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Hornby, Ian R. (British playwright, writer, 1949-____), “One Across,” a 25-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, anywhere, during the days leading up to Christmas, 2000,

1m2f (plus offstage extras);

  •  © 2000 by Ian R. Hornby;  •  script/rights available from New Theatre Publications, www.plays4theatre.com, e-mail ian.hornby1@btinternet.com, telephone (home) +44-161-283-1924.  •  Cited by Ian R. Hornby via ftp December 3, 2001; Hornby  says,

  §  Dramatis Personae

David (m), 38, Emma’s husband, crossword addict;
Emma, 38, David’s wife;
Agnes, 58, Emma’s mother.

  §  Synopsis “David, all the time doing his beloved crosswords, continually annoys wife Emma by suggesting he may be buying her all sorts of unwanted presents—even though her hints have made it plain enough she wants an eternity ring for Christmas. Things are brought to a head when Emma’s mother Agnes comes to stay and takes over the cooking, much to David’s annoyance. Emma’s fury mounts steadily at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, when Emma gets her present (the ring) and David gets a plate of cold baked beans—all over him!

  §  Comment “Single living room set, progressively decorated for Christmas. Each scene is introduced by a fade-up from black.  •  Has been performed frequently, mainly (but not exclusively) leading up towards Christmas.”

  §  Themes  Christmas, crossword puzzle, eternity ring, euphoria, family, gift, marriage, mother-daughter relationship, mother-in-law-son-in-law relationship.

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