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Beth Campbell Stemple (American playwright, free-lance writer, 1962-____ ), “Caller ID,”

a 35-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a college student union hallway, 1994,

1m2f or 2m1f (+3 nonspeaking m or f);

  •  © 1994 TXu 639-600;  •  script/rights available from Beth Campbell Stemple at saltybeth@earthlink.net; sample of text available at http://home.earthlink.net/~saltybeth/main.htm. Cited by Beth Campbell Stemple via e-mail, June 5, 1996; Stemple says,

  §  Dramatis Personae _______ (f), 19, __________; _______ (m), 28, __________; _______ (m or f ), a clerk; Three Telephone Users (m or f, non-speaking).

  §  Synopsis “An anxious man in his late twenties returns to his alma mater to lecture on computers. A young coed pesters him while he attempts to call his old girlfriend. Though the encounter appears to be a coincidence, more is at stake than a mere conversation. The lead male has stalked his old girlfriend. Using fresh theory from Psych 101, the female lead employs the persistence and intensity of a stalker.

  §  Comment “This play about stalking the stalker features unorthodox applications of high technology to human relationships. The single set requires a sundries counter, a can of soda, a handful of coins, four pens, a telephone book, a bench, and a bank of three pay telephones (local phone companies loan telephone shells for free).

“This play addresses how to get over a long, lost love, to see people for who they really are, and to avoid making a call that can be traced.

“Performers’ Co-op, New London, Connecticut, U.S.A., in 1995 developed this play, which was performed for the XXI Annual Off-Off-Broadway Original Short Play Festival at the Harold Clurman Theatre, May 3, 1996.

  §  Themes _____, _____.

See also Beth Campbell Stemple’s:

  • Foreplay,” a 10-minute comedy sketch in English set in an apartment foyer, 1995, 1m1f
  • Frank Capra Gets His Wings,” a 30-minute drama in English with comedic elements, set no specific time or place, 1m1f (1m of any age, 1f of childbearing age)
  • The Gift to the Magi,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an empty room, Christmas Eve, 1997, 1m1f
  • Gravity,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a yard with an apple tree, on a summer day, 1996, 1m1f
  • Hair-Personality Conflict,” a 10-minute satirical sketch in English, set in a beauty salon, 1995, 1m1f
  • Kissing,” a 10-minute drama with comedic elements in English, set in an office ladies room, 1995, 2f
  • Live from [insert your town here]!” an 8-minute comedy sketch in English, set on a theater stage, 1995, 1m1f (male 30-40ish, female 30-40ish + male voice 30-40ish)
  • Longplay,” a 10-minute comedy sketch in English, set in an apartment, 1995, 2m (30-40)
  • Monica,” an 8-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, late evening, 1998, 1f
  • Old Wives’Tales,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a church pew, immediately following a wedding, 1998, 2f
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