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Dorf, Jon (aka Jonathan C. Dorf, American playwright, screenwriter, script consultant, teacher, 1971-____), “Menagerie,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an apartment, early evening, Valentine’s Day,

1m1f

; • © 2005 by Jonathan C. Dorf; • in Jonathan C. Dorf’s Menagerie (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 1999); • script/rights available from Jonathan C. Dorf, 7125 De Longpre Avenue, Apartment 209, Los Angeles, California 90046, U.S.A., e-mail jon@jondorf.com, http://www.jondorf.com, telephone (home) 323-512-5273. • Cited by Jonathan C. Dorf, via ftp May 4, 2005; Dorf says,

§ Dramatis Personae Sam (m), 25, Tabitha’s roommate or maybe more; Tabitha (f), 25, Sam’s roommate or maybe more.

§ Synopsis “Sam returns home all in a panic that he hasn’t seen Jerry. Has Tabitha? She tells him that she hasn’t, though she seems less concerned about it than Sam. It isn’t like Jerry just to disappear like that. Their discussion reveals that Jerry lives with them, and even sleeps in their bed—a fact that Tabitha isn’t too crazy about. Sam considers whether foul play may be involved, and several of the residents of their building become the objects of his suspicion. But who is this Jerry character anyway, and why is Sam so obsessive? Tabitha finally gives Sam an ultimatum: it’s either Jerry or her. Forced to choose, Sam comes to his senses and commits to Tabitha: after all, Jerry is a stray cat.

§ Comment “Best to contact playwright via his website at http://www.jondorf.com or via email at jon@jondorf.com. • One scene with minimal technical requirements. • Jonathan Dorf’s plays have been produced in more than half of the states in the U.S., as well as abroad. His work is published by Brooklyn Publishers, Eldridge, Meriwether, and soon Smith & Kraus. He is co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft and The Writers Store, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He holds a BA in Dramatic Writing and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA. He is available to playwrights and screenwriters as a script consultant (and works with writers of books and articles as well) and can be found on the web at http://www.jondorf.com.”

§ Themes cat, homewrecker, lover, ménage à trois, missing person, obsession, Valentine’s Day.



See also Jonathan C. Dorf's

  • "A-Bomb Wedding," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a twenty-four hour convenience store, late at night, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Beef Junkies," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set on a suburban road, just before 5:00 p.m., the near future, 2m1f
  • "Bookends," an absurd comedy in English, 2m2f, a comedy set in a small university library, March, 1996, 2m2f (1 male can be female; 2f can be doubled)
  • "Crash Positions," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an airplane in the air, 1997, 1m1f
  • "F-Stop," a 10-minute dark comedy, set in a living room, early afternoon, 1997, 1m1f
  • "From Shakespeare with Love?," a 45-minute comedy in English, set in an airport, various Shakespearean settings, 1:00 a.m., 1999, 2m2f
  • "Jesus at the Taco Stand," a 10-minute dark comedy-drama in English, set outside a mental health clinic, Friday evening, 1998, 1m2f
  • "Last Right Before the Void," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a dark highway in Minnesota, or outside a house, U.S.A., late at night, 2000, 2m1f
  • "Leapers," a 10-minute dark comedy in English, set on top of a building, U.S.A., late morning, 2000, 1m1f
  • "Newt Gingrich Visits a Residential Youth Facility Not Near Omaha," a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a bedroom in a foster care facility, an afternoon, 1995, 2m
  • "Play's End," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set in the Doe family living room, late afternoon, 1996, 2m
  • "Ticking," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set in the Doe family kitchen, morning, 1999, 3m
  • "This Magic Moment," a 35-minute comedy in English, set in an apartment living room, late afternoon, 2001, 1m1f
  • "The Wash," a 10-minute dark comedy in English, set in the laundry room of a New York apartment building, 9:00 p.m., Friday evening, 1m1f
  • "Whatever Happened to Godot?," a 10-minute ironic comedy in English, set in a drab apartment, morning, 2003, 3m
  • "The White Pages," a 25-minute comedy in English, set in a used bookstore, two successive mornings, 1996, 2m2f
  • "X Marks the Spot," a 10-minute comedy in English, set somewhere in the American midwest or a similar landscape, 2001, 1m1f
  • "You're Next," a 17-minute drama in English, set in a storage room off a high school boys locker room, sometime before lunch, 1997, 2m

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