Can't Live Without You

Full-Length: (2002) Donny, a writer of romance novels, is confronted by Bobby, a character from his abandoned novel, who wants Donny to finish telling his story before he writes one more bodice-ripper.

The script is available at www.pmwplaywright.com

Three monologues are included in "The Best Men's Monologues from New Plays 2019," published by The Applause Acting Series.
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Can't Live Without You

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  • Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend:
    10 Jun. 2021
    What a terrific play! "Can't Live Without You" finds Donny, a writer of successful if uninspiring romance novels, working to meet his deadline when Bobby, the protagonist of his unfinished Great American Novel, shows up and makes him take a long, hard look at his life. The characters are rich and layered, the dialogue is engaging, and I love all the the little theatrical moments, especially the scene in which two of Donny's characters appear, interact, rewind, and start again as Donny writes and deletes, writes and deletes. Then Bobby starts interrogating them, and it's pretty much perfect. So good!
  • Craig Houk:
    18 Apr. 2021
    Williams' writing is perfection. Every character, plotline, moment, line, word... carefully and thoughtfully examined and laid bare. Nothing extraneous; all of it brimming with meaning. In Can't Live Without You, Donny, a prolific yet repressed author, is given the opportunity of a lifetime: a movie deal and a re-negotiated contract that will assuredly lock in his legacy as an eminent writer of trashy romance stories. Enter Bobby Cramer, Donny's alter ego, the protagonist from an abandoned novel of actual worth, whose relentless cajoling triggers a long overdue reawakening in Donny. A simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking tale of starting over. Divine.
  • Maximillian Gill:
    27 Mar. 2020
    This portrait of a writer at a crisis point mostly of his own making is hilarious and gripping. Williams perfectly captures the breezy, sun-soaked atmosphere of a setting that fails to soothe a cast of characters who are all discontented in their own specific ways. The use of a character in the protagonist's head is a bold stroke that really works here; it adds dimension to the protagonist's journey even as it brings in another comic touch. This writer's work never fails to impress in every way.

Character Information

  • Bobby Cramer
    21-25,
    Any (but probably white)
    An attractive young man who is a character in a novel. In good physical condition.
  • Anna Morgan
    30-35,
    Any (but probably white)
    Business-like and but can also be a romantic.
  • Donny Hollenbeck
    30-35,
    Any (but probably white)
    A writer of romance novels; laid-back but also still searching for his true calling.
  • Barbara Solomon
    40's, Array
    Large (not necessarily physically), loud, all business.
  • Nick Wilson
    30-35,
    Any (but probably white)
    Handsome, well-built; a former high school football hero and not a deep thinker.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    SoBe Arts, Miami Beach
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    University of Miami Theatre Department
    ,
    2005

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Willow Theatre - The Playgroup LLC, Boca Raton, Florida
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    Manhattan Rep
    ,
    2008

Awards

Finalist
,
The Playgroup LLC 2017 Playwriting Contest
,
The Playgroup LLC of Pompano Beach, Florida
,
2017