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Hruby, Norbert J. (American playwright, retired second president of Aquinas College, 1918-____), “Fungo ,”

a 13-minute comedy in English, set in the office of The Stylus literary magazine, on two Mondays, two months apart,

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; © 2004 by Norbert J. Hruby; • in Norbert J. Hruby’s Fungo (Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Norbert J. Hruby, 245 Briarwood SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506, U.S.A., telephone (home) 616-459-1149, e-mail nordolor@iserv.net. • Cited by Norbert J. Hruby, via ftp, March 13, 2004 says,

§ Dramatis Personae Tom Paterson (m), 36, editor of The Stylus, intellectual, wannabe fiction-writer, bachelor; Jack Bennett (m), 36, Tom’s oldest friend (since 6th grade) and fellow editor and critic; Jeanne (f), 34, Tom’s secretary, secretly in love with him.

§ Synopsis “Tom is depressed by still another rejection letter from The New Yorker. Jeanne has a hunch. Why not do what Thomas Chatterton, the 18th century adolescent, who passed his writings off as those of a fictitious monk named Rowley. When he protests that it wouldn’t work, she demonstrates how a baseball coach ‘pitches’ to himself and then bats the ball. ‘Why not send your story to The Stylus under an assumed name, then praise it editorially.’ Unknown to her, she does just that, and he is hailed by his fellow professionals for his ‘discovery’ of ‘Crowley.’ Jack, his old friend, having recognized the story as autobiographical, tells him that as soon as the hoax is discovered, his career as an editor and critic will be over. His attitude is so-be-it. Jeanne’s stratagem has worked: (a) he is going to become a full-time writer; (b) they will become lovers.

§ Comment “Two scenes, one interior setting, three actors—very simple!"

§ Themes criticism vs. creativity, literary hoax, lover’s stratagem.



See also Norbert J. Hruby's

  • "Ashes to Ashes," a 10-minute peace play (tragedy) in English, set in a living room of suburban American home, the present (because it is!), 2m1f
  • "Hegemony," a 10-minute bare-stage satirical comedy in English, five years from now, 2m1f
  • "Home for the Holidays," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a suburban home, U.S.A., May, 2004, 1m3f
  • "The Jealous Mistress," a 48-minute melodrama in English, set in a small college town, 2003, 2m2f
  • "Karl's Kristmas Karol," a 10-minute satire in English, set a residence in a suburb of Washington, D.C., Christmas Eve, 2004, 2m1f or 3m
  • "Matching Gift," a 25-minute comedy in English, set in the office of a college president, 2003, 2m2f
  • "Peggy: The Life and Times of Mrs. Benedict Arnold," a 60-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in the Arnold home, England, 1803, 1f
  • "Pen Pals," a 30-minute drama in English, set in a convent/prison, 2003, 2m2f
  • "A Sonnet from the Portuguese," an 11-minute satire in English, set in a residence in a university town, 2003, 3f

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