As Angels Watch

by  Jim MacNerland

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

An out of place couple await the arrival of a well to do couple in an elite restaurant. The wealthy couple have paid the other for a surrogate conception and tests now show that the fetus is afflicted with Downs' syndrome. The well to do couple want to pay to have the baby aborted.

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As Angels Watch

by  Jim MacNerland

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

An out of place couple await the arrival of a well to do couple in an elite restaurant. The wealthy couple have paid the other for a surrogate conception and tests now show that the fetus is afflicted with Downs' syndrome. The well to do couple want to pay to have the baby aborted. The surrogate couple adamantly refuse. "What will we do now?", asks the well to do woman. Well, there are courts of law, and so forth. "No, she says; I mean about our baby?" Absolutely riveting play.

Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 16th Series.

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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting:

    A five-star restaurant.

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f

JOE - 29, a factory worker
MARY - 28, his wife, works part-time; they have three children
VICTORIA - 37, a VP for a major corporation
BENJAMIN - 40, her husband, an executive

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Jim MacNerland

Jim MacNerland

As Angels Watch was originally presented in Los Angeles by Blue Line Theater Company.  It was directed by David Michael Weiss.

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