Quintessential Evening: Five Short Plays
by Felix Racelis
In this collection are:
Chet is an eccentric retired widower whose
closest companion is a dog hand puppet. Lack of work has forced his grown daughter, Lainie, to move back home and regroup. But today, with the help of his puppet, Chet
musters the courage to confront his daughter about her dubious web based sex surrogate
Late 70s, retired widower, daft,
withdrawn. He wears pajamas, an old bathrobe and slippers.
40s, neurotic live-at-home daughter of
Chet. She is dressed comfortably, but smartly.
Morning. The present. The kitchen of Chets suburban home. A small kitchen
table with two chairs sits center.
Wary of a snobbish museum staffers motives, an
African-American retiree withdraws her quilt submission until she discovers they have more
in common than just their ethnicity.
First Place in Fire Rose Productions' First Ten-Minute Play Festival!
- FELICIA SIMPSON: Articulate, well-educated African-American woman in her
40s. She is smartly dressed in a two-piece designer suit.
- GRACE JOHNSON: Warm hearted African-American woman in her 70s. She is
attired like a grandmothersimple dress, large overcoat and a handbag.
Morning. The present.
The gallery of a museum in a large Southern city. If budget permits, several
pedestals with objects dart, one of which is a small statue of the baby Jesus.
Otherwise, a pedestal or two, or hanging artwork, can suggest the museum
A flamboyant academic pulls out all the stops attempting to hold on to a young waiter with
a mind of his own.
- JON: Gay male intellectual, late 40s/early 50s, articulate,
flamboyant. He dresses conservatively, shirt and slacks. He looks the part of a slumming
- EDWARD: Bisexual male, 20s, intense, self-righteous. Works as Cafe
waiter. He is dressed in a white shirt, waiters apronnot too formal.
Mid-afternoon. The present. A sidewalk cafe with several small tables and chairs.
sad story of the effects of alcoholism written in 3 remarkably short, telling scenes.
Moving backward in time, we relive critical moments in the life of a young family that
planned poorly. A very short play with a very long rippling message, and the audience
fills in the blanks.
AMY: Woman who transitions from her 40s back to her 20s
FRANK: Man who transitions from his 30s to his 20s
JIMMY: Boy who transitions from a teenager back to a young boy.
Exterior of a typical California bungalow, the standard home of millions of transplants
seeking the California dream. The house opens onto a wide, inviting porch. Three short scenes take place in 2006, then 1999, then 1991, or through a
similar range of dates, i.e., the present year, seven years prior, fifteen years prior.
(NOTE: Slight, unobtrusive set changes or additions can be made, along with costume
alterations to indicate different years matching the scenes.)
library clerk Barry has a crush on co-worker Leslie, who, in turn, is enamored of a macho
biker. Barry tries to entice Leslie into a date, with hilarious results.
BARRY: Neurotic library clerk/graduate student in his early 30s. He
wears a long-sleeved shirt (top 2 buttons unbuttoned) and casual slacks.
LESLIE: Library clerk in her early 30s; alternately forceful and grossly
insecure. She wears a sexy blouse or top that reveals her neck and shoulders. She sports a
tattoo on her shoulder.
Late Friday afternoon. The present.
A narrow aisle in a library lined by two tall bookshelves. A large, old-fashioned desk fan
sits on one of the shelves at shoulder level. At minimum, bookshelves lined with books; if
possible, a circulation counter decorated with literacy posters.
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