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“The End of My Life as a Back Porch Beautician”

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Gall-Clayton, Nancy J. (American playwright, writer, writing instructor, February 6, 1946-____), “The End of My Life as a Back Porch Beautician,”

a 6-minute comedy, set in a nearly-empty back porch beauty parlor, U.S.A., 5:00 p.m., Friday, November, 2002


  •  © 2000 by Nancy J. Gall-Clayton;  •  in Nancy J. Gall-Clayton’s The End of My Life as a Back Porch Beautician (Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000);  •  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 December 22, 2002; Gall-Clayton says,

  §  Dramatis Persona Ruth Ann (f), 65, a female beautician.

  §  Synopsis “Ruth Ann, who has a back porch beauty parlor, is telling all to her last customer ever before her retirement party down to the Days Inn’ in a just a few hours. (Among the secrets is that Ruth Ann and her husband stopped talking to each other about five years ago, but have written notes instead.) Ruth Ann unveils a surprising new hairdo.

  §  Comment “Only a chair and a pair of scissors are necessary.”

  §  Themes beauty parlor, communication, hair cut, retirement, scissors, widowhood.

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