Cohen, David (American playwright, writer, arts administrator,
1972- ), "Post-,"
a 15-minute post-modern drama in English, set in suburbia,
© 1997, script/rights available from David S. Cohen, 101
St. Mark's Place #12A, New York City, New York 10009, telephone
(home) 212-677-2110. Cited by playwright via ftp July 3, 1997;
Dramatis Personae Son (m), Mother (f), Father
Synopsis The son lies asleep under the kitchen
table, as Mother and Father enter. Father sits and immediately
starts reading the paper while Mother prepares breakfast. They
comment (absurdly) about things such as the color of the sky and
the move out to the country. Meanwhile, the son wakes to find
that he can only speak in tongues. He tries to get their attention
but is unable to get a response. The father talks about how wonderful
the country will be for the Son and Mother half-heartedly agrees.
Their memories of the city and of their life before have become
distorted. Father has trouble remembering what the Son looks like;
Mother cannot remember simple things about their life before moving.
This whole time, the Son is trying to find a way from under the
table. He only succeeds when he starts naming schools and school-related
objects and places.
Themes breakfast, escape to the country, family,
glossolalia, isolation, reality.
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