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“Pauline’s Passion and Punishment”

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Pachino, Jamie (American playwright, teacher, 1965-____), “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment,”

a 40-minute melodrama/adaptation in English, set in hotel rooms and balconies, Cuba and Dominican Republic, 1863,

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  •  © 1997, script/rights available from agent Nicole Graham, Writers and Artists, 19 West 44th Street, Suite 1000, New York, New York 10036, telephone 212-391-1112; fax 212-575-6397. Cited by (Ms.) Jamie Pachino, http://www.cadvision.com/sdempsey/pachino.htm, via ftp April 1, 1998; Pachino says,

  §  Dramatis Personae “Pauline Valary (f), young woman of insufficient station; Gilbert Redmond (m), Pauline’s promised lover; Manuel Larouche (m), wealthy coffee heir; Barbara St. Just (f), wealthy young woman.

  §  Synopsis “Pauline Valary, scorned by her promised lover, Gilbert Redmond, because of her station in life, plots her revenge. She marries Manuel Larouche, a wealthy coffee heir who worships her, and manipulates his love to plot against Gilbert, who has married the innocent Barbara St. Just for her money. The four meet in the Dominican Republic, where Gilbert confesses his continuing love for Pauline, which leads to unexpected alliances and two unexpected deaths.

  §  Comment “‘Pauline’s Passion and Punishment’ is one of several melodramatic ‘potboilers’ that Louisa May Alcott wrote under a pseudonym, each very far removed from the spirit of Little Women. This play adapts the short story, originally written under a pseudonym.”

  §  Themes Alcott (Louisa May Alcott, American author known for her children's books, especially Little Women, 1832-1888). greed, heir, lover, manipulation, marriage, revenge, scorn, station, wealth.

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