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Parra, Angelo (American playwright, 1948-____), “The Slope,”

a 35-minute drama with humor in English, set in a brownstone apartment, Brooklyn, New York, on a hot, humid Saturday afternoon, 1991,

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© 1991 by Angelo Parra;  •  script/rights available from Angelo Parra, 35 Midway Road, Chestnut Ridge, New York 10977, U.S.A., telephone (home) 845-426-3518, e-mail playrite@optonline.net..   •  Cited by Angelo Parra, via ftp, August  20, 1998; Parra says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Mark (m), a construction worker; Millie (m), a gay activist.

  §  SynopsisA virile construction worker, Mark, paces his sister’s apartment, distraught over the beating and disfigurement the night before of his sister, Angelique, a top fashion model.  Angelique’s lover and gay activist, Millie, whom Mark conveniently blames for the attack, enters the apartment in Brooklyn to feed Angelique’s cat.  Millie points a finger at bigoted and homophobic ‘primitives’ like Mark.  She has publicized the attack, outing Angelique, for political advantage.  Brimming with anger and pain, Mark and Millie collide in a territorial confrontation, leading to a physical struggle that almost approaches and parallels the violence of the prior night.  In the process, both Mark and Millie are forced to face their biases and take responsibility for their blindspots.”

  §  Comment  See Angelo Parra's www.parrasite.homestead.com/writer.html  •  “Angelo Parra, an award winning playwright and the director of the Hudson Valley Professional Playwrights Lab, has had more than 20 productions in the United States and at the Edinburgh International Festival. His newest show, The Devil’s Music, which chronicles the life and music of blues legend Bessie Smith, is concluding a sold-out engagement in New York and is slated for a six week run at Florida Stage. Angelo is a two-time NY
Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellow, a member of The Dramatists Guild and the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He teaches theatre and playwriting at Ramapo College of New Jersey. His two character romantic ‘dramedy’, Canvases, was read at the Newman two seasons ago.”

  §  Themes abuse, homosexuality, homophobia, lesbianism, outing, politics, prejudice, violence.

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