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Spector, Donna (American playwright, 1946-____), “Short-Term Affairs,” a 20-minute comedy in English about contemporary relationships, set in The Bureau of Short-Term Affairs, New York City, late afternoon, 2001,


;    •  © 2002 by Donna Spector;  •  script/rights available from Donna Spector, 115 Blooms Corners Road, Warwick, New York 10990, U.S.A., e-mail dspector@warwick.net, telephone (home) 845-986-7718.  •  Cited by Donna Spector via ftp April 29, 2002; Spector says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Mark Fanberg (m), 34, interviewee; Denise Delaney (f), 32, interviewer.

  §  Synopsis “Mark Fanberg comes to the Bureau of Short-Term Affairs in Manhattan because, like all their clients, he is afraid of commitment and wants a limited, no-strings-attached affair with someone so wrong for him that he will immediately be attracted. When Denise Delaney interviews him, they dislike each other so much that they fall in love and begin what they insist is just another short-term affair.

  §  Comment “Love affairs for people afraid of commitment.  •  Simple set: a desk or table with telephone, two chairs.  •  Reading staged by Drama West, Los Angeles, California, 2001. Premiered by Gallery Players, Brooklyn, New York City, 2001. Produced by Actors on the Verge, New York City, 2001.

  §  Themes affair, attraction, brevity, commitment, courtship, first encounter, interview, love, mismatch.

See also Donna Spector’s

  • The Church of Empirical Human Cartology,” a 15-minute dark comedy satire in English, set in a cold, barren office in the Church of Empirical Human Cartology, evening, 2000, 1m1f
  • The Crystal Ball,”  a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a fortune-teller’s parlor in the West Village, Manhattan, New York City, on a spring afternoon, 2001, 1m3f
  • Passing Fancies,” a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a gloomy Greek restaurant in Pasadena, California, early evening, 2002, 1m1f
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