Bishop, John (American playwright, screenwriter, theater director, 1929-____), “Arizona Anniversaries,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
© 1992 by John Bishop;
• in More Ten-Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, foreword by Jon Jory, edited by Michael Bigelow Dixon (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1992), ISBN 0573693072, LCCN 92214597, containing Jane Anderson’s “Lynette at 3 A.M.,” Neal Bell’s “Out the Window,” Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller’s “Confession,” John Bishop’s “Arizona Anniversaries,” Roger Cornish’s “Mental Reservation,” Steven Dietz’s “After You,” Marcia Dixcy’s “Pyramid Effect,” Richard Dresser’s “Bed and Breakfast,” Judith Fein’s “Visiting Dad,” Brian Friel’s “American Welcome,” John Glore’s “What She Found There,” Christopher Graybill’s “Eye To Eye,” Murphy Guyer’s “The Interrogation,” Jon Jory’s “Scruples,” Jason Katims’ “The Man Who Couldn’t Dance,” Bob Krakower’s “Mixed Emotions,” Shirley Lauro’s “Sunday Go To Meetin’,” Glen Merzer’s “Going Nowhere Apace,” Joyce Carol Oates’ “Procedure,” Mark O'Donnell’s “The Goblins Plot to Murder God,” Lyudmila Petrushevskaya’s “The Visit,” John Pielmeier’s “Pillow Talk,” Valerie Smith and Michael Bigelow Dixon’s “The Problem-Solver,” Wole Soyinka’s “Golden Accord,” Jeffrey Sweet’s “Last Day of Camp,” Lanford Wilson’s “Eukiah”;
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• Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
_____ (m), son; _____ (f), new acquaintance of son;_____ (f), newly widowed mother.
“While visiting his newly widowed mother in Phoenix Arizona [sic], man has brief affair with woman he meets in shopping mall.” — Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 36.
“Playwright, screenwriter, and theater director John Bishop is a member of the Circle Repertory Co. of New York, where five of his plays have been produced, including Borderlines, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, The Great Grandson of Jedediah Kohler, and The Harvesting. He has directed the Circle Rep productions of The Beaver Coat, El Salvador, Florida Crackers, and several of his own plays, including Empty Hearts. His one-acts Cabin 12 and Confluence were both included in volumes of Best Short Plays. His ten-minute play Arizona Anniversaries is included in the current anthology of winning plays from the Louisville Ten Minute Play Festival. Bishop is currently working on a film for HBO and a Movie of the Week for CBS, produced by Paramount Television. He just finished a two-year writing contract with Paramount Pictures, where he did production rewrites on Drop Zone, Sliver, Primal Fear, and Beverly Hills Cop 3. He has written the book for the musical Elmer Gantry, scheduled to be directed by James Lapine. The musical received tryout productions at Ford's Theater in Washington and at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. In addition to the Fund for New American Plays, the Helen Hayes Award, and several Los Angeles DramaLogue awards, Bishop is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.” — 1991 — John Bishop, http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/theater/fnap/bishop.html, accessed November 7, 2002.
brief affair, death, mother-son relationship, shopping mall, visit, widowhood.