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Langman, Peter Fabbri (American playwright, psychologist, 1960-____), “Haydon’s Rage,”

a 10-minute drama in English set Artist's studio in London, 1846,

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; • © 2005 by Peter Fabbri Langman; • in Peter Fabbri Langman’s _________ (Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Peter Fabbri Langman, 18 South 25th Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104, U.S.A., e-mail peterlangman@yahoo.com, telephone (home) 610-740-9449, (work) 610-799-7777. • Cited by Peter Fabbri Langman via ftp December 8, 2005; Langman says,

§ Dramatis Personae Benjamin Robert Haydon (m), 60, historical painter Lady Weatherly (f), middle-aged, wealthy patron of the arts.

§ Synopsis “Haydon speaks to a small-minded patron who is sitting for her portrait. He alternates between speaking with barely-contained hostility to her and pouring out his heart to the audience. Haydon focuses his rage and frustration on P. T. Barnum’s making a fortune in London by exhibiting General Tom Thumb. Haydon views this as symbolic of society’s preoccupation with the trivial and its disregard for the high values of true art. In a fit of rage, he dismisses Lady Weatherly, mutilates her portrait, and commits suicide.

§ Comment “The historical Haydon counted among his friends Keats, Wordsworth, and other notables of the period. He viewed art as a sublime activity and had no patience for those who trivialize it to become successful. • One scene.”

§ Themes art, artist, commercialism, creativity, genius, history, painting, society, triviality, values.



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