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“A Talk from Brother Bob”

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Whitney, Sharon J. (American playwright, writer, 1955-____), “A Talk from Brother Bob,”

a 15-minute satire in English, set in an ashram, an evening in May, 1969,


© 1988, script/rights available from Sharon J. Whitney, 2712 SW Patton Road, Portland, Oegon 97201, U.S.A., telephone (home) 503-223-1052, (work) 503-223-1052, fax 503-228-2437, e-mail SJWhit@aol.com. Cited by Sharon J. Whitney via ftp, March 2, 1998; Whitney says,

Dramatis Persona Brother Bob (m), president of a new age ashram.

Synopsis “Brother Bob, who is president of a new age ashram, depends on having his earthly needs taken care of, being a very important person who must devote himself to higher pursuits. However, at this moment he has been asked by his guru to talk to the women in the ashram--the ones who are supposed to find their bliss in maintaining such as Bob; it seems they can't participate as fully as they would like to in spiritual growth, being shackled to Bob's dirty socks and tofu. The guru has told Bob, ‘Sisters have karma, too.’ So Bob sets about convincing the women of their value, as he sees it. In the course of his talk, he gets in deeper and deeper. One might even say he comes to boil in his own karmic stew.”

Themes ashram, dependency, gender, guru, higher pursuit, karma, new age, president.

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