Wood, Nick Francis (British playwright, writer, teacher, 1949-____), “The Graceland Experience,”
a 40-minute comedy in English, set in the lounge of an old peoples’ home, July, 1999,
• © 1999 by Nick Wood; • script/rights available from Nick Wood, 1, Dagmar Grove, Alexandra Park, Nottingham, NG3 4JE, England, e-mail email@example.com, telephone (home) 0115 9857569. • Cited by Nick Wood, via ftp August 9, 1999; Wood says,
§ Dramatis Personae Vernon (m), 35, formerly an Elvis impersonator, now a retirement home operator; Josie (f), 30, widow, a retirement home operator.
§ Synopsis “Josie and Vernon have just returned to England from a trip to Graceland, where they hoped to scatter her late husband Frank’s ashes. Vernon, formerly an Elvis impersonator, now helps run a retirement home, set up with insurance money from Josie’s late husband. Josie has promised the residents a slide show of the trip to Graceland, but Vernon has accidentally destroyed the pictures. So, she tells them they will see a reenactment of the journey. Vernon reluctantly joins in. As they recreate their bizarre holiday, Vernon reveals knowing more about Frank’s death than Josie has imagined. In a musical climax, he dons his Elvis suit for the last time and tells Josie what he knows. Approaching police sirens signal Josie’s impending arrest for the murder of her husband.
§ Comment “First performed at the Birdwell Theatre, London, July, 1999.”
§ Themes bizarre, black comedy, Elvis (Elvis Aron Presley, American singer, actor, 1935-1977), Graceland (the home of Elvis Presley, in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.), surreal.
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