a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a car on the New Jersey Turnpike, New Jersey, U.S..A., daytime, 2000,
• © 2000 by Joe Lauinger; in Joe Lauinger’s Nowhere Zen New Jersey (Ossining, New York 10562, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000); • scripts/rights available from Joe Lauinger, 34 Hudson Street, Ossining, New York 10562, U.S.A., telephone (home) 914-762-0839, (work) 914-395-2264, fax 914-762-0839, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. • Cited by Joe Lauinger via ftp, August 14, 2002; Lauinger says,
§ Dramatis Personae Buster (m), 25, in the passenger seat, hungry and lazy; Missy (f), 25, driver of the car, a no-nonsense type.
§ Synopsis “Missy and Buster, a young couple from New England, are driving south on the New Jersey Turnpike. They are hungry, bored, and they hate New Jersey! Or is it just the turnpike they hate? Is the turnpike really all New Jersey is? Their memories of shared experiences in New Jersey diverge strangely and frighteningly. They agree to get out of the state as soon as possible, but Missy has to pee. They stop at a rest station, and mysterious karmic forces conspire so they can’t get out of the car! They try to exit the turnpike and find themselves routed back onto it! They can’t escape New Jersey! What are they going to do?
§ Comment “Simple set: two chairs to represent front seat of a car.” • Lauinger contributed to the The Gallery Players' Black Box Series, Box 2, June 7-10, 2001, “three one-act plays from a collection of six called ‘States of the Union.’ In each play a different man and woman meet in a different state. . . . Lauinger took the title of ‘Nowhere Zen New Jersey’ from Allen Ginsberg's ‘Howl,’ and indeed the play is something of an existential cry, recounting the experiences of a couple who first can't get off the New Jersey Turnpike, then can't get out of their car. ‘It's a comedy about how New Jersey is a commuter land and a place of no real destination,’ Lauinger explains.”—GO Brooklyn, http://www.go-brooklyn.com/html/issues/24_22/blackbox.html, accessed August 15, 2002. The other two of the three are ‘Oregon Mist” and “You Really Ought to Give Iowa a Try.’ • Joe Lauinger’s Curriculum Vitae: B.A. University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude), M.A. Oxford University, M.A. Princeton University, Ph.D. Princeton University.
“entrapment, road trip, surreal situation.”
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