Talking Points

TEN MINUTE: Mike holds a press conference, during his family’s Thanksgiving dinner, to announce his recent separation.

"This is the hands down winner, and a delightful opener..." - Florida Theater On Stage

"The comedy that flows from that stylized setup is clever, but at the end, 'Talking Points' digs deeper to reinforce a family’s caring support for a...
TEN MINUTE: Mike holds a press conference, during his family’s Thanksgiving dinner, to announce his recent separation.

"This is the hands down winner, and a delightful opener..." - Florida Theater On Stage

"The comedy that flows from that stylized setup is clever, but at the end, 'Talking Points' digs deeper to reinforce a family’s caring support for a young man grieving a lost love." - Miami Herald

"A tender, funny tale..." - Miami Art Zine
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Talking Points

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    3 May. 2019
    How wonderful. Despite his best attempts to keep things down to nuts and bolts, a heartwarming family Thanksgiving moment is shared. Truly wonderful for any time of year.
  • Kara Emily Krantz:
    3 Jan. 2019
    Ha! Yes! Delightful from open to close. Succinct, silly, charming, witty, intelligent, and sure to resonant with anyone who has experienced a breakup. Or a family. Or existential angst, or any mixture thereof. Hayet keeps a great pace, moving us seamlessly through various emotions. Wonderful piece! I also love that there is flexible casting, as one could certainly get creative with the staging of this short, whimsical play.
  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    8 Dec. 2018
    I had the pleasure of seeing this play as a part of the City Theatre Winter Shorts Festival 2018 in Miami, and it is a delight. A Thanksgiving dinner that is -- at least to one member of the family -- planned out only to go off the rails with the hilarious results and heart-string tugs that only a real family can produce. Yes, it's a holiday play, but it would be a joy to see it any time of year.

Character Information

  • MIKE
    Mid 20s,
    Male
  • MOM
    Late 40s,
    Female
    Mike's mother
  • DAD
    Early 50s,
    Male
    Mike's father
  • SAM
    Late teens,
    Female
    Mike's little sister
  • GRANDPA
    70s,
    Male
    Mike's grandfather
  • GRANDMA
    70s,
    Female
    Mike's grandmother

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Yellow Springs Theater Company
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    MadLab
    ,
    2019
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Te Puke Repertory Society
    ,
    2018
  • University
    ,
    Lafayette College
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Red Barn Theater
    ,
    2018
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Eagle & Beaver Ensemble
    ,
    2018

Awards

Second Place: Best Ten Minute Plays of 2019
,
Smith & Kraus
,
2019
Winner
,
Short Play Contest (Ten Minute Play)
,
Red Barn Theater
,
2018