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"The Goat Room"

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Labinger, Barbara (American playwright, graduate student, 1973- ), "The Goat Room,"

a 55-minute black comedy in English, set in a peculiar little office, 1997,

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© 1997, script/rights available from Barbara Labinger, 1997, script/rights available from Barbara Labinger, bel4@pantheon.yale.edu. 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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