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A Year in the Life of Twenty-Five Strangers Living in a City by the Lake by Matt Fotis

ISBN #1-60513-106-7
JAC #2011-0011

The Cast

  • MARK: Early 30s.

  • MARY: Early 30s.

  • THERESA: Early 30s.

  • EVELYN: Late 20s.

  • WAITER #1: Late 20s/Early 30s.

  • BARTENDER: Late 20s/Early 30s.

  • CUSTOMER: Late 30s/Early 40s.

  • TIM: Mid 20s.

  • DAVID: Mid 20s.

  • JACK: Late 20s.

  • JACKS MOTHER: Late 40s/Early 50s.

  • WAITER #2: Late 20s/Early 30s.

  • ERIC: Early 30s.

  • DAPHNE: Early 30s.

  • BRIAN: Late 20s.

  • COREY: Late 20s.

  • NURSE: Late 20s/Early 30s. Male.

  • STEVE: 18.

  • ERICA: 18.

  • TOM: Early 30s.

  • GREG: Early 30s.

  • BETH: Early 30s.

  • SARAH: Early 30s.

  • GEORGE: The Grieving Friend, mid/late 20s.

  • ROGER: Early 30s.

  • LISA: Early 20s.

    The play can be done with an actor for every role, or using doubling. Suggested casting:

    Actor 1 (M): Mark, Bartender, Jack, Brian, Waiter #3, George
    Actor 2 (M): Waiter #1, Tim, Eric, Corey, Greg, Roger
    Actor 3 (M): Customer, David, Waiter #2, Nurse, Tom, Steve
    Actor 4 (F): Mary, Theresa, Daphne, Sarah
    Actor 5 (F): Evelyn, Jack’s Mother, Erica, Beth, Lisa

    **Note: The play should have a very conversational tone. A “/” suggests a point of overlap between that line and the next actor’s lines.

About this Playwright

Matt Fotis is an award-winning playwright whose plays have seen stages from coast to coast.  He is a Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice Grant Recipient and a two-time Illinois Arts Council Grant recipient for his work with Shantz Theatre.  His plays have won The Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting (The Book of Adam), The Sonoma County Repertory Theatre’s SCRipts Festival (The Zebra Baby), the Minnesota Shorts Play Festival (A Casket Gal), The Fancy Pants Director’s Festival (58 & 29), and the Claire Donaldson Short Play Festival (The Crying Club).  He is a National Finalist for the KC/ACTF National Ten Minute Play Award (58 & 59), as well as a national Finalist for the John Cauble Outstanding Short Play Award (Nights on the Couch).  Fotis’ work has been a finalist for numerous other awards including the Guthrie Theatre Fringe Encore (A Year in the Life of Twenty-Five Strangers Living in a City by the Lake) and Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence (Lincoln’s Lagoon).  His other plays include The Van Gogh Exhibit, The Candid Biography of a Single Chess Taken Chosen at Random on an Ambiguous Spring Day in Central Park, Pittsfield and Burying Mom.  He is also the author of two solo performance pieces, Potpourri Potluck Kitchen Sing Meatloaf and My Fragile Family Tree.  His works have been published by Original Works Publishing, Smith & Kraus and Meriwether Press.  Among others, his plays have been produced by Emerging Artists Theatre (NYC), Ten Grand Productions (NYC), Curan Rep (NYC), Kennedy Center, Theatre on the Square, The Sonoma County Repertory Theatre, Shantz Theatre, The Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre, Anvilhead Theatre, The Pegasus Theater Co., The Chameleon theatre Circle, Acme Theater Productions, The Pittsburg Summer Company, The Claire Donaldson Short Play Festival and Gorilla Tango Theatre. Visit Matt online at www.mattfotis.com, or check out his Amazon Author Page!


Have you read Matt Fotis' one-act The Van Gogh Exhibit?


“Fotis has a knack for lively dialogue.” – AJ Mell, Backstage

Fotis' knack for capturing a brief moment or conflict in time does shine…a fine and funny exhibit…a smart look at Chicago life…This New York premiere has heart.”
– Cindy Pierre, The Stage is the Place

"The clever script…good acting and some particularly excellent moments of comic timing make A Year in The Life worth the price of admission." - Alphonso Atkins Jr., Nuvo

“Evidently life's complex – and wry – up there by that lake.” – Tom McElfresh, Cincinnati CityBeat

“I have to admit I'm developing a bit of an artist crush on Matt Fotis…Highly recommended.” – Matthew Everett, FringeFestival.org

Fotis should be commended for trying to lure his generation with what they are looking for, while sprinkling some deeper material into the mix in order to take them beyond the box.”
– Misha Shulman, OffOffOnline.com

“If you wish to spend your weekend with some fascinating people doing fascinating things, take a look at A Year in the Life of Twenty-five Strangers Living in a City by the Lake.”
– David Rigano

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A Year in the Life... by Matt Fotis

Cover photography by: Justin Bacolo; Design by Alexis Camp.

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- Finalist for the 2005 Theatre Publicus Award for Dramatic Literature (Media Darlings).

- Honorable Mention for Literary Excellence – Theatre Publicus Prize for Dramatic Literature.

- Finalist for the Guthrie Theatre’s Fringe Encore.

- Ranked #7 out of 167 shows in audience attendance at 2006 MN Fringe.

- Finalist in the 3rd Annual Metropolis Performing Arts Centre New Play Festival.

-Named one of the Top 7 reasons to attend the KC Fringe by the Kansas City Star.

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