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“Oregon Mist”

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Lauinger, Joe (American playwright, college professor, 1947-____), “Oregon Mist,”

a 20-minute comedy in English, set at the end of Oregon Trail, near Oregon City, Oregon, U.S.A., late afternoon in the misty rain, 2000,


  •  © 2000 by Joe Lauinger; in Joe Lauinger’s Oregon Mist (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 jlauin@mail.slc.edu.  •  Cited by Joe Lauinger via ftp, August 14, 2002; Lauinger says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Dr. Willoughby Judson Trace (m), a historian of the Oregon Trail; May (f), a barefoot painter; _____ (f), _____.

  §  Synopsis “On a drizzly misty day, barefoot May has set up an easel at the very end of the Oregon Trail and is painting  the mist! To unperceptive eyes, her canvas looks merely like a blob of gray paint. Then Dr. Willoughby Judson Trace arrives, the world’s leading expert on the Oregon Trail. He bumps into May, almost knocks down her painting, and scrutinizes her canvas. Which of them knows more about the Oregon Trail and what it means to America? The world’s leading expert or the Mist Painter?

  §  Comment “Simple set. An easel and some paint-brushes for May; binoculars and a camera for Dr. Trace.”  •  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. . . . "Oregon Mist" comes straight from the Dictionary of American English, describing the rain and fog in that state. The play is about the encounter of a female painter and a male historian at the end of the Oregon Trail, now a historical site. They both talk about what they see, revealing the difference between art and history.”—GO Brooklyn, http://www.go-brooklyn.com/html/issues/24_22/blackbox.html, accessed August 15, 2002. The other two of the three are ‘Nowhere Zen New Jersey’ 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.

 §  Themes “American dream, art, history, Oregon Trail, pioneer spirit.”

See also Joe Lauinger’s

  • The Box,” a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a confessional box, 6:00 p.m., Saturday evening, 1995, 1m1f
  • Bury Him,” a 15-minute drama in English, set at a table in a restaurant, evening, 2002, 1m1f
  • The Chamberpot,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set in a junk shop, lunchtime, 1996, 2m1f
  • Close Enough for Jazz,” a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a single woman’s bed, after midnight, 1995, 1m1f
  • Flight,” a comedy in English, set in a jetliner, afternoon flight, 1996, 2m1f
  • The God Who Made New Hampshire,” a 20-minute drama in English, set in a cabin in New Hampshire, 6:00 p.m., a snowy wintry evening, 2000, 1m1f
  • The Green Angel,” a 15-minute comedy-mystery in English, set at the circulation desk of a college library, night, 2002, 1m1f
  • The Green Cheese Mystery,” a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a kitchen in a beach house, 1:00 a.m., Saturday morning, 1999, 1m1f
  • Half in Love,” a comedy-drama in English, set in a cemetery, lunchtime, a sunny day, 1995, 1m1f
  • High-Risk Giving,” a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set at a blood bank, almost 5:00 p.m. closing time, 1995, 1m1f
  • Ill Met by Moonlight,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set in a research laboratory for nocturnal animals, 3:00 a.m., 1999, 1m1f
  • In the California Home for the Criminally Beautiful,” an 18-minute comedy in English, set in the reception office for the California Home, morning, on a work-day, 2000, 1m1f
  • Mushroom Pie,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in the kitchen of a townhouse, dinnertime, 2002,1m1f
  • Nowhere Zen New Jersey,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a car on the New Jersey Turnpike, New Jersey, U.S..A., daytime, 2000, 1m1f
  • Oh Moonflower!” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a flowershop, noon, 1999, 1m1f
  • Prepost'rously Befallen or Ass-Backwards in Washington Square,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in Washington Square Park, New York City, 2001, 1m1f
  • Red Weather,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in an Indian jungle, day, 2002, 1m1f
  • Sometimes a Wind in the Georgia Dusk,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a public park in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., a beautiful summer evening, 2000, 1m1f
  • Victims,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in the green room of a TV studio, afternoon, 2002, 1m1f
  • Waiting for Wood,” a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the green room of a porn movie theatre, 4:00 p.m., 1996, 2m1f
  • Wax and Wane,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set on the moon, lunch break, 1999, 1m1f
  • What A Moon!” a 10-minute comedy in English, set on a blanket in a park, midnight, summer, 1999, 1m1f
  • Woo at the Zoo,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set at a bench at the zoo in front of the monkey house, tea time, 1996, 2m1f

  • You Really Ought To Give Iowa a Try,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a bank in central Iowa, U.S.A., middle of a work-day, 2000, 1m1f

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