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Hruby, Norbert J. (American playwright, retired second president of Aquinas College, 1918-____), “Matching Gift,” a 25-minute comedy in English in three scenes, set in the office of a college president, the present,

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; © 2003 by Norbert J. Hruby; • in Norbert J. Hruby’s Matching Gift (Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Norbert J. Hruby, 245 Briarwood SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506, U.S.A., telephone (home) 616-459-1149, e-mail nordolor@iserv.net. • Cited by Norbert J. Hruby, via ftp, November 28, 2003; Hruby says,

§ Dramatis Personae Max Tenebray (m), 45, chairman of the board of trustees; Wilson Hendrix (m), 45, wealthy widower, tennis buff; Daisy (f), 45, secretary to the president; Paztricia Monique (f), 35, new president.

§ Synopsis “As a new college president, Patricia has confronted serious financial problems. Max Tenebray, the chairman of the board, urges her to approach the wealthy, reclusive Wilson Hendrix, who like her is a tennis enthusiast. Patricia and Hendrix meet, play tennis with his gift to the college being bet, double-or-nothing. She lets him win!—to the consternation of her board chairman—but Hendrix now makes a major gift in presumed ego-gratification. The check, however, bounces because he knows the trick she has played. Finally, they play a second match with a real million on the line.

§ Comment “The audience must imagine how it comes out, what will be his prize if he really wins. • Straightforward production of three scenes separated by blackouts—single set. • ‘Matching Gift” received a performance before the board of trustees of a real college—whose president was soon dismissed. Cause and effect? Unknown.”

§ Themes college president, ego-gratification, finances, gift, tennis, trickster tricked, trustee, wealth, widowerhood.



See also Norbert J. Hruby's

  • "Ashes to Ashes," a 10-minute peace play (tragedy) in English, set in a living room of suburban American home, the present (because it is!), 2m1f
  • "Fungo," a 13-minute comedy in English, set in the office of The Stylus literary magazine, on two Mondays, two months apart, 2m1f
  • "Hegemony," a 10-minute bare-stage satirical comedy in English, five years from now, 2m1f
  • "Home for the Holidays," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a suburban home, U.S.A., May, 2004, 1m3f
  • "The Jealous Mistress," a 48-minute melodrama in English, set in a small college town, 2003, 2m2f
  • "Karl's Kristmas Karol," a 10-minute satire in English, set a residence in a suburb of Washington, D.C., Christmas Eve, 2004, 2m1f or 3m
  • "Peggy: The Life and Times of Mrs. Benedict Arnold," a 60-minute bare-stage drama in English, set in the Arnold home, England, 1803, 1f
  • "Pen Pals," a 30-minute drama in English, set in a convent/prison, 2003, 2m2f
  • "A Sonnet from the Portuguese," an 11-minute satire in English, set in a residence in a university town, 2003, 3f

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