Hellesen, Richard (American playwright, 1956- ), "Layin'
Off The Lizard Boy,"
a 13-minute drama in English set in a house trailer parked
off behind a county fair, late at night in early autumn, 1994,
© 1996, script/rights available from Richard Hellesen,
e-mail email@example.com, telephone
(home) 916-965-4048, or agent Earl Graham, Graham Agency, 311
West 43rd Street, New York City, New York 10036, telephone 212-489-7730,
fax 212-489-7731. Cited by playwright via ftp June 18, 1997; Hellesen
Dramatis Personae Elna (f), The Fat Lady; Mose
(m), carnival manager; Bobby, (m), The Lizard-Boy
Synopsis "With Elna offstage reading the
freakish stories from tabloid newspapers to him, Mose counts the
take from their last night at this fair. Elna, who has begun dieting
to find her true self, wants out of the business, and has pressured
Mose to let Bobby, 'The Lizard-Boy,' go. When Bobby arrives to
pick up his final pay, Mose delivers the news-grieving not just
at having to fire someone he has come to love, but also at the
loss of a whole way of life which has fascinated him since he
was a boy. Bobby entreats Mose to come with him, but Mose realizes
that the world has changed too much-the real freaks are out there
now. And no one is much interested in the deeper truths that nature's
exotic wonders reveal. Bobby takes Mose' truck at his urging,
leaving the trailer stranded, and heads off into his future-whatever
Comment "Elna is always offstage. 'Layin'
Off The Lizard Boy' was a Finalist, Actors Theatre of Louisville
National Ten-Minute One-Act Contest, 1995."
Themes carnival, diet, firing, freaks.
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