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551-8756: A Tale of Confidence

““Ah, wine is good, and confidence is good; but can wine or confidence percolate down through all the stony strata of hard considerations, and drop warmly, ruddily into the cold cave of truth? Truth will not be comforted.  Led by dear charity, lured by sweet hope, fond fancy essays this feat; but in vain; mere dreams and ideals, they explode in your hand, leaving naught by the scorching behind!”
   — Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man

The Play:


Stephen teaches Jesse the finer points of confidence and picking up women at bars.


Two characters; 2 men.


 Approxomately 10 min. run time. 

Writer’s Notes:

Commissioned in 2009 by Mind the Gap Productions. 


2010 Mind the Gap Productions: Directed by Paul Kastner

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The Birthday of the Unconquered Sun

“The Birthday of the Unconquered Sun,” by Shawn Pfautsch, is my favorite. Like the Ghost of Christmas Past, it reels you back to high school, where an earnest history professor encourages his students to bring Ancient Rome to life. The results? Hilarity.”   — Centerstage Chicago

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Hatfield & McCoy

“…mature and emotionally compelling work…” — Chicago Sun-Times

“…a troubling and fascinating allegory about passionate people who were both noble and ignominious.” — Time Out

“…ambitious writer Shawn Pfautsch really impresses by using this colorful crew to create an American revenge tragedy..” — Chicago Tribune

“…Pfautsch has his cake and eats it too, both mercilessly parodying Shakespeare — and those who love him — and creating a genuinely tragic, emotionally satisfying Shakespearean ending.” — Chicago Reader

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The Attempters

“If Shawn Pfautsch were plying his trade in Los Angeles, premium cable drama shows would already be after him. To put it in Chicago terms, Pfautsch has the gifted writer’s relish for the wondrous, incongruous interplay of sounds and words that merits a trip to the theater. To put it in Hollywood terms, Pfautsch’s style lands somewhere between HBO’s David Milch and the Oscar-winning Diablo Cody.”
                                           –The Chicago Tribune

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“… this funny, provacative piece about a robot experiencing existential angst explores scientific progress in terms of ego, memory, emotion, and family relationships… An entertaining, intriguing 20 minutes…”
                                                                                            — Chicago Reader

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The Bird Inside

 ”The world is awash with beautiful things
so graciously out of your reach…”
                       — The Portraitist  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Mad Men of Gotham

 ” This is the most egregious bit of flummery I’ve ever stood for.”
                       — Chester Read the rest of this entry »

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 ”Hand in hand go secrets and lies:
Though one’s the truth, they’re both despised.”
                       — the Chorus of Nymphs Read the rest of this entry »

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