On the Verge:
on the individual quest; Fragments of the Third Planet on our natural
environment; Alchemies on the imagination; Blood Tree Sun on
politics and justice; Angel Hair on crime; A Terrible Beauty on
artistic creation; and Human Rock on healing and renewal.
Drama in two acts (6m, 4w, bare set). Local baseball star Joe Skinner struggles to escape his broken family and small-town background, only to find himself confronting war, unemployment, crime, AIDS, and other issues lurking on the underside of the American dream.
Dramatic quartet (5m, 3w, bare set). Four interlocking scenes explore the progressive disintegration of contemporary life and the struggle to survive against a futuristic backdrop of economic collapse, environmental degradation, absence of belief, and meaningless war. The possibilities for escape and renewal tantalize just out of reach.
Drama in two acts (4m, 3w, chorus of 4 [may be doubled], bare set). Gil Martin has disturbing visions about the future of his family and the entire society. Are the premonitions real, or merely personal delusions? Can powers of imagination transform the spiraling violence and chaos?
Drama in two acts (4m, 3w, 2 soldiers [may be doubled], simple set). During a time of revolution, three prisoners from different cultures are thrown together in a cell. When the turmoil finally subsides, can anything democratic and humane be constructed out of the ruins?
Drama in two acts (4m, 4w, bare set). Two teenage girls and a boyfriend chafe at the restrictions their social worker mother imposes on their behavior. After a late night spins out of control and leads to a brutal murder, they must come to terms with a reality they scarcely imagined.
Drama in one act (2, simple set). A young scholar attending a conference on violence in contemporary literature encounters an eccentric artist in the park, who wants her to experience both art and violence as lived "on the street."
Lyric drama in five
scenes (2m, 2w, 2 police officers, and a chorus of 3 spirits [may be doubled];
single set). Sometime in the not-too-distant future, along the edge of an
unnamed sea, refugees from contemporary life gather and try to make a new life
together in the most primitive conditions. How can they heal from their
myriad wounds and find peace and sustenance?
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