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Robbins, Kenneth R. (American playwright, professor, author, 1944-____), “The Audition,”

a 35-minute drama in English, set on the stage of an empty theatre in New York City, 8:00 p.m., 1999


; • © 1999 by Kenneth R. Robbins; • in Kenneth R. Robbins’ The Audition (Ruston, Louisiana, U.S.A.: The Author, 1999); • script/rights available from Ann Elmo Agency, Inc., 60 East 42nd Street, New York City, New York 10165, U.S.A., telephone 212-661-2880; contact Kenneth R. Robbins at 1504 Elizabeth Avenue, Ruston, Louisiana 71270, U.S.A., e-mail krobbins@latech.edu, telephone (home) 318-513-2407, (work) 318-257-2711, fax 318-257-4571. • Cited by Kenneth R. Robbins, via ftp November 9, 1999; Robbins says,

§ Dramatis Persona Amy Pearson (f), 25, actress.

§ Synopsis “Amy arrives at a small out-of-the-way theatre in New York, expecting to audition for a new play. But no one is there. She is locked into the theatre accidentally. Since she is alone on a stage with no way to get out, she decides to share her audition pieces with the ghost of the theatre. She offers selections from numerous plays including Hamlet, Hedda Gabler, and others. The fact that she suffers from paranoia becomes apparent as she discovers a bag of props left at the back of the theatre and in it, she finds a pistol, loaded. How she uses this prop is the payoff of the play.“

§ Comment Bare stage, rehearsal costumes, a work light. • The full script is available at http://www.singlelane.com/proplay/audition.html. • “The Audition” was first presented by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and received its professional premiere at Teaterpaedogy, Copenhagen in 2001. • Kenneth R. Robbins is the author of two published novels and seventeen published plays. His work has received the Toni Morrison Prize for Fiction, the Associated Writing Programs Novel Award, the Charles Getchell Award, and a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award, among others. His works for the stage have been produced by the New Works Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Nashville Academy Theatre, Atlanta Off Peachtree, and the Project Arts Center, Dublin, Ireland. His radio play, Dynamite Hill, was aired over National Public Radio and BBC Radio 3. Atomic Field closed in September after a summer-long run in Tokyo, in a translation prepared by Akira Wakabayashi.

§ Themes audition, bare stage, confinement, ghost, gun, Hamlet, Hedda Gabler, new play, paranoia, rehearsal, resilience, theatre.

See also Kenneth R. Robbins’

  • Creeping Charlie,” a 40-minute drama in English, set in a college town, in the middle of America, 1999, 2m2f
  • A Good and Dandy World,” a __-minute drama in English, suggested by Carl Sandburg’s poem, “The Hangman at Home,” 2m5f


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