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“The God Who Made New Hampshire”

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Lauinger, Joe (American playwright, college professor, 1947-____), “The God Who Made New Hampshire,”

a 20-minute drama in English, set in a cabin in New Hampshire, 6:00 p.m., a snowy wintry evening, 2000,


 •  © 2000 by Joe Lauinger;  •  in Joe Lauinger’s The God Who Made New Hampshire (Ossining, New York 10562, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000);  •  scripts/rights available from Joe Lauinger, 34 Hudson Street, Ossining, New York 10562, U.S.A., telephone (home) 914-762-0839, (work) 914-395-2264, fax 914-762-0839, e-mail jlauin@mail.slc.edu.  •  Cited by Joe Lauinger via ftp, August 14, 2002; Lauinger says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Jack (m), 25, a writer; Sabrina (f), 23, a retired ballet dancer, now a teacher.

  §  Synopsis “In order to save money and be together, Jack, a struggling young writer, and Sabrina, his girl-friend and a former ballet dancer, are spending the winter in the summer cottage of Jack’s parents in New Hampshire. During the wintry days Jack stays home and writes; Sabrina goes out and teaches ballet classes to the local kids. One evening during an ice storm she returns home, having on impulse cut off her hair which she has been growing since she was a little girl. She gives the cut-off hair to Jack as a present. The simple gift turns out not to be so simple: Jack’s response leads to an explosion between them. Why are they in New Hampshire at all? Are they marooned there together as lovers? Or as enemies?

  §  Comment “1 scene; simple set—a rural cabin with a simple kitchen. No special requirements.  •  Premiered at Gallery Players, 199 14th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues, Brooklyn 11215, New York, U.S.A., 718-595-0547, a 99-seat downstairs venue.”  •  Joe Lauinger’s Curriculum Vitae: B.A. University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude), M.A. Oxford University, M.A. Princeton Princeton University, Ph.D., Princeton University.

  §  Themes co-habitation, dance, gifts between lovers, hair, isolation, writing.

See also Joe Lauinger’s

  • “The Box,” a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a confessional box, 6:00 p.m., Saturday evening, 1995, 1m1f
  • “Bury Him,” a 15-minute drama in English, set at a table in a restaurant, evening, 2002, 1m1f
  • “The Chamberpot,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set in a junk shop, lunchtime, 1996, 2m1f
  • “Close Enough for Jazz,” a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a single woman’s bed, after midnight, 1995, 1m1f
  • “Flight,” a comedy in English, set in a jetliner, afternoon flight, 1996, 2m1f
  • “The Green Angel,” a 15-minute comedy-mystery in English, set at the circulation desk of a college library, night, 2002, 1m1f
  • “The Green Cheese Mystery,” a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a kitchen in a beach house, 1:00 a.m., Saturday morning, 1999, 1m1f
  • “Half in Love,” a comedy-drama in English, set in a cemetery, lunchtime, a sunny day, 1995, 1m1f
  • “High-Risk Giving,” a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set at a blood bank, almost 5:00 p.m. closing time, 1995, 1m1f
  • “Ill Met by Moonlight,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set in a research laboratory for nocturnal animals, 3:00 a.m., 1999, 1m1f
  • “In the California Home for the Criminally Beautiful,” an 18-minute comedy in English, set in the reception office for the California Home, morning, on a work-day, 2000, 1m1f
  • “Mushroom Pie,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in the kitchen of a townhouse, dinnertime, 2002,1m1f
  • “Nowhere Zen New Jersey,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a car on the New Jersey Turnpike, New Jersey, U.S..A., daytime, 2000, 1m1f
  • “Oh Moonflower!” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a flowershop, noon, 1999, 1m1f
  • “Oregon Mist,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set at the end of Oregon Trail, near Oregon City, Oregon, U.S.A., late afternoon in the misty rain, 2000, 1m1f
  • “Prepost'rously Befallen or Ass-Backwards in Washington Square,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in Washington Square Park, New York City, 2001, 1m1f
  • “Red Weather,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in an Indian jungle, day, 2002, 1m1f
  • “Sometimes a Wind in the Georgia Dusk,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a public park in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., a beautiful summer evening, 2000, 1m1f
  • “Victims,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in the green room of a TV studio, afternoon, 2002, 1m1f
  • “Waiting for Wood,” a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the green room of a porn movie theatre, 4:00 p.m., 1996, 2m1f
  • “Wax and Wane,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set on the moon, lunch break, 1999, 1m1f
  • “What A Moon!” a 10-minute comedy in English, set on a blanket in a park, midnight, summer, 1999, 1m1f
  • “Woo at the Zoo,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set at a bench at the zoo in front of the monkey house, tea time, 1996, 2m1f

  • “You Really Ought To Give Iowa a Try,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a bank in central Iowa, U.S.A., middle of a work-day, 2000, 1m1f

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