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Running In Place A Full-Length Play
By
Joshua James

Running In Place is a drama with a hard comic edge concerning the budding relationship between a time-worn waitress, Bonnie, and a much younger man, Trevor, who wriggles his way into her hopes, dreams and emotions despite her best efforts to resist. They both find themselves carried along by life and love to a destination neither they nor all their friends would have ever predicted.

Cast Requirements

Bonnie
Waitress in her late forties. She hasnÕt seen too much of the world, but what she has seen, sheÕs seen enough of.
Trevor
a somewhat manic, pleasant-looking fellow in his late twenties.
Bea
Beautician in her sixties.
Anne
An Activist, a very attractive young woman with an attitude.
Craig
Trucker with sideburns, late fifties.
Liz
A social worker, twenty-five.
Kirsten
A police officer, very tough, thirties.
Todd
A nice looking young man of about twenty-five.

Special note - The same actor can play Kirsten and Liz, if so desired.

Setting

Present day in a small suburb just outside of Omaha, Nebraska. Most of the action takes place in George's Cafe, where Bonnie works, with some brief visits to Trevor's apartment and Bea's Beauty Salon.

Running time Š 95 to 100 minutes, performed without break or intermission.

Production History

Running In Place received staged readings at The Directors Company, Developmental Stages and Circle Repertory Theatre (the Playwrights Project). DC Productions produced an Off-Off-Broadway production of the play at The American Theatre of Actors, directed by Timothy Leigh. The production at that time was not reviewed, though the New York City rights to the property were subsequently optioned thereafter for three years.

Bonnie
You look like you've had a long day. You must be tired.
Trevor
Tired?
Bonnie
Yes tired. As in needing rest. As in going home. Going to bed. Getting some sleep.
Trevor
Bonnie, I am a night animal. A creature of the darkness.
Bonnie
Uh huh, I see.
Trevor
Bonnie, tell me the story of your life.
Bonnie
Now there's a way to get some sleep.
Trevor
Bon, I've been comin' in here for months, an' I just realized how little I know about you.
Bonnie
Don't feel so bad about it, I've lived with myself for years and I am still amazed at how little I know about me.

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