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“At a Beetle’s Pace”

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Catron, Louis E. (American playwright, author, director, educator), “At a Beetle’s Pace,”

a drama in English, set on a bluff overlooking water, in a deteriorating park in an eternal Utopia, sometime in the future when aging is not known except for one lone elderly male, an iconoclastic spirit, whom the government now keeps as something of a historical relic


; • © 1971, in Louis E. Catron’s At a Beetle’s Pace (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1971), (can pair with “Touch the Bluebird’s Song,” a drama, 1m1f; or “Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?” a drama, 1m1f) • script/rights available from script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429; or 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046-2795, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6822; or 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108; or Samuel French, Ltd., 52 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 6JR, England , SF 1087; • script available from Hansen Drama Shop, 718 East 39th South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84107-2106, U.S.A., telephone (801) 268-8753, fax (801) 265-3829. • Contact Louis E. Catron at e-mail lecatron@widomaker.com.

§ Dramatis Personae _____ (m), old, survivor; _____ (f), __, _____.

§ Synopsis “. . . [A] very spirited but lonely old man, survivor of the past, seeks to carve a place for himself in a future time when aging is not known.

§ Comment “The play presents interesting challenges to the two actors, especially the male performing the old man.” • “Final play in trilogy, preceded by “Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone” and “Touch the Bluebird’s Song.”—Play Index 1968-1972: An Index to 3,848 Plays, edited by Estelle A. Fidell (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1973), p. 45. • Research could include Louis E. Catron’s The Director’s Vision: Play Direction from Analysis to Production (Mountain View, California, U.S.A.: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1989), ISBN 0874847605. • Also, research could include Louis E. Catron’s Overcoming Directorial Mental Blocks About Blocking (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1991), LCCN 92-161990. • Also, research could include Louis E. Catron’s The Elements of Playwriting, Elements of Series (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc., 1993), ISBN 0025229915. • Also, research could include Louis E. Catron’s The Elements of Playwriting, 1st Collier Books edition (New York: Collier Books; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994), originally published in New York by Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc., 1993, ISBN 0020692919. • Also, research could include Louis E. Catron’s Playwriting: Writing, Producing, and Selling Your Play (Prospect Heights, Illinois, U.S.A.: Waveland Press, Prospect Heights, Illinois 60070, U.S.A., 1990), ISBN 0-88133-564-9; Prentice-Hall edition, 1984; ISBN 0139719954, is out of print.

§ Themes 1900s, loneliness, love, mores, old age, survival, values, future, governmental regulation of citizens.

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