Actors & Directors

This book contains 3 one-act plays which can be performed individually or together with one cast (scroll down for cast lists):

The Staff Meeting
cast of 6

cast of 2

Darleen Dances
cast of 1

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(a 1-act farce)

Place: The conference room of a small advertising agency in New York City. There are three empty chairs, a 2-seater couch, and a small conference table.

Time: 2:30 on a weekday.


MARGARET, in her 40s or 50s, but agelessly old since birth. Carefully put together from her orthopedic shoes, straight gray skirt, white peter pan collared blouse to her wire-tight pin curls and carefully painted bright red mouth. Overweight. The accountant for the Agency.

PIERRE, in his late 20s-early 30s. Charming, good-looking with an irresistible smile. The art director for the Agency.

NATALIE, in her late 20s-early 30s. Attractive, intense, ambitious, frustrated and very much in love with Pierre. The copywriter for the Agency.

LEONARD, in his 30s or 40s. The "executive look" personified. Anal. Totally self-assured but falls apart totally in front of The Client. The account executive for the Agency.

JENNIFER, in her 40s or 50s, but ageless. Strikingly beautiful and aware of it. Has probably been married many times, and will be forever unattainable for any man who falls for her charm. Prone to taking three-hour lunches from which she returns with an air of extreme well-being. Head of the Agency.

SALLY, young, disheveled, perpetually late, always trying to please.

2. W O W

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: A classroom


RUBY PINE, in her 20s or 30s. Average looking, nicely dressed, but looks as though she has forgotten something.

WALTER VON MAARSCHALK, in his 30s. Attractive, casual, sensual, easy.



PLACE: Various places—no scenery.

CAST: Darleen Rosengarten, looks young, but can be cast in her 30s-40s, not an all-American "pretty girl." NOTE: Opening monologue can be done by actress of any age.

Girl Stories & Game Plays

Praise for the book

Your turns of phrase — creative freedom with language — turned me on throughout; that's the reason why people still read. I laughed out loud, I laughed out loud, I laughed out loud! A ticklish read from start to finish.
—Jason Love, syndicated humor writer, author of So It Goes: Stories for People Who Laugh

I was seduced into believing these were just ‘stories’ and then was zinged with surprising twists. The precision of the writing is gripping, dialogue is riveting. Each story stands on its own but then becomes a part of a greater whole, with some characters appearing and reappearing, as though they want us to know them better.
—Diane Booth, psychotherapist

Diverse, lively, often hilarious...
—Chronogram, December 2005

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18 Subversive Stories & 3 Funny One-act Plays, including Darleen Dances

Girls lost in ice cream and fantasies and a love of comfortable shoes; mean girls; scared girls; naked girls; bald girls.

This anthology offers a different (maybe sneaky) kind of journey that builds like a novel ... or something else entirely. A feast of silly, serious, strange, sexy, transcendent, and laugh-out-loud funny stories of girls and girl-women. Included among the trilogy of one-act plays is an updated version of the popular audition-monologue play Darleen Dances. The one-acts can be performed singly or as a trilogy using one cast of actors.

This is a book for everyone who enjoys a good laugh, a cathartic cry, and an entertaining tale.

A great gift for men who like their brains teased and girl-women of all ages.

What is a girl-woman?

A girl-woman can be 16 or 60. She's innocent like a fox. But mainly she's alive! Alive like a girl, wise like a woman.

Famous girl-women:

• Cat Deeley
• Eloise (of the children's books)
• Goldie Hawn
• Whoopi Goldberg
• Drew Barrymore
• Alice Walker
• Tinkerbell
• Norah Jones
• Doris Lessing
• Alicia Keys
• Lisa Simpson (of The Simpsons)
• Georgia O'Keeffe

and maybe you or someone you love?

What kind of stories are girl-women stories?

Silly, serious, strange, slightly subversive, transcendent, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny. The collection includes an updated version of Darleen Dances and the short stories listed at right (read by clicking on them).

from Darleen Dances:

"I read this book by a movie star which said that the key to peace of mind is standing on your head. The theory is when you get all the blood in your head, it gives you this whoosh, and then all the bad thoughts and stuff fall outa your head and down on down to hell where they belong. Personally I'da preferred floating, but at least with this method gravity's on your side..."

from Watching the Human Race:

"The crowd freezes, and for one heavenly long moment, everything seems to go into slow motion. Marla looks at the hundreds of men, women, children, and wheelchair racers and sees a procession of bodies in meditation. Thousands of people in motion, yet nobody stepping on anyone else. Yes, there are a few who are sizing up the competition, but mostly they are deep within themselves, running the best they can. They run like a heartbeat. Hearts with legs."

Betsy Robinson reads to her dog.

(Copyright © 2013 Betsy Robinson. All rights reserved)

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A funny and moving little book for anyone who's had a mother or struggled with being human.
anthology of stories and plays
includes Darleen Dances and stories below

1-act play

short story
the problem with worrying about the future

true story
Why I don't believe in death.

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