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when it happens it will happen quietly - Short Play, Drama

when it happens it will happen quietly

Steve Yockey

Short Play, Drama


ISBN: 9780573700552

In this snapshot of a play, two sisters enjoy a hearty bowl of stew after finally overpowering their father - a man who was starving them.

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Description | Characters | Author
: very still & hard to see

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
$75 with other plays in collection


Short Play


30 minutes

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

Settings Of Play - A small table. 


No intermission

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Intense Adult Themes




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

Winner! 2012 LA Weekly Playwriting Award
In this snapshot of a play, two sisters enjoy a hearty bowl of stew after finally overpowering their father - a man who was starving them.

From very still & hard to see, a collection of short plays by the acclaimed playwright Steve Yockey – a magical, funny, and occasionally surreal creation that will take you on an exhilarating, visceral journey.

This second collection of short plays from Steve Yockey mixes comedic absurdity with raw heartbreak to unearth worlds populated by desperate people, mythical characters, faceless corporate masters, and at least one Slasher flick heroine. The second half of the collection is comprised of the work very still & hard to see. This short play cycle recounts the history of a cursed hotel and the unfortunate guests who stay there. From riding in an erratic elevator and dealing with possessive ghosts to managing an ever-expanding hole in the floor armed only with gleaning supplies, these encounters with the unkown chillingly collapse the distance between the real and the surreal and remind us that, sometimes, bad things do happen for a reason.
"Steven Yockey's series of haunted tales is strung together with expert eeriness." - LA Weekly, Read More

"Yockey's new play is an eerie excusion into the surreal and supernatural" - Backstage, Read More

"...The theatrical equivalent of Disneyland’s Space Mountain, i.e. equal parts excitement, terror, and glee, Very Still And Hard To See provides thrills galore." -Stage Scene LA, Read More
when it happens it will happen quietly was commissioned by Dominic D'Andrea for the Los Angeles One Minute Play Festival, appearing as a part of Cornerstone Theater Company's Creative Seeds: An Exploration of Hunger project on November 17, 2011. It was directed by Ashley Teague.




All Female

KITH – a woman, lithe, constantly moving loose hair out of her face
KIN – Kith’s little sister, perhaps a bit smaller, a bit weaker, but clearly the peacemaker
Steve Yockey

Steve Yockey

Steve Yockey is a Los Angeles based writer with work produced throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His plays Afterlife, Octopus, Large Animal Games, CARTOON, Subculture, Very Still & Hard to See, The Fisherman’s Wife, Wolves, Disassembly, and Niagara Falls & Other Plays are published and available from Samuel French. Additionally, his play Joshua Consumed an Unfortunate Pear was included in the ... view full profile

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