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Rusch, C[hristine] (American playwright, teacher, published and produced free-lance writer, founding artistic director of playwrights theatre, dramaturg, consultant, 19__-____), “Potato Girl,”

a 20-minute drama in English, set in a farm warehouse in the American South, 8:00 a.m., Friday, 1981,


; • © 1999 by C[hristine] Rusch; • in Norman A. Bert’s One-Act Plays for Acting Students (Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A.: Meriwether Publishing Ltd., 1981), ISBN 0-916260-47-X (published with and can pair with “Interview,” “Watermelon Boats,” “Dalmation,” “Money,” “Jumping,” “Anniversary,” “Checkers,” “The Affidavit,” “The Split Decision,” “Coming for a Visit,” “Auld Lang Syne, or I’ll Bet You Think This Play Is About You,” “Widows,” “Bug Swatter,” “Fireworks,” “Property of the Dallas Cowboys,” “Dog Eat Dog,” “Phonecall from Sunkist,” “Valley Forgery,” “The American Way,” “Drowned Out,” “One Beer Too Many,” or “Advice to a New Actor”); • also, in Southern Exposure Magazine, in the “Changing Scenes” issue, 1981; • script/rights available from Christine Rusch, P.O. Box 202, Wyandotte, Michigan 48192, U.S.A., e-mail Isoperhaps@aol.com, telephone 734-324-3142; or through Meriwether Publishing Ltd., P. O. Box 7710, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80933, telephone 719-594-4422, 800-937-5297. • Cited by C. Rusch via ftp October 28, 1999; Rusch says,

§ Dramatis Personae Narcilla Jones (f), 19, an imaginative potato sorter; Dorothy Whitley (f), 25, a potato sorter, pregnant; Hank Lacey (m), 35, Narcilla and Dorothy’s boss, Dorothy’s boyfriend.

§ Synopsis “Two women sort potatoes.

§ Comment “Simple set calls for twenty pounds of potatoes. • First read at the 1981 Ensemble Studio Theatre Summer Workshop, in Amenia, New York, U.S.A.; • produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York the following autumn during Octoberfest, a festival of new one-acts (featuring Mary Shortkroff as Narcilla, Ellen Parks as Dorothy, and John Rothman as Hank, directed by Zach Grenier) • produced by The Best Lunch Theatre Ever at the Greenville Museum of Art, in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1981. • Awarded Best Play, Institute for Southern Studies competition.

§ Themes “counterfeit, imagination, farm, feminism, potato, pregnancy, secret love, sensitivity, shapes, sorting, subversion.”

See also C[hristine] Rusch's

  • "Boston Flamingo," a 43-minute romantic comedy in English, set in a New York City apartment, 1991, 2m1f
  • "Calendula," a 15-minute country comedy in English, set at the side of a narrow country highway near Beaufort, South Carolina near the edge of a salt marsh across from a stand of palms and pines twisted with greenbriar, on an already-hot morning in the summer of 2002, 2m1f
  • "Founding Mother's Lunch," a 15-minute political satire in English, set in the dining room of wealthy Colonist, various lunchtimes in pre-revolutionary America, 1767, 4m (2 of whom are extras)
  • "Going After," a 20-minute bare-stage drama in English, on a city street on November 1, 2000, 3m1f (+ voices)
  • "He Came Home One Day While I Was Washing Dishes," a 5-minute drama in English, set in the threadbare kitchen of Aclima's home, a late morning in the autumn of 2004, 1m1f
  • "How to Measure Half an Egg," a 15-minute romantic comedy in English, set in a beachfront restaurant on a clear but moonless evening, 2003, 2m1f
  • "The Man Who Buried His Dogs in the Front Yard," a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a small house between Atlanta and New Orleans, U.S.A., 2000, 2m1f
  • "The Man Who Came Back As a Ballroom Dancer," a 15-minute drama in English, set in The Electric Piano, a bar at a once-popular lakeside resort, 2000, 2m2f
  • "The New Sign," a 20-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in a parking lot of restaurant in the American South, October, 2001, 2m
  • "Palo Alto," a 20-minute romantic comedy in English, set in an upscale apartment, afternoon during dotcom boom of late 20th Century, 2m1f
  • "A Samba for Wanda," a 60-minute alternative comedy in English, set in the 5th floor office of a university physics department, midmorning on a never-to-be-forgotten Tuesday, 1990, 2m2f
  • "Sarajevo," a 20-minute drama in English, set in "a country that no longer exists," in the early 1990s, 1m1f
  • "Tea Dust and Roses," a 45-minute comedy in English, set in a factory in the United States in the early 1960s
  • "Trane: Beyond the Blues," a 60-minute biographical drama in English, set on a bare stage, during the lifetime of John William Coltrane, September 23,1926-July 17, 1967, 3m1f

Page mounted November 11, 1999, and updated November 19, 20, 1999, and July 12, August 17, 2000, November 1, 2004, by the site Webmaster.

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