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Hinkle, Vernon (American playwright, writer, director, teacher, 1935-____), “Local Motive,”

a 30-minute comedy in English, set in the rough-hewn living room of a house on edge of some woods, dusk to dawn, spring, 1990,


© 1990 by Vernon Hinkle,  script/rights available from Vernon Hinkle, 33 Bump Hill Road, Greenfield Center, New York 12833, U.S.A., telephone (home) 518-893-2111, e-mail vhinkle@sescva.esc.edu. Cited by Vernon Hinkle, via ftp, September 1, 1998; Hinkle says,

  § Dramatis Personae He (m), maybe older than She, maybe not, a local independent building contractor; She (f), neighbor’s wife, old enough and young enough to have a child, an interior designer from the city.

  § Synopsis “The neighbor’s wife drops in because she’s alone and her phone went out in the storm and, because it’s still light out, she has to explain why she’s carrying a flashlight. He has to explain why he keeps handy some medical certification about his good health. From the beginning, we know that these two will end up in bed together, but not how. For her he is a bid for the survival of her spirit, in a life turned pallid since her reluctant separation from an active career in the City. For him, an independent contractor always fighting for financial survival, she could turn into the other half of a profitable business deal. The excitement of the deal and of survival becomes the common ground for these two dissimilar people, bringing them together in a briefly satisfying relationship.”

  § Comment “In a place where even greeting-card bunnies can have rabies, people’s true motives can be hidden, even from themselves. The set includes a fireplace. Sound includes offstage barking of a dog. This is the author’s favorite of four related one-acts called Country Matters, and the only one he is offering separately. The play was successfully staged as a part of the Maxwell Anderson Playwrights Series, in Greenwich, Connecticut, and later by the Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport with the same cast.”

  § Themes aspiration, business, career, certification, electrical failure, entrepreneurship, financial survival, health, intercourse, loneliness, neighbor, separation, sex, storm, survival.

See also Vernon Hinkle’s
  • Close,” a 35-minute comedy-drama in English (or a radio version in Greek), set in the living room of a small hotel suite, New York City, and in Oklahoma and Greece, fall to spring, 1989-1990, 1m1f
  • Deus Ex Machina,” a 35-minute comedy in English, set in a sparsely-furnished, third-floor walkup studio apartment in the “big city,” summer, 1952, 2m1f
  • May to December,” a 23-minute comedy in English, set in the former dining room of a small house in a small town, 1995, 2m1f
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