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“The Play Goes On”

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Newcomer, David M. (American playwright, librettist, lyricist, 1963-____), “The Play Goes On,”

a 23-minute drama in English, set in the porch and kitchen interior of Paul and Linda’s first-floor tenement in Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 2001,


; • © 2002 by David Newcomer; • in David Newcomer’s The Play Goes On (Olympia, Washington, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from David M. Newcomer, 7321 Syr Drive. NE, Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87144, U.S.A., e-mail dmne@netzero.net, telephone (home) 505-867-9407. • Cited by David Newcomer via ftp December 24, 2001; Newcomer says,

§ Dramatis Personae Paul Jordan (m), 52, ex-television child star; Danny Jordan (m), 26, adopted son of Paul and Linda; Linda Jordan (f), 52, Paul’s sister, also a former child star; Christina Pacheco (f), 23, Danny’s fiancee.

§ Synopsis “Former television child stars Paul and Linda Jordan have been living with their adopted son Danny in a small Massachusetts city for the past twenty-five years after a scandal forced them to leave Hollywood. Things are turned upside down when Danny brings home Christina Pacheco and announces their engagement. Paul reveals the secret that he and Danny have been sharing for quite some time. When Paul confronts Danny about it, Danny has second thoughts and calls off the engagement with Christina. After Linda finds out what’s happened, she reveals to Paul the secret that she’s kept from him for many years, which is devastating to Paul. Faced with the possibility of yet another scandal in their lives, Paul and Linda decide to return to Hollywood and accept an offer to do a reunion show of their original television series.

§ Comment “There is one scene with the action taking place at various times either on the porch or in the kitchen. A ‘communicating door’ between porch and kitchen is necessary. The script cites two entrances/exits, one from the ‘street’ to the porch, the other from the rest of the interior of the house to the kitchen.”

§ Themes adoption, courtship, family, family secret, father-son relationship, gay, Hollywood, homosexuality, incest, lost career, mother-son relationship, reunion, scandal, stardom, television.

See also David M. Newcomer's

  • "Penis Envy," a 15-minute gay drama in English, set somewhere in the U.S.A., 2004, 4m

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Page mounted January 9, 2002, and updated August 7, 2004, March 24, 26, 2005, by the Webmaster.

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