Apartment for Rent
Other Plays by James Murphy
Murphy, James (American playwright, 1933-____), "Apartment for Rent,"
a 20-minute comedy in English, set anywhere, early evening, 1995,
© 1995 by James Murphy;
• in James Murphy's Apartment for Rent (Louisville, Kentucky: Aran Press, 1995);
• script/rights available from James Murphy, e-mail email@example.com, telephone (home 703-461-3554, (work) 703-461-3554, fax 703-461-3554, or through Aran Press, 1036 S. Fifth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, U.S.A., phone 502-568-6622, fax 502-561-1124, email firstname.lastname@example.org, http://members.aye.net/~aranpres/index.html.
• Cited to present author by playwright via ftp June 11, 1997; Murphy says,
John (m), unemployed; Joe (m), prospective renter; Jane (f), prospective renter.
"John has lost his job and must sublease his downtown apartment. Jane replies to John's newspaper ad by telephone, and after an irascible man/woman conversation, Jane comes over to see. She believes that the apartment is perfect, but she, alone, cannot afford the rent. Jane and John soon warm up to each other and decide that Jane can move in and share the expenses. Jane leaves to get some beer to celebrate their new relationship. While Jane is out, Joe arrives and offers John more money than John can refuse. They sign an agreement and Joe departs. Now Jane returns, and a very sheepish John must explain what happened. Jane is (allegedly) heartbroken and goes home. Later, John's phone rings again. Jane convinces John that he should move out into the country with her. John reluctantly agrees. Joe and Jane get the apartment, as planned. But no one ever dreamed that John would become the lovers' new landlord and no one would ever know it—until the next day.
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• The Aran Press lists no script by James Murphy in its 2007 catalog.—plays stage plays theatre plays, http://members.aye.net/~aranpres/plays.html, accessed June 3, 2007.
• A playwright of the same name lives in Ireland: “Jimmy Murphy is an Irish playwright. Stage plays include Brothers of the Brush (Dublin, The Peacock, Dublin Theatre Festival 1993, published London, Oberon Books, 1994), which was awarded best new Irish play; A Picture of Paradise (The Peacock, 1996,included in The Dazzling Dark, London, Faber&Faber, 1996); Aceldama (Black Box Theatre, Dublin, 1998); The Muesli Belt (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, 2000, published in New plays from the Abbey Theatre 1991-2001, Syracuse University Press, 2003); The Kings of the Kilburn High Road (Waterford, Red Kettle Theatre Company, 2000, published with Brothers Of The Brush, London, Oberon Books, 2001); and The Castlecomer Jukebox (Waterford, Red Kettle Theatre 2004). He is a former member of the Abbey Theatre's advisory council and writer in residence NUI Maynooth 2000-01. Awards include The Stewart Parker Award in 1994, and 3 Bursaies in Literature from The Arts Council of Ireland. He is a member of Aosdána and lives in Dublin.”—Jimmy Murphy: Information from Answers.com, http://www.answers.com/topic/jimmy-murphy-playwright, accessed June 4, 2007.