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Bund, Barton S. (Caucasian American playwright, student, freelance director, February 21, 1976-____), “The Jealous Type,”

a 90-minute realistic drama in English, set in an apartment, a given weekday evening, 1998,

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  •  © 1998 by Barton S. Bund;  •  script/rights available from Barton S. Bund, 121 College Place #2, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197, U.S.A., e-mail Bbund591@cs.com, telephone (home) 734-483-7724.  •  Cited by Barton S. Bund, via postal mail, March 15, 2001; Bund says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Tony Barrett (m), 23, brother to Vic; Lynette (f), 22, girlfriend to Tony; Vic Barrett (m), 27, brother to Tony; Amy (f), 25, girlfriend to Vic.

  §  Synopsis “Young Tony and his girlfriend Lynette are entwined on the leather sofa. When Vie calls and announces his imminent arrival on the answering machine, Lynette suddenly decides she must go, but she leaves her purse on the coffee table. Tony gets off the couch, comes to the table, and snorts up a line of cocaine. He places a phone call to a sick friend, Lonnie, and finds that Lonnie has passed away earlier that day. He puts down the phone, horrified, just as Vic walks in the door. While snorting up the last of their cocaine, Vic wonders at Tony’s strange, distant behavior, but Tony assures him that everything is fine. Vic sends Tony out to get party supplies for the night, an eight-ball and a bottle of whisky. Tony leaves, and soon enough, Lynette returns for her purse, finding Vic there. We soon see that Vic and Lynette have had a secret fling behind Tony’s back. Vic urges her to stay and get high, but just as she is saying no and getting ready to go, Tony returns with the provisions, and both brothers pressure her to party with them. She agrees. They all proceed to get high and drunk, and Lynette begins to uncover secrets in the brothers’ lives, which they had tried to cover up for years. We learn that Tony and Lonnie had once been into heroin and, possibly, a gay relationship years ago. We learn about Vic’s unhappiness with his girlfriend, Amy. Emotions rise, the drugs start talking, and just as the three find themselves all lovingly entwined on the couch, there is a knock at the door. It is Amy, drunk and disorderly, come to tell Vic that she has begun contemplating sleeping with a girl friend of hers. Vic, enraged, storms out, madly philosophizing on the back porch. Tony and Lynette intervene. Secrets dissolve. That affects them all. Lonnie has died of AIDS, Tony confesses to Vic, and years ago, Vic had certainly been at risk himself. All have been infected, and all are terrified.

  §  Comment “‘The Jealous Type’ suits small theatres looking to bring in young adult  audiences. It contains strong language and content. This is most certainly an actors piece. It is a cautionary fable, a small, harrowing domestic nightmare. The technical demands are minimal.  •  ‘The Jealous Type’ had a workshop production in Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S.A., in 1998. The author directed and received favorable reviews. The action occurs in Ypsilanti, but many viewers thought it would fit any city, any setting. The themes are universal. While the play is heavy and intense, it is also funny and entertaining.

  §  Themes AIDS, drugs, love, relationships.
 
 

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