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Dorf, Jonathan C. (American playwright, screenwriter, theater teacher, 1971-____), “Jesus at the Taco Stand,”

a 10-minute dark comedy-drama in English, set outside a mental health clinic, Friday evening, 1998,

1m2f;

  •  © 1998 by Jonathan C. Dorf;  •  script/rights available from Jonathan C. Dorf, 7125 De Longpre Avenue, Apt. 209, Los Angeles, California  90046, U.S.A., e-mail jon@jondorf.com, telephone (home) 323-512-5273.  •  Cited by Jon Dorf via ftp January 10, 1999; Dorf says,

  § Dramatis Personae Mary (f), a waitress; Jane (f), Mary’s friend.

  § Synopsis “Mary, a breast cancer survivor and a waitress at a taco stand, arrives at her survivors group.  Her friend, Jane, another survivor, points out that something about Mary is different.  It doesn’t take Jane long to figure out that Mary’s partially removed breast is back and intact.  It turns out that Mary received it earlier that day as a ‘tip’ at the taco stand where she works from a man claiming to be the Messiah.  But with the new breast, Mary no longer qualifies as a survivor, and Jane won’t let her come to group anymore.  The Messiah shows up, and Mary tries to get him to take the breast back—the group is her life—but he can’t. Jane invites the Messiah to take Mary’s place in group, and as the play ends, a desperate Mary is ready to cut off the offending body part.

  § Comment  “Synopses and excerpts of this and other plays by Jonathan Dorf are available on his website, www.geocities.com/jonplaywright.”

  § Themes belonging, breast cancer, friendship, Messiah, restoration, self-mutilation, survival, survivor group, taco stand, tip.
  See also Jon Dorf’s

  • "A-Bomb Wedding," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a twenty-four hour convenience store, late at night, 2001, 2m
  • "Beef Junkies," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set on a suburban road, just before 5:00 p.m., the near future, 2m1f
  • "Bookends," an absurd comedy in English, 2m2f, a comedy set in a small university library, March, 1996, 2m2f (1 male can be female; 2f can be doubled)
  • "Crash Positions," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an airplane in the air, 1997, 1m1f
  • "F-Stop," a 10-minute dark comedy, set in a living room, early afternoon, 1997, 1m1f
  • "From Shakespeare with Love?," a 45-minute comedy in English, set in an airport, various Shakespearean settings, 1:00 a.m., 1999, 2m2f
  • "Last Right Before the Void," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a dark highway in Minnesota, or outside a house, U.S.A., late at night, 2000, 2m1f
  • "Newt Gingrich Visits a Residential Youth Facility Not Near Omaha," a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a bedroom in a foster care facility, an afternoon, 1995, 2m
  • "Play's End," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set in the Doe family living room, late afternoon, 1996, 2m
  • "Ticking," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set in the Doe family kitchen, morning, 1999, 3m
  • "This Magic Moment," a 35-minute comedy in English, set in an apartment living room, late afternoon, 2001, 1m1f
  • "The Wash," a 10-minute dark comedy in English, set in the laundry room of a New York apartment building, 9:00 p.m., Friday evening, 1m1f
  • "Whatever Happened to Godot?," a 10-minute ironic comedy in English, set in a drab apartment, morning, 2003, 3m
  • "The White Pages," a 25-minute comedy in English, set in a used bookstore, two successive mornings, 1996, 2m2f
  • "X Marks the Spot," a 10-minute comedy in English, set somewhere in the American midwest or a similar landscape, 2001, 1m1f
  • "You're Next," a 17-minute drama in English, set in a storage room off a high school boys locker room, sometime before lunch, 1997, 2m

 

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