Peterson, Eric C. (American playwright/actor/director, 1970-____) “Afterglow,”
a 23-minute comedy-drama in five scenes in English set in a bedroom, October-December, 1994,
; © 1994 by Eric C. Peterson; • in Eric C. Peterson’s Afterglow (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.: The Author, 1994); • script/rights available from Eric C. Peterson, 1533 D Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, U.S.A., e-mail Red7Eric@aol.com, telephone (home) 202-397-7150, http://hometown.aol.com/dctriplethreat/. • Cited by Eric C. Peterson via e-mail April 2, 1996; Peterson says,
§ Dramatis Personae “He, (m) a young lover; She, (f) a young lover.
§ Synopsis “A young man and woman meet at a Hallowe’en Party and enter a relationship based on mutual attraction and casual sex. Each of the five short scenes takes place immediately after sexual intercourse, from the initial experience to the eventual doom of the relationship. He works as either a doctor or an intern at a prominent hospital, where her father acts as chief of staff. They meet at the hospital’s Halloween party, and for the next several months, meet on the occasional afternoon for physical pleasure and awkward conversation. Each wants to know as much about the other as possible while divulging nothing. Finally, after spotting him having lunch with another woman, she begins a row that brings to light distinct differences in the perceived nature of the relationship and, indeed, between men and women, period. She breaks all ties with him, but he reminds her that they will meet again at the hospital’s annual Christmas party. She promises not to go and to ignore him completely if she must go. Finally after the Christmas party, He and She are in bed together yet again. This scene is different, though, in the tone of shared humiliation that both feel, and probably they will not meet again.
§ Comment “The play presents sex in a casual manner while rejecting the idea that sex can be the sole basis for a successful relationship. The theme of the play eschews moralizing or haughtiness. Despite the eventual outcome, the play is quite funny throughout. Very easy to produce, ‘Afterglow,’ requires only one costume piece (a teddy or slip for the woman), as the two actors never leave the bed. The several performances in Washington, D.C., area venues include Source Theatre and other theatres. The author wants to pursue opportunities for additional performances elsewhere.” • “‘Afterglow’ was the recipient of the Best Original Script award at the 1994 Maryland Theatre Festival..”—Playwrights Forum, http://users.erols.com/pforum/oneact.html, accessed July 9, 2001. • See also Eric C. Peterson’s “Jackpot,” a 10-minute comedy in English, evening, 1996, 1m1f; “Letters to Orenthal,” a 10-minute sociopolitical drama in English set simultaneously at three writing desks in different parts of America, October 4, 1995, 1m2f or 2m1f.
§ Themes abandonment, affair, bed, casual sex, chief of staff, Christmas, coitus, father-daughter relationship, first encounter, gender conflict, Halloween, heterosexuality, honesty, hospital, medicine, mutual attraction, party, perception, physical attraction, reunion, sex, youth.
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