For the Time Being
by Andrew Martineau
Levon Lyons is a sixteen-year-old who has been battling depression after his mother leaves him. His teacher, Athena MIller, makes a home visit to discuss his mental health issues with his father, Mickey. We see Levon’s nightmares come to life, which include his mother, Kitty Lyons, a stripper who wears a lion costume, and Milo, Kitty’s abusive boyfriend. Mickey and Levon have been telling everyone that Kitty has died, but did she really pass away? Will Levon’s nightmares help him to understand his dysfunctional family, and will Athena’s concerns about him make a difference?
- Cast Size: 3M 2F
- Running Time: 90+ minutes
- Royalty Rate: $75 per performance
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About the Playwright
Andrew Martineau has had productions and staged readings of his work in NYC with Ivy Theatre Company, Love Creek Productions, and DreamCatcher Entertainment. His play “One Fifty” has been produced by Nu Sass Productions in Washington, DC and at University of Miami. His one-act play “Functions” (Green Room Press)has been produced by high school theatres throughout the U.S. and in South Korea. “The Waters of Her Noblest Rivers” was a winner in the Visions/Revisions New Play Festival produced by Anacostia Playhouse in Washington, DC, and had a reading at the Midwest Dramatists Conference in 2018. His one-act play “Etched in Stone” (Green Room Press) won the best script award from the Northern Virginia One-Act Festival and the Watermelon One-Act Festival in St. Mary’s, Maryland. He has two plays published with Smith Scripts (“Visitation” and “The Snow Angel”). Andrew is a member of the Dramatists Guild and teaches English and Humanities courses at a private college in the Washington, DC area.
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Martineau has created a fraught world in which five characters are all battling something emotionally or physically, and they take it out on themselves and each other. So many stresses, so many secrets, so much baggage from the past weighing them down has each of them near a breaking point. The writing keeps the audience as off balance as the people on stage, until the play provides a ray of hope in its satisfying conclusion Excellent work that will stick with you.