Go to Home Page of Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online












“The Art of Dating”

yellow bar


















portrait


Elwell, Jeffery Scott (American playwright, dean, college professor, 1957-____), “The Art of Dating,”

a 12-minute romantic comedy in English, set in a crowded restaurant, in the very near future,

1m2f or 2m1f

; • © 1994 by Jeffery Elwell; • in Jeffery Elwell’s The Art of Dating (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1994); • script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046, telephone 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6882, http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/; Canadian Representative, Samuel French, Ltd., 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto M5C 1P1, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108, SF 7921; contact Jeffery Elwell, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, East Carolina University, 210 Whichard Building, Greenville, North Carolina 27858, U.S.A., telephone 252-328-1282, JScottElwell@netscape.net. • Cited by Jeffery Elwell via e-mail, June 13, 1996; Elwell says,

§ Dramatis Personae _____ (m), __, a lawyer; _____ (m or f), __, _____; _____ (f), __, a lawyer.

§ Synopsis "Two lawyers meet for lunch to discuss terms for their respective clients. Digressing from the man and woman they represent, the lawyers begin to take an interest in each other, and these matchmakers find out they might like to date.

§ Comment “The play is easy to produce with a simple, single setting, and a few props. • A winner in the 1995 Off-Off-Broadway Original Play Competition. World Premier at Pulse Ensemble, New York, September, 1994.” • “Jeffery Elwell, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Nebraska, has been named dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University. Elwell, whose appointment is effective Nov. 15, is also executive artistic director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. He will be the first permanent dean of the college, which was established last year in a reorganization of academic units. . . . Elwell has been at the University of Nebraska since 1999. Previously he held faculty and administrative positions at Marshall University and Mississippi State University, He received a bachelor's degree in English from California State University-Bakersfield, a master's in communication/theatre from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Ph.D. in speech communication/theatre from Southern Illinois University. He is the author of 17 plays that have been produced in New York, including two winners in the Off Off-Broadway Short Play Festival. He is a frequent producer and director of theatrical productions, and has received 60 grants and fellowships totaling more than $600,000.”—Message from the Dean, http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/dean.cfm, accessed November 19, 2004.

§ Themes courtship, first encounter, law, matchmaking.



See also Jeffery Scott Elwell's

  • Confession,” a 20-minute drama in English set in a prison cell, 1988, 4m
  • "Dead Fish,” a 40-minute dark comedy in English set on a pier by the ocean, 1997, 1m1f
  • "Evening Education,” a 35-minute drama in English set in college professor's office, night, 1991, 2m
  • "Family Lessons,” a 40-minute black comedy in English set in a typical suburban home, 1992, 1990, 2m2f
  • "First Date,” a 15-minute drama in English set in a crowded restaurant, 1942, 1m3f
  • "My Day,” a 15-minute monodrama in English set at a high school state track meet, 1992, 1m
  • "An Ordinary Morning,” a 25-minute drama in English set in a kitchen, 1990, 1m
  • "Stepping Out,” a 25-minute comedy in English set in a large city, 1983, 2m2f
  • "Truth and Consequences,” a 22-minute serious drama in English, set anywhere, 1989, 2m2f
  • "The Turn Down,” a 15-minute drama in English set in a bar, 1997, 1m1f
  • "Violent Images,” a 17-minute drama in English set in a photographer's residence, 1990, 2m1f

This Website continues under construction and welcomes new citations and comments.

Page mounted July 4, 1997, and updated November 29, 1999, May 27, 2000, November 19, 2004, by the site Webmaster.

return arrow

There is a there there with a correct click.

Quick Connections to Major Sections of This Guide

Preliminaries
| Home Page | Contents | Acknowledgments |
| Foreword | Preface | Introduction |

Body
| Author Index | Cast Size/Gender Index | Title Index | Glossary of Genres | Bibliography for Playwrights | Playbills by Themes |
| Eighty Script Analyses (in Print Volume) | Source Directory for Scripts |

Sundries
| Visits Counter | Success Stories |
| Form for Submitting New Citation | Ordering 1/2/3/4 for the Show |
| Present Web Links | Adding Web Links |
| Guest Book | Disclaimer | General Bibliography |
| About the Author |

Quick Connections to Cast Size/Gender Menus

1 Actor
| One-Male Plays | One-Female Plays |

2 Actors
| One-Male-One-Female Plays | Two-Male Plays | Two-Female Plays |

3 Actors
| One-Male-Two-Female Plays | Two-Male-One-Female Plays | Three-Male Plays |
| Three-Female Plays |

4 Actors
| One-Male-Three-Female Plays | Two-Male-Two-Female Plays |
| Three-Male-One-Female Plays | Four-Male Plays | Four-Female Plays |

yellow beads

Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online

complements



the more-extensive print volumes

1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays

Vols. 1 and 2

(Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A.; Folkestone, Kent, U.K.: Scarecrow Press, 1995, 1999)

vol. 1 [1995] ISBN 0810829851, vol. 2 [1999] ISBN 0810836009

Scarecrow Press, Inc., 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, Maryland 20706, U.S.A.

telephone 800-462-6420 or 301-459-3366, fax 800-338-4550

Scarecrow Press, 4 Pleydell Gardens, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2DN, England



yellow beads

Both volumes of this guidebook are available in 2-3 days from

ScarecrowPress.com
Amazon.com
BarnesandNoble.com
Borders.com