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“Best Years”

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Dolcino, Doug (American playwright, 1966-____), “Best Years,” a 35-minute chamber play in English, set in the showroom floor of a furniture store, seven minutes before opening, the present,


  •  © 1996 by Doug Dolcino;  •  script/rights available from Doug Dolcino, 33 North State Street, Room 1, Concord, Hampshire, 03301, U.S.A., telephone (home) 603-271-3323, e-maildgdolcino@aol.com.  •  Cited by Doug Dolcino, via ftp December 27, 1999; Dolcino says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Tiggs (m), late fifties, a sales representative; Ruggleforth (m), early twenties, a sales representative.

  §  Synopsis “Two sales representatives, Tiggs and Ruggleforth, are summoned by management to investigate a mysterious intruder hiding in the showroom of the furniture store. Tiggs, the senior sales representative whose deceased father once worked for the same business, is ordered to take charge of the situation. His assistant, Ruggleforth, a novice in the business and hopelessly inept at selling furniture, increasingly challenges Tiggs' authority while demonstrating a penchant for other things. Meanwhile, the memory of his father haunts Tiggs and forces him to confront the loss of his ‘best years.’ Under the watchful scrutiny of the management, and with only seven minutes remaining before the store opens, the sales representatives struggle to learn the identity and intentions of the intruder seated on the couch before time runs out.

  §  Comment “Set: A couch and mannequin covered with a sheet. Minimal lighting.  •  ‘Best Years’ was the winner of the 1995 Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Playreading Competition. The play was read before an audience and received much critical acclaim. This is a stunning, tightly-written play full of rich nuance and subtext, a theatrical tour-de-force for a director with vision and a company known for its courage in staging challenging new works.”

  §  Themes forgiveness, loss, memory, time.

See also Doug Dolcino’s
  • Dowsing ,” an 8-minute chamber play in English, set in a desert, midday, 1999, 2m
  • Drowning,” a 10-minute chamber play in English, set on a beach, 2000, 2m1f
  • Number 10 ,”  a 10-minute chamber play in English, set in a living room, 1999, 2m
  • Serenade ,” a 12-minute comedy-drama in English, set below a balcony, night, 1998, 2m1f


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