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Venhaus, James (American playwright, teacher, 1968_____), “The First Christmas,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the living rooms of a recently divorced couple, evening, a few days before Christmas, 2000,

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; © 2000 by James Venhaus; • in James Venhaus’ The First Christmas (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000); • script/rights available from James Venhaus, 315 North Montreal Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75208, U.S.A., e-mail jvenhaus@sbcglobal.net, http://www.jamesvenhaus.net. • Cited by James Venhaus, via ftp, July 16, 2003; Venhaus says,

§ Dramatis Personae David (m), 33, dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt, down-to-earth and funny; Sarah (f), 33, dressed in a cute dress with holly berries and leaves on it, much neater and more refined than David.

§ Synopsis “As the couple begins decorating their respective Christmas trees, we hear their versions of how their ‘first Christmas’ apart from each other will be, their version of why the divorce took place, and a tender pang of regret.

§ Comment “The only scenery is an undecorated Christmas tree placed in the center of the stage. Stage right (and the right side of the Christmas tree) is David’s living room. Stage left (and the left side of the tree) is Sara’s living room. An imaginary line divides the stage through the middle of the tree, like a TV split screen effect. As David and Sarah begin decorating the tree, each decorates half, but they act as if they are decorating the entire tree. Only the audience sees the spilt; to the characters, the tree is whole. • Premiered as part of SUNY Brockport's Festival of Ten, February 23-March 4, 2001. Produced as part of "Christmas at Ground Zero: 2001" by Ground Zero Theater Company, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., December 5-22, 2001. Quarter finalist: Chicago's Collaboraction Theatre's First Annual 'Sketchbook' play festival, 2001. Audience Award: SUNY Brockport's ‘Festival of Ten,’ 2001. • ‘. . . Crisp and tight . . . .’—Lawson Taitte, Dallas Morning News, December 7, 2001. ‘ . . . well-written. . . .’—Mark Lowry, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, December 9, 2001.”

§ Themes Christmas, divorce.

See also James Venhaus’

  • "Kringle-phobia," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the living room of a suburban couple, afternoon, a few days before Christmas, 2002, 1m1f
  • "Santa's Little Helper," a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the office supply storeroom in a large office building, the night of the annual office Christmas party, 2002, 2m1f (+ 1 m or f extras)

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