Join us for an evening or afternoon of Staged Readings of three short one-act plays. The Duck Variations by David Mamet, Variations on the Death of Trotsky by David Ives, and Sure Thing by David Ives.
Saturday, July 9 at 7pm
Sunday, July 10 at 2pm
Tickets are $10
All three plays are light comedies and have a related theme: “People talking to each other without really listening or caring about what the other person says!”
Directed by Jim Spaulding
The Duck Variations by American Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, David Mamet, is a 1972 play about two old friends, Emil and George sitting on a park bench watching ducksin the lake discussing a variety of topics including leadership roles,, sex, friendship, love, and more. However, neither Emil nor George are able to discuss these topics openly and comfortably, so instead, their discussion incorporates the duck metaphor to express their fears and anxieties about aging and death.
Variations on the Death of Trotsky is a short one-act comedy-drama written by David Ives for his series of one-act plays titled All in the Timing. The play is divided into eight scenes or “variations” dramatizing a fictionalized version of Russian Revolutionary, Leon Trotsky’s death . Each variation depicts a different final moment of Trotsky’s life while making satirical references to soap opera conventions. The play calls for Trotsky to die at the end of each scene, and then continues on (after the ring of a bell) from near where the last scene left off, usually progressing the story a bit further each time.
Sure Thing is a short comic play by American playwright, David Ives about a chance meeting of two characters, Betty and Bill, whose conversation is continually stopped and restarted whenever a bell rings, causing them to start over again when one of them responds negatively to the other. The bell buffers negative conversations that could potentially stunt the growth of their relationship, so when it rings they must try using an alternate phrase. By the end of the play, their initial differences reverse, providing a more positive pathway to a romantic connection.