Piese de Pape Ralph

Beyond Your Command
The place is a black neighborhood in a small city in New Jersey, the time a hot August afternoon in 1963—the day of Dr. Martin Luther King's march on Washington. Nick Alameda, a fast-talking white vacuum cleaner salesman, has been working the neighborhood and has reached the home of Frances Johnson, a kindly, trusting black housewife whose family budget is already stretched perilously thin. At first Frances tries to discourage the wily Nick and his college boy assistant, Danny, but little by little Nick breaks down her resistance and worms his way into her confidence until, by the time her alarmed husband comes home, she has signed a purchase agreement. But her husband also brings the news that their son has been arrested for striking his white foreman—and suddenly the mood of the play changes as the focus shifts from cynical exploitation to questions of racial tension and distrust, and the simmering resentment that can burst into violence at any moment. As the cheers of Dr. King's assembled followers are heard on the TV the now disaffected Danny turns angrily on his startled boss and sends him packing, while Frances, emboldened at last to make her own choices, declares her intention to accompany her husband to the police station and, with him, to stand up to the oppressive authority that, so often, has conspired to deny her family—and her people—its rightful place in society.
Girls We have Known
The action centers on two young buddies, a Hollywood screenwriter and a hip pool hustler, who are driving cross-country from Los Angeles to New York. Their conversation, which is bright, funny and most revealing, is concerned largely with their amorous exploits over the many years of their acquaintance—and some "double-dealing" which only now comes to light as road-weariness (and scotch) loosen their tongues.
Hearts Beating Faster
An idealistic young woman, Carol Ann Gates, has spent most of the 1980s in a forlorn quest for love and self fulfillment. After several years in Los Angeles and New York, she accepts an invitation from her older sister, Melanie, to stay with her and her daughter, Patricia, in their native Oklahoma. En route, she misses her connecting flight and encounters Ray, a handsome young man who believes their meeting is no accident and offers to drive her home. She accepts his offer and invites him to stay with her family. While there, Ray has a series of volatile exchanges with John, Melanie's former lover who has re-appeared after six years…and also finds himself falling in love with Patricia, who returns his feelings. He reveals to her that he is on a "mission of great importance," the impact of which only becomes clear in the play's penultimate scene. A compelling journey through the lives of five incredibly vivid characters, whose fears and dreams mirror the changes that have been taking place in this country—and in ourselves—over the last dozen years.
Say Goodnight, Gracie
The place is a shabby apartment in New York's East Village, which Jerry an aspiring young actor, shares with Ginny, a secretary. They are joined by Jerry's high-school friends: Steve, a prankish would-be poet and television writer; and Bobby, a musician who has been scraping by with dates in small clubs in suburban New Jersey, and who arrives with his girlfriend, Catherine, a beautiful but rather kinky airline stewardess. Their intention is to attend their high-school reunion, and as they while away the hours before it is time to leave, they talk and smoke pot, their conversation becoming funnier—and more revealing—as the smoke thickens. Jerry, bitter that his acting career is at a standstill, decides that he doesn't want to go to the reunion, but the others (whose disappointments are as keen as his) try to cheer him up and urge him on. In the end, however, they fail—for Jerry and themselves. These are children of the idealistic 60s, unable to come to terms with the uncertain '70s, and trying to evade, with their ever-funnier and more biting comments, the sobering truth that haunts them all—that there are, unfortunately, no clear and simple answers anymore.
Soap Opera
A deft and dramatically arresting interweaving of monologues, as a secretary, a mechanic and a painter separately reveal the sometimes bizarre details of their romantic triangle. By turns lyrical, terrifying and comic, the play is both a heightened melodrama and a dreamlike allegory of sexual confusion.
Warm and Tender Love
The play is set in the sauna of a New York City health club, where a streetwise young Manhattanite tries to work his charms on an attractive young girl—who happens to be Russian. While both speak English, there is an obvious "culture gap" to be surmounted, which leads to some very fast, funny and ultimately touching developments.

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