King, Kathy Coudle (American playwright, university instructor of English/Women Studies, 1965-____), “Ghost Town,”
a 30-minute drama in English in five scenes, set in a cafe in a small town that has died, North Dakota, U.S.A., the last day of the last business, 2001,
1m1f (or 4m4f);
• © 2001 by Kathy Coudle King; • script/rights available from Kathy Coudle King, 714 North 25th Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203, U.S.A., e-mail email@example.com, telephone (home) 701-795-9113, (work) 701-777-2782. • Cited by Kathy Coudle King via ftp December 31, 2001; King says,
§ Dramatis Personae Jim (m), 16, 29, 45, 65, longtime resident; Barb (f), 16, 29, 45, 65, longtime resident.
§ Synopsis “On the last day of the last business in a town that has died, Barb and Jim recall their personal history and its connections with the small town cafe around which life revolved for over forty years.
§ Comment “Five short scenes depict stages in the lives of two characters. The production needs two versatile actors; however, if additional actors are available, the play can use four pairs of actors. For a single set of actors, simple costume pieces for both actors and hair changes for Barb suffice to indicate time changes. The set, which remains constant throughout, requires but a couple of tables and chairs to establish the atmosphere of a small cafe in the Midwest. • ‘Ghost Town’ highlights the demise of the small town in America and emphasizes the role ‘place’ plays in who we are. People show special interest today in connection to a familiar place and to the consequent wrenching emotions when that place is somehow no longer accessible. ‘Ghost Town’ most definitely addresses this interest.”
American Midwest, cafe, closure, community, dying town, friendship, ghost
town, home, life choice, long-term acquaintance, loss, North Dakota, reminiscence,
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