Tales of Manhattan
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781517715502, 278pp.
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
In SKYLINE: TALES OF MANHATTAN, award-winning playwright and author William Ivor Fowkes presents 19 stories of New Yorkers (gay, straight, and confused) making startling connections and discoveries-proving once again that Manhattan's residents are just as striking as the city's celebrated skyline. "Park Avenue." A Park Avenue Republican gets a taste of life on the "down low" in Central Park. "Twin Towers." A transplanted New Orleans cabaret singer deals with life and love in the aftermath of 9/11. "Dummy Copy." A SoHo graphic designer takes drastic steps to get the attention of her editor. "Chrysler." A man becomes obsessed with the Chrysler Building. "A Proper Bed." A suburban family man is distracted by the men he sees on the streets of Manhattan. "Not Here Yet." Two women fight over a very small piece of real estate. "A Modest Proposal." Two copywriters working at the same ad agency in the 1980s discover they both have a secret life. "The Church." A proud agnostic is drawn into a church where he is mesmerized by what he finds. The Museum. At MOMA, a woman physically attacks a man examining a sculpture she doesn't like. "Snap." A 42-year-old woman takes refuge on a park bench to contemplate her latest romantic disaster. "The Dakota." Two worlds collide when a reclusive resident of New York's most fabled apartment building cruises for sex on the Internet. "The Century." A man finally tells his therapist what's really on his mind. "Headlines." A man's furtive sex life lands him on the front page of The New York Post. "Lincoln Towers." An aging resident of the Upper West Side's "city within a city" finds life increasingly mystifying. "Ashes." A man stumbles into the wrong funeral, but makes an unexpected connection with the deceased. "The Haircut." A man approaching his 60th birthday tries a new haircut, with disastrous consequences. "Chamber Music." A man's mind wanders during a private concert in honor of Mozart's 250th birthday. "Wallpaper." A struggling writer in the East Village papers his kitchen wall with rejection letters. "Metastory." A writer argues with himself as he tries to compose a short story about writing a short story.
About the Author
William Ivor Fowkes is a playwright and author based in Manhattan and Connecticut. His short fiction has been published in many literary journals. His plays have been presented in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Several have been published. His full-length plays include ALL IN THE FACULTY (Dramatists Play Service), COUPLE OF THE CENTURY (Yes Plays), SUNSHINE QUEST (Fresh Fruit Festival), THE BEST PLACE WE'VE EVER LIVED (Love Creek Productions), THE GERMAN LESSON (Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlab), PRIVATE PROPERTY (Penobscot Theatre Company), and others. His short plays include MISS PEDDY & GRACE (Gallery Players), THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA (The Collective: NY; First Prize, McLean Drama Company), THE NEXT MOVE (Winner, One-Act Play Competition, Brevard Little Theatre), THE DAKOTA (Best Short Play Award, Downtown Urban Theater Festival), THE SESSION (Finalist, Strawberry One-Act Festival; nominated for a Pushcart Prize), and others. He is a graduate of Yale University (BA, magna cum laude) and Northwestern University (MA, PhD) and a member of the Pulse Ensemble Theatre Playwrights' Lab in New York, the River Writers of Manhattan, and the Dramatists Guild. He was formerly a philosophy professor and a marketing executive at SHOWTIME. He is married to Stephen Michael Smith, a music conductor. His daughters, Laura and Julia, work in the fashion industry in New York City. www.williamfowkes.com