Clean (Cefaly)

by  Audrey Cefaly

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 1f

Lina, a worn out waitress, is having the 'worst day of her life.'

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Clean (Cefaly)

by  Audrey Cefaly

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Winner of the Maryland One-Act Festival and the Eastern States One-Act Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Lina, a worn out waitress, is having the 'worst day of her life.' She and Roberto, a quiet, unassuming dishwasher, and one who has admired her from afar, sit alone in the diner at midnight and share stories about their lonely lives.

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Accolades

  • WINNER! Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival, 2009

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 / performance
    $75 / performance of 3 plays
    $100 / performance of 4 or more plays


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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

    A restaurant. Anywhere. Present day.
    (this can be represented simply by the use of few chairs and a bistro table)

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

Casting

1m, 1f

LINA - A waitress. Any age. A disheveled woman who looks older than her years.
ROBERTO - An immigrant. A dishwasher. Any age. A gentle soul, prone to bouts of exuberance. The part may be played as either Hispanic or Italian or any other language that is well-suited to the actor's dialect range. (As such, language substitution within the text is permissible).

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

The role of Roberto be played as either Hispanic or Italian or any other language that is well-suited to the actor's dialect range. (As such, language substitution within the text is permissible). 

Flexibility in casting is encouraged, especially in the areas of age-range and ethnicity.

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Authors

Audrey Cefaly

Cefaly is published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus (two volumes of Best American Short Plays), and Applause Books. She is an outspoken proponent of silence in story-telling and has authored numerous articles on the topic of playwriting for HowlRound and Samuel French’s Breaking Character Magazine. Cefaly’s play TH ...

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Clean premiered at Silver Spring Stage in Silver Spring, MD in 2009 where it won the Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival. It was directed by Leta Hall.

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