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Casarino, Matt (American playwright, manager, Muppet fan, musician, writer, 1970-____), “The Plunge,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set on a beach in Delaware, U.S.A., sunrise, New Year’s Day,

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; • © 2003 by Matt Casarino; • in Matt Casarino’s The Plunge (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003) ; • script/rights available from Matt Casarino, 2304 Jamaica Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19810, U.S.A., e-mail casarino@mattcasarino.com, telephone (home) 302-529-1228, http://www.mattcasarino.com. • Cited by Matt Casarino via ftp July 17, 2003; Casarino says,

§ Dramatis Personae Phil (m), 40, Maggie’s boyfriend, an enthusiast; Maggie (f), 40, vibrant, has been building up her courage all morning; Donnie (f), 40, Maggie’s best friend, at that crucial point halfway between drunk and hungover.

§ Synopsis “Happy New Year! Just before dawn, Maggie, her boyfriend Phil, and her best friend Donnie have gathered on the beach to plunge themselves into the ice-cold ocean. Phil claims this will purify their souls and lead to a wonderful year, and Maggie’s been swept up in Phil’s enthusiasm. Soon, however, the hungover Donnie reveals that she’s naked underneath her robe and jacket—she thought this was to be a skinny-dip. Phil realizes immediately that Donnie is right—the only way to do this properly is to be naked. He sheds his suit and takes a dive. Donnie also goes in, explaining to Maggie that while she never thought she’d swim naked in the ocean in the middle of winter, the way her life has been going, it couldn’t hurt. Maggie is left alone on stage, trying to decide if she’s willing to take the naked plunge.

§ Comment “The play requires no set pieces, and the location can certainly be changed from Delaware to any local beach town (they really do this in Delaware, though!). While the actors will remove their bathing suits under their robes, onstage nudity is not necessary (the actors drop their robes just as they leave the stage). If the company is willing and the actress playing Maggie is brave enough, however, she can drop her robe early and streak offstage. The play contains adult language.

§ Themes “aging, beach, Delaware, hangover, ocean, New Years Day, nudity, skinny-dipping.”

See also Matt Casarino’s

  • "The Boy Who Was Born with a Tail," a 20-minute drama in English, set in the shared bedroom of two little girls, evening, 2003, 1m3f (some doubling)
  • "Something Went Wrong," a 10-minute black comedy in English, set in a modest living room, evening, 2003, 1m1f
  • "The Trophy Wife," a 25-minute drama in English, set in a restaurant in San Francisco, California, U.S.A., and in a house in New Jersey, U.S.A., 5:00 p.m. on the East Coast, 2:00 p.m. on the West Coast, 2002, 2m2f
  • "Yes, Mamet," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an office in the theater of the Streetlight Players, a small, professional theatre company, 2001, 3m1f

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