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Williams, Paula (Australian playwright, short story writer, screen writer, 19__-____), “The Advertisement,”

a 15 minute comedy in English, set in a shared bed-sitter in an Australian city,

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; • © 1999 by Paula Williams; • in Paula Williams’ The Advertisement (Bangalow, Byron Shire, New South Wales, Australia, The Author, 1999); • script/rights available from Paula Williams, telephone -61 2 6687 2728, e-mail miathara@linknet.com.au. • Cited by Paula Williams via ftp, July 29, 2003; Williams says,

§ Dramatis Personae Lisa (24), close friend of Moll, good voice but controlled personality; Moll (24), close friend of Lisa, cheerful, warm and relaxed.

  §  Synopsis “Two good friends of differing personalities but with the same urge to find more stimulating work, field the phone calls they get in response to an ad. which Lisa had composed on their behalf. Over the length of the day, their initial eager hope moves through astonishment, amusment and finally wine fuddled resignation as they realise the ad. needs serious re-wording, going on the number of interpretations it engendered! However, one persistent caller, has played a happy trick on them.

  §  Comment “Props need be minimal. Mood music cheerful. This play is one of the many of Paula's plays presented by Baywrite Theatre Inc. over the years. • Paula Williams, 78-year old playwright, began her association with the stage with Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS) in 1948-49, running around backstage with a string of safety pins, and delivering her one Shakespearean line with all the aplomb of a terrified mouse. She married in New Guinea highlands an engineer; they have two children. Subsequently they lived in Sydney many times, Hong Kong, and the Gove Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia, until they 'dropped out' to become elderly self-sufficiency dudes on a rundown property on a mountainside near Nimbin, site of the Aquarius Festival. Has moved all her life, before during and after marriage. Likes change, hates cities, has been a questioner all her life. Began writing plays at he age of 61, after leaving her 37-year-old marriage. She and her husband are now good mates. Her plays sketches and monologues have been performed many times. In 2002, two one acts were published; another was shortlisted in an International One Act Play Competition in Malibu, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.. She writes with insight and humour gentle plays about relationships. Once a member of ANPC (Australian National Playwrights Centre), Sydney’s Griffin Theatre, and Brisbane’s Playlab (Playwrights Laboratory) and FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers). Now confines her membership to Playworks (National body based in Sydney) and helping run Bangalow Writers’ Group (mixed genres) and the script/workshop arm of Baywrite Theatre, Inc. (Byron Bay) Has always done volunteer work wherever she’s lived. Does tai chi, aerobics and aqua-robics, and maintains a difficult, terraced vegetable garden.”

  §  Themes repression, sublimation.

See also Paula Williams’

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