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Elbourne, Jon (Australian playwright, Ph.D. student, February 4, 1941-____), “The Death of Henry Lawson,”

 a 20-minute drama in English, set in Sydney, September 2, 1922,

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   •  © 1994 by Jon Elbourne;  •  in Jon Elbourne’s The Death of Henry Lawson: A One Act Play (Colo Vale, New South Wales, Australia:  The Author,  1994), ISBN 0958916829;  •  script/rights available from Jon Elbourne, 8 Ferndale Street, Colo Vale, New South Wales, Australia  2575, telephone (home)  061-48894103; e-mail jone@mitmania.net.au for a free copy of script.

   §  Dramatis Personae Henry Lawson (m), 55, Australian writer; Doctor (m), 49-60, doctor; Mrs. Byers (f), 60-80, Henry’s housekeeper.

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   §  Comment “A one-act play depicting the last hours Australia's famous author. Has  a four-page monologue for a mature woman who plays the part of  Henry’s housekeeper. The author is prepared to assist with set design and  production problems.  All plays have been performed in Australia by our local  players. Fees are negotiable.”—Amdram, the amateur theatre  network - The Script Centre, http://www.amdram.co.uk/scripts2.htm, accessed November 8,  2002.  •  “The Winning Number by Sarah Brown [is] one in a series of many short plays, 24 one act plays in all, that began in June and will run into September  in a program called Short Attention  Span Theater. Fifty five actors, a dozen crew members, Shea and assistant director Joanne Fayan are involved in this  new/old venture.”—Profile,  http://www.fedhillgazette.com/Profile/profile.htm, accessed November 8, 2002.  •  Research could include Colin Roderick’s  (1911-2000) Henry  Lawson, a Life (North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia: Angus & Robertson, 1991), ISBN 0207157731, ISBN 0207198578.  •  Also, research tangentially could include Jon Elbourne’s (1) Macbeth: William Shakespeare, a modern  language version, ISBN 0958916853, 78 pp., and (2) The Tempest: William Shakespeare, a modern language version, ISBN 0646341782, 85 pp., each a  complete (not a rewrite) line by line transcription of the play into Modern English, telephone Bowral 02 4883 6069.

   §  Themes  biography, care giving, death, last hours, Lawson (Henry Lawson, most acclaimed Australian writer, June 17, 1867-September 2, 1922).

See also Jon Elbourne’s
 

  • A Lesson in History,” a 20-minute drama in English, set in a lecturer’s room at an Australian university, afternoon, 1993, 1m2f, Jon Elbourne (Australian playwright, Ph.D. student, February 4, 1941-____)

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