Small Acts of Kindness

Sherry Kramer

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This collection includes five short plays: CAKE, HOLD FOR THREE, THE DREAM HOUSE, THE WORLD AT ABSOLUTE ZERO, and A THING OF BEAUTY CAN BE COPIED FOREVER. CAKE: Two Chihuahuas contemplate the power and persistence of the smell of their urine in the oriental rug. A husband and wife contemplate it too. Is their love for their pets stronger? What lasts longer, the smell of pee or the smell of love? HOLD FOR THREE: This play has had over a hundred productions worldwide. Three teenagers — Scottie, Bartey, and Ed — meet on a beach on a beautiful evening to watch the full moon come up. Scottie and Bartey coach Ed, telling him stories about moments of great historical courage to help him hold his breath while the moon rises. THE DREAM HOUSE: One day, after years of longing and doing without, Mandy buys the house in the woods she had always dreamed of. The problem is, it comes with three cranky animal spirit guides and a brain tumor. The brain tumor is friendlier than her animal spirit guides. THE WORLD AT ABSOLUTE ZERO: On their first date, Didi and Fred desperately try to feel something for each other. But they can’t. Their hearts and souls are as cold as absolute zero. Will they be able to make a human connection before they freeze completely? A one-act play for two actors, a refrigerator, and a six-pack of Coke. A THING OF BEAUTY CAN BE COPIED FOREVER: First, there was the Gutenberg Printing Press. It made scribes obsolete. Then the Xerox Machine made carbon paper a thing of the past. Now electronic reproduction makes the once all- important copy machine less and less essential. But sometimes you need paper copies. And that means Dave, the God of Copy, is still a deity to reckon with.

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  • Sherry Kramer

    Sherry Kramer's work has been seen at theaters across the country and abroad, including the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Repertory Theatre, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York's Second Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and The Theater of the First Amendment. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and an MFA in Playwriting from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She was the first national member of New Dramatists. She is also an affiliated writer at The Playwright's Center. She is a recipient of NEA, New York Foundation for the Arts and McKnight Fellowships, the Weissberger Playwriting Award, and a New York Drama League Award (WHAT A MAN WEIGHS), the LA Women in Theater New Play Award (THE WALL OF WATER), the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH), and commissions from The Moscow Arts Theatre/Iowa International Workshop (THE DREAM HOUSE) and the Audrey Skirball Kenis Foundation (THE MAD MASTER). Other plays include: WHEN SOMETHING WONDERFUL ENDS, HOW WATER BEHAVES, THINGS THAT BREAK, A THING OF BEAUTY, ABOUT SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION, NAPOLEON'S CHINA (music theatre piece with Ann Haskell and Rebecca Newton), THE MASTER AND MARGARITA (music theatre adaptation with composer Margaret Pine), THE RELEASE OF A LIVE PERFORMANCE, PARTIAL OBJECTS, THE WORLD AT ABSOLUTE ZERO, HOLD FOR THREE, CAKE, NANO AND NICKI IN BOCA RATON, IVANHOE, AMERICA, THE LONG ARMS OF JUPITER, THE RULING PASSION, THE END OF RADIO, THE LAW MAKES EVENING FALL, and THE BAY OF FUNDY: AN ADAPTATION OF ONE LINE FROM THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE.

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Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/19/2017
Pages 96
ISBN 9780881455502