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Booth, Roy C. (American playwright, comic book/games/book store owner, 1965-____) and Cynthia Booth (American playwright, comic book/games/book store owner, 1969-____), "Two Wives and a Dead Guy,"

a 23-minute comedy in English, set in a funeral parlor, 2000,


; • © 2000 by Roy C. Booth and Cynthia Booth; • in Roy C. Booth and Cynthia Booth’s Two Wives and a Dead Guy (Bovey, Minnesota, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000) ; • script/rights available from Roy C. Booth, 3811 6th Avenue West, Hibbing, Minnesota 55746, U.S.A., telephone (home) 218-759-0246, (work) 218-759-0246, e-mail roycbooth@hotmail.com. • Cited by Roy C. Booth via ftp June 22, 2000; Booth says,

§ Dramatis Personae Benton (m), middle-aged, a corpse; Eileen (f), 39, Benton’s aristocratic wife; Veronica (f), 24, Benton’s other wife; Mr. Hines (m), 29, befuddled funeral parlor caretaker.

§ Synopsis “Benton the successful businessman and millionaire is dead. Deader than a pair of socks. And he is on display for the world to see before they put him in the ground. His wife, Eileen, visits, puts on a good show to get that nervous, rat terrier of a man, Mr. Hines, to leave her alone with him. Unfortunately, Eileen has a problem. No none can find Benton’s will. Eileen might have to work for the first time in her life and she is not too happy about it. Then Veronica shows up, a gaudily painted, silicone enhanced ‘lady’ who also claims to be Benton’s wife. The two go at it, leaving a very perplexed Mr. Hines (and one battered Corpse) behind.

§ Comment “There is only one set—a funeral parlor display room complete with a few chairs, a plant or two, and a coffin that is raised at an angle so as to have the corpse seen by the audience. The actor who plays Benton, the corpse, should be fairly athletic in order to withstand the slapstick punishment during the course of this play. • Premiered as runner-up in the 1st Annual NERO Greater Minnesota One-Act Playwriting Awards. Produced at the Beaux Arts Ballroom, Bemidji State University, March 25, 27and 28, 1999.”

§ Themes bigamy, deceit, funeral, slapstick.

See also:

Booth, Roy C. (American playwright, comic book/games/book store owner, 1965-____),

  • Cafe a la Ionesco,”a 32-minute absurdist farce in English, set in a fancy restaurant in Nymore, Minnesota, Tuesday evening, February 2, 1999, 3m1f
  • The Coat,”a 20-minute drama in English, set in a Greek mountain outpost, late night, winter, 1940, 3m1f
  • The Coldest Time of the Year,” a 20-minute children’s play in English, set in a forest in India, long ago, 3m
  • The Confession,” a 25-minute suspense drama in English, set in a small, isolated church, northern Minnesota woods, U.S.A., 1995, 2m
  • He Who Gets Laughed At Last,” a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set the dressing room in a comedy club, 1996, 2m2f
  • The Peasant and the Waterman,” a 15-minute children’s play in English, set in Old Russia, long ago, 3m1f
  • Ratopolis,” a 22-minute science fiction drama in English, set in American suburbia, 2045,1m1f (+ extras)
Booth, Roy C. (American playwright, comic book/games/book store owner, 1965-____) and Shane K. Robertson (American playwright, student, 1967-____)

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