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Private Beaches

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Scharf, Mark (American playwright, multimedia writer-designer, actor, 1956-____), “Private Beaches,”

a 40-minute drama leavened with comedy in English set in a closed Dairy Queen in one of the last small beach towns on the Delaware coast, late on a winter’s afternoon, 1991,


  •  © 1992;  •  in Mark Scharf’s Private Beaches (Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877, U.S.A., Author, 1992);  •  script/rights available from Mark Scharf, 303 Palmspring Drive #10, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878, U.S.A., telephone (home) 301-987-2361, (work) 301-986-4929x153, cell 301-385-3815, e-mail scharfm@hotmail.com or mscharf@kcres.com or MScharf@GlobalLearningSystems.com. Cited by playwright via ftp June 13, 1996; Scharf says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Chester Dornham (m), a local developer; Chris (m), Stephanie’s old boyfriend; Stephanie Porter (f), property owner; Debbie (f), officer of the law.

  §  Synopsis “Stephanie Porter returns to the small beach town where she grew up to sort out her father’s affairs; he has recently passed away from a heart attack. In particular, she must decide what to do with the small fast food restaurant her father owned and ran on the beach. Vying for the property are Chester Dornham, a local developer who is buying up all the property he can for condos, and Stephanie's old boyfriend, Chris, who is fighting to preserve the town and the free beaches that he and Stephanie knew growing up. Chris’ battle against Chester also include guerilla tactics born from his frustration at not having any effectual means of fighting Chester. These ‘unconventional’ tactics bring Chris and Stephanie into conflict not only with Chester and the law (represented by Officer Debbie), but also with each other.

  §  Comment “‘Private Beaches’ addresses holding on and letting go of the past, and discovering and keeping what is important.”

  §  Themes beach, Dairy Queen, death, family, father-daughter relationship, free beach, heart attack, inheritance, law, nostalgia, property development, resistance, restaurant.

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