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Micci, Ronald V. (American playwright, advertising proofreader-editor, 1948-____), “Breakers,”

a 45-minute melodrama in English in eight scenes, set in three venues, a rented room, the ocean, and an arid precipice on the New Jersey Shore, a summer day, 2002,

1m1f

; © 2002 by Ronald V. Micci; • in Ronald V. Micci’s Breakers (Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Ronald V. Micci, 75 Vreeland Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey 07070, U.S.A., telephone (home) 201-438-3267, (work) 212-210-7549, e-mail RVMicci@comcast.net. • Cited by Ronald V. Micci, via ftp, September 10, 2003; Micci says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Connor (m), 55, a thin, plain, haggard-looking man tormented by the painful desolation of life; Joyce (f), 35, handsome, substantial, but wounded.

  §  Synopsis “A man named Connor, at the end of his emotional rope, has abandoned his wife and son to take refuge in a rented room on the New Jersey Shore at the height of summer. He intends to commit suicide by drowning himself in the ocean. The landlady's daughter, Joyce, takes an interest in him and tries to convince him that life is worth embracing. She herself is divorced, and she recounts the pain of it. Connor tries to convince her to join him in suicide, and they meet by the ocean in the dark of night. But she manages to prevent him from taking the fatal step and instead they run away together to a ‘dry, arid place.’ This proves to be more painful that the suicide option, being judged in God's harsh and brilliant light, so they retreat to the ocean for the finale.

  §  Comment “This is an emotional tour-de-force, deeply poetic. There are eight scenes, but one simple set with minimal props can accommodate basically three venues.

  §  Themes abandonment, despair, divorce, drowning, love, middle age, redemption, sea, seaside, suicide pact, release.

See also Ronald V. Micci’s

  • "Addie and Me," a melodrama, set in the bedroom of Melanie, a teenage girl, night, 2000, 1f
  • "Attack of the Radar People," a 15-minute radio farce, set in an old-time radio broadcast studio, 1950s, 2m1f (or 3m1f)
  • "Biff Bang, American Hero," a 10-minute comedy spoof of radio cliffhangers in English, set in the cockpit of Biff's fighter bomber, 1998, 2m1f
  • "Dark Snow," a 10-minute melodramatic monologue in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 1f [see items below for 2f versions]
  • "Dark Snow," a 5-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • "Dark Snow, Evening," a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • "Dark Snow, Morning," a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • "Dark Snow," definitive version, a 20-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • "Dink Fast, Harry!," a 10-minute detective comedy-melodrama in English, set in Harry Dinker's dumpy office, daytime, 1998, 2m1f
  • "Director's Cut," a 7-minute film noir, set on a Hollywood set, 1940s, 2m
  • ""Family Ruins," a 10-minute melodrama in English, set in the downstairs parlor of a spooky old house, an April evening of 2003, 1m
  • ""Flo's Token Showbiz Woes," a15-minute farce, set in a Times Square walkup, 2m1f
  • "Kudhu the Magnificent," a 20-minute farce in English, set in a carnival sideshow, a Saturday afternoon, 1999, 3m1f (+ 1f speaking extra, other extras, voices in audience)
  • "Flying Medusas," a 10-minute contemporary farce in English, set in the theater of the absurd, at no specified time, 1m1f
  • "Good Tidings of Christmas Cheer," a 10-minute black comedy in English, set in London, Christmas Eve, in the time of Charles Dickens, 3m1f
  • "The Grackle," a 10-minute radio melodrama-farce in English, set in a radio broadcast studio, 1930s, 2m1f (but could be played with any combo of m/f)
  • "Happy Endings," a 15-minute comedy-fantasy in English, set in the living-room of Cornweevil homestead in Midwest, 1996, 2m1f
  • "Harry Dinker, Private Eye," a 10-minute detective parody in English, set in Harry Dinker's office in the "downtown section of a grimy city nobody has any use for," afternoon, 1998,1m1f or 2m
  • "Heat Lightning," a 15-minute comedy-melodrama in English, set in the

  • downstairs parlor of a broken-down Southern mansion, on a stormy night, May, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Herman," a 10 minute comedy in English, a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a luncheonette, 1998, 1m3f
  • "High Concept Harry," a 20-minute dark comedy in English, set in Harry Fleck's literary/talent office in Hollywood, afternoon, 2000, 2m
  • "I, Dadius," a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the living room of a cozy suburban home, winter, 2000, 1m
  • "I Sing to You of Robin Hood," a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a tavern in Nottingham, 12th century, 3m1f
  • "International Supreme Con Artists Group," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the reception area of a Hollywood talent agency, late afternoon, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Kid Valium," a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a big city gymnasium, the day of the big title fight, 2000, 3m1f
  • "Kudhu the Magnificent," a 20-minute farce in English, set in a carnival sideshow, a Saturday afternoon, 1999, 3m1f (+ 1f speaking extra, other extras, voices in audience)
  • "Love's Cousin in the Carolinas," a 13-minute romantic comedy in English, set at a park bench in the suburbanNortheast, U.S.A., a Saturday afternoon in late summer, 1998, 1m1f
  • "Moonlight's Little Madness," a 40-minute drawing room farce in English set in the parlor of the Prescott country estate, England, a spring evening during the Victorian Era, 2m
  • "Mr. Gilkey's Flagpole," a 15-minute comedy in English, set on the lawn of Mr. Gilkey's home in England, afternoon, 1998, 1m2f
  • "Northernmost Freight," a 10-minute farce in English, set in a Chicago office, late morning, 2001, 2m
  • "November," a 15-minute tragedy in English in two scenes, set (1) in the downstairs of a house on a lake in the Northeastern United States and (2) on the lake, a November afternoon, 2000, 1m1f
  • "Parasites of Ol' Broadway," a 15-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in an alleyway on Lower Broadway, October, 1997, 2m1f
  • "A Public Service Announcement," a bare-stage 5-minute contemporary surrealist farce in English, set in an abstract area, daytime, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Rough Cut," a 10-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in a men's haircutting salon (barber shop) in Beverly Hills, October, 1997, 3m
  • Sarah's Weekend Confidential," a 7-minute melodrama in English, set in Sarah's room, 2002, 1f
  • "Tea Cozy," a 12-minute melodrama, in English, set in the living room of a suburban home, midday, 1998, 2f
  • "Thank You, Charlie Chan," a 10-minute crime melodrama. set in a hotel room in midtown Manhattan, night, 1930s, 3m
  • "Thebes Like Us," a 10-minute spy parody in English set in a cafe on the Nile, 1996, 2m1f
  • "Thin Laughter in Heaven," a 10-minute bare-stage melodrama in English, set on a cliff overlooking a lake, May, 2001, 1m
  • "Tragic & Trapped in Teaneck," a 13-minute comic melodrama in English, set in the parlor of a home in Teaneck,New Jersey, U.S.A., afternoon, turn of the last century, 2m1f
  • "Two Views: A Crash Course in Life," a 15-minute melodrama in English, set in a bus stop, during morning commute, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Wild About Harry!," a 15-minute detective farce in English, set in a sleazy gin joint; later, Harry's apartment, night, 2001, 2m1f

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