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OF RATS AND MEN
by Arthur M. Jolly

3F or 2F, 1M
Running time: 10 mins.

Of Rats and Men

Diane Kennedy as Abby, Nellie Foster as Babs and Melissa McFerrin as Olga


CHARACTERS

BABS - 40-ish. Guards her emotions behind a wall of steel and muscle.
ABBY - A few years younger. Her heavy suitcase is not the only baggage dragging her down.
OLGA - Older, accented. The charm of a Dickensian landlord.
OLGA can be SVEN with appropriate pronoun changes throughout.

SETTING

A hotel lobby.

SYNOPSIS

Two women with a complicated history reunite after one commits murder.

About Of Rats and Men

Comedy, 10 min, 3F

Of Rats and Men
Diane Kennedy and Nellie Foster in the 2011 production in Maui, directed by Cass Foster. Photo by Ron Morin

What's worse, a dead rat in the toilet or a dead husband in the kitchen? Is there a difference?
In the play, Babs has to make some tough decisions when her old flame Abby turns up on the run from her abusive husband - who she's stabbed in the back of the neck with a kitchen knife.
It's a dark comedy with a heart of murder.

Of Rats and Men premiered in April of 2010 in Los Angeles at The Tre Stage as part of the original "The Writer Speaks" festival, with Shae Kennedy and Tracy Maddox.

It has since been produced at Theatre Encino and Piano Fight 3.0 in Los Angeles, the Kauai Shorts Festival in Maui presented by Women in Theatre, at The Randall Theatre in Oregon, and will be up next in Houston, Texas!

JUNE & JULY, 2017 - The Mildred Umbrella Theatre's short play festival MUSEUM OF DYSFUNCTION IX - my second play with them after last year's Childish Things. June 29-July 1 & July 6-8, 2017 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm. All tickets Pay-What-You-Can. Studio 101, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007

Museum of Dysfunction IX

Sample Dialogue...


Of Rats and Men

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This one is available for production from the playwright. Contact me.