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Gold, Jeffrey Frederick (American playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, film composer, 1968-____), “Dedekind,”

a 10-minute absurd comedy in English, set in a pool of light on a train station platform, England, late dusk, anachronistic 1930s,

2m1f or 3m; • © 2003 by Jeffrey Frederick Gold; • in Jeffrey Frederick Gold’s Dedekind (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Spoon Publishing House, 333 South Laker Court, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102-2322, U.S.A.; contact Jeffrey Frederick Gold, 333 South Laker Court, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102-2322, U.S.A., e-mail jgold@jeffreygold.com. • Cited by Jeffrey Frederick Gold, via ftp, March 23, 2004; Gold says,

§ Dramatis Personae Gatwick (m), 60, distinguished English gentleman; Rufus (m), 35, well-dressed city ruffian; Midget (m or f), __, a childlike mute midget bearing a pink balloon.

§ Synopsis “A well-dressed city ruffian converses with an English gentleman about his predicament in a play, lambastes then defends the playwright, and argues over the dramatic necessity of a mute midget and his attendant pink balloon, while waiting for a quantum-activated train to arrive. The men come to grips with their reality.

§ Comment “A platform. A clock. A light. The stage lighting should be warm and subdued, like a rainy day in which the sun is seen setting in the distance (long light effect). Sounds of rain. Light sprinkling of thunder. Canvas depicting the outline of a cambridgian ‘town and gown’ city in the far distance. • Gatwick, the older distinguished gentleman of the lot, is in or past his fifties. He speaks in measured, drippingly wet, highbrow English. Think Jim Broadbent. Rufus is the younger man in his thirties. He speaks with a rapid-fire working-class English accent with strains/hint of affectation or education, whichever is the least obnoxious. Midget is shorter than the others. Almost childlike, he might appear to pull on Gatwick’s trousers in a non-literal way. He always reacts without words. Midget can be played by a very short actor and need not be a true midget. • In the dialogue, a (,) represents a soft comma, a beatlet, a short but soft stop; like a comma, only faster. • Sounds of rain. Light sprinkling of thunder. The clock need not be a working one. Props include tuxedos and top hats, a magenta balloon, two umbrellas, a train station clock, and a train station lamp. • Winner, Experiments in Ink V, November 2003. • Produced February 12-15, 2004 at the Studio 115/Lab Theatre, Department of Theatre, University of Utah. Directed by Jared Anderson and produced by Cort Brinkerhoff. Josh Pierson played Rufus, Nicholas Bayne played Gatwick, and Leah Langan played the Midget. • Press release received via e-mail June 8, 2005: “Award-winning playwright and screenwriter JEFFREY GOLD is the 2005 BEST OF STATE medal winner for Playwriting & Screenwriting. The award was among an impressive lineup of recipients in the arts & entertainment category of BEST OF STATE medal winners. The award ceremony will be broadcasted on KUTV Channel 4 television on June 18, 2005. In addition to the BEST OF STATE award in Playwriting and Screenwriting, Jeffrey Gold has won the 2002 CrossCurrents Culture Unlimited National Five and Dime Playwriting Competition, 2003 Boca Raton Theatre Guild Short Play Reading Festival, 2003 Ten by Ten in the Triangle Playwriting Competition (Finalist), 2004 Theatre Orange - Shorts in Winter series, 2003 Experiments In Ink V playwriting competition, was a Finalist in the 2004 Moondance Film Festival stageplay competitions, and won the Moondance Seahorse Award in the 2005 Moondance Film Festival stageplay competition, and was commissioned by the Plan-B Theater Company for the Playwriting SLAM in 2004. His plays include In the Pursuit of Svetla, Horst and Graben in the Context of the Unfinished Man, Fitch Todd, Horst and Graben at the Chateau Godot, Dedekind, Percolation Theory, Execution at Paradais Island, Candycane Hurricane, What Happens on Sundays?, Displacement: A Fish in Water Story, and he is currently working on two plays, Waisenhaus and The Unexpected Autobiography of Spressa Perlesi. Jeffey Gold attributes his success as a playwright to Salt Lake Acting Company's Playwrights Group headed by dramaturg and playwright Mike Dorrell and playwright-in-residence Julie Jensen, to the Sawtooth Writers Conferences founded by Playwrights Jeff Metcalf and David Kranes, and to many of Salt Lake's finest actors, Kurt Proctor, Dan Larrinaga, Brenda Sue Cowley, and others, who read his plays in workshops. "Having actors of such high caliber read one's plays is critical to the development of a playwright," says Jeffrey Gold. His first screenplay, Atlantic Summer, written in 1996 and produced in 2001 by Chasing the Sun Pictures, features Academy-Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Karen Black (The Great Gatsby, Five Easy Pieces), and has found a distributor. His screenplay, The Man from Peenemunde, was a finalist in the Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation screenwriting fellowship competition. He is a writer, director, award-winning composer, and producer of other film productions, many of them produced under the Cambridge Films banner. Jeffrey Gold is on the faculty of Western Governors University and is also an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College where he teaches screenwriting and film, and was an instructor of screenwriting at the University of Utah's Academic Outreach/Continuing Education Lifelong Learning program. He was educated at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), the University of Utah, and at Cambridge University, England. For additional information about award-winning playwright Jeffrey Gold, please visit his official Website at http://www.jeffreygold.com.”

§ Themes balloon, clock, Condorcet theory, desire, limitation, midget, muteness, Pirandello (Luigi Pirandello, Italian Nobel 1934 laureate in drama, b. 1867 in Girgenti, now Agrigento, on the island of Sicily-d. 1936), play within a play, quantum mechanics, self-reference, Stoppard (Tom Stoppard, English playwright , 1937-____), theatre of the absurd, train.


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