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Schrum, Stephen A. (American playwright, assistant professor of communication and drama, 1957-____), "Changes,"

a 20-minute comedy-drama in English set in a bar, 1985,


© 1985; script/rights available from Stephen A. Schrum, e-mail steve@mindspeak.com. Cited by Stephen A. Schrum via e-mail, June 7, 1996; Schrum says,

  §  Dramatis Personae _____ (m), former lover; _____ (f), former lover.

  §  Synopsis “A man and a woman, once romantically involved, meet again for drinks. During the course of their conversation, they talk about his off-off-Broadway to on-Broadway directing career and his success, and her search for self that took her to Europe and far from him-in many ways. She intimates a sex-change operation. But now she is back, and is trying to find out if things might work out again. He mentions a desire to reproduce, and she says it'll never happen, but he thinks it might—he's been seeing a woman. He thinks she pressured him into being gay when they were together, but now he's not so sure. She says, 'If you're changing preferences, then I've changed in the right direction.' But he asks if she can get pregnant, and she admits that she cannot. The conversation ends abruptly with 'It was great to see you again.'”

  §  Comment Stephen M. Schrum is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Communications, Department of Communication and Drama, University of Charleston, 2300 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Charleston, West Virginia 25304, U.S.A., telephone 304-357-4800, sschrum@ucwv.edu.  •  He obtained his B.A. at Temple University; his M.A. at The Ohio State University; his Ph.D. at University of California/Berkeley (1998-).  •  Not to be confused with James Shirley’s (1596-1666) Changes: Or, Love in a Maze: A Comedie, As It Was Presented at the Private House in Salisbury Court, by the Company of His Majesties Revels, Written by James Shirley, Gent, Francis Longe Collection (Library of Congress) DLC (London: Printed by G. P. for William Cooke, and are to be sold at his shop neere Furnivals Inne gate in Holborne, 1632), LCCN 26-2676.

  §  Themes courtship, gay, parenting, pregnancy, reproduction, sex change, theatre career.

See also Stephen A. Schrum’s:
  • "Abducted!” a 20-minute drama in English set in a Detective questioning room , 1995, 2m1f
  • "Aliens! 3 Miles, Turn Left,” a 15-minute comic monologue in English set in a farmhouse living room, 1995, 1m
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