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Beltway Roulette

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Scharf, Mark (American playwright, actor, multimedia writer-designer, 1956-____), “Beltway Roulette,”

a 30-minute dark comedy in English, set in a motel room outside of Washington, D.C., 4:00 a.m. on a weekday, 1992,


© 1992 by Mark Scharf;  •  in Mark Scharf’s Beltway Roulette (Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877, U.S.A., Author, 1992);  •  script/rights available from Mark Scharf, 303 Palmspring Drive #10, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878, U.S.A., telephone (home) 301-987-2361, (work) 301-986-4929x153, cell 301-385-3815, e-mail scharfm@hotmail.com or mscharf@kcres.com or MScharf@GlobalLearningSystems.com. Cited to present author by playwright via ftp June 16, 1996; Scharf says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Celeste (f), wife of a foreign service officer; Selected Men (m).

  §  Synopsis “Celeste, the wife of a foreign service officer, uses the city of Washington, D.C., and the beltway that surrounds it in a game of her own invention—‘Beltway Roulette.’ In her game, Celeste picks up selected men from D.C.’s night life. They then drive around the beltway until she chooses an exit at random. Taking that exit, they drive to the first motel/hotel they find to finish the night.

  §  Comment “‘Beltway’ is a character-driven play with dark comic undertones. It looks at some of the boundaries of human behavior, of what can and cannot be done; of what is safe and of what is not. 'Beltway’ offers an actress the opportunity to hold center stage with a character who burns in various hues, thoughts, feelings, and desires.”

  §  Themes courtship, cruising, dating, desire, game, motel, night life, seduction, sexual game, Washington (D.C.)  beltway.

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