Tail of the Bell
Eric is a recent college graduate working as an SAT tutor to pay the bills. Tonight he arrives at the Tarzana home of one of his wealthy students but finds that her mother, Michelle, is waiting for him instead. Her daughter Jessica isn’t there yet, she explains, but she’ll be arriving soon. However as the conversation between them carries on, it becomes clear that Jessica is not coming at all, and that Michelle has brought Eric here for different reasons. His relationship with Jessica has become close, she explains, perhaps too close. And despite Eric’s denials and explanations, Michelle trots out more and more evidence suggesting that something abnormal has been going on between tutor and student.
|Stage directions||Tamra Mathias|
A house within a gated community in Tarzana, California. The present.
Gabriel Neustadt is a two-time finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and a finalist for both the Ashland New Plays Festival and Sundance Episodic Story Lab. His plays have received staged readings and workshop productions at the Blank Theatre, Skylight Theatre, Harvard University, Actors’ Theatre of Santa Cruz, and the Florida Studio Theatre, among others. Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, he now makes his home in Los Angeles, where he continues to write for the stage and screen.