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C. E. Gatchalian

Gatchalian, C. E. (aka Chris Gatchalian, Canadian playwright, writer, editor, 1974-____), “Motifs & Repetitions,”

a bare-stage 15-minute drama in English, set in _____, 2003,

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; • © 2003 by C. E. Gatchalian; • in C. E. Gatchalian’s Motifs & Repetitions (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: The New Hogarth Press, 2003); • script/rights available from The New Hogarth Press, P.O. Box 19614, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 4E7, Canada; contact C. E. Gatchalian, 1710 Cotton Drive (Main Floor), Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 3V2, Canada, e-mail zerosummer@shaw.ca, telephone (home) 604-254-2124. • Cited by C. E. Gatchalian via ftp August 31, 2003; Gatchalian says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Jeff (m), 22, best friend to Adrian; Adrian (m), 22, best friend to Jeff; Cathy (f), 22, courted by Jeff and Adrian.

  §  Synopsis “Adrian and Cathy go out on a few dates. It's a sexually frustrated relationship, and they call it off. Cathy then starts going out with Jeff, and the two embark on a torrid sexual relationship. When Adrian walks in on Jeff and Cathy together, Cathy discovers that Adrian and Jeff are best friends. Adrian is enraged and jealous. Later, Cathy and Jeff get into a vicious fight about Jeff seeing other girls. Cathy and Jeff break up. Eventually, Jeff finds out that Adrian is sexually attracted to him, to which Jeff responds angrily. The characters' rage, frustration and passion, caused by their inability to communicate with each other, reach a fevered pitch, as Adrian ends up sexually assaulting Cathy. The three finally communicate their true feelings to each other.

  §  Comment “'Motifs & Repetitions' is a Pinteresque riff on communication (and lack thereof), sex, and love. The setting is extremely simple—all productions of this play have been done on a bare stage. The style alternates between scenes in which the characters are directly addressing the audience and more realistic scenes in which they are talking to each other. The dialogue follows the rules of music rather than exposition--like music, it has a definite beat and rhythm, and words and phrases are repeated numerous times in various permutations. • ‘Motifs & Repetitions’ premiered at the Brave New Playwrites Festival in Vancouver, Canada in 1995. It was later adapted into a film that aired on Canada's Bravo! channel in 1997 and the Knowledge Network in 1998. It was most recently produced at the Walking Fish Festival in Vancouver in 2003. This play is ideal for one-act play festivals, college and university theatres, and directing students looking for short one-act plays to present to their classes. • “C.E. Gatchalian is a writer [born and] based in Vancouver, Canada. A playwright, critic and translator, he is an alumnus of the University of British Columbia's prestigious Creative Writing program, where he received his BFA and MFA. His first play, 'Motifs & Repetitions,' aired on Canada's Bravo! channel in 1997. His next play, Claire, was produced in Vancouver in 1999. His features and criticism have appeared in various publications, including the Georgia Straight, the Vancouver Review, and the Vancouver Sun. He has short fiction forthcoming in the literary journal MAS-Zine, and his first book, Motifs & Repetitions & Other Plays, was published by The New Hogarth Press and The Writers' Collective in 2003. Additional information: Education: MFA, Creative Writing/Theatre, University of British Columbia, 2002; BFA, Creative Writing, University of British Columbia, 1996. Awards: Shortlisted for Playwriting Award, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference Literary Competition, 1996; Winner, Federation of British Columbia Writers Festival of the Arts Contest, 1995.”—C.E. Gatchalian (author) on AuthorsDen, http://www.authorsden.com/cegatchalian, accessed September 8, 2003. • "Gatchalian . . . is well on his way to making his mark in contemporary drama."—Charlie Cho, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio.”

  §  Themes bisexuality, communication, gay, homosexuality, love, love triangle, rape, sex, sexual awakening.

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