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Martin, Kryssi Wyckoff (American playwright, actor, producer, October 19, 1965-____), “Marco,”

a 40-minute drama in English, set in Marco's attic and/or his mind, two weeks after murder, 1997,


  •  © 1997 by Kryssi Wyckoff Martin;  •  script/rights available from Kryssi Wyckoff Martin, 1616 South Grant Street, Denver, Colorado 80210, U.S.A., e-mail _____, telephone (home) 303-831-6095, (work) 303-733-1571, fax 303-795-8298 attention James Martin, Jr.  •  Cited by Kryssi Wyckoff Martin, via postal mail, 1999; Martin says,

  § Dramatis Personae Marco (m), college professor of English; The Woman (f), 30, any race, size, type, age.

  § Synopsis “Marco is alone. A noose dangles from the rafters. From the blackness emerges the Woman. She speaks behind him, never fully visible, possibly real, possibly imaginary.  She confronts him, demanding to know why he stabbed her. She tells him that he must forgive himself or be forever doomed, dead or alive. His fear turns to angry denial, to irrationality. Finally, his mind breaks down and he gives in. He spikes his sentences with snatches of poetry (from Ogden Nash to Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss). She leaves when she has her answer from him. As in the beginning, he is alone. He mounts the chair and puts his head in the noose. Lights out. Sound of chair being kicked over. Optional light up on feet dangling above the chair. Blackout.

  § Comment “Naturalistic language, experimental approach, absurdist mindset. One scene, 40-45 minutes with music. No set, black box. Only noose and chair onstage—or noose gobo. Difficult to act. Woman may or may not be seen. Ages vary. Workshopped 1997-1998 by Genoa's Mother Presents [a company with ‘all women, all the time’ as its slogan], Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. Play is dialogue only, with much (music, etc.) left to the director. This keeps the play fresh and exciting for all involved.

  § Themes denial, Dr. Seuss, forgiveness, hanging, imagination, murder, noose, Ogden Nash, poetry, rationality, reality, Shakespeare, stabbing.

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