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“The Shade Trees of Leavenworth”

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Salyer, Teresa Ann (American playwright, owner print shop, 1954-____), “The Shade Trees of Leavenworth,”

a 10-minute drama in English, set at a telephone connection, Leavenworth Prison, any time, 2002,


  •  © 2002 by Teresa Ann Salyer;  •  in Teresa Ann Salyer’s The Shade Trees of Leavenworth (New Lebanon, Ohio, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002);  •  script/rights available from Teresa Salyer, 424 Rosetta Street, New Lebanon, Ohio 45345, U.S.A., e-mail TisHr90598@aol.com, telephone (home) 937 687 1680, fax 937 687 1680.  •  Cited by Teresa Ann Salyer via ftp July 27, 2002; Salyer says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Johnny (m), an inmate; Mindy (f), Johnny’s old girlfriend; Prison Telephone Operator (f), an automated voice.

  §  Synopsis “Johnny and Mindy converse by telephone. Johnny regrets being in prison. Mindy regrets her loveless marriage. Johnny changes the conversation to tell Mindy about the shade trees of Leavenworth.  These century-old trees inspired every soul who saw them, be it inmate or guard. One day in 1994 during a riot, the trees got in the way. Guards opened fire on prisoners and mowed the once-beautiful shade trees to smoldering stumps. Johnny lost all hope on that day. The prison operator, an automated voice, interrupts their conversation.

  §  Comment “Two characters speaking on telephones with the prison operator between.”

  §  Themes love, marriage, regret, telephone, riot, shade tree.

See also Teresa Ann Salyer’s

  • Mortar,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a family cemetery, 2002, 2m1f


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