The Last Cigarette

by  Steven Fechter

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.

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The Last Cigarette

by  Steven Fechter

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

Reviews

"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

Keywords

Illness/Health, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A bar in Santa Monica, California
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 1f

ANGELA - early 30s
HOWARD - late 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

Steven Fechter

Steven Fechter is a playwright and screenwriter. As a screenwriter he co-wrote the script for The Woodsman, based on his play published by Samuel French. As a playwright his work has been produced throughout North America and Europe. ...

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The Last Cigarette was first produced in the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival in 1999, New York City, directed by Larry Geddes. The producing organization was he Tuesday Group.

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