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Price, Lindsay L. (Canadian playwright, 1969-____), “Paper Thin,”

a 10-minute drama in English, set in a living room, 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, 1999,

1m1f (+ 2 offstage voices);

 •  © 1999 by Lindsay L. Price;  •  script/rights available from Lindsay L. Price, 2873 Dundas Street W #302, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1Y9, Canada, e-mail tfolk@theatrefolk.com, telephone (home) 416-410-2282, fax 416-763-2865.  •  Cited by Lindsay L. Price, via ftp July 5, 2000; Price says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Sweetie (m), husband; Punkin (f), wife; Male (m offstage voice), live or on tape; Female (f offstage voice), live or on tape.

 §  Synopsis “Sweetie and Punkin are an upwardly mobile, two income, childless couple. At first glance they seem to have a normal healthy happy relationship. At second glance they have a peculiar hobby. They listen through the wall to the fighting of the couple in the next apartment. Sweetie and Punkin treat it as a game; they keep score and each picks a person to root for. Punkin calls it the perfect solution to an otherwise annoying problem. Today is a special day.The couple through the wall usually only fight on the weekends, but today is Tuesday and it is their anniversary. The wife spent all afternoon cooking, and the husband forgot. Although Punkin has had a horrendous day, she immediately perks up at the prospect of a fight. At first things go smoothly—until the fight begins to move away from the usual verbal slings. The husband has been drinking. He throws chairs, overturns the kitchen table, and then hits his wife. Sweetie and Punkin are in shock. This has never happened before. Punkin moves to call the police but Sweetie intercepts: he has to see the husband in the elevator every day and doesn’t think they should interfere. Punkin disagrees. Their own fight escalates until Punkin hits Sweetie. Sweetie hits back. They begin to brawl with each other. The only thing that stops them is the sound of the door opening and closing from the apartment next door. The husband has returned. Sweetie and Punkin move to the wall pressing their ears against it to hear. As the lights fade, we hear the husband telling the wife how sorry he is and that it will never happen again. The wife tells the husband that she is sorry. They repeat their lines into the darkness.

 §  Comment “The play occurs in one scene. The setting invovles a couch, a coffee table, and a flat to represent the wall into the next apartment.  •  Finalist in the Actors Theatre of Louisville 10 mintue playwrighting competition.”

 §  Themes alcohol, apartment living, eavesdropping, marriage, martial violence, neighbor, relationship, violence.
 

See also Lindsay L. Price's:
  • Flashbacks,” a drama in English, 1f
  • Galileo: The Starry Messenger,” a 55-minute biographical drama in English set in Venice, 1610, 1m
  • The Happy Positive Rejects Club,” a comedy in English, 1f
  • Liver for Breakfast,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set at a park bench, 8:00 a.m., 1999, 1m2f
  • Tuna Fish Eulogy,” a drama in English, 1m3f

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