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

a 10-minute bare-stage satirical comedy in English, five years from now,

2m1f

; © 2005 by Norbert J. Hruby; • in Norbert J. Hruby’s Hegemony (Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.: The Author, 2005); • 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, September 29, 2005; Hruby says,

§ Dramatis Personae Bill (m), 50, richest man in the world, American; Rupe (m), 70, second richest man, Australian; Dallas Cowgirl (f), 25, curvaceous cheerleader.

§ Synopsis "Bill and Rupe, half a world apart, communicate by videophone. Rupe proposes to Bill that they take over the world by means of establishing an economic hegemony. Bill does not understand. Rupe proposes to demonstrate by buying the Dallas Cowboys football team, moving it to Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., establishing Jerry Jones, their former owner as president of Harvard University. In an epilogue the Dallas Cowgirl reports how all this worked out.

§ Comment "Bare stage with two space-age thrones. Single set; hence no changes. Longer version (one-act) won community theatre comedy award. This shorter version has not yet been staged. • For more on the playwright, see http://www.aquinas.edu/emeritus/history.html."

§ Themes big business, big education, big sports, Gates (Bill Gates), Murdoch (Rupert Murdoch), NFL football, collegiate football, spoof.



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