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“Southern Discomfort”

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Lockney, Robert E. (American playwright, 1922-____), “Southern Discomfort,”

a 45-minute comedy in American English, set in a hotel room, Hollywood, California, U.S.A., 10:00 a.m., 1989,


;   •  © 1989 by Robert E. Lockney;  •  script/rights available from Robert E. Lockney, 577 29th Street, Manhattan Beach, California 90266, U.S.A., e-mail rlock@GTE.net, telephone (home) 310-545-7775.  •  Cited by Robert E. Lockney, via ftp September 22, 1999; Lockney says,

  § Dramatis Personae Mary Jane Sweetwater (f), would-be Hollywood actress; John Feelor (m), 45, recovering alcoholic, fired film producer, lecherous.

  § Synopsis “Mary Jane has hitchhiked to Hollywood from Hog Wallow, Alabama, determined to become a Hollywood actress no matter what! She corners John Feelor in a hotel room where he is holed up trying to save a shattered career in films. She offers to do anything while he tries to throw her out. She manages to stall him and audition for ‘Cat Women on the Moon,’ provoking in him an apparent heart attack. He gives her a job—typing.

  § Comment “One scene, simple set, contemporary costumes, no changes. This play has been produced in Freemantle, Australia, to rave reviews, which are available upon request.”

  § Themes acting, Alabama, alcoholism, audition, career, cinema, determination, heart attack, hitchhiking, Hog Wallow, Hollywood, hotel, isolation, lechery, typing, writer.

See also Robert E. Lockney’s

  • "The Capture and Arrest of Winnie Borden Vole," a 45-minute crazed farce in American English, set somewhere in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., on a weekday afternoon, October 11, 1991, 2m2f
  • "French Fry," a 60-minute farce in English, set in Paris, 9:00 a.m., April, 1900, 2m2f
  • "On the House," a 45-minute comedy in American English, set in a seedy roadhouse bar, just outside of Modesto, on Highway 99, California, U.S.A., 10:00 a.m., 1939, 3m1f

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