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Stuck (Cefaly) - Short Play, Comedy

Stuck (Cefaly)

Audrey Cefaly

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Short Play, Comedy

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573705045

Winner of 3 festivals including the 2011 Eastern States One-Act Festival.

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: Love is a Blue Tick Hound

Minimum Fee: $45 / performance
$75 / performance of 3 plays
$100 / performance of 4 or more plays

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Short Play


30 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Betty's apartment


No intermission

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes




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

WINNER! Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival, 2011
WINNER! Maryland One-Act Festival, 2011
WINNER! Eastern States One-Act Festival, 2011
Bob and Bettty are out on their second date when things go terrible wrong. Eager for acceptance, Bob pretends to be more than he is. Betty, new to the world of dating, struggles to calibrate as she lurches forward into the unknown. 

Stuck was first produced in Silver Spring, MD, where it won the 2011 Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival. It was directed by Audrey Cefaly.



1m, 1f


Non-Traditional casting, Multicultural casting


I strongly urge casting directors to consider actors of all ages, shapes and sizes for the roles in my plays. Additionally, in practice, casting, staging and production decisions can and should reflect diversity whenever possible.

BOB - neurotic, self-conscious, a people-pleaser 
BETTY - decisive and charismatic
Audrey Cefaly

Audrey Cefaly

Cefaly is published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus (two volumes of Best American Short Plays), and Applause Books. She is an outspoken proponent of silence in story-telling and has authored numerous articles on the topic of playwriting for HowlRound and Samuel French’s Breaking Character Magazine. Cefaly’s play THE GULF won the 40th Annual Samuel French OOB Festival and was later adapted into ... view full profile

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Robert Heinly 6/24/2016 12:12 AM
Stuck is the fourth and final story in the collection Love Is a Blue Tick Hound by southern playwright Audrey Cefaly. Bob and Maggie have just met each other.  Found each other online (good luck with that, real world) had coffee and are on either their first or second date, depending on your definition of  "date."  Notes on the back cover of the book say things go terribly wrong.  I don't feel this way.  Maybe it's because not many of my dates have ever gone particularly well.  The awkward moments, labored breathing, panicked statements, that universal need to impress the other person in any way you can...who among us has not experienced all of this multiple times?  We live it, we see it in countless Woody Allen and Neil Simon scenes, it has the trademark stamp of Cefaly honesty to it.
What we fall in love with here is the symbolic exchange of trust, though, that shines through between these two.  And how brilliant that all this nervous energy, and the first-blush notion that everything is going wrong, really is the reason that everything is going right. Because Bob is nervous too, and there is never EVER is a greater source of hope in this world than the notion that we are not alone in our struggle.  So bless you, Bob and Maggie, I predict a June wedding and a beautiful life together.  And thank you, Audrey Cefaly, for reminding us that glorious imperfection is the best stuff of life!!!
Harper Wood 5/28/2016 1:02 AM
Who hasn't been there? Striking out in the dating world? And these days, many do so online...this play is a humorous, and at times dark comic take, on the modern dating world.

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