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One-Act Plays

Glenn Alterman

THE SEALING OF CEIL (2W 2M)

 

SYNOPSIS

There has been a murder in Ceil’s apartment building. This terrifies Ceil, an abused housewife. She is befriended by another neighbor, Fran, who cares for Ceil.  Ceil meets a man in a bar, Hank, who also cares very much for Ceil. As the play progresses we discover a great deal all about Ceil’s life and how with Fran and Hanks assistance she finally discovers who the murderer is.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Ceil- an abused housewife

Mike, her abusive husband

Fran- a pretty neighbor

Hank- A handsome stranger

 

SETTING

A one bedroom apartment in the West 40’s near Times Square, New York City

DEVELOPMENT

Originally developed at the Miramax Playwrights Group

Also developed at New Circle Theater Company and The Workshop Theater Conpany


WINNER: ARTS AND LETTERS AWARD IN DRAMA

 

PUBLICATION

Published in the Georgia College Arts and Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture
 

 

 

SPILT MILK (1 M 1 F)

 

SYNOPSIS

Edna and Murray Kaplan have been married for over 40 years.  When the play opens, it is 4 a.m. Edna is sitting alone by the window drinking a cup of tea. Murray wakes up and sees her sitting there. When he asks her what’s wrong she starts yelling at him. Concerned, Murray tries to find out what the problem is, asking her questions, which only enrage her more. As they continue talking and fighting, we discover a great deal about their marriage. Truths and lies are revealed, old wounds are opened.

 

“Perceptively written…  the characters are credible and lovingly observed.”

- Los Angeles Village View

 

“Glenn Alterman deeply moving play is quite impressive”
- Los Angeles Times

 

“Well written and superbly performed”
- Los Angeles Sunday Times

 

SETTING

The Kaplan’s one bedroom apartment in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Murray Kaplan- 60’s-70’s

 Edna Kaplan 50’s- 70’s

 

DEVELOPMENT

Developed at The American Renaissance Theater, Circle Rep Theater Company

 

PRODUCTIONS

Theater 40/Beverly Hills Rep.,

West Bank Café,

Circle Rep Lab

Samuel French One-Act Festival (finalist)

 

 

THE DANGER OF STRANGERS (1M 1 W)

 

SYNOPSIS

While walking down 9th Avenue in New York on a hot day,  a man hears a pay phone ring. He answers it and it’s a woman. The conversation is very seductive and the woman invites the man up for “coffee”. The play itself begins when these 2 strangers are sitting and deinking their coffee. The conversation is at first playful and sexual. But as they continue to talk, it becomes more serious and perhaps even dangerous.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

HE- An attractive man. Friendly and outgoing.

 

SHE – An attractive woman. She is friendly and seductive.

 

 

SETTING

The living room of one bedroom apartment in the West 50’s overlooking Ninth Avenue in New York City.

 

DEVELOPMENT

Originally developed at Circle Rep Theater. 

 

PRODUCTIONS

(Over 50 productions in the U.S. and Europe, including:

West Bank Café Theater, (originally starring James Gandolfini; and Susan Aston)

Circle Rep Lab (two productions)

Step Forward Productions- Ta-Da Theater, New York

Vital Theater Company,

Pittsburgh New Works Festival

Emerging Artists Theater Company

The Workshop Theater Company

 

"This play gets them every night! Great work!"

-Lewis Black, comedian. M.C, West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theater

 

"James Gandolfini and Susan Aston give billiant performances  in Glenn Alterman's erotic/funny/dark thriller. ....Edge of your seat theater"

-Arthur Ringsley, Off-Broadway On Line

 

 

LIKE FAMILY  (2M 1W)

 

SYNOPSIS

Ron Henschel has just arrived at his sister and her husband’s home in Monroe New York. It is a snowy winter night. He has just been in a terrible car accident. He reveals that both his and Helen’s parents were killed in the accident.  Naturally Helen and her husband are very upset. The scene is a set up for a series of revelations about  both Ron and the Gorders. With each new scene we learn more about who these people really are.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

RON- A bit rough around th edges

HELEN- An attractive woman

HAROLD- A responsible man

 

SETTING

The Gorder living room in their home in Monroe, New York

 

DEVELOPMENT

Developed at Circle Rep Company

 

PRODUCTIONS

Received the "Premio - Primer Premio Del Juez"-JUDGES AWARD FIRST PRIZE in the  "Family" short play Festival in Barcelona, Spain.

New Circle Theater Company- Part of the Inferno Project (Greed and Wrath) Festival

Love Creek Productions at the Nat Horne Theater (Theater Row, New York)

Pittsburgh New Works Festival- Thank You, Felix Productions

Optioned by Red Eye Films

 

TWO LADIES SITTING IN A GARDEN (2W 1M)

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Marla and Helene are two older women living in a nursing home in upstate New York. Both are gay. As they discuss bygone times, Helene reveals something to Marla that will change their relationship forever

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Marla- In her seventies

Helene- In her seventies

Louie- Can be played in his thirties or as old as fifties

 

SETTING

The garden of a nice nursing home in upstate New York

 

DEVELOPMENT

Developed at the Miramax Playwrights Group and the Workshop Theater Company

Something Seen, Something Said

 

SYNOPSIS

Woman (W) tells her husband Man (M) about a strange event that happened earlier that day. She was in  a Starbucks in mid-town Manhattan when she saw what she believed to be a woman die while sitting in a chair. What she did next shocks her husband and impacts their relationship.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

MAN (M) and WOMAN (W)- can be played by actors as early as their late 20’s’s or as old as their 50’s. They must be believable as a married couple.

THE WOMAN- Can be played as young as her late thirties or as old as her mid 50’s. She should appear wealthy.

 

SETTING

Two chairs and a table.

 

DEVELOPMENT

Developed at the Miramax Playwrights Group and The Workshop Theater Company

 

 

DOWN DARK, DECEPTIVE STREETS

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Production of Alterman one Acts Goin’ Round On Rock Solid Ground, Once In A Blue Moon, The Danger of Strangers, Like Family

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Actors From Love Creek Productions

 

DEVELOPMENT

Plays developed at Circle Rep

 Alice’s 4th Floor

Emerging Artists Theater Company

 Love Creek Productions

 

PRODUCTION
Produced by Love Creek Productions at The Nat Horne Theater on Theater Row in New York

 

"A really great group of plays. Wonderful writing."

-Lee Wilhelm, Director of Love Creek Productions

 

CLOSED WINDOWS, OPENED DOORS

 

SYNOPSIS

Alterman plays Goin’ Round on Rock Solid Ground and Spilt Milk

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Cast from open calls

 

DEVELOPMENT

Plays developed at American Renaissance Theater

 Circle Rep Theater

 Emerging Artists Theater

Alice’s 4th Floor

 

PRODUCTION

West Bank Café Downstairs Theater.

 Directed by Ernie Barbarash and Elowyn Caste (Starred Peter Jaconson, Jim Abele, Katherine Wolf and Herbert Rubens)