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“Practicing Peace”

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DuMar, Kelly (American playwright, workshop facilitator, 1958-____), “Practicing Peace,”

a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the meditation room of Kiki and Keith's suburban home, Saturday morning, any time after September 11, 2001,


; © 2002 by Kelly DuMar; • in Kelly DuMar’s Practicing Peace (Sherborn, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Kelly DuMar, P.O. Box 297, Sherborn, Massachusetts 01770, U.S.A., telephone (home) 508-647-0734, (work) 508-647-0596, fax 508-620-1471, e-mail diarydoor@aol.com. • Cited by Kelly DuMar, via ftp, October 24, 2003; DuMar says,

§ Dramatis Personae Keith, (m), 32, Kiki’s husband, a clinical psychologist; Kiki (f), 32, a government employee.

§ Synopsis “In the post-9/11 context, George W. Bush is fighting the war on terrorism; and suburban professionals, like Kiki and Keith, a couple in their 30s, are trying to figure out what it means to prepare for periods of ‘Orange Alert.’ Which means they’re in conflict about it, because nobody really knows what preparing for ‘Orange Alert’ means. Keith practices what he preaches to his patients—that meditating on peace is the only way to respond to ‘government sponsored anxiety.’ Keith also believes it’s perfectly reasonable to continue with their plans to have their first baby. Kiki, a government employee, interrupts his meditation with rolls of duct tape, a year’s supply of birth control pills, bottled water and plans to turn his meditation room into home-base for a disastrous emergency. After conflict, they achieve an eventual truce.

§ Comment “The one scene and unit set require simple staging. A roll of duct tape is the only absolute necessity. Although a rapacious squirrel plays a central role, he never appears on stage. • ‘Practicing Peace,’ a funny play about a serious, relevant (American) conflict, was a finalist in Theatre Oxford’s Ten Minute Play Festival (2003) and won the Audience Choice Award when produced at the Playwright’s Platform Summer Festival at the Boston Playwright’s Theatre (June, 2003)."

§ Themes disaster preparation, meditation, orange alert, post-911, war on terrorism.

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