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Rohan-Vargas, Fred (Hispanic-American playwright, teacher, 1949-____), “Eclipse,” a 22-minute comedy in English, set on a street corner in a New York City’s East Village, late evening on a week day, 1996,

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; • © 1996 by Fred Rohan-Vargas; • in Fred Rohan-Vargas’ Eclipse (Jackson Heights, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, 1996); • script/rights available from Fred Rohan-Vargas, 30-90th Street, Jackson Heights, New York 11369-1705, U.S.A., telephone (home/work) 718-426-2585, http://www.rohanvargas.com. • Cited by Fred Rohan-Vargas via ftp July 12, 2001; Rohan-Vargas says,

  §  Dramatis Personae José, (m), 25,  a rock guitarist Puerto Rican in a white man's body; Tom, (m), 32,  a suited business man in a African-American's body; Belle, (f), a wolf in a 25-year-old female's body.

  §  Synopsis “An Hispanic named José, who becomes White only because he thinks that his life would improve tremendously if he switched. Disillusioned, José encounters a white man named Tom, who is in an African-American’s body. Tom is trying to understand the minds and feelings of the African-American. Both encounter a third person completely unlike either of them. She stands tall; she is very direct under the guise of a human female's body. Her name is Belle, and she’s a wolf. Her desire to be human derives merely out of her curiosity.

  §  Comment “‘Eclipse’ is a surrealistic satire on misperceptions. The luminous presence of the Moon, which is approaching the Earth, brings these characters to reevaluate life, society, and self. No longer do they see each other as different, but as parts of a whole—in line with the pattern of the universe that they all equally share. Going back to an old cliche: Things always seem greener on the other side.  •  Sound effects and light changes are all that's needed. The set is a street corner where an abstract sculpture is an easy climb for the wolf.  •  ‘Eclipse’ has been produced by the Third Step Theatre, Love Creek Productions, in New York City’s Theatre Row and Nuyorican Poet's Cafe.  •  See also Fred Rohan Vargas’ “Accent,” an 18-minute comedy in English, set in a doctor’s office, 1996, 2m; and “War,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a conference room in a courthouse, on a weekday morning, 1997, 1m1f.

  §  Themes African-American, curiosity, disillusion, Earth, Hispanic, life, misperception, Moon, Nuyorican, Puerto Rico, race, reevaluation, satire, sculpture, self, society, surrealism, transubstantiation, White, wolf, universality.

See also Fred Rohan Vargas’

  • "Accent," an 18-minute comedy in English, set in a doctor's office, 1996, 2m
  • "Anything but Black," a 20-minute dramedy in English, set in the gift exchange center in a department store, early morning, 2003, 2m
  • "Friends," a 10-minute drama in English, set in a fast-food restaurant and cemetery, noon, 1997, 2f
  • "Fly a Kite," a 20-minute bare-stage dark comedy in English, set in an open area in a public park, late afternoon, 1997, 2m
  • "War," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a conference room in a courthouse, on a weekday morning, 1997, 1m1f

 

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