The Can of Yams

by  Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

There's only one thing standing between egotistical painter Alan Plum and the fame he craves... and it's a can of yams! To his sister Delphinia's dismay, Alan has cherished the can of yams since childhood. He has even chosen it as the subject of his unfinished masterpiece. But when gallery owner Heather Lyme announces a visit to Alan’s studio, his insecurities rise to the surface, and an artistic crisis erupts.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

There’s only one thing standing between egotistical painter Alan Plum and the fame he craves... and it’s a can of yams! To his sister Delphinia’s dismay, Alan has cherished the can of yams since childhood. He has even chosen it as the subject of his unfinished masterpiece. But when gallery owner Heather Lyme announces a visit to Alan’s studio, his insecurities rise to the surface, and an artistic crisis erupts around the still-incomplete still life. With Heather and her assistant on the premises, the panicked Alan makes frantic, ridiculous attempts to impress, stall, and paint. Meanwhile, the fast-talking, sardonic Delphinia tries to salvage her brother’s career—and straighten out her own love life. Sharp-witted dialogue drives this frivolous one-act farce.
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Keywords

Parenting/Family

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: An artist’s studio in rural Pennsylvania. The present or the recent past.
  • 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

2m, 2f
ALAN PLUM - a struggling painter; energetic, temperamental, and egotistical.
DELPHINIA - his sister and business manager; practical and sardonic.
HEATHER LYME - a gallery owner; passionate and decisive.
EUCLID - her assistant; slightly fussy but agreeable.
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Authors

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt is a playwright, humorist, neologist, palindromist, limericist, parodist, and wit. His one-act farce The Can of Yams is published by Samuel French, and his full-length comedy As Long as It’s in the Script ...

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Can of Yams was first presented by the Endless Mountains Theatre Company in Montrose, Pennsylvania in 2002.

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