Present Tense

by  Frank D. Gilroy

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

Father peeks out the window while the doorbell rings. Mother knows it's "her" by her ring, and Father keeps watching and refusing to let "her" in. 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes

Additional Info

Father peeks out the window while the doorbell rings. Mother knows it's "her" by her ring, and Father keeps watching and refusing to let "her" in. The madness mounts as they do not open the door, and the father finally spills the beans he is leaving. This is an avant garde, Beckett-like script.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A living room.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

1m, 1f
FATHER
MOTHER
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Frank D. Gilroy

Frank Daniel Gilroyis an award-winning playwright, producer, screenwriter and director. After graduating from Dartmouth College and the Yale School of Drama, he contributed profusely as a writer to the golden age of television. His impressive first play, Who'll Save the Plowboy?, won an Obie Award in 1962. In 1965, his ...

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Presnet Tense premiered as a part of the collection of short plays Present Tense at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York under the direction of Curt Dempster

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