Seven Interviews

by  Mark Dunn

Collection / Anthology, Comedy  /  1m, 2f

Seven Interviews offers up seven different short plays, each with an interview format, and each of which illuminates some aspect of the human condition...

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Seven Interviews

by  Mark Dunn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Three actors. One desk. Three chairs. Theatre at its most elemental. Seven Interviews offers up seven different short plays, each with an interview format, and each of which illuminates some aspect of the human condition. The seven pieces range from the broadly comic to the achingly tragic. Among the situations set up in the seven pieces are a job interview to replace a secretary who is giving her employer nightmares, a biographer’s horrible realization that she doesn’t know her subject at all, the matter of a baseball team mascot who is frightening children at the ballpark, a dialogue between psychiatrist and patient with an unexpected outcome, a conference between parent and school principal over the expulsion of the woman’s son; along with pieces about a very unlikely customer for a professional hit-man, and an office cleaning lady caught red-handed on Christmas Eve.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: All of the interviews take place in the United States. Although some of the dialogue may feel more suitable to specific parts of the country (The Fifth Interview, for example, has a southern feel. The Sixth Interview seems more appropriate to the urban Northeast.), producers are free to place these offices wherever they see fit.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

1m, 2f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

Written for three versatile actors who will each be called upon to portray six very different characters. This opportunity for virtuoso performance on a theatrical shoestring may also serve high schools and colleges looking for a cohesive showcase vehicle for its directing and acting students.

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Authors

Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn is the author of over thirty full-length plays, with two of his one-acts and eleven of his full-lengths published in acting edition by Samuel French, Inc. His award-winning plays BELLES, FIVE TELLERS DANCING IN THE RAIN, NORTH FORK: A TEXAS TRAGICOMEDY and A DELIGHTFUL QUARANTINE have together been produced ...

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The world premiere of Seven Interviews opened at Auxiliary Dog Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 11, 2009.  It was mounted as a Ka-HOOTZ Theatre Company “Emerging Directors’ Project.” 

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