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Barrie, Shirley (aka Shirley G. Barrie, Canadian playwright, arts administrator, 1945-____), “Possession,”

a 20-minute comedy in English, set in a room with a chair, a side table, a stack of books and a telephone, Saturday evening, 2004,

1f (+m or f percussionist); © 2004 by Shirley Barrie; • in Shirley Barrie’s Possession (Toronto Ontario, Canada: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Shirley Barrie, 462 Clendenan Avenue, Toronto Ontario M6P 2X6, Canada, e-mail sbarrie.kchubb@sympatico.ca, www.shirleybarrie.ca, telephone (home) 416-762-7050, fax 416-762-8769. • Cited by Shirley Barrie via ftp January 7, 2005; Barrie says,

§ Dramatis Personae Jane (f), 30, teacher; Percussionist (m or f), any age, accompanist.

§ Synopsis “Having been burned by a failed relationship, Jane is spending yet another Saturday night alone with a stack of library books about possession, her current obsession. A ghost interrupts her solitude, forces her to acknowledge her own possession by the past, and pushes her to reach in a bizarre way beyond her comfortable room.

§ Comment “A short comic play for one actress and a ghost—represented by (preferably live) sound effects. • Read at Stageplays in Progress in 2003 and at New Directions in 2004. Produced at the New Ideas Festival, Alumnae Theatre, Toronto, March 23-26, 2005.

§ Themes betrayal, compassion, loneliness, love, possession, reaching out, sex, trust.

See also Shirley Barrie's

  • "Madhouse," a 10-minute black comedy in English set in the basement corridor of a hospital, late evening, 2000, 1f
  • "Revelation," a 35-minute tragicomedy of errors in English, set in a graveyard, Resurrection morning, 1m1f
  • "A Witch's Brew," a 40-minute comedy-drama in English set in a duck blind, an upscale condo, a garden, and a timeless anywhere ere, now and all time, 3f

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