Reality Theatre: A Collection by Julia Lederer
8 short plays and 4 storylines in 1 hour, Reality Theatre is a completed whole with extractable parts, written for audiences with shorter and shorter attention spans.
Reality and fantasy blur for a woman typecast as a spoon in Beauty and the Beast. A man grapples with how to tell his best friend about the contract he once signed in blood in exchange for eternal youth. The internet evaporates into thin air. People stare at each other for entertainment instead of watching reality television.
Reality Theatre is a fast moving collection of short, inter-woven plays that explore our anxieties about change, the acceleration of technology, and maintaining human relationships in a world quickly becoming less and less human. It's All in the Timing meets Black Mirror, with a bit of Waiting for Guffman thrown in for good measure.
One-act plays can also be performed as individual pieces or in pairs. The full collection can be performed by 3-9 actors, depending on how it's cast. (Productions to date have been performed by 3).
"Julia Lederer’s plays are full of off-the-wall observations and imagination and Reality Theatre is the latest example... Intriguing. Recommended." - Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter
"I wish I would have written down some of Lederer's one liners - her witty writing had me laughing the entire play." - Taylor Long, Broadway World Toronto (SummerWorks Production).
Keywords: one-act, absurd, funny, monologues, collection, comedy, quirky.
Year Printed: 2017
First Produced: August 3rd-13th 2017, SummerWorks Performance Festival, Toronto, ON.
Running Time: 58 minutes
Male Cast: 1
Female Cast: 2
Total Cast: 3
Casting Notes: The full collection can be performed by 3-9 actors.