Best American Short Plays
by William W. Demastes
MONTCLAIR, N.J. – For more than 70 years, The Best American Short Plays has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. From its inception, it has identified cutting-edge playwrights who have gone on to establish award-winning careers, including Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and more.
In The Best American Short Plays: 2013-2014 (August 2015, Applause Books, $19.99), series editor William W. Demastes has chosen plays that look at our changing times, keying in on reflections about relational difficulties that in many ways are at the heart of all that is right and wrong with the world.
Opening this volume is a series of plays produced in a single New York City venue – the Nuyorican Poets Café – appropriately entitled Nine Signs of the Times, produced by Daniel Gallant. Another collection of plays follows, entitled Summer Voices 2014, performed at the Stage Door Repertory Theatre in Anaheim, Calif. Smart and inventive, these collections capture the spirit of the times, some embracing the unknown future by looking forward, others embracing the times by reflecting upon the past.
The collections are complemented by a range of plays from around the country by playwrights likewise observing and digesting the signs of the times. Together the plays collected in The Best American Short Plays: 2013-2014 work as a time capsule for this uncertain world during these uncertain times, capturing the fears and longings of a world on the verge and in the midst of big changes.
The 26 plays included in The Best American Short Plays: 2013-2014 are:
Johnny & Rosie by Quincy Long
The Wet Echo by Clay McLeod Chapman
This Side of New York by Caridad Svich
Alt-Visions, Kiss Before Clouding by Daniel F. Levin
I Didn’t Want a Mastodon by Halley Feiffer
iBaby by Laura Shaine Cunningham
Diminished Then Augmented by Daniel Gallant
Old Boyfriend by Neil LeBlute
Between by John Guare
A Match by John Bolen
And Baby Makes Four by Frank Farmer
Angel at My Door by John Franceschini
Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Lynne Bolen
Journeys by Austin Peay
Variations on a Composition in Blue by Anne V. Grob
Let Rise by I.B. Hopkins
Goodnight Lovin’ Trail by John Patrick Bray
Fractaland by Andrea Sloan Pink
Right Sensation by Rich Orloff
Ski Lift by Chris Holbrook
A Long Trip by Dan McGeehan
Actor by Joe Maruzzo
Irish Stew by Cary Pepper
Last Call by Weldon Pless
Daffodils by Daniel Guyton
March Madness—Shhhhhh! By Jules Tasca
William W. Demastes is alumni professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He has published widely on modern theater and drama, including three previous editions of The Best American Short Plays, and three volumes of Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, published by Applause Books, and Spalding Gray’s America, published by Limelight Editions. He lives in Baton Rouge, La.
August 18, 2015 $19.99 Paperback Original 9781480395480
384 pages 5.5“ x 8.5“
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation