Link to Books by Vincent Truman


This Is My First Time So Please Be Brutal by Vincent Truman

Vincent Truman's This Is My First Time So Please Be Brutal depicts over a hundred cartoons from the Chicago artist, ranging from bad puns (toad rage) to sharp-tongued commentary (a priest asks 'why are there no atheists in foxholes', to which a boy replies 'because atheists don't start wars'). This debut collection of illustrations, inspired by such diverse artists as Johnny Hart, B. Kliban and Matt Groening, is at once hysterical, subversive and vile.




Ugly Bungalow by Vincent Truman "Ugly Bungalow" is a series of short, sharp stories, illustrations, character studies and observations by Chicago-based writer Vincent Truman. Drawing inspiration by such disparate icons as Spaulding Gray, David Sedaris, B. Kliban and Mark Leyner, Truman's essays specialize in turning left when you are expecting them to turn right, such as dealing with sensitive issues with a brazen, definitely un-politically correct demeanor. Highlights include a diary of a cross-dressing immigrant named Olaf and his search for his daughter, a series of letters from a fellow called Wallace who becomes unnaturally devoted to women, usually after the first date, and a very dubious "My Christmas With the Cannibals."  PRINT VERSION



Fourplays (2006-2012) by Vincent Truman "FOURPLAYS" is the first compilation of produced works by Chicago playwright Vincent Truman. With synopses, commentary and packed with photographs from their original productions, this exclusive set includes 2006's reality TV farce "Remote", the tense kidnapping drama of 2008's "The Tearful Assassin", 2010's post-911 Orwellian tragedy "The Observatory", and the women-in-charge character study in 2012's "Venus Envy." Each play also contains lists of characters with full descriptions. All remarkably well-received and well-attended in their first runs, this collection is a one-stop shop for cutting edge independent theater.
Touching Base by Vincent Truman On the thirteenth floor of Howard-Lowman, a firm that does something for someone, lies a department that is charged with disrupting service (crashing software), dumbing people down (a memorandum setting parameters for elevator talk: "how was your weekend?", "fine, yours?" "good") and creating inkless, stapled reports (as they are pro-squid). Into this world comes Jerry, a mailroom clerk inadvertently hired by the department. In "Touching Base", this one-act comedy examines the lack of authenticity in daily grinds and the cruelty masked as political correctness that it produces, all with biting and uncompromising wit that will be embarrassingly obvious to the audience, who will surely say, 'oh no... I do that!'
The Tearful Assassin by Vincent Truman

In Vincent Truman's riveting play, The Tearful Assassin, a teenager is kidnapped from her bed in the middle of the night. The detectives on the case come face to face with the parents, whose estrangement and bitterness thwarts the investigation from the start. As their daughter comes to terms with a horrific new life, under the control of a sinister stranger, the parents learn to cope by actually embracing the tragedy. This play explores the world of goodbyes and farewells, and the myriad of reasons we choose to use them.

"There is a war out there, not between good and evil, but between truth and belief. And truth often has a hard time winning, because truth needs strength. Belief doesn't need anything." - Detective Fowler, "The Tearful Assassin"

Produced for the stage and directed by Melissa Malan in 2008.


Killing Angela by Vincent Truman In 2008, teenager Angela Pierce was kidnapped from her home. After months of suffering at the hands of a sociopath, she escaped, only to find the world, while elevating her to the status of a 'celebrity martyr', had gone on without her. So Angela decided to go on without herself as well, by leaving her hometown and starting fresh in another state, with a new identity, new husband and new community that welcomed her. But back in her hometown, one detective never gave up looking for her. And on this night, he arrives to take Angela back. Past, present and future go to war in this startling one-act play by Chicago playwright Vincent Truman. 

"Killing Angela" is a sequel to 2008's "The Tearful Assassin", but stands completely on its own as an analysis of how we all deal with our pasts and how much creation goes into our present and future. Six characters (three female, three male).

"So you're married?" asks Doctor Colin Featherstone to Thomas and Jayne Philpott, a couple whose five-year marriage has devolved to blaming and hurt feelings. "My condolences. Still, congratulations on taking the first step in realizing you probably married the wrong person in the first place."

So begins "Featherstone", a dark one-act comedy comprised of one extremely volatile, unnerving and hysterical session with a psychologist who loves humanity but has grown bored of people and a couple that long since abandoned each other. Plagued by the facilities breaking down one at a time (lights, Internet, phone, etc.), "Featherstone" is a devastatingly funny and engaging stripping away of the walls and reasons which separate us. "Featherstone" runs about 65-70 minutes with roles for two women and three men (genders can be reversed).
Middle-aged Darrell LeBeau is in the process of renting out his garage following the totaling of the family car, which has negatively impacted his job as a freelance electrician. As he attempts to clean away years of projects and memories and make room for someone else's possessions, Alex McHall stops by to inquire about renting the space. However, Alex has more than garage rental on his mind: Darrell used to be the terrifying school bully, and Alex has come to confront his old nemesis and extract an apology. To ensure he gets one, he has come with a backpack full of tools, including a drill, which he intends to use on Darrell should the apology not be forthcoming.

Vincent Truman's one-act play, "Bully" is more than just a study between perpetrator and victim; it explores the often emotionally charged slippery-slope of balance and justice. Four roles (three male, one female); all 40+ years old.





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