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“Two Women & a Chair”

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Olsen, Michael (aka Michael Geoffrey Olsen, Australian playwright, public servant, June 19, 1966-____), “Two Women & a Chair,”

a 30-minute comedy-drama in English, set in an empty dance studio, Australia, late afternoon, 2001,


; • © 2001 by Michael Geoffrey Olsen; • in Michael Geoffrey Olsen’s Two Women & a Chair (Maleny, Queensland, Australia: Maverick Musicals Pty Ltd., 2001); • script/rights available from Maverick Musicals Pty Ltd., Bergann Road, Maleny, Queensland, Australia 4552, e-mail gail@mavmuse.com, telephone +61 7 5494 4007, fax +61 7 5494 4007, http://www.mavmuse.com; contact Michael Geoffrey Olsen, 17 Black Street Watsonia, Victoria, Australia 3087, telephone (home) (03) 9435 0443, (work) (03) 8636 7243, fax (03) 8636 7250, e-mail estellic@bigpond.com. • Cited by Michael Geoffrey Olsen, via ftp, April 3, 2004; Olsen says,

§ Dramatis Personae Jessie (f), 20, a novice actor; Martine (f), 28, an experienced actor.

§ Synopsis “Two actors, Jessie and Martine, arrive at an audition to discover only a bare room with a mysterious black chair. The only instructions on what they should do are contained on the flyer advertising the play, and it soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary audition—or is it an audition at all? Will they obey the cryptic instructions? What of Damian, the director? Is this all a plot to get back at Martine, or is there something else? The answers, as always, lie in the choices Jessie and Martine are about to make.

§ Comment “As the title says, this is all you need: two women and a chair. • This play has been performed across Australia and New Zealand and has won a slew of awards at various one-act play festivals, including the prestigious Trans-Tasman Trophy on Norfolk Island. A proven audience-winner, ‘Two Women & a Chair’ provides a fun challenge for both actors and directors.”

§ Themes acting, audition, chair, directing, instruction, retaliation, theatre.

See also Michael Geoffrey Olsen's

  • "Floating," a 30-minute drama in English, set in a beach house, afternoon, 2000, 1m2f

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