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Rohan-Vargas, Fred (Hispanic-American playwright, artist, educator, January 27,1949-____), “Accent,” an 18-minute comedy in English, set in a doctor's office, 1996, 2m

;  •  © 1996 by Fred Rohan Vargas;  •  script/rights available from Fred Rohan Vargas, 30-90th Street, Jackson Heights, New York 11369-1705, U.S.A., e-mail fred@rohanvargas.com, telephone (home/work) 718-426-2585, http://www.rohanvargas.com.  •  Cited by Fred Rohan Vargas via ftp July 12, 2001; Rohan Vargas says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Mel Cohen (m), a Hasidic Jewish merchant who is middle aged and traditional; Irrizary (m), 38, a nose and throat doctor who happens to be Puerto Rican.

  §  Synopsis “Mel Cohen enters Doctor Irrizary's office upset because of the Spanish accent he woke up with. More concerned about his attitude than his accent, Dr, Irrizary tries to communicate and come to terms with their misinformed perceptions about each other's ethnicity. Noncommunication leads to misunderstanding, prejudice and alienation.

  §  Comment “Props include a portable tape recorder and a hand size statue once used by Caribbean Indians called a Cemi. (If possible, a cologne bottle shaped like a Cemi).  •  Accent was a finalist in The Strawberry One Act Festival of `96 at The Riant Theatre in New York City and was the winner  of The Hispanic Playwrights Festival 2000 at The Fort Worth Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, with a rave review by Star-Telegram's Theatre Critic, Perry Stewart.”

  §  Themes acceptance, alienation, attitude, communication, ethnicity, misinformation, misunderstanding, perception, prejudice, Spanish accent.

See also Fred Rohan Vargas’

  • "Anything but Black," a 20-minute dramedy in English, set in the gift exchange center in a department store, early morning, 2003, 2m
  • "Eclipse," a 20-minute comedy in English, set on a street corner in a New York City's East Village, late evening on a week day, 1994, 2m1f
  • "Friends," a 10-minute drama in English, set in a fast-food restaurant and cemetery, noon, 1997, 2f
  • "Fly a Kite," a 20-minute bare-stage dark comedy in English, set in an open area in a public park, late afternoon, 1997, 2m
  • "War," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a conference room in a courthouse, on a weekday morning, 1997, 1m1f

 

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