as well as himself. Finding him with a new man, he is enraged, until the tears of his son's lover compensate for his own. (3 men.) BENJAMIN FALLING. From his hospital bed, Benjamin envisions his own death—he jumps from a plane into a bright blue ocean. But his fantasies are eroded when the word of his lover berates him back into a reality where he can cling to life. (1 man.) TWO ECLAIRS. Three can live as cheaply as one until Maude can't take her little sister, Beth, living with her and her husband, Mark. When Mark balks, however, light shines on a devastated Maude. She moves out and Beth takes over her role—as she'd been doing for some time. (1 man, 2 women.) BIRDS IN CHURCH. Two priests attempt to catch exotic birds flying in the sanctuary. While debating whether these creatures are sent from God or even represent him, they find the note that asks that someone find these pets a good home. (2 men.) REX. Jenn hit a pheasant with her car and cannot clear her conscience of the accident. Naming the dead bird Rex, she cooks it and serves it to her husband Eric, hoping this gesture will return Rex to the natural order of nature. Eric, however, cries foul. (1 man, 1 woman.) DIRTY TALK. In a rural bar a sexy young woman causes a stir with the locals. When the bar closes, she stays behind with the bartender, does her best to get him aroused, then reveals she is his son, changed, but back for revenge on a neglectful father. (2 men, 1 woman.) CHARLIE'S FAREWELL. A priest leads a congregation—perhaps only of one—in appreciating life after one of the congregants is taken from their midst. (2 men.) MEN WITHOUT WIVES. Pop visits his son, Boomer, to attempt to console him on the recent death of his wife. The two are very different and resentments flare, even getting the better of them. The common bond between them, the deaths of each of their wives, brings them closer together, if only temporarily. (2 men.) PARAKEET EULOGY. When we fail to find God in our everyday lives, can we declare ourselves God over smaller creatures if we care for them always? (1 man.) EASTER NIGHT. When Kristen's mother dies, she comes home to her father and his friends. Their differing ways of mourning affects them all, as Kristen unleashes her anger. Boomer, her father, defends himself, through his own anger and grief, and only after they are all spent, does Kristen find the magic of her mother return to her. (2 men, 2 women.) FIAT. Ken is a hairdresser who wants to commit suicide in his salon. When a flamboyant Latino Madonna enters the salon and disrupts his plans, he puts it off—until he realizes she is there to escort him to the other side he seeks. (1 man, 1 woman.) PART II: LIGHTNING. A woman sits alone, outside, during a violent rainstorm. When it passes, her young daughter retrieves her, praising the Lord her mother is alright. The woman had again challenged God, and he spared her. (1 woman, 1 girl.) BIRD OF ILL OMEN. Doreen, a prostitute, is visited by a mysterious older friend who can't speak, but has something important to tell her. Upon his revelation, that he is terminally ill, Doreen tries to hide her emotions with her anger. (1 man, 1 woman.) RULES OF LOVE. A woman goes to confession seemingly to be absolved for the sin of having a sexual relationship with a priest. Her co

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