A Bench at the Edge

by  Luigi Jannuzzi

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m or f

"Dialogue riddled with humor and empathy for the human condition and the decisions of life and death.  A fine piece of writing." - Dramalogue

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A Bench at the Edge

by  Luigi Jannuzzi

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery/Thriller, Experimental
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

A person sits on a bench at the edge of an abyss.  In the style of Theatre of the Absurd, this is simply done as a bench on the edge of the apron. Along comes a second person contemplating "a heroic dive." Their repartee, the meaning of where they really are and what they are really there for, draws out the humor and conflict of the edge. What is the abyss and what are these people doing here? Comic and terrifying concepts mix with these lives that are drawn to the edge, the confrontations here, and the concludion that life is precious after all. A terrific, bare stage, 2 character piece!

Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 6th Series.

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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival
    Winner! 2001 Best Play: British One-Act Finals
    Winner! 2007 Best Play at ALL IRELAND FINALS at ROSSMORE, IRELAND.
    Winner! 2012 Whitemoss Trophy (UK)
    Winner! 2016 Scottish Community Drama Association Festival Finals

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Jannuzzi's comedy is refreshingly offbeat" - Daily News

"Pretention is avoided with Ingenius narrative turns and electric repartee." - Los Angeles Times

"Dialogue riddled with humor and empathy for the human condition and the decisions of life and death.  A fine piece of writing." - Dramalogue

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: The present.  A bare stage with a bench.  
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

2m or f
MAN ONE
MAN TWO
BULLETS
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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

Could be cast with 2 Females or 1 Male and 1 Female. Feel free to change genders. This comedy works well with an all FEMALE, all MALE, or mixed cast.

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Authors

Luigi Jannuzzi

Luigi Jannuzzi is an award-winning playwright of one-act theater pieces as well as full-length plays, who combines romantic/absurdist comedy with serious themes of love, truth, and the need to rise above it all. His one-act plays, such as A Bench at the Edge and The Barbarians Are Coming are winners of the Samuel Frenc ...

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Selected by New York Theatre Critics and published by Samuel French as one of the winning plays in the 6th Annual Off-Broadway play festival. 

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