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


yellow bar


Buggé, Carole Elizabeth (American playwright, novelist, composer, lyricist, teacher, poet, December 7, 1953-____), “Counterpoint,”

a 45-minute comedy in English, set in a coffee bar in New York City, evening, 1999 or later,


; © 1997 by Carole E. Buggé; in Carole E. Buggé’s Counterpoint (New York: The Author, 1997); • script/rights available from Carole Buggé, 172 East 4th Street #31, New York, New York 10009, U.S.A., e-mail CBugge@aol.com, telephone (home) 212-353-9607, (work) 917-414-5661, fax 212-353-9607; or from Susan Schulman Agency, 454 West 44th Street, New York, New York 10039, U.S.A., telephone 212-713-1633. • Cited by Carole Bugge, via ftp July 1, 2000; Bugge says,

§ Dramatis Personae _____ (m), 35, _____; _____ (f), 35, _____; _____ (m), 35, mate of _____; _____ (f), 35, mate of _____.

§ Synopsis “A couple of thirty-somethings meet in a coffee bar and the encounter progresses in a way neither expected. When their ‘mates’ turn up things get even more complicated.

§ Comment “The play can be inter-racially cast easily, and the age range of the characters could conceivably be early 20s, early 40s, or even precocious teenagers if need be. (the material is perfectly suited to college students; there’s no offensive language, nudity, sex, etc.) One setting, the action is continuous, no changes, has been done with just a table, four chairs and a couple of coffee mugs. No actual set is required. • ‘Counterpoint’ was first produced by Love Creek in 1995 in New York City and was a finalist in the Samuel French annual one-act competition. In 1996, it won first prize in the Maxim Mazumdar Playwriting Competition, and the Alleyway Theatre, in Buffalo, New York, produced it. In 1996, it was also a finalist in the Henrico Company Playwriting Contest, the McLaren Comedy Playwriting Award, the MSU Playwriting Competition, the Marshall University Play Competition, as well as the 1998 William P. & Arlene R. Lewis Playwriting Competition.”

§ Themes coffee bar, courtship, dating, feminism, first encounter, flirting, meeting cute, relationship, sexual politics, strong woman, singles scene.

See also Carole E. Buggé's

  • "God's Press Conference," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in Heaven, Friday before Passover, 4m or 4f
  • "Shrinkage," a 15-minute dark comedy in English, set in a therapist's office, afternoon, spring, 2005, 1m1f

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

Page mounted July 1, 2000, and updated July 4, 12, 2000, June 29, 30, July 4, 2005, by the site Webmaster.

return arrow

There is a there there with a correct click.

Quick Connections to Major Sections of This Guide

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

| 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 |

| 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


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