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MacFarlane, Fraser (Canadian playwright and author, 1965-____), “Earwig,”

a 50-minute black comedy in English set in the dead letter office of an anonymous city, 1996,


© 1996 by Fraser MacFarlane; script/rights available from Blizzard Publishing, Inc., 73 Furby Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3C 2A2 or e-mail atwood@blizzard.mb.ca. Cited by Fraser MacFarlane, Box 335, Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, Canada, S0J 2M0, telephone home 306-883-3130, via e-mail frasermac@sk.sympatico.ca, January 8, 1997; MacFarlane says,

Dramatis Personae Kevin (m), mail room employee; Gordie (m), mail room employee; Julie (f), mail room employee, newly divorced; Tanya (f), mail room employee.

Synopsis “Julie, a newly divorced spousal abuse victim, arrives to begin her first day of work. The employees open letters and packages to determine their proper destination. When Kevin finds a human head in one of the packages an argument develops over what should be done with the discovery. Kevin wants to take the head home, Julie—standing up for herself, perhaps for the first time ever—demands they call the police. Tanya cannot decide with whom to side. Gordie wanders in and out, spewing insanity.

Comment “___________________.”

Themes decapitation, divorce, epistolography, insanity, police, sexual abuse.


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