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Bench at the Edge, A - Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

Bench at the Edge, A

Luigi Jannuzzi

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Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m or f

ISBN: 9780573600548

"Dialogue riddled with humor and empathy for the human condition and the decisions of life and death.  A fine piece of writing." - Dramalogue

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$8.95
: Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 6th Series

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Description

Short Play

Dramatic Comedy

Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery/Thriller, Experimental

40 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The present.  A bare stage with a bench.  

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

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

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival
Winner! 2001 Best Play: British One-Act Finals
Winner! 2007 Best Play at ALL IRELAND FINALS at ROSSMORE, IRELAND.
Winner! 2012 Whitemoss Trophy (UK)
Winner! 2016 Scottish Community Drama Association Festival Finals

A person sits on a bench at the edge of an abyss.  In the style of Theatre of the Absurd, this is simply done as a bench on the edge of the apron. Along comes a second person contemplating "a heroic dive." Their repartee, the meaning of where they really are and what they are really there for, draws out the humor and conflict of the edge. What is the abyss and what are these people doing here? Comic and terrifying concepts mix with these lives that are drawn to the edge, the confrontations here, and the concludion that life is precious after all. A terrific, bare stage, 2 character piece!

Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 6th Series.

REVIEWS

"Jannuzzi's comedy is refreshingly offbeat" - Daily News

"Pretention is avoided with Ingenius narrative turns and electric repartee." - Los Angeles Times

"Dialogue riddled with humor and empathy for the human condition and the decisions of life and death.  A fine piece of writing." - Dramalogue


Selected by New York Theatre Critics and published by Samuel French as one of the winning plays in the 6th Annual Off-Broadway play festival. 

Characters

CASTING

2m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Could be cast with 2 Females or 1 Male and 1 Female. Feel free to change genders. This comedy works well with an all FEMALE, all MALE, or mixed cast.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

MAN ONE
MAN TWO
BULLETS
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Luigi Jannuzzi

Luigi Jannuzzi

Luigi Jannuzzi is an award-winning playwright of one-act theater pieces as well as full-length plays, who combines romantic/absurdist comedy with serious themes of love, truth, and the need to rise above it all. His one-act plays, such as A Bench at the Edge and The Barbarians Are Coming, are both winners of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Play Festival, provide staple fare for college ... view full profile

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