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“Something Went Wrong”

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Casarino, Matt (American playwright, manager, Muppet fan, musician, writer, 1970-____), “Something Went Wrong,”

a 10-minute black comedy in English, set in a modest living room, evening, 2003,


; •  © 2003 by Matt Casarino; •  in Matt Casarino’s Something Went Wrong (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003);  •  script/rights available from Matt Casarino, 2304 Jamaica Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19810, U.S.A., e-mail casarino@mattcasarino.com, telephone (home) 302-529-1228.  •  Cited by Matt Casarino via ftp July 16, 2003; Casarino says,

  § Dramatis Personae Harry (m), 38, husband; Melissa (m), 38, wife.

  § Synopsis “Harry goes out for takeout food; he returns with a dead clown. Melissa, of course, would like to know what happened, but Harry would rather not talk about it. It’s a long story, he says, and wouldn’t you rather just order a pizza? He does everything he can to avoid the topic, including confessing to an affair, but Melissa, knife in hands, delivers a scathing monologue in which she reveals that she knows all Harry’s dirty little secrets, so the only confession she’s interested in concerns the dead clown. Harry, cornered and desperate, has just one more trick up his sleeve. . . .

  §  Comment “Single set. The clown was written to be a dummy stuffed with cloth, but was played quite effectively by a real person when the play debuted Off-Off-Broadway. Some adult language.”

  §  Themes “affair, clown, confession, death, infidelity, knife, marriage, murder, pizza, takeout food.”

See also Matt Casarino’s

  • "The Trophy Wife," a 25-minute drama in English, set in a restaurant in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. and in a house in New Jersey, U.S.A., 5:00 p.m. on the East Coast, 2:00 p.m. on the West Coast, 2002, 2m2f
  • "Yes, Mamet," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an office in the theater of the Streetlight Players, a small, professional theatre company, 2001, 3m1f

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