Goldman, A. E. O. (American playwright, architect, photographer,
1957- ), "Fast!"
a bare-stage 20-minute comedy in English, set in a fast food
© 1997, script/rights available from A. E. O. Goldman, 244 West 23rd Street; Apartment 3-D, New York City, New York 10011, telephone (home) 212-242-1543, (work) 212-777-0006, extension 304, or from Emily Gerson Saines, c/o William Morris Agency, 1325 Ave. of Americas, New York City, New York, U.S.A., telephone (home) 914-878-6388, (work) 914-878-6388, fax 914-878-8009, e-mail email@example.com. Cited by playwright via ftp June 25, 1997; Beard says,
Dramatis Personae Gregory (m); Marilyn (f)
Synopsis "Gregory (facing audience) appears to drop coins into a machine, growing frustration as he fails to get what he is after. Marilyn enters with a pad and pencil, noting-out loud-each aspect of the 'establishment': uniformity of design, standard menu, rapid egress, etc. They begin talking, two lost souls at first. Marilyn pontificates about foods being indicative of a culture, Gregory just wants to be fed. The conversation becomes more personal as they each-unintentionally-reveal more about their lives, all the while discussing food. They become more frustrated, as this food never seems to arrive. Soon they have laid bare their insecurities, their education, upbringing, sexual bewilderment and their growing reliance on isolating technology from unattached cellular phones to never reaching human contacts. This occurs, of course, as they engage in escalating gluttonous deprivation and a longing for a time past when there actually was time to eat. In a rapidly accelerating pace, imagined foodstuffs are bantered about, a 'relationship' begins: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wants girl more than ever, all in what seems a mere instant. Everything quickens, as the vortex consumes them; love, life, shelter, food all flash before them. They are starved for companionship, desperate to hold on and to eat."
Themes culture, education, establishment, food, gluttony, insecurities, mechanization, reality, sexual bewilderment, sublimation, upbringing.
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