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

a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a public library, a weekday, 2001,

1m1f; © 2001 by Terry Hagerty; • in Terry Hagerty’s Research (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2001); • 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 Brian Paxton (m), 42, ex-peace corps volunteer, now a writer; Caryn Warfield (f), 33, ex-army officer, now a writer.

§ Synopsis Ex-army officer Caryn Warfield comes to a public library to do some research for a book she is planning. There, she shares a table with a scruffy Brian Paxton, who is also researching a project. A recent veteran of peace corps service in Borneo, Brian tells Caryn he is working on a book on the mating habits of the Borneo headhunters. Reluctantly, Caryn tells Brian she is researching the real historical disappearance of a teenage Chinese emperor, named Xiang, in 220 C.E. While Caryn sticks to the hard, historical facts, Brian begins to hypothesize of Xiang's possible fates. Eventually, Brian lays out a plausible scenario, that the teenage Xiang ran away with his young empress from the pressures of the throne for a simple life studying Taoism. Caryn slowly gets caught up in his romantic tale, and by the close of the story, Caryn looses some of her hard army edges.

§ Comment One scene, one set (a quiet corner of a public library). The only special requirements are a long, library-like table, a couple chairs, and the appearance of the end of a row of book shelves that continues offstage. • There have been 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 Borneo, first encounter, headhunting, history, mating, mystery, peace corps, research, Taoism, Xiang.



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