Straight Talk

Author: Jeff McMahon

Straight Talk

Description: Debased and aggressive contemporary language and attitudes, with unexpected leaps into elevated speech and longing vulnerability examines the desires of young Americans.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 4/24/2012
Content Advisory: vulgar language and sexual situations not appropriate for pre-teen audiences
1 Act, 70 Minutes
5 Females, 5 Males

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Keywords: Brechtian · Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Comedy · Expressionism · Gay and Lesbian · Large Cast Size · Literature and Writing · Meta · Non-traditional/Non-narrative/Experimental/Post-dramatic · Philosophy · Pop Culture · Satire/Parody · Sex · Single Set · Surrealism/Absurdism · Verse

Original Production Information

Straight Talk (a work-in-regression) was presented in a work-in-progress showing as part of the Hot! Festival at Dixon Place, New York City, July 2010, with the following cast and credits:

Grace Abbott: Scene 1 & 7: GIRL 2;  Scene 2 & 5: GIRL 1
Salty Brine: Scene 1 & 2: BOY 1;  Scene 7: BOY 3
Mikeah Earnest Jennings: Scene 4, 5 & 6: BOY 1; Scene 7: BOY 2; appeared intermittently in Scenes 1 & 2
Alenka Kraigher: Scene 1: GIRL 1; Scene 2 & 3: GIRL 2; Scene 7: GIRL 3
Daniel Allen Nelson: Scene 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6: BOY 2; Scene 7: BOY 1
Elina Zavala: Scene 3 & 7: GIRL 1; Scene 5: GIRL 2

Director: Jeff McMahon
Costume Designer: Cynthia Flynt
Music Consultant: Steven Reker
Prop construction: Brandon Hardy
Intern/Assistant to Director: Samantha Colicchio
Lighting Assistant/Board Operator: Tim Pracher-Dix
Lighting Consultant: Daniel Allen Nelson
Music: “Letting Go of the Balloon” Et Ret Gasworks: “Drunk Girls” LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
Publicity imagery: Robert Flynt