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Hylton, Jeff (American playwright, lyricist, 1970- ), "Feed-the-Cow,"

a 20-minute comedy in English, set in a farmhouse, one fine day, 1995,


© 1995, script/rights available from Jeff Hylton, 485 Court Street #4R, Brooklyn, New York 11231, U.S.A., telephone (home) 718 694-9546. Cited by playwright via ftp, July 13, 1997; Hylton says,

Dramatis Personae Shemp (m), farmer; Rance (m), Shemp's buddy; Mrs. Unzaum (f), the Farm Inspector

Synopsis "Shemp has raised what he thinks to be a truly Great Cow, Bossy. He has submitted her for consideration to the Farm Committee, and is awaiting the arrival of the Farm Inspector, for an on-site assessment of the animal. He expresses his excitement at this prospect of Bossy's being honored by the Committee to his buddy, Rance. They discuss this in their own particular, terse, course style of speaking. Mrs. Unzaum, the Farm Inspector finally arrives and chastises Shemp for his pathetic essay on Bossy. She fruitlessly tries to bring his grasp of the English language to a level acceptable to the Committee. When they finally get around to looking at Bossy herself, they discover that the Great Cow has starved to death because they have been too busy talking to feed the cow. Mrs. Unzaum makes a prompt exit, leaving Shemp and Rance to conclude that life is precious."

Themes cow, committee, English language, farming, inspection, livestock, starvation.

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