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Q: Title of one-act play ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Title of one-act play
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Performing Arts
Asked by: jaynekh-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 01 Aug 2005 17:28 PDT
Expires: 31 Aug 2005 17:28 PDT
Question ID: 550607
What is the title of a one-act play in which each line consists of only one word?
Subject: Re: Title of one-act play
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 01 Aug 2005 17:57 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi jaynekh,

The title of a one-act play in which each line consists of only one
word is "Next Season" by Steven Bergman.

?Next Season? 
Bergman, Steven (American playwright, composer, educator, musical
director, 1965-____),

A 6-minute comedy in English, set in a restaurant. 2003

Dramatis Personae: Ron (m), 45, artistic director, well dressed, a
?suit?; Jake (m), 47, Artistic director, much more casual, a ?slob?;
Waiter (m extra).

Synopsis: ?Ron and Jake are two competitive artistic directors meeting
for a lunch date. When their talk turns to their respective theater
plans for next season, they discover that they are planning the same
productions, and only one theater in an area can do each play! In
order to determine who will produce which plays, they compete in old
school cafeteria games (bounce the quarter basketball, paper triangle
football, and finally they lower themselves to having a bona fide
pissing contest)!

Comment: ?An homage to Mamet, Glass and Ibsen, the key being that each
line of dialogue is only one word! A hilarious piece for two men ready
to battle for their next season! A challenging and fun piece for two
actors. Rapid fire tributes to David Mamet, Philip Glass and Henrik
Ibsen are interspersed with displays of the cafeteria games of old:
bouncing a quarter on a table into a handmade basket, kicking a paper
triangle football through finger goalposts, and finally, the ultimate
metaphor for competition: a simulation of an actual pissing contest!
With only a table and two chairs necessary for production, this piece
is a great opener for any evening of one-acts.

Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online

Search criteria:
"one-act play" each line "one word"

I hope this is helpful. If you have any questions regarding my answer
please don?t hesitate to ask before rating it.

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by jaynekh-ga on 01 Aug 2005 18:33 PDT
Rainbow -- You found a play I didn't know exist - which is cool! But I
should have been more clear.

The play has two characters, one male, one female. The title is longer
than two words. It's very cute, funny, and slightly romantic.

Maybe you can still help me find this! 


Request for Answer Clarification by jaynekh-ga on 01 Aug 2005 18:48 PDT
BTW, I'll keep adding $5 until you find it.

Clarification of Answer by rainbow-ga on 02 Aug 2005 02:28 PDT
After further research, I have not yet been able to locate the play
you describe. Is there anything else you remember about it? Anything,
no matter how small may help in this search.

Best wishes,

Request for Answer Clarification by jaynekh-ga on 02 Aug 2005 06:05 PDT
As a student, I directed a portion of it for our Freshman Showcase at
Worthington Kilbourne High School in Ohio. This was in the fall of

I remember some of the one-word lines, but I can't remember the
character names, nor can I remember the name or author of the play.

Some of the lines were,
by the female "cheek," "grammaphone"
by the male "dance"

I did quite a bit of searching myself and couldn't find anything. I
really like this show. It might be out of print at this point, but I
wish I could find the name. At this point, I'll tip you nicely if you
find it. I know it isn't easy. Thank you.

Clarification of Answer by rainbow-ga on 02 Aug 2005 07:35 PDT
Even with the words you remember, I still haven't been able to find this play. :(

Have you tried contacting the school? The Performing Arts department
may know the name of this play. I would call for you, but since I live
overseas this would not be practical.

Here is the contact information for Worthington Kilbourne High School:

1499 Hard Road 
Columbus, OH 43235   
Main Number: 614.883.2550 
Fax: 614.883.2560 
Co-Curricular: 614.883.2570  
Voice Mail: 614.883.2500 

I wish I could have been more of a help.

Best of luck,

Clarification of Answer by rainbow-ga on 17 Aug 2005 13:33 PDT
Hi jaynekh,

I contacted the Worthington Kilbourne Theater Director and received
the following reply today:

"The play is called Present-day Courtship.  I believe it was licensed
through Samuel French, Inc. although it has been out of print for many
years. I no longer have a copy of it and unfortunately don't remember
the playwright."

I hope that helps!

Best regards,
jaynekh-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Thank you SO MUCH for finding the title of this play... you did it! I
didn't think to call the school. You win! I've tipped you, wonderful

Subject: Re: Title of one-act play
From: journalist-ga on 01 Aug 2005 21:12 PDT
Jaynekh, where did you see the play (town/state, name of
theater/auditorium) and do you recall the date?  That type of
information might greatly assist Rainbow with his research.

Best regards,
Subject: Re: Title of one-act play
From: rainbow-ga on 17 Aug 2005 14:27 PDT
Hi jaynekh,
I'm glad I could help. 
Thank you very much for the rating and generous tip.
Best wishes,

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