Gesch, Gregory (Australian playwright, writer, director, 19__-____), “Position’s Vacant,”
a 40-minute farce in English, set in a private office, Australia, 2001,
• © 2001 by Gregory Gesch; • in Gregory Gesch’s Position’s Vacant (Tarragindi, Queensland, Australia: The Author, 2001); • script/rights available from Gregory Gesch, 4 Langham Street, Tarragindi, Queensland 4121, Australia, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone (home) (+617) 38922389, fax (+617) 38922389. • Cited by Gregory Gesch via ftp July 18, 2002; Gesch says,
§ Dramatis Personae Mathew Morrisey (m), 20, an attractive and naive innocent seeking a job; Commissioner Margaret Dickey (f), 33, an assertive professional woman with a healthy libido, newly appointed as the Commissioner of Women's Issues and Discrimination; Inspector Amanda Tranter (f), 33, a formidable Inspector of Workplace Health and Safety.
§ Synopsis “Commissioner Margaret Dickey heads the newly privatised Department of Women’s Issues and Discrimination. She interviews Mathew Morrisey for a job as her secretary and begins to seduce the unsuspecting young man. She hoodwinks him into removing his clothing for a medical examination but is interrupted by the arrival of Inspector Amanda Tranter, who demands an inspection of the premises. Inspector Tranter finds Mathew hiding in a closet, but Margaret persuades her that he is an exhibitionist and that Government policy insists that, as a member of a minority, he must be employed. Inspector Tranter grabs the opportunity and demands she be allowed to interrogate him for use in a paper as part of her mail-order psychology course. She gives Mathew a truth drug to get his cooperation, but the hotter his denials become the more sure she is that he is hiding from the unsavoury truth. He tries to escape this madness but the women corner him and, blindly lashing out, he accidentally kills Inspector Tranter. Commissioner Dickey takes the situation philosophically by blackmailing him into becoming her love slave—thus all ends happily.
§ Comment “‘Position’s Vacant’ is a black-comedy/farce that requires one office setting wherein the action is continuous.”
anti-discrimination, Australian drama, black comedy, blackmail, closet,
domination, employment, exhibitionism, interrogation, interview, government,
job, manslaughter, minority rights, public service, seduction, truth drug,
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