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Four One Act Plays


April 29 – May 1, 2011



Alarms  And Leavings   By; Michael Frayn

Set in the well-to-do London home  of John and Jocasta in 1998.

Nicholas ………… Eduardo Aranda

John ………… Skylar Denman

Jocasta ………… Madeline Powell

Nancy …… Ali Garza

Petra …… Raven Vallejo

Shirley Valentine  By; Willy Russell

Set in a modest London home in 1988.

Shirley Valentine… Becca Cloud 

Sure Thing  By; David Ives

Set in a quiet New York Café.

Bill… Ray Stump*

Betty… Kayla Peterson*




The Bald Soprano By; Eugene Ionesco

Set in the modest Smith home in the suburbs of London.

 Mr. Smith ………… River Denman

Mrs. Smith ………… Ashley Smith

Mr. Martin ………… Duffy Coyle

Mrs. Martin ………… Amber Driscoll*

Mary ………… Dianna Torres

The Fire Chief ………… Joey Jacobs


Alarms and Leavings, by Michael Frayn:

This short play includes two scenes with plots involving the same two couples. In the first, four yuppie friends - speaking in the clipped, distracted manner of the terminally busy - endure a dinner party from hell as a household's gadgets revolt. Amid beepings and whinings, an answering machine sends an important call ricocheting around the house's phone extensions and Lawrence loses a finger to a high-tech bottle-opener.  The second vignette shows the couples at the end of this frenetic evening.  As the visiting couple attempts to leave, small conversations and bits of news show just how hard at can be for friends to actually say goodbye and end an evening out.

                                                                                                 (Plot summary adapted from whatsonstage.com)  

Shirley Valentine, by Willy Russell:

Wondering what has happened to herself, now feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley Valentine finds herself regularly talking to the wall while preparing her husband's chips and egg. When her best friend wins a trip-for-two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the kitchen table, and heads for a fortnight of rest and relaxation. What she finds is romance and a new awareness of who she is and what her existence can be with just a little effort on her part.

                                                             (Plot summary from Wikipedia)

Sure Thing, by Dvid Ives:

Sure Thing is a short comic play by David Ives featuring a chance meeting of two characters, Betty and Bill, whose conversation is continually reset by the use of a ringing bell, starting over when one of them responds negatively to the other.

The play begins with Bill approaching Betty in a café, asking "Is this chair taken?" To which she replies “Yes.” The bell rings and Bill repeats his question to which Betty says, “No, but I'm expecting somebody in a minute.” The bells rings again, and Bill poses his question again. This process continues until Bill is finally allowed to take a seat. The bell acts as a buffer against all topics of conversation that are potentially negative to building their relationship, allowing them to try another line. By the end of the play, their initial differences in opinion (i.e. literature, movie tastes, romance) have reversed to become perfect companions. Both of them finally agree to fall in love and cherish the other forever.

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The Bald Soprano, by Eugène Ionesco:
The Smiths are a traditional couple from London who have invited another couple, the Martins, over for a visit. They are joined later by the Smiths' maid, Mary, and the local fire chief, who is also Mary's lover. The two families engage in meaningless banter, telling stories and relating nonsensical poems. At one point, Mrs. Martin converses with her husband as if he were a stranger she just met. As the fire chief turns to leave, he mentions "the bald soprano" in passing, which has a very unsettling effect on the others. Mrs. Smith replies that "she always wears her hair in the same style." After the Fire Chief's exit, the play devolves into a series of complete non-sequiturs, with no resemblance to normal conversation. It ends with the two couples shouting in unison "It's not that way. It's over here!," right before a blackout occurs. When the lights come back on, the scene starts from the beginning with the Martins reciting the Smiths' lines from the beginning of the play for a while before the curtain closes.
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Cliff Schwartz,
Sep 21, 2011, 7:23 AM