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Harris, Larry (aka Lawrence R. Harris, American playwright, screenwriter, 1960-____), “Answering the Echo,”

a 12-minute sex farce in English, set no particular place, no particular time,

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; • © 2002 by Larry Harris; • in Larry Harris’ Answering the Echo (New York: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Larry Harris, 15 West 11th Street #4-D, New York, New York 10011-8607, U.S.A., telephone (home) 212.645.4834, e-mail Lharris.nyc@verizon.net. • Cited by Larry Harris, via ftp, November 11, 2002; Harris says,

§ Dramatis Personae Phil Entwein (m), 45, staid, organized husband of Dora; Dora Entwein (f), 45, artsy, outgoing wife of Phil.

§ Synopsis “Dora pretends not to notice a message she finds written on Phil’s back from ‘the other woman.’ Dora continues their active (and suddenly more passionate) sex life so that she can secretly write back to her rival on Phil’s skin.

§ Comment “Scripts can be ordered by people 18 years of age or older by contacting the playwright. • The setting and time are left intentionally vague because this presentational story is told directly to the audience, much like Six Degrees of Separation. At any given moment we could be at home, a friend’s dinner party, the gym, church, etc. Really we are just in the presence of these characters in the here and now. • The play is performed presentationally, bouncing around from scene to scene, between present and flashback. The two characters are telling you a good story and use every good story telling device from description to enactment. It is best done with few or no props. Actors must not be afraid to address the audience directly. • Premiered at INTAR 53, 508 West 53rd Street, New York City, New York 10019, produced by the Emerging Artists Theatre Company, 518 Ninth Avenue, Suite 2, New York, New York, 10018, U.S.A.” • “Larry Harris has worked in the literary offices of the Guthrie Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club and McCarter Theatre. He earned his MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University. Larry’s full-length, The Kitchen of Heaven, was produced by EAT at NY’s Mint Theatre in 1999. Larry co-wrote and associate produced the PBS documentary series Black and White in Exile. His one-act sex farce “Answering the Echo” won four awards in the 9th Annual New York City 15-Minute Play Festival, including Honorable Mention for Best Play. This play was the inspiration for Larry’s spec screenplay Trick of the Eye. His other screenplays include Tools of Ignorance (about baseball player-turned-spy Moe Berg) and Collector’s Item (a romance for the aged).”—e-mail from the playwright, June 1, 2004.

§ Themes infidelity, jealousy, lust, marriage, passion, sex, truth.

See also Larry Harris’

  • "Daily Bread," a 7-minute absurdist drama in English, set on a street, dusk, the present, 2m or 2f
  • "Down Deep," a 20-minute drama in English, set in the backyard of a handsome, old-style house, an autumn night, 2000, 2f
  • "Grey-Beard Loon," a 20-minute lyrical drama of the sea in English, set on the deck of the sailing vessel The Splintered Cross , the present time with flashbacks to the Eighteenth Century, 1m
  • "Playing with the Queen of Hearts," a 60-minute New Age thriller in English, set in the sitting room of Claire Leridon's ground floor Tarot Parlor that doubles as her apartment, a hot summer evening, the present, 2m2f
  • "Thicker Than Water," a 10-minute drama in English, set in a small den in a large house, Friday night, the present, 3m
  • "The Twain Shall Meet," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a psychologist's office, 3:00 p.m. on a weekday, the present, 2m2f

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Page mounted November 19, 2002, and updated December 9, 2002, June 26, 2004, April 25, 2005, by the Webmaster.

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