Spanning a quarter of a century, this collection of plays demonstrates playwright Sweet's eye for the drama of human relationships. This title details Sweet's works with sensitivity and irony to confront both personal politics and the impact of historical change. These ten works, taken together, present a playwright who extends the struggles of his small circles of characters to his audience and humanity in general.The title work, first mounted in 1982, is a comedy-drama about the aftermath of the blacklist whose continued relevance makes it a frequently produced play today. The family drama 'Porch' suggests larger social changes through the interaction of a small-town shopkeeper and his defiant daughter. The lauded 'American Enterprise', set in the Chicago of the robber barons, is a song-filled true story about a millionaire whose stubborn idealism leads to disaster. 'Stay Till Morning' is a rueful comedy about sex and accommodation in the Florida Keys. The three plays that grew out of his fascination with the effects of World War II - 'Berlin '45', 'Court-Martial at Fort Devens', and 'The Action Against Sol Schumann' - dramatize the ways in which that conflict transformed private fates. Each script is accompanied by an extended introduction from the playwright as well as complete performance notes.
In addition to his many plays, Jeffrey Sweet is the author of The Dramatist's Toolkit, Solving Your Script, and The Second City oral history Something Wonderful Right Away. He is a playwright-in-residence at the Victory Gardens Theater and past winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award, the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, the Outer Circle Critics Award, and others. He lives in New York City.