The title of a one-act play in which each line consists of only one
word is "Next Season" by Steven Bergman.
Bergman, Steven (American playwright, composer, educator, musical
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
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.
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"one-act play" each line "one word"
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Request for Answer Clarification by
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.