Format/Genre: One-Act Comedy
Target Audience: College, Professional theatres (contains sexual content)
Casting: 2M, 3W; age range - 20s
Sets: Bare stage with beach towels/chairs
Running time: 25-30 min. (can be performed with "Lake Shore Drives" as
a companion piece)
Synopsis: On Chicago's cement beach off Lake Shore Drive, twenty-somethings Laurie & Sally soak in the sun and swap hook-up stories, when their old friend Kim joins them for an awkward reunion. A recovering party-girl, now happily married and pregnant, Kim tries to set up Laurie with a shy guy, Harvey, who won't use her and dump her - but Laurie will have none of it. When Kim tries to help Laurie see how unhappy she is with all of these harmful one-night stands, Sally drives her away. Harvey does show up and tries to connect with Laurie, but she blows him off as she is eagerly awaiting her prior night's conquest, Vince, to arrive. But when the hunky Vince shows up, Sally reveals her true colors and steals him away. Just as Laurie hits bottom, Harvey returns to tell her off - when they suddenly find a connection after all.
- Premiered at Rutgers University, Jamison Theatre, 1988
- Staged at the Double Image One-Act Festival, June 1988, and subsequently
published by Samuel French in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, Series 13
- Alliance Rep One-Act Festival, Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 1989
- Has been produced all over the U.S., Canada and in the U.K.
"The biggest and liveliest piece,
and the evening's finale, is Bernie DeLeo's topical, relevant 'Beached.' It may be seen as an updated variation of David Mamet's 'Sexual Perversity in Chicago.' Rife with sex-play and implicit comment on the meaninglessness of all this, 'Beached' makes points.
"DeLeo is both witty and perceptive, and his play is a bantering charmer all the way."
- Drama-Logue, Los Angeles