foolish heart

by  Steve Yockey

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

A troubled married couple sits in their car and debates whether to go through with a kidnapping that is irrevocable but might be entirely justified.

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foolish heart

by  Steve Yockey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A troubled married couple sits in their car and debates whether to go through with a kidnapping that is irrevocable but might be entirely justified. 

From very still & hard to see, a collection of short plays by the acclaimed playwright Steve Yockey – a magical, funny, and occasionally surreal creation that will take you on an exhilarating, visceral journey. 

This second collection of short plays from Steve Yockey mixes comedic absurdity with raw heartbreak to unearth worlds populated by desperate people, mythical characters, faceless corporate masters, and at least one Slasher flick heroine. The second half of the collection is comprised of the work very still & hard to see. This short play cycle recounts the history of a cursed hotel and the unfortunate guests who stay there. From riding in an erratic elevator and dealing with possessive ghosts to managing an ever-expanding hole in the floor armed only with gleaning supplies, these encounters with the unkown chillingly collapse the distance between the real and the surreal and remind us that, sometimes, bad things do happen for a reason.
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  • Winner! 2012 LA Weekly Playwriting Award


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance
    $90 with other plays in collection



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A car.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


1m, 1f
MINDY – a woman, a wife, “type A,” and one for making plans but not always good plans
KEITH – a man, a husband, in love with Mindy but it’s not easy trying to go along with this program
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  • Non-Traditional casting


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Steve Yockey

Steve Yockey is a Los Angeles based writer with work produced throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His plays Afterlife, Octopus, Large Animal Games, CARTOON, Subculture, Very Still & Hard to See, The Fisherman’s Wife, Wolves, Disassembly, and Niagara Falls & Other Plays are published and available from Samuel French. A ...

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foolish heart was commissioned by South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California. It premiered as part of the Car Plays at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Off Center Festivalon Janueary 14, 2012. It was directed by Ron Klier.

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