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Warnock, Kathleen (American playwright, 1960-____), “A Bushel of Crabs,”

an 11-minute drama in English, set in a seafood restaurant in Baltimore, evening, summer, 2004,

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; • © 2004 by Kathleen Warnock; • in Kathleen Warnock’s A Bushel of Crabs (Astoria, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Kathleen Warnock, 14-56 31st Drive 3B, Astoria, New York 11106, U.S.A., e-mail kwnyc@yahoo.com, telephone (home) 718 721-4416. • Cited by Kathleen Warnock via ftp October 16, 2004; Warnock says,

§ Dramatis Personae Rich (m), 32, just out of the military; Helen (f), 32, teacher, formerly dated Rich; Julie (f), 35, nurse, Helen's partner.

§ Synopsis “Helen invites her old lover Rich to dinner at a crabhouse in Baltimore. They haven't seen each other in ten years, since he joined the Army after Helen broke up with him. They skirt around their painful history. Rich thinks Helen is trying to get back together with him. He finally realizes when Helen's girlfriend Julie shows up that he's being asked to father their child. He agrees.

§ Comment “Premiered February, 2004, by En Avant Playwrights (New York City) as part of its Strange Change evening; • produced at Turnip Theater Festival (New York City) April 2004; • selected for MaeWest Festival, Seattle, July, 2004; • staged reading by Theater OUTLanta, October, 2004. 1 set, no scene changes. Realistic plastic crabs can be obtained from many novelty vendors, such as Oriental Trading Company. • Kathleen Warnock’s full-length plays include To the Top (winner, South Carolina Playwrights Festival); Grieving for Genevieve and The Audience. Her short plays include ‘Not at Home’ (Provincetown Theater Company, Massachusetts, U.S.A.), ‘I’m Gonna Run Away’ (Turnip Theater Festival, Audience Favorite, New York City); ‘The Space Between Heartbeats’ (Homogenius Festival, New York City; Short & Girlie company, London); ‘A Bushel of Crabs’ (En Avant Playwrights, Turnip Festival, New York City) ‘Rocks in the Bed’ (En Avant Playwrights, Carrollwood Players, Tampa) and ‘Around the Horn’ (Gardner-Webb University, North Carolina, U.S.A.). Kathleen won the John Golden Award for ‘Grieving for Genevieve.’ She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

§ Themes “Baltimore, fatherhood, gay adoption, gay parenthood, lesbian, romance, seafood, sperm donor, veteran.”



See also Kathleen Warnock’s

  • "Not at Home," an 11-minute drama in English, set in a boardwalk arcade at the beach, twilight, autumn, 2004, 1m1f

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