Tuttle, Jon (American playwright, educator, 1959-____), “Sonata for Armadillos,”
a 45-minute comedy in English, set in the Dallas-bound Greyhound bus, U.S.A., midday, August, 1999,
© 2002 by Jon Tuttle; • in Jon Tuttle’s Sonata for Armadillo (New York: Playscripts, Inc., 2002), __ pp.; • also, in Play It Again: More One-Act Plays For Acting Students, edited by Norman A. and Deb Bert (Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A.: Meriwether Publishing, Limited, 1993), ISBN 0916260976, 288 pp.; • script/rights available from Playscripts, Inc., P.O. Box 237060, New York, New York 10023, U.S.A., fax 904-448-9185, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.playscripts.com; Jon Tuttle e-mail JTuttle@FMARION.EDU, telephone 843-661-1521 or 800-368-7551.
§ Dramatis Personae Walton (m), 25, Texan, cowboy wannabe; Stymie (m), self-reassesser; Nella (f), 18, a corn-fed squishy squab of a girl, cowboy crazed.
§ Synopsis “It's a hot day for three idiots stuck on the Dallas-bound Greyhound bus. Walton wants to be a Cowboy, Nella wants a cowboy, and Stymie's on the run from Stymie—and just might outrun him. At the end of the road comes sublimity, companionship, and forgiveness, at last.
§ Comment “Set is very simple—two or more chairs representing seats on a bus. Optional sound of diesel engine.” • Premiered at A.C. Flora High School, Columbia, South Carolina, October, 1999.—Playscripts, Inc. - Sonata for Armadillos, http://www.playscripts.com, accessed July 27, 2002. • “Jon Tuttle . . . is Playwright-in-Residence and Literary Manager at Trustus Theatre in Columbia, South Carolina, and Professor of English at Francis Marion University. His plays include The Hammerstone and Terminal Cafe (both full-lengths available from Dramatists Play Service), The White Problem, and Drift. ‘Sonata for Armadillos’ has appeared in Dramatics magazine, and has been anthologized in Play It Again: More One-Act Plays For Acting Students (Meriwether Press). Mr. Tuttle lives in Florence, South Carolina with his son Josh.”—Playscripts, Inc. - Jon Tuttle, http://www.playscripts.com/author.php3?authorid=72, accessed July 27, 2002. • Tuttle has received: Grant/Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission, Grant/Fellowship from the South Carolina Academy of Authors, Trustus Theatre Playwrights Festival Award (two-time winner).
§ Themes bus trip, companionship,
cowboy, forgiveness, sublimity, Texas.
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