MIXED DOUBLES – SEVEN PUB SIZED PLAYS by Christine Foster

£6.00

Short pub (or small venue) friendly pieces that mix partners and generations into playful pairs in seven, light-hearted playlets designed for just four actors.

THE LADIES LOO – Two ordinary people find the courage to end an affair which never began.

DRAGONFLIES – A young tech whiz has come up with a brilliant app which detects the presence of Supernatural Entities, but manages to miss what’s right in front of her own eyes.

LOOKOUT POINT – Two runners in the park share their worries about their partners and the world and prove that the greatest athletes are those of the heart.

MANY HAPPIER RETURNS – When a mother gives her adult daughter what she believes will be the most welcome gift ever – there are unexpected consequences.

MIND HOW YOU GO – Two metal detectorists discover a moonlit stone bridge in the high reaches of a windswept moor. They think they might just camp under the bridge, unless something else gets there – or them – first.

JOY RIDE – An estranged daughter brings her father’s ashes home for a dignified send off -only to find her free-spirited mother has loftier plans.

COMMON SCENTS – Suburbanites in the near future find ways to take recreational stimulation to a whole new level.

 

Description

CHARACTERS

THE LADIES LOO

LINDA:      an unimaginative woman in her late twenties

BILL:          a decent fellow of about 30.

 

DRAGONFLIES

GLEN                         Twenties

MICKY                      Twenties

 

LOOKOUT POINT

Male:              Older              In running clothes.

Female:          Younger         In running clothes.

 

MANY HAPPIER RETURNS

IZZY:                         60’s, Karla’s mother

KARLA:                    29?   Izzy’s daughter

 

MIND HOW YOU GO

TED:                          Serious, practical.         (Any age, sex or ethnicity.)

MARTY:                    Cheerful, imaginative.  (Any age, sex or ethicity.)

 

JOY RIDE

TESS:             60’s, artsy, flamboyant, lots of jewelry, colorful clothes.

MAGGIE:      late twenties, chill, conservative but ready to burst out.

 

COMMON SCENTS

AL                              A bit boisterous. Older couple with Myra

MYRA                        His wife. A bit anxious.

 

PETE              Sensitive, kind. Younger couple with Judy

JUDY             Cheerful, conventional.

 

 

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

All Plays produced originally by The Cliffhanger Company, Brighton, 2016-18

JOY RIDE also at Short and Sweet Sydney, 2018, Barrington Stage 2018, Phoenix Stage, Conn. 2019 and Baytown Festival Texas 2020

DRAGONFLIES also at Short and Sweet Auckland 2016, SLAM Boston, 2017, Mary Baldwin Univ. 2019, Studio Theatre, The Villages, Fla. 2021

MANY HAPPIER RETURNS also at Women at Play(s) Festival, Toronto 2020

LADIES LOO also at Spokane Radio Theatre 2016, and Brighton Theatre of the Air 2020

MIND HOW YOU GO won the Marion Thauer Brown Best New Audio Play 2018

REVIEWS

“Joy Ride” Review from Barrington Stage 10 x 10 in Berkshire’s The Edge, Feb 23 2018 “Juliane Boyd directs Christine Foster’s amiable “Joy Ride” which showcases a mother and daughter taking off in a plane to deal with the ashes of a loved one. A clever piece with some wonderful physicality by both women, with an ending that satisfies.”

“Dragonflies” from Short and Sweet Auckland, 2016 “This tight and effective script takes us on a journey that contains more twists and turns than seem human possible in a ten minute time frame. There are patches of writing that are quite superb and the ending is exceptional.”

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 10-15 minutes each play. Approximately 75 minutes in total.

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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