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“Snakes and Ladders: Belly Dance 101”

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Horton, G. L. (aka Geralyn Horton, American playwright, critic/reviewer, actor, director, 1940-____), “Snakes and Ladders: Belly Dance 101,”

a 10-minute comedy for a dancer in English, set in a dance classroom, U.S.A., 2002,

1f (with only basic dance training + optional extras)

; • © 2002 by Geralyn Horton • in G. L. Horton’s Snakes and Ladders: Belly Dance 101 (Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • scripts/rights available from G. L. Horton, 49 Washington Park, Newton, Massachusetts 02460, U.S.A., telephone 617-630-9704, e-mail g.l.horton@mindspring.com; full text available at http://www.stagepage.info. • Cited by G. L. Horton via ftp January 10, 2004; Horton says,

§ Dramatis Persona Pythia (f), 30-55, aka Sensuala, a belly dance teacher somewhat past her prime; Elena (f), any age, mother of a seven-year-old, never seen but only heard.

§ Synopsis “Pythia, a New Age priestess of the Goddess with a somewhat shady past imparts the wisdom of the Serpent in an introductory belly dance class with a reluctant recruit. Elena, unseen, gives the inner reactions as a member of Pythia's class.

§ Comment “An actress with only basic dance training but good comic timing and a lack of inhibition can perform Pythia very effectively. The audience can hear Elena’s thoughts—and feelings—as she tries to follow Pythia's instructions and Praise the Goodess in the Temple of her (exhausted, sleepy, flabby) body. The disembodied voice can be done either pre-recorded or live. Student ‘extras’ may be used if desired. ‘Snakes and Ladders: Belly Dance 101’ is easy to produce and to tour.”

§ Themes body image, disembodied voice, The Goddess, inspiration, New Age religion, self-help, sexual objectification, shady past, spiritual paths, visualization.

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