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Tough Choices for the New Century - Short Play, Dark Comedy

Tough Choices for the New Century

Jane Anderson

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Short Play, Dark Comedy

1m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573626166

"Very funny." - Variety

This satirical entry in the 19th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is fashioned as a seminar in which a lecturer offers preparedness advice on a spectrum of catastrophes.

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Description

Short Play

Dark Comedy

40 minutes

Time Period - Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - A seminar room. Whatever time curtain goes up.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Cutting Approved for Competition, Monologues

Interior Set

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TAGS

Politics

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

This satirical entry in the 19th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is fashioned as a seminar in which a lecturer offers preparedness advice on a spectrum of catastrophes. Meanwhile his wife/assistant slowly and hilariously disintegrates in fear. A second lecturer, the charismatic Arden Shingles, deftly makes her argument for why everyone in the audience should be packing a gun. Written in 1997, it's even more relevant today as gun advocates and "preppers" play on our fears to make their case for self-defense.
"Very funny." - Variety
Tough Choices for the New Century was first presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville 19th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Victor Jory Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1997. It was directed by Lisa Peterson.
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CASTING

1m, 2f

CASTING NOTES

Arden and Helen may be played by the same actress.

BOB & HELEN DOOLEY - Bob has been giving his very popular preparedness seminars all around the country. Helen has recently joined the team and is an experienced volunteer for the Red Cross. They originally hail from Columbus, Ohio and currently reside in the Southern Califorma area where Bob is a construction consultant.
ARDEN SHINGLES - Ms. Shingles is author of the best-seller, Armed for Life. She has been teaching seminars and workshops in self-defense for the past eleven years and was twice-named Business Woman of the Year by the Austin Business Women's Association.
Author
Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country, including Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Williamstown, The McCarter Theater, Long Wharf, and The Pasadena Playhouse. Plays include: The Quality of Life (2008 Ovation Award, Best New Play), Looking for Normal (2001 Ovation Award, Best New Play), The Baby Dance, Defying Gravity, Food & Shelter, ... view full profile

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