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Murphy, James (American playwright, 1933-____), "Apartment For Rent,"

a 20-minute comedy in English, set anywhere, early evening, 1995,

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© 1995;  in James Murphy's Apartment For Rent (Louisville, Kentucky: Aran Press, 1995); script/rights available from James Murphy, e-mail drmurph@erols.com, telephone (home 703-461-3554, (work) 703-461-3554, fax 703-461-3554, or through Aran Press, 1036 S. Fifth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, U.S.A., phone 502-568-6622, fax 502-561-1124, email aranpres@ay.net, http://members.aye.net/~aranpres/index.html.   Cited to present author by playwright via ftp June 11, 1997; Murphy says,

  §  Dramatis Personae John (m), unemployed; Joe (m), prospective renter; Jane (f), prospective renter.

  §  Synopsis "John has lost his job and must sublease his downtown apartment. Jane replies to John's newspaper ad by telephone, and after an irascible man/woman conversation, Jane comes over to see. She believes that the apartment is perfect, but she, alone, cannot afford the rent. Jane and John soon warm up to each other and decide that Jane can move in and share the expenses. Jane leaves to get some beer to celebrate their new relationship. While Jane is out, Joe arrives and offers John more money than John can refuse. They sign an agreement and Joe departs. Now Jane returns, and a very sheepish John must explain what happened. Jane is (allegedly) heartbroken and goes home. Later, John's phone rings again. Jane convinces John that he should move out into the country with her. John reluctantly agrees. Joe and Jane get the apartment, as planned. But no one ever dreamed that John would become the lovers' new landlord and no one would ever know ituntil the next day.

  §  Comment "The script has a double twist ending. Please write or e-mail message to playwright to request first free copy of copyrighted published play. The play copy contains production and small royalty instructions."

  §  Themes unemployment, shelter.

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