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2 Across - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2 Across

Jerry Mayer

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573633683

"Must see play of the year. Witty. Mesmerizing." - Beverly Hills Lookout

"A charming, character driven comedy strives to entertain and succeeds admirably." - Los Angeles Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Romantic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The set is the inside of a San Francisco BART car, at 4:30 in the morning.  SHE is in a seat as the play begins and HE jumps through the door as it's about to close, starting the train's journey.  The set can be as simple as needed or more developed, with a frame of some kind to indicate they're in a subway car, with a poster or two, including the map showing all the stops on the route.  In some cases, you might be able to get actual subway or bus seats.   Usually it's done with six to ten pairs of seats (Often folding bridge chairs are used very effectively)  The two actors can sell that they are on a moving BART car through the dialogue and directions in the script.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Scene work

Interior Set

TAGS

Love

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups

Two strangers, a man and a woman (late 40's to middle 50's) board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 AM. They're alone in the car, each is married, both are doing the New York Times crossword. She's an organized, sensible, psychologist. He's a free spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. When he tosses his puzzle away, she snaps, "Crosswords are a metaphor for life, those who finish, succeed, those who don't, fail." Now he vows to finish. Why?  He's a competitor and she happens to be lovely. This starts an 80 minute ride described by critics as "Hilarious," "Witty," "Romantic," "Poignant," "Wonderfully entertaining." Two opposites in an enclosed space, attacking each other's values but also being swayed and intrigued by them. They each have serious life problems that the other helps them solve. Their trip is filled with unpredictable but believable surprises, even a passionate kissing embrace or two. As the train ride ends it's obvious each of them has been changed for the better. And we're all dying to know if these two will meet again?

"Must see play of the year. Witty. Mesmerizing." - Beverly Hills Lookout

"A charming, character driven comedy strives to entertain and succeeds admirably." - Recommended by the Los Angeles Times

"A rich theatrical piece...A fascinating 80 minutes in which light banter turns to raw emotion...creates a tone that perfectly underscores both the comic and dramatic elements of this suprisingly memorable play... 2 ACROSS is a must see...Play of the year." - Los Angeles Weekly

"Hilarious, smart, witty dialogue that never flags and two believable charismatic characters...Mesmerizing." - Beverly Hills Outlook

"We had to stop laughing to hear the next line...The plays asks us to think, then think again.  It's entertainment with revelation...Excellent timing." - The Santa Monica Observer

"...a bright, witty, poignant and deceptively simple play about two emotional and supposedly mature people... Intriguing plot twists and surprises... Sparkling, confrontational dialogue."  - Palisadian Post

"Combining all the elements of wit, humor and drama... 2 ACROSS is a winner for its warmth, romance, intelligence and consistent humor." - Showmag.com

November 6, 2004. Santa Monica Playhouse, Santa Monica, CA.
Characters

CASTING

1m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Color blind casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

HE and SHE, who eventually exchange first names (JOSH and JANET), can be cast late forties to middle fifties, or even sixties if the actors look youngish. Each is the exact kind of person that the other has always found irritating. At first, they are worlds apart on everything, but as the trip continues, they begin to relax and enjoy each other, even as they argue about their differences. Is it possible to believe that you could find love on an eighty minute rapid transit ride? Absolutely, if the actors play it real. The humor comes from their extreme differences, with each trying to change the other for the better, as they struggle to finish their crosswords before the end of the line.

SHE (JANET) - Janet is Catholic, structured, responsible, a good mother and usually right. She's an achiever whose standards are high and her patience is low. As a psychologist, she's blunt and honest. She's a law abider and a rule follower. Everything she attempts, she does well, except for one thing, she got to learn about how to have fun.
HE (JOSH) - Josh is Jewish and a paradox. He's part free spirit, part executive, part dreamer, part good son, part Peter Pan. During the trip, each time Janet decides Josh is a flake, he does or says something that wins her total admiration, or he makes her laugh, which she's not used to. About two thirds through their journey, Josh decides that he and Janet might be meant for each other. Now all he's got to do is convince Janet of that.
Author
Jerry Mayer

Jerry Mayer

Jerry Mayer, born and educated in St. Louis, Mo., has had an impressive career in television, writing and producing such prized shows as M*A*S*H, The Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Facts of Life and five Mitzi Gaynor's TV Specials, plus her famous Las Vegas Act.  Mr. Mayer thoroughly enjoyed his TV career, but has happily discovered that by far his first love ... view full profile

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Jon Putzke 4/7/2014 4:17 PM
Very clever, very funny and very heartwarming.  A great 2 peopled comedy set somewhere other than a living room or "unit set."  Highly recommend it as a tour du force for two strong actors.
Steve Mattner 12/27/2013 6:54 PM

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