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“The Reign of Leaves”

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Putt, Barry M., Jr. (English/Italian playwright, 1969-____), “The Reign of Leaves,”

a 30-minute mystery in English, set (1) in the living room of an Iowa farm house, U.S.A., on a winter afternoon, 1997; (2) the farm house living room, that evening; (3) elsewhere on the farm, shortly after; (4) the farm house foyer, an hour later,


 •  © 1997 by Barry M. Putt, Jr.;  •  script/rights available from Barry M. Putt, Jr., P. O. Box 7233, Somerset, New Jersey 08875-7233, U.S.A., e-mail bmputt@aol.com, telephone (home) 732-846-1497, (work) 732-846-1497.  •  Cited by Barry M. Putt, Jr., via ftp May 27, 2000; Putt says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Harriet Levorn (f), 25, plump, attractive, average height, hides her insecurities behind a boisterous personality, administrative assistant for her family’s farm, inexperienced with men, has condemned her brother, Mark, for trying to ruin their business; Mark Levorn (m), 28, tall, rugged, good-looking, at age 11, after his father’s death, he successfully ran the farm until Al came along and unjustly turned the family against him, now he is an agriculturist working for a major farming company, he wants closer ties to family, but is having trouble letting go of the inner pain his estranged family caused him; Meg Levorn (f), 55, light brown hair, average build, compassionate, once a vivacious, innovative, senior member of the township farmers’ bureau, who looked to her lover and mentor Al for farming advice, now a shunned outcast, desperately searching for a way to salvage the town from the destruction she helped cause, has a deep desire to reunite her family; Al (m), 45, average height and build, good-looking, shrewd, smooth-talking transient agriculturist, who charmed his way into controlling the Levorn family’s home and business.

 §  Synopsis “Two siblings race against time to unravel a symbolic poem, which will enable them to rescue their abducted mother, before she meets with a horrible fate.”

 §  Comment “Minimal props are needed for this play.”

 §  Themes abduction, family, farming, mother-child relationship, poetry, sibling rivalry, suspense.

See also Barry M. Putt, Jr.’s

  • "Gutter Rat," a 31-minute drama in English, set in the bottom of a sewer, daytime, 2001, 2m
  • "Interpretations," a 30-minute drama in English, set (1) in the cafeteria of the Jubilee Advertising Agency, U.S.A., lunch time, 1997; (2) Tammy's cubical, the next day; (3) cafeteria, lunch time, one week later; (4) Lee's office, late that day; (5) cafeteria, lunch time, two days later, 1m3f
  • "Mother of the Year," a 12-minute comedy in English, set (1a) The bedroom of a teenager, Charl Shifaman, in a suburban house, U.S.A., 1999, (1b) Charl's family room, recent past; (2) a  town sidewalk, recent past; (3) Charl's bedroom, recent past, (4) Charl's family room, recent past, (5) entrance to a trendy dance club, recent past, (6) restaurant waiting area, recent past, (7) Charl's bedroom, 1999, (8) Mom's room, sanitarium, three months later, 3m1f
  • "The Porch," a 10-minute drama in English in three scenes, set on Hank's front porch, Beaverdam, Virginia, U.S.A., 2004, 2m1f
  • "The Reign of Leaves," a 30-minute mystery, set in the living room of an Iowa farm house, U.S.A., on a winter evening, 1997, 2m2f

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