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The On Being Series
by David Dannenfelser

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Donovan Krebs, Ben Dievert and Chris Tobias in a scene from The On Being Series

Author: David Dannenfelser

Description: A semi-serious look at three states of being in the tradition of famous psychologist, Carl Rogers.

Year Written/Copyrighted: 1989
Date Added: 1/18/2012
Content Advisory: Some strong language
Keywords: Comedy · Drama · Mostly Male Characters
1 Act, 90 Minutes
1 Female, 4 Males

NOTE: The On Being Series is fully protected by copyright law and is subject to royalty. All inquiries concerning production, publication, reprinting or use of this play in any form should be addressed to Rochelle at rd@indietheaternow.com.

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Original Production Information

THE ON BEING SERIES was first produced at The Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art (now known as HERE) in New York City in 1989 with the following cast and credits:

ON BEING PATIENT

Dell: Steven Rattazzi
Doris: Sue Scarlett

Director: David Dannenfelser
Set Design: Company
Sound Design: David Dannenfelser

ON BEING POLITE

Bud: Todd Alcott
Bob: Steven Rattazzi
Jim: Chuck Montgomery
Jack: Terry Kranendunk
Ms. Winston: Sue Scarlett

Director: David Dannenfelser
Set Design: Company
Sound Design: David Dannenfelser

ON BEING PERFECT

Brenda: Sue Scarlett
Richard: Chuck Montgomery
Mark: Steven Rattazzi

Director: David Dannenfelser
Set Design: Company
Sound Design: David Dannenfelser

Excerpt from The On Being Series

AT RISE: DELL and DORIS sit at the table CS facing each other.

DELL

(To DORIS.)
Ah, the Greeks. Now they had the right idea. Have I told you the story of Daedalus and Icarus? It’s my favorite. Daedalus was an inventor. He invented many things. One day he and his son, Icarus built a huge maze, a labyrinth which stretched across the ocean from shore to shore. Unfortunately, when they had finished they found themselves trapped on the far shore. Daedalus fashioned from wax two sets of wings, one for his son and one for himself. Daedalus warned the boy, “don’t fly too high or the sun will melt away the wax on your wings and you will fall into the ocean below.” And, he added, “don’t fly too low or the waves of the sea will rise up and swallow you. Fly the middle way. Keep an even course between the ocean and the sky.” They set out with Daedalus at the lead. When they had flown only a short distance, Icarus became full of Excitement. He began to fly higher and higher. He was soon far above Daedalus soaring closer and closer towards the sun. Before long, his wings began to melt and then suddenly, they collapsed. Down he fell, plunging head-long into the sea. In a moment, the waves swelled... and he was gone. Daedalus continued on to the safety of his home shore... alone.


(Pause)


Fly the middle way. I believe in that. You see, I don’t like to push. I like to wait and see, get an idea of what the situation is, where I fit in. Then if I think the time is right, I make a move but not too fast. You’ve got to be patient, you know? Don’t fly too high. That’s how I got to where I am today. Nothing flashy, no. I just kept at it. It was just a matter of time before the school board saw what I was worth. Now, I’ve got tenure. I’m an asset to them and they know it.