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Barrett, Dean (American writer, librettist, playwright, October 10, 1942-____), “Interiors,”

a 15-minute comedy in English, set inside a cafe in any city or town, day or evening, 1997,


© 1997 by Dean Barrett;  •  script/rights available from Dean Barrett, deanbarr@loxinfo.co.th or deanbarrett58@hotmail.com, telephone (home) 212 677-9547, (work) 212 677-9547, fax 212 677-9547.  •  Cited by Dean Barrett via ftp, August 27, 1997, and amended via e-mail February 1, 1998; Barrett says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Amy (f), Michael (m), Amy’s id (f), Michael’s id (m).

  §  Synopsis “Amy is sitting in a cafe reading a book. Michael has his tray with coffee and food and is looking for a place to sit, as the cafe is crowded. He asks to sit at her table and she agrees. Soon they are talking politely to one another; but as soon as they begin, their ids show up and sit beside and slightly behind them. While Michael and Amy respond politely to one another, their ids (interiors) are saying outrageous things, especially about sexual suggestions as to what they might do. Their ids’ passion and lust are juxtaposed with Amy and Michael’s bland, polite conversation. Finally, against all the rules of not knowing each other, the ids begin to argue with each other, then fight, then desire each other, then begin to undress to make love but Amy gets up to leave and all four people are unfulfilled. Despite the fact that Amy and Michael very much wanted each other, neither had the courage to say what was on the (id’s) mind.”

  §  Comment Research should include Alice Gerstenberg’s “Overtones,” a drama, 4f, which is available in many libraries and from Samuel French, Inc., (New York City) 212-206-1429 or (Hollywood) 213-876-6822 or (Toronto) 416-363-1108.

  §  Themes first encounter, Freudian psychology, id, masks.

See also Dean Barrett’s

About the Playwright

    Dean Barrett has had several plays read and staged by various groups including Pasadena Playhouse of California, Virginia's Offstage Theatre, Florida's Riverside Theatre, New York's Phoenix Ensemble, Vox Theater, Love Creek Productions, Fourplay Productions, PanAsia Repertory, and several colleges and universities.
    Dean has written the book and lyrics for a musical set in Hong Kong in 1857 entitled FRAGRANT HARBOUR (music -Ed Linderman). Presentations of the musical have been held at BMI, York Theater, Directors Company and Penn State University. The musical was selected to be staged on 42nd Street under the auspices of the National Alliance of Musical Theaters. Mr. Barrett has co-written a one-man show with the Chinese actor, Robert Lin, entitled MAO: Red Star & Blue Apple, and his play about the 19th century Chinese slave trade entitled, BARRACOON, recently had a reading with VOX Theater Company in Manhattan.
    Dean is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Mystery Writers of America, an affiliate of BMI (librettist), and a member of the China Round Table.

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