This collection offers all 9 of John’s One-Act Plays.
written while an Artist-in-Residence at Dowling College from 1985-2001 (college sadly closed due to idiotic management). Most workshopped and had productions with College Students at Dowling, and Professionals in NYC. A perfect collection for College Level study and production and of course professionals.
You can also read each individual One-Act Play in that section of this site and download them individually or in this one PDF book.
1 Man. 1 Woman
This play explores the struggle for individuality while maintaining a relationship. The characters evolve through specific physicalizations revealing deeply emotional and psychological transitions of self and their relationship.Read Longer Synopsis
Two characters, a cop and a killer, deal with the loss of love and personal imprisonment on the eve of the killer’s execution. The play explores the male psyche and the machismo-mentality we’re taught to believe in that create walls of indifference. These barriers collide, until they are broken down revealing what was truly underneath.Read Longer Synopsis
1 Woman. 4 men, although the stage manager could be a woman.
The Director/Writer of this play is creating the play as the audience watches – but the characters often do not like how they’re being written and rebel, or think they’re rebelling, when that is actually what is being written.Read Longer Synopsis
2 men or 2 women or 1 man and a woman
Two seemingly homeless men, hobos with PhD’s, exist on the Mojave desert. As they explore the “air”, and “ideas”, and the meaning of meaning, the meaning of existence, to pass the time, and as they grow bored, they find junk laying about in the sand, they create a sculpture – a man, so they don’t feel as alone. But as they build, it grows to be huge, and far bigger than they are…Read Longer Synopsis
2 Men. 1 Woman
A study in loneliness and the slow deterioration of one’s passion. In the middle of a dark night, an old man confronts the ghosts of his dead wife and son, his sins against them, his own guilt, his fear of death, and his passion that is dying. We learn that the 2 characters involved in the play are really both dead, and the ghosts that torment him on the last days of his life.
Produced 2014 – Malaysia University.Read Longer Synopsis
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