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“Marshall’s Choice”

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Robins, Cris J. (American playwright, literary agent/business consultant, 1958-____), “Marshall’s Choice,”

a 30-minute community theater comedy-drama in English, set in a darkened room, any day, 2001,

2m1f or 1m2f

;  •  © 2001 by Cris J. Robins;  •  in Cris J. Robins’ Marshall’s Choice (St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.: Author, 2001); • script/rights available from Cris J. Robins, 1001 Craig Road, Suite 260, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., e-mail cris_robins@sbcglobal.net, (work) 314-569-9838, fax 314-569-9424.  •  Cited by Cris J. Robins via ftp May 17, 2002; Robins says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Marshall (m), a down-to-earth man; Sydney (m or f), 16, Cynthia’s unborn child; Cynthia (f), 21, a snob.

  §  Synopsis “Marshall walks into a darkened room and doesn’t know where he is or what he is doing there. Sydney and Cynthia visit him. Marshall is dead, and his having signed an organ donor card has placed his soul in another body—Cynthia’s. Together he and Cynthia grow into two different people with one goal: to live life to its fullest. Sydney, Cynthia's unborn child, guides Marshall in this afterlife.

  §  Comment “Black curtains form a cyclorama. Entrances are stage left and right. Center stage has a card table with two folding chairs, one on each side of the table. On the table are a fresh deck of cards, a pack of cigarettes, and a screw-top root beer. This work is designed for a community theatre settings with limited production facilities. It has no scene changes and a low complexity factor. It is a fun play to produce. Audiences get the complex subject of single cell memory.”

  §  Themes afterlife, choice, death, organ donation, relationship, single cell memory, soul.

See also Cris J. Robins’

  • "Room for Alice," a 45-minute community theater comedy-drama in English, set in a large living room, New York City, morning, weekday, 1990s, 2m2f
  • "Sealed Forever," a 30-minute community theater comedy-drama in English, set in the St. Louis Street Cemetery, New Orleans, U.S.A., 2002, 2m1f or 1m2f

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