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Bove, Elizabeth (American playwright, writer, director, producer, September 30, 1949-____), “Saving Jennifer K.,”

a 15-minute political comedy in English, set in Calvary Spa, 2004,

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; © 2004 by Elizabeth Bove; • in Elizabeth Bove’s Saving Jennifer K. (Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Elizabeth Bove, 15 Wyckoff Street, No. 5, Brooklyn, New York 11201, U.S.A., phone (home) 212-539-6595, (work) 212-539-6595, e-mail bluecowflying@yahoo.com. • Cited by Elizabeth Bove, April 20, 2005; Bove says,

§ Dramatis Personae Father Folger (m), 60, African-American priest; Barton Gomez (m), 25, security personnel; Jennifer K. (f), 25, a free spirit; Sarah Wagner Wong (f), 50, lawyer.

§ Synopsis “Jennifer K. has been brought to the attention of the authorities—both sacred in the form of Father Folger, a very kind African-American priest, and secular in the person of Sarah Wagner, a very conscientious lawyer. Both must help to make Jennifer aware of her general oblivious attitude toward her life. So, she is brought to Calvary Spa for The Cure. Here she begins her transformation to be reoriented to social expectations and obligations. There is, of course, the surprise witness, who forces Jennifer into finally conceding that she needs help. But it is finally up to Jennifer herself to choose her own way to salvation.

§ Comment "'Saving Jennifer K.' is a political/social satire with some strong language. In a world where we need to be very vigilant and suspicious about . . . well, nearly everything, Jennifer K, our young heroine is not. • The play can (and has been) performed with one lime-green beach chair from Bed, Bath & Beyond. There is only one scene. Music has been designated for various moments in the script—opening with Grieg's Peer Gynt, Jennifer's first transgression —listening to Bob Marley's ‘Soul Rebel’ and the transformative moment augmented with Aaron Copeland's Fanfare for the Common Man, and closing with Jimmy Hendrix's ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ ‘Saving Jennifer K.’ was a semifinalist at The Turnip 15-Minute Play Festival 2005, in New York City, and at 2004 SLAMBoston at Jimmy Tingle's Comedy Club in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. • Elizabeth Bove wrote and produced her first short film, Keeping Romeo (2002), which screened in twenty festivals worldwide. Her first play, Love in Idleness, was a finalist at the 2003 Moondance International Film Festival. ‘Two-Part Invention,' her first one-act, was chosen for the Strawberry One-Act Festival in 2002. She made her acting debut in 1986 in Witness for the Prosecution and was nominated for Florida's Carbonnell Award's Best Actress. She has performed in the US, UK and Europe, most notably as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Television credits include all the New York soap operas and a BBC comedy about the Clinton Years, in which she played Monica Lewinsky.”

§ Themes authority, cure, expectation, law, obligation, religion, salvation, social value, spa, transformation.



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