Because I Wanted to Say

by  Sean O'Donnell

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 1f

AIDS has taken Steven, Ann's best friend. She relives funny, touching, and important moments from their long friendship in her mind, trying to come to terms with his death and to make sure that nothing is left unsaid.

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Because I Wanted to Say

by  Sean O'Donnell

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • 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

AIDS has taken Steven, Ann's best friend. She relives funny, touching, and important moments from their long friendship in her mind, trying to come to terms with his death and to make sure that nothing is left unsaid.

Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 22nd Series.

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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

Keywords

Death, Friendship, Love, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s, 1980s
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting:

    Ann's attic. The present.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • 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, 1f

ANN - very pretty, mid-20s to early 30s
STEVEN - handsome, also mid-20s to early 30s

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Sean O'Donnell

Sean O’Donnell is the author of the plays Because I Wanted to Say (published by Samuel French), Brechtian Alienation, Deep Dish, The Cherry Sisters, The Strict and Savage Heart, and The Lost Boys in The Band.  Produced regionally, Off-Off Broadway, and by NAMT and NYMF. BA Vassar College, member of the Dramatists Guild ...

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Because I Wanted to Say was first presented as part of the Turnip Theatre Company's 15-Minute Play Festival in New York City. The play was subsequently chosen for the 22nd Annual Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival at the Harold Clurman Theatre in New York.  Both productions were directed by the author.

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