"Full-Tilt Boogie"

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De Silva, Martha King (American playwright, 1960- ), "Full-Tilt Boogie,"

a 55-minute comedy in English set in an apartment in Washington, D.C., April, 1996,


© 1996 by Martha King De Silva, script/rights available from playwright, 3456 Newark Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016, telephone (work) 202-687-4074, (home) 202-363-6882, fax 202-/687-7809. Cited by playwright to Webmaster via e-mail desilvam@gunet.georgetown.edu April 4, 1996; De Silva says,

Synopsis "David and Ellen, good friends, share an apartment in Washington, D.C. Paul, David's recently-divorced college friend who has returned to Washington to find work, is living temporarily with them. Ellen, single and lonely, is almost immediately taken with Paul. When Paul puts a personal ad in the Washingtonian magazine and begins receiving responses, Ellen becomes unsettled and jealous. Several evenings before an annual gala sponsored by her office, Ellen finds herself the only one going without a date. Her friend Rachel encourages her to ask Paul for a date. His acceptance sets in motion their relationship. Paul and Ellen end up sleeping together after the gala. Ellen, smitten, against David's advice proceeds with the relationship 'full-tilt boogie.' Paul, intimidated by her initiative, backs off and ultimately moves out. Ellen, seeing that she has gotten carried away with the prospect of a relationship, asks Paul for a second chance. He agrees. Nonetheless, Ellen's actions suggest that she perhaps has not really learned from this experience.

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