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Hillel, John R. (Australian playwright, writer, July 17, 1947-____), “Eden,”

a 35-minute absurd comedy in English, set in a room and garden, (any) day, 2002,

2m2f or 3m1f

; • © 2002 by John R. Hillel; • in John R. Hillel’s Eden (Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from John R. Hillel, 26 Park Road, Mount Waverley, Victoria 3149, Australia, telephone (home) 03 9807 9653, fax 03 9807 0093, e-mail hill0720@hotmail.com. • Cited by John R. Hillel via ftp September 25, 2002; Hillel says,

§ Dramatis Personae Man (m), 65, _____; Woman (f), 65, _____; Baby (f), 25, _____; Delivery Person/Painter/Gorilla (m or f), 25-60, _____.

§ Synopsis “Trapped in their interdependent relationship and in their responses to the limited world they inhabit, Man and Woman play a game with each other and with life. Woman appears to wield total power over Man, but he ultimately resolves the situation only to repeat it with another partner who takes Woman’s place.

§ Comment “The main action revolves around the relationship between two characters—Man and Woman. The play explores the nature of the power relationship between them and their reaction to a series of life events. The action is not narrative driven; instead, the characters respond to a series of events that intersect with their lives. Although there is a lifecycle chronology in the events, the play eludes chronological logic. ‘Eden’ is a comedy in the absurd tradition. • The play requires a single composite set; there are no scene changes. A number of visual devices facilitate the play; they require care and imagination in technical realisation. The playing area needs to be divided up into a room and a garden area. Space requirements are flexible. Action is continuous.” • John Hillel has directed and taught theatre in universities and schools for over twenty years. He has had two plays performed professionally in Australia.

§ Themes absurdist, absurdity of the human condition, male-female relationship, non-naturalism, power, theatre of the absurd.

See also John R. Hillel's

  • "Big Is Beautiful," a bare-stage 40-minute comedy in English in ten scenes, set in two areas, Sam's darkroom/den and the couple's kitchen/dining area, over several weeks, with some scenes daytime, others night, 2005, 1m1f
  • "The Catch," a bare-stage 35-minute comedy-drama in English, in seven scenes, set in various areas, a day and evening in 2005 and a day some weeks later, 3m1f (1m is minor)

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