Full-Length Play

The Hudson Family Guide to Table Manners

A Play by William Ivor Fowkes

 

It's the company you keep.

 

LENGTH: 1 hour 45 minutes 

CAST: 2M, 3F (23 characters)

 

 

SYNOPSIS: Michael Hudson is a remarkable man. Even his detractors acknowledge the extent of his influence. For some his legacy is physical--the family business they would like to get their hands on. For others, it's psychological--the obsessions and urges that lead to a range of problematic behavior, from sexual compulsion to infidelity. In eight scenes--from Buenos Aires to Chicago, Santa Monica to London and beyond--we see his influence at work. When Michael dies prematurely, family secrets are revealed, and the heir to the company is announced.

 

SETTING: Restaurants, bars, and other public places around the world.

TIME: 2015

 

PRODUCTION NOTE: The set can be as simple as two tables with chairs. No additional scenery or decorations are required, except where noted. However, the director and set designer may want to pull out all the stops and create a series of sets, each evocative of its locale.

 

 

 

 


PRODUCTION HISTORY:

 

2018: READING, University Faculty Drama Club, Bloomington, IN.

 

2015: READING, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY.

 

PRODUCTIONS, READINGS, ETC.: The following excerpts have been produced, published, and/or broadcast:

"Table Manners in Chicagoland" (Scenes 1, 5, and 8): a production and a reading.

"Table Manners in Buenos Aires" (Scene 2): 2 productions.

"Table Manners in Santa Monica" (Scene 3): 3 productions, 2 radio broadcasts, and a publication.

"Table Manners in Mexico City" (Scene 4): a production and a radio broadcast.

"Table Manners in Lake Forest" (Scene 5): a reading.

"Table Manners in Tribeca" (Scene 7): 2 productions.

"A Remarkable Man" (Scene 8): a production.

 

 


HONORS

 

2020 INKSLINGER SEMI-FINALIST

Playwriting Competition, Southeastern Louisiana University.

 

2015 NEW AMERICAN VOICES SEMI-FINALIST

(as A Field Guide to Table Manners)

The Landing Theatre Company's reading series, Houston, TX

 

2013 REVA SHINER COMEDY AWARD FINALIST

(as A Field Guide to Table Manners)

Bloomington Playwrights Project, Bloomington, IN

 

2012 W. KEITH HEDRICK PLAYWRITING CONTEST FINALIST

(as A Field Guide to Table Manners)

HRC Showcase Theatre, Hudson, NY

 

2011 NEW WORKS PROJECT RUNNER-UP 

(as Table Manners)

T. Schreiber Studio, New York City