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$60.00 Royalty per Performance

$20.00 Single-Use Copyright Fee

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Read the Play
(minus the ending)

Past Present Tense

Read the Play (minus the ending)

by Lynn-Steven Johanson
A Collection of Four Short Plays
Set at a Park Bench in a Small Midwestern City
4W / 4M / 1 Male Teen
(Total all four plays)
Approximate Playing Time: 2 hours

Have you ever wondered who else sits on your favorite park bench and what stories they have to tell? Past Present Tense gives you the opportunity to find out as four plays unfold at the same place in a small Midwestern city. First “Aging Grace” pits two sisters with a strained past on often opposite sides of the age-old question, when is it time to send an aging parent to a nursing home? In the comedy “Buford and Leroy”, two down-home boys prove that friendship is thicker than motor oil when one has to bow out on a monster truck show and is too embarrassed to say why. In “Joanna on My Mind,” Pearl questions a familiar-looking man sitting on the opposite end of the bench only to find out it is Bill, her high school sweetheart. Bill says he is moving back to his hometown and hopes to rekindle their relationship only to learn that Pearl gave birth to his daughter 40 years earlier and gave her up for adoption. The last to visit the park bench are retired businessman Al and a trouble teen, Stacey in the bittersweet comedy, “Shooting Pool with a Rope.” Both have taken refuge on the bench; one before facing the daughter he abandoned years ago and the other from the pain of losing his dying mother. The two discover a bond that might save them both if trust can be earned when not deserved. $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre. Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application.

$60.00 Royalty per Performance
$20.00 Single-Use Copyright Fee