Preface and Acknowledgments

Small-Cast One-Act Plays On-Line is evolving from:

  • 1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide for Small-Cast One-Act Plays, the parallel print volume
  • citations gained since the August, 1995, press deadline for volume one of the print version.

Field testing of 1/2/3/4 for the Show occurred in 1993 in California at several high schools, two colleges, and a community theatre. For that, credit goes to:

  • Peter DeBono, drama chairman, at Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California, U.S.A.
  • Mary Gale, librarian, at Salinas High School, Salinas, California, U.S.A.
  • Dan Gotch, dramaturg, at Grovemont Theatre, Monterey, subsequently Pacific Repertory Theatre, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, U.S.A.
  • Joyce Lowry, dramaturg, at Hartnell College, Salinas, California, U.S.A.
  • Delia Ybarra, librarian, at Alisal High School, Salinas, California, U.S.A.

Staff members of three California (U.S.A.) libraries assisted research at:

  • Clark Library, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, U.S.A.
  • Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, U.S.A.
  • North Salinas High School Library, Salinas, California, U.S.A.

Joyce Gay, Library Technician at North Salinas High School Library, Salinas, merits special mention as being endlessly helpful.

Dr. Stephanie Jones, formerly in the Division of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, U.S.A., from the first mention of this guide saw its potential. She facilitated its development as a thesis project in library and information science and foresaw the project's evolution into the present publication.

Assisting distinctively in their several ways were

  • Rory Coster, Salinas, California, U.S.A.
  • Emmy Holtzclaw, Salinas, California, U.S.A.
  • Marsha Miller, Monterey, California, U.S.A.

Marcia Gambrell Hovick, founder and director of Children's Experimental Theatre, Inc., Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, U.S.A., generously supplied photographs of her one-act productions.

Catherine H. Lewis?, my sister, not only always inspired me but also scanned every page of the volume one manuscript with a scholarly eye.

Kathleen Maire Dwyer, my wife, with love and forbearance engendered proper perspective through these years.

Tina Louise, my genteel pit bulldog companion, watched me write, took me on walks, and gave me support and affection until April 3, 1993.

I thank them and the many others who helped bring the print volume to publication, which led to Small-Cast One-Act Plays On-Line.