Your Heart's Desire
a comedy in five sexual acts
by Rich Orloff
Cast: 2+ M, 2+ W
What do we bring to sex? What do we take from it?
YOUR HEART’S DESIRE explores these questions in five one-acts set in the same hotel room, each exploring a different sexual combination. Described as “PLAZA SUITE with a libido”, the five one-acts of YOUR HEART’S DESIRE become a journey through the inevitable comedy and drama of human sexuality.
The plays include:
HOW TO SCORE – A married couple’s plan for a romantic rendezvous is derailed when they learn they’ve both been keeping score but getting different results. The Hudson Independent called it “a delightful R-rated comedy”, and the Albany Times-Union called it “bold comedy, both biting and tender.” (1 m., 1 w., about 20 min.)
PUBLIC PARTS – Two women in a relationship are at a crossroads when they both have to choose between love and career, or perhaps the choice is really about power. Indiana Daily Student wrote, “Very funny. Orloff approaches incendiary questions about relationships and personal identity.” (2 w., about 25 min.)
A TOUCHING STORY – A playful couple invites a man to their room to play, but touchy issues arise when the touching touches the wrong nerves. (2 m., 1 w., about 20 min.)
SWING SET – Afterglow for two pairs of swingers ends when they realize it’s easier to have group sex than divide the check. Schenectady Daily Gazette called it “a gem” and “a bawdy sexual romp”, and nytheatre.com called it “a funny comic romp”. (2 m., 2 w., about 20 min.)
A STRANGER HERE MYSELF – A stressed woman on a business trip just wants some relief, only to learn that her imagination is more rebellious than she ever fantasized. (1 w. and possibly some surprises, about 20 min.)
The individual one-acts have been produced by Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson NY; Emerging Artists Theatre, NYC; Bloomington Playwrights Project, Bloomington IN; Gallery Players, Brooklyn NY; Silver Springs Stage; St. Louis Actors Studio; and elsewhere. YOUR HEART’S DESIRE has not yet been produced.