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Venhaus, James (American playwright, teacher, 1968_____), “Kringle-phobia,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the living room of a suburban couple, afternoon, a few days before Christmas, 2002,

1m1f (+ 3 m or f extras)

; © 2002 by James Venhaus; • in James Venhaus’ Kringle-phobia (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from James Venhaus, 315 North Montreal Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75208, U.S.A., e-mail jvenhaus@sbcglobal.net, http://www.jamesvenhaus.net. • Cited by James Venhaus, via ftp, July 16, 2003; Venhaus says,

§ Dramatis Personae Gene (m), 38, _____; Timmy (m), 9, son of Gene and Loraine; Loraine (f), 38, wife of Gene, mother of Timmy; First Santa (m or f extra), evil; Second Santa (m or f extra), evil; Third Santa (m or f extra), evil.

§ Synopsis “Manifestations of Gene’s fears tease, taunt and haunt him as he tries to work up the nerve to take his son to the mall to see Kris Kringle. He confronts his fears.

§ Comment “The three Santas, of any age or gender, wear traditional Santa suits. • Premiered as part of the “Fresh From the Oven” festival, Ground Zero Theater Company. Dallas, Texas, September, 2002.

§ Themes Christmas, family, father-son relationship, love, phobia, Santa.

See also James Venhaus'

  • "The First Christmas," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the living rooms of a recently divorced couple, evening, a few days before Christmas, 2000, 1m1f
  • "Santa's Little Helper," a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the office supply storeroom in a large office building, the night of the annual office Christmas party, 2002, 2m1f (+ 1 m or f extras)

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