A 1995 Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting, David Ives is probably best known for his evening of one-act comedies called All in the Timing, which ran for over 600 performances off-Broadway and was subsequently presented in many cities around the world. The show won the Outer Critics Circle Playwriting Award, was included in “The Best Plays of 1993-94,” and in the 1995-96 season was the most-performed play in the country after Shakespeare productions. It has been translated into German, French, Italian, Brazilian and other languages.
Another evening of short comedies, Mere Mortals, enjoyed a long off-Broadway run in 1997-98. A third evening of one-acts called Lives Of The Saints has premiered in Philadelphia.e
The LAB’s David Ives festival will include several short plays from all three collections.
Show Dates: March 11-27 Fridays, Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2:30
Rehearsals Jan 11- March 10 (National Holidays will be observed)
Directors: TIng Kao/Andrew Chau
Producers: The LAB and Butterfly Effect Theatre Co.
Seeking a variety of performers of all ages and racial backgrounds for the following plays:
NOTE: Decisions on which short plays to be produced will be made after casting is complete.
Below are a few possible choices:
ARABIAN NIGHTS (1 man, 2 women or 2 men, 1 woman)
Utterly normal Norman walks into utterly ordinary Flora’s shop looking for a souvenir of his travels and together they find whirlwind romance, spurred on by a wacky translator.
TIME FLIES (2 men, 1 woman)
Two lonely but sweet young mayflies meet at a pond and really hit it off. Unfortunately, Horace and May watch a nature program on this first night out and discover they have a lifespan of only one day-and their lives are half over.
THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE (2 men, 1 woman)
Brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics-and, of course, true love.
SURE THING (1 man, 1 woman)
A classic of contemporary comedy: Two people meet in a café and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.
THE PHILADELPHIA (2 men, 1 woman)
Presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into “a Philadelphia,” a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for. His only way out of the dilemma? To ask for the opposite of what he wants.
VARIATIONS ON THE DEATH OF TROTSKY (2 men, 1 woman)
Shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber’s axe he’s discovered in his head.
MERE MORTALS (3 men)
Eavesdrops on a lunch hour on a girder 50 stories over the street, as three construction workers share increasingly amazing secrets of their past.