SOME UNFINISHED CHAOS – POIGNANT COMEDY SCRIPT
This is a two-character (1F: 23, American; 1M: 39, British), single set (two-room interior) “sad comedy,” set in the late 20th century, about the growth of the soul and learning to live in the face of death. It takes place over a six-month period and requires no unusual technical or physical effects. The play is in three acts and has a running time of approximately 1:45 plus intermissions.
Chaos concerns the never-explicitly defined relationship that evolves between ERIC WITTENGER, a writer whose successful — sole — novel was published when he was 22, and who has been trying ever since to create another. That novel — based, as we discover during the play, on the turmoil of his brief marriage and his ex-wife’s descent into eventual suicide — was a huge success, and it still provides his principal, though now modest, means of support, a fact which continues to grate on him; and JESSAMYN TYLER, a would-be writer who is estranged from her father but was close to her recently deceased mother, and who steadily inserts herself into Eric’s life, over his reluctance, in the hope, at first at least, that he will mentor her writing
The nature of the relationship is changed, however, when Eric, who works to retain his emotional distance from the world to avoid repeating the failures of his marital relationship, discovers he is terminally ill (with cancer) and is forced to re-examine his personal and professional needs; and Jessamyn, in an effort that is based both on her own needs and her growing attachment — professional and emotional — to Eric, convinces him to allow her to move in with him to become his primary caregiver.
The play explores the ways people create — and sometimes destroy — in order to survive, physically and spiritually, and deals with what its characters face in coming to terms not only with Eric’s mortality but their own respective fears, hopes; and desires, as artists, to give something to each other and to the world at large.
PRODUCTIONS: Danna Semo Productions, Givataim, Israel
API Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI
Equity Library Theatre Chicago
HONORS: “Top Ten” selection – Chattanooga (TN) New Play Festival
Semi-finalist, Writer’s Network Competition
Finalist, Trustus (SC) Theatre New Play Competition
Finalist, National Future Fest, Dayton, OH
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Author: Evan Guilford-Blake
Genre: Sad comedy, poignant comedy script
Type: Three act play
Cast: 1M 1F
Ages of the actors: M late thirties, F early twenties
Suitable for: Adults
Length: One hour and forty five minutes
Set: ERIC’s apartment, a two-room-plus kitchenette in an “artistic” neighborhood of a major city. Most of the furniture came with the place; it’s all cheap and worn — not inexpensive and well-used but cheap and over-used. The two visible rooms — all-purpose living room, and bedroom — are divided by a suggested wall.
Level of difficulty: 8/10 – a nice challenging piece for two actors, in which the elements of comedy and drama intertwine. The actor should be able to easily play both genres
Cost is $10 for this award winning digital play script
Copyright © September 2016 Evan Guilford-Blake
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