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Look, Don't Look! by Gerard Marconi

Look, Don't Look!

by Gerard Marconi

178 pages
Comic and serious contemporary plays that are all royalty free.

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Category: Fiction:Drama
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About the Book
A curator mounts an exhibit of erotic works that shocks spectators, pleases critics, and arouses the museum director. A teenage girl, desperate to flee from caring for her disabled sister, entraps a stranger into helping her escape. Samuel Becket encounters William Shakespeare and Helen of Troy in the afterlife; they seem trapped together for eternity until one of them decides to escape. On the eve of the Apocalypse a young evangelical discovers two older men holed up on the top floor of an apartment building. They offer him food and a place to rest, but when he learns they are gay he tries to convert them with comic results. A transgender college teacher relives her nightmare about child birth while discussing Macbeth with her English class. In the process she plots a bloody crime of revenge. Two gravediggers entertain each other during their lunch break with comic reflections on life and death. The subject of a famous portrait guesses the truth about the artist, who captures her smile for posterity. A divine father and son disagree over what to do about the second coming and another member of their trinity is banned from heaven. Two brothers reunite after a long absence: one is a priest and the other an agnostic who seeks absolution. After confessing their past failures and present differences, they must resolve a conflict that threatens one of them with death. And a would-be Shakespearian actor is given three minutes to audition for an unknown role.

The plays in this collection are guaranteed to shock, amuse, and provoke audiences and readers alike. They are all royalty free and have small casts as well as minimal set and technical requirements. They range in length from ten to thirty minutes, but most are ten minutes long. The ten-minute play format was first promoted by the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1977 as part of the Humana Festival of new American Plans and since then has become popular in its own right.

 

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About the Author
Gerard Marconi is an award winning author from Baltimore who has a master’s degree in Theatre from Catholic University and in Humanities from Johns Hopkins University. His play “Rapture” was given a public reading by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival and “Absolution” was a finalist in the Writer’s Digest playwriting competition.

 

 

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