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Comer, Jeffrey S. (American playwright, 1981-____), “His Uncle,”

a 14-minute drama in English, set at a bench in Washington Square Park, New York City, afternoon about 4:00 p.m., late fall, 2003,

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; • © 2003 by Jeffrey S. Comer; • in Jeffrey S. Comer’s His Uncle (State College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Jeffrey S. Comer, 235 East Fairmount Avenue, Apartment #112, State College, Pennsylvania 16801, U.S.A., e-mail jsc215@psu.edu, telephone (home) 267-254-9666. • Cited by Jeffrey S. Comer via ftp May 21, 2003; Comer says,

§ Dramatis Personae Josh (m), 22, college student; Christine (f), 18, college student.

§ Synopsis “The action unfolds on a bench and the conflict builds in the dialogue between the two characters who begin a relationship together. Since the play is realistic and dialogue driven the action and conflict comes out in the subtext of the words they speak to each other. The themes do not necessarily have to be the same but for style and theme illustration it is comparable.

§ Comment “Josh is 22 while Christine is 18, which in a college environment puts them into two separate worlds. • The play is rather simple, but one important symbolic device is the brown leaves scattered across the stage and around the bench. Other than that, the set is simple. This play was produced with no leaves on the stage, but they could have been useful to symbolize autumn and more importantly, as gloomy as it is, the death of nature in this particular season. This relates to what happens with the characters. The song, "Leaves That Are Green," by Simon and Garfunkel, is essential at the beginning and at the end of the play. • Premiered by a theater group called Outlaws at Pennsylvania State University, the play was said to be Chekhovesque, so pairing it with a one-act play by Chekhov could be something to think about.

§ Themes art, autumn, culture, death of nature, film, happiness, love, marriage, money, projection.

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