Heniford, Lewis W. (American educator, author, director, playwright, 1928-____ ), "An Odious Damnéd Lie,"
a drama, set on a high
school theatre stage, with enough
scenery and props for rehearsal of Shakespeare’s Othello. Act V, scene ii, spring, 1990.
© 1990 by Lewis W. Heniford; • script/rights available from Lewis W. Heniford, P. O. Box 299, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921, telephone 408-624-6960, fax when alerted 408-624-1164; Heniford says,
§ Dramatis Personae Mike (m), 18, high school senior, student of drama; Loris (f), 18, high school senior, student of drama.
§ Synopsis “Loris, preparing to audition for a college scholarship works with Mike, her ex-boy friend, to prepare Desdemona’s death scene from Othello. Their personal problems hover heavily over the practice until the girl reveals her odious damnéd lie.
§ Comment “This show deals with child abuse and deceit. It is simple to stage but requires subtle acting. Actors must be comfortable with and capable of the lengthy Shakespearian excerpt.” • Can pair with Lewis W. Heniford's "Love's Light Wings," a comedy-drama, 1m1f; or his "Shrew You; or, Who Hath Need of Men? As Goode Accounte As Anye Knowne Describing How Sweet Shagsper Shuffles Off His Mortal Coil," a comedy, 2m2f.
§ Themes audition, child abuse, college scholarship, death, Desdemona, erstwhile romance, mendacity, Othello, rehearsal, revelation, Shakespeare.
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