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Eserkaln, Michael Thomas (American playwright, improvisational comedian, 1971-____), “Yesterday,” a 15-minute tragicomedy in English, set in various mimed locations, such as a vaudeville stage, a bar, etc., flows through a period of ten years, 1991-2001,


  •  © 2001 by Michael Thomas Eserkaln;  •  script/rights available from  Michael Thomas Eserkaln, P.O. Box 354, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54305, U.S.A., e-mail mike@comedycityonline.com, telephone (home) 920-339-5234.  •  Cited by Michael Thomas Eserkaln, via ftp February 6, 2001; Eserkaln says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Sam (m), 35, vaudeville comedian, straight man; Dave (m), vaudeville comedian, character performer; Sue (f), 35, showgirl and girlfriend to Sam.

  §  Synopsis “Dave, Sam, and Sue give short opening monologues about their current relationships with each other. Dave and Sam perform an old time vaudeville skit with Sue assisting. Later they are drinking, and Sam confronts Dave about his excessive drinking.  Dave's defense is that they both drink too much. Dave and Sam work together writing a new comedy skit, and the times are good. Dave gives a short monologue about how depressed he is with his life. Sam gives a short monologue about how sad his is with the relationship with Dave. Dave walks off the stage in the middle of a performance not wanting to perform anymore. Sue begs Sam to talk to Dave about drinking and the break up of the comedy team. Dave and Sam go out drinking together one last time.  It's not any fun for them anymore. Dave dies. Sam is sad and incomplete.  Sue feels helpless.

  §  Comment “Well that's a happy play if I ever read one! There are probably five different locations, but they are all shown with two chairs and a table.  The changes are within the action so the complexity is very low. ‘Yesterday’ has been workshopped once and produced once at a local college. It has met with favorable reviews.”

  §  Themes alcoholism, comedy, jealousy, professional comedian, vaudeville.

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