Dennis Bush's plays have been performed in New York and throughout the United States and Canada, and elsewhere around the world. He has extensive credits as a writer, coach, and consultant. He has written commissioned theatrical texts for numerous clients and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Meredith, a young woman, flies home to visit her father who is battling cancer. They talk about their common love, baseball, all day. Once back home, she begins to call her parents almost daily and is told not to worry-until one call when he father urges her to go out to dinner and think of him. He dies that night with a picture of her in his hand and a baseball game playing on TV. (drama)
Your actors will delve into these pieces with relish and your audiences will identify with all the characters, humorous and heartbreaking alike. All of the material has been workshopped and performed by high school-age actors as well as by professional performers. The collection features 16 monologues and 5 scenes for 2 characters. Of the monologues, 9 are for females and 7 for males, though some gender switching is workable. The material runs the gamut from quirky comedy to emotional and dramatic. Many of the pieces center on relationships, everything from "...
Vanessa, a teenage girl, recalls her father humming when he left the family on weekends; perhaps it didn't rate the full-out whistling he did when he finally walked out on the family forever. She cried when he left that time, but wonders if it wasn't from her sense of relief, knowing she wouldn't have to experience his disappointment in them anymore. (drama)
Wendy, a teenager, always wanted to be a surgeon. She used to operate on her little sister's teddy bears. After a while that lost its appeal. Now she's started cutting on other things, even herself. (drama)
Paige, in her late teens, reflects on riding in the car with her grandmother. Even though her grandma was a safe driver, Paige often seemed to foresee a terrible accident. When her grandmother does die in a car accident, Paige feels her visions are the cause. (drama)
Young Melanie is carefully showing a friend the newspaper article. It was Take Your Daughter to Work Day and Melanie's father had taken her to his office. A man who had recently been fired-though not by her dad-returned waving a gun, pointing it at her. She recalls everything happened in slow motion as her dad jumped over his desk to shield her from the shot. The newspaper called him an innocent victim. She calls him a hero. (drama)
Cassie, in her late teens, is fiercely intelligent and very impulsive. She is planning her revenge on a nurse, revenge which includes biting a Barbie, because she doesn't have a needle or voodoo doll in her present residential location. (drama)
Fletcher made front page news when the cops dragged him out of his home in handcuffs. But Fletcher didn't do it. No matter how many times he said so, the police didn't believe him, until the DNA test results came back. He was innocent and was released. That newspaper article, though, was hidden, way back on page 37. So don't judge Fletcher until you know him, and know his real story. (drama)
A successful businessman in his 30s, Elliot describes his new girlfriend Kim, a hipper, edgier younger woman into underground rappers. Being with her, he explains, is like traveling in a foreign country where the language and customs can be strange. But after all, life is an adventure. (drama)