An anthology of six short plays which ruminate on mothers, martinis, and death, and various combinations thereof.
The plays are:
Checking The Basement For Leaks
How Mrs. Henson Killed Her Children
Nigel, Guys, and Dolls
The Hamburdian Candidate.
REVIEW: REPETITION (Secret Theatre One Act Festival):
"Repetition” is based on characters from DeVita’s “Phillie’s Trilogy” yet I did not find myself lost having not seen it. “Repetition” truly stands on its own as a delightful short play."
– Max Berry | Showtones
SELECTED RECOMMENDATIONS FROM NEW PLAY EXCHANGE:
CHECKING THE BASEMENT FOR LEAKS
" A smart and clever short play about the quiet desperation of two suburban housewives. It packs a lot of humor and sadness into 10 pages, and a lot of depth under the surface of its humorous dialogue."
– JIim Siering | Playwiright.
HOW MRS. HENSON KILLED HER CHILDREN
"Dark and chilling and unfortunately, very timely. This is the kind of play that will stick with you for awhile. It's very unique in its style of storytelling, and DeVita handles the extremely dark subject matter with a chilling fearlessness. Great roles for everyone involved, and a phenomenally crafted script."
– Emily Hageman | Playwright
NIGEL, GUYS, AND DOLLS
"DeVita is a master of building empathy, and this visceral, yet nuanced, monologue is no exception. It's in finely-tuned details that the emotion builds, bringing us to a new world, and forcing us to look out at it, through the eyes of this character. Complicated, tragic, a role for a gifted middle-aged actor, in a piece both heartfelt and heartbreaking."
– Rachael Carnes | Playwright
"Whilst reading this sloe-souled tone poem, one can see the possibilities, dark and infinite, infinite and dark, for costumes, lighting, music and movement. Or silence and stillness? Mayhaps. In his cleverness, Mr DeVita has designed – nay... concocted a most meta of traps, for this Beckettesque requiem petite could easily be presented as the very thing it mocks, which mayest provide furtive delights nonetheless!"
– Scott Sickles | Playwright
THE HAMBURDIAN CANDIDATE
"It's a bleak, absurdist piece reminiscent of Ionesco's most political plays, offering both a scathing humor and a terrifying bleakness amidst its sumptuous images."
– Scott Sickles | Playwright
COMEDY / DRAMA
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes, no intermission
CAST: Various. Inclusive Casting possible.
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS / CAN BE PERFORMED ON A UNIT SET
PERIOD AND CONTEMPORARY COSTUMES
NOTE: Download a script from THE NEW PLAY EXCHANGE.*
*Each play is also available to be individually licensed.
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