Time Period - Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - A seminar room. Whatever time curtain goes up.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cutting Approved for Competition, Monologues
Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
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.