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Spector, Donna (American playwright, 1946-____), “The Crystal Ball,”  a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a fortune-teller’s parlor in the West Village, Manhattan, New York City, on a spring afternoon, 2001,

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   •  © 2001 by Donna Spector;  •  script/rights available from Donna Spector, 115 Blooms Corners Road, Warwick, New York 10990, U.S.A., e-mail dspector@warwick.net, telephone (home) 845-986-7718.  •  Cited by Donna Spector via ftp April 29, 2002; Spector says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Paul (m), 25, a TV journalist; Madame Anastasia (f), 55, a fortune-teller; Ghost Mother (f), 75, deceased mother of  Anastasia; Monique (f), 25, an actress.

  §  Synopsis “Madame Anastasia, a psychic, is having difficulty with her Ghost Mother—her only connection to the spirit world. Angry at Anastasia for having gambled away her inheritance in Atlantic City, the Ghost Mother at first refuses to help Anastasia when Monique comes in for a reading. Finally, the Ghost Mother says she will work with Anastasia in exchange for a huge stone angel on her grave, and she accurately predicts that Monique will find both money and love.

  §  Comment “Difficult mother-daughter relationships continue even beyond death.  •  Single set: a gloomy fortune-teller's parlor, with a table, two chairs and a crystal ball that lights up when the spirits are sending messages.”

  §  Themes Atlantic City, communication, crystal ball, death, gambling, ghost, inheritance, monument, mother-daughter relationship, paranormal, prediction, reading, spirit world.

See also Donna Spector’s

 
  • The Church of Empirical Human Cartology,” a 15-minute dark comedy satire in English, set in a cold, barren office in the Church of Empirical Human Cartology, evening, 2000, 1m1f
  • Passing Fancies,” a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a gloomy Greek restaurant in Pasadena, California, early evening, 2002, 1m1f
  • Short-Term Affairs,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set in The Bureau of Short-Term Affairs, New York City, late afternoon, 2001, 1m1f
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