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Micci, Ronald, Ronald (American playwright, advertising proofreader-editor, 1948-____ ), “Dark Snow,”

a 5-minute, 10-minute, or 20-minute (see Comment below) melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997,


© 1996, 1997, script/rights available from Ronald Micci, 75 Vreeland Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey 07070, U.S.A., email RMicci@mail.batesww.com. Cited by playwright via ftp June 11, 1997, amended via e-mail RMicci@mail.batesww.com, February 19, 1998; Micci says,

  § Dramatis Personae Sandra (f), Lida’s niece; Aunt Lida (f), Sandra’s maiden aunt.

  § Synopsis “‘Dark Snow: Evening’—Grappling with the demons of fear of intimacy, Sandra seeks solace in the arms of her maiden aunt in the wake of a harrowing sexual experience.

  § Synopsis “‘Dark Snow: Morning’—Sandra’s emergency visit to her aunt reveals triumph over the curse of frigidity.

  § Comment “There are five versions of this play:

(1) “Dark Snow, Monologue”—10 minutes long, tops. Aunt Lida recalls Sandra’s emergency late night visit, and shares the horror she felt upon learning Sandra had murdered her boyfriend in emotional self-defense, 1f.

(2) “Dark Snow,” original—5 minutes long. Interrogation of Sandra by Aunt Lida, building to the climactic admission that Sandra has murdered her boyfriend as an act of emotional self-defense, 2f.

(3) “Dark Snow, Evening”—10 minutes long.  Similar theme to the above, but richer and more poetic, with considerably more empathy between the two.  Same shattering climax, 2f.

(4) “Dark Snow, Morning”—10 minutes long.  Sandra reveals she has overcome her fears of intimacy and must leave Aunt Lida to return to her boyfriend. This adds the dimension of a heart-rending painful separation between the two women, 2f.

(5) “Dark Snow”—20 minutes long. This is the definitive version of ‘Dark Snow.’  It expands on the ‘Morning’ theme, complete with painful parting of the ways and with an explanation of what ensues between the two women in the aftermath of this late night encounter, 2f.

Earlier versions performed as part of the Turnip Theatre Company’s 2nd Annual 15-Minute Play Festival, Studio Theatre, February 1996; and at the Theatre-Studio on their ‘Playtime’ series, December ’96, May and June 1997.”

Addendum 020227: “Dark Snow (2f) (Definitive version: 20 min.)
A woman in her 30s, Sandra, pays an urgent late-night visit to her
maiden aunt to reveal that she has finally triumphed over her fear
of intimacy, and encounters jealousy and possessiveness. (There
are five versions of the play—Original; Morning; Evening;
Definitive Version; Monologue. In the Original, Evening and
Monologue versions, Sandra admits to having murdered her boyfriend,
being unable to overcome her fears of intimacy. In the Morning and
Definitive versions, she announces that she has overcome those fears
for the first time and consummated the relationship.)”
  § Themes aunt-niece relationship, frigidity, sexual abuse.
  See also Ron Micci’s:
    • Addie and Me,” a melodrama, set in the bedroom of Melanie, a teenage girl, night, 2000, 1f
    • Attack of the Radar People,” a 15-minute radio farce, set in an old-time radio broadcast studio, 1950s, 2m1f (or 3m1f)
    • Biff Bang, American Hero,” a 10-minute comedy spoof of radio cliffhangers in English, set in the cockpit of Biff’s fighter bomber, 1998, 2m1f
    • Dark Snow,” a 10-minute melodramatic monologue in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida’s home in the New York woods, 1997, 1f [see 2f versions]
    • Dink Fast, Harry!” a 10-minute detective comedy-melodrama in English, set in Harry Dinker’s dumpy office, daytime, 1998, 2m1f
    • Director's Cut,” a 7-minute film noir, set on a Hollywood set, 1940s, 2m
    • Flying Medusas,” a 10-minute contemporary farce in English, set in the theater of the absurd, at no specified time, 1m1f
    • The Grackle,” a 10-minute radio melodrama-farce in English, set in a radio broadcast studio, 1930s, 2m1f (but could be played with any combo of m/f)
    • Happy Endings,” a 15-minute comedy-fantasy in English, set in the living-room of Cornweevil homestead in Midwest, 1996, 2m1f
    • Harry Dinker, Private Eye,”a 10-minute detective parody in English, set in Harry Dinker’s office in the “downtown section of a grimy city nobody has any use for,” afternoon, 1998,1m1f or 2m
    • Heat Lightning,” a 15-minute comedy-melodrama in English, set in the  downstairs parlor of a broken-down Southern mansion, on a stormy night, May, 2001, 1m1f
    • Herman,” a 10 minute comedy in English, 1m3f
    • High Concept Harry,” a 20-minute dark comedy in English, set in Harry Fleck’s literary/talent office in Hollywood, afternoon, 2000, 2m
    • I, Dadius,” a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the living room of a cozy suburban home, winter, 2000, 1m
    • I Sing to You of Robin Hood,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a tavern in Nottingham, 12th century, 3m1f
    • Kid Valium,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a big city gymnasium, the day of the big title fight, 2000, 3m1f

    • Love’s Cousin in the Carolinas,” a 13-minute romantic comedy in English, set at a park bench in the suburbanNortheast, U.S.A., a Saturday afternoon in late summer, 1998, 1m1f
    • Moonlight’s Little Madness,” a 40-minute drawing room farce in English set in the parlor of the Prescott country estate, England, a spring evening during the Victorian Era, 2m
    • Mr. Gilkey’s Flagpole,” a 15-minute comedy in English, set on the lawn of Mr. Gilkey's home in England, afternoon, 1998, 1m2f
    • November,” a 15-minute tragedy in English in two scenes, set (1) in the downstairs of a house on a lake in the Northeastern United States and (2) on the lake, a November afternoon, 2000, 1m1f
    • Parasites of Ol’ Broadway,” a 15-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in an alleyway on Lower Broadway, October, 1997, 2m1f
    • A Public Service Announcement,” a bare-stage 5-minute contemporary surrealist farce in English, set in an abstract area, daytime, 2001, 1m1f
    • Rough Cut,”a 10-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in a men's haircutting salon (barber shop) in Beverly Hills, October, 1997, 3m
    • Tea Cozy,”a 12-minute melodrama, in English, set in The living room of a suburban home, midday, 1998, 2f
    • Thank You, Charlie Chan,” a 10-minute crime melodrama. set in a hotel room in midtown Manhattan, night, 1930s, 3m
    • Thebes Like Us,” a 10-minute spy parody in English set in a cafe on the Nile, 1996, 2m1f
    • Thin Laughter in Heaven,” a 10-minute bare-stage melodrama in English, set on a cliff overlooking a lake, May, 2001, 1m
    • Tragic & Trapped in Teaneck,” a 13-minute comic melodrama in English, set in the parlor of a home in Teaneck,New Jersey, U.S.A., afternoon, turn of the last century, 2m1f
    • Wild About Harry!” a 15-minute detective farce in English, set in a sleazy gin joint; later, Harry’s apartment, night, 2001, 2m1f

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