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plays by Steve Totland

Steve Totland: Full-Length Plays

You Are Here

Character Breakdown: 3M, 2F

Set/Technical: Two location: one interior, one exterior.
Running Time: 110 minutes

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Swimming

Set/Technical: Unit set suggesting multiple locations.

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Repeatedly going against expectations, playwright Steve Totland infuses his play SWIMMING with layer upon layer of surprises. Like peeling a shiny red apple with a rotten core, the play begins with a portrayal of a happy marriage, then gradually exposes the devestating cycle of victimization and betrayal beneath the pretty exterior.

The Los Angeles Times, F. Kathleen Foley

A clever play with crisply effective dialogue and an exceptional ensemble of actors, who must endure a nightly emotionally unraveling, both sincere and heartfelt.

Backstage West, Travis Michael Holder

Steve Totland's sophisticated play examines the way lies and deceit can bring devestation to a relationship that was meant to last forever. Cinematic in flavor, it's a play for grownups that isn't afraid to address troubling themes.

Studio City Sun, Pauline Adamek

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Division Street:America

Character Breakdown: 4M, 4F

Set/Technical: Unit set; minimal tech.

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The division of wealth and race the book's title suggests remains with us. The people of that time emerge as real folks for our times too. They are people whose aims and frustrations continue to resonate in the new millennium.

The Chicago Tribune, Richard Christiansen

This may be a time trip, but we always feel we are in the present tense.

The Chicago Reader, Lawrence Bommer

. . .the 70-minute adaptation features an incisive, sophisticated adaptation by Steve Totland. . . . these characters spin out their personal stories, suggesting both the mood of the 60s and what may and may not have changed in the interim.

The Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss


 

Home Sick for Rain

Character Breakdown: 5M, 1F

Set/Technical: One set; interior.
Running Time: 100 minutes

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Strange Case

Character Breakdown: 6M

Set/Technical: Unit set repreesnting multiple locations. Puppets.

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Steve Totland is a sharp, gifted writer whose stage adaptations of literary works have an eccentric bite and an appealingly absurdist sense of humor.

The Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss

[Totland's] adaptation. . .restores the story's inherent creppiness, rescuing it from the Grand Guignol kitsch of the Broadway musical, more than a dozen films, and one pretty awful early WHO song.

The Chicago Reader, Adam Langer


 

Steve Totland: One-Act Plays

Clean

Character Breakdown: 2M, 2F

Set/Technical: One set; interior.
Running Time: 20 minutes

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Steve Totland: Ten-Minute Plays

Face Value

Character Breakdown: 2M, 1F

Set/Technical: One set; interior; dining room
Running Time: 10 minutes

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The Racing Life

Character Breakdown: 2M

Set/Technical: One set; interior; teen boy's bedroom

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Sympathy for the Devil

Character Breakdown: 2M

Set/Technical: One unit set. No special technical requirements.
Running Time: Twelve minutes

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Steve Totland: Plays for Solo Performer

A Taste for Turkish Coffee

Character Breakdown: 1M

Set/Technical: Open stage
Running Time: 10 minutes