2012 The Best Ten Minute Plays includes The Four Senses of Love

2012 The best Ten Minute Plays

Photo: Chi W. Lee and Annabel KeDaltoen in the UK Premiere.

Photo: Haley Cianfarini and Michael Dalto in the New York City premiere. Photo by Haley Ho.

The Four Senses of Love
A surreal comedy for 1M, 1F
A man with no feeling falls for a girl with no taste - at a support group for the sensory deprived.

Runtime: 10 minutes

Period: Present Day

Setting: A coffee place.
Characters: (1M,1F)
CALDWELL: M. Late twenties. Guarded, scars on his hands.
MELITA: F. Late twenties. Wary.

World Premiere at the n.u.f.a.n. ensemble in Chicago
Directed by Tommy Akouris
Christine O'Keefe as Melita
David Retseck as Caldwell

Photo: Haley Cianfarini and Michael Dalto in the New York City premiere. Photo by Haley Ho.

About The Four Senses of Love

Off-beat comedy, 10 min, 1F, 1M

 The Four Senses of Love
The Four Senses of Love at the Pacific Resident Theatre with Sarah Zinsser and Ed Levey
Directed by Danielle Ozymandias, photo by Alex Moy.

Love may be blind, but in The Four Senses of Love, it has two more senses to overcome. CALDWELL has a hypothalamic disorder that has deadened his sense of touch. He has grown up unable to physically connect with anyone - until he meets MELITA at a support group for the sensory deprived. She's been hiding the fact that the has no sense of taste. Funny, poignant, and hopeful, The Four Senses of Love has been produced more than any other play of mine, with casts of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and abilities.

The Four Senses of Love premiered in 2010 in Chicago, at the n.u.f.a.n. ensemble's Garden of Eatin' Festival, and has since been produced in New York at the Spoon Theatre, by Bite-Size Plays at the Brighton Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, received an "Excellence in Writing" Award at the Corner Cone Festival in Ohio, played at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Ohio, the Future Ten Festival in Pittsburgh, the Lincoln Square Theatre in Chicago and the American Globe Theatre in New York, at the Pacific Resident Theatre and most recently by A Shot of Theatre in Massachusetts, and at the Tre Stage in Los Angeles, produced by Cre8tive Differences, where it won the Audience Award for Best Script, Best Director, Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor. (Best Female Actor lost by one vote.)
It is published by Smith and Kraus in 2012 The Best Ten Minute Plays.

Sample Dialogue...


The Four Senses of Love

Chicago Theater calls it "Unique, lip-smacking, gourmet surprises.... The Four Senses of Love written by Arthur M. Jolly is a hilarious coupling of two members of a sensory-deprived support group." Read the review by Katy Walsh.

The Argus calls it "An unusual romance... the perfect way to start the day." Read the review here.

There's a free monologue for Melita here and a free monologue for Caldwell here. The play is published by Smith & Kraus in 2012 The Best Ten Minute Plays

2012 The best Ten Minute Plays

If you're interested in producing or performing this play, please contact me directly.


The Four Senses of Love was part of The Big Bite-Size Breakfast at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2010 and all of these festivals!

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Scotsman Top 100 Shows; The Observer Picks of the Fringe: 'A splendid showcase... without fail funny, strange and moving'. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (fringereview.com); 'Go see this show, it's amazing! ★ ★ ★ ★ '(Scotsman); ★ ★ ★ ★(ThreeWeeks); ★ ★ ★ ★ (Scotsgay); ★ ★ ★ ★ (Broadwaybaby.com); 'A bountiful, brilliant feast!. Five mouth-watering theatrical delicacies to start each day' ★ ★ ★ ★ (Edinburgh Festival Guide).



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