71. PLAY: Power Plays by Elaine May & Alan Arkin

As part of our monthly play series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is a collection of 3 one-act comedy plays called “Power Plays” by Elaine May and Alan Arkin. Instead of looking at the plays individually, we attempt to look at all 3 one-act plays together as it was intended to be performed in a single evening of theater. We are going to discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play. Note: There are some spoiler alerts! We highly recommend you read the play before listening to this episode!

LISTEN TO EPISODE 71. PLAY: Power Plays by Elaine May & Alan Arkin HERE!


Power Plays consists of 3 one-act plays called “The Way of All Fish”, “Virtual Reality” and “In and Out of the Light”. These are three short plays about the collision of wills and power that premiered Off-Broadway.

Elaine May is an American comedian, film director, screenwriter, and actress. She made her initial impact in the 1950s from her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, performing as Nichols and May.

Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer, and composer.


“THEATER; ‘Power Plays,’ Something More Than a Family Affair” By Vincent Canby (May 31, 1998)

Arkin Tries Out His `Power Plays’ by Janet I-Chin Tu (Mar 1, 1998) Seattle Times Theater Critic

In Brief: ‘Power Plays’vBy John Simon (JUNE 8, 1998)

Sarah – Black Girls Run, a nonprofit organization dedicated to health & fitness for young black women to get together and run in groups. blackgirlsrun.com/
Sam – Peaches

Please support Beckett’s Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies

And as always, we would love to hear from you!

Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode.
Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com
For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com