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Losing The Way, Finding The Way, Gene Washington Dec 2013

Losing The Way, Finding The Way, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

:10 minute play. 3 characters. Losing one thing and finding another is central to most religions: The thing found, or arrived at, has many names, "enlightenment," "salvation," "the city of God" (Augustine). (Compare the Christian paradox, "the way up is the way down.") The things lost are familiar, routine, things that have no significance beyond their presence…their warmth, if any, only warms themselves. Auden's great poem, "O where are you going" (a few lines quoted above) was an influence on the author's decision to use the "off-road" metaphor to structure the play and to "perform" the idea ...


Becalmed: A Modest Contribution To The Vast Literature On Cannibalism, Gene Washington Dec 2013

Becalmed: A Modest Contribution To The Vast Literature On Cannibalism, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

A 10 minute play. 3 characters. A yacht out to win a sailing race is becalmed. The crew is starving. They decide to eat one of them. But they must first electioneer who shall be chosen to be eaten. Play ends with one of the crew asking the audience to decide who should be eaten


Yielding, Gene Washington Nov 2013

Yielding, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

No abstract provided.


Faces On The Cutting Room Floor, Gene Washington Nov 2013

Faces On The Cutting Room Floor, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

No abstract provided.


The Mona Lisa Effect, Gene Washington Dec 2010

The Mona Lisa Effect, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

A short play about the effect of the theft of Leonardo's Mona Lisa from the Louve in 1911. Many people, including Franz Kafka, came to see the black space where it once hung. The idea for this piece comes from two sources. One is the theft of Leonardo's Mona Lisa in 1911 (missing for two years) and the heightened attraction this caused. The other source was the author observing masses of tourists frequenting the Louve solely (?) for the purpose of being in the area where the picture is hung but without being able to penetrate the crowd to ...


When Dwight Proposed To Maryjane Digital Comons, Gene Washington Dec 2010

When Dwight Proposed To Maryjane Digital Comons, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

A one act play. 3 characters. Transitions are always hard, birth, death, marriage, divorce etc. In this play there is presented a hard transition in a marriage proposal.


Bracelet, Gene Washington Dec 2006

Bracelet, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

ONE ACT PLAY: The lovers, JACK and JILL, have had a falling out. JILL agrees to give him a second chance. When they meet. JACK brings her a gift, a bracelet. JILL is reading a book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. He has had, with the help of his jeweler, "My love, more than yesterday" engraved on one side and, on the other, "My love, less than tomorrow." JILL does not understand the intention of "less than tomorrow"; nor does she accept JACK's interpretation of it. She rejects him and the bracelet. WOMAN, looking for her ...


A Hard Man Is Good To Find, Gene Washington Dec 2006

A Hard Man Is Good To Find, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

A short play. 4 Characters 1 female and 3 males. A pastiche of Hemingway. This play is essentially about female choice, a well-documented phenomenon throughout the animal kingdom. This accounts, in part, for the mix of characters and the effects of their different genders. In order for the qualities that ground JILL’s character (her discontent with JACK, her sensuality, skill with language, etc.), there must be at least two males exhibiting salient “polar” male traits for her to choose between.


His Presence Adds Nothing To The Party His Absence Takes Nothing Away, Gene Washington Dec 2004

His Presence Adds Nothing To The Party His Absence Takes Nothing Away, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

ONE ACT PLAY. 5 characters. Study of what can be called a "negative character." We know him as much as what he does not do (for example leave his bed, get dressed, go out) as we do his few positive qualities. In his speech there are more negative forms ("no," "never' etc) than positive ones


Healing The Past, Gene Washington Dec 2004

Healing The Past, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

How does one find absolution for past deeds? In Coleridge’s ONE ACT PLAY: Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner the old mariner does it, or attempts to achieve it, by telling and re-telling his story. In this play, finding absolution is presented as an “arena” of conflict between three historical personages, Mikhail Borodin, Sun Yat-sen and his wife Soong Ching-Ling. The historical context of the play is the Nationalist and Communist revolution of early 20th century China.


Notes On Theatre Of The Absurd, Gene Washington Dec 2004

Notes On Theatre Of The Absurd, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

These are notes from the author's classes on teaching theatre of the absurd: these include plays by Ionesco, Beckett and Stoppard. Some of the author's own absurdist plays, which were part of his pedagogy, are on this website under "Presentations."


That Fatal Brew Pub, Gene Washington Dec 2003

That Fatal Brew Pub, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

Skit featuring St. Peter, the devil and other heavenly creatures. The skit is essentially a parody of folks in a small town attempting to establish a brew pub in their town,


Outdoor Swimming Pool, Gene Washington Dec 2001

Outdoor Swimming Pool, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

Prose poem about different perspectives on an outdoor swimming pool. By "perspectives" is meant both subjective and objective ones.