In 2008, teenager Angela Pierce was kidnapped from her home. After months of suffering at the hands of a sociopath, she escaped, only to find the world, while elevating her to the status of a... More > 'celebrity martyr', had gone on without her. So Angela decided to go on without herself as well, by leaving her hometown and starting fresh in another state, with a new identity, new husband and new community that welcomed her. But back in her hometown, one detective never gave up looking for her. And on this night, he arrives to take Angela back. Past, present and future go to war in this startling one-act play by Chicago playwright Vincent Truman. "Killing Angela" is a sequel to 2008's "The Tearful Assassin", but stands completely on its own as an analysis of how we all deal with our pasts and how much creation goes into our present and future. Six characters (three female, three male).< Less
"FOURPLAYS" is the first compilation of produced works by Chicago playwright Vincent Truman. With synopses, commentary and packed with photographs from their original productions, this... More > exclusive set includes 2006's reality TV farce "Remote", the tense kidnapping drama of 2008's "The Tearful Assassin", 2010's post-911 Orwellian tragedy "The Observatory", and the women-in-charge character study in 2012's "Venus Envy." Each play also contains lists of characters with full descriptions. All remarkably well-received and well-attended in their first runs, this collection is a one-stop shop for cutting edge independent theater.< Less
In this world, women earn $1 for every $0.70 a man earns. In this world, men are ridiculed for their feelings and choice of dress. In this world, there has been only one world war - but half the... More > planet remains uninhabitable. This is Vincent Truman's 2012 play about a world run by women, and what might have happened if roles were completely reversed a few thousand years ago. A funny, poignant and thoughtful one-act play for three women and three men.< Less
Vincent Truman's "This Is My First Time So Please Be Brutal" depicts over a hundred cartoons from the Chicago artist, ranging from bad puns (toad rage) to sharp-tongued commentary (a priest... More > asks 'why are there no atheists in foxholes', to which a boy replies 'because atheists don't start wars'). This debut collection of illustrations, inspired by such diverse artists as Johnny Hart, B. Kliban and Matt Groening, is at once hysterical, subversive, vile and thought-provoking.
Vincent Truman is a celebrated writer, director, actor, artist and producer in Chicago. His theater work is especially well-lauded, garnering him numerous positive notices and articles.< Less
Mya and Darrell, married for years, have gradually fell behind on their dreams, until an old friend of Darrell's from high school shows up with all of the answers to their prayers. This... More > five-character tragedy (three men, two women) is an examination of who people really are - who buckles and who stands tall - when push comes to pummel.< Less
"What happens when a small-town family signs up for a big-deal reality show? Vincent Truman's "Remote" answers that very question. Attacking a variety of issues from family and fame... More > to sexism and politics, "Remote" is a dark comedy with a little bit of everything.
When the crew of the show discover how boring the family is, they begin to make their own reality. By doing so (in one heartbreaking scene, the daughter recounts her first intimate experience only to have the director recommend she cut herself), the family and everything it stands for begins to crumble." -- UIC Flame, 2006< Less
On the thirteenth floor of Howard-Lowman, a firm that does something for someone, lies a department that is charged with disrupting service (crashing software), dumbing people down (a memorandum... More > setting parameters for elevator talk: "how was your weekend?", "fine, yours?" "good") and creating inkless, stapled reports (as they are pro-squid). Into this world comes Jerry, a mailroom clerk inadvertantly hired by the department. In this one-act play, Chicago author Vincent Truman examines the lack of authenticity in daily grinds and the cruelty masked as political correctness that it produces, all with biting and umcompromising wit that will be embarassingly obvious to the audience, who will surely say, 'oh no... I do that!'< Less
David and Sally Lockwood have been given the opportunity of a lifetime: triple their salary in exchange for becoming an Observer of a "person of interest", the image of which is broadcast... More > into their home. As the months go by, and tedium fractures their marriage, David slowly feels like he's going mad. Can the image being broadcast into his home hear him? Is the image talking to him? Is the image more or less of a prisoner than David has turned out to be? In Vincent Truman's acclaimed 2010 play, isolation and voyeurism are painful and addicting products of a technologically advanced society - and morals become something to log out of. "DO NOT MISS THIS PLAY!" - Chicago Stage Review< Less
In Vincent Truman's riveting play, "The Tearful Assassin", a teenager is kidnapped from her bed in the middle of the night. The detectives on the case come face to face with the parents,... More > whose estrangement and bitterness thwarts the investigation from the start. As their daughter comes to terms with a horrific new life, under the control of a sinister stranger, the parents learn to cope by actually embracing the tragedy.
This play explores the world of goodbyes and farewells, and the myriad of reasons we choose to use them.
"There is a war out there, not between good and evil, but between truth and belief. And truth often has a hard time winning, because truth needs strength. Belief doesn't need anything." - Detective Fowler, "The Tearful Assassin"< Less
"Ugly Bungalow" is a series of short, sharp stories, illustrations, character studies and observations by Chicago-based writer Vincent Truman. Drawing inspiration by such disparate icons... More > as Spaulding Gray, David Sedaris, B. Kliban and Mark Leyner, Truman's essays specialize in turning left when you are expecting them to turn right, such as dealing with sensitive issues with a brazen, definitely un-politically correct demeanor. Highlights include a diary of a cross-dressing immigrant named Olaf and his search for his daughter, a series of letters from a fellow called Wallace who becomes unnaturally devoted to women, usually after the first date, and a very unusual holiday tale entitled "My Christmas With the Cannibals." About the author: Vincent Truman was born the third of two children and currently lives in limbo with his pet peeves.< Less