Other Plays by Alan Ball
Ball, Alan (American playwright, television writer and producer, screenwriter, 1957-____), “Power Lunch,”
a __-minute comedy in English, set in _____, ____,
© 1994 by Alan Ball;
• in Alan Ball’s Five One Act Plays by Alan Ball, acting edition (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1994), ISBN 0822213680, DPS 911, containing “Bachelor Holiday,” a comedy, 3m; “The M Word,” a comedy, 1m1f; “Made for a Woman, a comedy, 1m1f; “Power Lunch,” a comedy, 2m2f; and “Your Mother’s Butt, a comedy, 1m1f;
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com.
• Cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail email@example.com, March 20, 1997; the citation says,
“Over a power lunch a highly ambitious couple battle for power and control of their relationship even though they’ve just met. So serious are they that they even use the wait staff as tools of jealousy.
• “‘The one act plays by Georgia playwright Alan Ball are comic gems.’—Tad Simmons, Twin Cities Reader. . . . ‘ [Ball] demonstrates a painfully lethal awareness of the convoluted games our generation has been consigned to play after we decided 20 years ago that we wouldn’t play any more games.’—David Kaufman, Downtown.”
• “Born in Atlanta in 1957 and raised in the neighboring community of Marietta, Ball studied Theatre with an emphasis on acting and playwriting at Florida State University. After graduating, he moved to New York, where he became a noted playwright. Among the plays he penned were The Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy, Your Mother's Butt, Made for a Woman, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress; when the latter premiered in 1993 at the Manhattan Class Company, it featured Allison Janney, with whom Ball would later work on American Beauty. After moving to Hollywood, Ball began working on the TV sitcom Grace Under Fire, and then became a writer and eventually an executive co-producer for the sitcom Cybill for three seasons. While working in television, he channeled his frustration into the script for American Beauty, which was eventually picked up by DreamWorks. Working closely with director Sam Mendes, Ball was given a remarkable degree of control over his screenplay, and American Beauty premiered in 1999 to ecstatic reviews and a host of award nominations. A cynical but ultimately redemptive story about a man's mid-life crisis and journey to rediscover his passion for living, it reflected Ball's own outlook, which he has described as 'equal parts brutally cynical and achingly romantic." The film earned a number of international awards, including Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (for Kevin Spacey), Best Director, and Best Picture. . . . Ball was determined to escape the language and content constraints of network TV. Fending off many other offers, the writer-producer chose to align himself with HBO's immensely successful original programming department to release Six Feet Under in June of 2001. [Rebecca Flint]—Barnes&Noble.com - Biography - Alan Ball, http://video.barnesandnoble.com/, accessed December 16, 2004
dominance, first meeting, jealousy, lunch, marriage.