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Canaday, Tami (American playwright, 1959-____), “Imp of the Perverse,”

a 25-minute black comedy in English, set in a park, 2002,

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;•  © 2002 by Tami Canaday;  •  in Tami Canaday’s Imp of the Perverse (Saskatchewan, Canada: One Act Play Depot, 2002);  •  script/rights available from One Act Play Depot, Box 335, Spiritwood, Saskatchewan S0J 2M0, Canada, telephone (home) 306-883-3130, fax 775-249-8151, http://www.oneactplays.net/; contact Tami Canaday via e-mail canaday@oneactplays.net. • Cited by Fraser MacFarlane, One Act Play Depot, via ftp July 9, 2002; MacFarlane says,

§  Dramatis Personae John McGowan (m), a peeping Tom; Rhonda Podell (f), 35, dancer.

§  Synopsis “A confrontation between a Peeping Tom and the dancer he’s been spying on examines their very human need for love and companionship.

§  Comment “The play is structured with twists and turns that allow the characters and stakes to develop and to realize themselves fully by the surprise ending of the play.  •  One scene, minimal properties.  No special requirements.  •  First performed by Her Acting Group, Denver, Colorado, 2000.”  •  “A tailor called Tom was supposed to be the only person to see Lady Godiva ride naked through Coventry, England, in the 11th century. He was immediately blinded by the wrath of heaven.”—What is the origin of the expression Peeping Tom? http://www.uselessknowledge.com/britain/peepingtom.shtml, accessed July 11, 2002.

§  Themes companionship, loneliness, love, Peeping Tom, ministry, stalking.

See also Tami Canaday’s

  • Santa Tells a Story,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set a laundromat, Christmas Eve, 2002, 2m

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