All superfluity is to be avoided in the dialogue. The dialogue must be purposeful; the best dialogue is that which does several things at one time. Effort should be made to say, whatever is to be said, in the least possible words. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
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The origin of the one-act play may be traced to the very beginning of drama —- in ancient Greece, Cyclops, a play on the forest Godby Euripides, is an early example. It was great Norwegian dramatist Ibsen, who, for the first time, introduced the plastic chair tips stage-directions into the one-act play.
Before him, one-act plays were written in poetry, but he made prose the medium of his one-act plays.
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Run Time: 45 min. The unassuming location of a dock extending out onto a small lake serves as the backdrop for five different stories: Jake and Holly are interrupted on their date by Anne and Lyle; Beth has plans to spend the day with her ailing dad at their favorite fishing place; Al and his family arrive for their family canoe trip—much to his family's dismay; Cory and Liberty picnic out by the lake; and Stanley is shown some perspective by his 6-year-old sister. In a poetic epilogue, they all gather on the dock and discover the true meaning of Our Place —both comedic and tragic.
Learn More.A Famed Life — ten minute comedy about a personal servant leaving her very needy boss who cannot cope without her! A Gift — ten minute drama play for two male actors. A House of Dolls — script about a crazy man obsessed family. A Likely Story — five minute comedy filler. A Walk in the Park — five minute romantic drama for seniors.
Aboard Disorder — Short satire about Mental Disorders. After the Pyre — male monologue. Bad News, Pluto! Barfly — ten minute romantic comedy about a blind date. Barred — short one act for 4 actors. Believe — ten minute play scripts.
Benny and Boris — ten minute poignant comedy for two mature actors. Better safe than sorry — ten minute comedy script. Blind Date: The Aftermath. Bride and Seek — short female monologue about a fateful wedding day. By Faith — Christian Skits. A Christmas Carol — Christmas skits. Art Talk — comedy skits for three actors.
Becoming Disappeared — short eerie sci fi script for 2M.
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Bob — a comedy skit in 5 minutes. Call of the riled — short skit for Thanksgiving. Chauffeur Driven — Short British drama about a spoiled teenage boy. Cuckold — ten minute period play. Doctor Duplicate — short medical skit. Down by the River — romantic comedy script. Dueling Chefs — short skit on when chefs fight. ESPN, B. Family exercise — a short one act drama. Family Separation — comedy sketch about parents separating.
Fausto e Mefisto — funny Faust script. Frederick J. Prescott — one act funeral home comedy. Funeral Skit — skit about a tragic funeral.This banner text can have markup. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.
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Finally, the editor wishes to thank her friend, Helen Hopkins Crandell for her indefatigable work on the proofs of this book. PREFACE Perhaps the student who is going to read the plays in this collection may have felt at some time or other a gap between the "classics" that he was working over in school and the contemporary literature that he heard commonly discussed, but he does not know that until recently few books were studied in the high school that were less than half a century old.
Consciousness of the gap often drove him to trashy reading. He recognized Addison as respectable but remote, and yet he had no guide to the good literature which the writers of his own day were producing and which would be especially interesting to him, because its ideas and language would be more nearly contemporary with his own.
Even though the greatest literature has the quality of universality, it has been almost invariably my experience that, only as one grows older, is one quite ready to appreciate this quality. When one is young, it is easier to enjoy literature written from a point of view nearer to one's own life and times. Reading good contemporary literature is likely also to pave the way for a deeper appreciation of the great masterpieces of all time.
This is a collection of one-act plays, some of them less than five years old, chosen both because their appeal seems not to be limited to the adult audiences for which they were originally written, and because they may well serve the purpose of introducing the student to contemporary dramatists of standing.
This, though it is a one-act play, a modern development, is written more or less in the Shakespearian convention; but whether we are bookish or not, we can hardly help having a knowledge of Shakespeare's plays, because, popular with all kinds of people, they are continually being revived on the stage, and quoted in conversation. The plays in this book, though intended for class-room study, may be acted as well as read.New York.
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Let the debates begin! Missing Time Out magazine? You can still read our latest issue from the comfort of your couch. What doesn't this tragedy have? There's sublime poetry, rich psychology for characters of both sexes, a hefty dose of comedy to leaven the mood, and, depending on a director's interpretation, a crackling good mystery lying underneath the tale of "The Melancholy Dane.
This play can be debated and dissected ad infinitum. This autobiographical play about O'Neill's young adulthood scorches from start to finish. You can feel the rawness as soon as it starts, as a man—along with his two adult sons—strives to ensure that his wife remains serene after a stint in rehab for morphine addiction.
It goes downhill from there as she starts using again and all three guys hit the bottle. Written from a place of utter rawness, this drama stands at a pinnacle of the American family drama.
The language of theater—not in the stagecraft sense, but in the actual dialogue sense—became something new with this lacerating drama. Two couples at a tiny New England liberal arts college drunkenly go at each other from the wee hours of the morning until almost dawn.
Their weapons are their words, and what words they are. Erudition and profanity blend to lyrical heights as secrets, resentments, and even genuine affection are revealed. Not just to Willy Loman and the sad realities of his life as a mediocre traveling salesman and the delusions that barely keep him afloat, but also to Miller's exquisite modern tragedy about an average Joe. Both grittily naturalistic and ethereally dream-like, this one punches the audience in the gut time and again simply because it allows us to witness his heartbreaking final downfall while also allowing us to go inside his mind to seemingly feel his deep-seated pain.
Used as the exemplar of dramatic writing in Aristotle's Poeticsthis Greek tragedy remains a pillar of playwriting.The first named writer in world history was a woman, Enheduanna. But in fact, ever since the time of Shakespeare, women have found a way to write for the English or American stage, and have changed the way we think about theatre. Written in the early s and first performed inThe Tragedy of Mariam is about the second wife of Herod the Great, whose sister Salome convinces Herod that Mariam has been unfaithful to her husband.
Aphra Behn, The Rover. Virginia Woolf called Aphra Behn the first professional woman writer in English literature, and during the s and s, Behn was one of the leading playwrights for the Restoration stage although she also pioneered the English novel and wrote acclaimed poems.
The Rover is probably her most famous play, and was recently revived by the RSC.
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Susannah Centlivre, The Basset Table. The original production ran for just four nights, but Centlivre is now regarded as the second woman of the English stage, after Behn.
Susan Glaspell, Trifles. Sophie Treadwell, Machinal. Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun. When the father dies, the family receives a life insurance payout but cannot agree what to spend the money on — how can they lift themselves out of their dire straits and make a better life for themselves? It was also the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway and also the first to have a black director, Lloyd Richards.
Caryl Churchill, Top Girls. Set in Thatcherite Britain during the s, Top Girls centres on Marlene, a career-driven woman who has left her old life behind — though this will be revealed during the course of the play. Sarah Kane, Blasted. Set in a Leeds hotel room, it features bombs, guns, racism, homophobia, sex — no wonder it succeeded in shocking audiences, and continues to do so. But others loved it there was a great student production at Loughborough Universityand it has been staged numerous times despite being a relatively recent play.
Prebble, a British playwright born inis also known for writing the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girlstarring Billie Piper, but Enron is her most critically acclaimed and successful work to date. Image: Susan Glaspell graduation portrait ; author unknownvia Wikimedia Commons.
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