Plays | Stage Adaptations

Plays

This website, currently under construction, will eventually include complete texts of all of Bob Potter’s original plays and stage adaptations written since 1969, together with ancillary material (reviews, programs, photos and sound recordings) from as many productions as possible.

Viewers are hereby authorized to download texts for reading purposes, but are reminded that all production rights are reserved by the author. No public performance of these plays is permitted without written permission. All applications for production rights should be addressed to: Ellen K. Anderson, 111 Skyline Circle, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 USA.

WHERE IS SICILY?

1969

Main Theatre, UCSB, Santa Barbara
(with Paul Winfield)

Creative Arts Institute, University of California

Produced by Department of Dramatic Art, UCSB

Director: Tom Markus

The ancient Athenians set off to conquer Sicily, and end up in Vietnam in the 1960's.
Cast of 29 (19M 10F)

IN A PIG’S EYE

1975

Theatre Three, Philadelphia

Produced by Temple University

Director: Tom Markus

A policeman attempts to plead guilty to shooting someone during an urban riot, but learns that he is above the law.
Cast of 9 (7M 2F)

FIFTEEN SIGNS OF THE APOCALYPSE
a music drama, music by Marc Ream

1978

Lotte Lehman Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara

Produced by the Contemporary Music Festival, UCSB

Director: Robert Potter

An ancient prophecy comes true as atomic holocaust.
Cast of 3 (1M 2F)

THE VISION OF CHILDREN

1980

Main Theatre, UCSB Santa Barbara

Director: Michael Greenwald

1980

Reading at Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City

1985

Amherst College, Massachusetts

Director: Michael Birtwhistle

Medieval flower children capture a fortified city full of courtly lovers, saints and sinners—on their way to a tragic fate.
Cast of 27 (11M 10F 6 children)

JUST ACROSS THE BORDER

1980

Reading at Theatre Off Park, New York City

Director: Tom Markus

1982

Virginia Museum Theatre, Richmond, Virginia

Director: Tom Markus

A deranged professor escaping from history collides with a blonde truth seeker, on the wrong side of the Baja California border.
Cast of 4 (2M 2F)

THE SEA LION

1983

Reading at South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, California

Director: Mary Ann McGarry

1984

Reading at Tisch School of the Arts , NYU, New York City

Director: Tom Markus

1987

Reading at City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh

Director: Susan Capek

An aging movie director finds his private beach invaded by interlopers—some of them with their clothes on.
Cast of 6 (2M 2F)

THE WIND DANCERS

1987

Rudder Forum, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas

Director: Michael Greenwald

Sir Francis Drake and his crew encounter natives on the California coast in 1579; or, what the Olamentko did when the dead people came back to life.
Cast of 16 (12M 3F 1 child)

THE LADY IN THE LABYRINTH

1987

Reading at First Stage, Los Angeles.

Director: Pavel Cerny

1988

Workshop Production at First Stage, Los Angeles

Director: Pavel Cerny

1989

Main Theatre, UCSB, Santa Barbara

Director: Jane Ridley

Music by Henry Brant

Ariadne’s mother fell in love with a bull, and it was all downhill from there. The Minotaur, his ill-fated sister and her clueless lover find themselves trapped in a legend, searching for a happy ending.
Cast of 5 (3M 2F)

A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE
Ellen K. Anderson co-author

1991

Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara

Director: Nancy Grinstein

Life and death, love and music, in a piano bar called "The Moonlight", across from the geriatric hospital.
Cast of 4 (2M 2F)

BEDTIME STORY

1991

Reading at Actors and Playwrights Unit, London, England

Director: Linda Polan

In 1980's London a child is about to lose her mother, on the last rainy night of Carla’s brilliant career.
Cast of 7 (3M 3F 1 child)

MUTT’S MONOLOGUE

1993

West Coast Ensemble, Los Angeles

Director: Sharon Connors

As the sun sets over Los Angeles, a disaffected wife decides to tell her husband she’s leaving.
[a monologue later incorporated into THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS]
Cast of 1 (1F)

BRECHTIAN VARIATIONS
four additional sketches for Bertolt Brecht's Private Life of the Master Race: "Peach Cobbler", "January Dreams", "The Geneticists on Their Lunch Break" and "Full Employment II"

1994

Penthouse Theatre, Seattle, Washington

Produced by University of Washington

Director: Tom Markus

Four ten-minute sketches updating the circumstances of Brecht’s PRIVATE LIFE OF THE MASTER RACE (1938) to America in the 1990’s.
Variable casts

SAINT BARBARA IN THE FLESH

1995

Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara

Produced by Dramatic Women

Director: Michelle Osborne

Furious that the Pope has attempted to desanctify her, Saint Barbara descends upon the California town that bears her name, ready to raise hell.
Music by Francine Greshler Feldmann.
Cast of 14 (3M 10F 1 child)

BIRD OF PARADISE

1996

Center Stage Theatre, Santa Barbara

Produced by Dramatic Women

Director: Michelle Osborne

A wealthy matron flirts with her swimming pool attendant, but a winged visitor intervenes. [a ten-minute play]
Cast of 3 (1M 2F)

AMUSIA
a fantasy based on the life and music of Maurice Ravel

2001

Hatlen Theatre, UC Santa Barbara

Produced by Theatre UCSB

Director: Peter Lackner

Maurice Ravel searches for his childhood, the magical secret of his music, and what came after, glimpsed joyfully through the prism of a cruel final illness.
Cast of 7 (4M 3F)

AYO’S JOURNEY
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, co-author

2002

Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara

Produced by Dramatic Women

Director: Val Limar

Kidnapped from her native village,  a young African girl crosses the ocean shackled in a slave ship, but survives to find a new life in the New World.
Cast of [TBD]

THE COCKROACH SOLUTION

2002

Reading at UCSB Studio Theatre, Santa Barbara

Director: Bob Potter

G, the harried supervisor of a small inhabited planet, is losing control of things. The cosmic bureaucracy terminates the experiment and sends G off into early retirement and an intergalactic cruise, as the cockroaches inherit the earth.
Cast of 6 (4M 2F)

THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS

2004

Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara

Produced by Dramatic Women

Director: Peter Lackner

High in the hills above Los Angeles Mutt and Jeff’s marriage is coming to pieces, and there’s a new star in the sky. Is this the end of America as we know it, or the beginning of something surprising?

THE LAST LIBERAL

2006

Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara

Produced by Dramatic Women

Director: Heather Ondersma

It’s 2042, a doddering clone is President, and there’s exactly one Liberal left in America (actually there are two, and they’ve just begun to fight).
Cast of 7 (5M 2F)

LAST DAYS OF THE EMPIRE

2008

Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara

Produced by Dramatic Women

Director: Maurice Lord

On a moonlit night in the Libyan desert, you can see the wreckage of a World War II German tank, the ruins of a villa from the late Roman empire, and the lights of an American Oil installation.
Cast of 5 (2M 3F)

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