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“George and Scheherazade, Sad, Sad, Sad”


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Wilson, Angela L. (American playwright, 1955-____), “George and Scheherazade, Sad, Sad, Sad,” a 45-minute comedy in English, set on a backyard patio, suburbia, U.S.A., Friday evening, dusk, 1997,

1m2f (+ 1m and 1f nonspeaking);

  •  © 1997 by Angela L. Wilson;  •  script/rights available from Angela L. Wilson, P.O. Box 180552, Dallas, Texas 75218, U.S.A., e-mail angela.l.wilson@att.net, telephone (home) 214-388-9494, (work) 972-680-6060.  •  Cited by Angela L. Wilson, via ftp March 3, 2001; Wilson says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Helen (f), 55, faded beauty, plump, middle class; George (m), 45, not handsome, but kindly, a former postal worker; Helen 2 (f), 25, Helen as a younger woman, very attractive; Antonio (m, one line), a guitar playing macho disco dancer; Teresa (f, silent), a hot mama disco dancer.

  §  Synopsis “On the backyard patio of George and Helen’s suburban middle class home, they are deep into their hilarious middle-aged marital routines when Helen begins a Scheherazade tale of a painful past. Helen endures two remembered visitations—of her previous self and later of her previous self dressed as Jeannie (I Dream of Jeannie). She relives a hilarious disco dancing scene with an old beau. The memories alter the course of their marriage.

  §  Comment “The mid-life crisis of a woman who married the ‘safe’ husband and is never truly happy.  •  One scene.  •  There are two versions of the script—one suitable for community theatre, one that is risky.  •  ‘George and Scheherazade, Sad, Sad, Sad’ premiered in Hannibal, Missouri, U.S.A. It played at Love Creek, in New York City. Dallas’ 11th Street Theatre Project produced it in 1997. It won the Dallas Theatre Critics Forum Award for Best New Play.”  •  See also Angela L. Wilson’s “Black Velvet,” a 35-minute comedy in English, set in a recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A., Saturday morning, January 21, 1956, 1m1f; “Blood and Sleep,” a 70-minute bare-stage period drama in English, set April 4, 1865, 1m1f.

  §  Themes compromise, disco, happiness, Eden (Barbara Eden, star of TV comedy I Dream of Jeannie), marriage, memory, mid-life crisis, Scheherazade, tale.

See also Angela L. Wilson’s
  • Black Velvet,” a 35-minute comedy in English, set in a recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A., Saturday morning, January 21, 1956, 1m1f
  • Blood and Sleep,” a 70-minute bare-stage period drama in English, set April 4, 1865, 1m1f

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