Dori Appel Playwright and Poet 


The Lunatic Within

Winner of the prestigious Oregon Book Award Award in Drama, The Lunatic Within offers nine colorful views of of unusual quirks and quandaries. Actors, directors, and artistic directors love its wide variety of moods and range of types and ages. The play's flexible structure also allows for easy adjustment of length to accommodate time constraints or particular interests. The Lunatic Within has been enjoyed by audiences throughout the United States, as well as Canada and Australia. All nine scenes and monologues have also been produced as individual short plays, including several which have won awards or appeared in anthologies. In this fast-paced, highly entertaining comedy, three to thirteen actresses portray scenes ranging from the comically familiar and emotionally touching to the broadly outlandish. All scenes may be performed on the same unit set. Running time is approximately 105 minutes.

While captivating in its entirety, the four two-person scenes and five monologues are also available separately. These include The Witching Hour, The Future, Computer Dreams, Breakdown, Ashes to Ashes, Party Animals, Tea Time, and The Chocolate Solution.

Awards and History.

Winner of the prestigious Oregon Book Award, Angus Bowmer Award in Drama, 1999. Finalist, Stage 3 Festival of New Plays, 1998.
Sixteen productions and readings of the full play or its scenes (performed as short plays), including Mixed Company Productions, Ashland Oregon, 2000; the London, Ontario Fringe Festival, 2000; Footsteps Theatre, Chicago, 1998; The Mae West Fest, Seattle, Washington, 2000 and 2001; the Estrogenius Festival, New York, 2001.