Weep and the World Laffs
Cole, William R. (aka William Cole, American playwright, children’s writer, poet, producer, actor, director, 1952-____), “Weep and the World Laffs,”
a 10-minute drama in English, set at a bus stop, _____,
3m1f or 4m
© 1998 by William R. Cole;
• in William R. Cole’s Weep and the World Laffs (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.: The Author, _____);
• script/rights available from William R. Cole, 320 Summit Avenue East #1, Seattle, Washington 98102, U.S.A., e-mail • mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone (home) 206-325-0423, (work) 206-498-3112.
• Cited by http://www.uneedaink.com/writer/synopcole.html, accessed November 28, 2006; Cole says,
_____ (m), __, patron waiting for a bus that no longer runs; _____ (m), __, _____; _____ (m), __, a bum; _____ (m), __, a three card monty dealer.
“A mysterious tupperware box and a man who waits for a bus that no longer runs witness the violent confrontation over territory between a bum and a three card monty dealer. What he sees and what he sees are two very different things.
• “Simple set.”
• “William has been working on the stage since the age of six. His early efforts were almost exclusively in musical theater. There he picked up experience in singing, dancing and stage combat, as well as acting and directing. For some twelve years he served as either Managing Director or Artistic Director of two small showcase theater companies based in Ashland, Oregon, gaining invaluable experience in virtually all aspects of producing professional theater for all audiences. One of those companies, Crystal Egg Theater, focused on original sword and sorcery adventure plays for children and adults. It was here that he developed his stagecraft in writing for the theater. The other, Ashland Resident Theater, devoted itself to 'American classics' (Shepard, Mamet, Matrosimone, Durang, Norman etc) and thrived in the shadow of the giant Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This company honed skills in not only directing and acting but also theater management and marketing. In the late eighties he moved his base of operation to Seattle WA where, over time, he formed three small fringe theater companies.He spent this time focusing mainly on writing acting and directing. Seattle audiences might be familiar with productions of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds and a stage adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's The Fox that he produced and directed for Semo Productions. He also took the stage in several acting roles including Red Pewsy in a Fringe production of the play Coyote Ugly and Harold in a cross-gender production of Orphans. If you are a fan of ABC's Northern Exposure you might still catch a glimpse of him in syndication as the Apostle Mark enjoying a sumptuous Last Supper. On Valentine's Day 1997 he took the stage as the planet builder Emit Himdell, in Theatre Babylon's production of Plutonium Love with the lovely Ms. Heimarck who happens to be his real life partner as well. He created the role of Handyman in Ron Owen's play Pig and created several roles in Ms Heimarck's smashing Circus People. Personal favorites he performed were multiple roles in both A Theatre Under the Influence's production of short works, Unfair Arguments with Existence by Lawerence Ferlinghetti (under the direction of Vincent Balestri) and New City Theater's production of King Lear, working with a long time ‘mentor’, John Kazanjian. He was, in many ways, a small part of those responsible for the founding of the fringe theater movement in Seattle during the late eighties and early nineties. Developing the formation of as many as four of the small showcase companies that sprung up during that time period. Ultimately he cofounded the above mentioned writer’s theater with five other writer/performers, Theatre Babylon . Ten years later, he moved on to concentrate his efforts on more personal projects. Perhaps the most notable accomplishment during these past few years is his involvement as a member of the Steering Committee that produces the bi-yearly theatrical event, 14/48 (the world's quickest theater festival). For more info about 1448 please direct your attention to http://www.1448fest.com. As a playwright; in 1999 Theatre Babylon staged his Wearing the Edges of Broken Glass Smooth with Your Tongue after a year long development process. Currently he is shopping around his new play Dungeon Play or the Life and Times of George of Clarence after his Untimely End and is hard at work on several new projects - most notably a full length entitled Folksinger in my Pants, as well as several short works . . . ‘Head of a Pin,’ ‘Stirring up Mayhem,’ ‘Do Duck's Quacks Echo?’ and ‘How They Live on the Moon.’ . . . . Most recently he has found writing ‘one minute plays’ to be most challenging. Developing full characters and plots that have a beginning middle and end—all in the space of a single sheet of paper is a lot harder than one would immediately think. William has several books of poetry—and often he works to incorporate poetic works into stage productions (one reason the above mentioned Ferlinghetti project became a personal favorite) - The character Emit, in Plutonium Love wrote Haiku and an online virtual booklet of that work that he developed for the production can be accessed . . . . He also enjoys scenic and poster design for the stage and has most recently turned his hand to setting up a graphic design business called uneeda INK that utilizes his skills with Adobe software. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.”—Playwright - Poet - Producer - Actor - Director, http://www.uneedaink.com/writer/index.htm, accessed November 28, 2006.
• Photograph from http://www.uneedaink.com/writer/index.htm.
bus, three card monty, tupperware, twins, violence, witness.
Other Plays by William R. Cole
- Bent To A Thin Whisper-xmxf
- Do Ducks Quacks Echo-1m1f
- Excessive Pleasure In Hissing-2m1f
- Feasting On A Banquet Of Crumbs-2m1f
- Folksinger In My Pants-2m2f
- Head Of A Pin-2m
- How They Live On The Moon-1m
- Only Wads Of Old Chewed Gum-3f
- Rub A Dub Dub-3m
- 6 B No Elevator-1m1f
- Stirring Up Mayhem-1m2f
- Stumbling After Paradise-2m2f
- United State Of Graceland-The-2m
- Weep And The World Laffs-3m1f
- What Goes Up-1m1f