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A Guy Walks Into a Bar:
Three Shorts About Booze & What it Can Do To & For You
by Con Chapman
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LET ME BUY YOU A DRINK
A Note from the Author
I like to drink—perhaps you do too. When I drink, I make sure I set
limits; how much I’ll drink, when I’ll start, when I’ll stop, what I’ll
say once I’m drunk, etc. The trouble is, alcohol relaxes the muscles,
and the brain is a muscle. By the time I’m on my second drink, those
hard-and-fast rules begin to seem too narrow, too restrictive, the
hidebound strictures of a . . . yeah, I’ll have another. Uh, I think it
was a Smutty Nose Blueberry I.P.A. Thanks.
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Let Me Buy You a Drink was read as part of the Eatful Day Plays of the Emerging Artists Theatre Company in New York in September of 2004.
The Writer and the Talker was performed as part of the Theatre Collaboratives 2005 Ritalin Readings.
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Con Chapman is a Boston-area writer. He is the author of The Year of the Gerbil: How the Yankees Won (and the Red Sox Lost) the Greatest Pennant Race Ever, a history of the 1978 Red Sox season, and A View of the Charles, a novel. He has written twenty plays, including the following which have been performed, published or recognized:
The Little Theatre is a one-act play for middle and high school audiences that follows a group of four students as they prepare for a speech and debate tournament. It is published by Eldridge Publishing;
The Undertakers Club is a one-act play for middle and high school audiences about a group of adolescent outcasts who start their own student organization devoted to mortuary science. It was a finalist in the 2003 Jackie White Memorial National Childrens Play Writing Contest and is published by Brooklyn Publishers;
The 5:05 is a one-act depiction of an evenings run on a Boston commuter train. It received a staged reading as part of the Boston Directors Lab 2003 New Directions Playwright Festival and was a semi-finalist at the 2002 Nantucket Short Play Competition;
The Picket Line, a full-length play about a labor dispute in a small Massachusetts town, received a staged reading by the Manhattan Theatre Cooperative in January of 2005;
The Last Day of the Mai-Tai Novelty Company is a ten-minute play about a foreclosure sale at which an old lady with her eye on a box of stuffed animals gets into a bidding war with a professional bottom-fisher. It was performed as part of Acme Theatres 2003 New Works Winter Festival in Maynard, Massachusetts. The Ten-Minute Workshop is a ten-minute play about ten-minute plays. It was performed at the Hovey Players 2003 Summer Shorts Festival and was the favorite comedy of The Theater Mirror: New Englands Live Theatre Guide. It was also performed as part of the 2004 Buffalo Quickies Festival at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, New York.
Take Out the Trash is a ten-minute play about whom, as between a man and woman who share an apartment, will take out the trash. It was performed as part of the Theatre Collaboratives 2004 Ritalin Readings and the Arlington Friends of the Drama Short Takes Festival in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Fast Nickels, a one-act play about a used car salesman, was performed as part of the New England Academy of Theatres 2004 Short & NEAT One Act Play Festival in New Haven, Connecticut.
The Hat Trick, a two-act play, received a staged reading by The New Play House in Frederick, Maryland, in December of 2004.