MOTHERS, MARTINIS & DEATH by Doug DeVita

£5.00

A COLLECTION OF SHORT PLAYS AND MONOLOGUES

CHECKING THE BASEMENT FOR LEAKS

Set in the fall of 1972, bored housewife Veronica and her best friend, neighbor Grace, meet in the posh finished basement of Veronica’s house in the upper middle class suburb of Plandome, Long Island every afternoon to smoke, drink, and discuss their deep frustrations. Unbeknownst to them, this particular afternoon their conversation is overheard by their children, Veronica’s 12- year-old son Phillie, and Grace’s 12-year old daughter Barbie.

 

REPETITION

Childhood friends and next-door neighbors Phillie McDougal and Barbie Bradley are both soon to be 25, and they are both still virgins. Well, she is. The jury is out on him. Drunk and alone on New Years Eve, they decide to make love. It wasn’t a good idea.

 

HOW MRS HENSON KILLED HER CHILDREN

California housewife Marcy Henson just LOVES all things Disney – she even named her kids Sebastian and Chip, after the anthropomorphic characters in “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and The Beast.” But does the rest of her family share her enthusiasm? Does she even care if they don’t?

 

NIGEL, GUYS AND DOLLS

50 year-old Nigel deals with his childhood the only way he knows how. Given his unorthodox upbringing, it’s an unorthodox sort of not-quite-eulogy.

 

LORD’S THEORY

“Before the Titanic, all was quiet. Afterward all was tumult. That is why, to anybody who lived at the time, the Titanic more than any other single event marks the end of the old days, and the beginning of a new, uneasy era.”
– Walter Lord, A Night to Remember

 

THE HAMBURDIAN CANDIDATE

A word salad. The “dialogue” doesn’t matter; it’s nonsense. Horrible nonsense, but nonsense. The story is in the stage directions.

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CHARACTERS AND RUNNING TIME

CHECKING THE BASEMENT FOR LEAKS – approx 25 minutes

VERONICA MCDOUGAL – 52

GRACE BRADLEY – 39

PHILLIE MCDOUGAL – 12

KEITH QUIGLEY – 12

 

REPETITION – approx 25 minutes

PHILLIE MCDOUGAL –  almost 25

BARBIE BRADLEY – almost 25

GRACE BRADLET – almost 52

 

HOW MRS HENSON KILLED HER CHILDREN – approx 10 minutes

WALTER “CHIP” HENSON – 15

MARCY HENSON – 45

JACK HENSON – 45

NURSE – GENDER/AGE NON-SPECIFIC – VOICE ONLY

 

NIGEL, GUYS & DOLLS – approx 10 minutes

NIGEL – 50

 

LORD’S THEORY – 2 minutes

4 X GENDER NEUTRAL

 

THE HAMBURDIAN CANDIDATE – approx 10 minutes

MR OR MS LEFT – NON-SPEAKING – ANY AGE

MR WRONG

 

REVIEWS

REVIEW: REPETITION (Secret Theatre One Act Festival):
“Repetition” is based on characters from DeVita’s “Phillie’s Trilogy” yet I did not find myself lost having not seen it. “Repetition” truly stands on its own as a delightful short play.” – Max Berry | Showtones

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE NEW PLAY EXCHANGE

CHECKING THE BASEMENT FOR LEAKS
” A smart and clever short play about the quiet desperation of two suburban housewives. It packs a lot of humor and sadness into 10 pages, and a lot of depth under the surface of its humorous dialogue.” 
– JIim Siering | Playwiright.

HOW MRS. HENSON KILLED HER CHILDREN
“Dark and chilling and unfortunately, very timely. This is the kind of play that will stick with you for awhile. It’s very unique in its style of storytelling, and DeVita handles the extremely dark subject matter with a chilling fearlessness. Great roles for everyone involved, and a phenomenally crafted script.”
Emily Hageman | Playwright

NIGEL, GUYS, AND DOLLS
“DeVita is a master of building empathy, and this visceral, yet nuanced, monologue is no exception. It’s in finely-tuned details that the emotion builds, bringing us to a new world, and forcing us to look out at it, through the eyes of this character. Complicated, tragic, a role for a gifted middle-aged actor, in a piece both heartfelt and heartbreaking.” – Rachael Carnes | Playwright

LORD’S THEORY
“Whilst reading this sloe-souled tone poem, one can see the possibilities, dark and infinite, infinite and dark, for costumes, lighting, music and movement. Or silence and stillness? Mayhaps. In his cleverness, Mr DeVita has designed – nay… concocted a most meta of traps, for this Beckettesque requiem petite could easily be presented as the very thing it mocks, which mayest provide furtive delights nonetheless!” Scott Sickles | Playwright

THE HAMBURDIAN CANDIDATE
“It’s a bleak, absurdist piece reminiscent of Ionesco’s most political plays, offering both a scathing humor and a terrifying bleakness amidst its sumptuous images.” – Scott Sickles | Playwright

PREVIEWS

Preview available here and here

 

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