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Hillel, John R. (Australian playwright, writer, July 17, 1947-____), “Big Is Beautiful,’

a bare-stage 40-minute comedy in English in ten scenes, set in two areas, Sam’s darkroom/den and the couple’s kitchen/dining area, over several weeks, with some scenes daytime, others night, 2005.

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; • © 2004 by John R. Hillel; • in John R. Hillel’s Big Is Beautiful (Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from John R. Hillel, 26 Park Road, Mount Waverley, Victoria 3149, Australia, telephone (home) 03 9807 9653, fax 03 9807 0093, e-mail hill0720@hotmail.com. • Cited by John R. Hillel via ftp February 28, 2005; Hillel says,

§ Dramatis Personae Sam (m), 50, a professional photographer; Kristy (f), 40, Sam’s wife.

§ Synopsis “Kristy is sylph-like. That is why Sam married her. Despite Sam’s love for her, he has a secret obsession—he photographs women's bodies. Not just any bodies, just those of fat women. Kristy knows what Sam does when he goes out walking with his camera. She is sure Sam would love her more if only she could get fat enough. And that is what Kristy decides to do.

§ Comment “The consequences are unexpected and lead her to find the real Kristy. • The play requires an open stage setting with indicated areas. The two playing areas include Sam’s darkroom and the kitchen/dining room. In one corner of the darkroom are shelves with several boxes and files neatly arranged. A door to this area has a lock. One wall is a gallery of photographs of overweight women—some full body shots, some rear shots, some front torsos. In addition, there are some close-ups of parts of women’s bodies—e.g., a fleshy arm, a pair of large buttocks. In the kitchen/dining area are a stove and a table with two chairs. In a sideboard or side table with a drawer, Sam stores his camera. The camera must be an old single-lens reflex model with a long (say, 200mm) telephoto/zoom lens. Except for necessary costume changes, the action should be continuous. In some of the ten scenes, actors breech the fourth wall and talk directly to the audience. The style is non-naturalistic; for example, in one scene, the female dons body padding in full view of the audience as she puts on weight. The actress must be willing to appear naked for a short time; her bare figure does not conform to the traditional ‘ideal’ body shape, nor is it seriously overweight. • John Hillel has directed and taught theatre in universities and schools for over twenty years. He has had two plays performed professionally in Australia.

§ Themes body image, fourth wall convention, love, nudity, personal growth, photography, self discovery.



See also John R. Hillel’s

  • "The Catch," a bare-stage 35-minute comedy-drama in English, in seven scenes, set in various areas, a day and evening in 2005 and a day some weeks later, 3m1f (1m is minor)
  • "Eden," a 35-minute absurd comedy in English, set in a a room and garden (any), day, 2002, 1m3f or 2m2f

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