“The feast of plays you are about to enjoy are diverse and explore cross-sections of race, class and politics, the wonders of love, the discovery of the forgotten and the complexity of human relations. They are topical with strong, dramatic construction and are a wonderful display of what it is like to live at the intersection of a world in which one is a creative, a friend, a lover, a politician or a worker in the world of the United States in the 21st century. “
– Ms. Shawn Rene Graham from the Foreword.
“Steve Harper’s Short Play Anthology is a creation of something special…You need a two hander? No problem. What about Asian or Indian characters? It’s there. Strong female leads? Check. Latinx, Black, non-descript, pathos, youth, wisdom, inside baseball, out of this world humor – check, check, check.”
– Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, from the Introduction
SYNOPSIS: A collection of unexpected, insightful and engaging short plays by award-winning playwright and television writer Steve Harper. This playful compilation spans a variety of circumstances and topics with humor and magical realism. These 17 plays range from three minutes to forty minutes, with roles for diverse actors of varying ages. Many of these pieces have been performed across the U.S. in educational venues (Juilliard and Northwestern among them) play festivals and online. A Few Short Plays to Save the World is a welcome addition to any scene study class or study of contemporary theater. Ideal for theater students, lovers of short plays or anyone with an interest in new dramatic work. It provides a fascinating and entertaining look at 21st-century life.