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A Waltz Without Turns

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Parra, Angelo (American playwright, 1948-____), “A Waltz Without Turns,”

a 28-minute comedy in English, set in an inexpensive motel room, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., a summer night after the close of The Magic Kingdom, 1998,


© 1998 by Angelo Parra;  •  script/rights available from Angelo Parra, 35 Midway Road, Chestnut Ridge, New York 10977, U.S.A., telephone (home) 845-426-3518, e-mail playrite@optonline.net  •  Cited by Angelo Parra, via ftp, August  20, 1998; Parra says,

  §   Dramatis Personae Danny (m), a divorcé; Peggy (f), a tourist.

  §   Synopsis “In a cheap Orlando, Florida, motel room, on the last night of a spur-of-the-moment vacation, Peggy, moody, dreamy, and vulnerable, enters after a day at Disney World, followed in by Danny, an energetic, upbeat jazz musician. Peggy and Danny have only known each other for two weeks. A phone message from one of Danny’s two young daughters from previous marriages precipitates a confrontation over the future of this new relationship. Peggy’s yearning for commitment and Danny’s gypsy life-style clash in a humorous exchange during which their facades and illusions are stripped away.”

  §  Comment  See Angelo Parra's www.parrasite.homestead.com/writer.html  •  “Angelo Parra, an award winning playwright and the director of the Hudson Valley Professional Playwrights Lab, has had more than 20 productions in the United States and at the Edinburgh International Festival. His newest show, The Devil’s Music, which chronicles the life and music of blues legend Bessie Smith, is concluding a sold-out engagement in New York and is slated for a six week run at Florida Stage. Angelo is a two-time NY
Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellow, a member of The Dramatists Guild and the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He teaches theatre and playwriting at Ramapo College of New Jersey. His two character romantic ‘dramedy’, Canvases, was read at the Newman two seasons ago.”

  §   Themes commitment, Disney World, divorce, family, father-daughter relationship, gypsy life-style, illusion,  jazz, marriage, motel, reality, vacation, vulnerability.

See also Parra’s:

  • Midnight Kiss,” a 10-minute comedy in English, 1m1f
  • Prickasaurus,” a 40-minute drama in English with humor, 1m1f
  • The Slope,”a 35-minute drama with humor in English, set in a brownstone apartment, Brooklyn, New York, on a hot, humid Saturday afternoon, 1991, 1m1f
  • Warmflesch,” a 35-minute drama with humor in English, 1m1f


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