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Casarino, Matt (American playwright, manager, musician, writer, 1970-____), “The Trophy Wife,”

a 25-minute drama in English, set in a restaurant in San Francisco, California, U.S.A., and in a house in New Jersey, U.S.A., 5:00 p.m. on the East Coast, 2:00 p.m. on the West Coast, 2002

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  •  © 2002 by Matt Casarino;  •  in Matt Casarino’s The Trophy Wife (Wilmington, Delaware: Author, 2002);  •  script/rights available from Matt Casarino, 2304 Jamaica Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19810, U.S.A., e-mail ZooterOne@aol.com, telephone (home) 302-559-2509.  •  Cited by Matt Casarino via ftp May 11, 2002; Casarino says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Peter (m), 55, a rich psychologist; Man (m), 37, dashing and well-groomed; Valerie (f), 29, attractive girlfriend to Peter; Susan (f), 45, Peter’s very attractive wife, starting to look her age.

  §  Synopsis “In a San Francisco restaurant, Peter and Valerie, a handsome May-December couple, are having drinks. Meanwhile, in Peter and Susan’s New Jersey upper-middle-class home, Peter’s wife Susan and her new friend Man (who calls himself ‘Henry’), having lunched together, are beginning a probing conversation. All four explore their secrets and betrayals, which may or may not include infidelity and murder. Valerie learns the truth about the seemingly jovial Peter. Man and Susan, despite (or perhaps because of) their meticulously chosen dialogue, reveal dark intentions to each other.

  §  Comment “The action repeatedly switches between the couples. ‘The Trophy Wife’ builds to an untidy but completely satisfying ending.  •  The real challenge of the production lies in the acting. The actors must be adept at maintaining façades while implying dark secrets and allowing subtext to build complex characterizations. Every character is holding something back from the other and the audience. The intensity of ‘The Trophy Wife’ challenges actors, and the show plays with the tension of a thriller.”  •  Lighting illuminates separately each half of the stage. Sets can range from black box to as much detail as the director and producer want. Simple production values achieve the best effect—scant furniture and few props (a table here, a throw pillow there) with subtle audio changes in background music and noise.

  §  Themes betrayal, guilt, infidelity, marriage, murder, suicide, thriller.

See also Matt Casarino’s
 

  • Yes, Mamet,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an office in the theater of the Streetlight Players, a small, professional theatre company, 2001, 3m1f

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