Cast, left to right: Nathan (Wally Graham), Coralie (Mandi Nelson), Bill (Chris Thomas) and Jason (David Bishop).
a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, evening, 1994,
• © 1994 by Chris Thomas; in Chris Thomas’ Which One? (Como, Western Australia, Australia: The Author, 1994); • script/rights available from Chris Thomas, Unit 3/52 Talbot Avenue, Como WA 6152, Australia, telephone (home) 618 9450 1493, e-mail email@example.com, http://mysite.freeserve.com/journos_diary/. • Cited by Chris Thomas, via ftp, December 26, 2002; Thomas says,
§ Dramatis Personae Jason (m), 17 to 30, tries to keep everything in order; Bill (m), 17 to 30, a crude sort who likes to find innuendo in everything; Nathan (m), 17 to 30, likes to think of himself as an eccentric; Coralie (f), 17 to 30, a nice girl-next-door type with hidden desires.
§ Synopsis “Three students live together in a messy house. Jason says a woman wouldn’t stay five minutes. Bill and Nathan disagree and have a bet. If a woman stays longer than five minutes they win; if she leaves they lose. As it happens, a female acquaintance of Jason’s needs help with an assignment. That evening Coralie arrives. Jason is actually interested in her. As he makes the move, Nathan and Bill come back from the pub after having a few. They rib him so much Jason picks a fight with Bill. Nathan is left with Coralie and tries to make the move on her, but Bill comes back from the fight, interrupting him. Coralie, worried about Jason, sends Nathan out to look for him, leaving her and Bill alone. Bill makes the move on her, but the other two come back and interrupt. Coralie leaves to ‘powder her nose’ leaving the guys to argue. In the midst of their debate, she returns—in bondage and discipline clothes. She tells them she wants them all and ties them up. She then leaves; she actually prefers the older man next door.
“‘Which One?’ is a fun, lighthearted, 30-minute one-act play I wrote a
few years ago and is available to all types of performing groups for production.
It has one setting, a living room, and only two scene changes, making it
very easy to stage. • Premiered at Playlovers Theatre, in Perth,
Western Australia. ‘Which One?’ received an encouragement award for writing
at the 1994 Bunbury One-Act Drama Festival. • Performance royalties
are negotiable.” • “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: I’m writing in
support of Chris Thomas’s play ‘Which One?’ which I saw when adjudicating
festivals of one act plays. It worked very well for the audiences who saw
it, as it has very accurately drawn characters and a well structured plot.
I believe that it could be developed into a longer play or into a TV series,
as it has strong possibilities for development of character and the potential
for characters to find themselves in a series of amusing situations. I
do hope that you will have a look at the play as it certainly worked well
when I saw it and has the potential for further development. Yours Sincerely,
Chris Edmund, Head of Directing, Academy of Performing Arts, Perth.”
IF YOU'RE looking for depth, meaning or answers to life's questions, Which One? probably isn't for you - it has purely been written for people to *enjoy*.
That said, there are bits and pieces people can relate to - it does touch on male sexuality, sharing a house and attitudes to life. But first and foremost Which One? is a comedy.
It was devised to have
simplistic staging - a couch, two armchairs and a coffee table - so it
could be performed almost anywhere, especially in a festival environment,
there is limited time to bump in and bump out the set.
The basic plotline is
three male university students, all of differing character, try to make
a move on the same girl throughout the course of the evening. But she has
a secret of
her own, giving the play a twist at the end.
It's a fun, youthful play
that will appeal to an under-35 audience. It is also a good vehicle for
actors, whether first treading the boards or the more experienced who just
bit of whimsy thrown into their repertoire.
§ Themes bet, courtship, rivalry, sex game, student life.
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