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Californian Lives
by Martin Foreman

"I couldn't take the children and I couldn't leave them.
There was no new life for me. I couldn't be free. I could only be me."

The stories of very different Californians in three one (wo)-man plays. In Los Feliz a young salesman in a diner tells how he met the woman of his dreams. In Ben and Joe's an older gay man relates how lives were disturbed by the arrival of a young stranger in a quiet bar. In Sunset a housewife remembers her first date, the man she married and their time together.

Set in the 1990s, Californian Lives was highly praised when it premiered at the King's Head Theatre in London in 2013. Broadway World described the plays as "utterly convincing portraits of love"; Views from the Gods considered them "intense, emotionally-charged"; while The Public Reviews drew attention to the "fine descriptive writing". (There are more reviews on Arbery Productions.)

Includes the text of the plays and an introduction and afterword which give the background to the origins of the stories.

ISBN 978-0-9933546-3-2       soft cover, 58pp (app 105 mins on stage)      5.99
Californian Lives by Martin Foreman

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Martin Foreman is the author of two novels, two short story collections and several plays, all available from Arbery Books. He is the winner of the 2012 London Solo Festival New Writing Award and the 2018 Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award. In August 2018 he directed two of his plays - his adaptation of Ben Jonson's Jacobean comedy Volpone and a new one-act drama Casanova Dreaming - at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Martin was born in Dundee, went to school and university in Edinburgh and spent many years working and living in London and across the world. He has returned to live in Edinburgh and does not expect to move from the city again. For those who insist on categories, he is a British writer who happens to be gay and whose primary themes are love, loss and the intensity of emotions. As well as writing, he occasionally directs theatre and acts in short films.

writing website: martinforeman.com               theatre / film website: martinforeman.me.uk

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