Klein, Jen (American playwright, administrative assistant, 1973-____ ), “Return to Sender,”
a romantic comedy in English, set on a city street corner, early on a weekday morning, 1998,
© 1998 by Jen Klein; scripts and rights available from Jen Klein, 301 North Kenneth Road, Burbank, California 91501, U.S.A., telephone (home) 818-559-7511. Cited by Jen Klein, via ftp, May 28, 1998; Klein says,
Dramatis Personae Bert (m), Carol’s ex-boyfriend; Charles (m), Bert’s friend; Carol (f), Bert’s ex-girlfriend.
Synopsis “Bert and Charles wait near a mailbox in the early morning. Bert is obsessed with the mailbox, putting his hand into it, kicking it, etc. Last night on the anniversary of his breakup with Carol, Bert has mailed a love poem to his ex-girlfriend, Carol, who has dumped him and immediately become engaged to someone else. She even has had rude advertisements about him printed in his newspaper. Charles convinces Bert to wait for the mailman and beg to have his poem returned. Charles leaves just before Carol arrives. Bert stares at her, appalled. She explains being here to meet her fiancee for breakfast. Bert and Carol argue over their relationship and separation. Inability to communicate apparently caused their breakup. Although these two are meant for each other, their bickering progresses into a full-blown fight. Carol’s fiancee, it turns out, is fictional. She has come to the mailbox for the same reason as Bert—to retrieve a letter she wrote and mailed to him the night before. Understanding this, they leave hand-in-hand.”
Comment Simple staging.
Themes anniversary, breakup, communication, deception, early
morning, engagement, epistolography, letter, lost love, love poem, mailbox,
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