Haines, Laurel (American playwright, 1958-____), “A Ton of Feathers,”
a 10-minute comedy in English, set a kitchen, on a weekend afternoon, 1998,
• © 1998 by Laurel Haines; in Laurel Haines’ A Ton of Feathers (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.: The Author, 1998); • script/rights available from Laurel Haines, 3023 North Clark Street #101, Chicago, Illinois 60657, U.S.A., e-mail LHscripts@hotmail.com. • Cited by Laurel Haines, via ftp, October 13, 2002; Haines says,
§ Dramatis Personae Ronnie (f), 30-40, a candymaker, housewife, cooking show host; Ellen (f), age 30-40, a chicken factory worker, oppressed employee.
§ Synopsis “A desire to kill the same man reunites two old friends. When Ronnie, a cooking show host, discovers her husband Vincent is cheating on her, she makes a special batch of candy to do him in. But her plans are interrupted by Ellen, Vincent's oppressed employee, whose float has broken down in the local parade.
§ Comment “One scene, one set, no special requirements. • Premiered at Ensemble Studio Theatre Lab; New York, New York, U.S.A., 1997. Subsequently produced by Duncan Little Theatre, Duncan, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 2002. • “Laurel Haines recently moved to Chicago from Arizona, where she earned an MFA from ASU along with Mark Armstrong and Trista Baldwin, another NY Fringe Festival playwright. Besides Raw Footage, she has written The Dianalogues, a series of monologues about the public’s obsession with Princess Diana, and Tales From the Crib, a play about a 200 pound baby. Her plays have been produced at the Bloomington Playwrights Project, the Seattle Fringe Festival, and Playwrights Theatre of Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.”—The Creative Team of "Raw Footage," http://homepage.mac.com/rhtc/rawcreative.html, accessed October 14, 2002.
§ Themes accident, adultery, candy, employer-employee relationship, female bonding, feminism, food, friendship, infidelity, marriage, murder, parade, poison, reunion, revenge.
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