One Time

by Richard Lyons Conlon

Sometimes it takes a lifetime of stories to tell the story of a lifetime.

Sonia and Mason meet weekly to share stories from their individual lives. They tell each other just about everything – tales of unrequited love, an accidental shooting, posing in the nude, an abusive marriage, religious epiphanies, and nuns miniaturizing first-graders. Among many others. Tension mounts as each story reveals more about these two appealing individuals and the unexpected circumstances that led to their separation three decades before . . . and as Sonia begins missing their meetings without explanation. “One Time” uses humor to explore how social and religious constraints impact our most personal decisions . . . and how those decisions affect the lives of others and of ourselves. 

  • Cast Size: 1M 1F
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Richard Lyons Conlon is a Resident Playwright Alumnus at Chicago Dramatists and proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Richard was a 2020 Kennedy Center Selected Playwright. He has written over forty-five plays (11 produced, 5+ published, 25+ awards), including: 7 MINUTES TO LIVE (Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist), ONE TIME (record-breaking production: Next Act Theatre; Winner: Best Comedy at the 2022 Legacy Play Festival, Gold Prize Winner: the Beverly Hills Stage Play Competition), DESCANSO (Winner: WordWave One-Act Play Competition), and COVID COHAB (Selection: 2020 American Blues Theatre Ripped Festival; 2022 Flowersong Press Short Play Anthology). INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY was chosen for the SMITH & KRAUS anthology, Best Women’s Monologues 2021; it was also a Finalist for the 2017 HRC Showcase Theatre New Play Contest in New York. And MEMORY, SPEAK was Finalist for Sky Blue Theatre’s 2021 British Theatre Challenge.

His multi-award-winning play about artificial intelligence and literature — THE VOLITIVE EFFECT OF ORAL LITERARY INUNDATION ON THE LSTM RECURRENT NEURAL NETWORK — was a featured presentation at the 2022 TEDx Conference.

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