Shorts and Briefs: A Collection of Short Plays and Brief Principles of Playwriting (Paperback)
"Gregory Fletcher and I shared a wonderful teacher, the late Howard Stein, though we knew him in different decades. Greg's book makes an interesting case about how the short play can be a valuable tool to learn how to write plays in general-10 minute plays, 90 minute plays, plays that last for days. And he includes several effective short plays that he has written as well, which certainly enhance his premise."-Christopher Durang, playwright (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Miss Witherspoon, The Marriage of Bette & Boo) "A frisky show and tell about designing shorts and briefs. How to put them on, as well as take them off." -Tina Howe, playwright (Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances, Pride's Crossing) "Fletcher's Shorts are filled with nice surprises and stamina. His Briefs are filled with insight and clarity. The bar is raised high in this enviable package." -Charles Busch, actor, playwright (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Psycho Beach Party, Die Mommie Die) "The plays evidence vitality, wit, and a theatrical mind at work. Used in class to introduce the process of writing plays, Shorts and Briefs is a labor of love and a vast wealth of wisdom, economy, and artistry." -Bruce Levitt, Professor of Theatre, Cornell University "Shorts" - a collection of short plays, offering roles for actors from the teens to the fifties. Visit an agency that offers once in a lifetime placements, a family errand that turns downright embarrassing, a subway ride that changes lives forever, a dog park for extended families, a breakfast nook that turns negative to positive, an unexpected war zone where a soldier is unprepared for battle; a double date where a surprise kiss topples everything, a last attempt to regain a romantic spark, and a staircase where two estranged siblings become reunited. "Briefs" - a collection of brief principles of playwriting, intended for students of theater, and new or established playwrights who would like to explore the short play genre.