Gaertner, Ken (American playwright ,movie critic, real estate buyer's agent, 1933-____), “Seventeen Hoofbeats,”
a 35-minute poetic drama in English, set in a clearing in the mountains, Japan, midday, summer, 14th century,
• © 1994 by Ken Gaertner; • script/rights available from Ken Gaertner, 11447 Weiman Drive, Hell, Michigan 48169, U.S.A., telephone (home):313-878-3711, (work) 313-878-8912, fax 313-878-1454. Cited by playwright via ftp, July 10, 1997; Gaertner says,
§ Dramatis Personae Ogata (m), poet; Kazako (f), a beauty; General (m),
§ Synopsis “The General has isolated Ogata with Kazako, a renowned beauty, with instructions to the poet to write for the General a haiku that will immortalize him. Ogata has trouble writing the haiku. Kazako tries many strategies to force the haiku out of him. She finally succeeds. The General shows up, likes the haiku, and decides he has to kill Ogata, as the poet might write a better haiku for a rival general and eclipse him. He puts Ogata to death.”
courtesan, death, fame, 14th century, haiku,
military, murder, poet, seduction.
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