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Kohls, D. K. (American playwright, writer, 1954-____), “This Is Heaven,”

a 15-minute bare-stage comedy-drama in English, set in a place without time,

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;   © 2003 by D. K. Kohls;  •  in D. K. Kohls’ This Is Heaven (Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003);  •  script/rights available from D. K. Kohls, 607 South High Street, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin 53538, U.S.A., e-mail dkkohls@hotmail.com, telephone (home) 920-563-9273. • Cited by D. K. Kohls via ftp June 7, 2003; Kohls says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Winky (m or f), any age, the guide; Joey (m), any age, the traveler; Aunt Hilda (f), __, a nice older lady; Mary Snufflepod (f), Joey’s age or high school age, _____.

  §  Synopsis “Winky tells Joey, ‘This is heaven, and you are dead’. Joey was poisoned by a very bad batch of his Aunt Gigi’s world’s worst potato salad, but Winky does point out that Joey can now join the Death by Potato Salad Club, which meets Sunday evening for potluck; just don’t bring any you-know-what. This isn't exactly the heaven that Joey had in mind. He does get to meet his departed Aunt Hilda, and his one true love, Mary Snufflepod, whom he doesn't remember at all. And it turns out Joey is not really dead after all, but ‘someplace between living and dying’. Even Winky, Joey's guide, isn't what he (or she) appears to be.

  §  Comment “This light, funny play treats an extremely difficult subject—does heaven really exist, or is it just our own wishful thinking? • Staging is simple. It uses a bare stage, and casting is not difficult. The subject matter provokes thought without being too overly heavy. The play actually occurs in the mind of Joey while he lies dying in the critical care unit of the hospital, incorporating bits and pieces of what is going on around him. This play asks questions more than it answers them. It is suitable for high school age and up. Premiered May, 2003, at the Walker Center for the Arts, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa. The playwright charges no royalty for this play.”

  §  Themes death, faith, God, heaven, reality, religion.

See also D. K. Kohls’

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