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Micci, Ronald (American playwright, advertising proofreader-editor, 1948-____), “Heat Lightning,”

a 15-minute comedy-melodrama in English, set in the  downstairs parlor of a broken-down Southern mansion, on a stormy night, May, 2001,

1m1f

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  •  © 2001 by Ronald Micci, scripts and rights available from Ronald Micci, 75 Vreeland Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey 07070, U.S.A., phone (home) 201-438-3267, (work) 212-297-7290, e-mail RVMicci@comcast.net. Cited by Ronald Micci via ftp, May 12, 2001; Micci says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Johnny Testis (m), 30, a macho stud, with bulging triceps and a reputation to match; Delores del Fuego (f), a giant Amazon and equally-potent sexual force.

  §  Synopsis “Two strangers encounter each other while taking refuge in a Southern mansion during a ferocious lightning storm, striking macho poses, and the sexual fireworks explode. Enter Johnny Testis. ‘Johnny Testis.  Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. . . . Car broke down. Had to stay somewhere. I was walking through the woods. Then I saw it—this crummy old plantation. . . . But that lightning, that heat lightning, it’s burning up my soul.’ Sound at the door. Enter Delores del Fuego, who thrusts the door open, knocking Testis to the floor. ‘Delores del Fuego—fiery, fulsome, frenetically endowed. Got off work. Had to stay somewhere. . . That lightning, it’s burnin’ up the sky. . . .’ They try to out-macho each other. Then realize they have crossed paths before. At a circus sideshow in Cincinnati. With the grotesque sounds of Testis and the ringmaster’s daughter carrying on, keeping del Fuego up all night. They get ready to compete to the death in a game of strip poker, when the lightning starts again. Suddenly emboldened to confess her love for Testis, Delores wants to go outside and face the lightning down. Testis stops her and goes in her stead. A crash of lightning. A groan from without. And Testis stumbles in, mortally stricken by a lightning bolt. For a few brief moments, Delores del Fuego is guilt riddled, holding her dying beloved in her arms. Testis gets up, brushes himself off, and reveals it was just a trick.

  §  Comment “Unit set. A door or doors would help. A pack of cards. A chair or two and a table. There is overt sexuality here, so it would probably be more suited to college audiences. Although apart from Delores removing a calculator from between her breasts, there shouldn’t be anything graphically offensive. Yes, there are passionate clinches. This thing is an over-the-top melodramatic sex farce. Whatever that means.””

Addendum 020312: “Heat Lightning (1m,1f) (15 min.)
A couple of horny strangers—Johnny Testis and Delores del Fuego—
take refuge in a broken-down Southern mansion during a lightning
storm and attempt to out-macho each other.

  § Themes circus, country road, dark shadows, decay, defiance, Gothic horror, lightning, lust, machismo, mansion, muscularity, passion, physical beauty, plantation, rain, sex, strip poker, stud, terror, thunderstorm, virility.
  See also Ron Micci’s:

  • Addie and Me,” a melodrama, set in the bedroom of Melanie, a teenage girl, night, 2000, 1f
  • Attack of the Radar People,” a 15-minute radio farce, set in an old-time radio broadcast studio, 1950s, 2m1f (or 3m1f)
  • Biff Bang, American Hero,” a 10-minute comedy spoof of radio cliffhangers in English, set in the cockpit of Biff’s fighter bomber, 1998, 2m1f
  • Dark Snow,” a 10-minute melodramatic monologue in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 1f [see items below for 2f versions]
  • Dark Snow,” a 5-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • Dark Snow, Evening,” a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • Dark Snow, Morning,” a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • Dark Snow,” definitive version, a 20-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • Dink Fast, Harry!” a 10-minute detective comedy-melodrama in English, set in Harry Dinker’s dumpy office, daytime, 1998, 2m1f
  • Director's Cut,” a 7-minute film noir, set on a Hollywood set, 1940s, 2m
  • Flying Medusas,” a 10-minute contemporary farce in English, set in the theater of the absurd, at no specified time, 1m1f
  • The Grackle,” a 10-minute radio melodrama-farce in English, set in a radio broadcast studio, 1930s, 2m1f (but could be played with any combo of m/f)
  • Happy Endings,” a 15-minute comedy-fantasy in English, set in the living-room of Cornweevil homestead in Midwest, 1996, 2m1f
  • Harry Dinker, Private Eye,”a 10-minute detective parody in English, set in Harry Dinker’s office in the “downtown section of a grimy city nobody has any use for,” afternoon, 1998,1m1f or 2m
  • Herman,” a 10 minute comedy in English, 1m3f
  • High Concept Harry,” a 20-minute dark comedy in English, set in Harry Fleck’s literary/talent office in Hollywood, afternoon, 2000, 2m
  • I, Dadius,” a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the living room of a cozy suburban home, winter, 2000, 1m
  • I Sing to You of Robin Hood,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a tavern in Nottingham, 12th century, 3m1f
  • Kid Valium,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a big city gymnasium, the day of the big title fight, 2000, 3m1f

  • Love’s Cousin in the Carolinas,” a 13-minute romantic comedy in English, set at a park bench in the suburbanNortheast, U.S.A., a Saturday afternoon in late summer, 1998, 1m1f
  • Moonlight’s Little Madness,” a 40-minute drawing room farce in English set in the parlor of the Prescott country estate, England, a spring evening during the Victorian Era, 2m
  • Mr. Gilkey’s Flagpole,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set on the lawn of Mr. Gilkey's home in England, afternoon, 1998, 1m2f
  • November,” a 15-minute tragedy in English in two scenes, set (1) in the downstairs of a house on a lake in the Northeastern United States and (2) on the lake, a November afternoon, 2000, 1m1f
  • Parasites of Ol’ Broadway,” a 15-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in an alleyway on Lower Broadway, October, 1997, 2m1f
  • A Public Service Announcement,” a bare-stage 5-minute contemporary surrealist farce in English, set in an abstract area, daytime, 2001, 1m1f
  • Rough Cut,”a 10-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in a men's haircutting salon (barber shop) in Beverly Hills, October, 1997, 3m
  • Tea Cozy,”a 12-minute melodrama, in English, set in The living room of a suburban home, midday, 1998, 2f
  • Thank You, Charlie Chan,” a 10-minute crime melodrama. set in a hotel room in midtown Manhattan, night, 1930s, 3m
  • Thebes Like Us,” a 10-minute spy parody in English set in a cafe on the Nile, 1996, 2m1f
  • Thin Laughter in Heaven,” a 10-minute bare-stage melodrama in English, set on a cliff overlooking a lake, May, 2001, 1m
  • Tragic & Trapped in Teaneck,” a 13-minute comic melodrama in English, set in the parlor of a home in Teaneck,New Jersey, U.S.A., afternoon, turn of the last century, 2m1f

  • Wild About Harry!” a 15-minute detective farce in English, set in a sleazy gin joint; later, Harry’s apartment, night, 2001, 2m1f


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