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Robinson, Betsy (American playwright, actor, February 7, 1951-____), “Wow,”

a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a classroom, a weekday evening,

1m1f; • © 2005 by Betsy Robinson; • in Betsy Robinson’s Girl Stories & Game Plays: An Anthology of Stories and Plays (Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A.: iUniverse, Inc. 2005), ISBN B000A3PNWM; • script/rights available from Betsy Robinson, www.BetsyRobinson-writer.com, e-mail Betsy@BetsyRobinson-writer.com. • Cited by Betsy Robinson via ftp July 26, 2005; Robinson says,

§ Dramatis Personae Walter von Maarschalk (m), 35, attractive, casual, sensual, easy; Ruby Pine (f), 29, nice looking but seems as if she's lost something..

§ Synopsis “Ruby Pine takes a class on how to be successful with men in a dating situation. In the process, she falls for the teacher, Walter von Maarschalk. His rejection of her, despite his attraction, teaches Ruby something far more valuable than his well-researched techniques.

§ Comment “Very easy to stage. One scene with minimal scenery. A desk and a couple of chairs will do. Needs actors who can articulate fast and think fast. Pace is double-time to real life conversation.” • “Betsy Robinson's first novel, Plan Z by Leslie Kove, was published by Mid-List Press in 2001 as winner of their First Novel Award Series. Betsy has worked at Parabola (magazine and books) and is currently managing editor of Spirituality & Health Magazine. For over a decade she was an actor (Return of the Secaucus 7; Lianna) and playwright, and her scripts have been produced at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Theatre in the Works (Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A.), in Los Angeles, off-off Broadway, on cable TV, and in Iowa where she won first prize in the Dubuque Fine Arts 1-Act Contest. A Bennington College and National Theater Institute graduate, she is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre where she's had many workshop productions and performed her one-woman 1-act, "Darleen Dances" (excerpt published in Moving Parts, Viking Penguin 1992). Other published fiction: "The Shanglers," New Plays by Women; “The Last Available Burial Ground on Manhattan Island,” At Rise magazine; "Pose Please," Silo magazine (1993); “May 4, 1970,” Viet Nam War Generation Journal (Dec. 2002); “Jakey, Get Out of the Buggy,” Chronogram (Feb. 2003), "The Hearing," Epiphany (spring 2005). Articles: Spirituality & Health, Parabola, New Renaissance, Guideposts, Conscious Choice, Houseplant Magazine, Indoor & Patio Gardening, GreenPrints, The American Gardener, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, and DogGone. With her screenwriting partner/mother, Edna Robinson, she was awarded a 1987/88 Writers Guild East fellowship to write a movie, The Love Convention. Betsy is a graduate of a four-year healing (energy medicine) school and currently serves as an editor and promotional consultant to the Ringing Rocks Foundation on their Profiles of Healing book/audio CD series about the world's traditional shamans, healers, and medicine people.”—Betsy Robinson, www.BetsyRobinson-writer.com, accessed July 26, 2005.

§ Themes adult education, courtship, dating, love, male-female relationship, rejection, teacher-student relationship, woman, relationship.

See also Betsy Robinson's

  • "Darleen Dances," a 30-minute comedy in English in fourteen scenes, set in a room, any room, several weeks, 1f

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