Archive for Monologues

LINKS

LOSS AND FOUND: How we Survived the Loss of a Young Partner (lossandfound.com)

IT SEEMS – for ages 3-8 (it-seems.com)

INDEPENDENT WRITERS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (iwosc.org)

ALLIANCE OF LOS ANGELES PLAYWRIGHTS (laplaywrights.org)

PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES (pala.org)

INDEPENDENT BOOK PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION (ibpa-online.org)

DRAMATISTS GUILD OF AMERICA  (dramatistsguild.com)

BOOK PUBLICISTS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (bookpublicists.org)

THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP (tcg.org)

LIVE CONSCIOUSLY NOW Publishing (liveconsciouslynow.com)

BLOGS FROM WRITERS AND PUBLISHERS:

http://theorganizedartistcompany.typepad.com/the_organized_artist_comp/

http://speakerscommunity.com/blog

http://elizaearsmanbooks.wordpress.com

www.drbillsaleebey.com

http://www.thebookdesigner.com

http://blog.ellensaravis.com/

http://brokenwholeblog.blogspot.com/p/home.html

http://alicerene.wordpress.com

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

~~Renting monologues and plays~~


There is a delicate balance between community theatre, school, semi- professional, and professional.  It often pays to read a portion of the play to see if it fits into your needs.  After doing so, it is customary, and even legally required to honor copyright laws and pay the author a royalty for the use of his material.

Sometimes the line is a little blurry, and that might necessitate a conversation between the author and the theatre.  You’ll find that we’re very good at listening, and that we do not “hard-line” anything.  Our royalty rates are completely in keeping with the accepted norm, no more.

Occasionally a theatre or school invites the playwright to attend the opening performance or even lend his thoughts during rehearsal.  We are open to this, if schedules and budgets allow.

Royalty rates for monologues, ten-minute plays, one-act plays, and full-length plays will vary according to use, venue and the length of the play.

If you have further questions, I recommend emailing me specifically, and I’ll respond asap.  Please put PLAY INQUIRY in the subject line, so that my mail program does not think your note is spam.

Please email me at:  info@garyyoungunlimited dot com

For your convenience, I have a toll-free phone number as well, but it is hard to catch me:  866-238-2840.


PLAYS FOR SCHOOL/COMMUNITY/REGIONAL THEATRE

For information about the plays and excerpts, click on the links provided by each category.  For a reading copy of the play, please request this specifically. If you are interested in producing one of the plays, and to inquire about royalty rates, please email us at info@garyyoungunlimited dot com, and we’ll discuss the venue, logistics and royalties.

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THANK YOU.


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TEN-MINUTE PLAYS

For excerpts, click on the links provided by each play(more coming soon).  For a reading copy of the play, please request this specifically. If you are interested in producing one of the plays, and to inquire about royalty rates. Please email us at info@garyyoungunlimited dot com, and we’ll discuss the venue, logistics and royalties.

Please be patient while this page is UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

Quite a few items are not yet on the page, but we should have everything up and running in a few days.  If you need help or information between now and then, please contact us at

GARYYOUNGUNLIMITED DOT COM.

THANK YOU.

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SAY GOODNIGHT

Dramedy / two men

A father and son come to grips with father/son communication, emotional conflicts, mortality, and messy eating.  Dad has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, inoperable, and has lost the power to speak.  He and his son journey, with permission, to a park bench across from the hospital.  With Dad in his robe, his son hands him one of his favorite cigars, which he never lights. Upon receiving the cigar, he suddenly becomes loquacious, and delivers what he expects will be his last, or one of his last opportunities to make things right between the two, and impart a little mature perspective to his genetically immature son.  He dons the personality of a Borsht Belt comedian after receiving the cigar, and launches the diatribe.  His son reacts minimally, and we see at the end that he has not understood anything that Dad has said, although he does not tell Dad.  But he understands Dad’s situation and body language, and a few words here and there, plus Dad’s difficulty with emotion and the effort and love that went into this, and gets the gist.

Excerpt from SAY GOODNIGHT


REHEARSING DUTCHMAN

Comedy / 2 men, 2 women

A rehearsal of a play within a rehearsal of a play, within a rehearsal of a play, within a rehearsal of a play, oh yes, and one more rehearsal…or more.  Four people stuck in a never-ending sequence of perpetual rehearsals.  Many of us can identify with this feeling…

Excerpt from REHEARSING DUTCHMAN


YOU NEVER FINISH ANYTHING…

Excerpt from YOU NEVER FINISH ANYTHING


LEFTOVERS

Comedy-drama / 1 man, 1 woman

Michael Corleone, Sollozzo, and the Police Captain McCluskey…well, actually the waiter that served them that night; he’s a person too!  The waiter is actually co-owner of a “Ma ‘n Pa” Italian restaurant, frequented by underworld types, as well as neighborhood folk. Giuseppi has witnessed the killing (as was presented in the movie, Godfather). He stumbles his way into the Kitchen to find ——, the other co-owner.  She has not heard the commotion because of the noise in the kitchen.  She sees Guiseppi’s face and immediately knows that something is terribly wrong.  As they cower together, not knowing what to do, when to do it, how to do it, if the coast is clear, if they are in danger, they make a decision about the rest of their lives.

Excerpt from LEFTOVERS


SIG ALERT

Comedy-Mysery / 2 men, 2 women

On the highway to Las Vegas. An unusual roadblock, causes surprising interactions.


LEAP

Comedy  /  2 women, 1 man

Comedy-drama / 1 man, 2 women

Many of us know a person who was born on Leap Day, February 29.  Technically, this person only ages one year for every four.  Well, usually it’s only technical.  In this case, it’s literal, and she has had to make some unusual adjustments because of that.  She is celebrating her 21st birthday, which normally would be her 84th. And she looks young for her age – young for 21, that is.


THE TENOR

Drama  /  2 men

Drama / 2 men

A wasteland full of riches just out of reach.

Excerpt from THE TENOR


TIME’S UP

Comedy / 2 women, 1 man

 

In an Egyptian tomb. Whom do you expect to meet in such a place? Think again.


LEFT FIELD

Comedy / 2 men, or 1 man and 1 woman

 

The Cubs and the Red Socks pair off in the ultimate world series. What could go wrong? It does.

Excerpt from LEFT FIELD


RED HEAD

Comedy / 1 man, 1 woman

 

He wants to tell her.  She wants to know. Allergies aside, will they ever communicate?  It’s all about men and women and how it is so hard to communicate.  This particular couple find their common ground, however, and it becomes possible by embracing their immaturity.

Excerpt from RED HEAD


SO WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM?

Dramedy / 2 people, any gender

 

Telling it all.  Maybe more than all.  Maybe nothing at all.  It’s analysis, after all…


SATIRA

Drama / 1 man, 1 woman

 

~~~Other ten-minute and one-act plays, in the works~~~

Dreams


Antiques


Excerpt from ANTIQUES

Ram

Excerpt from RAM by Gary Young


The Rose Garden


I See Living People


Collectables


The Herbalist


Stroke of Midnight

Excerpt from STROKE OF MIDNIGHT


Don’t Ask your Mother; She Doesn’t Know a Damn Thing

Assignment: Methusela

The Dismissal

Please Captain, Not in Front of the Klingons

They

But…

Bolivian Highway



ONE-ACT PLAYS

For excerpts, click on the links provided by each play (more coming soon).  For a reading copy of the play, please request this specifically. If you are interested in producing one of the plays, and to inquire about royalty rates. Please email us at info@garyyoungunlimited dot com, and we’ll discuss the venue, logistics and royalties.

Please be patient while this page is UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

Quite a few items are not yet on the page, but we should have everything up and running in a few days.  If you need help or information between now and then, please contact us at

GARYYOUNGUNLIMITED DOT COM.

========THANK YOU========


One-act drama / 3 men, 3 women

CHANABAIS by Gary Young

France, 1890. The nightlife and absinthe. Based on the photographic essays of Brassai.

Excerpt from CHANABAIS


One-act version / Comedy / 3 men, 2 women (1 of the men and 1 of the women can be done as off-stage voices)

I’M A SHOE by Gary Young (one-act version)

On a cruise ship, the wrong person dies, the wrong person takes charge, the wrong jewels are stolen, and the wrong person has to disappear. A family business – stealing from the rich and, well, keeping it. Dad is the brains behind the schemes, and this one is a dilly.  The family boards a cruise ship prior to its departure, while many of the staterooms are more vulnerable.  Not without its dangers, the scheme could be brilliant, since the family would be ashore and the boat would sail before any real loss could be perceived, and after the time when anything could be done about it…in theory.  A scheme is only as good as the schemer and the ones carrying out the scheme, plus the unforeseen variables – such as the sudden death of the brains of the outfit.  Dad dies after the plunder and before the get-away.  The problem becomes: what to do with dad and how to figure out what to do with the goods that the family has stolen from a Mafia Kingpin in the stateroom adjacent to their staging area. And just what is in that steamer chest?

Excerpt from I’M A SHOE


One-act comedy-drama / 1 man, 3 women


JUMPING JIMMY by Gary Young

It’s not the ledge that’s the problem. It’s the housekeeping service.

Excerpt from JUMPING JIMMY


One-act dramedy / 2 men, one woman

 

CARTOON HEROES by Gary Young

Super? Real? Imagined? Where does our real strength come from?

Excerpt from CARTOON HEROES


One-act comedy / 3 men, one woman

BAGELS AND LOCKS by Gary Young

It’s just your typical octogenarian serial killer comedy. Rose and Jake annoy each other terribly, but Jake would kill for Rose and Rose would kill for Jake.  In fact, they do. But it’s for a reason.  Their daughter has been abducted by a cult and they are seeking revenge.  They are more than a little confused, so the revenge gets a little strange.  But they mean well…

Excerpt from BAGELS AND LOCKS


~~~~~in the works~~~~~


The Embalmerby Gary Young


The History and Future of the Universe by Gary Young




FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

For excerpts, click on the links provided by each play (more coming soon).  For a reading copy of the play, please request this specifically. If you are interested in producing one of the plays, and to inquire about royalty rates. Please email us at info@garyyoungunlimited dot com, and we’ll discuss the venue, logistics and royalties.

Please be patient while this page is UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

Quite a few items are not yet on the page, but we should have everything up and running in a few days.  If you need help or information between now and then, please contact us at

GARYYOUNGUNLIMITED DOT COM.

==========THANK YOU==========


INTERRUPTIONSa life, a death, pizza, dancing and Murphy’s Law


 

A serio-comic look at the plight of Bob, a recent young widower, dealing with the death and celestial presence of his beloved wife, Linda. He is aided unexpectedly by Zolton, a loony pizza salesman (or is he?) and Nancy, his amorous and concerned sister-in-law. Further attempts to advance his road to recovery are offered by the slightly askew chums at his weekly support group. Bob is given “permission” to grieve, and therefore, get well, as he maneuvers through a succession of “Murphy’s Laws.”

(Full-length: 2:15 with intermission)

Comic drama

3 men, 6 women (with doubling)

Excerpt from INTERRUPTIONS

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ON HOLD: The MYTH of Male Maturity


 

A new one-person play, written and originally performed by Gary Young.

Is there such a thing as male maturity? Can you sum up a life and fix everything with one phone call to a pop psychologist? Five characters tackle this while on the telephone, on hold, waiting to speak to a radio pop-psychologist. We gather a bit of insight and have some fun as we nurture this man through his own “stuff.”

Full length (75 minutes)

One-person (solo) show

1 man

Excerpt from ON HOLD

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I’M A SHOE


 

On a cruise ship, the wrong person dies, the wrong person takes charge, the wrong jewels are stolen, and the wrong person has to disappear. A family business – stealing from the rich and, well, keeping it. Dad is the brains behind the schemes, and this one is a dilly.  The family boards a cruise ship prior to its departure, while many of the staterooms are more vulnerable.  Not without its dangers, the scheme could be brilliant, since the family would be ashore and the boat would sail before any real loss could be perceived, and after the time when anything could be done about it…in theory.  A scheme is only as good as the schemer and the ones carrying out the scheme, plus the unforeseen variables – such as the sudden death of the brains of the outfit.  Dad dies after the plunder and before the get-away.  The problem becomes: what to do with dad and how to figure out what to do with the goods that the family has stolen from a Mafia Kingpin in the stateroom adjacent to their staging area.  And just what is in that steamer trunk?

Full-length

Comedy

4 men, 4 women (2 of the men and 2 of the women can be done as off-stage voices)

Excerpt from I’M A SHOE

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HOLDING ON: the Mythology and Impossibility of Death


 

A new work in progress, not to be confused with the one-person show, ON HOLD. Physics, quantum physics, metaphysics, spirituality, hope, the unknown, religion, and snow cones.

Comedy/drama

90 minutes


ON HOLD: the MYTH of Male Maturity

For excerpts, click on the links provided by each play(more coming soon).  For a reading copy of the play, please request this specifically. If you are interested in producing one of the plays, and to inquire about royalty rates. Please email us at info@garyyoungunlimited dot com, and we’ll discuss the venue, logistics and royalties.

Please be patient while this page is UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

A few items are not yet on the page, but we should have everything up and running in a few days.  If you need help or information between now and then, please contact us at

GARYYOUNGUNLIMITED DOT COM.

THANK YOU.

 

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ON HOLD: the MYTH of Male Maturity

Maturity is not earned.  It is not genetically pre-determined.  It is not a product of upbringing or environment.  In fact, as far as guys are concerned, it isn’t anything at all.  At least, it’s not something to get in the way of having a good time.  We’re here for a reason…or not…but regardless, there are a few basic facts that you can take to the bank:

A nose is a very convenient place to park a finger.  But never do that in traffic while you’re text messaging.

Most food can be eaten if dropped on the floor and retrieved within 5 seconds (long count).  Blowing off the floor stuff is optional.

If your father seems mature, it’s because he needs to be that way in front of you.  But it’s better if he’s not.

Your experiences do matter.  They inform you.  But they don’t have to ruin your fun.  Take for example…well, that’s what the play is about.

Performance dates in Los Angeles have not been set yet, but when they are set, this website will carry discount tickets for the limited run.

Excerpt from ON HOLD

MONOLOGUES

For excerpts, click on the links under PLAYS in the category bar above (more plays will be entered on this website very soon).

For a reading copy of the play, please request this specifically.

If you are interested in producing one of the plays, and to inquire about royalty rates.

Please email us at info@garyyoungunlimited dot com, and we’ll discuss the venue, logistics and royalties.

Please be patient while this page is UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

Quite a few items are not yet on the page, but we should have everything up and running in a few days.  If you need help or information between now and then, please contact us at

GARYYOUNGUNLIMITED DOT COM.

THANK YOU.

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About Renting Plays & Monologues

~~Renting monlogues and plays~~

There is a delicate balance between community theatre, school, semi-
professional, and professional.  It often pays to read a portion of the play to see
if it fits into your needs.  After doing so, it is customary, and even legally
required to honor copyright laws and pay the author a royalty for the use of his
material.

Sometimes the line is a little blurry, and that might necessitate a conversation
between the author and the theatre.  You’ll find that we’re very good at listening,
and that we do not “hard-line” anything.  Our royalty rates are completely in
keeping with the accepted norm, no more.

Occasionally a theatre or school invites the playwright to attend the opening
performance or even lend his thoughts during rehearsal.  We are open to this, if
schedules and budgets allow.

Royalty rates for monologues, ten-minute plays, one-act plays, and full-length
plays will vary according to use, venue and the length of the play.

If you have further questions, I recommend emailing me specifically, and I’ll
respond asap.  Please put PLAY INQUIRY in the subject line, so that my mail
program does not think your note is spam.

Please email me at:  info@garyyoungunlimited dot com

For your convenience, I have a toll-free phone number as well, but it is hard
to catch me:  866-238-2840.


BIO

Gary Young’s theatrical plays deal with social issues and  have been produced and performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, and venues throughout the US and Europe.

In the 1980’s, he worked with Jean Kennedy Smith as one of the coordinators for the National Very Special Arts Festival, and with his own company, he has produced festivals and written successful grant proposals to fund programs for, by, and with disabled populations and the underprivileged.

His touring programs throughout the United States have been co-supported by the former HEW (now HHS), National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mobil Oil, US Airways, and private foundations.

Gary and his wife, Kathy, have co-authored Loss and Found: Surviving the Loss of a Young Partner, also presenting seminars and support groups throughout the United States.

His play, Interruptions – A life, a death, pizza, dancing and Murphy’s Law, premiered at the Kennedy Center, with its West Coast premier in Los Angeles, June through September, 2000, at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood.

His ON HOLD: The MYTH of Male Maturity, premiered in England, and will have its Los Angeles premier in the near future.

Gary serves as President of the Publishers Association of Los Angeles, Executive Director of the Lifetime Achievement Foundation, President of the Independent Writers of Southern California, and Vice-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

He is a member of the Book Publicists of Southern California, the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Dramatists Guild, and Theatre Communcations Group.