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The Knitting Club by Sean O'Connor
Two lost soul-mates, Bud and Lou, join a Knitting Club to meet girls. It’s the Club’s Sadie Hawkins Night and the two arrive with needles in hand. Bud, just back from Kandujar and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, becomes obsessed with Norma, a distant beauty he spots across the room. Lou, traumatized because a homeless man called him “bald,” spends the evening obsessing by putting on wigs, rubbing “bald crème” into his head, and seeking constant reinforcement from Bud. Over the course of the evening, Bud is upset and recounts how it’s his birthday and his estranged daughter didn’t call. Lou is devastated by his relationship (or non-relationship) with his ex-girlfriend. The music begins... Norma appears and starts crossing the room. Bud is ready yet terrified to deal with what is to follow. She arrives... but crosses right past the hopeful Bud to the devastated Lou and asks him to dance. Lou looks to Bud. Bud nods sadly, and Lou walks away with the alluring Norma. But all is not lost. Just as Bud picks up his knitting, the door opens and in walks Bud’s daughter. “Happy Birthday, Daddy. I was looking all over for you...” and they walk off into the night. The Knitting Club is a story of faith and friendship, telling how things even infinitely small can be a person’s entire world.
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Nominated by L.A.’s FirstStage Productions for Best New One-Act of 2011
About this PlaywrightA recipient of Grants/Fellowships from the Puffin and Ludwig Vogelstein Foundations, the Pilgrim Project and Blue Mountain center, Sean O'Connor received his B.A. from Columbia University. He was a member of NYC’s Circle Rep as a playwright, and teaches a seminar in Dramatic Writing/Performing at NYU every summer. He has acted in dozens of plays in New York and regional theater, portraying leading roles in television's “All My Children” and “Another World,” as well as features in the films “Copy Shop,” “All Fall Down” and “Trust Us.” O'Connor spent two years as head-writer and performer for the cable TV show “3BTV,” and has written and performed several radio commercials. Visit Sean online at writersean.com.