The Last Cigarette
Short Play, Dramatic Comedy / 1m, 1f
In the last smoking bar in Santa Monica a beautiful woman in a green evening dress sits alone, smoking and drinking martinis. She has a past, a secret and no future. Watching her from the bar while he drinks doubles is a man with little to lose who will stop at nothing to win her.
In the last smoking bar in Santa Monica a beautiful woman in a green evening dress sits alone, smoking and drinking martinis. She has a past, a secret and no future. Watching her from the bar while he drinks doubles is a man with little to lose who will stop at nothing to win her. Drinks are downed, stories are told, strangers dance and kiss. As they are leaving together, she reveals her secret. This funny, heartbreaking tale is told in the evocative language of film noir.
Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 24th Series.
- Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival
"In this darkishly delicious slice of life, staged in film-noir wrappings, we are privy to a chance meeting of two lost and wanting souls, about to collide like two sinking ships passing in the night... Steven Fechter's understated tensions... make it impossible to presume the final outcome of this union till the play's last seconds." - Backstage West
"The banter that ensues is so witty and well delivered that it rivals Nick and Nora's clever chatter in The Thin Man. Still, there is more to this play than playwright Steven Fechter's crackling dialogue.... A darkness lurks beneath the shiny surface of this charming flirtation, a darkness that subtly and accurately reveals the potency of human desire." - LA Weekly
"The Last Cigarette is a brooding, moody and tantalizing exploration into the motives of why people say and do the things they do when playing the mating game." - Reviewplays.com
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 40 minutes
- Setting: A bar in Santa Monica, California
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
ANGELA - early 30s
HOWARD - late 30s
- Non-Traditional casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)