Ohmart, Ben (American playwright and short story writer, 1970- ), "Could Andy Warhol Draw?"
script/rights available via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail from Ben Ohmart, 115 Croyden Lane, Apartment D, Syracuse, NY 13224 or via fax 315-449-3405; script also available on-line http://www.cco.caltech.edu/~rknop/oneacts.html and http://www.aaj.com/aaj/stories/bo/index.html ; cited by Ben Ohmart to present author via e-mail email@example.com August 2, 1995; Ohmart says,
Synopsis "A curator of an art museum is giving an old friend/sculptor a chance to regain his audience with a showing of his weird work. They discuss art and their past histories. It seems the sculptor has one particular bit of art that the committee the curator represents doesn't like; and when she suggests that the sculptor leave it out of the exhibit, the shouting starts. The sculptor must have this object in the collection because to him it's the most important part in the show. It depicts his child who was killed, and he needs it with him to keep his sanity. The curator finally gives in, even though this means undermining her position.
Comment "The staging is quite simple. The girl who begins the play represents everything that's wrong about art. Art doesn't change anything. One might also say plays don't change anything, as they only 'represent.'
"I'm interested in finding a composer with just as much drive as I have has. Doesn't matter if he/she's a success or not, but must be Determined and have talent. That's what matters. You can check out my web sites below to get a look at who I am. I look >forward to hearing from any interested parities. Thanks. "A New York based poet, playwright and composer, I have written for the stage, television and film. Most recent stage works include Ooglesnort Part II, a Pythonesque revue; Caliban, an absurdist reinterpretation of Shakespeare's The Tempest; Daughters of Rage, a ballet based on Garcia Lorca's play, The House of Bernarda Alba and commissioned by the Dance Department at Florida State University; Henry, an opera about William Rufus, William the Conqueror's son; Two Panic Plays, a translation and adaptation of two plays by Fernando Arrabal, performed at Syracuse Stage After Hours; and The Friendship Play, commissioned by the Groves International Committee on Friendship and the Family. The Tell-Tale Heart, an opera based on the Edgar Alan Poe short story, was commissioned by WFSU television and scores for Stonewall: Old Blue Light and Jesse: The Jesse James Musical were commissioned by Theatre West Virginia and the University of Mississippi, respectively. A finalist in America's Best Comedy Script competition, I am a professional "gag" writer with several published and performed routines to my credit, as well as many poems and stories published in journals across the country. My translations in collaboration with John Franceschina of the plays of the Marquis de Sade are published by Hollowbrook, and my musical adaptation of The Jungle Book was recently toured by Syracuse Stage. I am currently writing films for Greenstone Productions, and my plays will be performed in Canada, Minnesota and Australia this year (1996).
"My plays are on-line at http://www.dramex.org/authors.html. Need more?? Try my page at http://tfnet.ils.unc.edu/~jacobs/ohmart.html."
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