Secor, James L. (American playwright, writer, editor, teacher, 1947-____), “Ch-ch-changes,”
a 10-minute anti-war drama in English, set one evening during a prolonged war in the U.S.,
1f (or 1m + cat);
• © 1979, 1999 by James L. Secor; • script/rights available from James L. Secor, P. O. Box 26, Lawrence, Kansas 66044, U.S.A., e-mail email@example.com, telephone (home) 785-749-3428. • Cited by James L. Secor, via ftp August 8, 1999; Secor says,
§ Dramatis Persona Old Lady (f or m), 60, avenger.
§ Synopsis “The Old Lady enters and talks to her cat about waiting and numbers. The radio comes on reading endless, lifeless lists of numbers. Then it goes dead. She talks to cat again about the numbers and her eyesight and the killing and how wrong it is. She remembers something about Jonathan. The radio. Anger at the inhumane reading of numbrs for the war dead. Anger at war, at losing her men. Radio. Denial rant on numbers and the falsity of people who wage war. Then, in one violent fit of anger, she throws off her robe to reveal a heavily-medalled uniform and a gun. The only thing left for a person who has no recourse to action is terrorism. She shoots the cat as she shouts, ‘Beware the wrath of a mother.’
§ Comment “One scene, one set, one live character, one stuffed/enamel cat, one radio. Beneath her housecoat the Old Lady wears a Nazi Storm Trooper’s uniform decorated all to hell with U.S. Marine medals and regalia. She carries a gun that must discharge. The part could be played by a male.”
§ Themes anger, animal, anti-war, cat, dead, denial, ethics, eyesight, falsity, gun, motherhood, murder, numbers, one-woman show, puppetry, radio, terrorism, uniform, vengeance, waiting, war, warmongering, wrath.
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