The Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon ’84

David Mamet, Bill Bozzone, Katharine Long

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This collection includes three short plays: VERMONT SKETCHES by David Mamet, SAXOPHONE MUSIC by Bill Bozzone, and ARIEL BRIGHT by Katharine Long. The annual Marathon of One-Act Plays has made Ensemble Studio Theatre one of the most important showcases for one-acts in the country. This selection has been taken from four Marathon evenings. In VERMONT SKETCHES, Pulitzer Prize–winner David Mamet proves once again that he is a major poet of American vernacular. ARIEL BRIGHT concerns a romantic fantasy set in the past in a funeral parlor. In SAXOPHONE MUSIC two down-and-out fellows share a seedy apartment. When one learns to play the saxophone, it appears that his fortunes might change.

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Press Quotes


“Miss Long follows her two characters on an endearing flight of fancy — the play is both a love story and a fantasy.” —Mel Gussow, The New York Times


“…a wistful, worm-turns comedy about the underclass.” —Mel Gussow, The New York Times

About the Author


  • David Mamet

    David Mamet is the author of the plays: ROMANCE, BOSTON MARRIAGE, FAUSTUS, OLEANNA, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), AMERICAN BUFFALO, THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD, A LIFE IN THE THEATRE, SPEED-THE-PLOW, EDMOND, LAKEBOAT, THE WATER ENGINE, THE WOODS, SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO, REUNION and THE CRYPTOGRAM (1995 Obie Award). His translations and adaptations include: FAUSTUS and RED RIVER by Pierre Laville; and THE CHERRY ORCHARD, THREE SISTERS and UNCLE VANYA by Anton Chekov. His films include: The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Verdict, The Untouchables, House of Games (writer/director), Oleanna (writer/director), Homicide (writer/director), The Spanish Prisoner (writer/director), Heist (writer/director) and Spartan (writer/director). Mr. Mamet is also the author of: Warm and Cold, a book for children with drawings by Donald Sultan, and two other children's books, Passover and The Duck and the Goat; Writing in Restaurants, Some Freaks, and Make-Believe Town, three volumes of essays; The Hero Pony and The China Man, a book of poems; Three Children's Plays, On Directing Film, The Cabin, and the novels The Village, The Old Religion and Wilson. His most recent books include the acting books, True & False and Three Uses of the Knife. GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS was awarded the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2005, and his latest plays NOVEMBER and RACE as well as a revival of OLEANNA have recently appeared on Broadway.

  • Bill Bozzone

    Bill Bozzone's published plays include ROSE COTTAGES, HOUSE ARREST, KOREA, and BUCK FEVER AND OTHER PLAYS. Among his published one acts are SONNY DEREE'S LIFE FLASHES BEFORE HIS EYES, SALVATION, WAR, and SAXOPHONE MUSIC. For film he wrote the screenplay Full Moon in Blue Water, which starred Gene Hackman, and co-wrote the ACE-nominated The Last Elephant (released as The Ivory Hunters). Bill Bozzone is a member of New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre. He lives in Connecticut with novelist Tricia Bauer, and their daughter, Lia.

  • Katharine Long

    Katharine Long is a playwright and sometime actor. Her short play ARIEL BRIGHT was published in The Best Short Plays 1986. Other plays include UNSEEN FRIENDS, TWO-PART HARMONY, and THE ATTIC. She has also written for the daytime television series As the World Turns and Search for Tomorrow.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 10/1/1985
Pages 94
ISBN 9780881450309