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Frank Capra Gets His Wings

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Stemple, Beth Campbell (American playwright, free-lance writer, 1962-____), “Frank Capra Gets His Wings,”

a 30-minute drama in English with comedic elements, set no specific time or place,

1m1f (1m of any age, 1f of childbearing age);

  •  © 1994 by Beth Campbell Stemple TXu 639-600;  •  script/rights available from Beth Campbell Stemple at saltybeth@earthlink.net; sample of text available at http://home.earthlink.net/~saltybeth/main.htm. Cited by Beth Campbell Stemple via e-mail, May 7, 1996; Stemple says,

  §  Dramatis Personae _______ (m), interviewer; _______ (f), a suicide interviewee.

  §  Synopsis “A cynical woman commits suicide, and on entering the afterlife incurs a man who must interview her before she can proceed to another place. She confronts her life, her choices, and the consequences. The man has a vested interest in ensuring she completes the interview.

  §  Comment “There are three scenes, a short prologue and epilogue, with the body of the play occurring in the middle scene. This play uses a simple stage with a table and two chairs. There should be nothing on the walls, if indeed walls are used. The two characters are compelling and sympathetic in what they want from each other, and how they go about getting it. They are challenging and rewarding to bring to life. The play offers the opportunity to comment on religion, reproductive rights, parenting, and childhood from many perspectives. This play was developed at the 1994 Local Playwrights' Festival at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Connecticut, U.S.A. It was subsequently produced by All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Church, New London, Connecticut, U.S.A.; The Warner Theatre Center for the Arts, Torrington, Connecticut, U.S.A.; and Performers’ Co-op, New London, Connecticut, U.S.A.”

In February, 1997, Stemple wrote, “My play, ‘Frank Capra Gets His Wings,’ was directed by Devin Standard Shallow, of Prairie High School in Vancouver, Washington, U.S.A. He took the play to a high school competition at Lower Columbia College and won best director (runner up), and the actress won best actress of the competition. There were 13 plays in the competition.”

  §  Themes _____, _____.

See also Beth Campbell Stemple’s:

  • Caller ID,” a 35-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a college student union hallway, 1994, 1m2f+ or 2m1f+
  • Foreplay,” a 10-minute comedy sketch in English set in an apartment foyer, 1995, 1m1f
  • The Gift to the Magi,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an empty room, Christmas Eve, 1997, 1m1f
  • Gravity,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a yard with an apple tree, on a summer day, 1996, 1m1f
  • Hair-Personality Conflict,” a 10-minute satirical sketch in English, set in a beauty salon, 1995, 1m1f
  • Kissing,” a 10-minute drama with comedic elements in English, set in an office ladies room, 1995, 2f
  • Live from [insert your town here]!” an 8-minute comedy sketch in English, set on a theater stage, 1995, 1m1f (male 30-40ish, female 30-40ish + male voice 30-40ish)
  • Longplay,” a 10-minute comedy sketch in English, set in an apartment, 1995, 2m (30-40)
  • Monica,” an 8-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, late evening, 1998, 1f
  • Old Wives’Tales,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a church pew, immediately following a wedding, 1998, 2f
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