I'm pleased to announce that my short play "What's the
Meta?" will be included in the upcoming tenth edition of the Bedford/St.Martin’s textbook The Bedford Introduction to Literature. I'm very honored to
have a work of mine included in such a respected (and best selling) publication,
which is written and edited by the noted scholar and author Michael Meyer.
After all of my recent immersion in the frontier world of
ebooks, it makes for a lovely counterpoint to have a work of mine included in a
great big, hardcover, 2000+ word tome!
"What's the Meta?" is one of eight short plays in
my recent collection "The Meta Plays" and was originally published by
Smith & Kraus in the anthology "2009: The Best 10-Minute Plays for 2or More Actors (Contemporary Playwrights Series)". The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading,
Thinking, Writing, 10/e, by Michael Meyer is tentatively scheduled for release January
Monologues from ‘The Craft’ to be Published in New Anthology
Two monologues from ‘The Craft’ are to be included in a new anthology from theatrical trade publisher Smith & Kraus, Inc., entitled ‘222 More Comedy Monologues, 2 Minutes And Under,’ edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler. Publication expected early 2017.
It’s been an astonishing 12 years since I had monologues from ‘Cuthbert's Last Stand’ and ‘Kitchen Sink Drama’ published in this forthcoming book’s predecessor, ‘222 Comedy Monologues 2 Minutes and Under, Volume 4,’ so I find it somewhat remarkable that after all these years we’re both still going strong.
One of the things I like most about these collections is that they’re specifically focused on comedy monologues. Comedic writing is all too often made to take a backseat to its dramatic counterpart, and that’s both unfair and unfounded. It’s as if, in the process of making someone laugh, a work of comedy becomes viewed as something frivolous and trifling, and con…
If the title of this post brings to mind images of intimate,
candlelit gatherings of Dublin’s
polite society making small talk while sipping on Negronis and Pink Ladies,
allow me to clarify.
‘Cocktail Conversation’ is a one-act play I wrote some years ago now – in 2002 to be precise – but which is sadly just as relevant today as it
was back then. It was written in response to a dispiriting news article I’d
read which attributed a new rise in HIV infections among young people to advances
in antiretroviral drug therapy (commonly referred to as “drug cocktails”). The
perception had begun to form among the younger demographic of the gay community
that HIV infection wasn’t really such a big deal anymore since these drug
cocktails essentially allowed you to live forever – or at least to a close
approximation of a normal lifespan.
The play is written as a comedy, but is subtly underpinned by
a sobering reality in the lives of its two protagonists. It’s centered around
two young gay men sitt…