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Countdown to 40 by Mark Lambeck


ISBN #1-933159-95-2
JAC #2007-0012



  • ANDY: A copywriter, 39…turning 40

  • MIKE: Andy’s best friend, 35

  • DOROTHY: Andy’s mother, 66

  • *LAUREN: Andy’s estranged wife, 36

  • **DEIRDRE: A purchasing agent and yoga practitioner, 28

  • *CHELSEA: A nursery school teacher and kickboxing enthusiast, 28

  • **KRISTIE: An interior designer, 29

* Lauren & Chelsea may be played by the same actress or single cast
** Deirdre & Kristie may be played by the same actress or single cast



In this comedy, Andy, a stressed-out copywriter, takes inventory of his life as the countdown to his 40th birthday begins. When his wife leaves him for the Iranian terrorist who kidnapped her, Andy thrusts himself into the dating scene by signing up for yoga, kickboxing, and salsa classes and volunteering at a shelter. Just as he’s getting his personal act together, his life takes a turn. While friends and family accuse him of having a mid-life crisis, the truth is that Andy’s life is in turmoil as he winds down his 39th year -- he crashes his new car, his once-supportive mother discovers a life of her own, he inadvertently alienates some of the women he’s been dating, and finds out he’s being laid off. Life’s lessons are tough and Andy makes a conscious effort to re-direct his destiny even as fate throws obstacles in his path.


The Setting
One chair. The action takes place in various settings: Andy’s apartment, a yoga studio; a kick-boxing cl

ass, etc.

"Excellent play! I highly recommend ..." - Linda, Stratford, CT - 9/07

About this Playwright
MARK LAMBECK: has had readings and productions throughout New York and Connecticut including a staged reading of his Holocaust drama, Voices From the Ashes at The Lamb's Theatre in Manhattan. A member of the Stratford, CT-based SquareWrights group, his Connecticut productions have been seen at The Little Theatre in New Haven, Eastbound Theatre in Milford, The Stonington Playhouse, and Playhouse on the Green in Bridgeport. NYC credits include productions at: The Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Genesis Rep, Red Room Theatre, and Spotlight On Productions, among others. His play, Ben's Story competed in the 2007 Samuel French one act festival, Call Me Bernice won the 2002 Sage Theatre One Act Playwright's Award, and Tuna & Jack was a finalist in the 2001 American Globe Theatre 15-Minute Play competition. Four of his play adaptations of O. Henry short stories have been published by Contemporary Drama Service, Countdown to 40 and Bus Stories were published by JAC Publishing, Intervention and October People were published in The Best Short Plays of 2008 for 2 or more Actors by Smith & Kraus, and Lucky Day was published by United Staged Publishers.

You may also want to consider Lambeck's trilogy of independent one-acts, Bus Stories


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