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“Rita & the Muscle”

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Collings, John (English playwright, 1949-____), “Rita & the Muscle,”

a 22-minute dark comedy in English, set in one room, late one afternoon,

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; • © 2003 by John Collings; • in John Collings’ Rita & the Muscle (Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from John Collings, 3 Churchdale Avenue, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 8SD, United Kingdom, e-mail johncollings50@hotmail.com, telephone (home) 01323 643072. • Cited by John Collings via ftp April 1, 2004; Collings says,

§ Dramatis Personae Muscle (m), 50-65, older the better, pimp; Rita (f), 50-65, older the better, prostitute.

§ Synopsis “An ageing prostitute and her ageing pimp wait for a client and talk. Rita, reading a travel magazine, wants to go on holiday. Muscle, reading a racing paper, moans on about Rita's inability to bring in the punters. Eventually an Indian punter turns up. After he’s gone, Muscle shows his bigotry toward the Indian. Rita reveals that nothing has happened between her and the Indian punter; in fact, he has given her an Indian head massage, has invited her to live with him in India, and is waiting outside in his car. Muscle, angry, moans on about how he should have got a younger girl in to work with him long ago, and how Rita will never last in India. The confrontation reveals their mutual past and Muscle’s deep love for Rita.

§ Comment “We never know if Rita goes to India. • One continuos scene, no changes, no complexity, no special reuirements. • Premiered by a fringe thearte in London as part of a one-act play festival.

§ Themes ageing, bigotry, love, pimping, prostitution.



See also John Collings'

  • "'Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue,'" a 35-minute drama in English, set in a bedsit, sixish, in the recent past (2003), 2m or 2f
  • "Mr Stranger," a 8-minute surreal dark comedy drama in English, set in a front room in the East End of London, late afternoon, 2003, 1m1f
  • "The Waste," a 42-minute drama in English, set in a front room and photograpic studio place, in the recent past, 1m3f (some doubling)
  • "The Writer," a 16-minute surreal drama in English, set in a room, late afternoon, 2m2f

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