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Burke, James C. (American playwright, graduate student, September 28, 1958-____), “Man and Machine,”

a 30-minute drama in English, set on a back porch, 1991,

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  •  © 1991 by James C. Burke;  •  script/rights available from James Burke, 1630 41st Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 20403-7303, U.S.A., e-mail james.c.burke@worldnet.att.net, telephone (home) 910-791-2035, (work) 910-791-7603.  •  Cited by James C. Burke, via e-mail, February 14, 2000; Burke says,

  §  Dramatis Personae John Stain (m), 35, a truck driver.

  §  Synopsis “ Stain, a truck driver, has spent years on the road. He has no other life outside of driving a truck. He has fallen in love with technology—his truck, his watch, his coffee maker. He is becoming a machine. John recounts people he meets on the road and at work, spiking these recollections with mistrust and distorted praise. He hates all people who do not behave properly. He may have murdered a man who beat up a waitress that John had known.

  §  Comment “One continuous scene in real time. No set required. No special considerations. Originally written as an audition piece.”

  § Themes dehumanization, hate, life on the road, mistrust, murder, obsession, technology, truck driving.
 
 
 

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