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Guy, Dylan (American playwright, 19__-____), “The Ninth Circle,”

a 10-minute drama in English, set in a small restaurant in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.A., 1:20 p.m., Friday, December 23, 2003,

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; • © 2004 by Dylan Guy; • in Dylan Guy’s The Ninth Circle (New York: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Dylan Guy, 233 East 21st Street #21, New York, New York 10010, U.S.A., e-mail tpgmuse@excite.com, telephone (home) 212-982-2458. • Cited by Dylan Guy via ftp February 13, 2004; Guy says,

§ Dramatis Personae Waiter (m), 50, weltlich, has seen it all; Ellen (f), 55, former model; Joan (f), apparently 25, Ellen's daughter.

§ Synopsis “Ellen sits alone at a table for two, having already ordered wine for herself and a tuna fish melt for Joan. She flips through a magazine as she intermittently checks her watch: twenty minutes have passed. Joan arrives and decides she just wants a glass of wine. Ellen signals the ever-present Waiter. To avoid being questioned by her daughter, Ellen picks on Joan’s appearance, her hair, etc., in what appears to be a typical mother-daughter conflict. The Waiter sets the extra glass of wine in front of Ellen, who transfers it to Joan. The tension between mother and daughter builds as truth about their past and the husband-father emerge. Upon first hearing nine years previously about the past, Joan deliberately had run her car into a telephone pole. Joan’s grievance that her mother had kept the truth from her emerges and builds. Exchanges of truth finally release Ellen from her imprisoning cycle, bringing her to ninth circle of rebirth. Ellen sees the truth.

§ Comment "Ellen and the audience simultaneously should see the family truth. • Set requirements can be very simple: a table set for two diners, two chairs, sideboard holding pitchers of water Ellen should be dressed in a rich color. Joan might just wear beige or light gray. It is very important that the Waiter never acknowledge Joan; also, it is important, particularly to the ending of the play and its meaning, to have the waiter onstage at all times. • No production history.” • Research could include August Strindberg’s “The Stronger” (“Den Starkare,” 1890), 1m2f.

§ Themes automobile crash, dominance, family, mother-daughter relationship, past, perspective, reality, restaurant, secret, suicide attempt.



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