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Tall Grass (Collection) - Collection / Anthology, Dark Comedy

Tall Grass (Collection)

Brian Harris

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Collection / Anthology, Dark Comedy

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573662454

"Unpredictable Tall Tales! Three surreal notions of the things we do for love." - The Village Voice
A dark comedy comprised of three one-act plays.

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Description

Collection / Anthology

Dark Comedy

Farce, Mystery/Thriller, Romantic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Minimal set and costume requirements.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy

Bare Stage/Simple Set

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Tall Grass is a dark comedy comprised of three one-act plays. Each play requires two males and a female and the same three actors can play the roles for each play.

The Business Proposal begins with a botched marriage proposal by a nice young man to his type-A girlfriend, who instead informs him that she has just accepted a position to become his boss. Over the next six-months the two try to sort out what they really want out of their professional and personal lives. The solution comes as a surprise, both to themselves and to the audience. The play also features a comic waiter and some voice-overs which can be done by the same actor.

The Gerbil is the story of a burglar caught breaking into the home of a dysfunctional couple, whose love for their daughter is the glue keeping their marriage together. The brutal ending reveals the harm their marriage has taken on the daughter, although she never appears on stage.

In Tall Grass we find an octogenarian couple fighting to maintain their independence. The arrival of a mysterious social worker tests the true extent of their resolve.

"Farce is Brian Harris' métier – it allows the brutality of each relationship to creep up on you, heightening the dramatic tension in a way that Neil LaBute's handling of similar themes cannot." - The New York Times

"Juicy, Entertaining and Dangerous! A woman becomes her boyfriend's boss, a man catches a burglar in his home, a con artist tries to dupe an elderly couple – each play veers towards violence and dark humor. The fizzy energy of a romantic comedy...a threatening sexual vibe!" - Variety

"Unpredictable Tall Tales! Three surreal notions of the things we do for love." - The Village Voice

"The dark, brutal underbelly of humanity is present in each character, perhaps making for a devastating look at modern life. Brian Harris' dialogue is fast, full of life, and showing these characters in all their complexities in such a short amount of time." - Edge Publications

Tall Grass was first presented Off Broadway by Roger Alan Gindi in association with Nutmeg Productions at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row in New York City. The director was Nick Corley.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Multicultural casting, Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Can be cast with 2 males and 1 female or 6 males and 3 females.

PAULA LABREK - late 20s
TREVOR PALUMBO - late 20s
WAITER

JAMES - 40s
DOG - 20s-30s, a black man
MARGARET - 40s, James’s wife

CHESTER - 80s
DOTTIE - 80s, Chester’s wife
HOWARD - 20s-30s, a government worker

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Brian Harris

Brian Harris has an M.B.A from the University of Chicago and has spent most of his professional life as a stock analyst in New York. His short plays have won The Strawberry One Act Festival twice and The Jean Dalrymple Award for Best Comedy Playwright at the American Theatre of Actors. He has also co-written a humor book Lay Low And Don’t Make The Big Mistake (1997 Simon & Schuster). His anthology ... view full profile

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