Tough Choices for the New Century

by  Jane Anderson

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  1m, 2f

"Very funny." - Variety

This satirical entry in the 19th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is fashioned as a seminar in which a lecturer offers preparedness advice on a spectrum of catastrophes.

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Tough Choices for the New Century

by  Jane Anderson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This satirical entry in the 19th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is fashioned as a seminar in which a lecturer offers preparedness advice on a spectrum of catastrophes. Meanwhile his wife/assistant slowly and hilariously disintegrates in fear. A second lecturer, the charismatic Arden Shingles, deftly makes her argument for why everyone in the audience should be packing a gun. Written in 1997, it's even more relevant today as gun advocates and "preppers" play on our fears to make their case for self-defense.
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Reviews

"Very funny." - Variety

Keywords

Politics

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A seminar room. Whatever time curtain goes up.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

1m, 2f
BOB & HELEN DOOLEY - Bob has been giving his very popular preparedness seminars all around the country. Helen has recently joined the team and is an experienced volunteer for the Red Cross. They originally hail from Columbus, Ohio and currently reside in the Southern Califorma area where Bob is a construction consultant.
ARDEN SHINGLES - Ms. Shingles is author of the best-seller, Armed for Life. She has been teaching seminars and workshops in self-defense for the past eleven years and was twice-named Business Woman of the Year by the Austin Business Women's Association.
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Casting Notes

Arden and Helen may be played by the same actress.

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Authors

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country, including Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Williamstown, The McCarter Theater, Long Wharf, and The Pasadena Playhouse. Plays include: The Quality of Life (2008 Ovation Award, Best New Play), Looking for Normal (2001 Ovat ...

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Tough Choices for the New Century was first presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville 19th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Victor Jory Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1997. It was directed by Lisa Peterson.

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