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“My Boy Will”

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Espadas, Derrick (Chicano-American playwright, student, 1975-____), “My Boy Will,”

a 10-minute black comedy in English, set in a living room, A.D. 2002,

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© 1997 by Derrick Espadas, script/rights available from Derrick Espadas, telephone (home) 626-431-1469. Cited by Derrick Espadas, via ftp December 18, 1998; Espadas says,

Dramatis Personae John (m), _________; William Shakespeare (m), _________; _________ (f), _________.

Synopsis “Dissatisfied with the lack of literary excellence in society, John brings to life William Shakespeare to serve as his literary companion and soul mate.  Unfortunately for
John, William adapts well to his new surroundings and becomes the opposite of what John had hoped for—a sitcom writer. After an argument with John, William tries to please him by seeking employment first as an assistant to an English professor and then as an actor. He fails in both, as he cannot deal with how modernity has twisted his image. John, dissatisfied with William, kills him in hope of raising someone else from the dead who would better meet his expectations of satisfying his romantic notions.”

Themes actor, adaptation, assistant, coping, excellence, failure, idée fixe, image, literary companion, modernity, murder, professor, resurrection, Shakespeare (William Shakespeare, English poet and dramatist, 1564-1616), sitcom, society, soul mate, writer.

 

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