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“Dead Deer in the Dark”

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Gall-Clayton, Nancy J. (American playwright, writer, writing instructor, February 6, 1946-____), “Dead Deer in the Dark,”

a 12-minute drama in English, set at a teenage girl's bedroom, Saturday evening, April, 2002,


  •  © 2002 by Nancy J. Gall-Clayton; in Nancy J. Gall-Clayton’s Dead Deer in the Dark (Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002);  •  script/rights available from Nancy Gall-Clayton, 1375 South Second Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40208-2303, U.S.A., e-mail nancygallclayton@earthlink.net, telephone (home) 502-636-5836, fax 502-634-8751.  •  Cited by Nancy Gall-Clayton via ftp August 27, 2002; Gall-Clayton says,

  §  Dramatis Persona Michelle Miller (f), 17, student.

  §  Synopsis “Michelle speaks into a tape recorder to the school counselor, who is home recovering from surgery. Her assignment is to discuss her career goals so that the counselor can organize a career fair from her sickbed. In the process of recording, Michelle manages to show how April, blood, poetry, a dead deer, her cousin's prom dress, and her father's appliance repair business are all connected to her future aspirations.

  §  Comment “Easily staged (1 scene), no special requirements. Excerpt could be used for audition or forensic competition. The language is rich and evocative with a little humor along the way.”

  §  Themes April, blood, career, counselor, family, high school, lying, poetry, teen.

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