This collection includes two short plays: ROGER AND VANESSA and SCOTCH AND WATER. ROGER AND VANESSA: Fresh out of prison, Roger has a scheme to make his volatile relationship with Vanessa, a manicurist, profitable through a singing act. The only problem is "You can't sing," says Vanessa. This sets off a hilarious battle in which Roger and Vanessa air their grievances with each other, and it comes to light that Vanessa is pregnant. Is Roger the father? And is their love sufficient to conquer the challenges that confront them? SCOTCH AND WATER: Raw, raucous, and surprisingly tender, SCOTCH AND WATER explores the world of six lost souls held together by mutual loneliness. Gathered in their favorite dive bar, the has-beens and never-beens drink away the hours until a young man with a gun bursts through the door and shakes their status quo.
ROGER AND VANESSA
"Brett C Leonard's dark one-act crackles with bleak humor ... fiery ... nasty ... Leonard's dialogue has plenty of bite." -Sandra Ross, L A Weekly
"Seedy, harsh and poetic ... Leonard is at his lyrical best ... devastatingly honest." -Brad Schreiber, Backstage
SCOTCH AND WATER
"Leonard captures well the slow descent from morning brightness into afternoon torpor." -Michael Billington, The Guardian
"Slick, blackly humorous, and stylishly executed ... squeezes fresh comedy from the consequences of a gunman bursting into the alcoholic gloom ... bracingly irreverent, emotionally gripping." -Rachel Halliburton, Time Out