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Robinson, Betsy (American playwright, actor, February 7, 1951-____), “Darleen Dances,”

a 30-minute comedy in English in fourteen scenes, set in a room, any room, several weeks,

1f; • © 2005 by Betsy Robinson; • in Betsy Robinson’s Girl Stories & Game Plays: An Anthology of Stories and Plays (Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A.: iUniverse, Inc. 2005), ISBN B000A3PNWM; • script/rights available from Betsy Robinson, www.BetsyRobinson-writer.com, e-mail Betsy@BetsyRobinson-writer.com. • Cited by Betsy Robinson via ftp July 26, 2005; Robinson says,

§ Dramatis Personae Darleen Rosengarten (f), 36, not an all-American pretty girl.

§ Synopsis “Darleen Rosengarten is dancing her heart out, trying to get into the Guinness Book of Records because she is about to have her ovaries removed, and she wants to feel as if she matters. The play follows her through failure after failure as she seeks outside validation, until finally she finds it inside. And surprisingly she also finds she is pregnant—a sperm from a would-be TV producer finds the remarkable egg that managed to survive the surgery and remain in her womb.

§ Comment “This is a play about finding God within. A very funny, but subversively deep play. An actress' dream part—one woman funny show. The only difficulty is the video segments that must be created between scenes. These are described for the play’s producers to create.” • “Betsy Robinson's first novel, Plan Z by Leslie Kove, was published by Mid-List Press in 2001 as winner of their First Novel Award Series. Betsy has worked at Parabola (magazine and books) and is currently managing editor of Spirituality & Health Magazine. For over a decade she was an actor (Return of the Secaucus 7; Lianna) and playwright, and her scripts have been produced at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Theatre in the Works (Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A.), in Los Angeles, off-off Broadway, on cable TV, and in Iowa where she won first prize in the Dubuque Fine Arts 1-Act Contest. A Bennington College and National Theater Institute graduate, she is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre where she's had many workshop productions and performed her one-woman 1-act, "Darleen Dances" (excerpt published in Moving Parts, Viking Penguin 1992). Other published fiction: "The Shanglers," New Plays by Women; “The Last Available Burial Ground on Manhattan Island,” At Rise magazine; "Pose Please," Silo magazine (1993); “May 4, 1970,” Viet Nam War Generation Journal (Dec. 2002); “Jakey, Get Out of the Buggy,” Chronogram (Feb. 2003), "The Hearing," Epiphany (spring 2005). Articles: Spirituality & Health, Parabola, New Renaissance, Guideposts, Conscious Choice, Houseplant Magazine, Indoor & Patio Gardening, GreenPrints, The American Gardener, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, and DogGone. With her screenwriting partner/mother, Edna Robinson, she was awarded a 1987/88 Writers Guild East fellowship to write a movie, The Love Convention. Betsy is a graduate of a four-year healing (energy medicine) school and currently serves as an editor and promotional consultant to the Ringing Rocks Foundation on their Profiles of Healing book/audio CD series about the world's traditional shamans, healers, and medicine people.”—Betsy Robinson, www.BetsyRobinson-writer.com, accessed July 26, 2005.

§ Themes adult God, American girl, love, one-woman show, womankind, video.

See also Betsy Robinson's

  • "Wow," a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a classroom, a weekday evening, 1m1f

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