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“Existential Decay”

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Anderson, Noah F. (American playwright, writer, student, clerk, 1982-____), “Existential Decay,”

a 17-minute dark comedy in English in four scenes, set in Clay's apartment, car, diner, and city street, 7:00 p.m., 2004,

2m1f (+ 1m voice, 1f voice)

; • © 2004 by Noah F. Anderson; • in Noah F. Anderson’s Existential Decay (Brighton, Colorado, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Noah F. Anderson, 401 North 16th Avenue, Brighton, Colorado 80601, U.S.A., e-mail andersno@mscd.edu, telephone 303-655-9315. • Cited by Noah F. Anderson via ftp August 15, 2004; Anderson says,

§ Dramatis Personae Prometheus (m), 20, Clay’s friend; Clay Rogers (m), 21, Prometheus’ friend; TV Voice 1 (m voice), adult, announcer; Jane (f), 20, friend to Prometheus; TV Voice 2 (f voice), adult, Asian News reporter.

§ Synopsis “Prometheus and Clay watch television in Clay's apartment. Prometheus, sickened by TV, searches for meaning in life in a humorous and intense discussion with Clay. Prometheus exits and goes to a diner, where he meets Jane when they both order the same item on the menu. Jane tries to befriend the sarcastic and standoffish Prometheus. Jane, trying to ease his cynicism, explains to Prometheus the beauty in life. When Prometheus returns to Clay's apartment, the friends discuss Jane and her ideas. They go for a drive. Abruptly, a TV Voice announces a bizarre auto accident in which Prometheus and Clay have died. From beyond the grave, Prometheus visits Jane and convinces her to write an elegy for him. § Comment “The setting need not be especially realistic or technical, but merely suggested. • ‘Existential Decay’ had a staged reading at the Curious New Voices festival at the Curious Theatre, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., on August 7, 2004. • Noah Anderson, at 22, has been a lifelong writer, and for a few years a playwright. He has written one full-length and several short plays.”

§ Themes angel, death, existentialism, friendship, madcap, philosophy, poetry, satire, sturm und drang, surrealism.

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