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Waterstreet, Margaret G. (American playwright, 1953-____), “A Matter of Scale,”

a 2-minute comedy in English, set in the bathroom of an American household, late evening, 1997,

1f (+ male or female voice);

 •  © 1997 by Margaret G. Waterstreet,  •  script/rights available from Margaret G. Waterstreet, 1509 West Cornelia Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60657-1305, U.S.A., telephone (home/work) 773.665.4726, e-mail _____. Cited by Margaret G. Waterstreet via postal mail, 1998; Waterstreet says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Everywoman (f), any age, compulsive quantifier; Talking Scale (m or f).  §  Synopsis “Everywoman threatens her talking Scale when it reports a weight gain. The Scale advises her to ignore the number of pounds, and to stop cleaning up after other people’s problems. Everywoman insists on stepping on The Scale again. The Scale refuses ever to state a number again. The Scale proclaims positive affirmations each time Everywoman jumps on it. In frustration, Everywoman goes hunting for a tape measure.

 §  Comment “Everywoman can only define her worth by a number. It’s a shame to define one’s worth by weight.  •  This mini-play inspired and opened Kalamazoo’s thrustStage ‘Weighing in . . . ’ theatrical review in 1997. thrustStage performed the piece with a hilarious industrial scale, but the play can be performed without scenery or props.  •  The comedy is an ideal transition during an evening of one-acts—perform ‘A Matter of Scale’ downstage while upstage you change scenery for your next one-act.”

 §  Themes abandonment, advice, affirmation, altruism, compulsion, control, Everywoman, frustration, human-machine relationship, proclamation, quantification, talking scale, threat, weight.

See also Margaret G. Waterstreet’s
  • Bad Tidings,” a 2-minute comedy in English, set on a California beach, daytime, 1998, 4m or 4f
  • Chained to My Fridge,” a 60-minute comedy in English, set in an American kitchen with dining area, 1997 with flashbacks to the 1950s-1980s, 1m2f
  • Diablo Car Rental,” a 2-minute comedy in English, set at a car rental counter at an airport, spring night, 1997, 2m or 2f
  • Familiar Faces,” a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a Chicago living room with dining area, school parlor, 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., summer, 1990s, 4f or 1m3f
  • Free Advice,” a 7-minute comedy in English, set in an urban train station, evening rush hour, 1997, 2f (+ male or female voice)
  • The Schindler of Nanking,” a 2-minute drama in English, set on a street, Nanking, China, during the Japanese army’s genocide of Chinese civilians prior to World War II, 1937, 2mlf (+ female voice}
  • Stranger at My Gate,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an alley in an American neighborhood, summer day, 1997, 1m1f
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