The Summer Sublet
Other Plays by Laurence Klavan
Klavan, Laurence (American playwright, lyricist, librettist, novelist, 19__-____), “The Summer Sublet,”
a _minute drama in English, set in an apartment building, New York City, 2001,
(+ 2 voices)
© 2001 by Laurence Klavan;
• in Laurence Klavan’s The Summer Sublet (New York: The Author, 2001);
Lloyd (m), __, a young college grad; Frank (m), __, a shady character, husband of Bernice; Other Man (m voice); Man #2 (m voice); Bernice (f), 35, a savvy rental superintendent, very attractive, wife of Frank.
“Lloyd . . . , a young man renting an apartment in New York for a few months, becomes sexually involved with Bernice . . . , who, with her husband, Frank . . . , is his landlord/neighbor. Frank, who seems to have Mafia ties, is abusive to Bernice to the point it’s impossible for the already angst-ridden Lloyd to ignore.”—EST Marathon 2001 Series B, a CurtainUp review, http://www.curtainup.com/marathon2001b.html, accessed July 21, 2007.
“Lloyd has just finished college and moved into a sublet for the summer. He can’t seem to do anything but sleep. His rent will be due at the end of the week, and he is too scared to go out and look for any sort of job. All day and all night he is plagued by the yelling couple that lives below him. They constantly fight, call each other names, and threaten violence. Bernice is Lloyd’s new landlord. She is in her mid-thirties, very attractive, and one half of the yelling couple downstairs. Even though Floyd only called to have one thing fixed, she shows up at his apartment every day with her tool belt and overalls to do more work. After Bernice drops several hints, Lloyd finally seduces her. Lloyd becomes increasing paranoid that Bernice’s husband Frank will find out about their affair. The smallest noises make Lloyd jump, and he is always looking out his door and watching for Frank. He goes downstairs to talk to Frank, and he finds out Frank is involved in something illegal. Bernice couldn’t care less about Lloyd’s fears; she just wants to have sex. One night, Lloyd wakes up to the sound of two men in the hallway yelling for Frank. They come back several tomes, once even to paint a mark on the mailbox. Lloyd tries to warn Bernice, but she doesn’t see any reason to be concerned. She is convinced the only reason Lloyd worries is so that he’ll have problems to solve and control over his life. They have an argument, and Bernice storms out. Shortly after she leaves, Lloyd hears the men again. Then he hears a single gunshot. Frank comes up to Lloyd’s apartment to tell him that the men broke into his apartment and killed Bernice.”—The Summer Sublet Summary, http://www.shvoong.com/humanities/drama/700-summer-sublet/, accessed June 21, 2007.
• “Laurence Klavan lives in New York City. His novels, The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script, were published over the past two years by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for "Mrs. White," published under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, Germantown and The Fielding Course, both co-written with Susan Kim, will be published by FirstSecond Books. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics to Bed and Sofa, the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York. His one-act play, 'The Summer Sublet,' is included in Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.”—The Cafe Irreal #22: Hole in the Ground by Laurence Klavan, http://home.sprynet.com/~awhit/klavan.htm, accessed June 21, 2007.
• “Bed and Sofa, co-written with composer Polly Pen, also received two Obie Awards, five other Drama Desk nominations (including Best Musical), and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Musical. It was published by Dramatists Play Service, recorded by Fynesworth Alley, and subsequently produced by the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, where it won two Barrymore Awards. Klavan's full-length play, The Magic Act, was produced by Ensemble Studio Theater and published by Dramatists Play Service. He was featured in Miami Stories: Bellow, Malamud, and Klavan, produced by the American Jewish Theater. His one-acts, including 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'The Show Must Go on,' 'If Walls Could Talk,' and 'Gorgo's Mother,' have been produced by the Ensemble Studio Theater, Manhattan Punch Line, Working Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, People's Light & Theater Co., Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays, Brave New World: American Theater Responds to 9/11, 'Speakeasy' from the Fire Dept., among others, and published by Dramatists Play Service. He has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and received commissions from the Actors Theater of Louisville, Vineyard Theater and the Wilma Theater, where he wrote the musical, Embarrassments, with composer Polly Pen. It was developed at the O'Neill Music Theater Conference and premiered at the Wilma in December, 2003. It is published by Dramatists Play Service. His novel, Mrs. White, was made into the film White of the Eye. His novel, I Watch Lois, was published by Pinnacle Books and his short pieces and stories have been published in Playgirl Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, KillingtheBuddha.com, Cafeirreal.com, Lincoln Center's New Theater Review, and elsewhere. He wrote the teleplay, Me and Jezebel, for American Movie Classics and the screenplay, Disobedience, with director Tony Gerber for Killer Films. His screenplays, One Bedroom and The Un-usual Suspects were written for Tri-Star and Warner Brothers and Mr. Nice Guy optioned by Viacom. His work for children's TV includes Corduroy for USA Network and the syndicated Adventures of Superboy. He was featured as part of the HBO New Writers Project.”—Laurence Klavan - Home, http://www.laurenceklavan.com/, accessed June 21, 2007.
affair, May-December affair, marriage, mob, murder, rental apartment, seduction.