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“The Boy Who Was Born with a Tail”

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Casarino, Matt (American playwright, musician, manager, 1970-____), “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)

; • © 2003 by Matt Casarino; • in Matt Casarino’s The Boy Who was Born With a Tail (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. • Cited by Matt Casarino via ftp June 18, 2003; Casarino says,

§ Dramatis Personae Man (m), 20-40, plays several roles; Cindy (f), 10, _____; Emily, (f), 8, Cindy’s eight-year-old sister; Woman (f), 20-40, plays a few roles.

§ Synopsis “Cindy starts to write a story about a boy who was born with a long tail. Soon, however, her story turns violent. With the help of her younger sister Emily, she tries again, this time giving the boy big, floppy ears. Once again, the story turns dark and violent. Determined to write a happy story, they try again, this time giving the boy wings. After some moments of joy, however, a mysterious figure appears in the story and sends it on a dark path. In the end, Emily wants a story about herself, and Cindy vows to give Emily’s story a happy ending.

§ Comment “Cindy and Emily should either be played by adults or exceptionally talented children. The buried theme of child abuse casts a pall over the action. By the end, we see that the abuse Cindy has suffered at the hands of her father has ruined her ability to find the happy ending in her stories. But Cindy remains determined to protect her sister Emily.”

§ Themes child abuse, children, control, drawing, fairytales, writing, storytelling, violence.

See also Matt Casarino’s

  • Something West Wrong,” a 10-minute black comedy in English, set in a modest living room, evening, _____, 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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