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Water Engine, The - Short Play, Drama

Water Engine, The

David Mamet

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Short Play, Drama

6m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573600579

In a two-play volume with Mr. Happiness.

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Description | Characters | Author | Now Playing | Reviews
: The Water Engine and Mr Happiness
: Large Print
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
$75 with companion piece


Short Play



Interior Set

As the audience watches, actors, an announcer and a sound effects man present a radio play during the 1930s with unerring authenticity. The "play within the play" reveals the story of a young inventor who's found a way to run an engine on distilled water. At first ridiculed, he is courted by crooked lawyers attempting to buy the invention from him on behalf of 'certain business interests'. Refusing, he is threatened and when he attempts to give his story to the newspapers, is murdered along with his sister. The engine is destroyed, but the inventor has mailed the blueprint to a young student scientist who will configure and reveal his invention to the world.
"Extraordinary… verbal brilliance." - The New York Times

"A vivid theatrical experience." - New York Daily News


6m, 2f

David Mamet

David Mamet

David Mamet is the author of the plays: Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 ... view full profile

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Carl Seiple 3/16/2015 7:29 AM
A collage of modern and late modern themes.  Strong character  development and lean dialogue:  works well as Readers Theatre, or audio.  Thrilling mystery if produced as a radio play that merges into a reality

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