The Audition by Kenneth Robbins

Drama/ 1 character, 1 Woman/ One Act

Synopsis: Amy arrives at a small out-of-the-way theatre in New York, expecting to audition for a new play. But no one is there. She is locked into the theatre accidentally.

Since she is alone on a stage with no way to get out, she decides to share her audition pieces with the ghost of the theatre. She offers selections from numerous plays including Hamlet, Hedda Gabler, and others.

The fact that she suffers from paranoia becomes apparent as she discovers a bag of props left at the back of the theatre and in it, she finds a pistol, loaded. How she uses this prop is the payoff of the play.

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c/o Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins
School of Literature and Language
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA 71272

About the Playwright: Kenneth Robbins is the author of four published novels and 21 published plays, as well as four collections of literary works. His work has received the Toni Morrison Prize for Fiction, the Associated Writing Programs Novel Award, the Charles Getchell Award, and a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award, among others.His works for the stage have been produced by the New Works Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Nashville Academy Theatre, Theatre Atlanta Off Peachtree, and the Project Arts Center, Dublin, Ireland. His radio play, Dynamite Hill, was aired over National Public Radio and BBC Radio 3.

The Audition was first presented by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and received its professional premiere at Teaterpaedogy, Copenhagen in 2001.