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“Next Season”

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Bergman, Steven (American playwright, composer, educator, musical director, 1965-____), “Next Season,”

a 6-minute comedy in English, set in a restaurant. 2003,

2m (+1m extra)

; • © 2002 by Steven Bergman; • in Steven Bergman’s Next Season (Milford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Steven Bergman, 9 South Cedar Street, Milford, Massachusetts 01757, U.S.A., e-mail eahinc@aol.com, telephone (home) 508-478-8622. • Cited by Steven Bergman via ftp January 4, 2004; Bergman says,

§ Dramatis Personae Ron (m), 45, artistic director, well dressed, a “suit”; Jake (m), 47, Artistic director, much more casual, a “slob”; Waiter (m extra).

§ Synopsis “Ron and Jake are two competitive artistic directors meeting for a lunch date. When their talk turns to their respective theater plans for next season, they discover that they are planning the same productions, and only one theater in an area can do each play! In order to determine who will produce which plays, they compete in old school cafeteria games (bounce the quarter basketball, paper triangle football, and finally they lower themselves to having a bona fide pissing contest)!

§ Comment “An homage to Mamet, Glass and Ibsen, the key being that each line of dialogue is only one word! A hilarious piece for two men ready to battle for their next season! A challenging and fun piece for two actors. Rapid fire tributes to David Mamet, Philip Glass and Henrik Ibsen are interspersed with displays of the cafeteria games of old: bouncing a quarter on a table into a handmade basket, kicking a paper triangle football through finger goalposts, and finally, the ultimate metaphor for competition: a simulation of an actual pissing contest! With only a table and two chairs necessary for production, this piece is a great opener for any evening of one-acts. • ‘Next Season’ was most recently read at the Provincetown Theatre Company in Massachusetts.

§ Themes “competition, Glass (Philip Glass, American composer, 1937-____), Ibsen (Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright, 1828-1906), male bonding, Mamet (David Mamet, American playwright, 1947-____), theater life.”

See also Steven Bergman's

  • "The Guy Chair," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a South Florida shopping mall, U.S.A., 2002, 4m (+1m extra)

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