New Plays by Cheryl King and Bill LoCasto

October 3, 2013

Electronic publishing makes it easy to update a script. Cheryl King, the indomitable impresario/actor/playwright who operates Stage Left Studio, asked me if I could add another play to Test-Do you really want to know? Are you positive?, her program of short plays that we published on Indie Theater Now this past summer. If we were doing print publication I would have had to say no, but happily in the e-world of ITN it's easy to say yes. Which I did.

So Test now includes a fourth piece, "Pit Stop," in which a country singer on the wane and the lady bartender who has been his occasional lover over the years  contemplate the cause of the singer's current health issues. Julie, the bartender, thinks that maybe Charlie should check out the new home HIV test. Will he take the test?

"Pit Stop" complements the other three plays in King's piece, all of which present a male-female couple contemplating/coping with the idea of taking the home HIV test. They're all timely and smart and offer great roles for an actor and actress of what we used to call "a certain age."

There's a companion to King's Test featuring plays for two men, written by Bill LoCasto. Coincidentally, we also just published another of Bill's plays on Indie Theater Now this week, the 2004 mystery/comedy thriller The Plot, which is set in the world of theater and features a murder plot that might be a scenario for a play--or is it something that is intended to really happen? It's a fun piece, and the one that introduced me to Bill's work, almost a decade ago now, when it was presented by Kathy Towson at the Creative Space Theater on Eighth Avenue (in a production directed by Cat Parker). Check it out.





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