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Bird, John C. (British playwright, author, 1933-____), “City of Dreams,”

a 30-minute serious drama in English, set in a hotel room, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., 2004,


; • © 2004 by John C. Bird; • in John C. Bird’s City of Dreams (Knowle, Solihull, England: Playwrights Publishing Company, 2004) ; • script available from John C. Bird, http://www.johncbird.co.uk; • rights available from The Playwrights Publishing Company, 70 Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire NG14 5AL, England, e-mail playwrightspublishingco@yahoo.com, http://geocities.com/playwrightspublishingco; contact John C. Bird, 4 Holland Avenue, Knowle, Solihull B93 9DW, England, e-mail jbird@ixias.fsnet.co.uk, telephone (home) (UK) 01564 772202. • Cited by John C. Bird via ftp March 4, 2004; Bird says,

§ Dramatis Personae Fred Newman (m), 52, an accountant; Rosita Alvarez (f), 28, a Mexican chambermaid.

§ Synopsis “Fred Newman, an accountant employed by an English city council, dreamed of leaving his nagging wife and dead-end job and travelling the world. A heart attack and early retirement provides the opportunity to take off and head first to Dallas, his 'City of Dreams'. Here he meets a Mexican chambermaid who is also on the run, but from different demons. For a while it looks as if they may become an 'item' . . .

§ Comment “. . . [B]ut will they find the happiness they seek? • All of the action takes place in a Dallas hotel room.

§ Themes abandonment, adventure, culture clash, Dallas, doomed romance, early retirement, flight, freedom, heart attack, marriage.

See also John C. Bird's

  • "Bo and Joe," a 30-minute serious drama in English, in six scenes, set in England, 1883, and September 3, 1939, 3m1f
  • "A Sign of the Times," a 45-minute serious drama in English, set in the living quarters above a bakery, the East End of London, England, early days of World War I, 1914, 3m1f

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