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“Rehearsing 'Afternoon Lust' in Grace Dent’s Basement”

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Kohls, D. K. (American playwright, writer, 1954-____), “Rehearsing 'Afternoon Lust' in Grace Dent’s Basement,”

a 15-minute comedy in English, set in an older lady’s basement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2003,


;   © 2003 by D. K. Kohls;  •  in D. K. Kohls’ Rehearsing 'Afternoon Lust' in Grace Dent’s Basement (Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003);  •  script/rights available from D. K. Kohls, 607 South High Street, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin 53538, U.S.A., e-mail dkkohls@hotmail.com, telephone (home) 920-563-9273. • Cited by D. K. Kohls via ftp June 7, 2003; Kohls says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Rob Dinglewhat (m), the director; Eric Fuddlepin (m), an actor; Aunt Grace Dent (f), an older lady; Mary Jane Tikitorch (f), an actress.

  §  Synopsis “Poor Rob Dinglewhat. He has no place to rehearse his community theater one act play, titled ‘Afternoon Lust’, except in his Aunt Grace’s basement. Rob and his cast just want to rehearse their play (and carry on the usual backstage love affairs), but Aunt Grace keeps interrupting. Aunt Grace, who was hit in the head by a salmon when she was younger, and hasn’t been the same since, believes she is hearing something very ‘naughty’ going on in her ’nice clean’ basement.

  §  Comment “This a comedic romp chock full of misunderstandings and flying double entendres. The older lady’s basement has room for many fun and silly props. There could just be three to five folding chairs and a few boxes marked with holidays, or you could add as much basement clutter as you wish. Someplace on the set, placed for the audience’s best hearing the older lady, are a few steps leading to the upstairs of the house. The person playing Aunt Grace can be an unseen voice for most, if not all, of the play, making this the perfect part for anyone who no longer can remember lines. The play is for adult audiences but is no worse than the current more adult television situation comedies. • Premiered May, 2003, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, [U.S.A.,] at the Walker Center of the Arts, by the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa. • No royalty is charged for this show.”

  §  Themes affair, community theater, directing, aunt-nephew relationship, sex, theater.

See also D. K. Kohls’

  • Mark Clark’s Heart,” a 20-minute comedy-drama in English, set anywhere, now, 3f
  • Registered Alien,” a 12-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a suggestion of a modern, cluttered office, 1999, 3m or 3f (variable casting)
  • This Is Heaven,” a 15-minute bare-stage comedy-drama in English, set in a place without time, 1m2f (+ 1 m or f extra)

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