criteriabookcoverTimothy Mooney


A One-Man Comic Sci-Fi Thriller

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"It's a sci-fi action flick, a thriller, a mystery and a road movie all boiled into a riveting one-man show. ... Seasoned Illinois actor and playwright Timothy Mooney convincingly -- and with great range and depth -- plays an identity-less terrorist who is taken from his mother at birth and raised in seclusion to be a killing machine. ... The intrigue culminates in an edge-of-your-seat finale in which the terrorist quite literally holds the fate of America in his hands." (Cheryl Binning, Winnipeg Free Press)

"Timothy Mooney's science-fiction drama begins like the preface to a Stanislaw Lem dystopian-novel, morphs into an American road movie, and ends with a comic espionage sequence Woody Allen might have written and all for the price of a one-man show. ... In his confident hands, the drama unfolds at a captivating pace and the dark comedy crackles." (Darby McGill, Seattle Fringe Review Rag )

"Timothy Mooney is a consummate story-teller... if someone had told me yesterday that I would be listening to the innermost thoughts of a terrorist as he planned the execution of his suicide mission and identifying with his hatreds and fears, I might have hit them. Mr. Mooney took me somewhere I never thought I would go." (Stacy Rowland, "

(5 Stars) "Meets All Criteria for Great Fringe" by Kale Ganann: Timothy Mooney's epic one-man journey into a possible future carries with it wonderful humor, dark speculation, and a damn great time. The piece dwells on such topics as discrimination, security, arrogance, and identity, and it will leave you thinking about the themes for a long time.

"Criteria is a futuristic, sci-fi conspiracy thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat... Mr. Mooney embarks on an adventure that will satisfy the most ardent fans of the sci-fi genre." (Ken Gordon, The Jenny Revue)

"In a world where racism has been replaced by numberism, your social security number determines your very existence. One man, on a mission to wipe out the 'bloated, bourgeois Fives,' finds his entire worldview challenged by a chance encounter in a country diner." (Artistic Picks Finalist, Seattle Fringe)

About the Book

A One-Man Comic Sci-Fi Thriller! Three hundred years into the future, numberism has replaced racism, and your Social Security Number determines your very existence. One man, on a mission to wipe out the "bloated, bourgeois Fives," finds his entire worldview challenged by a chance encounter in a country diner. Raised under the radar, the man has been brought up to bring about the destruction and the conquest of "the Fives" at a time when the United States has splintered into six "Unions," areas determined by the first digit of the Social Security Number each citizen now carries, tattooed on the palm of his or her hand. "Criteria" is a One-Man Play written for a single, agile performer (Timothy Mooney, himself, created and performed the role in the play's world premiere), who plays Terrorist, Waitress and Trucker in quickly shifting character dialogue that is both hilarious and thrilling.

About the Author

TimMoooneyWorkshopTimothy Mooney, author of the new acting textbook "Acting at the Speed of Life; Conquering Theatrical Style" and "The Big Book of Moliere Monologues" has given over a hundred thousand students their first introduction to Moliere through his one-man play, Moliere Than Thou. Mooney also presents one monologue from every Shakespeare play in the one-man show, "Lot o' Shakespeare," and a series of great historical speeches in "The Greatest Speech of All Time." Mr. Mooney is the former Founder and Editor of "The Script Review" and was the Artistic Director of Chicago's "Stage Two Theatre," where he produced nearly fifty plays in five years. When Stage Two turned to the classics, Mr. Mooney started writing new versions of the plays of Moliere, with a mischievous sense of rhyme. He has now written seventeen iambic pentameter variations of the plays of Moliere, produced around the world. High School productions of Mr. Mooney's "The Misanthrope," "The Miser," "The Imaginary Invalid," and "Tartuffe" have gone on to state finals in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama, while his "Doctor in Spite of Himself," took third place in the Scottish Community Drama Association National Festival, and was a finalist at Italy's Sanremo Global Education Festival. Mooney created "Criteria" as a short story, in 2002, and has been performing it live as a "One-Man Comic Sci-Fi Thriller" since 2003. Mr. Mooney continues to present his one-man shows across North America and recently presented both "Moliere Than Thou" and "Lot o' Shakespeare" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and festivals, conferences and schools across the United States and Canada. He can be found in hundreds of videos on the internet, presenting Moliere, Shakespeare and much more, along with clips from his acting workshops.

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