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“Miss America”

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Bader, Jenny Lyn (American playwright, author, 1968-____), “Miss America,”

a 15-minute comedy in English, set backstage and center stage, during the Miss America Pageant,


  •  © 1996;  •  script/ rights available from Jenny Lyn Bader, e-mail jennylyn@post.harvard.edu, or available from her agent John Santoianni, Abrams Artists Agency, 275 Seventh Avenue, 26th floor, New York, NY 10001.  •  Cited by Jenny Lyn Bader via ftp April 26, 1998; Bader says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Chuck (m), host of the pageant; Hank (m), host of the pageant; Miss California (f), A ‘P.C.’ contestant from California; Miss Texas (f), an old-style beauty queen from the Texas heartland.

  §  Synopsis “A ‘P.C.’ contestant from California who boycotts the swimsuit competition is pitted against an old-style beauty queen from the Texas heartland in this most updated of pageants. The rules have changed, the girls are required to have platforms and belief systems, and America will never be the same. . . . The hosts of the pageant, Chuck and Hank, are very impressed with Miss California’s glamorous looks and politically correct answers. But Miss Texas, who did not know that helping victims was part of this year’s platform (she answers ‘fashion victims?’ when asked who she has helped) has a trick up her sleeve.

  §  Comment “____________.”

  §  Themes America, beauty, belief systems, boycott, contest, fashion, glamor politics, host, old-style, P.C., pageant, platform, rules, swimsuit competition, victim, trick.

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