What He Sent (Photos from Brooklyn)
Other Plays by Julie Marie Myatt
Myatt, Julie Marie (American playwright, 19__-____), “What He Sent (Photos from Brooklyn),”
a comedy in English, set in an apartment, New York City, 2001,
© 2001 by Julie Marie Myatt;
• in The Best American Short Plays 2000-2001, edited by Mark Glubke, The Best American Short Plays series (New York: Applause Theatre Books, 2002), ISBN 1557834806, 1557834814, ISSN 0067-6284, LCCN 94644540, pp. 312;
• script/rights available from Julie Marie Myatt, c/o Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor, New York, New York 10036, U.S.A.
Billy (m), photographer.
“This play is presented as a monologue and slideshow. As Billy speaks, he changes the slides that appear on a giant screen. He narrates his new life in New York City for his ex-wife, whom he slowly learns to stop missing. When he first arrives in New York fresh from Texas, Billy is terribly lonely. He lives in a very small studio apartment in a building whose neighbors don’t respond to Billy’s attempts to make friends. His loneliness grows as he sees more and more happy couples. He very desperately wants to be with his ex-wife again, but he is also determined to make a career out of photography. The longer he is in New York, the more Billy picks up the local habits. He takes up smoking and eating meat, and learns to not stare at strangers. He has a girlfriend briefly, but she leaves him to go back to her old boyfriend. He works various odd jobs to pay his rent. First he works in a bookstore, and then he paints scenery for plays. He meets Carmen, whom he has to pay to photograph naked. He finally feels like he has met the right person for him, and they soon get married. Billy moves into Carmen’s apartment, which is much more spacious than his. They get a cat who goes to the bathroom on the floor, and Billy has his first gallery show. Billy’s popularity increases, and his shows get bigger and more prestigious. Carmen leaves him to go to Paris for two months, but she comes back and they are happy again. Billy interjects funny stories about how New Yorkers blame him for George Bush’s presidential win, just because he is from Texas. A publisher offers Billy a book deal. His first photography collection is published. Carmen becomes pregnant with their first child, and New York finally feels like home to Billy.”—What He Sent (photos From Brooklyn) Summary, http://www.shvoong.com/humanities/drama/708-sent-photos-brooklyn/, accessed July 25, 2007.
• “Julie Marie Myatt has had plays produced in New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her ten-minute play Lift and Bang is published in 30 Ten-Minute Plays by 2 Actors from Actors Theatre of Louisville by Smith & Kraus. She received a Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship in 1992-93, a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center in 1999-2000, and a McKnight Advancement Grant in 2001-2002. Her other plays include 'The Pink Factor,' 'Cowbird,' 'August is a thin girl,' 'The Sex Habits of American Women,' 'Alice in the Badlands,' and '49 Steps to the Sun.'”—Short Plays, p. 161.
• “Zealot and The Joy of Having a Body were commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, premiered at Guthrie Lab, and are published by Playscripts, Inc. The Magic Theatre in San Francisco will premiere her new play, The Sex Habits of American Women, in October 2003. Her other published plays include ‘Lift and Bang’ in 30 Ten-Minute Plays by 2 Actors from Actors Theatre of Louisville (Smith & Kraus), ‘What he sent’ in The Best American Short Plays 2000-2001 (Applause Books), and “Cowbird” in the new anthology Breaking Ground (Stage and Screen Books). Ms. Myatt received a Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship in 1992-1993, a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights' Center in 1999-2000, a McKnight Advancement Grant for 2001-2002, and is a participant in the Guthrie Theater New Play Project, funded by the Bush Foundation. Her other plays include ‘August is a thin girl,’ ‘The Pink Factor,’ ‘Alice in the Badlands,’ and ‘49 Days to the Sun.’”—Playscripts, Inc. - Julie Marie Myatt, http://www.playscripts.com/author.php3?authorid=213, accessed July 24, 2007.
career, family, home, loneliness, photography, rejection, slideshow, New York City.