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Gold, Jeffrey Frederick (American playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, film composer, 1968-____), “Horst and Graben at the Chateau Godot,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set at a finely appointed dinner table, arranged for two, in the restaurant Chateau Godot, in New York City, Saturday evening, five years later, 2003,

2m2f; • © 2003 by Jeffrey Frederick Gold; • in Jeffrey Frederick Gold’s Horst and Graben at the Chateau Godot (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Jeffrey Frederick Gold, 333 South Laker Court, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102-2322, U.S.A., e-mail jgold@jeffreygold.com. • Cited by Jeffrey Frederick Gold, via ftp, March 23, 2004; Gold says,

§ Dramatis Personae Horst (m), 40, an everyman; Graben (m), 35, a street-smart, manipulative social Darwinist, grown more bitter and more cynical; Waiter (f), serving person; Beautiful Woman (f), a buxom bombshell just waiting to explode.

§ Synopsis “In this absurdist comedy, Horst, an everyman, is waiting for a dinner date to arrive; Graben, a long-forgotten near-acquaintance recognizes him and (again) intrudes into the much-sought harmony of his life. § Comment “Finely-appointed dinner table, set for two. Expensive looking napkins on up. • The dialogue in this play should reflect the discomfiture and hesitation Horst has in engaging in conversation with the annoying and loquacious Graben.”

§ Comment “Horst (pronounced ‘Horst’) has been living on his own in New York for the last five years. His daughter lives in upstate New York, which is the primary reason he made the move to the Big Apple. The other impetus was employment, but he hasn’t quite found the employment that is stable enough for him to feel very comfortable in his relatively new environs. He lives is a sparsely furnished apartment, and can often be seen eating string cheese while looking at the city from the vantage point of his bedroom window. Aware of the cosmopolitan aspects of living in the big city, Horst went out and found a framed print of Edvard Munch’s The Scream to hang on his wall, adding contrast to an otherwise maudlin collection of black & white photos of his daughter. Graben (pronounced ‘Grayben’) Through the last five years, since he last saw Horst, Graben has grown more bitter and more cynical. He’s been surviving in New York, where every opportunity, just around the corner, has mysteriously eluded him. His father recently died, and this has made his relationship with his mother more strained than ever. Confusing self-loathing with self-deprecation, a quality he never had, he has ramped it up a notch or two. A user and abuser surviving by his street-smarts, he wouldn’t know friendship unless it hit him in the groin. Waiter (pronounced ‘Waiter’) serves menus, wine, and dinner. We’ve seen this guy before: he is an exemplar of efficiency and professionalism, and obviously handpicked by S.-F. Becquet, the notoriously fastidious owner of the Chateau Godot. Beautiful Woman (pronounced “Babe”) is a buxom bombshell just waiting to explode. A full ten seconds of countdown. • Press release received via e-mail June 8, 2005: “Award-winning playwright and screenwriter JEFFREY GOLD is the 2005 BEST OF STATE medal winner for Playwriting & Screenwriting. The award was among an impressive lineup of recipients in the arts & entertainment category of BEST OF STATE medal winners. The award ceremony will be broadcasted on KUTV Channel 4 television on June 18, 2005. In addition to the BEST OF STATE award in Playwriting and Screenwriting, Jeffrey Gold has won the 2002 CrossCurrents Culture Unlimited National Five and Dime Playwriting Competition, 2003 Boca Raton Theatre Guild Short Play Reading Festival, 2003 Ten by Ten in the Triangle Playwriting Competition (Finalist), 2004 Theatre Orange - Shorts in Winter series, 2003 Experiments In Ink V playwriting competition, was a Finalist in the 2004 Moondance Film Festival stageplay competitions, and won the Moondance Seahorse Award in the 2005 Moondance Film Festival stageplay competition, and was commissioned by the Plan-B Theater Company for the Playwriting SLAM in 2004. His plays include In the Pursuit of Svetla, Horst and Graben in the Context of the Unfinished Man, Fitch Todd, Horst and Graben at the Chateau Godot, Dedekind, Percolation Theory, Execution at Paradais Island, Candycane Hurricane, What Happens on Sundays?, Displacement: A Fish in Water Story, and he is currently working on two plays, Waisenhaus and The Unexpected Autobiography of Spressa Perlesi. Jeffey Gold attributes his success as a playwright to Salt Lake Acting Company's Playwrights Group headed by dramaturg and playwright Mike Dorrell and playwright-in-residence Julie Jensen, to the Sawtooth Writers Conferences founded by Playwrights Jeff Metcalf and David Kranes, and to many of Salt Lake's finest actors, Kurt Proctor, Dan Larrinaga, Brenda Sue Cowley, and others, who read his plays in workshops. "Having actors of such high caliber read one's plays is critical to the development of a playwright," says Jeffrey Gold. His first screenplay, Atlantic Summer, written in 1996 and produced in 2001 by Chasing the Sun Pictures, features Academy-Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Karen Black (The Great Gatsby, Five Easy Pieces), and has found a distributor. His screenplay, The Man from Peenemunde, was a finalist in the Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation screenwriting fellowship competition. He is a writer, director, award-winning composer, and producer of other film productions, many of them produced under the Cambridge Films banner. Jeffrey Gold is on the faculty of Western Governors University and is also an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College where he teaches screenwriting and film, and was an instructor of screenwriting at the University of Utah's Academic Outreach/Continuing Education Lifelong Learning program. He was educated at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), the University of Utah, and at Cambridge University, England. For additional information about award-winning playwright Jeffrey Gold, please visit his official Website at http://www.jeffreygold.com.”

§ Themes annoyance, anticipation, Beckett (Samuel Beckett, Irish Nobel Prize laureate, 1906-1989), con-artist, dating, Godot (an offstage character who never arrives in Beckett’ Waiting for Godot), intrusion, sexual advice, women.


See also Jeffrey Frederick Gold's

  • "Dedekind," a 10-minute absurd comedy in English, set in a pool of light on a train station platform, late dusk, 2003, 2m1f or 3m
  • "Execution at Paradais Island," a 10-minute black comedy, set in a notorious military prison, Paradais Island, dusk, 2004, 3m
  • "Fitch Todd," a 10-minute comedic tragedietta in English, set in a nicely- but sparsely-appointed room, Rome, Italy, recent past, 2m1f
  • "Horst and Graben in the Context of the Unfinished Man," a 10-minute absurdist comedy in English, set in the middle an expansive desert, sunset, 1998, 2m

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