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Wilson, Angela L. (American playwright, 1955-____), “Blood and Sleep,” a 70-minute bare-stage period drama in English, set April 4, 1865,

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  •  © 1997 by Angela L. Wilson;  •  script/rights available from Angela L. Wilson, P.O. Box 180552, Dallas, Texas 75218, U.S.A., e-mail angela.l.wilson@att.net, telephone (home) 214-388-9494, (work) 972-680-6060.  •  Cited by Angela L. Wilson, via ftp March 3, 2001; Wilson says,

  §  Dramatis Personae

Young Actor (m), playing John Wilkes Booth;

Older Actor (m), playing Abraham Lincoln.

  §  Synopsis “John Booth and Abraham Lincoln meet at the moment of the fatal gunshot in a netherland where they duel with words and weapons in a Shakespearean fashion.

  §  Comment “One long scene with some complexity of movement, choreographed fighting, period costumes and one costume for Booth depicting Richard III. Some complexity in directing decisions about an image representing Mary Todd Lincoln.”  •  See also Angela L. Wilson’s “Black Velvet,” a 35-minute comedy in English, set in a recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A., Saturday morning, January 21, 1956, 1m1f; “George and Scheherazade, Sad, Sad, Sad,” a 45-minute comedy in English, set on a patio, Friday evening, dusk, today, 1m2f (+ 1m and 1f nonspeaking).

  §  Themes abolition, Booth (John Wilkes Booth, 1838-1865, American actor, assassin of Abraham Lincoln, brother of Edwin Thomas Booth), civil rights, history, human rights, Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, sixteenth President of the United States of America), Shakespearean fantasy, slavery, word (impact, duration, influence).
 

See also Angela L. Wilson’s
  • Black Velvet,” a 35-minute comedy in English, set in a recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A., Saturday morning, January 21, 1956, 1m1f
  • George and Scheherazade, Sad, Sad, Sad,” a 45-minute comedy in English, set on a backyard patio, suburbia, U.S.A., Friday evening, dusk, 1997, 1m2f (+ 1m and 1f nonspeaking)

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