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Ademola, Ade (Nigerian-American playwright, screenwriter, jurist, 19__-____), “How the Cookie Crumbles,”

a 4-minute comedic mime of bad manners, set in U.S.A., 1988,

1m1f (variable casting);

  •  © 1988, revised version 2002 by Ade Ademola;  •  in Ade Ademola’s How the Cookie Crumbles (Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000);  •  script/rights available from Ade Ademola, 10 Plaza Street, Brooklyn, New York 11238, U.S.A., telephone (home) 718-789-6928, e-mail ade685@msn.com (if using e-mail, please follow with a telephone call unless you receive reply to your e-mail within 48 hours), http://hometown.aol.com/ade685/myhomepage/writing.html.  •  Cited by Ade Ademola, via ftp, March, 5, 2003; Ademola says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Man (m), any age; Woman (f), any age.

  §  Synopsis “The Man and Woman sit next to each other in separate chairs. Between them is a small table with an opened pack of cookies on it, leading to the surprising discovery of how the cookie crumbles.

  §  Comment “Any two people, even the same gender, any age, race, status, etc., can portray these characters; casting choices will only give different dimensions and interpretations to the piece.  •  The set involves two chairs and a small table.  •  The piece, originally conceived and written in 1988 as a short screenplay with scenes, was rethought, compressed, and rewritten in 2002 as a playlet with just one scene. The entire piece is now less than a page long, and its copyright status is strictly established. Other guidelines will be given upon inquiry to read the piece.

   §  Themes graciousness, greed, presumption, selfishness, shame, ungraciousness.

See also Ade Ademola’s
  • Embankment,” a 30-minute sardonic comedy-drama, set on a bank of the River Thames, England, night, circa 2000, 1m1f
  • The Happy Idea,” a 90-minute drama in eight scenes without intermission, with some music and songs, set in London, England, circa 1980, 2m2f
  • Misbegotten,” a 40-minute drama, in eight scenes, set in London, England, 2003, 2m1f (variable casting)
  • Oluronbi,” a 40-minute bare-stage classically-structured poetic drama in English, set in the courtyard of Oluronbi’s quarters, in the Kingdom of Ife, in West Africa, ancient times, 1m3f (+ optional extras as supplementary chorus)

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