Play's End by Jonathan Dorf

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About The Play

Tragicomedy. 20-25 minutes. 2 males. Suitable for high school and older.

Premiered at The Brick Playhouse (Philadelphia, PA). Runner-up in Moving Arts' Premiere One Act Competition (Los Angeles, CA). Can play on its own or together with Ticking and You're Next as part of Gunplay.

"...the most interesting and most stimulating work [of the evening]" - The Philadelphia Inquirer

". . . in heightened dialogue reminiscent of Pinter, Dorf shows quite effectively how a parent's attitudes can influence a child without either of them knowing it." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"It was an amazing journey working on Gunplay. We took this trilogy [which includes Play's End] all the way to the State level of competition and learned something new with every performance. This piece offers many educational opportunities without preaching the dangers of guns." - Michelle Backel, Faculty Director, Lyman High School (Longwood, FL)

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Gun salesman John Doe gets home to find his 10-year-old son Johnny already back from school and playing on the living room floor. As they talk, Johnny slowly comes to the realization that something "sad" has happened, but he can't remember what it is. Johnny tells John about Billy Fireman, a boy who was shot to death at school the week before. Throughout the telling of the story, Johnny continues to be bothered by his repressed memory. As he slowly reconstructs his day, and as John tells him the gun-happy family's own version of the "birds and the bees," Johnny remembers the thing he's forgotten...

Did You Know?

In his freshman year at UCLA, Robert George started a theatre company called I-5 productions, so named because all of its members came from different parts of California and were united at school via Interstate 5, creating 3 original works a year that they staged at small theaters all over Los Angeles.