These seven imaginative short theatre pieces by one of America's most inventive and highly regarded playwrights range widely in content, mood and style. The plays offer a stimulating challenge in terms of selecting, arranging, and mounting the diverse components into programs of varying length and theme. THE BLUE HOUR: CITY SKETCHES containing: PROLOGUE: AMERICAN TWILIGHT calls for 1 man; DOCTOR calls for 1 man and 1 woman; THE HAT calls for 2 women; BUSINESSMEN calls for 2 men; COLD calls for 2 men; EPILOGUE calls for 1 man. PRAIRIE DU CHIEN calls for 6 men; A SERMON calls for 1 man; SHOESHINE calls for 6 men; LITKO: A DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE calls for 1 man; IN OLD VERMONT calls for 1 man and 1 woman; ALL MEN ARE WHORES: AN INQUIRY calls for 2 men and 1 woman.
Mr. Mamet describes SHORT PLAYS AND MONOLOGUES: "These pieces were written variously as curtain raisers for other plays of mine, cabaret pieces, and experiments. PRAIRIE DU CHIEN was originally a radio drama. They are written to be performed on a bare stage, using only a chair or two, and without props or special costuming."