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“Suicide John”

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Lavine, David (American playwright, 1971-____), “Suicide John,” a 30-minute comedy in English, set in a city apartment, 1999,

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 •  © 1999 by David Lavine;  •  script/rights available from David Lavine, 212 West 16th Street, 3E, New York, New York City 10011, U.S.A., e-maildlavine@nyc.rr.com, telephone (home) 212-929-5808, fax 212-929-5808.  •  Cited by David Lavine via ftp June 29, 2001; Lavine says,

  §  Dramatis Personae John (m), 35, miserable, whiny sad sack; Hector (m), 35, sweaty would-be terrorist; Yetta Goldfinch (f), 35, John’s fiance.

  §  Synopsis “John has decided to kill himself today. Hector, who kidnaps John, ties him up and schemes for major media attention and millions of dollars in ransom. Hector is not very prepared however, bearing a toilet brush as his only weapon. John’s fiance, Yetta Goldfinch, comes home from shopping at the wrong moment to find herself very, very inconvenienced. A love triangle emerges. So do a gun, a carrot scraper and pantyhose.

  §  Comment “Continuous action; minimal set—but actual door needed for a surprise caller at the very end.  •  Actors can be in their thirties or any age. It’s helpful if the actress can cartwheel.”

  §  Themes carrot scraper, gun, kidnapping, love triangle, media attention, pantyhose, ransom, shopping, suicide, water chestnut, weaponry.

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