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Hagerty, Terry (American playwright, actor, novelist, poet, and short story writer, 1956-____), “Paris Sojourn,”

an 18-minute romantic comedy in English, set in a bed and breakfast hotel room in Paris, morning, 2004,

1m1f; © 2004 by Terry Hagerty; • in Terry Hagerty’s Paris Sojourn (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Terry Hagerty, 2210 North Beachwood Drive, #11, Los Angeles, California 90068-2938, U.S.A., telephone (home/work) 323-962-5282, e-mail tbhagerty@earthlink.net. • Cited by Terry Hagerty, via ftp, April 2, 2005; Hagerty says,

§ Dramatis Personae Nick (m), 45, American tourist in Paris; Madeleine (f), 45, French woman from Rouen.

§ Synopsis Nick, a middle-aged American, looses his job due to a hostile takeover of his company. He takes part of his settlement for an extended trip to Paris. He meets Madeleine, a middle-aged French woman from Rouen, and they spend the night together. The play opens the morning after their romantic liaison. Nick, an awkward, middle class, Midwestern American, fumbles a little in his attempt to talk with Madeleine, who is amused by his modesty. Nick tries to get Madeleine to spend the day with him, but she keeps insisting she has to get back to Rouen and her daughter. Madeleine finally admits that she spent the night with Nick to get back at her husband. She recently discovered he has been keeping a mistress for quite some time. Being a Catholic, she could not divorce her husband, but she knows their relationship will never be the same. As she begins to leave, Madeleine suggests Nick visit Rouen, hinting that there may be a future in their relationship.

§ Comment One scene, one set. No special requirements, although a scene of Paris visible through a window would be effective. • There have no productions of this play. • Terry Hagerty studied Theatre and Drama at Indiana University and screenwriting at the American Film Institute. He has performed every possible job in the theatre at one time or another and just about every job on a video shoot. Terry is also a novelist, poet, and short story writer. See his literary Website, "Terry's Tales," at http://geocities.com/terrystales/.

§ Themes melancholia, Paris, romance, tourism.



See also Terry Hagerty's

  • "Finding Fault," a 26-minute comedy in English, set in a city hall office, Spokane, Washington, U.S.A., day, fall, 2001, 1m2f
  • "Home Schooling," a 24-minute black comedy in English, set in a middle class living room, afternoon, 2001, 2m1f
  • "Research," a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a public library, a weekday, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Wage Slaves," an 18-minute poetic farce in English, set in a dreary office space, morning on a workday, 2003, 2m1f

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