America: A Trilogy for the Theatre

Life can only be understood backward;
but it must be lived forward.  
— Soren Kierkegaard

A Trilogy for the Theatre

by Roy Charles Henry (b. 1938)


Here we are “pitching” an idea for a series of short plays which would be a response to the short attention span of an American audience conditioned to “sound bites.” If today’s audience chooses not to sit still for an hour and a half of theatre then perhaps playwrights could keep them riveted in their seats with three hard-hitting short pieces that have them arguing furiously over their after-theatre latte and crème brûlée. Short and not-so-sweet may be the future of 21st century theatre.

Remember, these three plays are “frameworks” of unfinished structures, seeds of a plant yet to sprout and blossom.


Trilogy:  Table of Contents