ASK ME ANYTHING & OTHER SHORT PLAYS by Philip Middleton Williams

£5.00

Eleven short plays ranging from outrageous to farce, from sci-fi parody and dramatic mockery to touching, including sequels and epilogues. Something for everyone and every theatre.

Ask Me Anything: A job interview gets intimate, harrowing, and twisted. – M3

Another Park, Another Sunday – A sequel to A Tree Grows in Longmont: Allen and Jill, two spirits, meet up every Sunday at the park to talk about life, the universe, the meaning of life, and peaches. – F1 M1

Any Second Now: Four characters are in the waiting room at Characters Equity, waiting for their next assignment. – F2 M3

Chewie, Get Us Out of Here: The crew of a starship is stranded on a planet where they find themselves being attacked from all sides and above by menacing clichés, supernova-sized plot holes, and hackneyed taglines. F/M 5 + Voices

END OF PLAY.: A play reading at a theatre conference turns from the play and the playwright to drama and intrigue between the respondents, and as time goes by, we learn that the fundamental things may not apply. F/M 5-10

Good Vibrations: Mike and Ron meet up at their 20th high school reunion and discuss their very different ideas of a “normal” marriage until karma drops in on the conversation. – M2

Goodbye, Bobby – An epilogue to Can’t Live Without You: A writer finally finishes a novel, but just typing “The End” doesn’t mean the end of the story, especially when the main character doesn’t want to leave just yet. – M2

Last Exit: Moving day brings closure to a relationship. Or does it? – M2

‘Til Dough Do Us Part: Joel and his fiancé Paul stop by the coffee shop run by Joel’s ex, Mike, and find themselves quarantined on several levels. – M3

Viral Love: Two people prepare to take the next step in their relationship during a time of uncertainty and social distancing. F/M2

Which Way to the Beach: George and Marjorie come all the way to South Beach to meet the man their son Steve is going to marry. Hilarity ensues. F1 M4

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CHARACTERS

A wide range of characters are represented over the 11 pieces – 41 in total

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Ask Me Anything was written and first performed for a playwriting master class taught by Tina Howe at the William Inge Theatre Festival, April 29, 2006, at Independence Community College, Independence, Kansas.  Roles were performed by Luke Yankee (Steve), Steven Kohlar (Martin), and the author (Leo).

Ask Me Anything was first produced in a full-stage production as a part of the Miami Summer 1-Acts Festival at New Theatre in Miami, Florida on July 5, 2013.  It was directed by William Roudebush with the following cast:

Steve……………………………………………..………………………………Glenn Hutchinson

Martin…………………………………………………………………………………..Jordan Hale

Leo………………………………………………….………………………..………….Joel Kolker

 

Last Exit was first staged in a reading at World and Eye Art Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 16, 2013.  The cast was as follows:

Malcolm…………………………………………………….…………..Philip Middleton Williams

Arnold……………………………………………………..…………………..William Roudebush

Last Exit was first performed in a full production at the Miami 1-Acts Festival at New Theatre in Miami, Florida, on July 4, 2014, directed by Jerry Jensen.  The cast was as follows:

Malcolm……………………………………………………………………………..Gabriel Bonilla

Arnold……………………………………………….…………………………….. Hector Dominik

 

VIRAL LOVE -Written for the Coronavirus One-Minute Play Festival, February 2020.

Viral Love was first produced by Fantasy Theatre Factory of Miami, Florida, on May 15, 2020, as part of the Short & Sweet: Let’s Play Festival.  It was directed by Cassidy Sandler with the following cast:

PERSON A………………………………………………………………………..Jesse Castellanos

PERSON B……………………………………………………………………………Noah Levine

 

Which Way to the Beach was first produced by the Miami 1-Acts Festival as a part of the Miami New Stages Festival on September 12, 2015, at the Main Street Theatre in Miami Lakes, Florida.  It was directed by Steven A. Chambers with the following cast:

Eric……………………………………………………………………………..Christian Vandepas

George………………………………………………………………………………Jerry K. Jensen

Marjorie……………………………………………………………………….….Merry Jo Cortada

Rick……………………………………………………………………………….Ernesto Gonzalez

Steve………………………………………………………………………………Michael Friedman

 

 

REVIEWS

A delightful collection of character-driven (in a couple of cases, literally!) plays which run the gamut in scenarios but always maintain a great sense of humanity and purpose. Each of these plays are taut and well structured, and many of these pieces are so rich they beg for expansion and exploration, but the wonderful thing here is that Philip Middleton Williams trusts his form and hears his characters so clearly that he knows what they need, and never labors the point. Read the plays individually, but also enjoy the chance to bounce through this collection too. – Toby Malone

 

RUNNING TIME

Running times vary from 1 – 10 minutes approximately

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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