The Best American Short Plays, 2013-2104

Best American Short Plays


 by William W. Demastes


MONTCLAIR, N.J. – For more than 70 years, The Best American Short Plays has been the standard of excellence for one-act plays in America. From its inception, it has identified cutting-edge playwrights who have gone on to establish award-winning careers, including Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and more.

In The Best American Short Plays: 2013-2014 (August 2015, Applause Books, $19.99), series editor William W. Demastes has chosen plays that look at our changing times, keying in on reflections about relational difficulties that in many ways are at the heart of all that is right and wrong with the world.

Opening this volume is a series of plays produced in a single New York City venue – the Nuyorican Poets Café – appropriately entitled Nine Signs of the Times, produced by Daniel Gallant. Another collection of plays follows, entitled Summer Voices 2014, performed at the Stage Door Repertory Theatre in Anaheim, Calif. Smart and inventive, these collections capture the spirit of the times, some embracing the unknown future by looking forward, others embracing the times by reflecting upon the past.

The collections are complemented by a range of plays from around the country by playwrights likewise observing and digesting the signs of the times. Together the plays collected in The Best American Short Plays: 2013-2014 work as a time capsule for this uncertain world during these uncertain times, capturing the fears and longings of a world on the verge and in the midst of big changes.

The 26 plays included in The Best American Short Plays: 2013-2014 are:

Johnny & Rosie by Quincy Long

The Wet Echo by Clay McLeod Chapman

This Side of New York by Caridad Svich

Alt-Visions, Kiss Before Clouding by Daniel F. Levin

I Didn’t Want a Mastodon by Halley Feiffer

iBaby by Laura Shaine Cunningham

Diminished Then Augmented by Daniel Gallant

Old Boyfriend by Neil LeBlute

Between by John Guare

A Match by John Bolen

And Baby Makes Four by Frank Farmer

Angel at My Door by John Franceschini

Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Lynne Bolen

Journeys by Austin Peay

Variations on a Composition in Blue by Anne V. Grob

Let Rise by I.B. Hopkins

Goodnight Lovin’ Trail by John Patrick Bray

Fractaland by Andrea Sloan Pink

Right Sensation by Rich Orloff

Ski Lift by Chris Holbrook

A Long Trip by Dan McGeehan

Actor by Joe Maruzzo

Irish Stew by Cary Pepper

Last Call by Weldon Pless

Daffodils by Daniel Guyton

March Madness—Shhhhhh! By Jules Tasca

William W. Demastes
is alumni professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He has published widely on modern theater and drama, including three previous editions of The Best American Short Plays, and three volumes of Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, published by Applause Books, and Spalding Gray’s America, published by Limelight Editions. He lives in Baton Rouge, La.

August 18, 2015       $19.99         Paperback Original      9781480395480
384 pages       5.5
x 8.5
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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