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Talking to Strangers by Martha Patterson

ISBN #1-60513-091-5

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HARRY: A graphic artist in his twenties.
ANNE: A pretty girl in her twenties.

The present. A bench in Central Park, New York City. Autumn. Dusk.

Talking to Strangers is a one act comedy set in New York City, about a young man and woman who meet by accident on a bench in Central Park. Anne’s boyfriend has just knocked her into a fountain and she enters dripping wet. At first put off by her openness, Harry, a friendly but quiet graphic artist, seeks to end the conversation quickly, but then finds Anne more interesting as she reveals her insecurities to him, and they develop a friendship through a long conversation about their jobs, love lives, dates with celebrity look-alikes, and loss of virginity. At the end of the play Harry invites Anne to spend the night on a sofa in his apartment, just to get away from her boyfriend – but will Anne accept his invitation?

About this Martha PattersonPlaywright

MARTHA PATTERSON has written more than 80 plays and has been published in four anthologies by the International Centre for Women Playwrights, as well as in several collections from JAC. Her work has been produced Off-Off-Broadway and in Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Michigan, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Ohio, upstate New York and Florida. She has also been produced overseas in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Korea and Australia. Shoestring Radio Theatre in San Francisco produced a half-hour mystery of hers in 2010. Martha earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. from Emerson College— both degrees in Theatre. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity Association.

Talking to Strangers by Martha Patterson

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Have you read Patterson's full-length The Four Sisters of Bakersfield, The Maid's Day Off, or her collection What Women Want?

Martha Patterson is also a featured contributor in interJACtions: Monologues from the Heart of Human Nature, Volume 1.


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