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“The Pole Shifter”

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Yancey, Dwayne (American playwright, journalist, 1958-____), “The Pole Shifter,”

a 5-minute comedy in English, set anywhere, fall, 2004, ,

1m1f (both roles m or f)

; • © 2004 by Dwayne Yancey; • in Dwayne Yancey’s The Pole Shifter (Fincastle, Virginia, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Dwayne Yancey, 1791 Mount Pleasant Church Road, Fincastle, Virginia 24090, U.S.A., telephone (home) 540-473-3313, (work) 540-981-3113, e-mail dwayneyancey@yahoo.com. • Cited by Dwayne Yancey via e-mail, October 20, 2004; Yancey says,

§ Dramatis Personae Conspiracy Buff, (m or f), __, performer; Heckler, (m or f), __, audience member.

§ Synopsis “A conspiracy buff rants about climatic change. His proof: The leaves are falling. The fact that it's autumn doesn't dissuade him.

§ Comment “Essentially a monologue with a heckler from the audience.” • “When Dwayne Yancey was in college, the playwright Edward Albee visited the campus and Yancey interviewed him for the student newspaper. Yancey bored in on what seemed to him an incredible oddity: Why did Albee wait until after age 30 to start writing plays? Yancey now realizes how stupid the question was: He didn't seriously start writing plays until he was well into his 40s. Since then, he's written more than 30 scripts, mostly one-acts, some full-length. Some light, some serious, most suitable for all audiences. And most allow for a female-majority cast. Four of Yancey's scripts have been produced, five more are scheduled for productions or staged readings, and three others have won recognition at playwriting contests in the American states of Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. Produced plays include: • ‘Night Cops,’ James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, U.S.A. • ‘Hamlet on Spring Break,’ Henrico High School, Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A. (and produced at Virginia Theatre Association conference, 2002.) • ‘Plantagenet v. Shakespeare,’ Buffalo Gap High School, Swoope, Virginia, U.S.A. • ‘The Sirens Sing the Blues and Other Old Favorites,’ Lloyd C. Bird High School, Chester, Virginia, U.S.A. Contest recognitions include: • ‘Sea Lion,’ finalist, Southeastern Playwrights Festival, Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.A., 2002. • ‘Monument Avenue,’ honorable mention, New Voices Play Festival, Charles Town, West Virginia, U.S.A., 2003. • ‘Jose and Maria,’ one of 18 semifinalists, Barter Theatre, Abingdon, Virginia, U.S.A., 2003. By profession, Yancey is a newspaper journalist. He has more than 20 years experience in journalism and has written a book on Virginia politics, if that counts for anything.”—StoryFoundry.com, http://www.storyfoundry.com/source/pwlisting.cfm?playwright=102, accessed January 10, 2004.

§ Themes climatic shifts, conspiracy theory, global warming, weather.

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