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"Broken Sacrament"

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Eustice, Gary (American playwright, counselor, 1951-____), and Roy C. Booth (American playwright, comic book/games/book store owner, 1965-____), “Broken Sacrament,”

a 30-minute drama in English, set in a small apartment, 1974,


;   ©  2003 by Gary Eustice;   •  ; in Gary Eustice’ Broken Sacrament (Hibbing, Minnesota, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003);   •  script/rights available from Roy C. Booth, P.O. Box 512, Bovey, Minnesota 55709, U.S.A., telephone (home) 218-263-3060, e-mail roycbooth@hotmail.com; contact Gary Eustice, 12225 Mattson Road A, Hibbing, Minnesota 55746, U.S.A., telephone (home) 218-263-3060, e-mail eustice4@uslink.net.   •  Cited by Roy C. Booth via ftp July 4, 2003; Booth says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Scott (m), 26, an unemployed Viet Nam vet, Gail’s husband; Mark (m), 24, Scott’s drinking buddy; Gail (f), 24, Scott’s wife; Martha (f), 48, next-door neighbor.

  §  Synopsis “Scott Hanson is a jerk. He's returned from Viet Nam lazy, volatile, and a drunkard. Unable to find work, he sits around the house drinking or goes out carousing while his wife Gail works to support the household and takes care of their infant child. Scott is also very abusive, constantly jeopoardizing the health and welfare of both his wife and child. Gail has been counseled by Martha, their next door neighbor who cannot but help to intervene due to the ruckus caused by Scott during one of his escapades, to leave him. We join Scott and Gail on the last day of their marriage, from when Gail returns home from work to Scott going off the handle and assaulting her to Martha telling Gail to leave Scott to Scott bringing home his drunk friend Mark to a fateful gunshot in the baby's room.

  §  Comment “One set with set pieces and props consisting of a refridgerator, a table, three chairs, some empty beer cans, a telephone, a newspaper, a handgun, and whatever other touches as the scenic designer sees fit. No set changes, basic lighting, phone cues, and offstage baby fussing/crying cues, and offstage one gun shot cue.”

  §  Themes advice, alcohol abuse, domestic abuse, marriage, Viet Nam.

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