“The Man Who Buried His Dogs in the Front
Rusch, C[hristine] (American playwright, teacher, published and produced free-lance writer, founding artistic director of playwrights theatre, dramaturg, consultant, 19__-____), “The Man Who Buried His Dogs in the Front Yard,”
a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a small house between Atlanta and New Orleans, U.S.A., 2000,
; • © 2000 by Christine Rusch; • in Christine Rusch’s The Man Who Buried His Dogs in the Front Yard (Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000); • script/rights available from Christine Rusch, P.O. Box 202, Wyandotte, Michigan 48192, U.S.A., e-mail Isoperhaps@aol.com, telephone 734-324-3142. • Cited by Christine Rusch via e-mail October 6, 2002; Rusch says,
§ Dramatis Personae Romulus (m), over 35, a professional bus driver; Thurston (m), over 35, an out-of-shape man who wears a toupee; Gardenia (f), could pass for 30, a woman wearing a shimmering dress.
§ Synopsis “A lonely country man puts on his favorite outfit and tries one more time to meet the woman of his dreams.
§ Comment “Requires harmonica, toy organ, or other amateur instrument. • Producers Choice Award, Turnip Theatre Festival, Studio Theatre, New York City, February, 2000.
§ Themes “American South, eating, food, food preparation, glass, imagination, labor, laborer, love, mime, music, pet, physical humor, romance, romantic comedy, travel, vehicle, window.”
See also C. Rusch’s
a 43-minute romantic comedy in English, set in a New York City apartment, 1991, 2m1f
a 15-minute country comedy in English, set at the side of a narrow country highway near Beaufort, South Carolina near the edge of a salt marsh across from a stand of palms and pines twisted with greenbriar, on an already-hot morning in the summer of 2002, 2m1f
"Founding Mother's Lunch,"
a 15-minute political satire in English, set in the dining room of wealthy Colonist, various lunchtimes in pre-revolutionary America, 1767, 4m (2 of whom are extras)
a 20-minute bare-stage drama in English, on a city street on November 1, 2000, 3m1f (+ voices)
"He Came Home One Day While I Was Washing Dishes,"
a 5-minute drama in English, set in the threadbare kitchen of Aclima's home, a late morning in the autumn of 2004, 1m1f
"How to Measure Half an Egg,"
a 15-minute romantic comedy in English, set in a beachfront restaurant on a clear but moonless evening, 2003, 2m1f
"The Man Who Came Back As a Ballroom Dancer,"
a 15-minute drama in English, set in The Electric Piano, a bar at a once-popular lakeside resort, 2000, 2m2f
"The New Sign,"
a 20-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in a parking lot of restaurant in the American South, October, 2001, 2m
a 20-minute romantic comedy in English, set in an upscale apartment, afternoon during dotcom boom of late 20th Century, 2m1f
a 20-minute drama in English, set in a farm warehouse in the South, 8:00 a.m., Friday morning, 1981, 1m2f
"A Samba for Wanda,"
a 60-minute alternative comedy in English, set in the 5th floor office of a university physics department, midmorning on a never-to-be-forgotten Tuesday, 1990, 2m2f
a 20-minute drama in English, set in "a country that no longer exists," in the early 1990s, 1m1f
"Tea Dust and Roses,"
a 45-minute comedy in English, set in a factory in the United States in the early 1960s
"Trane: Beyond the Blues,"
a 60-minute biographical drama in English, set on a bare stage, during the lifetime of John William Coltrane, September 23,1926-July 17, 1967, 3m1f
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