Actors & At Home


Conrad Bromberg

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 1 Female

These two one-act plays make a great thespian double-bill


The scene is the bare stage of a theatre, where two actors, one young, one old, await the start of rehearsals

They play chess and exchange theatre stories, but as they do so deeper chords are touched

Just as they represent two generations, and two schools of acting, so do they reflect two distinct ways of thinking - the older man has learned to compromise and to hold back his true opinions; while the younger man must live, and act, as openly as his emotions dictate

Ultimately sparks are struck, and their conversation cuts to the root of human relationships

But, when they part, it is evident that both, in finally revealing their deepest and most honest thoughts, have also gained much from each other

Perhaps even more than they have been aware of giving

Funny, sensitive and crafted with consummate skill, this affecting short play was warmly received in its Off-Off-Broadway production by New York's noted Ensemble Studio Theatre


A young actor - cued by his wife - is struggling to learn his lines in a new play. Inevitably, their attention wanders, and before long they are deep in a discussion of sex and role-playing-with alarming results

What began casually moves briskly toward ultimatum and confrontation, and both are stunned to realize that their relationship, if it is to continue, will demand a great deal more understanding and concern from each of them than they have heretofore contributed (

Particularly suitable as a companion piece for Actors, this antic and revealing short play can be just as effectively presented by itself


" written with great economy and humor" ~ NY Times

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