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Perlman, Sandra (American playwright, 1944-____), “Covers,”

a 10-minute drama set in an institutional bedroom, 1992,


  •  © 1994, by Sandra Perlman;  •  in 25 in 10: 25 Ten-Minute Plays, compiled and edited by Kent R. Brown (Woodstock Illinois, U.S.A.: Dramatic Publishing, 19__), ISBN 1583420991, 287 pp.;  •  script/rights available from Franklin Mills Press, PO Box 906, Kent, Ohio 44240, telephone 330-673-8632, fax 330- 677-2488, perl@sperlman.com, http://www.sperlman.com.  •  Cited by Sandra Perlman via e-mail, January 11, 1996, emended March 3, 1998; Perlman says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Paulette (f), a pregnant teenager roommate; Tonya (f), a pregnant teenager roommate.

  §  Synopsis “Two teenage girls await the births of their babies. Paulette cannot sleep and questions Tonya, her roommate, about why she sleeps with her head under the covers. Tonya then tells Paulette, who has never seen the ocean, that she believes it can make any child believe there was ‘something else out there . . . something bigger and cleaner and more wonderful than anything they saw in this life.’ As they share their fears and their dreams about birth, death and the meaning of their short lives, they also forge a friendship and exact a promise for their future.

  §  Comment Minimal staging with two beds and nightstand. Diversity in casting encouraged. Finalist at the Actors Theater of Louisville [Kentucky, U.S.A.] National ‘Shorts’ Contest, 1992. Premiered by the Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., 1994.   •  “Sandra Perlman has had sixteen of her plays produced with premieres in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Cleveland. She received two Ohio Arts Council fellowships, including one for ‘In Search of the Red River Dog,’ which was also a finalist at the O’Neill in 1993. Her ten minute play ‘Covers’ was a 1992 finalist at the Actors Theatre of Louisville Shorts Festival; it premiered at The Cleveland Play House in 1994. Perlman has produced, written and hosted for Public Broadcasting Service Channels 45 and 49 and has served as Director of Public Relations for National Public Radio station WKSU. She co-founded the Playwrights Workshops of the Ohio Theater Alliance. In 1988 she directed operations for the First International Women Playwrights Conference in Buffalo, New York [U.S.A.]. A graduate of American University, she has given workshops on playwriting and taught at Cleveland State University. In 1995 she was a founding member of the The Cleveland Play House Playwrights’ Unit. A Philadelphia native, Perlman has lived in Kent, Ohio, since 1969 with her artist husband Henry Halem. They have one daughter, Jessica, who is a comedian in Chicago.”—Sandra Perlman, e-mail Perl2@aol.com, March 30, 1998.  •  The International Center for Women Playwrights  congratulated its 1998 Award-Winning Members, including Sandra Perlman for honorable mention in the Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition for “In Search of the Red River Dog.”

  §  Themes baby, birth, brevity, death, desideratum, fear, female bonding, friendship, idiosyncrasy, insomnia, interview, meaning, ocean, pregnancy, promise, prying, roommate, sharing, sleep, teenage, waiting.

See also Sandra Perlman’s
  • "And the Evening and the Morning Were the First Day," a 10-minute comedy in English, 1m1f
  • "Before the War," a 10-minute dance-drama in English, 4f
  • "Jocasta," a 45-minute drama in English, set in the royal bedroom of Jocasta, Queen of ancient Thebes, 2f
  • "Something With Fish," a drama in English, 1f
  • "Uniform Love," a farce-drama in English, 2m1f
  • "The Woman in the White Jogging Suit," a 50-minute drama in English, 2f

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