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"3712"

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Ohmart, Ben (American New-York-based poet, playwright, short story writer, and composer, 1970- ), "3712,"

a 30-minute absurd comedy in English set in a large backyard, where the nearest neighbor is only a cemetery, away from the city of Tallahassee, Florida, St. Patrick's Day. March, A. D. 3712,

2f (+ extras of various ages and sexes),

© 1996 by Ben Ohmart; script/rights available via e-mail FindLine@ix.netcom.com or via regular mail from Ben Ohmart, 115 Croyden Lane, Apartment D, Syracuse, NY 13224 or via fax 315-449-3405; script also available on-line http://www.cco.caltech.edu/~rknop/oneacts.html and http://www.aaj.com/aaj/stories/bo/index.html. Cited by Ben Ohmart via e-mail findline@ix.netcom.com, August 2, 1995; Ohmart says,

Dramatis Personae Mon (f), a mother of 47, who is getting over a separation and trying to get her life back together, plainly dressed in middle-class clothes, aware of how to have a good time when she can find the energy; Creature (f), Mon's daughter, 21 and not overly attractive but would do in a pinch, dressed moderately, does not have too much tolerance for school, but studies, and does everything else, because she must; Dead Bodies (m or f), people who have died, still dressed in their shabby burial clothes, who come back to life reciting poetry

Synopsis "A mother has separated from her husband. Their young daughter is resentful. This afternoon, as mother and child discuss this, they change strangely and begin to grow smarter and speak French. Dead bodies roam in from the next-door cemetery reciting poetry. The two women must defend themselves. Only shooting the bodies in the head stops them. Perhaps the nearby factory at which the girl's father works is making these things happen. Something's in the atmosphere. The father shows up, but the girl has shot him, thinking he was a dead poet. She dumps the father's body with the rest, not telling her mother. She's learned she wants to give her mother the 'fresh start' that the mother has been wanting.

Comments "Reuse of the extras permits a minimum number to suffice. The bodies should roll off, or be pushed off, to allow a quick costume change, so the extras can recycle as other dead bodies. Also, this play presents a good chance for actors to recite their favorite pieces of poetry. R rating. Playwright's fee negotiable. Contact playwright."

Themes corpse, daughter-mother relationship, family, language, murder, separation.





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