Other Plays by Trish N. Ayers
Ayers, Trish N. (American playwright, writer, 1957-____), "Word Games,"
a 50-minute comedy in English in seventeen scenes, set in New York City, Saturday afternoon, spring, 2002,
2m1f or 1m2f
(+ m extra)
© 2002 by Trish N. Ayers;
• in Trish N. Ayers’ Word Games (Berea, Kentucky, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002);
• script/rights available from Trish N. Ayers, 306 Forest Street, Berea, Kentucky 40403, U.S.A., telephone (home/work) 859-985-0686, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Cited by Trish N. Ayers via ftp, March 20, 2003; Ayers says,
Stephen Randolf (m), 55, ____; Ted (m extra), 38, ____; The Phone (m or f), __, ____; Barbara Randolf (f), 45, ____.
“Barbara and Stephen, relaxed after an afternoon walk, enter their apartment. They battle who should answer The Phone. Stephen realizes the time and bolts to his office to write. She goes to her office to write as The Phone rings. Stephen achieves success as a playwright but Barbara has little luck. After a staged reading, Barbara wonders if she's not getting produced because she is a woman. Barbara proposes an experiment—switch the names on their plays. Stephen agrees despite The Phone's attempt to discourage him. Barbara’s play under Stephen's name becomes the toast of the town, switching the balance in their relationship.
“The Phone, an actual character crucial to the play, male or female of any age, requires a strong actor/actress able to say much with few lines to supply much commentary on the happenings. The character, The Phone, is great fun. The set can be either complex or simple. The first staged reading used three chairs to create a couch, two chairs to represent Barbara and Stephen's respective offices, one chair for The Phone and a table by the phone."
anthropomorphism, ceiling for female opportunity, marriage, playwriting, tension between creators, sexism.