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Trujillo, Dan (American playwright, free-lance writer, 1971-____), “This Is How It Began,” a 12-minute comedy/horror/romance in English, set at a wedding reception, evening, 2001,


; • © 2001 by Dan Trujillo; • script/rights available from Dan Trujillo, 254 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11211, U.S.A., e-mail dantrujillo@dantrujillo.com, telephone (home) 212-502-0869. • Cited by Dan Trujillo via ftp September 19, 2001; Trujillo says,

§ Dramatis Personae Paul (m), 33, husband; Karen (f), 32, bride; Waiter (m or f).

§ Synopsis “At a wedding reception, newlyweds tell guests (the audience) how their marriage came about. Karen and Paul were an unmarried couple living in the country, letting their relationship wither. Karen managed a Wendy’s. Paul did taxidermy and worshiped the local he-man, Stu. One night, there was a meteor shower. Soon, neighborhood garbage cans were found torn apart. Stu decided that the culprit was a monster brought by the meteor shower. Naturally. He and Paul formed a posse to hunt it down. They came across a dog, ripped to shreds. Paul brought the corpse back to his taxidermy shop. He discovered Karen hiding there. She begged him not to rejoin the hunters. Stu barged in, carrying the half-eaten remains of his wife. He said Karen was the monster. Paul saw that Karen’s hands were caked with blood. The meteor shower had awakened a monster within her. Paul was overcome by the fear of how lonely he’d be without Karen. He wrestled Stu for the gun and was mortally wounded. Dying, he offered his body for his wife to consume. Paul proudly tells the audience that now he lives on in his wife, the monster. They take that wedding kiss.”—Trujillo, via e-mail, September 19, 2001.” § Another Synopsis “Karen and Paul were an unmarried couple, letting their relationship wither. One night, garbage cans all over the neighborhood were torn apart. As pets and people were ripped open, Paul and Karen realized that they had a Hollywood Monster Movie scenario on their hands. The audience makes up the wedding guests at Paul and Karen's reception, as they tell this story, and how it led to their unusual marriage.”—Trujillo, via e-mail, November 9, 2003.

§ Comment “The play requires no set. It’s a dramatic anecdote, the event of the playing being the couple telling the story to their guests (the audience), teasing each other, disagreeing over details, etc. There are two effects called for in the script. The first is a glowing hand on the Bride, which can be done using a bright green makeup. I recommend Kryolan UV-Dayglo Aqua Color, which is water-soluble. The second effect is for water drops to fall on the audience at the end of the play. The reason for this is made clear in the text. It gives a nice last scare for the audience, like a haunted house ride. You can use sponge-brushes such as those used for showering. Shake them from the back of the house over the audience, as if you were blessing them with holy water. • The play was produced in the summer of 2001 by the Woodstock Theatre Company, in Woodstock, New York, as part of an evening of one-acts.”—Trujillo, via e-mail, September 19, 2001. • Contact author via telephone or e-mail. • “Dan Trujillo is the resident playwright with Imua! Theatre Company and a member of the Playwrights Gallery in New York City, New York. His unique mixtures of verse, prose, realistic and avant-garde theatre have been performed across the United States. For two years, he was a member of the Ground Floor Theatre Lab in New York. During those years, Ground Floor mounted several of his works, including audience favorite Toy Planet. Imua’s production of his play Angry Young Man, starring Anthony Ruivivar of NBC’s Third Watch, received critical acclaim. Right on, America!, a sketch comedy show written with Josh A. Cagan, played to sold-out houses for its two month run in New York. Currently he studying for his MFA degree in Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.”—Why? http://www.dantrujillo.com/summary2.htm, accessed November 13, 2005.

§ Themes food, love, marriage, monster.

See also Dan Trujillo's

  • "The Divided Kingdom," a 45-minute bare-stage comedy-drama in English, the time of the performance, 2m2f
  • "Nothing to Do Without You," a 25-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a computer game/a hotel restaurant/hell, now, and a thousand years from now, 1m1f
  • "Violating the Eight Spot," a 40-minute satire in English, set in a studio executive's office, Los Angeles, 5:00 a.m., 2005, 1m2f

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