Whitney, Sharon J. (American playwright, writer, 1955-____), “The Star*Crossed Musher,”
a 40-minute comedy in English, set in a cabin in Alaska, eve of a famous sled dog race, black as midnight at 3:00 p.m., 1990,
© 1990, script/rights available from Sharon J. Whitney, 2712 SW Patton Road, Portland, Oegon 97201, U.S.A., telephone (home) 503-223-1052, (work) 503-223-1052, fax 503-228-2437, e-mail SJWhit@aol.com. Cited by Sharon J. Whitney via ftp, October 14, 1997; Whitney says,
Dramatis Personae Johnny (m), Jimmie's cabinmate; Jimmie (f), Johnny's cabinmate; Brenda (f), a TV reporter; Ken (m), Brenda's TV assistant.
Synopsis “It is black as midnight at 3:00 p.m., as Johnny and Jimmie, cozy in their cabin, count booties and pack muktuk for the big dog race the next day. Suddenly the arctic calm explodes as a TV team from NYC—Brenda and Ken—land on their stoop. Brenda, all flash and swagger, has learned that ‘Angel’ is the favored musher and she is hot on Johnny’s trail, determined to get an ‘exclusive.’ But Johnny is hostile to the press, especially to this pushy woman. Brenda decides her only option is to seduce him. When she confides in Ken, he freaks out—Johnny is married. It’s cool, Brenda says, Jimmie told her that ‘some guy named Solomon is her main man.’ So Ken grudgingly accepts a little bribe and gets lost. Soon Jimmie goes to bed, and Brenda proceeds to pull out all the stops.
Comment “Is Johnny really a dufus, or is he a cagey country boy? How much is his ‘exclusive’ worth? Who is Jimmie’s Solomon and how does he figure? Will Ken have to eat moose?! Will Brenda be the queen of ESPN?”
Themes Arctic, bribery, dog race, exclusive, musher, press, seduction, TV.
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