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Rogers, J.T. (American playwright, 19__-____), “Murmuring in a Dead Tongue,”

a 30-minute comedy-drama in English, set in _____, 2003,

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; • © 2003 by J.T. Rogers; • in J.T. Rogers’ Murmuring in a Dead Tongue (New York: Playscripts, Inc., 2003); • script/rights available from Playscripts, Inc. Orders, P.O. Box 237060, New York, New York 10023, U.S.A. • Cited by Playscripts, Inc., http://www.playscripts.com, accessed January 18, 2004; Rogers says,

§ Dramatis Persona Husband (m), storyteller.

§ Synopsis “A man sits before us in a chair, telling a fever-dream of a story: about a cocktail party he's just come back from that went disastrously wrong, about channel-surfing between a mesmerizing surgery and the world's strangest action movie—all while quoting his mysterious, enigmatic wife. Slowly a pattern begins to emerge from his spiral of words, as his tale loops back on itself, stitching together seemingly random threads into a hypnotic whole.

§ Comment ““A bracingly funny and disquieting play about a man who keeps asking the question: "How do I live in a world in which I am doomed to die?". • “J.T. Rogers (Murmuring in a Dead Tongue) is the author of White People (L.A. Drama Critics Circle and Barrymore Award nominee for best play of the year), Seeing the Elephant (Kesselring Prize and American Theatre Critics Association nominee for best new American play), Murmuring in a Dead Tongue, Frankfurt, and other plays. His works have been seen at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, New Actors Union Theatre (Moscow), Acme Acting Company (Miami), and frequently at The Next Stage (New York City). Mr. Rogers is currently under a commission from the Salt Lake Acting Company. He has been a guest artist at Truman State University and lectured at the North Carolina School of the Arts' and University of Utah's schools of drama, and at the Claremont-McKenna School of Economics. He lives in Brooklyn.”—Playscripts, Inc. - J.T. Rogers, http://www.playscripts.com/author.php3?authorid=160, accessed January 18, 2004. • Research could include J.T. Rogers’s White People, a full-length script which is full of soliloquies (2000).

§ Themes action movie, channel-surfing, cocktail party, death, fever-dream, marriage, memory, surgery.



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