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“Wollicott's Traveling Rabbit’s Foot Minstrels”

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Boyer, Jay M. (American playwright, writer, professor of English, 1947-____), “Wollicott’s Traveling Rabbit’s Foot Minstrels,”

a 40-minute comedy  of seven scenes in English, set in a trendy upscale guarded community in the Southwest desert, the Sun Belt, Arizona, U.S.A., 2000,


 •  © 2000 by Jay M. Boyer;  •  script/rights available from Jay M. Boyer, Creative Writing Program, Department of English, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287, U.S.A., e-mail j.boyer@asu.edu, telephone (home) 480-965-3168, (work) 480-965-7644, http://www.asu.edu/clas/english/who/boyer.htm.  •  Cited by Jay M. Boyer, via ftp September 6, 2000; Boyer says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Carrie Hearron (f), 35, living the life one suspects the other half lives; Barry Hearron (m), Carrie’s husband, a prosperous, driven attorney; Sally Wollicott (f), Carrie’s closest friend, in the process of separating from her lover, Richard; Richard (m), Carrie’s ex-husband as well as Sally’s lover when the play begins.

 §  Synopsis “A spotlight comes up on a darkened stage, illuminating Carrie as the only occupant in the wicker gondola of a hot air balloon. Carrie describes of a party she and her husband have thrown as well as events leading to it. The other characters onstage occupy positions fitting Carrie’s relationship to each and theirs to one another. Carrie and those with whom she is closest fail to connect easily with one another. They lapse into monologues, their real forte.

  §  Comment “The main character’s dialogue is, in effect, the play, for offstage events emerge in nuntius technique through Carrie's narration. All of the characters’ basic problem is communication, the problem of Generation X.  •  Carrie remains in the wicker gondola throughout the play. The gondola, the single major property, in the deus ex machina convention of productions from antiquity ideally functions accordingly in the play’s final scene. Cables of some sort attach the gondola to the imaginary balloon overhead; if possible, the cables should be rigged to actual overhead pulleys for the actress and her carriage to rise above the stage floor in the last scene.”

  §  Themes alienation, communication, Generation X, gondola, isolation, legal profession, marriage, party, separation, Southwest.

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