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“A Soul to Keep”

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Norviel, Michael (American playwright, writer, 1939-____), “A Soul to Keep,”

a 48-minute drama in English, set in any large cosmopolitan city, 1995,


© 1995 by Michael Norviel, script/rights available from Michael Norviel, 1801 Camino Raso NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107, U.S.A., telephone (home) 505-344-1565, (work) 505-272-0207, fax 505-344-1565. Cited Michael Norviel, via ftp October 26, 1998; Norviel says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Perry Mack (m), an artist; Kate (f), Perry’s ex-wife; ______ (m), ___________.

  §  Synopsis “An artist, Perry Mack, on the eve of the opening of the gallery show that will establish him as a great success, gets a surprise visit from his ex-wife, Kate. So begins the delicate violence when Kate demands he remove her likeness from the central painting in his upcoming show. She believes he captured her soul in the portrait and, because he walked out on her, she doesn’t want him to have any part of her. Perry is outraged. He says that the sanctity, the purity of the painting would be lost. Kate then threatens to publish some racy charcoal nude drawings Perry did of her and which she acquired in the divorce settlement. The publication of these studies and the subsequent notariety could ruin his reputation. Kate slowly convinces him to paint out her face, thus releasing her soul. She is overcome with emotion, tells him she’ll return the salacious charcoal studies. Perry is a wreck, convinced that both his coming show and his career are now worthless due to the destruction of the portrait. Kate tries to thank him but he wants nothing to do with her. She exits. Perry stares at the defiled painting, ponders for several beats, then turns to the audience and says ‘Still, you know? That just might work.’”

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  §  Themes art, blackmail, charcoal, defilement, desertion, divorce, family, gallery, likeness, longtime relationship, marriage, notoriety, nudity, opening, optimism, outrage, painting, portrait, publication, purity, reputation, salaciousness, scanctity, settlement, soul, success, surprise, violence, visit.

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