by  Cynthia Mercati

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3f

"Mercati's piece is about searching for identity and the bumps and detours along the way. Some of it is funny, some chilling, and all of it is searching." - Des Moines Register

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  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Snapshots is the story of three women from their teens to their middle years, each journeying both together and alone. Interspersed between the scenes are monologues, ranging from the pure comedy of Hollis teaching Bible school from a feminist perspective, to the darkness of Carol and a rape trial, to a bittersweet scene with Sherry and her assorted junk food, as she plots to move to Russia, where they like their women large, and she can stop forcing herself to be what she's not - thin. As she says, "One thing I do know, I'm gonna be buried with a box of Ho-Ho's. I'm not facing eternity alone."

There is the scene with the soccer mom, and the parody, THE KEEPER OF THE SOCKS, and Hollis as the Linda Kay Lady, who adddresses her potential buyers with the fire of an old time preacher: "Do you want to get softer, get smoother, get revived, renewed? Then you have to try the all natural, all night, all right, body purifying wrinkle bustin', hormone recharging Linda Kay gel cream lotion!"

In the final scene, they're faced with a final decision - go on as they have been, or find their own center.

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"Mercati's piece is about searching for identity and the bumps and detours along the way. Some of it is funny, some chilling, and all of it is searching." - Des Moines Register


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The set is designed for ease of production. A non-specific back drop can be used for the entire show, using set pieces, music and lighting to sugest performing areas.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)



HOLLIS - Enthusiastic; full of fantasy, and the need to arrive... somewhere. In attitude she is like a yo-yo, launching out in all directions, swinging from one idea to the next as she searches for her center.
SHERRY - Soft, sweet even, anxious to please, and in spite of the bleached bouffant hair, an innocent.
CAROL - Like a sharp stick, highly practical, with a dry wit, and highly authoritative. She tends to the tailored look, which grows progressively severe during the course of the show.

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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

Three women who proceed from their teen's into their 40s. Each role is challenging.


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Cynthia Mercati

Cynthia Mercati has had shows performed in each of the fifty US states, as well as Australia and Canada. Many of her plays are published by Samuel French. As Playwright-in-Residence at the Des Moines, Iowa, Playhouse, Ms. Mercait wrote a show each season for Actors on Tour, the professional childre ...

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Snapshots was first presented at Des Moines Drama Workshop, in Des Moines, Iowa, in January 1996 It was directed by theresa E. Valada Viars.

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