A is for All - Three One-Act Plays

A is for All - Three One-Act Plays $13

Marian Winters

Published by Dramatists Play Service

Animal Keepers - as described by the New York Morning Telegraph "It is about the reception room of a veterinarian to which come poor and rich with ailing animals. It is a sensitive play...... with some wit, some discernment, some sense of what people are and why they are what they are" ( 4 men, 3 women, 1 child)

When presented as a single bill with Assembly Line or All Saint`s Day, or both, it offers exceptional opportunity for actors to demonstrate versatility by doubling in different roles in the several plays

"Uncommonly touching there's a quality of simple honesty that runs through the play and the production that's most affecting. Miss Winters' microcosm is small in scope, but her veterinarian's waiting room, filled with lonely souls who pour out their stifled affection to their animals, is a sad but oddly warm and pleasant little place" ~ NY World Journal Tribune

Assembly Line is set in the dramatically colorful, economically bleak thirties, the play begins with the early morning arrival of a handful of women at their drab jobs

Filomena, brassy, good-natured, working to pay for her sister's education; Frances, shy and scared, forfeiting her own dreams to indulge a selfish mother; Mae, self-centered, imagining herself a professional model; Joan, holding down two jobs to support her piano studies; and Inez, hoping to dance to fame through the Harvest Moon Ball contest

Into this group comes young Marsha, sensitive, educated, resented for being a cut above the others. Tension and friction mount under pressure of their forced cooperation to maintain the flow of work, until a sudden accident by a careless stock-boy causes the factory owner to suffer a severe heart attack

Abruptly the individual dreams are halted. Awed by the awareness of a potential death, they reach out for one another and create a brief moment of gentleness and understanding. But, relentless as reality, the work resumes and the assembly line continues as it must coldly, impersonally, inexorably (7 men, 7 women)

Funny, lively and spirited, yet deeply moving, the play is concerned with a group of factory workers and the exciting interplay of their personalities under the tensions created by their hypnotic daily routine

All Saints' Day tells of two lonely derelicts who have taken temporary shelter in an abandoned waterfront building on Halloween night. Vaguely uneasy, some sixth sense makes John want to leave, but he is nevertheless impressed and intrigued by Peter's unending fund of information and is prevailed upon to stay until midnight

As the water slaps against the pier outside, they brew tea over a tar-barrel fire, and engage in a fascinating dialogue on various jobs, hitchhiking, chess, ancient customs and meanings. Peter explains that the "Lord of Death" appears at midnight on Halloween, the start of All Saints' Day, to exact retribution for misdeeds

Peter misses his wallet and accuses John of having stolen it. John denies it. In an awesome struggle Peter relentlessly attacks John and leaves him lying on the floor. He then discovers the missing wallet and goes to tell John, only to find him dead

Remorseful and troubled, Peter slides John's body from the window into the water below, and returns to sit and await his judgment from the "Lord of Death" (2 men)

Alternately funny, touching and chilling, with overtones of the mystical, this remarkably gripping two-character play keeps the audience enthralled from opening curtain to electric denouement

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