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Burgan, Michael (American playwright, freelance writer, 1960-____), “Rack 'Em Up,”

a 25-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the heavens, eons ago,

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; • © 2000, 2002 by Michael Burgan; • in Michael Burgan’s Rack 'Em Up (Windsor, Connecticut, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000); • script/rights available from Michael Burgan, 27 Portman Street, Windsor, Connecticut 06095, U.S.A., e-mail mburgan@aol.com, telephone (home) 860-683-4272. • Cited by Michael Burgan via ftp December 26, 2003, and May 21, 2004; Burgan says,

§ Dramatis Personae Benny (m), 30, a god in earthly terms; Cue (f), 30, a god in earthly terms.

§ Synopsis “Benny and Cue are two gods with a problem: they are bored with their existence, which revolves around endless games of billiards in all its forms. A discussion ensues about the nature of this universe and the creatures that will populate it—and worship its two creators. Benny and Cue explore different aspects of godly love and the nature of mortality for the creatures they create. Cue tries to convince Benny that they should explore the ‘urges’ she has sometimes felt, but Benny is more interested in the mysterious, muscular bodies he has envisioned. Cue finally makes a bold suggestion--they should validate their godly powers by creating a universe and exploring different aspects of godly love and the nature of mortality for the creatures they create. Finally satisfied with their plan, the now-invigorated gods rack ’em up for another game of eight-ball.

§ Comment “Very basic setting; pool table can be suggested by any sturdy table, since no pool is played during the play. No scene changes or special requirements. • Staged reading at New Works Theatre Festival, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington (Massachusetts, U.S.A.), 2003. • Won honorable mention in the 2000 One-Act Marathon, Attic Theatre, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

§ Themes billiards, boredom, creation, god-god relationship, godly love, meaningful existence, mortality, mythology.



See also Michael Burgan’s

  • "500 Year, 500 Miles," a 45-minute comedy-drama in English, set in an apartment in a city somewhere in the northeast United States, Sunday afternoon, October, 1991, 2m2f
  • "Gigo," a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set in an office building in the northeast United States, a weeknight, 2004, 2m
  • "Tommy's," a 45-minute comedy-drama in English, set in an apartment in a city somewhere in the northeast United States, Sunday afternoon, October, 1991, 2m1f

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