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The Suitors of Susan B. Anthony

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Robson, David (American playwright, writer, 1966-____), “The Suitors of Susan B. Anthony,”

a 10-minute comedy in English,


© 1996, script/rights available from David Robson, 500 Woodland Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19809, U.S.A., telephone (home) 302-764-4444. Cited by David Robson via ftp, March 10, 1998; Robson says,

Dramatis Personae Man 1 (m), Man 2 (m), Woman (f).

Synopsis “Man 1 is the sensitive type. Man 2 is a macho, sexist type. Woman enters and proceeds to talk about her experiences dating these men. They voice their versions. Man 1 is looking for a nice girl, just like dear old mom. Man 2, on the other hand, is just trying to score; he is somewhat profane and graphic in his descriptions. Woman at first doesn’t seem to know what she wants. She finds Man 1 nice but somewhat dull. She finds Man 2 very attractive, in part because of his bad boy demeanor. The thing is, Man 2 loves her but gives her excuses and lip and rejects her. Eventually, Woman becomes fed up with the both of them. She leaves them to stew in their own dunderheaded juices.

Comment “These are not people, they’re stereotypes, cartoons. Nevertheless, they touch on some universal truths about the sexes.” See also “Death of America,” a 15-20 minute comedy in English, set in a restaurant, 3m1f.

Themes abandonment, attraction, conquest, courtship, desertion, domination, explicitness, gender gap, machismo, mendacity, mother-son relationship, profanity, reality, rudeness, sensitivity, sexism, stereotype.


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