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No Prune - 10 Minute Play, Dramatic Comedy

No Prune

Henry Meyerson

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10 Minute Play, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573660399

Can two needy people find happiness over a cherry Danish?

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: Fresh Brewed: Tales from the Coffee Bar

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


10 Minute Play

Dramatic Comedy

10 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The setting is a coffee shop; think Starbucks.  Set consists of a couple of chairs and small tables. 


Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes






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

Can two needy people find happiness over a cherry Danish?

Fresh Brewed: Tales from the Coffee Bar is…eight short comedic vignettes, written by Henry Meyerson, about everyday people and their lives.  The plays are clever, funny, sad, humiliating, dysfunctional, functional and…just about people! “No Prunes” is about a really dysfunctional messed-up chick… who meets a guy who wants to hook up with the right gal. But we soon find out he’s as messed up as she. “Happy Birthday” is about two guy friends who meet for coffee every Sunday for verbal jousting, this time on one of their birthdays, with a lot of funny lines about circumcision and diminished capacity (in bed). But “George & Martha Find a Way” is probably one of the best of the lot, as the overly dramatic, tongue-in-cheek couple who figure out how to keep their romance alive having verbal sex.

Sandi Durell
Cabaret Scenes
May 1, 2009

From: Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline

Cabaret is not simply a lady in a black sparkly dress standing in  front of a piano singing into a microphone. The term is far more  inclusive than that. And this fact is proved by a cabaret experience I had on Friday night, October 3rd at Don't Tell Mama.

It was of the most unique cabaret experiences I have had all year. I am talking about Fresh Brewed - Tales From The Coffee Bar. The show consists of 8 short comedies by Henry Meyerson. It was an incredible 55-minute show that held my interest every minute. These eight short vignettes, with four actors playing  various roles, were real "slice of life" and so fascinating, you had the impression that maybe 15 or so actors were taking part. Now most of the characters in the stories were quirky and strange, but no stranger than the characters we run into every day on the bus, on the subway, or at Starbucks (or even in a cabaret room or piano bar). The real and the surreal were interspersed throughout. 

This is not quite a "family show" so parents be advised. But it is a comic evening with a twist - there are truly thoughtful insights interspersed with the clever, humorous dialog. Truly, not to be missed.

No Prune premiered at the 1998 Samuel French Short Play Festival, New York, directed by Mildred Purdy. Subsequent performances were at Avery Point Playhouse, 1999 and The Producers Club, 2000, both directed by James Alexander Bond, at Midtown International Theatre Festival, 2000, directed by Charles Armesto, First Stage, LA, 2002, directed by Bill Becker, and at Sticky, Sheffield, UK, directed by Lisa Charles.


1m, 1f


Non-Traditional casting

ALLEN -  20s-30s; nerdish in too short pants and too white socks and black framed glasses.

CARMEN - 20s-30s; same age as ALLEN, has the appears of an unmade bed; hair and clothes in as much disarray as her life.

Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)


Henry Meyerson

Henry Meyerson's publications with Samuel French include the full-lengths Beware the Man Eating Chicken, Shtick, and The Secret Life of Seagulls; and the short-play collections Fresh Brewed: Tales from The Coffee Bar and Proceed to Check-Out. Other publications include the one-act Tech Support, published by Smith & Kraus who also re-print portions of The Secret Life of Seagulls ... view full profile

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