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Not Brain Surgeons

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Kaufman, James (American playwright, psychologist, 1974-____), “Not Brain Surgeons,”

a 45-minute bizarre comedy  in English, set in a bookstore; a coffee shop; a dining room, three moments in a day, 1995,


© 1995 by James Corey Kaufman;  •  script/rights available from James Corey Kaufman, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, Educational Testing Service, MS 16-R, Rosedale Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A., telephone (609) 734-5792, e-mail jamescoreykaufman@hotmail.com.  •  Cited by James Corey Kaufman, via ftp, September 16, 1998; Kaufman says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Diana (f), a young woman; Matt (m), a book store patron; Wally (m), Diana’s father.

  §  Synopsis “Diana meets Matt at a bookstore, buys him a book, and persuades him to have coffee with her. Over coffee, she quizzes him on a variety of topics, from UFOs to vegetarians. She insists that he must come home to meet daddy, which he does. Matt and Diana eat dinner with her father, Wally.

  §  Comment “Everything spirals toward an inevitable, unpredictable, violently funny conclusion. See playwright’s website at www.jamescoreykaufman.com.”

  §  Themes bookstore, courtship, dining, father-daughter relationship, first encounter, gift, interrogation, invitation, UFO, vegetarianism.

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