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Morris, Paul N. (aka Paul Nicholas Morris, American playwright, writer, novelist, 1979-____), “Loose Gravel,”

a 30-minute futuristic political drama in English, set in the future combined United States and Canada; Teddy’s car, which travels from California Station to the State of Canada, the long afternoon of Thursday, October 20, 2050,


; © 2004 by Paul Nicholas Morris; • in Paul N. Morris’ Loose Gravel (Culver City, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Paul N. Morris, 5215 Sepulveda Blvd. #8F, Culver City, California 90230, U.S.A., telephone (home) 310-397-2834, e-mail polylerus@netscape.net. • Cited by Paul N. Morris via ftp, October 27, 2004; Morris says,

§ Dramatis Personae Teddy (m), 25, a local leader in the Demoblican-Republicat Party; Junius (m), 29, an enforcer; Tulip (f), 25, a propagandist; Matilda (f), 28, a party worker.

§ Synopsis “In 2050, the political landscape of America has changed. Canada, now part of the United States, is a swing state, and the Democrats and Republicans have merged to form one party: the Demoblican-Republicats. The political opposition has been designated under the umbrella terms of ‘Greens.’ Four young campaigners for the mainstream party decide to travel to Canada to influence elections there and battle the opposition. Along the way, Teddy, their leader; Tulip, a propagandist; Matilda, a party worker; and Junius, their enforcer, coerce ‘civitanos’ (‘citizens’) into voting for the Demoblican-Republicats. In Canada, loose gravel on the road immobilizes their car, and, as a large mob of Greens approach, Junius kills many of them with an explosive. In an attempt to save his friends (who are only too glad to have him sacrifice himself as a martyr to their cause), Junius leaves the car to meet the Greens. Matilda proposes abandoning Junius to his fate. Feigning anger, Teddy throws her from the car and orders her to talk to the Greens. But neither Junius nor Matilda are harmed by the opposition, and Teddy and Tulip are able to see the two party workers engaged in a dialogue with the opposition. After some vacillation, Teddy and Tulip step out of their car to join their friends and meet the Greens face-to-face.

§ Comment “The stage requirements for ‘Loose Gravel’ are these: the stage is largely empty, except for the center, which contains the basic elements of an automobile. There should be a steering wheel attached to a metal box, to which another control panel is fastened. A seat is behind the steering wheel: another beside the driver’s seat, two arranged as a back seat. The seats and steering wheel can be decorated or colored in red and blue. The play requires various audio effects (a radio announcer's voice; a fake pop song; the sound of loose gravel; the sound of fighting; the sound of a honking horn; and the sound of a crowd). • Please e-mail me at polylerus@netscape.net for a printed copy of the play. • Paul Morris was born in Beverley, England, in 1979, but he grew up in Culver City, California [U.S.A.]. He attended UCLA [University of California/Los Angeles, U.S.A.] (History, B.A.) and Brown University [Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.] (History, M.A.). He is also the author of the novelette The Unpublished Works of Atzur Capsadecapells."

§ Themes Canada, car, election, futurism, politics, society, travel, United States.

See also Paul N. Morris'

  • "Death of a Raisin," a 14-minute comedy in English, set in the former boardroom of California Seropian Grapes, U.S.A., Saturday morning, around 11:00 a.m., October 16, 2004, 3m1f
  • "Duo Gladiatores," a 6-minute historical drama in Latin, set in the Colisei Romae (The Coliseum of Rome), 59 A.D., 3m (+2m or 2f extras)

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