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Dubois, Katherine (American playwright, 1958-____), “The Star,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, U.S.A., evening, 1998,

1m2f;  •  © 1998, by Katherine Dubois Reed,  •  script/rights available from Katherine Dubois Reed, 3185 17th Street Boulder, Colorado 80304-2617, U.S.A, telephone (home/work) 303-447-2553, e-mail thereeds@pcisys.net.   •  Cited by Katherine Dubois Reed, via postal mail, March 12, 1999; Dubois says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Jenny Miller (f), 15, daughter; Linda Miller (f), 41, mother; Donnie Greenwood (m), 20, a rock star.

 §  Synopsis “Linda arrives home after work, miffed that her editor has sprung a last-minute assignment on her as she was headed out the door. Worse, an assignment that’s beneath her stature as a serious journalist. She complains to her daughter Jenny, who half-listens half-sympathetically, until Linda mentions the assignment in question is an interview with Donnie Greenwood, a rock star Jenny idolizes. Jenny goes into a tizzy at the thought of Donnie Greenwood in her home; Linda tells her she can’t be present during the interview, but eventually relents and promises to let her answer the door. Jenny’s dismay is awakened anew when she discovers her mother plan to ask things about Donnie’s fame as a kind of social phenomenon, when any thinking person can the the obvious first questions is, what kind of car does he drive? Donnie arrives; Jenny goes into a near-swoon and bolts from the room. Donnie’s considerate manner raises Linda’s hopes that she can indeed discuss important issues with him, but alas, it soon becomes evident that Donnie is mostly surface. Linda gives up and conducts the kind of interview her daughter will love.

 §  Comment “Not technically difficult: no scene breaks or set changes, few props. Donnie is a small role. Premiered at the Denver Performing Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado, October, 1998.”

 §  Themes celebrity, fame, mother-daughter relationship, professionalism.

See also Katherine Dubois’
  • The Baby You Ordered,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, morning, 1999, 1m2f
  • Comeuppance,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a kitchen, after supper, 2001, 2m1f
  • The Con,” a 55-minute farce in English, set in an elegant room in a stately old mansion, morning, 2000, 2m2f
  • The Condition,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a doctor's office, afternoon, 1999, 1m1f
  • Dream Family,”a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, afternoon, 2000, 2m1f
  • The Edge,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set in a high school corridor, morning, 1999, 2m2f
  • Give and Take," a 10-minute drama in English set in the living room of a suburban home, morning, 1996, 2m1f
  • God for a Day,” a 40-minute comedy in English, set on a bare stage, 2001, 1m1f
  • Hale,”a 15-minute comedy in English, set on a stage, whenever, 1m1f
  • Paradise,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set on a a tropical beach, 2002, 2f
  • The Powder Room,” a 43-minute comedy in English, set in the ladies' powder room of a swank hotel, evening, 1998, 4f
  • The Rain Bird,” a 27-minute drama-romance in English, set in a clearing in the woods, morning, 1992, 1m1f
  • Sister’s Keeper,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a kitchen/breakfast room, morning, 2002, 2f
  • Too Hot, Too Cold, Just Right,” a 37-minute children’s theatre farce in English, set in the bears’ cave and the forest, once upon a time, 2m2f or 1m3f
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