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The Church of Empirical Human Cartology

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Spector, Donna (American playwright, 1946-____), “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;  •  © 2000 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 John Thompson (m), 38, dressed absolutely correctly, standard haircut; Claire Wells (f), 45, divorced, pretty, flashily-dressed, heavy makeup.

  §  Synopsis “Claire Wells, who has been having emotional difficulties, comes to the Church of Emperical Human Cartology to become a ‘translucent.’ During her first session, John Thompson destroys her remaining shreds of self-esteem as the first step to enlightenment.

  §  Comment “Power and control disguised as spiritual help.  •  Single set: a bare office with Danish modern table and chairs and a large wooden—preferably bizarre-looking—armchair with wires running from its armrests.  •  Staged readings at Grove Street Playhouse, New York City, 2000, and at Drama West, Los Angeles, California, 2000.

  §  Themes divorce, emotional baggage, enlightenment, mental health, mentoring, religion, Scientology, self-esteem.

See also Donna Spector’s

  • 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
  • Short-Term Affairs,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set in The Bureau of Short-Term Affairs, New York City, late afternoon, 2001, 1m1f


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