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Lauinger, Joe (American playwright, college professor, 1947-____), “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;

  •  © 2000 by Joe Lauinger;  •  in Joe Lauinger’s You Really Ought To Give Iowa a Try (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 Garson (m), 25, a loan-officer in a mid-Iowa bank; Princess (f), 25, a would-be borrower.

  §  Synopsis “Garson is a loan-officer in a mid-Iowa bank. Life is very predictable and comprehensible. Then a new customer glides in named Princess, who declares that she has no address but is from the ‘south side’ of every city in the country. She’d like a loan, please. ‘Isn’t that the American way, and isn’t Iowa in the middle of America?’ Garson’s training requires him to politely kick her out. But somehow he can’t . . . .

  §  Comment “Very simple set: a desk and two chairs.  •  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.””  •  Lauinger contributed to the The Gallery Players' Black Box Series, Box 2, June 7-10, 2001, “three one-act plays from a collection of six called ‘States of the Union.’ In each play a different man and woman meet in a different state. . . . ‘You Really Ought to Give Iowa a Try” takes its title from a line in Meredith Wilson's ‘The Music Man.’ It is about a straight-laced loan officer in middle-America who is confronted by a homeless woman from the inner city. She has come to Iowa to obtain a loan because it is the center of America and she thinks it’s where to go to realize the American dream. In the end, says Lauinger, ‘[The loan officer] comes to realize that she's right.’” —GO Brooklyn, http://www.go-brooklyn.com/html/issues/24_22/blackbox.html, accessed August 15, 2002. The other two of the three are ‘Nowhere Zen New Jersey’ and ‘Oregon Mist.’  •  Joe Lauinger’s Curriculum Vitae: B.A. University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude), M.A. Oxford University, M.A. Princeton University, Ph.D. Princeton University.

  §  Themes  banking, diversity, loan, new start, unlikely partners.
 

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 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, 1m1f
  • 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
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