Confluence & The Skirmishers


John Bishop

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 1 Female

Confluence ~ Visiting his young fiancee, who is acting in a summer stock company, Chuck Janola, a former Pittsburgh Steeler, and now a prosperous businessman, picnics with her in a rural park, overlooking the confluence of three Pennsylvania rivers

When the girl goes off to a rehearsal Chuck stays behind, both to contemplate the view and because he knows that the park is also the favorite haunt of Earl Douchette, a former baseball star and Hall of Famer, now living out his final years in a wheelchair

Wary when they first meet, Earl gradually warms to the younger man, who idolized him as a boy, and soon both are swapping tales of their glory days, and commiserating at the wrenching sadness (which only other pros can understand) that comes when time robs them of the unique excellence which has set them apart from others

Poignant and beautifully understated, the play reverberates with echoes of the past - the future - capturing the nuances of a special world which only the few may know and fully share

Presented by New York's Circle Repertory Company on a triple bill sharing the overall title of Confluence, this probing and imaginative play is concerned with the chance meeting of two former professional athletes, and the special, shared memories of the past which separate them from the workday world of the present

Cast of 2 men and 1 woman

" a small, pure gem, its every facet shining. Lean in the writing and beautifully acted and staged, it is stunning" ~ NY Daily News

" a delicate and sensitive chamber piece that touchingly reveals the nostalgic pathos of remembered athletic glory" ~ Variety

The Skirmishers ~ The scene is a small apartment on Manhattan's West Side, the home of Ralph Keptner, a young bachelor and Civil War buff. Reconciled to being alone, and to filling in the hours with an ongoing game in which the Battle of Gettysburg is fought and re-fought, Ralph is pleasantly surprised when Alan, a new neighbor from across the court, stops by to borrow some ice and shortly becomes an enthusiastic participant in the board game

But when Alan's beautiful young wife, Stoni joins them, a subtle change begins, as drinks are shared and Alan's mood moves from affability to inquisitiveness to provocation

The focus of the action is on sexuality - Alan's conviction that Ralph has been spying on Stoni and himself in their bedroom, and his disquieting desire to watch his apparently compliant wife have sex with another man

The tension is broken when Stoni, aware of Ralph's anguish, berates her husband and sends him packing. But, when they are alone, Ralph, despite his wish that it were not so, is unable to respond to the invitation which Stoni so ardently bestows

Cast of 2 men and 1 woman

This gripping, highly imaginative play combines the comic and the startling in dealing with the perverse games (largely sexual) that people play

"An emotionally riveting evening in the theatre is a rare treat, and The Skirmishers is just such a treat" ~ Show Business

"filled with tension especially of a sexual variety, and it has a lingering aftertaste" ~ NY Times

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