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Darling, John (American playwright, customer service person, 1952-____), “Stage Directions,”

a 15-minute existential play in English, set in an empty “room,” at a time not known,


© 1999 by John Darling, script/rights available from John Darling, U.S.A., telephone (home) 805-642-0084. Cited by John Darling, via ftp November 28, 1998; Darling says,

  § Dramatis Personae Man (m), teen, late 20s, early 30s, or 70s, a bitter, doubtful, person who knows what is going on and always dresses in black; Woman (f),  teen, late 20s, early 30s, or 70s, a beautiful, bimbo-looking, naive God-fearing woman who dresses like a tramp in white clothing.

  § Synopsis “The argument of Man and Woman softens into a dialogue of mutual frustration over their situation. They become as one, pleading to the force that molds their future to let them alone.

  § Comment “This project is an existentialistic look at reality. It challenges the belief system of virtually anyone that sees or reads the play, in that it questions the existence of God or whatever supreme being, intangible force, natural phenomenon, or even space aliens that a person believes motivates man to do the things he does and believe the way he does.

“It does this with some humor, some tears, some anguish, and some fears.  All in 14  pages.

“t has simple production values for a reason. There are only two characters in the play and no props at all.  I wrote it this way to focus the attention of the audience strictly on the
characters, the words that characters speak, and the feeling the characters feel.”

  § Themes belief system, God, supreme being.

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