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Very Experimental: a play about you

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Sanders, DJ (American playwright, teacher, 1973-____), “Very Experimental: a play about you,”

a 10-minute absurdist comedy in English, set in two seats in a theatre, 1997,

2m, 2f, or 1m1f;

  •  © 1997, 1998;  •  script/rights available from Brooklyn Publishers, Odessa, Texas, U.S.A.; telephone, 1-888-473-8521,  (http://www.brookpub.com); request script #151; to view a sample please visit the playwright’s website at http://djsanders.fictioncity.com.  •  Cited by DJ Sanders via e-mail, December 22, 1998; Sanders says,

Dramatis Personae “Eleven (m or f), a polite and well-educated audience member wishing only to concentrate on the performance at hand; Twelve (m or f), an anxious and obnoxious audience member who cannot remain quiet or still during the performance.

Synopsis “Twelve enters and makes himself/herself comfortable. Eleven arrives and finds a discrepancy in their seating arrangements. After changing seats, they discuss the show that is already late in beginning (‘Why does theatre always start late?’). The lights finally come up—on the audience. Eleven and Twelve stare out at the audience perplexed because ‘They’re not doing anything.’ A conversation ensues about the audience in this humorous look at the relationship between actor and spectator.

Comment “‘Very Experimental: A Play About You’ was originally used as the pre-show for the third annual On The Rocks outdoor theatre festival of one-acts in Urbana, IL. It was later presented in the Studio Theatre of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as part of the University of Illinois Theatre Department’s Downstate Playwrights Festival of one-act plays. The only set requirements are two chairs and the ability to manipulate the house lights. The first production used 1m1f while the second used 2f. Anyone can play these roles. In every performance, the audience sat silently, but many commented after the show that they wanted so strongly to say something while the lights were up on the audience. Personally, I believe it to be a pre-show piece, but in Downstate Playwrights it was very well received slated as the last of eight pieces.”

Themes absurd comedy, absurdist, curtain-raiser.

See also DJ Sanders’
  • People Watching,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set anywhere, now, 2m, 2f, or 1m1f
  • The Present,” a 30-minute absurdist comedy-drama in English, set in Raspberry’s apartment, 1997, 2m, 2f, or 1m1f
  • Three Bullets,” a 35-minute drama in English, set in the Richard’s bedroom, late evening, 1997, 2m1f
  • Vacas Locas: An Ode to Mad Cow Disease,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an open field in the United States, day, 2001, 2m, 2f, or 1m1f
  • White Horses,” a 40-minute prequel in four scenes to Ibsen’s Rosmersholm in English, set in the living room of Rosmersholm, Norway, June, 1885, 3f
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