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Unsuspecting Turnips by Mark Lambeck


ISBN #1-60513-237-3
JAC #2008-0018c


This one-act is one of three plays included in Mark Lambeck's collection Bus Stories, also available thru JAC.


The Cast

  • ALICE - A depressed store clerk and housewife, late 40s.

  • RUSTY - A college student, 19 or 20

  • VIRGINIA - Retired. Stylish, 60s or 70s.

  • SARAH - A nurse, early 30s.


Late afternoon in a crowded city buy traveling downtown.


Alice, a depressed store clerk who is bruised by an unhappy childhood and disappointed with her marriage and her only child has a mental breakdown while riding a city bus. She approaches three strangers who sit by her imagining the things she’d say to her husband, her mother, and her daughter.


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 check out Mark Lambeck's one-act Countdown to 40!

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Mark Lambeck's Unsuspecting Turnips

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