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“The Millennium Arrives in Suburbia”

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left to right: Randal Milholland as Nathan, Rose Carlson as Ayesha, Patrick M. Brennan as Vaughn

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Brennan, Patrick M. (American playwright, software author, 1963-____), “The Millennium Arrives in Suburbia,”897-4185 a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a parking lot, somewhere in Suburbia, U.S.A., on a warm winter night, December 31, 1999.


; • © 2000 by Patrick M. Brennan: • in Patrick M. Brennan’s The Millennium Arrives in Suburbia (Maynard, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000); • script/rights available from PatrickM. Brennan. • Cited by Patrick M. Brennan, via ftp June 21, 2000; Brennan says,

Dramatis Personae Nathan (m), 35, security guard; Vaughn (m), 25, security guard; Ayesha (f), 17, Vaughn's girlfriend.

§ Synopsis “Nathan and Vaughn are security guards at the Happy Gated Acres Residential Park. It's the graveyard shift, there's nobody else around, so Vaughn's girlfriend Ayesha is hanging out with them. Nathan's agitated because he thinks something big is going to happen at midnight, on this, the last night of 1999. Nathan explains to Vaughn and Ayesha that he's always felt that he was different, and he's figured out just how. He's decided/discovered that he's actually an alien, carefully disguised to look like a human! And at midnight, January 1, 2000, the aliens will reveal themselves to humanity, and take him away—along with Vaughn and Ayesha. Ayesha's convinced, but Vaughn doesn't want to go, and he and Nathan have a tense standoff with their guns drawn. Just then, a great light appears and envelopes them all. They all think it's the aliens! They're hilariously wrong, however . . . .

§ Comment “One scene, no changes, several overlapping sound cues, uniforms and 2 guns needed. The language is fairly demanding. • First public reading on November 12-13, 1999, at the Arlington Center for the Arts/Firedog Theatre 1999 Play Reading Series in Arlington, Massachusetts, U.S.A.; Director: Kim Anton; Nathan: Joe Montagna; Vaughn: Ross Carey; Ayesha: Daniella Boucher. First public performance on June 8, 9, 10, 2000, at the Massachusetts College of Art's 28th Annual Playwrights' Platform New Theatre Works Festival in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Director: Thelonius Griffin; Assistant Director: Kim Anton; Nathan: Randal Milholland; Vaughn: Patrick M Brennan; Ayesha: Rose Carlson.”

§ Themes alien, gun, midnight, millennarianism, UFOunidentified flying object, security.

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