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Cronin, Harry Cornelius (American playwright, writer, teacher, 1935-____), “Exclusive,”

a drama in English, set in an expensive Hollywood mansion, early Saturday morning, 1997,


; • © 1997; • in Harry Cronin's Exclusive: The Author, 1997); • script/rights available from Harry Cronin, 940 Coeur d’Alene, Venice, California 90291, U.S.A., telephone (home) 310-821-0408, fax 310-821-7031, or e-mail mukasaii@aol.com. • Cited Harry Cronin via ftp, November 22, 1997; Cronin says,

§ Dramatis Personae Tony Corvina (m), a Hollywood journalist; Mark Trakman (m), Jenny’s boyfriend; Jenny Marceau (f), Mark’s girlfriend, a starlet.

§ Synopsis Tony Corvina, a predatory Hollywood journalist has come to Mark Trakman’s home early Saturday morning for an interview. Mark’s career, it seems, has been sliding dramatically since the suicide of his starlet girlfriend Jenny Marceau. Mark had been with her the night of the suicide; and although he clearly had nothing to do with her death, suspicions still linger. Tony and Mark begin the interview. They spar with one another, each trying to gain tactical advantage. Mark seductively wears only a short bathrobe, knowing that Tony is gay. Tony, on the other hand, asks blunt and outrageous questions hoping to get a rise out of Mark. They finally get around to Jenny’s suicide. Tony suggests that Mark may have had a role in the suicide. Flashback scenes between Mark and Jenny reveal Jenny’s desperation and Mark’s cruelty. Tony finally plays his trump card: a video of a homeless man who saw Mark leave Jenny’s apartment much later than he testified to the police, suggesting that Mark was actually with Jenny very close to the time she killed herself. Tony wants to blackmail Mark—not for money—but for the exclusive right to be Mark’s personal screenwriter. Mark reluctantly agrees, knowing the damage that Tony might do to his already shakey career. But the tables turn once more as Mark reveals exactly what happened the night of the suicide—and exposes himself as the incredibly evil person he truly is —and to whom Tony has now bonded himself.”

§ Comment A study in Hollywood venality.

§ Themes baiting, blackmail, career evil, cruelty, flashback, gay, Hollywood, homelessness, interview, journalism, male bonding, male homosexuality, police, screenwriting, seduction, suicide, suspicion, testimony, video.

See also Harry Cronin's

  • "Dooley," a 90-minute drama in English, set in New York, 1954, 2m
  • "Memoirs of Jesus," a 65-minute drama in English, set in Galilee, last three years of Jesus' life, 1m

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