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Breakfast for Dinner by Isaac Rathbone

ISBN #1-60513-064-8
JAC #2010-0005


  • ROGER: a gas station attendant in his early 20s

  • WAITRESS/DENISE: an attractive but worn out waitress

  • JIM: a charming and mysterious man whose age is not important

  • OFFICER STONE: a gruff, “hard-boiled” police detective

  • OFFICER FORD: a generic police detective, who loves crossword puzzles

  • JERRY: a highly anxious man in his late 30s 


This film noir-inspired dark comedy explores the distortion of words and the perversion of information. A murder investigation reveals corruption buried deep within. Suspense, extortion, invasion of privacy and murder lead to the discovery of the vicious truth. By day's end, Breakfast For Dinner satisfies the dangerous appetite for routine order and tidy closure. Shadows of Evil versus Online Predators, this drama is reminiscent of classic noir with a modern twist. If you enjoy CSI, Law & Order, or just a hard-boiled detective story, save some room for Breakfast For Dinner.


The Setting

Scene 1: The Sunnyside Diner
Scene 2: An Interrogation Room
Scene 3: Apartment 323-A (Jerry’s Apartment)
Scene 4: An Interrogation Room
Scene 5: The Sunnyside Diner

Time: Somewhere in between the not too distant past and the not too distant future


Isaac RathboneAbout this Playwright

ISAAC RATHBONE's plays have been seen throughout the City and State of New York, Boston, Providence, Nebraska, Ohio, Minnesota, Alaska, and Southern California. Credits include Captain Ferguson’s School For Balloon Warfare (59E59 Theaters & Edinburgh Fringe Festival) Breakfast For Dinner (NYC Fringe Festival & Last Frontier Theater Conference), The System (Kraine Theatre), There’s Always A Band (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater Lab & Great Plains Theater Conference), Jon Katsberg (Sam French Festival), Nice Paper (Teatro Iati), Bensonhurst (BoCoCa Arts Festival), Finnegan’s Wake (Triskelion Arts Center), Welcome Back, Lloyd (Harvest Festival NYC). Historical plays include: Undeclared History and The Bonus Army (Both commissioned by Hofstra University), Little Eva (Greater Milford Historical Association) and Violet to Ruth Ann (National Baseball Hall Of Fame). He has been a featured expert on Investigation Discovery’s “Deadly Women” series. His two ten-minute plays The Guests At Table 11 and Prodigal Father were selected as finalists for the Actor Theater of Louisville’s Heideman Award. He is a founding member of Oracle Theatre Inc. and a graduate of Hofstra University. For more information, visit www.isaacrathbone.com.


Don't miss Rathbone's other short plays with JAC, Death and Motor Vehicles, X-Mas Marks the Spot, Hold the Bus and The Guests at Table 11!


I had the pleasure of seeing this play performed at the NYC Fringe Festival a couple of years ago. It was suspenseful, original, and funny. He captures the crime/police drama genre perfectly. Mr. Rathbone is a top-notch playwright. I am now happy to see this piece in print so that it can be produced and performed again and again.

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