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Boray, Shoshannah (aka Jennifer S. Bloomfield, American playwright, actor, director, January 27, 1970-____), “Mandolin,”

a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a slightly downtrodden park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on an autumn afternoon, 1998,

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; • © 1998 by Jennifer Bloomfield; • in Shoshannah Boray's Mandolin (Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A.: Author, 1998); • scripts available from Shoshannah Boray, 206 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, U.S.A., e-mail jennyfb@aol.com, telephone (home) 802-652-0761, (work) 301-460-1299; • rights available from Shoshannah Boray, 13712 Wagon Way, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906, U.S.A. • Cited by Shoshannah Boray via ftp March 27, 2002; Boray says,

§ Dramatis Personae Neimann (m), 35, Helen’s lover, an artist/musician/dreamer, can live on dreams alone; Helen (f), 22, a young dancer, can't live on dreams alone; Woman (f), a catlike, starving Quebecois street person.

§ Synopsis “Helen and Niemann are lovers and artists who have been travelling in search of freedom and creativity. They are out of money, it is getting cold, and Helen wants Neimann to get a job. He wants her to dance with him on the edge of the fountain, to the music of his mandolin. The one he gave away. And to tell him that she loves him. A hungry street woman cries for food like a feral cat. Just as Niemann persuades Helen to forget their worries and trust him, the Woman steals Helen’s purse and the last of their belongings. Helen and Niemann are jolted to reality—Helen sees Neimann as a hopeless dreamer, Neimann sees Helen as too much of a pragmatist to love him.

§ Comment “Single set, more implied than actual. • Reading at ICWP Regional Conference, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., 2001; production at Mae West Fest, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., 2002. • One play of a trilogy entitled, The Three Stages of Seduction.”

§ Themes art, creativity, dream, freedom, love, mandolin, poverty, pragmatism, reality, street life, theft.

See also Shoshannah Boray's

  • "Water People," a 60-minute drama-comedy in English, set in Vermont country, over a single summer, 1997, 1m2f
  • "The Unreasonable Man," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a Louisville cafe, brunch time, 1997, 3m1f

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