Labinger, Barbara (American playwright, graduate student, 1973-
), "The Goat Room,"
a 55-minute black comedy in English, set in a peculiar little
© 1997, script/rights available from Barbara Labinger,
© 1997, script/rights available from Barbara Labinger, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cited by playwright via ftp, July 15, 1997, amended February 15, 1998; Labinger says,
Dramatis Personae George Whitebread (m), clerk;
Grace Goldman (f), interviewee; Gertrude (f), a ditzy young thing
Synopsis "'In a small boxlike room, at a
small boxlike desk, surrounded by boxes (small and otherwise),
is a [small, boxlike] man. He is very slowly and precisely tearing
pieces of paper in half, and in half again. A woman enters. She
seems confused.' Thus begins the saga of Grace Goldman, who thought
she was in for a straightforward job interview. Alas, in this
building, nothing is straightforward. Certainly not for George
Whitebread, into whose office it is Grace's fate to blunder. Poor
George. All he wanted was to be left alone in his office, safe
from the prying eyes of superiors, co-workers, indeed anyone more
intimate than the occasional pizza delivery person. But Grace
will not be thwarted in her quest for respect, security, and unlimited
office supplies. She gets her interview, and even a job. But what
else will she get? (Besides co-worker Gertrude, a ditzy young
thing who pops in unexpectedly). As Grace becomes more and more
intimately acquainted with George and his world, less and less
can be taken for granted."
Themes first encounter, interview, refuge.
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