PROVO — The Covey Center for the Arts is pleased to present "Dial Tones," a romantic comedy by local playwright/director J. Scott Bronson.

Bronson is the author of a dozen or more plays, two of which were Mayhew Award winners, and one that received the Association for Mormon Letters 2001 Award for Best Drama.

Bronson tells about the writing of "Dial Tones": "Once upon a time a theater geek named Scott met another theater geek named Lynne; they fell in love with each other, and they got married. One day, about a year and a half into their happy marriage, Lynne the director went to her husband, Scott the writer, and said, "I need a play." Thus, 'Dial Tones' was born."

It started out as a short, three character one-act that Lynne directed for a class at Brigham Young University (she got an A). It soon became a full-length, five-character piece that was worked over for a semester in BYU's playwrights-actors-directors workshop.

This the world premiere of "Dial Tones," which is based on an article that Bronson read in Reader's Digest while he was serving a mission for the LDS Church in Indonesia in the late 1970s. "I'm old and feeble now," the 49-old Bronson says, "so my memory is shadowy on the details, but it had something to do with a correspondence between someone in New York and someone else in London." Bronson updated the situation with a contemporary local setting: The events of the play take place in the mid 1980s in San Diego, Bronson's hometown. He gave the correspondence some immediacy by replacing the handwritten letters with spoken telephone conversations.

If you go . . .

What: "Dial Tones"

Where: Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo

When: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 29

Cost: $10/$7.50 students

Phone: 852-7007