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SIGN OF LIFE is a story of unlikely, yet lasting friendships; of loss and love and the need for emotional and physical human interaction.
A lonely gay man, who suffers from a borderline personality disorder; his best friend, who truly loves him and the hustler from upstairs in need of an escape from an abusive relationship come together on an unforgettable and touching New Year's Eve.
At its' core, SIGN OF LIFE is a play about abuse; about people who abuse themselves; about people who abuse others; and about people who allow themselves to be abused.”
The play requires three actors (2M, 1F) and takes place on a single, unit set.
Archer is a sweet, charming, attractive man somewhere between his mid-thirties to his mid-fifties, who suffers from a borderline personality disorder. He is intelligent and a little on the reserved side. Although he does his best to suppress it, there is an air of sadness about him.
Aileen is Archer’s best friend and around the same age. She is boisterous, outgoing and speaks with a slight southern accent.
Joshua (J.R.) is Archer’s uninhibited, good looking, young, upstairs neighbor. He has an incredible body. Although he has been “Around the block,” he still manages to maintain a sweet, gentle disposition.
RADIO DISC JOCKEY, TIM and BRIAN
These are all Off Stage Voices and can be pre-recorded.
Joshua should be approximately 15-20 years younger than Archer. Depending on the actor cast as Archer, care should be taken to insure that Joshua does not appear to be a minor.
SIGN OF LIFE requires a single, one unit set and three actors (2M, 1F) .
The action takes place on New Year's Eve, in the living room/kitchen area of Archer's Chicago condominium.
SCENE ONE: Early Evening - around 6:30 p.m.
SCENE TWO: Later, around 9 p.m.
SCENE ONE: Even later, around 11:15 p.m.
SCENE TWO: Early the next morning, around 4. a.m.
SIGN OF LIFE was originally produced under the title of KILLING KITTENS.
Sign of Life is for mature audiences. It contains strong adult content, language, themes, nudity, marijuana smoking and a scene of self-harm.
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