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Krueger, Luke (American playwright, university teacher, August 24, 1977-____), “Signed: The Mean People,”

a 30-minute satire in English, set in your back yard, present,

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; • © 2002 by Luke Krueger; • in Luke Krueger’s Signed: The Mean People (Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Luke Krueger, 909 West Grove Parkway #3025, Tempe, Arizona 85283, U.S.A., e-mail kruegerlw@hotmail.com, telephone (home/work) 602-295-1086. • Cited by Luke Krueger via ftp December 2, 2004; Krueger says,

§ Dramatis Personae Iblis/Official (m), 35, entity/extra; Kerrigan Gillooly (m), 25, seeking admission into the para-Olympics; Hella/Delivery Girl (f), 25, entity/extra.

§ Synopsis “All Kerrigan Gillooly ever wanted was the chance to play paraplegic rugby. The only hitch: he is perfectly healthy. In his effort to be presented with a medal he never earned, he demonstrates his insensitivity to his would-be opponents. Two ethereal characters, Iblis and Hella, meet Kerrigan for a surreal make-over. They identify themselves as image consultants and promise him a choice spot on a prime talk show. In doing so, they break Kerrigan's knees, pull his teeth, and destroy his nerves. Iblis and Hella, it is revealed, are Agents of Karma: the ones who do onto others. They are each vying for a promotion but unclear as to the next level. Ruining Kerrigan is part of their ongoing chess match to earn the promotion. Ultimately for all parties, words from Edward Albee seem prophetic, "In a democracy, you can have what you want, but you get what you deserve."

§ Comment “One scene. For the set, there need only be rehearsal blocks, a chest, and a chess board. Needed props are a hammer, fake blood, wax lips, a plastic cup, and tic tacs (to simulate pulled teeth). There is an effect from a strobe light used to assist in the teeth-pulling scene. • The play was originally developed in a writer/director/actor collaborations workshop run by Marshall W. Mason. It received a one night workshop performance. • Luke Krueger, 26 years old, now resides in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A., where he teaches screenwriting and freshman composition at Arizona State University. Over a dozen of his plays have been performed in the Phoenix area. Originally from Wisconsin [U.S.A.], he holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Arizona State, and a B.A. in English from Miami University (Ohio [U.S.A.]). His influences are Edward Albee, South Park, and the absurdities witnessed in the news.

§ Themes dark, handicap, Karma, political, satire, supernatural, surreal.



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